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LOST panel from Comic-Con! What secrets were revealed?

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here! I was overwhelmed today and couldn't make the LOST panel. Thankfully Quadruple Tree did. If you guys see any TV or comic book related panels at Comic-Con, feel free to email us as I'm locked into almost nothing but film panels this trip. Anyway, I'm gonna read this sucker my ownself! Enjoy!

Hey Quint,

As promised here's my report of the Lost Panel:

Ahh Comic-con. The geeks, the scantily clad babes, the huddled, sweaty masses yearning to see Bruce Campbell... This year at Comic-con I decided to broaden my horizons by not planting my butt in a chair first thing in the morning to see the "main" show and instead went to some of the "smaller" panels, which ironically are now held in the room that the main show used to be in. And the reason for that was my love for a little show called LOST. Needless to say the Lost panel was the highlight of my Saturday.

The panel started with a moderator lady who came out to pimp Verizon wireless who are sponsoring Hurley's video diaries. The concept behind these "Mobisodes" is that Hurley finds a video camera in the jungle that still has juice in it. So he decides to document the lost-a-ways Blair Witch Project style, in case they don't make it and someone finds the camera they could know what happened to them. We were treated to part of the first episode which dealt with Hurley finding the camera and then a funny exchange with him taping Sawyer and Kate and Sawyer getting annoyed and wrestling the camera away. Damon Lindelof explained later on that part of the concept with these is to have some kind of new content coming out during the break between the two "pods" of scheduling during the season. There will be 13 episodes total and you don't need a phone to see them. They will be released on the web one week after they are released on cell phones.

We then watched two segments of behind-the-scenes material that will be on the upcoming season 2 DVD. The first dealt with Hurley's fight with Sawyer where he tackles him into the tent. The second was about Jin's character.

They then brought out the panel comprised of Jorge Garcia, Daniel Dae Kim, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse and another producer whose name I missed and the panel was opened up for audience questions. Given the nature of the show, and the fact that they obviously can't reveal all of what's happening it was hard to tell when/if the panelist where messing with us and when they were being serious. So take the following with a grain of salt.

LOST Panel Revelations:

Lost was intended to be a 4-5 season arch ending with a feature length movie. Damon Lindelof said that they are still planning on sticking to that plan but it's hard because the show is a hit now. But they don't want the show to end up like the X-files. They don't want to finish that main story line in season five and then have to "tap dance" for two seasons because the network doesn't want the show to end. He mentioned that when that time comes they may have to consider walking from the show.

Time may not be passing on the island at the same rate as off the island. The question was asked about the amount of time that has passed on the island in the first two seasons at which point Damon interrupted and said that's assuming that time is passing on the island at the same rate that it is in the outside world. That produced audible gasps from the audience and the two actors on stage had shocked looks on their faces. Damon continued to talk about the concept of the passage of time at which point Carlton Cuse interrupted him asking if he wanted to reveal that much so Damon just left it at that. At one point a "protester" crashed the presentation and confronted the producers asking if they had no shame. She said her name was Rachel Blake and that the Hanso foundation was real and that the producers were using them for entertainment purposes even though they had done terrible things in Africa and Iceland. She said to go to if we wanted the real truth just before security escorted her away.

There are no clones on Lost. Damon Lindelof gave his personal promise and guarantee that there are no clones in the show. Nothing personal against clones, they're people just like us (literally) but there are no clones on Lost.

There are no nanobots on Lost. If you were there and were wondering who the lone guy was clapping at that revelation, it was me. That's right, straight from the horses mouth NO NANOBOTS.

There will be an extra on the DVD of every nick name sawyer has used cut together into one clip which I personally can't wait to see!

Vincent flashback? When asked why Vincent the dog didn't leave the island with Walt and Michael, Damon said if he had they wouldn't be able to do the Vincent flashback episode!

Libby will be back in flashbacks! Damon and Cuse said Libby's back story was significant and still needed to be told since she didn't have a flashback episode. So she will be back in flashbacks much like Jack's dad has been through out the show even though he's dead.

