Monday, February 27, 2017

Answering LOST's most confusing questions

Fifteen years ago, a phenomenal ground-breaking series aired on Abc Family, the show is called "LOST".  This show was confusing to plenty of viewers who especially didn't understand the ending and plenty of confusing questions throughout the series. I have recently rewatched the whole series and I will attempt to answer most of LOST's confusing questions.

Why didn't the black smoke kill the candidates when he had the chance, why put them on a submarine with a bomb? 

The thing is, candidates, selected by Jacob, the protector of the Island, are immune to death by the black smoke. While the black smoke can kill anyone he wants, he cannot kill the candidates. Candidates include Jack, Hurley and Sawyer. The black smoke is "extremely smart" and manipulated everyone throughout the series. The black smoke wanted all the candidates dead to be able to escape the Island, so what he has done is manipulated them to be on a submarine with a timed bomb. The black smoke realized that they would try to stop the bomb by messing with the wires and thus they would cause their own death, instead of the black smoke!  Jack, who realized the bomb cannot explode since it was set by the black smoke, couldn't prevent Sawyer, who tried and failed. So the bomb exploded.

How did Jack's dead father appear on the Island? 

The black smoke posted as Jack's dead father on the Island. So Jack was not hallucinating when his father on the island. A reminder that the black smoke and pose in any dead person's body. 

What was the horse Kate saw on the Island? 

The horse is still a mystery, however, my best guess is that the black smoke was trying to mess with Kate by posing as a horse. 

Why didn't Sayid stop Claire from killing Kate? 

Sayid's case got complicated. After dying from a gunshot, he was restored back to life with the help of the black smoke. Thus, Sayid lost his feelings and was only responding to the black smoke's requests. Sayid later repents by saving the candidates by running away with the bomb in the submarine.

Why didn't Jacob prevent himself from being killed by Ben? 

That's a very good question. Jacob was a very a cool character and really didn't give a damn plenty of times. There was no self-defense in the process of his murder. My best guess is that Jacob really trusted Ben and thought Ben would never harm him after being loyal all those years. Miles Straume, the spiritualist hired by Charles Widmore to go to the Island and has the ability to read the final thoughts of the deceased was able to hear Jacob's thoughts before his death and they were: I wish I was wrong about Ben.

Did Ben kill or order the death of the real Henry Gale? 

I would say: Definitely. Ben stole his identity, and knew where he was buried. 

What order did Desmond not follow that led to his dismissal in the army?

I don't believe Desmond ignored orders. The thing, Desmond started moving though time and places while being in the army so he was irresponsive and thus seen unfit to stay in the army.

Who is this person linked to Jack, his father Christian, and half-sister Claire?

We don't know. There is no reference to the "person" in the entire series.

Why does Ben insist that the Oceanic Six, as well as Locke, have to return to the Island?

Because they were candidates, and candidates have to protect island by preventing the black smoke from exiting the island. 

Why can Jacob leave the Island but the Smoke Monster can't?

As long as there are candidates, the black smoke cannot leave the Island, he's stuck. The black smoke cannot kill candidates too so they have to kill themselves. Candidates were picked since there were very young by Jacob.

What is the "infection"?

From CRACKED: "It is the word used to describe people under the Smoke Monster's influence. Claire was infected. Rousseau's husband and team were infected. Sayid was infected, until the power of love gave the infection the business."

Is Juliet Alive? And did she reset the chain of events with brought the passengers of Oceanic Air flight 815 to the island?

Juliet died at the beginning of season 6. She was still breathing before the last goodbye to Sawyer. Sawyer wanted to kill Jack out of anger when she died. So, we're sure that she's dead. Miles Straume, the spiritualist hired by Charles Widmore, also confirmed this when he read her thoughts later after insistence from Sawyer. As for the chain of events, they were not reset! Passengers were still on the island, nonetheless, they weren't in the 80s anywhere. They left the past. I understand how this might be confusing as season 6 aired two chains of events: one in the island and another off the island. I assume what was shown off the island would be the answer to the question: What would have happened if the airplane never crashed and events of Oceanic Air flight 815 are reset?

What Happened to Claire? She's been MIA for three seasons – what's up with that? And what is her son Aaron's role in the island's mythology?

Haven't you watched season 6? Claire reappears. It is really unknown what happened for those three seasons. But claire clearly was affected by the Black Smoke. She might have died and brought to life by the Black Smoke (like what happened to Sayeed), we don't know! But what we know is that she was responding to the requests of Black Smoke. Claire lost her sanity. As for her son, I don't know the answer of that. Her son might have no role in the island's mythology.

The Ajira Airways 316 Posse? And who exactly are Ilana and her crew?

Ilana is "summoned to the Island to protect the remaining candidates by Jacob, with whom she had a previous relationship." I recall that she was Jacob's bodyguard and she viewed him as her only "father". She was extremely saddened by his death. 

