Yet again I'm just blatantly ripping off boingboing and once more it's in the same vein of premakes/remakes/preminiscent versions of current popular culture. First, a 60s-fied version of Lost:

Second, a show similar to Lost from the 60s:

For no real reason the second one reminded me of a secret town the USSR built in Siberia only reachable by train where they deposited all their brightest young creative talents. Completely cut off from the rest of the world they had their own folk music revival at the same time as the one in the United States, adding credibility to the theory that many sociopolitical movements aren't spearheaded by a few individuals or institutions but primed to happen in a (worldwide) culture. I can't remember or find the name of this town so you'll just have to trust me.

Many people whose opinion I respect and value love the 60s TV show The Prisoner and consider it to be Lost's true predecessor. I can only just barely see the resemblance. You can watch them all here but I suggest watching the first one in it's entirety to get a feel for it's campy appeal and then save yourself most of a day and watch's Prisoner-In-A-Minute distillations (same page but separate tab).

Re: Lovecraft / Doré / Ernst Mashup Illustrations

Following up on my previous post on the subject, I just discovered the following in a footnote to another Lovecraft story:
"[Lovecraft] was tremendously fond of [Doré's] illustrations for Dante's Inferno (1866), Milton's Paradise Lost (1866), and Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1876). The Ancient Mariner illustrations, which he stumbled upon at the age os six, fostered his interest in weird fiction."
This page shows all of Doré's plates for Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Here are some of my favorites:

Pedro Juan Gutiérrez — Dirty Havana Trilogy

I found one of Pedrojoán's notebooks lying around. He had been reading lots of books all at once. The notebook was full of quotes, copied from Herman Hesse, García Márquez, Grace Paley, Saint-Exupéry, Charles Bukowski, and Thor Heyerdahl. A good mix. That combination, plus rock, will keep a fifteen-year-old boy in a state of constant torment, and he'll never be bored. Which is good, I say. The important thing is to not be bored.
It's impossible to understand everything. Life isn't long enough to enjoy and understand all at the same time. You have to decide which is more important.

A Single Man

"A few times in my life Iʼve had moments of absolute clarity. When for a few brief seconds the silence drowns out the noise and I can feel rather than think... And things seem so sharp and the world seems so fresh. I can never make these moments last. I cling to them, but like everything they fade. I have lived my live on these moments. They pull me back to the present and I realize that everything is exactly the way it was meant to be."

Oceanic Pole of Inaccessibility

I just randomly came across the Wikipedia article for Poles of inaccessibility, marking "a location that is the most challenging to reach owing to its remoteness from geographical features which could provide access." Included in its list of poles was a map of the Oceanic pole of inaccessibility, showing the area on earth farthest from any land.

I then checked out the region on Google Earth with the Wikipedia option turned on expecting to just see empty ocean floor but was surprised by a few scant entries, hundreds of miles away from anything else. They were as follows:

The name given to an ultra-low frequency and extremely powerful underwater sound detected by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The source of the Bloop is unknown but cryptozoologists have suggested it originates from a massive unknown sea creature. Others have ruled this out since it is several times louder than the loudest known biological sound (from the Blue Whale). [Map]

A sunken city located deep under the Pacific Ocean where the godlike alien being Cthulhu is buried. [Map]

The Mysterious Island
Captain Nemo's hideout and home harbor of his ship the Nautilus. [Map]

Podesta island
A phantom island reported by the Italian Captain Pinocchio of the vessel Barone Podestà in 1879. The island was charted falsely until 1935 when it was removed from charts. The island has not been found since. [Map]

Funnily enough, Easter Island looks to be the closest civilized land to any of these places.

NASA for Lovecraft

This image is begging to be used as a cover for a Lovecraft book. Via NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day.

The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

OMG! I just rented the HBO 1983 recording of Pee-Wee Herman's stage show at the Roxy on a whim and was shocked (shocked!) at how funny it was. What more can I say besides Phil Hartman and a Sly Stone medley? No? Then think of it as a proto-Boosh? Still no? Then we're not friends. Rent it on Netflix immediately (move to position #1) or you can watch it here (but you need to install some junk so just netflix it):

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Jon Stewart in the No Spin Zone

Label under "People I Wish Were My Friends." I'll let you guess which one: