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Comment Re:To immediately Godwin the poll... (Score 1) 1270

Except that when you time travel into the past whatever happens from that point on is on a different 4D path, so it does nothing to change the original events, they simply do not exist anymore on the path you now inhabit.

Lots of people have left this path, gone and killed Hitler, and lived to reap the benefits. Someday you may be one of those people.

Comment Re:Babylon 5 / Firefly / Star Blazers (Score 1) 955

Babylon 5 and Firefly are two of my all-time favorite shows, but I don't see how you can not realize that LOST did in fact end on EXACTLY the same note it began: the focus was always on the characters! The ending was all about the characters, not the setting. The show was about the characters, not the setting. The Island remained mysterious, both to us AND the characters. It was meant to be so.

Comment Lost Fan STILL! (Score 1) 955

Complete scientific explanations are great, and sure it would have been interesting to get a few more of those out of Lost, but the Island was NEVER what the show was about: it was about the people. Every moment of the show was about the people; how they reacted to the stresses they faced (plane crash, mysterious monsters, evil island residents, lack of rescue, pressing button on a short timescale, uncontrolled time shifts, loves lost, loves gained, etc, etc, etc.) Why do you think we got all the flashbacks/flashforwards/flashsideways!? The Island was just a strange, mysterious setting in which to put the characters and watch them react.

Personally, I love the fact we actually don't know what happened to Ford/Kate, etal. on the plane that did leave the island. According to Christian, they may well have gotten back to civilization and lived long lives. I love the fact that Ben was STILL conflicted, and even though forgiven, not yet ready to move on. I don't yet know what to make of the fact that Michael and Walt were missing, yet the dog was there with Jack at the end.

If a show answers ALL the questions, what is the point? Lost gave us something to think about long after the show has ended. I am grateful it was here, shining brightly in the current wasteland of mindless, idiotic, juvenile reality tv!

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A Hyper-Velocity Impact In the Asteroid Belt? 114

astroengine writes "Astronomers have spotted something rather odd in the asteroid belt. It looks like a comet, but it's got a circular orbit, similar to an asteroid. Whether it's an asteroid or a comet, it has a long, comet-like tail, suggesting something is being vented into space. Some experts think it could be a very rare comet/asteroid hybrid being heated by the sun, but there's an even more exciting possibility: It could be the first ever observation of two asteroids colliding in the asteroid belt."

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