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New Star Trek Viral Campaign [Update: Game Clue Solved?] April 10, 2009

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Back in January of 2008 Paramount put up a viral site (, but since then it has been quiet on the viral marketing front from for Star Trek, but that appears to have changed, and in fact we seem to have missed it as it has been out there for a couple of weeks. It all starts with those Star Trek dance parties we reported on a couple of weeks ago. 



Party photos hold clues to viral sites

TrekMovie reader Phil B. just sent in a tip that he noticed some URLs appearing in photos from the Star Trek Dance Parties at Here is one from the first party in Los Angeles.

what is that URL

If you go to, you get a flash movie with what appears to be static:

What’s this?

But there are flashes in the static of some clues to it being Star Trek and that there is more to this…

Elements of Narada appear in static…identifying this as related to the Star Trek movie

One flash shows the date of Apirl 17, or next Friday

And a more cryptic flash shows the Periodic abbreviations for Iron (Fe), Calcium (Ca), Silicon (Si), and Aluminum (Al)

UPDATE 3: More clues from first site
First time through missed an image, here it is:

This looks like it could be a code for an IP address

The text is ‘[*^].[#%].[*#@].[*^@]’. This text looks a lot like an IP address. If you assume those symbols represent their corresponding numbers on the keyboard, you get 86.35.832.862, but IP numbers cannot exceed 255. So that isn’t the right IP, or the clue isn’t an IP.

And when you piece together the flashes, you get this (thanks to reader Jean Paul):

And there is the Narada…after putting the pieces together

Lastly, when you translate the binary code for 01001111 you get ‘O’, which stands for Oxygen

UPDATE 1: Paris photo clues lead to two more sites
Here is another photo from the Paris party with a URL: When you translate the binary 0100001101100001 you get ‘Ca’, so this clue is related to elements on the first site.

another site

 That site also has the following clues:

Text ‘*#%^@’ – corresponding numbers on keyboard are 83562

Roman number VI (for 6)

the number ‘87465’

And another party photo gives you: and that translates into Al (or Aluminum).

third site

That third site repeats the Narada outlines, the text ‘*#%^@’ and the Roman numeral ‘VI’, but the site also has the following new clue:

the number ‘19886’

UPDATE 2: Another site
With the above two sites tied to elements, two more should be able to be deduced. The first one is easy, which is taking ‘Fe’ and converting it to binary and adding the .eu you get, which turns out to be yet another site. That site is exactly like the others, with flashes of the Narada outline, the text ‘*#%^@’ and the Roman numeral ‘VI’ but there is one new clue:  

the number ‘94371’ appears at the fourth site

UPDATE 4: Final site?
The final element clue from the first site is Si, which translates to 0101001101101001 in binary, however this does not equate to a valid .com or .eu URL. However, when you try .jp you do get a working site at: The one new clue at this site is the number 15048.  

the number ‘15048’ appears at the fifth site

In summary:

The first site – (which translates into ‘O’ for Oxygen) had the clues:

Each of the ‘elements’ translated into binary and a URL has its own site and each of those sites shares two clues in common

Each site also has an additional number clue:


UPDATE 5: Puzzle Solved? – leads to site going live next Friday?
OK it looks like TrekMovie community members ‘Slaynest’ and ‘Brown’ may have figured it out, here are the steps:

  1. Assume first site clue[*^].[#%].[*#@].[*^@] is IP address

  2. Assume the order of the clue ‘Fe Ca Si Al’ matches the IP

  3. Take the number codes from each ‘element site’ 94371, 87465, 15048 & 19886

  4. Match them with the ‘key’ code on all element sites ‘*#%^@’

  5. Pick just the numbers associated with the corresponding symbols from the IP clue

For example, when converting [*^] into the first part of the IP, you take the 94371 clue from the ‘Fe’ site, and you grab the First (*) and third (^) numbers 94371, or 97.

When you do this for all four elements you get Turning that into a web address you get:, which is a live blank site. However, matches the IP IPs that close are likely housed at the same location and possibly even the same server.

