Monday, April 26, 2010

Your Sporadic Dose Of Awesome

Werner Herzog reads Madeline.

"In truth, children are next-door to sociopaths."

Sunday, April 25, 2010

BBT5 002: Oh Say, TOC, By The Dawn's Early Light

BBT's off and running! So far let's see who is filling out the 24-seat freeroll for six freaking WSOP tickets, including a whopping 3 main event seats.

Seat 1. JJOK. This guy won one of the two main prizes by taking last year's tournament of champs, so naturally he went out and won the very first tournament of BBT5. By the way, if you are keeping track at home, that means that JJOK has flat out won about 50% of the BBT tournaments he's entered in the last two years. Think he runs good when it counts, or do you think he's just a Jackie Chan-level tournament god?

Seat 2. Maigrey. You want old-school? BBT gots it some old-school. Maigrey had a monster stack from the first break of the inaugural invitational to the end, and is sitting in the cat-bird seat after beating everybody except for JJOK, who is apparently as easy to kill as Wolverine.

Seat 3. VinNay. Vin's hand held up against the big draw of LJ (pvanhairbo), and he played his big stack to victory in the first Poker From the Rail tourney.

Seat 4. xkm1245. I don't know this guy, but he faded 122 runners to take down the Mookie, so he clearly doesn't have to work on Thursday mornings. Give me your blog if you've got one xkm1245, and I'll link you up.

The second freeroll is coming up, with over 100 runners, so frankly I like my odds. Not of winning, no. But my odds of making it really deep before dusting off my stack in a QQ vs. AK confrontation, leaving me blinking at the screen? Excellent. I would also put high odds on me falling in love with TP2K. But hey, somebody (and so

Listen up, you donkeys, there's only 23 seats left. You'd better get in there and play because this just got real. We're talking Main Event. Not only that, but if you win your seat through the BBT, Full Tilt poker is guaranteeing that you absolutely, positively are guaranteed to make it to the final table of the Main Event!*

Tournament: Poker From the Rail
When: Monday, April 19th through May 24th starting at 22:00ET
Game: Deepstack NLHE
Buyin: $24+2 (or token)
Password: 2010WSOP

Winner also receives ToC entry

Tournament: The Mookie
When: Wednesday, April 21st through May 26th starting at 22:00ET
Game: Deepstack NLHE
Buyin: $10+1
Password: vegas1

Winner also receives ToC entry

Tournament: Battle of the Blogger Tournaments Invitational
When: Sunday, April 18th through May 23rd starting at 19:00ET
Game: Deepstack NLHE
Buyin: Restricted freeroll

$2,000 Prizepool + 1st and 2nd place receive ToC entry

Tournament: Blogger Battle Royale
When: Sunday, June 6th starting at 14:00ET
Game: Deepstack NLHE
Buyin: Freeroll for BBT participating bloggers

*Not a guarantee.

Buddy Dank Radio will be rockin' in the free world tonight. Come on out this week, bloggers and non-bloggers. Still need inspiration? Here you go.

Friday, April 23, 2010

LOST 052: All Jacked Up

I know, I'm late. Again.

I think that as the sun begins to set on my favorite show, I become more and more loathe to dissect it, preferring instead to just enjoy what comes to me through my watch-holes. Part of this is probably some High Nerd version of the natural progression of grief, but part of it is that I know this show. The M.O. here is best described as "you don't know anything yet." I have a feeling that the few bombshells left to explode (and we all know they're there at this point, don't we?) are of the short that will totally reshuffle my deck.

What I suspect is that after the show is done, you will all have to suffer through a LOT of material on LOST before it's out of my system.

Think of what we didn't know until the very last episode of Season 5. We didn't know that Jacob was locked in a battle -- of wills and philosophy, and sometimes just in a battle -- with another entity. We didn't know that the crux of the argument was about the inherent goodness or badness of humanity. We didn't know that Jacob's enemy was the smoke. We didn't know that they had rules preventing them from hurting one another. We didn't know that the smoke could appear as the dead. We didn't know that he'd been planning to circumvent the rules, manipulating people to move the island through time and space to gain access to Jacob in the company of a man whom he'd arranged to be as willing to kill Jacob as possible. We didn't know that Jacob had been involved with them throughout their lives.

