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This 'Lost' Character Chart Will Just Confuse You Even More

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 26th 2010 11:00AM
Lost chartAs well all know, 'Lost' is a difficult show to understand, even if you're a regular viewer. A couple dozen characters, various timelines, various locations all add up to a confusing (though great) show.

Wired has a handy character chart (yes, there might be spoilers!), created by bioinformics scientist Martin Krzywinski using Circos software (even that sentence is confusing) that shows how all of the characters are related. The chart showing the entire cast is just a mess of colored lines that might be hard to follow, but you can use the list on the left to narrow down the list of characters and plot points you want to examine.

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A universal remote that can control everything, maybe even the universe

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 23rd 2009 9:02AM
An old Zenith remote controlEvery TV addict has that moment when they throw themselves on the couch and muster enough courage to overcome their body fat, gravity and the risk of doing a full sit-up to reach for the remote.

But then comes that feeling of sheer dread when your hand, reaching as far as your arm will allow, grabs nothing but air. Your eyes dart around the room, first scanning the immediate area that doesn't require you to get up from the contoured indent left by your ever-expanding ass. Finally, you find it ... clear across the room. You have discovered the remote control's one and only modern flaw.

Don't fret. Scientists across the globe have been putting their swine flu vaccine and obesity epidemic research projects aside and working on improving TV remote technology. That idea for a miracle virus cure never materialized but, thankfully, they've perfected the remote control.

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New issue of Wired might include some Lost, Star Trek clues

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 21st 2009 5:02PM
WiredJ.J. Abrams is the guest editor of the latest issue of Wired, and it's not only filled with info about the new Star Trek film and Lost and Fringe, it has a bunch of puzzles scattered throughout that might actually give some clues to Lost. Inside there are many oddities and games: missing text on page 46, and Hurley's lottery ticket numbers (and other numbers) on pages 104 and 105. As for Star Trek, there's a six page comic included.

Here's Abrams talking about the issue.

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Find tips on how to watch the Olympics online for free and as they are happening

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 7th 2008 2:19PM

Want to see your Olympic events live? Jump over to the Internet.If there is one problem with the Olympics it's this: it's international. Now, hold off before you begin calling me a fascist, isolationist pig. All I'm saying here is the "globality" of this massive sporting event causes problems for television viewers who wait four years for the games to take place. This is particularly true when the Olympics take place halfway around the globe from the North American continent.

Take this year's event, being held in China. For those of us in the United States (and Canada, we can't forget about you), we are getting the back end of the coverage, since many of the events that will be broadcast on NBC will be pre-recorded from several hours before. Of course, if you are a die-hard Olympic fan, or fan of an individual personality, you can probably tune in during the wee hours of the morning to watch some events being covered by USA Network, MSNBC, or one of their various online outlets. You can also record these on your DVR, but that will destroy the feeling of watching them live. Meanwhile, your friends over in the Asia-Pacific region will mockingly text you and let you know who won the Archery competition before you watch it on TV. And, there's nothing that irks you more than knowing the Archery results ahead of time.

I know, I know, you're feeling dejected about the whole thing. Fret not, though, as there may be a solution thanks to the wonderful world of the Internet. Click ahead to read on.

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Ron Moore interview online

by Brad Trechak, posted Jun 1st 2008 10:20AM

Ron MooreWired Magazine has posted online an interesting interview with Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ron D. Moore. In it he discusses several topics such as his philosophies behind the Battlestar Galactica relaunch and its prequel series Caprica and his new Fox show Virtuality, his work on the Star Trek franchise as well as his personal history and religious beliefs.

In the interview, Moore confesses that he was both jock and nerd. He went to a California high school in a town that was so small, he was a quarterback for the football team yet watched the original Star Trek. Or maybe he just simply didn't believe in such labels.

He also discusses dealing with online fans, stated best in this quote: "oh really, they don't like it when we do that? Well that's what were doing. We kind of go the other way. Oh, that'll piss them off? Well let's really piss them off. This'll really piss them off, that'll drive them insane. They'll say, oh, there's this guy who really hates the show, and all he talks about is how much he hates Starbuck. Oh, yeah? OK. Let's do a Starbuck episode."

