The Kindness Of Strangers
posted 8 years, 3 months ago. by Audibly Lost to DarkUFO, DCaaPB, Events, LostARGs, Parque Patricios, Simpsons, Streetcar Named Desire, The Hatch

Lost fans are generally nice and friendly people. Having said that there have been plenty of arguments and spats along the way. A few that I know got a bit ugly at times.

Today there was none of that. The story starts with a small group of fans attempting to collect all 16 prints being released over on DamonCarltonAndAPolarBear.com. One of them, “ReverendMilo,” (track his progress collecting the posters here) did not show up on the DarkUFO forums or LostARGs.com today after “The Hatch” was released. There was no mention of him buying the print, and as they quickly began to sell out there was fear that perhaps he wouldn’t get it.

So DarkUFO poster “Hefty” bought the print for ReverendMilo, a $61 purchase, without hesitation or even a request from Milo to do so. He simply did it because he didn’t want Milo to loose his shot at getting all 16 posters. Minutes later “The Hatch” sold out. Another user on the DarkUFO forums, “Smokey,” didn’t have the money available to buy the print today, but desperately wanted it, so another user, “deneph” bought it for Smokey. At least two other people offered to do the same thing.

It doesn’t end there. Earlier this week, as clues about Parque Patricios were being released, I emailed a blogger in the Buenos Aires neighborhood to see if he had any ideas about the URL reveal. He didn’t. Nor does he even watch Lost. We exchanged a few friendly emails and that was that.

Today I emailed him a bit after the Parque Patricios URL location was revealed. He immediately emailed me back to say that he was heading over to check it out. Sure enough he did, posted about it on his blog, and is thus far the only known person to purposely go to the site to see the mural on behalf of the Lost fan community.

Despite whatever arguments and spats that may arise, things like this are really what can let one “depend on the kindness of strangers.” As corny as that sounds. It’s very easy to make snide comments, taunt someone and generally be an asshole when hiding behind a screen name. It’s a lot harder to go out of your way to help someone to this degree. To do something that actually means physical, real-world-thought and actions.

We are people who have never met in person, likely never will, and have nothing to personally gain from helping each other out. I’m very impressed at all the Lost fans who went above and beyond for each other today, and for Gabriel in Parque Patricios, who isn’t even a fan of Lost. Nice work everyone.

And now, A Streetcar Named Marge:

Serious Fan Appreciation

Three weeks ago I got on the subway at about 5am and headed to Crumbs Bakery on Beaver Street in Manhattan for a Lost fan appreciation event where “The Crash” poster was released. It was a disaster. The other 10 or so Lost fans who showed up were likewise disappointed, as we walked away with nothing. Not even cupcakes.

This event was part of an ongoing fan appreciation project known as Damon, Carlton and a Polar Bear. Prior to this some fans had received skate decks with a unique Dharma logo, seen DJ AM at one of his last shows, or were simply told not to bother going anywhere, and instead watch Attack of the Show. Feeling like New York had gotten the short end of an otherwise awesome stick, I became a bit frustrated with this whole “fan appreciation” event. I remained silent, however, resisting the urge to make a blog post about the negative experience, as I thought the basic premise of this project, and the art that’s coming out of it, is something really special.

And it was a good thing I kept my mouth shut, because today the folks at Lost have gone well beyond anything I could have hoped for, and given me something that is truly unique and a memento of both this hiatus fan event, the show, and my love of music. This is Audibly Lost, after all. A blog that (in its glory days) was dedicated to music/audio on Lost. That makes the gift I received an even more appropriate token of appreciation for the time I’ve put into this show, and its fan community.

Last week I was the first to purchase Jason Munn’s 4-Toed-Statue poster. Yesterday the poster arrived. (For people following DCaaPB.com closely it was poster 101/300, it seems the first order gets poster 101.) Today a huge box arrived (notice the Lost DVDs for scale.)


To preface the unpacking pics, the URL for this poster (each poster has a unique URL released at one of these “events,”) “HuckFinnWasTaken.com” was released at a Fall Out Boy concert. FOB’s members were playing instruments branded with a Fall Out Boy Dharma logo, and the URL for this poster.


To say that I was excited by this point, is an understatement. Upon seeing the case I immediately knew what it was. The word “Fender” on the case (not pictured) furthered that assertion.

(Also note that the green tape, on both sides of the case, has the numbers written on it. Nice touch.)

And of course, I received a letter telling me what was in the case (though at that point I had opened it already.)


The bit about it being one of three, with the other two in Damon and Carlton’s “personal collections” really made my eyes widen. I hope Carlton doesn’t drop the banjo in favor of the bass. Also, it seems the letter contains a clue about this week’s poster reveal in LA, which you can read more about on LostARGs.com.

And now, the bass guitar, played on stage by Pete Wentz.


Insanity. It appears to be a modified version of the “Pete Wentz Precision Bass” Squier guitar, which has an MSRP of $500. Like that guitar it features the bat/heart logo at the 12th fret. It was made on July 30th, 2009 in Mexico. All the custom artwork is a part of the guitar, they are not stickers. On the back there is a white piece of gaffers tape with “4 8 15 16 23 42” written on it. The ink on the tape got partly smudged, almost undoubtedly during the show last week as Pete was playing.


In closing I would like to thank anyone involved in this project who happens to read this. That includes everyone from Fall Out Boy, to the Lost producers, down to the people behind the scenes who made this happen. I seriously never expected anything this cool and I plan on holding onto this forever. This is some serious fan appreciation, to a tune I would have never anticipated. Cupcake fiasco?…. What cupcake fiasco?

"LOST" Fans, Tired Of Waiting For ABC’s ARG To Get Rolling, Create Their Own
posted 9 years, 5 months ago. by Audibly Lost to ARG, Arts and Crafts, Games, Lost, LostARGs, Lostpedia


Two websites, Lostpedia.com and LostARGs.com, have begun a “Lost” related clue hunt in collaboration with each other. At this point the full nature of the clue hunt remains unclear and there are few details about it other than the name of the game, which now appears to be “Slovaltine Clues.”

The first puzzle can be found hidden in this post. And the second puzzle, posted today, is the first clear collaboration between the two sites. The puzzle requires you to use the image provided at LostARGs.com to decode the message found on the Lostpedia blog.

Personally I think this is a really cool way for fans to kill time as many are becoming extremely impatient with the ARG that ABC is doing right now. Let’s see where it takes us. Good Hunting.