All this information and more came to us in two distinct 5-minute scenes, and were given to us in rather casual conversation, and sent reverberations over everything we'd already seen.

What other cosmic shoe might be ready to drop?


All this is to say that I'll probably focus a little less on speculation and a little more on things I liked and things I didn't like so much, random points, etc. However, there are a few things that came into focus that we should take note of:

* The Nemesis said something that is either very important or just a metaphor that I'm reading way too much into. He told Jack that he'd been "trapped on this island before [he] even got here." If taken literally . . . well, I don't know what it means. But it leads to some rather wild speculation about the nature of the island. What if the island is bigger than we think? What if it's much bigger? Or, how about this? What if the island is a soul-magnet of some kind, and it draws the essence of those who are meant to come there, leaving them husks of themselves until they arrive (shades of Sayid's recent zombification, the "infection", etc.)?

So much for not devoting this post to speculation. Oh, LOST. Every time I think I'm out, you pull me back in.

* Yes, Christian was the Nemesis. We pretty much knew it, but it was nice to have confirmed. However, what about the Christian that Jack was seeing off-island? I think it's pretty established that the Nemesis can't get off-island. (See also: Claire appearing to Kate, all of Hurley's apparitions).

* Yes, the Nemesis required that John Locke come back in order to take on his persona. Also, he needed him to come back dead. Also, he clearly needs all the remaining candidates for whatever it is he's doing. This says interesting things about Eloise Hawking's insistance to Ben, and through her to Jack, and through Jack to the rest, that they all needed to return to the island or "God help us all." It turns out she was lying or misinformed, wouldn't you say?

* EXCEPT THAT, let's recall that Jacob was also actively working to get everybody back to the island. Both entities wanted all those people back on the island. I get the sense that Jacob knew what the Nemesis wanted with these folks . . . but the Nemesis has no idea what Jacob's interest in them is.

* Widmore also needs the Candidates alive, which is why he waited until he knew they were clear (I think the headcount worked out with Frank there to make him believe that he had Jack, too) before raining death from above. Which means that Widmore AND the Nemesis AND Jacob need these people alive.

* I cannot believe that Jin and Sun were not zapped unconscious by the sonic fence, and I will never forgive LOST for not giving us what would have been a Crowning Moment Of Awesome. That said, I really feel for Yunjin Kim, who gets saddled with the dumbest subplots. Really? She loses her English just to get it back when she reunites with Jin? Gack. But then . . . Wouldn't Sun's constant be Jin? Wouldn't finding him again restore her to herself, when (I suspect) non-English-speaking Sun Paik was Sidewaysing into her head?

Speaking of Sideways bleed . . .

* Sun recognizes Locke as she's wheeled into the hospital. So Sideways Sun has a bit of Island Sun in her, too. And, of course, Jack recognizes Locke, though that may be from lost baggage claim a few days ago. But it's not. And finally, we have Sideways Locke talking about Helen, and how they were going to have gotten married. His use of the past perfect alarmed Dr. Linus, who assumed he was being fatalistic, but isn't it possible that Island Locke -- who's engagement to Helen was broken -- might be bleeding in? I say yes.

My question is this: Where else has Sideways bleed been happening, since the very beginning?

* Maybe Kate can escape from police even when handcuffed because police just keep leaving her alone. Hey, Sawyer? She's a seven time successful escapee. Maybe don't just throw her an apple and then stroll away, even if she is surrounded by cops.

* Over in Sidewaysopolis, plots are converging beautifully. The big payoff for the Side plot is still coming, I suspect, but ever since Desmond started moving and shaking, there is an immediacy and an interest to this whole story that wasn't there before. Sayid and Kate are in Sawyer and Miles' custody. Claire is connected to Jack, as is Locke, and, by relation, Ben. Jin and Sun are in the hospital nearby. Maloney makes the point that Desmond is playing at being Jacob, in his own somewhat clumsy way, or is perhaps an interim Jacob figure. That sounds about right, but the important thing is that Sayid didn't kill him. Obviously. If this show gave Desmond an off-screen death, it would be a bit of a story foul. Not much suspense there. Interesting that he's once again down in a pit, except now he's pushing Sayid's buttons.

* If the Nemesis wanted Desmond dead, why didn't he just kill him? Oh, rules, if only we knew what you were. You're going to make us go back and watch again once we know you, aren't you? Sly, crafty rules.

* Desmond's boat returns after a four-year absence! Continuity win!

* Roll call!

Desmond is in a hole, almost certainly without a bullet in him. Or, Sayid freed him and he's running around out there.

Sayid's . . . somewhere. It's not clear, but it doesn't seem he rejoined the group. His soul may or may not be restoring. He also may or may not be forming a Fusion band with Claire called Soul Restoration.

The Nemesis and Jack are alone at last, sharing a Dharma wine box and meaningful looks. Jack doesn't have shrapnel from the direct artillery strike. Candidates get all the breaks.

Miles, Richard, and Ben are off to try to blow up the plane.

Sawyer, Sun, Jin, Kate, Frank, Claire, and Hurley are captured by Widmore on Hydra Island.

Locke is still dead.

Zoe is annoying.

* Jack made what I think is his best decision ever, in realizing that leaving the island is what the Nemesis wants them to do, and refusing to play ball. So, he's back with the Nemesis, but I don't think he has plans to play along. Also? He can swim miles of ocean fully clothed and with a backpack on. That's pretty sweet. I'm not saying he's Aquaman, but I'm not saying he's not. You decide. I did think his jumping out of the boat was a wonderful callback to Sawyer's dive from the helicopter two years ago, albeit for different reasons. I am very interested in Jack now that he's taken up the Locke banner. You notice that he seemed almost offended when the Nemesis referred to Locke as a sucker?

And with this I think we get to the Big Question. Is faith the misguided and foolish trust of the perpetually long-conned? Or is it the only way to surrender to the flow and find your true calling?

Was Locke a sap? A sucker? His bones are ant food right now.

But once again, I think we're not done with Locke.

The island isn't done with Locke.

The story isn't done with Locke.

In the next five hours, somebody needs to take Jacob's place and keep the cork in.

Desmond is calling Sideways people back to their true selves. I suspect some sort of merging of consciousnesses. But Locke? There's not a Locke to return to. What if Locke merges with somebody else?

Somebody like Jack?


Friday, April 16, 2010

BBT5 001: Blogger Steel N Tha Hour Of Chaos

"I got a letter from Al Can't Hang the other day. I opened and read it, it said I'm a sucka."

Or, you know, that we were going for another spin on the amazing BBT carousel. Mr. CantHang keeps pumping these up bigger and better, and this is no exception. Read the details here, but these are the vital stats.

$50,000 in the prize pool.

Six WSOP packages, including THREE main event packages.

Those aren't typos.

Two big differences this time out should be obvious to all:

First, it's short and sweet. I think the entire bankroll you'd need to play all twelve tournaments is in the range of $160.

Second, though two of the tournies (the Mookie and the new Poker From the Rail Tourney) are open, the Sunday one is a freeroll invitational for bloggers and other poker media/personalities. Somehow I stumbled my way in there. I expect to be answering the question "Who the hell are you?" a lot. I've heard from a few of you that you're in this, but my competition in this thing is pretty much a big question mark so far. I'll be excited to see what arises. In any event, I get to play the Sunday with some others, and obviously those who get to play in the invitational have a significant edge toward a seat. I'll let the blogosphere debate the merits or demerits of that system, though I do think that it probably increases the chances of the prizes going to people who will use them to play, which adds value to Tilt and (if it works) incentivizes them to keep this thing going.. Frankly in years past with a totally open field I don't think I would be able to make that pledge -- I'd have kept the money. Hey, honesty is the best policy. However, given that I consider the invitation to be a gift that I greatly appreciate, I pledge to play the ME if I find myself with a seat.

So. Here it is. A shot for Julius_Goat to make the big dance. Not bad for a donk who writes about LOST and from time to time goofs on poker. Big ups to Al and Full Tilt.

I imagine Buddy Dank will be in effect come Sunday. Be there for the fantabulous donk battle! It's going to be instupituious!

Here's the events:

Tournament: Poker From the Rail
When: Monday, April 19th through May 24th starting at 22:00ET
Game: Deepstack NLHE
Buyin: $24+2 (or token)*
Password: 2010WSOP

Tournament: The Mookie
When: Wednesday, April 21st through May 26th starting at 22:00ET
Game: Deepstack NLHE
Buyin: $10+1*
Password: vegas1

*Winner also receives ToC entry

Tournament: Battle of the Blogger Tournaments Invitational
When: Sunday, April 18th through May 23rd starting at 19:00ET
Game: Deepstack NLHE
Buyin: Restricted freeroll**

**$2,000 Prizepool + 1st and 2nd place receive ToC entry

Tournament: Blogger Battle Royale
When: Sunday, June 6th starting at 14:00ET
Game: Deepstack NLHE
Buyin: Freeroll for BBT participating bloggers

Oh yeah, there's also the little matter of the Battle Royal: A $2,000 Freeroll for anybody who plays. This ain't a bad deal.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

LOST 050: Your Head A Splode

This isn't going to be a long post. I got behind the proverbial 8-ball this week, so in lieu of a real post, here's a few thoughts.


* For what it is worth, I liked this episode. That said, the "episodes" have really stopped feeling like episodes. This is just an hour in a (much much) longer movie, much moreso than a self-contained story. Honestly, now that I know that the Sideways World actually has some meaning in the real story, I'm fine. This won't end with that particular horrifying copout, so I'll just sit back and enjoy the remaining (gulp) five hours of story. Having said that, it now seems to me that they invested a bit more time in Sideways Land than might have been necessary. So it goes.

* I was in the middle of quibbling about how the dynamite, which in Season 1 was so unstable that a stray gesture made meaty Artzchunks, but now was apparently just fine to just sling this way and that and throw water bottles on top of thBOOOOOOOOOM. Sweet. See ya, Ilanya. We never knew ya, and never really wanted to. Sorry.

* I am wondering at the difference between Desmond's Jacobian "little push" to get Hurley where he needs to go, versus his mainly Nemesisinian vehicular manslaughter of Locke. Was Des trying to give Locke a near death experience to snap him out of it? Was his thinking more along the lines of "death, near death, whatever, it's all good, you just pushed me down a well so taste hood ornament, wheelie"? How does Des decide whom to just talk to cryptically, and whom to injure? Is Desmond sending Locke's spirit back through Sideways World to contend with the Nemesis?

* The Nemesis pushed Desmond down a well. I doubted it killed him at the time and the "next time" pretty much confirmed it. Of much greater interest to me, though, was the Nemesis' explanation of the well (that being, people had dug it not for water, but to figure out what was there that made their compasses go kattywampus). Given that we had a well over the Orchid dig, I'm guessing that this well signifies a third area of electromagnetic significance. New wild-ass theory: These pockets of energy are the tethers that in some way connect the island to reality (or realities).

* You know, they play Hugo for laughs so much, I keep forgetting that Jorge Garcia can really play those basso profundo notes of pathos pretty effectively.

* I believe the Nemesis when he says that what Widmore is after is power.

* I really didn't get the sigificance of Jack's "I just peed myself" face when he came out of the jungle and saw Locke. I guess he may have been surprised since it's the first time he's seen "Locke" alive again . . . but he's heard about it. So what the what, doctor boy?

* Jack has really been hollowed out, it seems, willing to be a leaf on the breeze, man. He was here once before, during That Seventies Show, but as soon as an opportunity arose to blow something up, he jumped at it. Not so this time.

* Sayid scenes bum me out these days. At first I was just reacting to the fact that the character sort of sucks now, but I am starting to get the idea that that's the point. In other words, we know and love Sayid, and that ain't Sayid. What Dogan said about what would happen has in fact happened. Sayid is walking around, but we mourn the loss of him. I hope we can get him back.

* Hurley just blew up the Black Rock. He's wearing the Locke crazypants for an episode before giving them back, slightly stretched, to Jack.

* Sun's scribbled note: "Are you KIDDING ME???? Now I don't even get spoken LINES?? I want to call my agent."

* Michael's explanation of what the whispers are is . .. well, pretty much what you might have expected. I would guess that we've all been generally theorizing something along these lines. What I want to know now is what the significance of that is as relates to the island. Is it more than just routine haunting? Is it only those who have done bad things? Does Jacob's presence as a ghost indicate that he's done something that keeps him from moving on? Who else is there? What about the off-island ghosts Hurley's seen? Are they of the same kind?

When Hurley asked Michael where Locke was, I was hoping he was asking for the spirit of real Locke, as opposed to the location of the Nemesis. Oh well.

We'll see. Or, you know, we won't. Maybe they are all in a room in the chocolate factory.