The literal translation of the hieroglyphics according to Damon Lindelof is "Underworld"

The statue shown in season finale wasn't just put there because it looks cool. The history of the island will become important and it is older than we were originally led to believe.

The six episode mini-series that opens the season will reveal more about the others. The first episode will be titled "A Tale of two Cities" and be penned partly by J.J. Abrams. Abrams will also direct episode 7, the first one back from the break. The new scheduling format is a direct result of fans complaining about all the repeats this last season.

There will be a major revelation midway through the season that Lindelof said will either blow you away or make you say the show has jumped the shark.

If you use this call me by my talkback handle: Quadruple Tree

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  • July 23, 2006, 12:02 a.m. CST


    by Bob of the Shire

    And loving it.

  • July 23, 2006, 12:10 a.m. CST


    by g_mac


  • July 23, 2006, 12:17 a.m. CST


    by BenFerris

    ...thats a first. I can't wait, and of course we should expect the island to have history, theres the remnants of a statue. And its possible that "A Tale of Two Cities" means the Others hide out and the camp of crashed survivors, some kind of juxtaposing.

  • July 23, 2006, 12:28 a.m. CST

    ain't it OLD news?

    by darthuser

    Wasn't all this covered in the posts Herc put up earlier in the week?

  • July 23, 2006, 12:28 a.m. CST


    by RefriedBeaner

    I don't mean to s*** on this report, but I heard a few things differently. Firstly, the producers neither confirmed or denied the movie, but yeah, they want 4-5 seasons. Also, the decision to quit the show wasn't very definite. It was brought up as an option if the network decides that they want the show to continue longer than the creators want. They also mentioned continuing to work on it in that case because they wouldn't want outsiders messing with their work. As for the comment about time, that is one way to interpret it, but what was said was something like "Who's to say that as much time has passed as the survivors think?", which is a bit ambiguous. I'm sure lots of people out there can come up with different theories relating to that comment. I have a few. :) Oh yeah, one more thing I learned at the panel. The theoretical coupling of Hurley and Kate would be called "Hate" although I think "Kurley" works much better. P.S. That chick had a few screws loose, which means she fit in pretty damn well with the crowd at the comic con.

  • July 23, 2006, 12:31 a.m. CST

    It's incredible...

    by DanielKurland

    that even at stuff like this, they still have "fake" people coming in, promoting the "real" companies of the show, like in the commercials, websites, etc.

  • July 23, 2006, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Tale of Two Cities, huh?

    by Serious Black

    Lost frustrates the dickens out of me. I love the show, but I can't stand the rotten cliffhangers. Each week I'm like 'Please, sir, can I have some more?' Get to the good stuff, already. Anyway, I have great expectations for season 3. Sure to be lots of twists.

  • July 23, 2006, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Tale of Two Cities, huh?

    by Serious Black

    Lost frustrates the dickens out of me. I love the show, but I can't stand the rotten cliffhangers. Each week I'm like 'Please, sir, can I have some more?' Get to the good stuff, already. Anyway, I have great expectations for season 3. Sure to be lots of twists.

  • July 23, 2006, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Who thinks jacks

    by Phategod1

    Tatoos will be explained next season.

  • July 23, 2006, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Lost Is Amazing

    by The Ender

    And I personally cant wait to see where they go with Season 3. If they can Top Man of Science Man of Faith, the Season 2 Opening Episode and My personal Favourite of All Time (The Scene Where Jack realizes he did fix her....absolutely brilliant), then I will be thoroughly impressed. And if they cant, I will still Love it and watch every episode.

  • July 23, 2006, 1:05 a.m. CST

    I doubt we'll ever see that "Lost" movie...

    by Cletus Van Damme

    ...if we do, I'll join the William Shatner Sci-Fi DVD Club.

  • July 23, 2006, 1:10 a.m. CST

    the website is

    by quadrupletree

    That's a typo in my article. It should be

  • July 23, 2006, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Ode: Rachel Blake.

    by Jack Gladney

    Rachel Blake, o how I'd take you on a date. We'd have steak, then out we'd make. In the morn we'd wake, and you'd call me "rake!" To make it up to you, I'd bake a cake. Keats ain't got nothin' on me.

