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UPDATED! Herc Gave Away A Copy Of The LOST Dharma Initiation Kit In BLU-RAY!!

The winner is @nosilentmoments! Thanks to everybody who spent the last two days staring at their computer screens! And stay tuned for many more cool contests in the days and weeks to come!

I am – Hercules!!
All you have to do is: 1) “Follow” me on Twitter. 2) Constantly monitor my Twitter account between 5 a.m. Monday (Feb. 15) and 11 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 16) Pacific Time. At some point during this window I will post a contest question on my Twitter account. The first to correctly answer via Twitter this question AFTER I pose it via Twitter will get his or her own copy of Lost: The Complete Fifth Season Dharma Initiative Orientation Kit on Blu-ray. THE QUESTION HERC WILL POST ON TWITTER: “Penelope Widmore Hume is not the only individual fathered by Charles Widmore. Name one other.” IMPORTANT!! Your Twittered answer MUST begin with @hercAICN. Don’t screw this up! IMPORTANT!! If you answer the question BEFORE I post the question in Twitter you will be automatically disqualified. IMPORTANT!! This contest is only available to residents of the United States. IMPORTANT!! If you win, immediately forward Herc your shipping address and phone number: If you fail to do so within 24 hours, Herc will assign the prize to another. Contestants are free to unfollow me post-contest, but it might behoove them to remain following for two reasons: 1) I’m not a Twittering fiend. I’ve tweeted fewer than 600 times since I set up the account last April. 2) I’m going to be giving away a lot more supercool prizing via that account in the coming days and weeks. And I may be announcing these contests only on Twitter.

Not sure this prize is for you? Find my Dec. 8, 2009 review of the Season Five Dharma Initiation Kit here. Again, I will update this post after the winner wins. Namaste.
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“Fringe: Season One” on Blu-ray, $47.99 in December and $42.99 in January, is momentarily $24.99!!

“Farscape: The Complete Series,” $129.49 last year, is momentarily $59.99. That works out to less than $15 per season!!
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  • Feb. 15, 2010, 7:05 a.m. CST


    by jimmy3vil

    You really expect us to constantly monitor your Twitter for 11 months? I mean, I'm a big Lost fan but, hell, the show will be old news by then ;)

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Agreed. 11 months is too long.

    by Hercules

    I've updated to narrow that window a tiny bit.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Fuck Twitter...

    by kells

    No bullshit giveaway is going to make me suck up to the lamest technological development in human history. Like I need to know when some fat fuck is taking dump while he's doing it. Fuck Twitter, fuck anyone on twitter, and fuck anyone who actually gives a shit about twitter.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Wouldn't it be hilarious if "kells" wins?

    by Hercules

    And his rant was intented to dissuade potential competitors? <p> If so? Well played, sir!

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 7:47 a.m. CST

    kells deserves to win it right now

    by TheManWhoCan

    for calling twitter for what it really is! a saddo blog for middle age to old gay celebs like Stephen Fry and Ian Mckellen

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST

    yeah I agree that twitter blows

    by daveyf

    Wonder why so many people like it. I think it's a fad and that facebook will win the social networking thingy war.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Ooh just going to buy some

    by theGoldbergV

    typical tweet. Yeah its bullshit and for people who are constantly on their Blackberrys, drink Starbucks coffee and use words like "Ciao" and "proactive" and "fabulous". In other words, total fucking twats. And yes, I want to win.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    I'm Not Joining Twitter For This

    by Crow3711

    But the question is easy enough...he's also Daniel Faraday's father. Can I just win now since clearly no one is going on twitter to win this?

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST


    by Crow3711

    I hope I didn't ruin the contest. I wasn't really thinking

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST

    im following hope to win

    by shamon

    really need this in my blu ray set .

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST

    by shamon

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Crow3711, I don't think the answer was a secret

    by jim

    If Hercules didn't want the answer coming out before he posted the question on Twitter, he wouldn't have posted it here first.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Since I'm ignoring BLU-RAY!

    by daggor

    will you have a contest where you you post a question on a much older, yet still fully functional and relevant medium like, oh, say.. a web page, an send the winner S5 on DVD?

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    FYI The answer is Daniel Faraday

    by CmdX

    Son of Charles Widmore and Eloise Hawking and half-brother of Penny Hume (Born Penelope Widmore)<p>Have fun!

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    keep your stupid box set

    by TheManWhoCan

    Ive torrented every episode since the show started and there all on one hard drive or another. Im a big lost fan but i also have a life as well and by the time im feeling nostalgic enough to rewatch it from the begining (when they stop syndicating the show ST:TNG style daily on every other TV station for the next 10 years) the entire 6 series will probably be avalable on some sort of futuristic crystaline format like the one superman uses in his house. Even then id just borrow the discs of a friend and never give them back!

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Fuck Twitter & Blu ray

    by Seth Cohen

    twitter is fucking retarded, just ask john mayer... and ill stick it out with dvds until streaming becomes the norm... not investing in more hard copies that will become obsolete in 5 years when the studios realize that it much more cost effective to allow their media to be streamed.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Fuck Twitter.

    by the_patriot

    People can't even fully articulate a complete and coherent thought as it is - I sure as blue fuck do not need idiocy the size of a text message about what people are eating or how they just got drunk. It's easier to buy the damned box set. Thanks though.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST

    sorry Herc - no Tweets for YOU!

    by Kaiser Soze

    I'm just going to go ahead and quote the eloquent Eric Cartman and say, "Da Fuck, man? Da fuck?" Dude, seriously, you're trying to encourage the retarded insanity that is twitter? That crap is for little girls that are away from their cell phones and just can't stand not talking about bullshit. Seriously, they're all a bunch of friggin Twitheads broadcasting the mundane details of their lives like we really give a steamy shit. Dude, don't promote that, that ain't right.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST

    has anyone seen that documentary series..

    by emeraldboy

    on the bbc called virtual revolution. which is all about the rise of the internet. saturdays show was all about Companies like google are shaping the world. Stephen fry has been this show. he was an avid user of twitter, untill there was a backlash against him. so he george fleed away from twitter as fast as he could.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    In fact, that's their new name

    by Kaiser Soze

    Anyone mentally deficient enough to use twitter is a complete and utter TWITHEAD! And they should be forced to walk through society wearing a shirt that reads "Twit Happens" with an arrow pointing up toward their sad, pahtetic, ugly mugs.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    the twitter hate

    by Bouncy X

    i too think its pointless but only because i have a facebook account and can do the EXACT SAME THING on there. so while i understand those who only have twitter, its the people who have everything i question. i mean hell even myspace jumped on the "update" bandwagon. so i dont understand why twitter's become so popular. least on facebook if you wanna share your bowel movements, you're not limited to a 10 word sentence and can detail it in full glory. but yeah it really is a pointless program, all you can do is post updates? that be like hotmail changing and making it so you can only send subject titles. if you feel the need to share your boring life with others, at least use a program that offers you more choice and things to play with.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 11 a.m. CST

    Fringe season 1 at Bestbuy for 10.00

    by rben

    sunday and monday (today's the last). not sure if it's also on blu for that price. i have a dvd player so bought the non-blu season one for 10 and some tax. booyah!

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    out of curiosity

    by Ogmios_the_Eloquent

    who decides when the constests are US only? And what is the reasoning behind the decision? i understand shipping to pal territories would be kinda pointless but why no love for Canada? is it cuz we smell or something? ABC policies? Herc's choice? AICN's? i'm not complaining, i know most contests includ us... i'm just curious.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    I could never discuss LOST on Twitter

    by VikkiMarsdale

    because it has more than 140 characters.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Ogmios the Eloquent

    by Crow3711

    It's about itnernational contest/prize laws. It really has nothing to do with someone deciding. The laws surrounding a contest/giveaway vary from country to country, making it a much more difficult thing to have an international contest, probably involving getting lawyers to tell you what you can and can't do, etc. Not worth it for such a relatively small contest.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    At Least I think

    by Crow3711

    I'm not saying I'm a lawyer or know the specifics or anything. I could be totally wrong, that has just been my understanding in the past.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    thanks for the answer.

    by Ogmios_the_Eloquent

    makes a lot of sens. but how come some contests are open to everyone, some only to North americans and some only to US residents? surely it has to do with the policies of one of the company involved in the contest

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    I think it just has to do with shipping prices

    by buffywrestling

    but that's me personally. And I LOVE twitter. It's perfect for an "instant information" junkie like myself. I read more than I tweet but it is often hilarious (Kevin Smith getting thrown off a plane; Simon Pegg/Nick Frost/Edgar Wright riffs, etc.) and sometimes relevant (Iran protests, breaking news, etc.). The thing about twitter is you get to choose what type of feed you want. Like smarty, space stuff? Follow NASA or Stephan Hawking. Like funny? Follow Daily Show writers. Easy as pie. Those who don't like it are those who don't know how to use it properly, IMO.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST


    by thekylegassproject

    i agree with much of what you say. and i hate twitter for how most people use it. but buffywrestling illustrates why it is good. it brings the news that YOU want to hear TO you. if you follow a certain writer or news correspondent, their tweets will let you know when they've posted something you may find interesting.<p> and as far as facebook is concerned, again, there are many people using it like teenage girls. but it is good for those of us that, you know, have jobs and don't sit at own and go on tirades about social networking.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 1 p.m. CST


    by roustabout99

    i have never tweeted before,how would i answer? if i hover over the post it says that how?

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    thanks to the internet..

    by emeraldboy

    you to can set up a website, talk shite about films and even more shite about the your friends in the movie world. this website will rail against the industry on which the website is founded. and you can setup a comment board which serves no other purpose except people who really dont know each other have a right good go. the internet has done more strangulate the english language. how many times has there been a call for this site to have either a moderator or an editor button. and none has happened. finally about this site. wont mention this again but why didnt harry not put up the link about douglas slocombe. and yet when he put up the stuff about metropolis, people said that nobody cares about that film. the internet is undoubtedly one of the greatest technological inventions of the 20th century. but now I am starting to worry. 3d is taking over. first cinema, then tv, and now books schools.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Again misterman

    by buffywrestling

    You are not using it properly. And you are giving old farts a bad name. Now tell me to get off your lawn.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Oh you whining old ladies

    by gotilk

    it's a web site. Get over yourselves. It's a great tool for keeping up with news that you'd find interesting. If you follow the right people. I'm sure for some it's a contest like Myspace used to be. But most of us use it as a time saver, not a time waster. Hey backlash, meet your blind, dumb bandwagoneers.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 1:38 p.m. CST


    by Acappellaman

    That's how we affectionately (or not so affectionately) refer to the social networking sites. Unfortuntely, I HAVE to use them for portions of my job. I'd rather not, but c'est la vie. Until now I didn't actually have a Twitter account, but I set one up just for the contest. I'll drop it like a hot potato as soon as it's done though. I predict Twitter will be old news within a year and a half. I really don't care for the concept, for the same reasons many people have stated here. For the Blu-ray set, though, I'll do it.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Why can't the contest just involve AICN?

    by SithMenace

    Twitter is for douches Herc, and you know it. Obviously there's something in it for you by putting your contests through Twitter.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Idiots buying bread

    by enderandrew

    There are countless people tweeting that they are buying bread. I don't follow them and never see their tweets. So it doesn't bother me in the least.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    "follow me on twitter" = shower me with attention!

    by Meglos

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST

    No, we do NOT hear it

    by gotilk

    because we never see it. Because we never follow those people. Please, if you are going to criticize a technology, try to learn SOMETHING about it or you look like a joke.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST


    by buffywrestling

    You don't have to hear it. Honestly. Everything has settings so you can you know, set things to your preference. <p> That said, join twitter and follow me & Meglos. I give good drunk tweets (I'm not sure what Meglos gives.)

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST're just grumpy, then?

    by buffywrestling

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    What better things do you have to do when

    by buffywrestling

    you're drunk?

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    I'm already aged.

    by buffywrestling

    If I was scotch, I'd be awesome.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    It was fun!

    by buffywrestling

    It was like having a discussion in 140 characters or less. Kinda like...*gasp*

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    I Hate Watching Movies Drunk

    by Crow3711

    I miss everything, can't take it seriously or pay attention, and don't remember after. Smoking a blunt and watching a movie is a much better experience.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Lisa Nova - Twitter Whore

    by jim<p>part 2:<p>

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST


    by Norm Cascade

    You're pretty funny. I like how you're complaining about social networking. Why? Because the idea of other people giving a damn about others is "sad," to you. Interesting -- I think you DO have a point. I guess I don't really give a damn about what you have to say either, old man.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    When you have Facebook,

    by solanine

    Twitter is fucking pointless.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Not true for me

    by buffywrestling

    I mostly use FB for a photosharing site between people I know personally. Twitter - WHICH IS DOWN RIGHT NOW *cry* - I use for more general information & entertainment. <p> And I am so bummed twitter is down right now because I didn't get to thank someone for posting this gif:

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    I don't have Twitter and therefore cannot win,

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    I'm so glad I clicked on this headline.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Facebook does have some uses...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ... I've had some people I haven't seen since college find me and they hadn't gotten lame. So that's cool. Okay, you're right. Facebook sucks...

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Bunch of whiny bitches on this talkback

    by MattmanReturns

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Why can't people outside US have a go

    by slimballs

    That's very unfair Herc.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 9:45 p.m. CST


    by zaner27

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST


    by Dapper Swindler

    That was awful

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Why bitch over free stuff?

    by FrodoFraggins

    I'm not yet ready to take the Twitter plunge, and even if I did I don't like contests where I need to monitor and hope I'm first to get the update.<br><br> But good luck to those who play.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Dear Herc

    by blackwood

    If you ever come to Canada I hope a goose shits on your face.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 11:59 p.m. CST


    by Goochbag

    Am I the 108th tweeter?

  • Feb. 16, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Lost...

    by Dapper Swindler

    Time for a Lost talkback!

  • Feb. 16, 2010, 1:58 a.m. CST

    I'm catching up via Hulu ... frustrating

    by ReportAbuse

    I'm working my way through Season 1 right now a minute at a time thanks to my WiFi connection (watch - buffer - watch - buffer), but the really frustrating part is the way the plot seems to continually rely on characters doing kinda dumb things like refusing to communicate common sense information to each other and so forth. Hey, we saw something weird, let's NOT tell any of the others so to keep the mystery going a while longer ... Hey, I discovered a cave full of water let's ALL immediately move up there RIGHT NOW! Umm, how 'bout just sending someone up to fetch water now and then when we need it? No, don't anyone ask that. Hey, I'm gonna go circumambulate the island all by myself! Sure, that's a good idea, don't anybody go with him or anything. Hey, I wanna go on an authentic Aboriginal walkabout but I can't 'cause they won't let me on the TOUR BUS. Hello, grab a cab or hitch a ride and have 'em drop you off by yourself somewhere. Nope can't do that. Etc.

  • Feb. 16, 2010, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Twitter is stupid and I don't have a Blu-Ray player

    by GimpInMyPants


  • Feb. 16, 2010, 5:36 a.m. CST

    ReportAbuse, get used to it

    by GimpInMyPants

    If you're going to watch Lost from episode 1 get used to scratching your head and asking why characters don't share vital information with one another. Your observation is stuff every Lost fan thought of and heard during their viewing of the show.

  • Feb. 16, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    There's also geese in America, blackwood

    by Meglos

    So, fingers crossed!

  • Feb. 16, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST

    i been waiting still no post

    by shamon

    i really want this still waiting seems like forever but well worth it at least twitter something herc

  • Feb. 16, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Looks like the Twitter was just a bit slow for me

    by gotilk

    at just the wrong second.

  • Feb. 16, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST


    by ByTor

    Someone just won. Bleargh.

  • Feb. 16, 2010, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Damn stupid work!

    by slave to the one

    I missed the contest question by 5 minutes! Apparently it was posted right as I walked away from my desk to speak to a co-worker...damn stupid work!

  • Feb. 16, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Overall I think...

    by ByTor

    Twitter is a dumb way to do this. I answered the second it came in to my phone, but after it sent the reply it showed a 2-minute difference between the two. <P> Herc, I think random luck is better than relying on the vagaries of different net connections and Twitter implementations.

  • Feb. 16, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    the winner was ultra fast

    by hubert_cumberdale

    i was spamming F5 and hit reply the second it came up, right clicked hit paste and hit 'reply' it was maybe 2 or 3 seconds after it was posted. 1 second too late i guess

  • Feb. 16, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST


    by RexBanner

    I totally agree. I've been watching for his post religiously during the past two days, and i replied the half second i saw him post, but my connection clearly wasnt fast enough. Herc, this contest should have been more accessible, especially for a show that is so fervently beloved by it's fans. You indirectly discriminated against those with slower internet connectivity, and put us at a disadvantage. It's your contest to run man. I'm just saying, give us a more equal and balanced shot at winning.

  • Feb. 16, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Congrats @nosilentmoments

    by gotilk

    You were superfast.

  • Feb. 16, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST


    by roustabout99

    way to go @nosilentmoments

  • Feb. 16, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    what place?

    by roustabout99

    any way to find out what place i was in? lol,i was kinda using this as motivation to buy a blu ray player

  • Feb. 17, 2010, 12:48 a.m. CST

    next time, don't announce the question

    by futureace

    beforehand. i think it would make the contest slightly more challenging and not just a fastest finger contest.

  • Feb. 17, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    futureace, that would also eliminate the need to say:

    by jim

    "IMPORTANT!! If you answer the question BEFORE I post the question in Twitter you will be automatically disqualified."