So for now it looks like the solution is to visit on Friday April 17th. Unclear what the ‘VI’ clue leads to. That may be a code used for the site, or maybe it means 6 AM (or PM).

Is there more?
With these viral games, also called ARGs or Alternate Reality Games, there are often multiple components, so it may be that only part of the whole puzzle has been solved. Plus there may be more hidden clues in the above sites, possibly in the sound. If any reader finds anything new please send it in to tips [at]



1. Megg - April 10, 2009


2. ted - April 10, 2009

Could the elements be related to what allows the Narada to travel back in time?

3. jas_montreal - April 10, 2009

wow, i’m going to try to crack the code !

4. crazydaystrom - April 10, 2009

Hmmm. Look’s like cool stuff. Have to check it out.

5. Spock with a Crowbar - April 10, 2009

Maybe another early showing of the film on the 17th? Anyone here good with chemistry?

6. Dab - April 10, 2009

Well, those four elements plus limestone = cement.

7. Voltaire - April 10, 2009

[very minor spoiler]

Could the elements have something to do with the red matter that is supposed to be in the film?

8. The Governator - April 10, 2009

Mighty strange if you ask me. Nevertheless, I will make an attempt.

9. Julio - April 10, 2009

Complaint about how smoking shouldn’t be in an ad for Star Trek in 3… 2… 1…

10. DGill - April 10, 2009

Why didn’t they do this sooner?

11. Spock with a Crowbar - April 10, 2009

Cement…. sidewalk? Chinese theatre? Cement… skatepark?

just thinking out loud….

12. Jim Durdan - April 10, 2009

I would assume that the name of the site is in binary. However the best I can do to decode the site is tell you that the binary is for the letter ‘O”.

13. The Governator - April 10, 2009

Yeah, umm… I just took a crack at it, and just because I feel the necessity to say this in full, what the f*ck?

Sorry, I just don’t get it.

14. Michael - April 10, 2009

BTW on one of the “Paristrek” pics with the green girls there’s written on the wall, the exact same SWF pops up.

15. Kyle Cawley - April 10, 2009

#14 – I found that one too just now!!! About 50% of the times I log into this site and expand the articles, the comments don’t show up!!!! It’s so frustrating…

16. Trekker Chick - April 10, 2009

I’ve decoded it…


17. Jim Durdan - April 10, 2009

Anyone else just lose all the pictures? Just a place holder now for the site?

18. ricker - April 10, 2009

0100 1111 is 4F hex

19. Jim Durdan - April 10, 2009

The Binary of the last sire just came back as Ca. I bet that the other sites are the binary eqivilant of Fe, Si, and Al.

20. Anthony Pascale - April 10, 2009

Michael…are you sure it is the same animation?

21. deleted - April 10, 2009


22. Jim Durdan - April 10, 2009 is another one. It is the binary conversion of Al.

23. Magicdan - April 10, 2009

“Fe” and “Ca”

Could mean “Federation Heavy Cruiser”, the designations used in Starfleet Battles and other strategy games. Haven’t looked at the rest.

24. Jim Durdan - April 10, 2009 is another, Binary for Fe

25. Jim Durdan - April 10, 2009

Si does not appear to have a site, at least not one that ends in eu or Com.

26. AJ - April 10, 2009

Ahhh…Morons and marketing. A classic and inevitable combination.

27. Jim Durdan - April 10, 2009

Binary for Si is 0101001101101001.

28. Spocked - April 10, 2009 has different flashes I think, with some text at the bottom, but I don’t have any video capture utilities installed to go through frame by frame, could someone else have a look?

29. charliebob - April 10, 2009

If you watch the bottom right of the static, after a while the letters VI appear briefly, so the number 6 in Roman Numerals.


Oh this was on the eu version (

30. Jim Durdan - April 10, 2009

Agreed their is text at the bottom and the roman numeral IV shows up in the lower right corner.

31. Jim Durdan - April 10, 2009

Opps VI

32. Spocked - April 10, 2009

6 elements?