There's no earthly way of knooowing . . . which direction we are goooing . . .


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

CrossPosting: De La Soul Is Dead

[You may or may not know it, but I write for Pauly's music blog Coventry from time to time. I just picked up a series I'd left dormant for a while, and so wanted to mention it in this space. It's called the Great Albums. Here's an excerpt from the Plug Tunin' episode.]

This is the seminal hip-hop act De La Soul.

That would be Mase (the DJ), and rappers Trugoy (that would be the word "yogurt", backward), and Postdonus.

And this is their first album, which arguably invented about 40% of all modern rap and hip-hop.

It's called 3 Feet High . . . And Rising, and you've probably heard of it, even if you didn't wear out the tape back in the early nineties. If you haven't listened to it, you really need to. Every act that takes a garage-sale approach to musicianship, spinning old beats and hooks into new gold, owes a debt to this Rosetta stone of music bouillabaisse. So, basically any rap that uses samples? Well, yes, but specifically music acts that combine disparate elements to create surprising new musical ideas . . .

Read it all over at Coventry blog.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Stupid System 013: Rush Poker

If you are like me, then you have been spending the last seven or eight months taking a bath in butterscotch, only to finally give up, get out of that bath, and discover that it is actually a buttermilk bath that is supposed to give you youthful, supple skin. Stupid illiteracy!

The stickiness . . . it . . . you can't imagine it.

But anyway, if you're like anybody else out there, then of course you've notice the latest, the greatest, the mostest on toastest from coast to coastest, the patent-pending new thrill-machine from Fult Hilt Poker on the World Wide Web. I'm speaking, of course, of Rush Poker. What is Rush Poker? How did it start? How is it played? Can you still do it in your underwear?

Hold on. I'm reading the Wikipedia page. Don't pressure me.


OK, I'm back. So here's the deal with Rush Poker. It was first started, as you might expect, in Russia, where, out on the frozen Suberian tundra, your britches got frozen up pretty darn fast if you couldn't step lively. This resulted in a crazy poker variant with the following adjustments:

1) Furry hats were mandatory.

2) This being Soviet Russia, the cards played YOU.

3) You would only sit on your frozen chair for a single hand before leaping up from your seat and scrambling to another seat. This would keep your keister from sticking to the seat, true, but it would also cause no end of trouble as each man made a mad dash for an empty seat, resulting in a mash up of Seven-Card Stud and musical chairs.

Now, this wasn't ideal by any stretch of the imagination. Russian cardrooms got out of hand with alarming frequency. People got trampled underfoot. Stronger players would get position on weaker players. One large game broke out in Stalingrad and by the time it was over, Trotsky had fled to Bolivia. Worse, the game played at about seven hands a day. Vodka didn't help. Communism didn't help. Organizational charts didn't help. Seat assignment spreadsheets didn't help. But vodka helped a little. And as bad as Russian poker was, Russian craps and especially Russian roulette were worse.

But where borsht and mortar poker rooms were ill-equipped to deal with difficulties inherent in Russian poker (shorted to "Rush" poker to please the U.S. market), the online sites, with their lack of physicality, was found to be ideal. Even Trotsky is playing these days, and he's just a head in a jar of saline.

So anyway. Rush poker is a cash game with hundreds or even thousands of people all playing simultaneously, which is great because you never get to know your table mates before everybody is gone. It's like chat roulette, but with less sudden surprising testicles on your screen (depending on your playing style). It's the new sensation. Want to be the best online casino for US players? You're going to want to spread this game.

How To Play Rush Poker

1) Fold until you get Aces, then shove. This will work.

2) This also can work for Kings and Queens.

3) Also Jacks and Tens. Also Ace King suited.

4) Most suited connectors are playable this way, as well. Also pairs down to 22.

5) If somebody sucks out on you, you're going to want to follow them to berate them in the chatty box. This is going to be very difficult, so I recommend using Control + F to find them. Then type what you want to say to them in Wordpad. Then paste it from Wordpad into the chat. Now, the target of your derision may have quick-folded, which means he isn't seeing that screen even though he's there, so keep doing this for a few hours until you're sure he's seen it. You might want to get another monitor or two to handle this. Really, it's an art.

6) I'm not entirely sure that this ISN'T chat roulette, so I'd recommend wearing a mask.

