Friday, June 6, 2008

LOST was #1 Last Week!

'Lost' finds itself the No. 1 show - CNN.com

The season finale of LOST was #1 for the week! LOST is #1 everyweek it's own in my opinion, but the Nielsen viewers usually don't agree with me. =)

"It was an uncommonly strong performance for the ABC mystery serial, which is ranked 19th for the season in viewers.

On the other hand, "Lost" had puny opposition as most scripted series moved into postseason rerun mode and viewing overall dropped significantly from the week before. "Lost" had 12.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Nielsen Top 10
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen Media Research for May 26-June 1.
1. "Lost," ABC, 12.3 million viewers.
2. "Two And a Half Men-Special," CBS, 10.81 million viewers.
3. "Million Dollar Password," CBS, 10.62 million viewers.
4. "60 Minutes," CBS, 10.29 million viewers.
5. "NCIS," CBS, 9.77 million viewers.
6. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 9.73 million viewers.
7. "CSI: NY," CBS, 9.56 million viewers.
8. "So You Think You Can Dance" (Thursday), Fox, 9.56 million viewers.
9. "Hell's Kitchen," Fox, 9.50 million viewers.
10. "So You Think You Can Dance" (Wednesday), Fox, 9.36 million viewers.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Elizabeth Mitchell on Juliette

This is a TV Guide video from a few weeks back, a great little interview with Elizabeth. She said she cried when we read the finale script over a "really good thing" aka Penny and Des reunited. I cried too.

Spae/Time, Casimir Effect and Exotic Matter in LOST Season 4 Finale

Lost TV s Time Travel – Casimir Effect on Lost Season Four - Popular Mechanics:

Michio Kaku a professor of physic at the City University of New York and author of "Phyics of the Impossible' wrote the following at Popular Mechanic about the space/time issues on LOST in season 4.

"The new wrinkle on all of this is that exotic matter, if it exists, could allow for trap doors in the stage of space-time. People can suddenly fall through these trap doors and re-appear in a different space and time, like the characters on Lost particularly Ben . These are wormholes, or shortcuts through space-time. The simplest example of a wormhole would be Alice s Looking Glass. Another example would be a folded sheet of paper: By punching a hole in the folded paper, you can show that a wormhole is the shortest distance between two points. So the Orchid Station was probably built around a meteorite made of exotic matter that hit the island.

But unlike exotic matter, negative energy has actually been created in the laboratory. It was first predicted to exist by Dutch physicist Hendrik Casimir in 1948, and actually measured in 1958. For example, two uncharged parallel metal plates would normally be stationary. This is a state of zero energy. But Casimir showed that quantum effects within the vacuum push the two plates together. Since you have extracted energy from a system with zero energy, you have created negative energy. However, the Casimir effect is very tiny; in the experiment, the force was only 1/30,000 the weight of an ant. So all the bizarre electromagnetic disturbances in Lost are due to somehow creating a large Casimir effect with electric plates.

But what would a wormhole machine that can bend space and time into a pretzel look like? It would be truly gigantic. First, you would need the equivalent of a black hole to create a hole in space, and then negative energy or exotic matter to stabilize the hole so it didn't collapse on itself. The amount of exotic matter necessary to build a time machine would be about the mass of Jupiter. So the machine, instead of moving just the island, might have unintended consequences, such as actually eating up the entire earth! "

What Would Einstein Think About LOST Season 4?

Lost Season 4 - Physics of Moving the Island - Einstein Would Approve of Lost TV on ABC - Popular Mechanics

How did Ben make the island "disappear" in the season finale? It's all relativity, argues a top professor who even uses LOST in his classes. Wormholes, 305-degree bearings, the Casimir effect—it all checks out with quantum mechanics, and could explain a lot for next season. More

Adam Savage Mythbusting Season 4 Finale

MythBuster Adam Savage on Explosions in Season Four Finale of Lost - Popular Mechanics

Adam Savage from the popular MythBusters TV show has an article at Popular Mechanics about LOST! Here are some of his thoughts about the explosion and LOST in general.

I'm a huge fan of Lost, but sometimes my schedule keeps me from being able to watch all the episodes on time. Yesterday, after a 6-hour Lost marathon (I had no idea how far behind I'd gotten!), I was finally ready to take in last night's season finale. And after watching it, all I can say is: Holy crap.

First things first: the explosives. We blow a lot of things up on MythBusters, so I know from experience that last night Lost missed the mark. The 500 pounds of C4, that whole movie thing about "dummy triggers" and fake tripwires—it's all a load of crap. Nobody does that. At least that's what my friends at the FBI tell me. Would you want to set up explosives so that pretty much anything you did would make them go off? It's just like guessing and cutting one of the wires in the movies: Nobody would survive using that technique for very long, including Keamy and his crew. The whole training of a bomb tech is to work safely with explosives, not dangerously. There are too many ways to mess it up. Also, I'm pretty sure that C4 isn't conductive, which it would need to be to set up its wiring as a resistance feedback loop that could tell if you started to pull out the detonators. And if freezing the battery works, why not just disconnect it? Oh, right, the monitored feedback loop. But wait, C4 isn't conductive ... never mind. More

Humans Can See Into the Future Brotha!

Key to All Optical Illusions Discovered - Yahoo! News:

We didn't see Desmond's flashes in season 4, we did him time travel (his consciousness anyway), so maybe that "cured" his flashes of the future. Yahoo News is reporting that we really can see into the future, not like Desmond seeing Charlie drown, but still the future non-the-less.

"Humans can see into the future, says a cognitive scientist. It's nothing
like the alleged predictive powers of Nostradamus, but we do get a glimpse of
events one-tenth of a second before they occur.

And the mechanism behind that can also explain why we are tricked by optical illusions.
Researcher Mark Changizi of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York says it starts
with a neural lag that most everyone experiences while awake. When light hits
your retina, about one-tenth of a second goes by before the brain translates the
signal into a visual perception of the world.

Scientists already knew about the lag, yet they have debated over exactly how we compensate, with one school of thought proposing our motor system somehow modifies our movements to offset the delay." More