Lost Countdown Clock *possible spoilers, use caution*

dr_slurpee

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OK, so I did a search and couldn't find any posts about the countdown clock. I am a little surpised...I know I would love to have one hanging above my door in my office.

I of course have the computer one that runs on your desktop...but that just doesn't cut the mustard.

Sooooo, who's gonna tackle it? :)

 

synasp

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I haven't seen season 2 of Lost, so I have no idea what the "Countdown Clock" is...... hopefully not a big spoiler, eh? ;)
 

dr_slurpee

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Hmm, I hadn't thought of that...I don't think it would be a spoiler. It would be less a spoiler than some other prop items that have been discussed I think.

If anyone feels it's a spoiler then I will be more than happy to put in the appropriate warnings...actually maybe I should anyway.
 

Scapey

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Sorry, I had to go type in the numbers.

What were you saying?


And... "Crunch"?
Lost me there.
I was talking about one of the key props in the finalé, if you catch my drift ;)
 

AlltoEasy

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Sorry, I had to go type in the numbers.

What were you saying?


And... "Crunch"?
Lost me there.
I was talking about one of the key props in the finalé, if you catch my drift ;)
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the whole item you are thinking of would rock (i was thinking about what happened to the item mentioned in the title)

Dan
 

ortiz34

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Id buy one.

As for spoilers, as far as im concerned, after they air on network tv, its no longer a spoiler.

Frankly, if someone doesnt know what the countdown clock is at this point, they arent a lost fan...



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Sorry, I had to go type in the numbers.

What were you saying?


And... "Crunch"?
Lost me there.
I was talking about one of the key props in the finalé, if you catch my drift ;)
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the whole item you are thinking of would rock (i was thinking about what happened to the item mentioned in the title)

Dan
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rollerboi

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Looks like the kind of flip-leaf style found in the 1970s Solari Cifra flip clocks.

Here's a picture of the internal workings, sort of.
 

dr_slurpee

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rigormortis thanks for posting that. Free paper props kick ass.

I wonder what the logistics would be in making a functional countdown clock. I realize that one portion of it would be impossible.
 

rigormortis

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Actually I spent a lot of time researching the flip clocks yesterday. While I found a lot of Nixie Tube stuff, I found very little on countdown flip timers. It looks like it's all gears and timing. :(

As far as the paper prop, I'll get some real textures in there to make it more accurate. I just wish I could see the sides of it. The next version will have recessed and partially folded numbers to look like the real thing and it'll flip between 3 states. It'll say 108 00, flipping, or the egyptian symbols (which according to a Cambridge Egyptology guy mean literally translate as Swan Little Death - i.e. self destruct).
 

moffeaton

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The symbols translate to "Swan Little Death"?

"Little Death" is also slang for orgasm - maybe the Swan station's EMP is a "Little Death"? Less of a self destruct and more of a ...uh... energy release.

(lol)
 

JediHomer

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The symbols translate to "Swan Little Death"?

"Little Death" is also slang for orgasm - maybe the Swan station's EMP is a "Little Death"? Less of a self destruct and more of a ...uh... energy release.

(lol)
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great call.
 

Fetthunter

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The egyptian has several meanings including "Cause to die" or "Make someone die" or "The cause of death" or "Kill".

You can find translations here, complete with a glyph-by-glyph breakdown:

http://www.lostpedia.com/wiki/Hieroglyphic...lation_Theories


Besides the "little death" thing (la petite morte) is a French expression. I don't think anyone from Hanso is French, are they? :confused

Love the clock idea, though. I imagine it'd be too expensive for me to buy one, but it'd be very, very cool I'm sure. :thumbsup
 

moffeaton

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But it's not like the Hanso/Dharma people are strictly Egyptian in theme - they seem to be borrowing from everyone... like everything I've read on the internet about Lost, the Swan Little Death translation is fun to talk about, but I sure as heck don't consider it canon.

I think most of us learned that lesson with Boba Fett's lame-ass backstories ;)
 

Ramiel

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I've just watched the episode "one of them" (yesterday to be precise), and I was wondering if someone could do or modify an existing flip-clock to create the "countdown effect" (maybe this kind of clocks have already a "reset" function... ?), because if someone can do the electronics, I can work out the hieroglyphs (I have the exact font :D ), and the rest of the graphics (and I think I can do the "case" too), and maybe we could have our own clock...

(Ok, this big reply was a disguised bump... :rolleyes )

P.S.
KEEP THIS THREAD SPOILER FREE. PLEASE...
 
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