The Numbers! What is the significance of the numbers (4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42), and do they connect somehow to the island or to its powers? And is Hurley truly cursed by them?

You really didn't watch season 6. In short, the numbers correspond to candidates 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 respectively and one of them is supposed to protect the island. There are tons of pages regarding those numbers, please find them here and here.

When some of the survivors went back to the island on the Ajira flight, why didn't Sun end up in the past? Why was she still on the plane?

Very good question, I will quote lostpedia for this as there are plenty of theories:

1. Sun didn't go back in time because she was not a candidate. There is strong evidence that Jacob and his brother are based of the story of Jacob and Esau from the Old Testament. In a passage from the Old Testament, Jacob wants to pass his convenant through his grandchildren, and touches Manasseh and Ephraim. However, he touches Ephraim with his right hand and Manasseh with his left, proclaiming Ephraim will be a greater person. Similarly, Jacob touches Jin with his right hand and Sun with his left, only making Jin the candidate.

2. Sun wasn't sent back in time because she "betrayed" the Island by working for Charles Widmore just like Ben wasn't sent back in time because he moved the Island when Locke was suppose to and then even worse he came back.

3. Sun wasn't sent back in time because she was carrying a tracking device for Widmore. That is how he planned (successfully) to return to the Island. The tracking device worked as a sort of tether in time.

4. Sun didn't travel back in time because she was originally not supposed to be on Oceanic 815, and thus not supposed to be on the island in the first place. If you remember, she was originally going to leave Jin at the airport, but it was through her free will that she stayed with him. The island made sure she got pregnant so as to force her off the island so she would not travel back to 1977.  She was supposed to leave, but Jack, Kate, Hurley and Sayid were not.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Why I hate pop-under adveristments

I have written this blog for the public but especially for my assistant to illustrate to him why popunders suck.

Ever since 2017 started, one of my major websites witnessed a significant decline in its traffic. In fact, it lost over 30% to 40% of daily traffic. I was outraged, puzzled and obsessed. For days, I kept obsessing and thinking about this decline to find out a solution for this decline.

I have enjoyed a troubled, but stable relationship with pop-under advertisement networks since 2014. For almost 2 years, I have have been a customer to the most major pop-under advertisement networks, in fact, I think I've tried every popunder network you can think of, the networks are:
  • PopAds
  • PopCash 
  • Adsterra
  • ClickAdu
  • Propellerads
  • AdMaven
  • HilltopAds
There are probably other pop-under advertisement networks I had accounts with but forgot to list; nonetheless, those companies/websites made tons of money in 2014 - 2015 - 2016 as it was their time of rise.  Here are the main reasons why I hate  with popunder advertisements:

Malicious Advertisements, Viruses, and Scams

I have received many complaints about the quality of popunder advertisements being opened, where a lot of people alleged that the popups have tried to install pure viruses or unwanted software. I have personally witnessed "Get Rich Quick" scam themes, websites that were blacklisted by Chrome as "dangerous & deceptive", websites of my competitors, and endless advertised content with no value. I have very much contacted the advertisement managers and complained to no avail. You will always a bunch of amoral advertisers looking to spread of virus or malware to make money out of your clean traffic. 

Bad User Experience

This is one of the main reasons why I hate pop-under advertisements. Internet consumers like me completely abhor and oppose popunder advertisements and tend to close them as soon as they open. They're usually annoying because they hinder the user experience and stop his focus and engagement on the website by opening unwanted popups. 

Unethical popunder network

Popunder networks usually control your current eCPM and raise it or lower it for absolutely no valid reason whatsoever. One popunder network (I will not name) reported less number impressions instead of reporting the actual number. It was pretty obvious. Around 39,000 impressions were not reported. I completely ditched the network afterward. Other networks incredibly lower eCPM for no reason after realizing that you're dependent on their network. Once day you're 3.1, the other you're 0.9.

You're never in control

For most popunder advertisements, you don't control who bids on your website and who doesn't. You don't control the average eCPM that you desire to put. You have no idea how pop impressions are counted and if they are counted correctly. You have no idea if the network will ban you from the program the next day or not. You have no idea if the advertisement will contain malware/viruses or not. You have no idea how it is affecting the user experience and if users are ditching your site or whatever. You don't control anything, they control you. 

It is selling your website

Popups are easiest ways to make money off a website but they're the cheapest way. It is a quick weak fix that will pay you temporarily money until you realize that those pops are harming your business, especially on mobile where they have become incredibly unsupported (and almost tantamount) to redirecting your website to another one (aka, selling your website for cheap). 


Popunder advertisements make money but so do drugs. I have enjoyed a 5-figures monthly income from popunder advertisements but eventually, I got sick of them and planning to ditch them when the budget permits. Not everything that makes money is good as it might destroy you in the long term. Google  hated popunder advertisements in the past and they were never integrated into the Adsense program and I completely understand and respect their decision.