LOST and Found

I was going to write up my (extensive, and probably redundant) analysis of the final episode/season of LOST, but it just got the better of me. Frankly, it was just kind of a shit ending that didn’t make much sense and really answered none of the questions at the heart of the series, or that they introduced in the final season. They wrapped it all up with some sleight-of-hand distraction over the "sideways world" being in fact some future spirit purgatory designed to give cheap emotional resonance instead of actual closure.

Instead, we’re left to speculate how they screwed up the series what the island and its mysteries really were, and here’s the only answer that really works: it’s an alien spaceship, crashed or stranded (or "lost" ha-ha) on Earth, with sufficiently advanced technology as to be indistinguishable from magic.

And that’s all I’ll say about that.

It’s been a crazy, busy two weeks with two separate trips following a Memorial Day trip to Lincoln City: my wife and daughter during the first week for three days, myself this past week for two. I went to Seattle with my boss to attend SMX Advanced: a Search Engine Optimization/Marketing show. I know, I know: outside of the industry SEO is usually seen as a bunch of do-what-it-takes-to-rank, snake oil shuckstering at best, and linkbaiting spamfarms at worst.

But it turns out they’re not that bad. Or, you know, the "white hat" ones anyway.

And it’s interesting to attend one of these things and watch all the industry "celebrities" that everyone wants to know and talks about: frankly, I’ve only learned who a relative handful of them are since I’ve been working at Smart Solutions for a year and a half, so while conference-goers are going, "Wow! How’d they get So-and-So to speak/attend/etc.?" I’m thinking, "Who are these people?"

Even in the computer/internet industry, SEO seems more insular than most. At least, that’s my perspective.

The weeks and weekend coming up are booked up in some way, as well: so while the weekday schedule has slowed back down for us (except for school getting out this week), we’ve got things to do for the next four or five weekends, at least.

Isn’t summer supposed to be relaxing? Oh well.