Lost Countdown Clock *possible spoilers, use caution*

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  1. dr_slurpee

    dr_slurpee Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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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? :)

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  2. synasp

    synasp Sr Member

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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? ;)
     
  3. dr_slurpee

    dr_slurpee Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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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.
     
  4. SurferGeek

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  5. Scapey

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    There's a smaller prop in the finalé I'd love one of.
     
  6. AlltoEasy

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    LOL (if i think i know what your thinking "crunch")

    Dan.
     
  7. dr_slurpee

    dr_slurpee Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Well I suppose I now know why no one has made one...apparently no one is interested. :p
     
  8. 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 ;)
     
  9. AlltoEasy

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Reverend Scapegoat @ Jun 2 2006, 10:36 PM) [snapback]1255103[/snapback]</div>
    the whole item you are thinking of would rock (i was thinking about what happened to the item mentioned in the title)

    Dan
     
  10. rigormortis

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    Here's a paper prop I whipped up. Print whatever size you like, cut, fold, and tape. ;)

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  11. 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...



    <div class='quotetop'>(AlltoEasy @ Jun 2 2006, 09:54 PM) [snapback]1255221[/snapback]</div>
    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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  12. 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.
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  13. dr_slurpee

    dr_slurpee Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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

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

    rigormortis Well-Known Member

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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).
     
  15. moffeaton

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    The symbols translate to "Swan Little Death"?

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

    (lol)
     
  16. JediHomer

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    <div class='quotetop'>(moffeaton @ Jun 7 2006, 09:57 AM) [snapback]1257717[/snapback]</div>
    great call.
     
  17. 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
     
  18. 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-* backstories ;)
     
  19. 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...
     
  20. dr_slurpee

    dr_slurpee Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wow, never thought I'd see this thread again. I'd still love to see someone make the clock.
     

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