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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

OK, I lied

Since Mr Avitable in unable to contain himself and feels the need to comment incessently on every post where I allow comments (but he's not a stalker...no..... not him), I've decided that the LOST post is going to have to go on the new blog. That way there can be a discussion and since many of you Losties have already subscribed, it won't be much of a hassle. For anyone else that wants to read the LOST posts, email me with the information required and I'll set you up. So far I've only had to turn away one very obvious trolls and am still investigating a few more. Of the hundreds of people who requested an account, that's a pretty decent outcome and I'm really pleased.

Sorry about this, but one person with a fairly serious vein of insanity has spoiled it for everyone else. You might want to let him know that.

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New Blog is up and running

I will still be doing the LOST posts here, but everything else is going to be at the new blog. If you have not emailed me and want to read the blog, please do so asap so I can get you up and running.

Sorry I had to close comments. Poor Mr Avitable has no self control and is unable to stop stalking me. But don't worry. Every comment goes directly to the Detective at the Altamonte Springs police department where it supports my stalking complaint. Let's see, he's been doing it, singing the same old song for a full month, and yet he thinks he doesn't have a mental defect. It's really sad, eh? Pathetic, but sad.


Otherwise, later, gators.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

New Blog, New Rules

The new blog is almost ready to launch. The official launch date will be May 1, if Typepad fixes one thing that is driving me to drink. As I've mentioned, the new blog will be PRIVATE. This means that you must have a username and password to read it. Because it is private, you will need to apply for an account to read it.

Those that I know, who have a real blog address, a real email address, a twitter account, and a way for me to check on who you are if you don't, and who want to read the blog, I need you to email me at margalitc at yahoo dot com with the subject "NEW BLOG INFO". Even if you live around the block, you have to email me so I can add you to the list of readers.

If you are unable to substantiate who you are, or refuse to do so, I won't add you even if your name is Elizabeth Regina and your address is Windsor Castle. If you think I'm not going to check up on you, I will, and I'll do it carefully. I'll read your comments, your twitter threads, and who your friends are. If I see ANY relationship to a troll, sorry, but you'll be getting your entertainment elsewhere. This means that if you follow what I consider a troll on twitter, say goodbye now, because you don't have a chance in hell of following me. I've already culled hundreds of blogs and twitter followers that have links to haters. It won't bother me much to continue plowing through any requests. Believe me. You will not be reading my blog if you think it's OK to be buddies with a hater. Got that?

For everyone else, I don't mean to scare you away. If I know you, if I comment on your blog, if we've had decent interactions online, you're in like flint. I'm going to try to be an inclusive as possible while still keeping out the people that are killing my health with the extra added stress. Please, even if you're a total lurker that hasn't said boo in years but want to keep reading, send your information. Unless I know you're going to throw me to the wolves, I'm willing to give you a chance. But, and this is a big but, if you send me email that says "I'm lucy and I'm a lurker and I don't have a blog or twitter and I've never commented before on your blog" I'm terribly sorry, but that isn't enough information for me to judge whether or not you're a troll. I'm assuming you're not, but unless you can prove otherwise, I can't give you the account information. If you honestly have no blog, no twitter, and no online presence, how on earth am I supposed to know you're who you say you are. The entire point of this exercise is to keep the trolls at bay. So I'm leaving the onus in your hands. YOU have to tell me who you are.

So, Name, Blog URL, Twitter name, Email (and it has to be a real one that you're going to have to respond to) sent to margalitc at yahoo dot com with the subject "NEW BLOG INFO". If you're unable to comply, email me and we'll have a phone chat. But nobody gets to read the blog without passing through me. Sorry to irk all you trolls. What's fair is fair, though. Heh.

