Friday, December 19, 2008

LT158: We Hope You Have Enjoyed the Show


This is the promised post about something I stumbled upon and if you know me, I see LOST in anything and everything. Yeah, I’m seeking help. So forgive me for this one in advance, because this has a .4815162342% chance of having anything to do with the show. Instead, think of it as a prime example of someone who spends way too much time thinking about LOST.

Actually, it is my son who needs the help…musically, that is. Unfortunately for him, he was born about 23 years too late in order to enjoy first-hand some of the best music ever produced. I’m referring to the Beatles and more specifically, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Being a responsible parent, I sit him down about once a week and we play a classic rock album together. In preparation for this, I do a little searching to find some background information to make it more meaningful. For example, did you know that “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was inspired by a drawing young Julian Lennon brought home from preschool and not the drug, LSD? Yeah, right, John. The claim is that the painting was out of character for Julian, he sensed it, and told his father that a classmate named Lucy had painted it. Thus, the inspiration is a child’s painting.

Setting the drugs aside, I suppose the story could have some truth in it, if you can trust John Lennon’s version.


If you notice the words in bold, they all have LOST connections. Maybe a few were even missed. For example, one phrase in Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds is the phrase, “Plasticine porters with looking glass ties”. (Yeah, no drugs involved here!) Lennon says this was borrowed from a book he read by Lewis Carroll. And we know Carroll has been found in LOST references.

The Beatles have been referenced on the show in other ways including Charlie’s tattoo which contains the lyrics from “Strawberry Fields Forever”. The lyrics are “living is easy with eyes closed”.

So imagine my further interest was piqued when I came a cross probably the least known song on the album and it had more connections!


According to my sources, this was written by George Harrison. According to Wikipedia, the song references Hindu ideas. Allow me to paraphrase the entry and see if you pick up the same LOST vibes that I got.

The first verse says:

“We were talking about the space between us all
And the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion
Never glimpse the truth then it’s far too late when they pass away”

The Hindu idea of Maya is that all mortal people live in a false reality and what people perceive as reality is actually an illusion. What if the survivors are being described here? What if they think the island is reality, but it is a false reality? Am I over-analyzing?

In the next line it suggests that if a person doesn’t grasp this concept it is too late in this life, but Hinduism teaches reincarnation? Many have suggested purgatory for the premise of LOST and reincarnation is a form of after-life, so maybe this song is the show’s premise?

Consider this line in the song: “With our love we could save the world...try to realize it’s all within yourself, no one else can make you change.”

If this isn’t a summary of Season 2, then I don’t know what is!

The love that Harrison refers to is the doctrine of Dharma. Now do you see why I’m interested? Wiki says, “George was trying to reference the idea that people could keep the world from being destroyed (DUE TO ITS CYCLICAL NATURE) by following Dharma”. Cyclical nature? Loop, dude, loop!

It goes on to say that since the concept of Dharma is not followed, the world must be destroyed. Yet, like the bird Phoenix the earth will rise again. Follow Dharma, the world won’t end.

The song later references the Hindu god, Shiva, who destroys everything in the FOURTH age. This leads to the concept that ultimately all things are one. This is observed from studying water.

Read the entire write-up here:


Shiva, the Hindu god, means “red”. Many have observed the “red shirt syndrome” on this show and the use of colors. Shiva is one of EIGHT main doctrines.

He is also known as Rudra in other religious variations of Hinduism – the god of storms. Doesn’t it rain a lot when important things take place on the island? And Rudra is associated with the symbol of an arrow, like the kind shot through Ben/Henry by Danielle.

Shiva is also depicted with a third eye – remember this as it is the basis of a future post!

And like all great gods, many temples were built in his honor. And where are the Hostiles sent to? Hmmm…

Also…when Desmond flashed back to buy Penny’s ring, he runs into Charlie performing on the streets singing a song by the group Oasis. Oasis recorded a version of Harrison’s, “Within You Without You” on the 2007 Sgt. Pepper’s tribute album.