33. Ampris - April 10, 2009

On the second site ( I keep seeing what I’m assuming are cusswords censored cartoon-style… I’ve got a screengrab that says ‘* # % ^ @,’ which I suppose could also mean ‘8 3 5 6 2,’ but I have no clue what either of those could be alluding to. Huh. And I’m sure I saw some more symbols at the top of the screen on the first site.

(Note: I’m not really sure about the first symbol; it’s a little hard to make out.)

34. DiSiLLUSiON - April 10, 2009

Damn I should type faster.

35. The Governator - April 10, 2009

28. Spocked

I too do not have such software, but out of the two text flashes towards the bottom right, I think I made out one to be 87645. Yet, I cannot find any numerical significance this value may contain.

36. Jim Durdan - April 10, 2009

Agreed it could be six sites. We already have Si, Ca, Al, Fe and the home site, which is O (oxygen).

Check this out:

37. charliebob - April 10, 2009

87465 appears in a flash in the same area as the symbols. I think thats the numbers, they flash so gorram quickly. eu site again

38. C.S. Lewis - April 10, 2009

16. Trekker Chick – April 10, 2009

One of my favorite all-time surprise endings :-)

C.S. Lewis

39. Brown - April 10, 2009

I have found this screen in the first site (the Anthony’s one):

40. charliebob - April 10, 2009

definately 87465

41. JamesinTucson - April 10, 2009

I don’t think they’re all the same, they’re similar but I’m seeing 1986 and other text on is it possible to pull a first contact stunt and lay these on top of eachother? also listening to multiple sites at once is kind of interesting sounds like a lcars computer.

42. Spocked - April 10, 2009

Jim Durdan –

From that page:
Major Elements in the crust of the Earth

Element Volume proportion

* Oxygen (O) 93.7%
* Potassium (K) 1.8%
* Sodium (Na) 1.3%
* Calcium (Ca) 1.0%
* Silicon (Si) 0.8%
* Aluminum (Al) 0.5%
* Iron (Fe) 0.4%
* Magnesium (Mg) 0.3%

Anyone care to inform us what the binary for the missing elements might be so we can try going to that url?

43. charliebob - April 10, 2009

yeah they’re definately not all the same, because instead of getting the 87465 that is in the eu one, in the com one, you get the date mentioned in the article.

44. Ampris - April 10, 2009

Re: 39. Brown, yeah, I saw those too. Coudln’t get a screen shot, though. They flash by too dang fast. I guess the |s could be \s? Can’t tell what’s between ’em, though.

Does this mean anything, numerically?

\86\ \35\ \832\ \862\

45. JimJ - April 10, 2009

I don’t even know what it means when they say a viral campaign. Guess I’m too old-lol!!!!

46. Jim Durdan - April 10, 2009

Mg 0100110101100111
K 01001011

47. Spocked - April 10, 2009

Brown –

Interesting. I think that reads:
| *^ | . | #% | . | *#@ | . | *^@ |

Ideas? Co-ordinates?

48. Brown - April 10, 2009

#44 could be an IP adress, but they usually dont start with 8

49. JamesinTucson - April 10, 2009

searched 87645 star trek and didn’t find anything interesting, this is fun! I bet this topic won’t have less than 500 posts before we figure it out.

50. Enterprise - April 10, 2009

Who killed Kennedy?

51. Brown - April 10, 2009

Ive found the Si one:

52. The Governator - April 10, 2009

I’ll come back in a few years. Maybe someone will have figured this stuff out by then.

53. charliebob - April 10, 2009

the jp one has 15048 in the top right soon after starting if that means anythign

54. Voltaire - April 10, 2009

Can we get 21 deleted?

55. charliebob - April 10, 2009

@47 an ip address with those dots?

56. Tanner Waterbury (HUGE PINK FLOYD FAN) - April 10, 2009

This kinda reminds me of the Jericho Alternate Reality Game tomtooman, was fun to figure out what certain things meant

57. Spocked - April 10, 2009

We’re getting far too many variables/combinations now.