I hope to hear from you soon. For the people who have already applied, I'm waiting on Typepad for one quick change before I can send out the login information. Keep watching your email and this space for further information.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

LOST Discussion Thursday--Oceanic Six AGAIN, dammit

Hi again. This only a weekly posting thing is totally pissa. I'm loving it. It's going to be hard to get back to blogging again. Which should come some time at the end of the month. Maybe. If I feel like it. What with all the senior class stuff upcoming, I might just wait until June to formally announce, if I ever do. I'm certainly not giving out information for the hate bloggers to grab onto. "OMG, she's coming BACK!!!" Nope, hate to disappoint you but that's not gonna happen. I'm doing everything in my power to keep you from ever gaining access to the new blog. Ever.

Business: I'm going to keep the new blog out of public viewing for a while. Those that I know, who have a real blog address, a real email address, a twitter account, and a way for me to check on who you are if you don't, and who want to read the blog, I need you to email me at margalitc at yahoo dot com with the subject "NEW BLOG INFO". Even if you live around the block, you have to email me so I can add you to the list of readers.

If you are unable to substantiate who you are, or refuse to do so, I won't add you even if your name is Elizabeth Regina and your address is Windsor Castle. If you think I'm not going to check up on you, I will, and I'll do it carefully. I'll read your comments, your twitter threads, and who your friends are. If I see ANY relationship to a troll, sorry, but you'll be getting your entertainment elsewhere. This means that if you follow what I consider a troll on twitter, say goodbye now, because you don't have a chance in hell of following me. I've already culled hundreds of blogs and twitter followers that have links to haters. It won't bother me much to continue plowing through any requests. Believe me. You will not be reading my blog if you think it's OK to be buddies with a hater. Got that?

For everyone else, I don't mean to scare you away. If I know you, if I comment on your blog, if we've had decent interactions online, you're in like flint. I'm going to try to be an inclusive as possible while still keeping out the people that are killing my health with the extra added stress. Once someone threatens to continue stalking me until I kill myself (and yes, that was said publically on blog radio) I have to take matters into my own hands, and the way to do it is to restrict who I'm willing to interact with. Please, even if you're a total lurker that hasn't said boo in years but want to keep reading, send your information. Unless I know you're going to throw me to the wolves, I'm willing to give you a chance.

So, Name, Blog URL, Twitter name, Email (and it has to be a real one that you're going to have to respond to) sent to margalitc at yahoo dot com with the subject "NEW BLOG INFO". If you're unable to comply, email me and we'll have a phone chat. But nobody gets to read the blog without passing through me. Sorry to irk all you trolls. What's fair is fair, though. Heh.

Also, if and when I bring the blog public, if you have come to this blog ANYTIME in the past month from any of what I consider hate blogs (and you know which ones they are), I have your IP address and you are on my banned list. I'm sorry to ruin your fun, but you won't ever be able to comment here, and if I can find a way to block you from reading that I can afford, you'll be banned completely. When I say I want my own peaceful little spot for my blog I mean it. I'm not going looking for trouble, I'm not reading your blogs, I'm not commenting on your blogs, and I want the same respect. Since you folks seem to be unable to give that respect, even when asked repeatedly, I'll have to help you along, just like most mommies do with toddlers. And yes, the analogy is totally accurate. As a recap for your little toddler brains, you come here from a bad place, I ban you. Simple. Easy peasy. Got it? Good!


Now, on to LOST! I will still be posting my LOST recaps, so if you like to read them and come just for them, expect to be allowed in IF you are coming from RIMD and we've exchanged links before. Nobody from there has ever bothered me, so for now, no problems. Just email me and we're good.

Clip shows.

Don't love 'em. Don't hate 'em. They help me to remember stuff that I forgot. But I want some REAL LOST. I'm embarassed to admit it, but I fell asleep about 10 minutes into this clip show. Really. How sad is that? My son said I didn't miss a thing, and from a quick perusal around the internets, I see that I really didn't. So hopefully you'll excuse me for not having a thing to say about LOST other than I had a lovely nap and woke up for the very ending of that new cop show that looked totally lame, especially after Life on Mars.