That's it, friends! Have fun out there!

[© 2010 Julius Goat. Cover Image by Mookie “Big O” Pokeroom]

Previous Chapters
Stupid/System by Julius_Goat
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 6: Addendum
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12

LOST 049: Avoid The Solenoid

"He was the sacrifice the island required."
-John Locke

And so, as the (probably) triptych of Desmond-centric episodes is (probably) complete, and it seems more and more likely that Flashes Before Your Eyes, The Constant, and now Happily Ever After form the load-bearing pillars of the entire series. Charles Widmore snatched his son-in-law out of the hospital, drugged him, dragged him to the island, and then shot him with 1.21 jiggawatts.

And now Desmond knows something. But what do we know?

What, indeed?


First of all, we know a few things about Sideways World which tie it directly and irrefutably to the main narrative. Exactly how it is tied is not entirely clear, but it is reasonable to assume that this is a reality that was created by the bomb. I don't think that this means the bomb has failed to have its impact in Real Island World, by the way. I still think the energy of that bomb coupled with the energy of the Swan pocket is what Desmond released way back in Season 2's finale.

But even more to the point, this is the fulfillment of the theory (not mine) that I posted here a couple weeks ago. Here it is again:

You know what might end up being the central episode of this whole damn series when all is said and done? “Flashes Before Your Eyes.” Remember how Desmond returned to the world before he went to The Island, and how Mrs. Hawking told him he had to snap out of it and resume his responsibility? Not only am I going to predict (tentatively, of course) that the “flash-sideways” will resolve in much the same way they did for Desmond, with Hawking or someone similar shocking the Alterna-815ers back to “reality,” but I also predict—as many of you already have—that this resolution has already occurred, and that the season-opening scene at the imploded hatch takes place after our gang has given up their other lives and jumped back. I could be way off here, but that’s my sense of things. After all, it can’t just be a coincidence that The Hatch was the site of two of these reality-splits. (By the way, if I’m just repeating a theory that some of you have already espoused, I apologize. I do read the comment section extensively every week, but it’s hard to keep track of everything that’s been proposed.)

Yep. This is exactly what is going on. Now look at that bolded part up there. The "someone"? Is Desmond.

Let's recap. Desmond was right on top of a "catastrophic electromagnetic event," and he found himself in what he believed was his past, with a chance to fix the mistake (leaving Penny to gain Widmore's respect, and maybe his self-respect) he'd made prior. He was about to do just that, when he was confronted by Hawking, in her first appearance on the show. Hawking, apparently acting as some sort of guardian of destiny, convinced Desmond that his destiny lay on that island. That he was the sacrifice the island required. Desmond returned to the island, believing that he could see the future.

Except that Desmond didn't travel into his past, and he couldn't see the future. He traveled, and could see, sideways.

Desmond, and everybody else, was in a reality in which Charlie Pace died in a freak lightning strike. Desmond perceived that, and perhaps a smattering of other potential ramifications, and saved Charlie.

Which moved him, and everybody else in that reality, sideways.

Not far, really. They were now in a reality in which Charlie Pace drowned trying to save Claire. So Desmond moved them sideways again, into a reality in which Charlie died with Rousseau's arrow in his throat. Desmond moved them sideways again, and again, and again, until he finally moved them into the NOT PENNY'S BOAT reality. Charlie's actions in death created a rift between the Oceanic survivors just as Widmore's scientists and mercenaries were coming to the island. All the ramifications of that split, which are too many to count, stemmed from that split. And Desmond David Hume moved them there.

Here is what Desmond is. A man who can perceive in four dimensions. He doesn't see forward in time. He sees through it. Move the island? How about move the universe?

And I suspect that what happened when Desmond found his way to Constant Penny with an assist from Hooray! Faraday!, Sideways Desmond and Island Desmond became aware of each other. What exactly happened with them is yet to be seen, but it's clear that neither Island Desmond nor Sideways Desmond stopped existing. Perhaps they switched minds. I think it's more likely that each is simply fully aware of the other. What they could see through a mirror darkly, they now see clearly.

Desmond is going to find the Sideways Losties, the ones that perhaps the Nemesis intended to banish to Sideways world all along, and he's going to be to them what Hawking was to him. A call to return. A reminder of destiny. What did Jacob tell the Nemesis as he died? "They're coming," he said. I think that the moment we see them outside the Swan pit is the moment they returned from Sideways reality.