Hey, I warned you this was a bit far-fetched, but if learn one of the writers of LOST is a follower of Hinduism and the Beatles…well…you heard it hear first. I’m sure of that.

The only benefit to this rambling post is that if true, we should notice the fact that the earth is destroyed (or the island) and it is rises again like the Hurley bird! Maybe this means the island didn’t move but was reborn.

And the concept of water being a continual cycle (or recycle) may strengthen the theory that LOST is showing us the multiverse of life. So we may learn the only way to really stop the world from being destroyed is not by pushing a button, but by having faith (see last post on dedicated and frenzied concentration)…real faith.

If I’m on the right track, the faith of the Survivors is going to be tested big time. Watch someone get asked to sacrifice their son for the cause. Did someone say Claire?

Anyway, this has been bouncing around in my head for a few days now, and I just had to get it out.


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Thursday, December 18, 2008

LT157: Some Housekeeping


A big THANK YOU to the readers of LOST TIDBITS...we have reached the 4,000 hit mark. I'm grateful not in having lots of readers - although that is nice. And I'm not the most grateful for those who click on the add and put a few pennies in my pocket - although that is nice. But I'm most grateful for the interest that remains strong in what I consider is the best show ever put on television.

Now, let's get to 8,000, then 15K, 16K, 23K, and 42K...HA!


Received a couple of nice emails this week from some readers. Just want to public thank them because it is those comments that motivate me to rack my brain for something to write some posts. Hours have drifted away from my life as I sit at a blank screen some days. But in the end, something spills out and hopefully it makes all readers say to themselves, "Hmmmm..."

A special recognition to Ms Wendy who blogs about sure to stop by her site at:

Anyway, thanks for the kind emails and makes the time spent all worth it.


As you know we post sometime (often very early or very late) on Wednesdays and Sundays. But be aware that with the Dharma Special Access emails I share, that we get more than two postings per week.

In addition, over the coming weeks that lead up to the show, you can expect even additional postings!

And remember, nothing tells me what you think about LOST TIDBITS, then when you click on the ad on the way off this page!


I'm really excited about a completely random (or was it fate) discovery that came across my screen a couple of weeks ago. It will be shared in a blog soon. I would be floored if this really is the template for the show, but you will be amazed at how it seems to be on the right track. Or you will be amazed at how I can see LOST in everything!

And we will continue to explore the purpose of the Dharma Initiative...there are like two dozen avenues to explore and all before the season begins!

There have been some recent science articles that have an interesting tie-in to the show's science side that I've been wanting to share with you.

And finally...we will pick up the History of LOST again, because we still need to review Danille's science ship crash and those two Navy guys.

So keep checking back often for more LOST TIDBITS.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

LT156: History of LOST – Dharma Initiative


The 1970’s was known as the “Me Generation” in the United States, but over in Denmark, Alvar Hanso was thinking “us” as in mankind…or was he?

Alvar’s influence was his family: Magnus and Tolvar. The Hanso’s always had a good business sense. I can picture a young Alvar sitting around the house during holidays and listening to stories about his family tree.

As Alvar grew older he inherited the family sense (or inherited the family fortune) and I believe this combination led him on a quest to get some definitive answers about his family. My imagination pictures a wild-eyed boy hearing about how great-great grandfather disappeared mysteriously…then how grand dad found this journal. My guess is that Alvar set his sights on getting some answers.


My theory is that Alvar Hanso began to research further into his family’s affairs and discovered some very shocking and interesting facts. Perhaps it was by fate, but I suspect Alvar was looking for Magnus’ ship, the Black Rock, and then found something even greater: the island.

Maybe Alvar felt his predecessors were also after this elusive Holy Grail and decided to take up the cause. Consider that a decade earlier, Enzo Valenzetti, was talking up this idea of Doomsday. I believe all this factors combined to motivate Alvar Hanso to seek the DeGroots and to launch the Dharma Initiative.


