Iconocrypt


Nine glyphs: (1) a woman's face in profile formed by wisps of smoke; (2) the spindly tail of some creature; (3) a cross-section of an apple sliced in half, with odd seeds visible; (4) a palm print; (5) a frog seen from above; (6) a daisy or similar flower; (7) a seahorse in profile; (8) a butterfly; (9) a leaf

Here's a round of quick bits on Fringe since I've yet to post a proper review.

On last week's episode we finally heard — but didn't see — the mysterious William
Bell via an old videotape. Even if you weren't aware of the recent casting news, it was easy to recognize the voice of Leonard Nimoy, soon to be seen as Spock for perhaps the final time in Lost and Fringe co-creator J.J. Abrams' Star Trek film.

Finding It



Phillies logo TM The Philadelphia Phillies.

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Rocking It



Cover to the Concrete Earth Day special © 1990 Paul Chadwick.

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Booty Call


I hadn't submitted anything to The Late Show with David Letterman's online Top
Ten Contest worth posting in a while — until the batch of entries for this week's subject. Note: They're sort-of raunchy. I don't want to offend anyone visiting or get this blog flagged for adult content on the basis of a few lame one-liners, so if you're easily shocked please just don't read my...

Top Nine Punchlines to Dirty Pirate Jokes

9. "And he said, 'How do you think I became first mate?'"

8. "Oh... That dinghy!"

7. "It were so dark she never saw me comin'!"

6. "This one ain't hollow."

5. "So now my ex marks the spot!"

4. "A squid."

3. "That's not why they call it the poop deck."

2. "But the bad news is, that wasn't no mermaid."

And the Number One (and Most Obvious) Punchline to a Dirty Pirate Joke...

The Lore of Association



I still haven't done a proper essay on
Lost. Maybe with only a clip show airing this week I'll be able to collect and condense my thoughts. In the meantime, I thought I'd perform a little public service to fans frustrated by the lack of Norse mythology in last week's episode.

That episode was titled "Some Like It Hoth". And most people who bother to check the titles of upcoming episodes of
Lost are at least passingly familiar with Star Wars. (I don't actively look them up myself, but now find them out when reading Jeff Jensen's Totally 'Lost' column at the EW website or from commenters at Nik at Nite, the blog of Finding 'Lost' author Nikki Stafford.)

So it's no surprise that most informed viewers assumed the titular Hoth was a reference to the ice planet seen at the opening of
The Empire Strikes Back, which indeed it turned out to be. But some Lost followers either already knew or discovered through research that Hoth is one of the many variations on the name of the Norse god also known as Hod or Hodr, who was tricked by Loki into killing the otherwise invulnerable god Baldr. They were rewarded with bupkis last week.

We've seen hieroglyphics and other references to Egyptian culture and mythology on
Lost. The Dharma Initiative is named for a central tenet in various Indian religions. Many allusions to Judeo-Christian messianism have been made, including the presence of an actual, apparently resurrected character called Christian Shephard. And the Island's mysterious smoke creature has been referred to as Cerberus, which is the name of the three-headed dog that guards the entrance to Hades in Greek and Roman mythology.

There must be a way to tie
Lost to Norse mythology. I will now attempt to do exactly that through free association. (Don't knock it. Stephen Colbert makes his Oscar predictions this way, and it's served him well.) While the following is obviously the product of my own cultural environs, anything particularly foreign to you should still be clear in context. No infringement upon trademarks and copyrights associated with these images is intended or implied.

Ready? If you don't already see the free association below,
click here.

Norse Code

if you don't know what this is.


Lost.


The Lost Boys.


"Death by stereo!"


Stereo TV.


TV on the Radio.


"Radio Ga-Ga".


Lady Gaga.


Lady Dynamite.
Not the one I had in mind, but whatever.


Big Audio Dynamite.



The Clash.


Clash of the Titans.



The Teen Titans.



Robin the Boy Wonder.



Wonder Woman.



Paradise Island.

The Island is Paradise Island?
No way! I haven't seen any Amazons.
Wait... The Amazons are Greek mythology;
we're looking for Norse mythology.



Okay, Paradise Island.



Fantasy Island.



Ricardo Montalban.



The Wrath of Khan.



"Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!"



Madeline Kahn.



Young Frankenstein.


Frankenstein's Monster.



Monster's Ball.



Baseball.



"Beisbol been bery, bery good... to me."



Chico Escuela.



Chico and the Man.



Freddie Prinze.



Freddie Prinze Jr.


Sarah Michelle Gellar.



Buffy the Vampire Slayer.



Slayer.



Metallica.



Heavy Metal.



Medal of honor.



On Her Majesty's Secret Service.



James Bond.



Sean Connery.



Chuck Woolery.

Chuck Woolery? Yikes! Let's try this again.



Sean Connery.



Sean Penn.




"The pen is mightier than the sword."




Fencing.



"Don't Fence Me In".



Bing Crosby.



Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.




Nash Bridges.


The Rainbow Bridge, called Bifröst,
which is guarded by Heimdall and leads from Midgard,
or Earth, to Asgard, home of the Norse gods,
rendered by artists as diverse as
Arthur Rackham and Jack Kirby!
Suck it, haters! Wooooo!