And, if Desmond is going to be the Oceanic's Hawking, it raises all sorts of questions about the nature of Hawking, who still seems to be very aware. To be more specific, doesn't Hawking appear to be able to perceive four-dimensionally? As it becomes more and more likely that this game of Jacob and Nemesis has played out many, many turns of time's wheel . . . might Hawking have once been the pawn that became a queen? The Desmond of a previous game? Has Desmond just graduated into her order? Hawking wanted to keep Desmond from the truth, but not because she was against his knowing the truth, at least not by her admission. Simply put, she felt he wasn't ready.

I hope he's ready now.

Some more thoughts:

* I am going to consider the reality that Desmond entered in Flashes Before Your Eyes to be a Sideways reality. Probably not THE Sideways World of Season 6, but of the same ilk nonetheless. That said, do you notice the difference between the seemingly all-knowing Eloise Hawking of the Sideways worlds ("this is a violation"), who seems to be some kind of Rule-Keeper, and the knowledgeable-but-still-limited Eloise Hawking of Main Reality ("for the first time in years, I have no idea what's going to happen."). I don't know what it means. I'm just noticing.

* Widmore-as-good-guy is really starting to gather steam. Ben truly thought Widmore was a dangerous guy, and he obviously is. Ben also thought that Widmore wanted to destroy the island and kill everybody on it. Of course, we now know that Ben was getting his information from the Nemesis, who makes the most delicious lies. He wraps each one in a truth. He calls them lies-in-a-blanket. Take a handful, they are the yum.

* Sayid is truly scary without a soul. He burst in killed the red shirt, shot Zoe in the face, and then kidnapped Desmond. Oh wait, no. He let Zoe go, and for no perceivable tactical advantage. Huh. Maybe Sayid's soul is only mostly dead. In any event, scary.

* Seriously, Charles, if Desmond is your secret weapon without which we're all dead? Maybe a little bit more security around him than Random Dude and Liz Lemon as you walk him back through the Island of Friggin' Mystery.

* There are bands that probably could not play a gig by replacing their errant bass player with a studio pro. Driveshaft does not seem like that band.

* I bet Daniel (Faraday) Widmore's band sounds a lot like Weezer.

* So cool to have Charlie back and snarky. The moment underwater flashing back to "NOT PENNY'S BOAT" was powerful.

* Desmond, though, is in no way scared. He's just as happy to go with Sayid to the Nemesis as he is to stay and help Widmore. Either he's brain-addled (doubt it) or he knows more than anybody.

Theory 1: Sideways Desmond wants to make all the Sideways Losties aware of their true identities and destinies, and the false nature of the reality they find themselves in. But, turtles upon turtles, what if that is true of Main Reality as well?

Theory 2: Desmond is the Universal Constant for all these people. He can snap them to full understanding.

* What is the nature of the sacrifice Widmore hopes Desmond will make? Who is the man that whispered "Help me" to John Locke, the spirit trapped in the cabin? Are those two unrelated questions? Didn't that shed with that giant rabbit-fricassee in it look an awful lot like a shack? Who is the sacrifice the island requires? OK, I'm rambling.

* Widmore said something about Desmond, along the lines of "He's the only person on earth that I know has survived a catastrophic electromagnetic event." This makes Desmond special, we've seen, because he can perceive -- and choose -- other realities. But guess what? Everybody who was on the site of the Swan bomb? They've survived a similar catastrophe, from the same pocket of energy, and they, like Desmond, were sent to a Sideways world, from which they needed to be called back, and from which I'd say we know they have been called back. Because here they are.

Miles. Jack. Jin. Sawyer. Kate. Hurley. Even Locke, who was on site when Desmond blew the hatch.

What if they are all now like Desmond?


Friday, April 2, 2010

The Great Blogger Tourny Revival

Over 50 in the Mookie last Wednesday! That was awesome. Almost as awesome as losing all my chips with AK vs. 43 and TT vs. 33 on questionable postflop play by me.

Anyway, look what's coming tonight.

And that's not all. Riggstad and Buddy Dank and I have been putting our heads together, and we have something coming. I wasn't going to say anything today, but then Buddy and Jo put together something awesome I just needed to share with the world.