There is a scientific school of thought which approaches problem solving in a unique manner. Instead of using standard scientific method of observe, form theory, test theory and repeat…I believe Alvar stumbled on something else. I believe his approach focused on CONCENTRATION. One might say even obsession.

Where I’m from there was a newspaper boy who was snatched while delivering the Sunday paper. That was over 35 years ago and still his mother is obsessed with finding him. We get occasional updates which show the dedication and the extremes to which she is willing to go to find answers. This is how I envision Alvar Hanso and his foundation.

The key is focus and concentration. We really don’t need to think long to find tons of examples of where a coach urges, “Focus!”, or a teacher implores a student should concentrate on his studies. Someone once told me that if we would dedicate ourselves to any area of study for 30 minutes per day we could become an expert. But it takes that daily dedication of Larry Bird-like obsession to over-reach our potential. This is what I suggest Alvar Hanso was attempting to do once he discovered the island.

I’ll go out on the limb a little further and suggest that concentration is represented in Enzo Valenzetti’s Equation.


I struggle to explain my terminology, so let’s use an example we are more familiar with: faith. Many call it zeal while others call it obsession. It entails some people going to the extreme in their beliefs as they seem to focus and concentrate only on religion. Fanatics, if you will.

Some believe that with enough concentration the mind is able to bend spoons or walk on hot coals. Alvar had an ace up his sleeve: what if he had the electromagnetic properties of the island to combine with dedicated concentration? Could this lead a person with enough faith to then actually “rise and walk”? Can you say John Locke?


You’ve probably read the stories of parents who avoid medical treatment for a sick child. They pray and anoint and trust their faith to do the healing. On the island, these parents would see greater results.

We have noticed that Jack got sick on the island that is supposed to heal. Sawyer’s eyes needed glasses. But Rose and Locke were just fine. The soldier is known for unquestioning dedication on the task and Mr. Patchy was revived. Those who can focus and concentrate heal and those without faith, like Jack and Ben, do not.

It is this mind-body union that got Alvar’s attention and his money in the form of the Dharma Initiative in the 1970’s.


From the Swan Hatch Orientation video (and Hanso Foundation website) we have been given the six areas of study. Each one of these has been revealed to be critical points when the focused concentration is applied.

As mentioned already, medical studies have revealed what can happen if someone believes hard enough and when magnified by the island’s unique properties.

Another area of study was parapsychology – look at Walt and other’s ability to project themselves while on the island. The Dharma tests on Walt seem to scare the snot out of Juliet and the Others.


This concludes our history of LOST and sets the stage to make some assumptions based on that history. Well, mostly since we still need to touch on a couple of events in 1998, but that will come up as we form some historical theories.

It seems the more we learn about the Dharma Initiatives original motives, the more we learn about the why’s of LOST. We will focus on pre-Purge by examining post-Purge activity since that is mostly what the show reveals to us.

The goal is to show how the history of the island when taken in totality does reveal clues as to the purpose of the island and the people on it.

Even if I’m way off base, it should be some interesting contemplation which will lead us right up to Season 5.


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Monday, December 15, 2008

LT155: Dharma Special Access 4

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Hey, guys. Happy Holidays.

One of the fun things about shooting the show in Hawaii is how completely inconsequential Mother Nature makes us feel. This week a landslide hit one of our upcoming locations, and now we can't shoot there for a couple of weeks while the site is restored. In season two it rained for a truly Biblical 42 straight days and nights, which required lots of schedule revisions, and when that wasn't possible our fearless crew put on their wading boots and shot for days on end in mud that was literally knee deep and higher.

Speaking of mud, this week our exclusive video for you features OUR ANSWERS to YOUR QUESTIONS, which many of you sadly will find maddeningly obtuse and muddy. Other LOST fans, like our mothers for example, will find our answers sparking, insightful and maybe even amusing.

And finally, based on how popular the last sneak peek was, we also have another exclusive look at a scene from the premiere episode. Click on the link below, enter the password, and all will be revealed. Enjoy. And until next week...

Damon and Carlton

The website:
The password: kapalaran


Something made me wonder if the passwords weren't some kind of clue...maybe I'll find time to look back and examine them closer.


The two producers took questions from fans...

The one question of interest was about the runway that Sawyer and Kate helped to build for the Others. The question was, "Is it relevant or something to pretend it never happened?" Of course these guys are about as vague as...well...LOST, but it seemed to me that it does play a critical role! Watch the video and let me know how you interpret their answers.

Now here is one that threw me for a loop...the question was, "Which came first, the Dharma Initiative or Smokey?" Before I share their answer, stop and guess for yourself which you think came first. Personally, I think it was Dharma since they likely built or created it. However, it seemed the Others had to protect themselves from it. So the answer the video! Sorry.


Can you believe the new season is just a few weeks away? It seems like it has been forever! This video should start to get your brain in gear.


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Sunday, December 14, 2008

LT154 - The History of LOST: Valenzetti Equation


We were introduced to Enzo Valenzetti from the summer LOST game and the fictional fiction writer, Gary Troup. We also seem him mentioned on the Blast Door Map.

Enzo was commissioned by the U.N. in 1962 following the Cuban Missile Crises to investigate the possibility of mankind extinguishing itself with nuclear weapons. The result of his work was a Doomsday formula stating he had calculated the exact date when life on Earth as we know would cease to exist. The U.N. ignored his work, but Alvar Hanso took great interest it in.

Gary Troup (anagram for Purgatory) is our greatest source of information on Enzo. He wrote a book about the man entitled, “The Valenzetti Equation”. All printings were bought up by Hanso so that we have no access to this man’s work. And Valenzetti can’t tell the world because he died in a…guess…plane crash. However, his body was never recovered and according to the summer game host, Rachel Blake, this concerns her. In my mind, I have to include Enzo Valenzetti as a possible “who is” candidate for the likes of characters like Jacob.

Questionable sources state that Enzo studied at the Fibonacci State Institute of Sciences.


Fibonacci is also known for his only formula which is a sequence where a number equals the sum of the two prior numbers. While he wrote a book on the subject, this sequence has been observed in earlier Indian cultures.

Fibonacci was the first in the West to study the earlier Indian sequences. His model for study used rabbits! The concept is that a pair of rabbits will beget another pair. In the next cycle both pairs reproduce and the first pair dies. In the third month, the second pair and two new pairs have a more pairs while the oldest pair dies thus giving us 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, etc…Silly rabbits!


During the summer game a video appears that states the equation predicts “the exact number of years and months until humanity extinguishes itself”. Alvar Hanso then states during the same game, that the radio transmitter on the island will broadcast the “core numbers” of the equation. The video states that 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 are the numerical values to the core environmental and human factors to Valenzetti’s work. It is the stated that the Dharma Initiative is to change the values to any one core factor to give humanity a chance to survive.

Notice that two main areas are impacted: environment and human. We were updated in 2006 that the attempts to alter the environment factors have failed to change the outcome: the LOST numbers. Pay close attention here: this suggests the numbers are the RESULT of the equation and not the formula. In other words, the numbers are the Doomsday Date.

The update also suggests that efforts will have to shift to the human factors in order to extend our deadline (pun was inteneded, deadline…dead-line…oh, nevermind).

Some have suggested the numbers translate to the 4th month, 15th day, etc to come up with April 8, 2015 at 16:23:42. Others offer August 4, but you get the general idea.


Island appears and eventually some ancient race finds it.
In the 1800’s the Black Rock “lands” on the island.
In the 1950’s Adam and Eve die in the cave.
In the 1960’s Enzo Valenzetti says he knows the end of the world.

This is interesting in that Adam and Even are PRIOR to Valenzetti and therefore, pre-dates Hanso’s interest in the final day.

Perhaps it took Valenzetti AND the Black Rock journal for Alvar to connect the dots and realize the island is the key. But it does not quite explain Adam and Eve’s importance in the story since they seemed to have died prior to these other events.


Alvar Hanso creates a foundation and funds two Michigan scientists to begin research on his Mysterious Island…


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