Wednesday, February 10, 2010

6x03- What Kate Does- Weekly LOST blogtakeover!

It was a good episode last night. Not in my top 10, but I enjoyed it. I think more questions were raised than answers received.. but that's LOST right? all the way to the end!!

It's pretty HUGE that the date on Claire's ultrasound is one month later.

This really brings up some interesting ideas... First of all, Claire goes into labor around the same time on island as she does in the sideways flash... so the timeline is accurate. ETHAN is off island here.. yet still a doctor. Here he tells her that he doesn't want to stick her with needles (just like he DID on the island) What about Ethan!! He's the son of Horace and Amy.. and Amy had been married to another man on the island, who was killed (paul, I think) before Sawyer (as LaFleur) made the truce. SO does this mean that Horace and Amy STILL get together somehow in the sideways reality? This opens up HUGE possibilities for our Losties to cross paths with the Others off Island in the sideways reality.. reinforcing that fate is just that.. and if you are meant to meet someone you will.. regardless of the situations..
Also.. what happened in the month between the original flight on 9-22 and the sideways reality flight on 10-22? Shannon reconciles with her boyfriend, John goes on the walkabout, Hurley is being lucky I guess? Who knows how much has "changed"

Huge thing.. The woman who was going to adopt Aaron is named Lindsey Baskum. Anagram: Used by Malkin
In the original timeline, Malkin sent Claire on the plane, knowing it would crash on the island and she would have to raise Aaron. In this alt. universe, Malkin put Claire on the plane knowing the couple in LA would split up and again, she would have to raise Aaron.
Looks like even in the sideways reality Claire raising Aaron is important.

Lots of the "deja vu" moments last night.. Claire calls the baby Aaron!! Kate has one when she sees Jack waiting for the taxi, she has one when she pulls out the same whale stuffed animal, she has one when she hears Claire call the baby Aaron.

Interesting facts (based on wiki) on the real life Dogen
Wiki Dogen
Notably, Dogen wrote Treasury of the Eye of the True Dharma or Shōbōgenzō, a collection of ninety-five fascicles concerning Buddhist practice and enlightenment. He also was a believer in endless prayer- that life and prayer should be one.
An excerpt from the book states, "In death, he lives." See link for more text.

CLAIRE!!! whoo hoo Claire!! OK.. so how does Dogen KNOW that Claire is Jack's sister? Does Christian tell him somehow? Claire seems to be the "new" Roussau! She's setting traps and using that rifle! It seemed the Others (Aldo and what's his name) knew they weren't Roussau's traps.. were they not "looking" for Claire because they know she's "infected" Will Sawyer and Kate get "infected" if they aren't in the temple (is that what the ash protects against?) We saw Roussau's team get "infected" when they went into the tunnel beneath the temple and we saw Smokey.. so we assume that Smokey causes the sickness..
SO MAYBE.. when a person dies-Smokey can manifest as that person entirely-
BUT when a person is NEAR death... like Claire was when the house exploded and fell on her, and like Sayid was when he was shot and bleeding.. then Smokey "infects" the person.. rather than manifesting as them. Not sure why Smokey wouldn't just wait until they'd totally died and just manifest completely.. so there has to be some difference to what happened to John Lock v fLocke and the infections of Sayid and Claire

In the same vein as the "infections" It seems as though Miles was looking at Sayid strangely.. almost like he knew something was different. Same when Sawyer pulled Claire out of the explosion. She says something like "I'm just woozy, I'll be ok" and Miles responds with something like "that's what you think" .. I think miles knows more than he realizes.

Will the REAL John Locke appear to Hurley or talk to Miles at all?

Interesting that there was an episode in season 2 called "What Kate Did", and this episode was called "What Kate Does". I think it's playing on the two different timelines going on... as well as reinforcing that the sideways reality is happening at the same time as the island reality.

I've got to start dinner, but I'm still chewing on it all a bit..
I think next week is going to be a big one!!

Some fiber Porn to end the post- my FAVE batt in the shop right now- amazing coopworth and kid mohair locks with tons of sparkle!(get it on etsy before I spin it myself!)..

Monday, February 8, 2010

Tricks and Techiques- DRUM CARDING!!

So I've gotten LOTS of questions on how I card my batts.. mostly HOW do I fit as much fiber onto my drum as I do.. to get those HUGE batts!!
So this weekend I did a short technique demo on carding layers with my louet carder.

For me, carding is about layers.. it's like painting the fiber onto the drum. Even when I do more than 1 of the "same" batt or when I "encore" batts (recreate previously carded batts) they are always unique- because I can never "paint" the fiber exactly the same way. I may use the same fibers... in the same colors.. but they will always be placed slightly different on the drum.

PLEASE no teasing on my sweatpants and "IL" trucker hat.. It was Sunday morning! LOL!!! I am proudly wearing my "daily dose of fiber" ravelry shirt! YAY ravelry!

I've gotten some questions on how to "process" a batt for spinning.. so I'll do a few quickie demo's on pulling roving from a batt this weekend (without using a diz). I'll try to get one using diz as well if I have time!

My next technique video will be (core)spinning with locks. I hope to have that up early next month!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

6x01 LA X (pt1&2); Weekly LOST takeover!

06x01 LAX (pt1&2)
WOW!! Feels GREAT to be back on track!! WHAT an episode last night!!

"Season 6 is not about time travel. It’s about the implications, the aftermath, and the causality of trying to change the past" Damon Lindelof

Did you notice in the title.. there's a space between A and X..
It's LA X rather than LAX.
This obviously means SOMETHING... could the X represent the number 10.. Desmond, Jack, Rose, Bernard, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley, Sayid, Charlie, John- But there were MORE of our characters on the flight.. Cindy, Frogurt, Ernst, Boone were all there too!! Could (as another of my friends pointed out) the X stand for the "sideways/alternate" reality? As in.. This isn't LA.. but LA X? I'm not sure what it means.. but it's there for a reason!!

Ok.. so the BIGGEST "answer" we got last night was about our good friend SMOKEY!! So... Smokey IS the Man in Black AND is FakeJohn!!! Smokey has been manifesting as all of these different people(things) to try and manipulate the people on the island. Could the man in black be FATE and Jacob be FREE WILL? Remember the scene on the beach.. The man in black says "they bring corruption.... it always ends the same" and Jacob says "it only needs to end once, the rest is progress" Jacob keeps bringing people to the island that he thinks will right something that has always been wrong.. and he Man in Black(Smokey) is always able to manipulate them with flashes of their past to get them. I thought it was great when ben said "so YOU"RE the monster" and FLocke said "let's not resort to name calling" LOL!! And he says he want's to go HOME!! Where's HOME?!?

The ASH!! Do you remember the ash ring around the cabin?! So obviously the ash protects the person from Smokey/FakeJohn/ManInBlack. The ring of ash was BROKEN when we found the cabin.. so I think that the entire time we thought we were communicating with "Jacob" it's really been the Man In Black.. It wasn't Jacob that asked John for Help.. it was Smokey. Smokey has been trying to find someone that the "others" would trust.. that he can manifest as and gain control of the Island. Jacob visited all the people that he brought to the island to get them there.. because HE thought they could stand up to Smokey and not be manipulated.. The question I have is.. if TheManinBlack/Smokey can't kill Jacob (he needed to manipulate ben to do it) then WHY would Jacob need an ashring around the cabin to protect him? Could the ash ring have been there to keep MiB INSIDE the cabin? OR was it someone else's cabin? At this point.. since Christian Shepard was instructing John on what to do.. I think we should assume that it was MiB/Smokey that was manifesting as Christian.. setting the plan in motion to manipulate john and ben.. I don't think we've MiB/Smokey manifest as anyone who's still living.. So he had to get everything "right" to create a plan to have the others trust a lostie (John) as their leader.. then get Ben to kill that person, so he (MiB) can manifest and take over leadership of the Others. Jacob's last words were "They are Coming". WHO's coming... The way it was filmed in that it was proceeded by the aftermath of the Swan battle and Juliet's (supposed) detonation of the bomb, I'm convinced that Jacob was referring to the six returning Losties in time: Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley, Jin, and Sayid. Especially considering the theme of the season 5 finale flashbacks was Jacob visiting these very characters at various periods in time. He was preparing himself just as the MiBwas maneuvering his loophole, and these characters in particular are key to defeating him. Jacob in his last breaths was sending the Man in Black a message: that he had not won yet.