But next week, the Variables? It looks GOOD, and is possibly going to be a totally Daniel Farraday-centric show, which should fill in a lot of holes. Who wants to bet we'll be even more confused about time travel after a Daniel show?

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

LOST Discussion Thursday: Some like it Hoth

Hi everyone. My blog vacation is freaking awesome. I'm loving every second of it. I've done a lot of 'cleaning house', cleaning out my blog reader and tossing hundreds of barely read blogs out the door. It's pared down to the best and the most interesting to me, which are mostly design blogs right now. Otherwise, I'm working on a long term project that is going to take much of my time away from blogging (a very good thing) and my blog return, which I plan for sometime at the end of this month, will be in another place with different rules. Once that blog is up and running, I'll put up a link here, which will last for only a few days, and then this blog disappears from anyone but those I allow to read it. Chances are, it's probably not going to be you, whomever you are. Friends and family only.

And now, on to tonight's LOST episode, Some Like it Hoth. Love the title. It's a combination of the Marilyn Monroe movie "Some like it Hot" and Star Wars, where Hoth is a planet. "Some Like It Hot" was all about guys dressing up as women in order to hide from bad guys after witnessing a murder. While I can't say that LOST used the movie plot, it was certainly an episode filled with people pretending to be what they aren't. As for the Star Wars reference.... OMG, do you love Hurley more and more every single episode. The idea of writing the script for "Empire Strikes Back" to send to George Lucas... just precious.

OK, lets talk about Miles. Now he certainly is a complex character. We know that his ability to talk to the dead, while different than Hurley's ability to not only talk, but to see and play chess with Charlie while he's very very dead, is something he has used to make money. We saw that when he was first introduced, and then again briefly in several other episodes. We also know that Miles has had this talent from the time he was a little boy, as we saw when his mother went to rent the apartment and Miles found a dead body in a neighboring apartment. But this Miles-centric episode not only explained that he can get information from a dead body, like learning how a corpse was killed (holy electromagnetics... killed by a metal filling!), he can also learn about what the corpse has to impart, like the information Naomi's corpse gave him about Widmore and the island.

Miles as a punk teen visiting his mother with all his piercings. NICE. He must have been the top customer at Hot Topic in the Topanga Mall.

Circle of Trust? Horace's little secret club. Lamest club name ever. Where is the fort and the Koolade? Is that Mom calling us into dinner?

Radzinsky. What is it with that guy? He's a bit TOO intense and too serious. It's like he's taking GI Joe to a new level. Jumping out of the jungle with the assault rifle... was that REALLY necessary? But I did love the plant covered chain link fence. Classic!

Fun to see Naomi again, and to learn that she was indeed in charge of the recruitment of our scientists. Also fun to see Mile's face when she offered him a million dollars for the trip to the island to find out what the dead could tell him about Ben's location. He was supposed to find the Dharma corpses and learn from them about Ben's actions.

Hurley and Miles make such a great team. They're total comic relief, even when the scene isn't particularly funny. The ride back from the Orchid with Dr Doom was priceless, with Hurley pumping him for information about his son Miles, his wife, and then asking him to join them in a brewsky. And the ride to get the corpse back to Dharmaville... so funny when Hurley assumed that Miles was farting. This was like Miles and Hurley's Excellent Adventure.

But when Miles revealed to Hurley that Dr Chang was his father, Hurley really didn't get that Miles didn't want to get too close. His heart, as Hurley surmised, has a hole in it, and Dr Chang isn't ever going to fill it up at this late date. But when Miles saw the good Doctor playing with Baby Miles, reading books and looking totally happy, it got to Miles. Those tears were the tears of a kid who has longed for a father to love him, and saw at long last that at least as a baby, Dr Chang did love him. Touching scene.

Roger is one creepy character. I don't think it's just the alcohol that makes him so angry. He's kind of a control freak, and he's out to blame anyone and everyone, including young Ben, for his own misery. I don't like him, but Jack had a point about Kate. She's just not thinking about how dangerous her behavior is. I get that she wants to be reassuring to Roger, but he's sort of like her father... and she should have gleaned that already.

Juliet and Jim (Sawyer) know that their time as Dharmas is very limited. When Phil shows up with the tape, accusing Jim of taking Ben, they are going to make him "disappear" but I don't believe that is the smartest move. I know that Sawyer hits first and thinks later, but tying Phil us and disappearing him is not smart at Dharmaville when everyone is being watched. Too many folks are 'disappearing'. Like the corpse Miles was toting about in his VW van. Why was his death "top secret" when it was obviously just a weird accident. And what are they going to do with his body? Pour cement over it?

When Hurley heard the numbers being inscribed on the soon to be Swan hatch, he freaked out. He realized that they were building their (the Losties) hatch, and that the electromagnetic field was real. When he told Miles that this was the hatch that crashed their airplane, Miles looked totally confused.

Right after accepting Naomi’s offer to work for Widmore, Miles is picked up by a dark van. The man inside is Bram, also known as Ilana’s right-hand man who crashed on the Island on Ajira flight 316. He asks Miles the “shadow of the statue” question and reveals that Widmore is a bad man and he’s working against him as one of the good guys on the right team.

So Bram and ostensibly Ilana aren’t working for Widmore, but are working for Ben! Even after Bram promises to tell Miles all about his dad, Miles refuses because all he cares about is money. Some people might think that Miles is a whore for money, but the truth of the matter, as I see it, is that he grew up poor and wanting, and having that kind of money would change his life forever. I don't see that as a bad thing.

DANIEL! Back from Ann Arbor on the sub? WHAT? And he's looking fine, too. Healthy and recovered from the time travel sickness. Now I'm dying to know how he got off the Island in the first place, what he did in Ann Arbor (or was he really IN Ann Arbor?) and just what he's doing coming back to the Island...again.

Next week is one of those catch up clip shows, but the week after is a 2-hour special. Can't wait.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

LOST Discussion Thursday: Dead is Dead

Hi guys. I'm not back yet, I'm too busy with Passover to do anything but cook, cook, and cook. Oh, and tonight we ate, too. But I've got some stuff in the works and I should return in a reasonable amount of time. In the meantime, I'll do my LOST updates, but that's about it. Thanks for all the emails. It's been wonderful hearing from so many of you lurkers as well as my regulars.

And now to LOST!

OMG, what an episode. Heart thumping would be putting it mildly. This is the first episode where I was actually scared enough to whimper when Ben was facing Smokey. I'm a total chicken anyhow, but I found that really frightening.

I've been missing Desmond, but what a way to see him again. Now at least we know what happened to Ben before he got on the plane. But how come he didn't drown? And wasn't the scene with baby Charlie and Penny wonderful. Ben does have a heart, and he's a softie when it comes to kids. I didn't expect that, especially after his own kid was murdered because of his weird behavior.

Ben taking Alex from CFL was surprising, especially with a young Ethan at his side. When he didn't kill Danielle and pissed off Charles Widmore in a TERRIBLE hairpiece, I think we began to see that he can make righteous decisions when he is confronted with babies and weak, crazy mothers. I hate to admit it, but this week Ben was sympathetic and I kinda liked him. Or at least had some empathy for him. Shhhhh, don't tell!

I was happy to see that Ben did love Alex and that in the final scenes with her and Smokey she let him know exactly what she thought of him. She's taking the power from him, as is Locke, and I think we're going to see a very different Ben from now on. I don't think he's going to be a good guy, but his chastisement really did seem to sink in, at least a little.

As for Alex, dead or alive? I'm going for dead and simply a vision that was for Ben's eyes only, but I'm sure to be wrong. But Ben did say that the island has never resurrected anyone before Locke. Was he lying?