  • July 23, 2006, 1:34 a.m. CST

    by CardinalHog

    Glad to hear the first title for the premiere and that JJ will be back directing for episode No. 7. Other than that, nothing new. I do love the idea for the DVD with Sawyer's nicknames for the group all cut into one clip. I'm also glad to hear him say that a big revelation will occur midway through the season and that people will either love it or think the show has jumped the shark. That's what's great about this show. Something HUGE is revealed and it almost fractures the fanbase. Some lose interest, while the other half makes up for it with an even bigger interest in the show. This show is a giant, strange animal that is only getting bigger.

  • July 23, 2006, 5:25 a.m. CST

    So it's 4-5 seasons now?

    by supertoyslast

    Less than six months ago Lindelhof was saying that he wanted a maximum of four seasons. Just wait until this becomes 5-6 seasons and yet more padding occurs.

  • July 23, 2006, 6:53 a.m. CST


    by A G

    Padding ? How in God's name can you possible know what is padded or not ? The show has had TWO FUCKING SEASONS. For all you know the entire second season is integral to what will develop into the final plot. Stop bitching.

  • July 23, 2006, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Rachel Blake

    by Fraggle Rock

    I wonder if they'll ask the actress who played Rachel Blake at Comic-Con to reprise her role in the series proper? And will Rachel Blake be Jack's new love interest in season three? "Jumped the shark", as in the shark/orca that attacked Sawyer, Jin, Michael and Walt on the raft? Enough answers that lead to more questions, JJ ... three seasons and then a movie will be more than enough.

  • July 23, 2006, 8:21 a.m. CST

    No its actually ....

    by emeraldboy

    Seven seasons! Daniel Dae Kim said that when he signed his contract it was for seven years. Hanso does not exist and ABC are using actors to say that it does. On some US chat show last year they interviewed a guy for Hanso and later it was revealed to be a stunt, If you live in Ireland you will know that in last weeks Irish Times Magazine they interviewed the shows creators some of the stars and the revealed. Why lost is such an important show for ABC. Lost is the first American show to multi-platform. In other words it is the first show to use to span across all media, from mobile phones, to the internet to books and magazines and computer games.

  • July 23, 2006, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Did anyone ask...

    by McCroskey

    ...if Jack will be getting his brains back this season, and if his slide into being a complete imbecile will reverse? The same goes for Locke, Kate, and Sawyer, though to lesser degrees. I still think that the end result of season 2 -- the capture of Jack, Kate, and Sawyer -- could have been accomplished in a way that didn't make them all look like complete idiots (Michael's insistence that Hurley join the expedition should have been a huge red flag for all involved).

  • July 23, 2006, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Are they still going to have super-slow mo endings

    by Superneal

    Where everyone smiles and hugs ...They need to step this show up a bit. Its starting to become a soap opera.

  • July 23, 2006, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Lost Locke

    by Fraggle Rock

    I, like Terry O'Quinn, miss first season Locke. Not because he had the answers (in Terry's words) - I don't think he had the answers to the Island's mysteries at all. But he had an answer, and that was they way he lived on the Island. I miss that Locke, the boar hunter, the orange-peel-smile wacko who's glad to be alive and thankful for his working legs with a Zen enthusiasm. Oddly enough, the same happened to Terry's character on Millennium - when Chris Carter left the show in the hands of others for the second season, Terry's character was changed so much that it barely resembled who he was in the first season. It was pretty much a different character played by the same actor in season two. Ditto for Lost - the changes aren't as severe, but it's enough to make you thirst for consistency. It doesn't feel natural, and you can see the strings being pulled by the writers to further the plot, rather than allowing the characters to do their natural thing. The Jack/Locke struggle is one example, it's just too _forced_ and you can see the strings. Abrams needs to return to the helm, and put Locke back on course. Please JJ?

  • July 23, 2006, 9:34 a.m. CST

    that foot

    by vanfan

    is from one of the seven wonders of the aincent world. you know that statue that was straddling a waterway, kinda looked like the statue of libert, all holding up a torch and shit

  • July 23, 2006, 9:36 a.m. CST

    atlantis, bermuda triangle bulls@$t

    by vanfan

  • July 23, 2006, 9:43 a.m. CST

    ancient world

    by vanfan

    its called the colossus of rhodes

  • July 23, 2006, 9:43 a.m. CST

    by vanfan

  • July 23, 2006, 9:44 a.m. CST

    by vanfan

  • July 23, 2006, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Planet of the Apes?

    by Fraggle Rock

    "You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!" Will it be Hurley screaming these words at the foot of the island's statue? Timewarps _were_ mentioned at Comic-Con, and not the Frank'N'Furter kind either. *wink* JJ, whatever you end up doing with Lost, please bring back boar-hunting orange-peel-smiling live-in-the-moment Locke and a big dose of that Jungian synchronicity and eastern mysticism! I miss Locke rolling the backgammon dice with hands stained with boar blood ...

  • July 23, 2006, 10:35 a.m. CST

    can't wait

    by JuggFuckler

    I still think that it sucks that they killed Libby off. She was fine in a "you're fine but it is still believable that you would go down on a fat dude" sort of way. Very rare indeed.

  • July 23, 2006, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Daniel Dae Kim's contract

    by marcus torrance

    Every actor on a show is signed for at least 7 years, to prevent them for asking more money after a single season... Jennifer Garner signed for 7 years on Alias and the show ended with season 5.

  • July 23, 2006, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Sorry, but if that smoke monster isn't nanobots,

    by Novaman5000

    Then there's absolutely no "pseudo scientific" way to explain it, and the creators are contradicting themselves. That fucking thing is a machine, no doubt about it.

  • July 23, 2006, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by MrMonomaniac

    I still suspect that Libby will be a Widmore - possibly a cousin of Penny. Was she following Hurley. I think she will turn out to be responsible for a lot of people being on the island - Desmond, Hurley, Eko. Remember she gave a strange look to the psychic's "back from the dead" daughter when she was delivering the message to Eko.

  • July 23, 2006, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Blow the shark?

    by Christopher3

    Agreed about the limited run. This show will wear out its welcome past a fourth season. Then again, wasn't Smallville supposed to only go for 5 seasons?

  • July 23, 2006, 1:44 p.m. CST

    everyone i know

    by aestheticity

    has a love hate relationship with lost. that to me is the sign of a good show. between episodes they whinge bigtime about how slow it is and how its overly drawn out. then next ep, theyre there mouths agape again. frankly, ive started to use lost as a psych test - those people who lose patience with it and stop watching because its taking too long, well, i pretty much despise them. theres got to be something wrong with them, in the head, when compared to me, since i enjoy the wait and the anticipation. im better than them, its so obvious. not even joking. its like i have a properly developed patience lobe, whereas theirs is shrivelled and their 'instant gratification' cortex is vastly swollen instead. i feel completely superior.

  • July 23, 2006, 2:05 p.m. CST

    I wonder if they'll

    by pandamaster83

    get Brendan Fraser back to play more Libby.

  • July 23, 2006, 2:32 p.m. CST


    by EyeofPolyphemus

    Lemuria was like Atlantis, but in the Pacific. Supposedly it was once an island of lizard men. The Lostaways may run into the Sleestak. that would be shark jumping at its finest.

  • July 23, 2006, 2:48 p.m. CST

    It may not be the sloppiest, laziest show on television

    by Jar Jar 4 Prez

    ...but it's the sloppiest, laziest show that I actually watch.

  • July 23, 2006, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Any news on why Libby was let go

    by MGTHEDJ

    Was it "political": Rodriguez had to go due to allegations of diva-like behavior and the DUI bust, but was "Libby" jettisoned as well to avoid a discrimination lawsuit? Or did the writers decide killing Libby as well would be a great curveball to the audience? Oh, and someone please report in on the Boondocks panel!-----later-----m

  • July 23, 2006, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Vincent Flasback Episode = Joke

    by LilOgre

    Come on - its Damon and Carleton joking around as usual on the podcast. And I can see the whole concept of "time" being another moment of pulling the fans' collective legs. I agree with 4-5 seasons but a movie at the end? come on guys. but maybe its a way to coerce the studio into buying into the 4-5 season arc in the first place. psyched about JJ writing 3.1 and directing 3.7. can't wait until september.

  • July 23, 2006, 7:18 p.m. CST


    by Cameron1

    Comedy gold. Bravo, sir.

  • July 23, 2006, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Fuck ABC

    by Ribbons

    So they basically said that the network executives at ABC want to milk this show until it can no longer be milked. Right? Why else would they seriously consider walking from the show? Which means that it's never going to end the way it was supposed to. I can't stand this shit. And people wonder why the muckety-mucks in Hollywood get a bad rep. This is why! If art (not saying "Lost" is "high art," but it is a form of artistic expression) is borne out of the shark tank full of business school grads that is Hollywood, it's by accident. Fuck.

  • July 23, 2006, 9:22 p.m. CST

    You know what?

    by Ribbons

    I say Lindelof and Cuse just end the show exactly when and how they want to, and then if ABC wants to continue flogging the horse, let them. The fans'll know which DVDs to ignore.

  • July 24, 2006, 1:27 a.m. CST

    A fellow Mitch fan!

    by BitterMan23

    Do you believe in gosh? p.s. thanks for the report, i was the first person in the long wait line that never was opened thanks to the fire marshal. so i got right in for simpsons! "yay".

  • July 24, 2006, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Lost is overrated

    by happygolucky

    Season 1 was fresh and interesing, but I could barely make it through halfway the second time around. Season 2 had Michelle Rodriguez and no plot past the first three episodes. The characters act with no sensibility whatsoever, the dialogue has started to resemble a soap opera, Jack is a damned looney and the only interesting character - Locke - has been reduced to an angsty mess. By the time they actually got around to making any of these so called 'revelations' I had already stopped caring long ago.

  • July 24, 2006, 7:17 a.m. CST

    quick, check this out

    by ATARI

  • July 24, 2006, 8 a.m. CST

    ABC owns LOST, not Lindelof and Cuse

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    And it was ABC that came up with the basic idea for a "scripted series version of Survivor". The network then hired JJ Abrams and his production company to develop it. If ABC wants to run LOST for 10 seasons, they can and probably will if the ratings warrant it. If Bad Robot (Abrams' company) doesn't want to produce it after Season 5 (when their deal with ABC expires), it doesn't matter. ABC will just hire another production crew to take over. And if any one of the stars gets uppidity, his/her character can be easily killed off. That's the beauty of LOST: It's a TV network executive's perfect show.

  • July 24, 2006, 12:12 p.m. CST

    They've already said, Locke will change in S3.

    by minderbinder

    I assume that means his crisis of faith is over and he can resume throwing knives, hunting boars, doing the zen yoda thing, and generally being a badass. I'm surprised they dismissed the nanobot theory, I thought that was one of the better ideas. And I'm not optimistic about how the show will end, just because networks usually either drag out shows if they're a hit, or kill them off with little warning if the ratings drop.

  • July 24, 2006, 1:57 p.m. CST


    by v1cious

    he's coming. just you wait and see.

  • July 24, 2006, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Vincent episode

    by Thunderpants

    Come on...this is actually a pretty slick idea. I've wondered if Vincent is intelligent on a human or near-human level. If he isn't, at least it'll be an interesting episode featuring hot dog on leg action or scenes of him eating his own feces.

  • July 24, 2006, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Here is what we know now

    by emeraldboy

    Sept 14 2004 flight 815 was flying over a southsea ilsand when Desmond forgot to press the button. a white blst electro magnetic energy downed the plane. afterwards desmond hid in the hatch, waiting for someone to rescue him. Desmond, who had been given 42 000 dollars by his father in law as fuck off money, was being searched for by his girlfriend penn after he disappeared by was rescued by Clancy Browns Character who was a Marine. It will be revealed that Dharma project is run by Linwood industries and the AMerican Military. That is how Clancy browns character knew about the Island and The iniatiative. Because he was very highly regarded Marine, many times decorated and rose high in the military. I used to think they were all dead on the island but I am not so sure. Windwood's daughter has been spending her father was fortune or tryino locater her fiance and she found him eventually. Micheal did what he had to do to get his son back and that meant stabbing Sawyer, kate jack and hurley and sayid in the back. I think what shocked everyone in so-called comic con is the time factor. The plane crash took place in 2004 and the writers have been writing two years hence. The plane crash is meant to represent 2001 and suvivors of it are in a new world etc. Notice the Henry gale said we are the good guys(the others). Gales gang are going home with saywer kate and jack, whereever home is. Hurley goes back to camp. You see, I think, Jack comes face to face with someone he has forgotten about, Sarah. As for Kate and sawyer, the others are feds and kate and sawyer have to come face to face with what they did. Kate murdered someone as did Sawyer. the feds have orders to bring them in to custody, these feds have been told all about the island, by someone very high up.