SO when FJohn/MiB/Smokey came out from the Statue.. Richard says "DON"T SHOOT" is it because he knows he's Smokey? I do think he knows Jacob is dead, because the "other" Others set off the flare.. which I think was a warning!! I think that meant that Smokey was in control because they were all putting out the Ash and buckling down the temple in anticipation of Smokey trying to get in. So if he know that FakeJohn was being controlled by Smokey.. why did he looks so shocked, and said "YOU?!" when FJohn/MiB/Smokey mentions Richard's "chains" Could he be referring to LITERAL chains.. as in Richard came to the island on the Black Rock IN chains.. OR could he have been the captain of the boat and had people in chains.. and Jacob gave him a chance to redeem himself.. OR could the chains have been figurative.. as in FJohn/MiB/Smokey is saying "I killed your master" so you are no longer chained to him. is this the first time Richard has seen Smokey in "manifestation of a dead person" form? Could he really NOT have known that FJohn was Smokey.. and the reason he didn't want them to shoot was because he didn't know who he was.. can Jacob take form of the dead?

SO has Jacob been ALIVE on the island the entire time.. as in a "real" person.. since he tells hurly he "died a few hours ago" But Smokey/MiB doesn't seem like a "real" person.. the way he can manifest into the dead and the smoke monster... But if Jacob's been "alive" the ENTIRE history of the island (WAY too long to actually be "alive") they HOW was did he actually die?

The Temple and the "other" others!! We see Cindy with the Kids!! They were TAKEN way back!! Who is this Japanese man? The water obviously has healing powers (this is probably what saved Ben when Sayid shot him. When Richard takes Ben he tells Kate and Sawyer that he won't be the same.. he'll be one of them.. Does this mean Sayid is going to somehow "change") It seems as though it's the first time they've seen it "unclear".. as the hippieguy said "what happened to the water" Also, our Japanese friend cut himself and the water didn't heal the wound.. so if they knew something was wrong.. why did they go ahead and put Sayid in... and then HOW does Sayid die.. but come back? COULD IT BE JACOB in Sayid? Has the island lost it's healing powers now that Jacob is "dead"? Doesn't that water look an awful lot like what ben "flushed" to summon smokey to get him to kill the mercenaries?
Cindy also says they were with the "first" plane (referring to jack and crew) so these other others also know of the SECOND plane that landed (the ajera plane) I think there is a big clue in the architecture. The Temple was quite clearly Mayan / Aztec in influence, but with Egyptian overtones to the interior. Could the island be the birthplace of civilization- Atlantis (which by legend sunk) We now have direct island connections with the Phoenicians (Tunisia), Mayans (Temple), Romans (Latin) and Egyptians (Statue).

The plane the plane!!
What an interesting progression that is.. from the first episode of the series to last night- Is this an alternate reality/dimension? Hubby and I think it looks as though Jack has aged a bit.. and he had some cuts/bruises he didn't have before (or even seem to KNOW he had!!) Cindy (flight attendant) gives Jack ONE bottle of Vodka, rather than the 2 she gave him in the pilot episode. In the pilot episode, Jack is the one comforting Rose.. and last night it was the opposite!! Also.. DESMOND!! WTF is desmond doing there?!? In "real" time he was ON the ISLAND at this point.. pushing the button. Is there NO Penny in this timeline.. or is he meeting Penny in LA? Jack did look as though he remembers Des.. is it from meeting him while running.. or is it from the Island? Desmond's words "See you in another life Brother" takes on an ENTIRELY new meaning now!!!!! Did Des disappear from the plane.. with Christian's coffin? What about Widmore.. if the island is under water (how cool was that cgi) then where are "the others" or whomever? If in this timeline the island blew up and sunk.. then is widmore and ellie dead? So there are NO penny and daniel? How about that cgi.. we saw the old dharma shark, the statue and the entire island under water!!

Is that the result of the bomb explosion? When Juliet said "it worked" how did she KNOW it worked? It seems as though the bomb going off brought the 2 island timelines together (there is no longer 1977, just 2007). We saw this was true when the Temple others shot off the warning flare to Richard and crew.. BUT did the bomb going off somehow break off this alternate timeline...
There's a GREAT interview with Cuse and Lindleof (Full Interview) They say that there are 2 realities.. our reality and a "sideways" one. LINDELOF: Right out of the gate, in the first five minutes of the premiere, you get hit over the head with two things that you’re not expecting. The first is that Desmond is on the plane. The second thing that we do is we drop out of the plane and we go below the water and we see that the Island is submerged. What we’re trying to do there is basically say to you, “God bless the survivors of Oceanic 815, because they’re so self-centered, they thought the only effect [of detonating the bomb] was going to be that their plane never crashes.” But they don’t stop to think, “If we do this in 1977, what else is going to affected by this?” So that their entire lives can be changed radically. In fact, it would appear that they’ve sunken the Island. That’s our way of saying, “Keep your eyes peeled for the differences that you’re not expecting.” Some of these characters were still in Australia, but some weren’t. Shannon’s not there. Boone actually says that he tried to get her back. There are all sorts of other people that we don’t see. Where’s Libby? Where’s Ana Lucia? Where’s Eko? These are all the things that you’re supposed to be thinking about. When our characters posited the “What if?” scenario, they neglected to think about what the other effects of potentially changing time might be and we’re embracing those things.

SO now the comic-con video of Kate Austen on America's Most Wanted makes sense!!

In THIS story (in this alternate/sideways reality).. Kate doesn't kill her stepfather, but his APPRENTICE!! So the blowing up of the bomb has FAR more impact than just not crashing the plane!!! It reaches OFF island as well!! Again, does Penny and Daniel even EXIST?

A couple "easter eggs"":
The book Desmond was reading on the plane was Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie.
Wiki states :
"Haroun and the Sea of Stories is a 1990 children's book[1] by Salman Rushdie. It was Rushdie's first novel after The Satanic Verses. It is a phantasmagorical story set in a city so old and ruinous that it has forgotten its name.[2]"
The book includes the following things:
- an ancient city so old that people forgot it existed
- a war between the rulers of that ancient city
- a main character who is represented by two sides of himself: an "anthropomorphic shadow" and a "diminished man"

The book in the Temple next to the skeleton is as someone already said, Fear and Trembling by Kierkegaard. The title comes from Philippians 2:12 and probably has a connection to everyone's journey after Jacob has been killed.
"Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling." In Fear and Trembling Kierkegaard introduces the "Knight of Faith" and contrasts him with the "knight of infinite resignation". The latter gives up everything in return for the infinite, that which he may receive after this life, and continuously dwells with the pain of his loss. The former, however, not only relinquishes everything, but also trusts that he will receive it all back, his trust based on the "strength of the absurd".

What do YOU guys think?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Welcome the New Year.. In Feb?!

Wow.. not only is it the new year.. but it's FEB already!! I'm not sure how that month slipped thru my fingers!! What a year 2009 was!!
As some of you know my husband was laid off in Dec of 2008, just a few months after we were married.. so it was a hard year. I am, however, very positive, and we make the best with what we have. Our situation could be SO much worse.. so I have a lot to be thankful for!!

SO much happened for my fiber art in 2009-
-I got my lendrum spinning wheel and my art yarns EXPLODED in size and texture
-I took Lexi Boeger's art yarn workshop (and got to hang out with her for the weekend) and my art yarns EXPLODED even MORE with mastered techniques
-I got not one, but TWO drum carders (for smoothie and textured batts) to expand my fiber art into carding as well as spinning
-I reached 800 sales in my etsy shop!
-I started weaving

I expect LOTS of exciting fibery stuff to come in 2010-
-I plan to put up more technique demo's to help spread the love of art yarn spinning
-I'm now teaching lessons and leading workshops!! Come to my first group workshops at the Carolina Fiber Frolic Feb 25-27 Info Here
-I plan to continue to create NEW spinning and carding techniques to share
-I'm going to be selling Wearable Fiber Art- Mostly woven (some knit) pieces that One of a Kind
-I'm working on "collections" for the fiber and yarn.. to make my shop flow
-I hope to branch out.. to work more craft shows and maybe you'll see JazzTurtle Creations at your LYS.

As I approach 900 sales in the shop (2 to go!!) I can't thank everyone enough to helped me get here!! Your support and encouragement has made a tough year much easier!!

And because every post needs some fiber pR0n- here's a new shawl that just came off the loom and is going up into the shop tonight. It's corespun and INCREDIBLY sparkly! I just love it!