Did you see the connection between the new Losties on the beach and the Others? I don't know who they are yet, but they're not innocent and the Island isn't unknown to them. Which begs the question, was everyone on that plane bound for the Island?

The connection between Locke and Ben is changing. Locke is taking power from Ben and Ben seems willing, at least for now, to allow Locke to become the leader. I wonder how long that will last. Ben is going to have a very hard time not being in charge, something Locke noticed and commented upon. Ben's face was classic when he had to admit that yes, it was very hard for him not to be the leader.

Sun. What's going on with her? I know she wants to be with Jin, and I understand that she will do anything Locke says to get back to Jin, but does she actually trust Locke? I don't think she trusts anyone, but I hope she doesn't grab for power because that won't end well.

Lapidus? WTF? He goes back to the New Losties and the turn on him. They are not nice people. And what the hell is in that trunk and where did it come from? Where did they find the guns? Did they have them stowed on board the flight?

OK, let's talk about Smoky's home underneath the Temple. First, I want to know if the Other's built the temple and is it actually a religious place or just sort of a special meeting house. Obviously they meant to hide it, but from whom? It was there pre-Dharma, so who were they protecting it from?

Second, how come Ben never knew about the hole under the Temple and where Smokey lives. He knows EVERYTHING on that Island, but he missed that. And what was with the puddle in his basement as a way of calling Smokey? That was weird, eh?

Next, heiroglyphics? Really? Are we to assume that the Egyptians came to the Island? Because those were very Egyptian glyphs, not central American. Or Native America. And if they were Egyptian glyphs, how did they get there? The one of SmokeMonster was different in both look and feel, and didn't have words. So what's with that?

When Ben tossed the gun to Locke after shooting Caesar (I think that was his name... I forgot!) and said, "Consider that my apology." I though Locke was gonna shoot him for a second. The relationship between those two can only grow more complex over the coming weeks.

Loved this episode, even though it was pretty damn scary under the Temple. Thankful to see Alex and Danielle again, if only for a second. And Desmond! DESMOND. Love him.

Can't wait till next week!

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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Taking a posting break

With Passover slamming down upon us, plus I'm dealing with BFF's household tragedy on almost an hourly basis, and then there's the people who have nothing else to do but come here and try and irritate me (but don't know that they are blocked on email and twitter, and have completely WRONG information about me...which has me in hysterics every time I read it), I'm pretty much done with the computer for a while.

I've stopped reading and commenting on your blogs. I'm sorry, but at this point I can't say anything other than it's just not worth the angst. I'm also taking a twitter break, and won't be reading much email. I'm just too busy with real life and real issues to bother with any more of the insanity that is wrought by one fat man with no life other than picking on people on the internet. Eventually he'll find another victim once he can't post or email or twitter about me. Hopefully he'll go on a diet that might help him find his obviously missing penis...with a stomach that big I'm sure he hasn't seen it in years. Ta ta, mein Herr. Get back in your Hitler mobile and bother someone else. You can't get to me. I see you for the sad, lonely, sick man you are.

No comments, no twitters (I've ruthlessly cleaned out my twitter contacts so you possibly were culled if you aren't a friend or an organization I trust.) and if you want to find me by email, I suggest using the alternate address which I will check eventually.

Have a lovely Pesach, and I'll eventually return. Might be in another guise at another place. Who knows?

Margalit
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Lost in the past

I'm never one to fall in love with fashion, particularly the second or third time it comes around. I like original stuff, clothing that I grew up. Clothing that isn't a bad copy of something horrible, like the poncho. Good god, it sucked the first time, why bring it back?

But I have an admission. I love the clothing worn in the 1960's. For me, that was the absolute epitome of smart, sleek styles. Clothing that hugged the body in all the right places. Clothes that made women look long and lean just because of good design.

Today, though my secret blog love that I will not share because honestly, she doesn't need anyone to bother her as she prepares for her wedding, I stumbled across this, and died a little bit from the deep and abiding love sighs that exited my mouth. Little groans of "oooooo" and "aaaaaa" as I clicked from photo to photo.

The 1960's. I love that era. The era of my childhood, watching my mom get dressed to go out on the town in her gorgeous haute suits with fur collars and cuffs. Her shirtwaist dresses with full skirts just twirly enough to show off her legs encased in real silk stockings. No nylon panty hose for my mom. There is nothing here I wouldn't proudly wear. Even capri pants. Yikes!

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

LOST Discussion Thursday: Whatever Happened, Happened

Another interesting but not particularly heart thumping episode. Every time they fill in a gap, it seems as if the finale grows closer and closer, and I do not like that. Not one bit.

Hurley and Miles were just hilarious tonight. I loved when Hurley asked Miles how come grown up Ben didn't recognize Sayid as the guy who shot him as a child, and Miles was just stumped. The whole conversation was so clever and amusing, quite the refreshing change from the past few humorless episodes. Im my opinion, there is not enough Hurley on this show anymore. We need more Hurley.

Finally learning what happened to Aaron was satisfying because Kate did the right thing, even though it caused her so much pain. Giving him back to his grandmother, a woman who didn't even know he existed, changed Kate from focussing on her own needs to that of Aaron, Claire, and of course, Sawyer.

Loved that Kate became friendly with Clementine's mom Cassidy. Kate needs that kind of a friend, one she can share the real truth of all she's carrying around, including her indecisive feelings about Sawyer. Cassidy helped Kate to resolve some of her more questionable emotions, which was good. I liked Cassidy a lot as a character.

When Roger Linus saw young Ben in the hospital, I think he turned a corner about recognizing how he blames everything on Ben and that it was wrong to treat the kid so badly. When he was talking with Kate after she donated blood for Ben, he seemed to regret his behavior and being able to talk about it opened his heart to his son. But too late! That conversation helped Kate to reflect on her own feelings about abandoning Aaron to his grandmother. I just wonder why she believes that Claire is still alive. Does she know something we don't?

Taking young Ben into Other territory was risky, but Sawyer knew that asking for Richard Alpert would ensure their safety, even though he had to give Ben away forever, which I'm betting is the catalyst for the big upcoming war. With good reason, too. Interesting that Richard said that Ben wouldn't ever remember his background, but we know that isn't true, because he came back to murder Roger and kill the Dharmas. I don't have any theory on how this all happens, though.

When Sawyer told Kate that they never would have worked out as a couple, my heart kinda broke for Kate. She doesn't like Jack as a person, and honestly, who does? And Sawyer is happy with Juliet, who is growing on me.

Jack... what can I say about Jack's behavior when it comes to Ben? Letting a kid die because we've already BTDT? Kinda callous and correct me if I'm wrong, but against the Hippocratic Oath. But that's our Jack.

Speaking of Jack, he's becoming more and more Locke-like. Finding that creepy myself. Like Locke isn't creepy enough, we need a clone of him? Of course, Locke is in a different time frame but still, I think one Monk on the island is enough.

Wow, watching Ben's face when he opened his eyes to find Locke peering over him like a devoted Uncle. Hilarious! This is going to be some fun viewing, watching Locke and Ben vie for power, especially since the Ajira losties know that Ben killed Locke. Of course, they think Locke is nuts right now, but I'm betting they'll eventually get it.

The mention of Ellie and Charles tells us that they're still around on the Island as part of the Others. I think this is going to be very important next week, as we learn about the development of young Ben into Killer Ben.

Lastly, when Richard took young Ben into the jungle and appeared at the temple, which is all covered with vines, and went through the 'secret passage', that was a flash of light, right? And if so, are we assuming that the Ben we saw with Locke is how Richard cured Ben? Was there time travel, and if so, did it just affect Ben and Richard Alpert? Confused minds want to know.

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