  • July 24, 2006, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Blake was a plant by...

    by ShadoOpDan

    ...either ABC or the producers. She got way too much mic time. I've seen a few people 'quieted' or pulled before, and she wasn't. There were two female 'escorts' ready to take her away. Also, if you WhoIS the website, you get Discreet Domains. Clearly a plant!

  • July 25, 2006, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Blake has been

    by happygolucky

    confirmed on numerous other sites as an actor who will appear on the third season of Lost.

  • July 25, 2006, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Of course Blake was a plant.

    by minderbinder

    She's a character who has already appeared in the Lost web game in a bunch of videos. What's the actresses name?

  • July 25, 2006, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Blake has already appeared in a bunch of web videos.

    by minderbinder

    For the internet game.

  • July 25, 2006, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Of course she was a plant...

    by Ribbons

    ...never mind the mic time she got (and for argument's sake ignoring the fact that she already has a bunch of webvids on the 'net), the more obvious tip-off that Blake was a plant would probably have to be her talking about the television show "Lost" like it's a real thing.

  • July 25, 2006, 6:59 p.m. CST

    why they killed libby

    by soup74

    to answer the question about why they killed libby, in an interview the producers said they had always planned to kill Ana Lucia, but by the time the episode came, the audience opinon was very negative about michelle R./ana as a they were worried that her murder wouldnt hit home enough,(this is also why they never did the jack/ana romance they had planned..which they'll be doing with a new female character next season) so they figured they could add Libby to the death toll so people cared more.

  • July 25, 2006, 10:12 p.m. CST

    soup, where did they say that?

    by minderbinder

    On the podcast, they claimed that the Libby death was planned all along. Interesting take, I haven't heard that before.

  • July 25, 2006, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Happygolucky is Overrated

    by The Ender

  • July 26, 2006, 1:09 a.m. CST


    by soup74

    I think it was in the lost magazine. but it might have gregg nations on the fuselage. hes one of the head writers and he answers a lot of questions on that site.

  • July 29, 2006, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Clearing things up!

    by NINguy711

    Michelle Rodriguez was only supposed to stay on the show for one season from the beginning. Cuse & Lindelof (C&L as I call them) teased her being on the show in season 1 when Jack & A-L are drinking tequila and tonics, and they planned on taking her out long before the episode came around, NOT because of her DUI or her diva-like behavior (listen to the podcast from after Two for the Road). Cynthia Watros's character, Libby, was killed by CW is moving on to a different show, not to add dramatic effect. This was even reported on Entertainment Tonight before the episode was ever aired (kind of ruined the actual event). This is ALSO not because of her DUI, acc. to C&L. Again, podcast after TFTR. If anybody can provide SUBSTANTIATING proof that Rachel Blake will actually be on the island in season 3, incl. legitimate websites, articles, etc., I'd really enjoy it. Same thing goes for C&L or anybody else legit saying Locke is going to change in S3 (minderbinder). Finally, kind of as a note to people that come on this talk thing and talk shit about Lost, why are you even wasting your time/energy? Ok, this is the deal. Pretty much everybody that is on this thing is really really into Lost, which is why they came to see Comic-Con spoilers. It's not like you or anybody else coming on and saying "This show is OVERRATED" is going to make all of us suddenly realize, "Wow, I guess it is!" and stop watching the show. Seriously, go talk shit on the Golden Girls blog or something, but don't waste your time here. Seriously.