Of course I was thrilled last night to see some familiar images on Lost that we've only seen before in Daniel Faraday's journal. Hanging out at the Hydra station was the map Faraday was using to navigate the island as well as the same space-time map that I've obsessed about... repeatedly.
I thought for sure that these weren't the same maps with one on lined notebook paper and the other on a clean (and bigger) sheet of parchment. Indeed, as one commenter pointed out, they are one and the same:
I'm going back to revisit the circles of Faraday's various maps to compare them to the new, improved map over at LostMap.Blogspot.com. I'm just not able to line up these as well with this revised map and am wondering if it's the circles or the map that's the trouble:
It's remarkable how different the above maps of the island are from the one found at TheLostMap.Blogspot.com. The biggest difference seems to be the placement of the Hydra station island.
It's also been suggested by my pal Jeff Simko that these circles have nothing to do with the configuration of the stations but that they represent the "pockets of energy" that Eloise Hawking is tracking down at the Lamppost Station. This is tougher to "prove" as there aren't too many good screenshots of the world map Eloise is using. Here's one from GetLostPodcast.com with some circles from Daniel's map laid over it:
Not an exact match... but close at times.
Likewise, an old friend, Terry May, volunteered that these may be tied into the "Vile Vortices". This idea has been kicked around for a while. There are a couple nice write ups about it here: Smoke and Mirrors: Decoding Lost and here.
I also wanted to note that there's an interesting theory over at JackLovesKate.com about Daniel Faraday and Stuart Radzinsky being the same person -- the door map and Faraday's map lining up so well. It's possible though I think Radzinsky is going to show up one of these days soon.
The Sawyer Son of a Bitch compilation: