Watch LOST? Good. Now, get lost.


I really like the work of JJ Abrams. I’ve seen bits and pieces of his TV show LOST and I’ve liked what I’ve seen. I like that it makes people think, posits difficult questions to both its characters and the audience, and has a bit of an old-fashioned serial feel to it. I dig all of that.

The show ended last night, and people for the most part like how it ended. They like that it still provoked thought at the end. And they laugh at people who are pissed off because it’s over but it’s still making people’s brains hurt when they try to use them. I dig that, too.

But everywhere I turn, people are blathering on about LOST, and it’s kind of pissing me off.

My wife’s never seen it. I missed the first year or two. So, we’ll be going back and starting from the beginning. That means I’d like to avoid spoilers. Which, in turn, means I need to avoid 90% of the blogs, feeds and Facepages I tend to visit. It’s also irritating because there are interesting conversations going on in which I can’t participate because I have no frame of reference. And by the time I am up to speed, none of my points will be particularly relevant.

I know, that’s pretty much true of any damn review I do on this blog, but I’m still miffed about this, dammit.

It could just be residual anger over the issues I’m having trying to get World of Warcraft working on my Linux laptop. Just because you can install Linux on just about anything doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll work. It’s so close, I’m either going to sort out this last little bug or I’ll have to break down and find a way to install a stable copy of Windows on a different partition through a USB key.

Oh, and there’s still unpacking to do in the new flat, at least one load of laundry needs to get done so there are clean teatowels to tackle the ever-growing stack of dishes in the sink, and my older sister’s wall map and an old monitor linger at the old place.

And that’s not even touching my dayjob workload or my desire to finish the novel in the next couple of weeks or so.

Good times. Happy Monday, everybody!


  1. “I missed the first year or two. So, we’ll be going back and starting from the beginning. That means I’d like to avoid spoilers. Which, in turn, means I need to avoid 90% of the blogs, feeds and Facepages I tend to visit.”

    See, this is why I’m not even going to bother with it. And why I don’t bother with most TV shows that require you to tune in every week or completely miss out on important plot. I realize that’s a lot of shows out there, but give me a rerun of Mythbusters any day and I’m happy as a clam!

  2. You’re angry because people are talking about something that happened?

    — c.

  3. @Chuck – It’s more because everywhere I turn it’s “OMG DID U SEE LOST LAST NITE OMG IT WAS SO AWESOME WHEN X, Y & Z HAPPENED LET’S TALK ABOUT IT EVEN IF YOU DIDN’T SEE IT.” Really, REALLY rubbed me the wrong way this morning.

  4. I guess if that’s how some people are handling it — I kept my LOST stuff mostly to the blog and to links.

    That said, it’s pretty unreasonable to ask the thousands upon thousands of people who communed on a significant subject (in this case, a “Geek Super Bowl”) to cease the chatter until the rest of the Internet has been brought up to speed. As long as nobody’s spoiling anything, then… what’s the problem?

    The Super Bowl occurs every year, and I mostly don’t give a shit, and the Twitter feeds fill up with talk of it, and… I just scroll past it. So what?

    If you’re talking only to those who are explicitly in your face about it, or they’re trying to wantonly spoil, okay, fine. But your blog (which may be more tongue in cheek than I realize) seems to paint a wide brush where you have to avoid blogs and stuff. So avoid the blogs for today. I avoid blogs all the time when the blogs are on subjects I either don’t find interesting or don’t want to be exposed to (for spoiler purposes or what not).

    — c.

  5. @Chuck – It’s safe to assume that most of the things I post that are not legit reviews or blathering about fiction have at least a bit of tongue lodged in their cheek, if not the whole damn thing.

  6. Fair enough. Hope your Monday gets better, then.

  7. @Chuck – Thanks. I know it’s silly to ask the ENTIRE INTERNET to shut up about something. I’d get nothing else done.

    “Okay, YOU. West Coast US. Shut up about LOST! I know you just got up, but dammit, STFU!





  8. I hope people are still getting porn.

    I kind of count on it. My productivity thrives on measurable doses of Internet pornography.

    — c.

  9. Chuck, I don’t think he’s mad people are talking about it. I think he’s mad that the internet doesn’t have spoiler tags.

  10. @Danielle – I ask you: Why the hell not?

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