It's a very good interview. Recommended.

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StrikeTV.com coming in 2008

by Jay Black, posted Dec 21st 2007 9:02AM
Man, if the writer's were enormous rats, I bet this strike would be over much more quickly!As the last few hours of our scripted entertainment disappear like canned foods in a fallout shelter, any new entertainment on the horizon is good news (unless, of course, you're talking about ABC's Duel or the prospect of a Tonight Show that rises and falls on Jay Leno's wit alone).

Today's offer of putrefied pond water to us thirsty masses is StrikeTV.com. Wired.com is reporting that after the holidays, the striking writers will use the site to post "videos and other media supporting the strike." It's not much and, when you get right down to it, it's less "entertainment" than "snarky rhetoric," but hey, it's something.

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PBS picks up Wired Science

by Anna Johns, posted May 2nd 2007 10:20AM
pbsThe producers of Wired Science were kind enough to drop us a note that they have been picked up by PBS for the fall season. Wired Science was part of a grand PBS experiment to have viewers vote on their favorite pilots and PBS would take those votes into consideration when choosing which one to pick up. Wired Science was the far-and-away favorite among voters and focus groups (and my mom) out of the three pilots that PBS offered up for viewing. The Wired Science pilot featured meteorite hunters, virus harvesting in Yellowstone Nat'l Park, and NASA's underwater astronaut training program. Cool stuff. (You can still check out the pilot here)

The series is connected to Wired Magazine and is described as "a weekly one-hour series that presents the crucial subjects of science and technology in a smart and compelling format." When it launches in the fall, Wired Science will (naturally) have a significant online presence that includes video and additional resources. The 10-week series premieres October 3rd at 8 pm.

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Jenna Fischer poses nude for Wired

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 23rd 2007 8:29AM
jenna fischerMove that Caprica Six poster on your cubicle wall and make room for the new Queen of the Geeks. The Office actress Jenna Fischer appears naked on the cover of the April 2007 issue of Wired magazine. The magazine comes with a clear cover that makes her look like she's dressed in a suit, but you pull it back and see she's naked (naughty parts hidden tastefully behind a white sign she's holding). You can see it and other photos here.

Why is she naked? In case you actually care, it goes with a feature article about "radical transparency", which is a new trend of companies going public with upcoming projects, etc. The title of the article is "Get Naked and Rule the World".

By the way, this isn't the first time Jenna has had a revealing photo shoot. She also showed off her ass in Jane magazine last July. I imagine her Office co-stars are going to give her hell for this. (Remember how they responded to her Esquire article?)

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Is Battlestar Galactica getting bad?

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 9th 2006 9:01AM
bsg; battlestar galacticaA blogger over at Wired thinks that Battlestar Galactica is headed in the same direction as Lost: downhill. He wrote his post after last week's boxing episode where Kara and Lee beat the holy living crap out of each other. In particular, he didn't like the "barfy romantic flashbacks". He thinks BSG is headed in a dangerous direction and lists 10 reasons why, including Cylon threesomes, dangling subplots (Helo & Sharon's baby), and side projects that are keeping BSG creators busy.

Even though I disagree with him, I think the post is well-reasoned. I, too, have been wondering what the hell is going on with the Cylon/human baby that the Cylons managed to capture before they fled New Caprica. But, I adored last week's boxing episode that explains just how messed up Kara and Lee's relationship is. He doesn't like entire episodes being devoted to words like "genocide" and "torture", which I found to be thought-provoking.

I do agree on one point, though. Give Admiral Adama something to do other than just monologues. Edward James Olmos is a great actor and all he's getting are speeches.

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The Daily Show: August 10, 2005

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 11th 2005 1:10AM
thedailyshow2Jon Stewart begins with news about the ongoing war on terror, of course. FOX network hit the country hard with news about how the terrorists are using media to spread hate. Do tell! They elaborate on this shocking new fact by... showing the hateful videos. One video is voice-overed by FOX people with, "It seems to be a training video on making a bomb. Should we even be showing this?" Stewart screams at the camera, "No!" Oh, FOX, you silly, silly network.

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