Original site has a date and 4 elements.
The 4 elements are turning out to be other sites.
On these sites, non alphanumeric characters, strings of numbers and roman numerals for ‘6’. appear.
The elements named so far appear to be some of the most important in geology (

58. JamesinTucson - April 10, 2009

tried the ip thing, no cigar, even tried to reverse the order. don’t remember my binary stuff, can 15048 be back translated into 1’s and 0’s

59. Spocked - April 10, 2009

JamesinTucson –

15048 = 11101011001000, possibly with an extra two leading zero’s.

60. charliebob - April 10, 2009

yes 11101011001000

61. charliebob - April 10, 2009

oops too slow :P

62. Anthony Pascale - April 10, 2009

OK guys…i have updated article with more clues…still not there yet, see above

63. charliebob - April 10, 2009

it is an ip, if you look at it

| *^ | . | #% | . | *#@ | . | *^@ |
the symbols between the lines have appeared on other sites, and are in the same place as the numbers we’re finding!

64. Spocked - April 10, 2009

I’ve hit a dead end. Too many variables, don’t know where to focus.

65. charliebob - April 10, 2009

‘* # % ^ @, is 87465 for instance from the eu site

66. charliebob - April 10, 2009

86.74.875.865 would be the result but this doesnt work…right idea maybe?

67. Michael - April 10, 2009


in hex: |2A 5E|.|23 26|.|2A 23 40|.|1A 5E 40|

in dec: |42 94|.|35 37|.|42 35 64|.|42 94 64|

if thr dots and slashes have to be translated as well they are:

| = 7C or 124
. = 2E or 46

Looks like an IP ? not? no clue.

@Anthony no they’re right the .EU Video is different

68. The Angry Klingon - April 10, 2009

Have you folks considered CHECKING ZIP CODES. You keep coming up with these 5 number translations which correspond to zip codes. TDK did something similar in their viral campaign as to locations, possibly for screenings?
Something to consider.

69. Spocked - April 10, 2009

charlie –
i’m having trouble translating it to decimal to turn it into an ip address… ASCII for * = 42, which makes it an invalid address.

70. charliebob - April 10, 2009

yeah, doesnt seem to work. Was working on the symbols meaning other numbers but thats not working. Ah well.

71. charliebob - April 10, 2009

@68,-118.410301&sspn=0.13531,0.307617&g=90210&ie=UTF8&ll=-20.811965,-49.439592&spn=0.03819,0.076904&t=h&z=14 this is what i get for the 15048 if its a zip. I get nothing on the other number :(

72. The Starfleet Conservative - April 10, 2009

#2 Ted

You need to purchase the Star Trek Countdown Comics, as they tell you how and why the Narada is back in time.

73. NickD - April 10, 2009

I looked up the owner of at

The owner is “Albert Stein” from Manchester, UK. Is that relevant? It shows his email address there…

74. Spocked - April 10, 2009

I’m not sure I’m convinced that | *^ | . | #% | . | *#@ | . | *^@ | is an IP address. Wouldn’t it be a bit unusual for campaign like this to rely on a static IP address (that could go down or be overloaded) rather than a domain name that could point to backups/other servers if needs be?

It might also pay if someone could double check the symbols as some of them are a little hard to make out.

75. DiSiLLUSiON - April 10, 2009

The flv’s are placed in the format “http://www..ext/.flv” for easy downloading. I’m extracting the frames.

76. DiSiLLUSiON - April 10, 2009

I meant: “http://www.(number).ext/(number).flv”. Strange why this blog strips out html-style tags instead of encoding them.

77. fred - April 10, 2009

I’m not thrilled with the Vulcan salute being turned into a gang hand sign.

78. Ampris - April 10, 2009

According to the USPS ZIP code look-up site, neither 83562 nor 87465 is a valid ZIP code, so I guess that’s out. I’m still trying to figure out how that could translate to latitude/longitude, if at all. Hmm.

79. The Governator - April 10, 2009

68. The Angry Klingon

Yeah, I doubt Wilmington, Delaware is getting a special screening. Just a hunch.

80. Spocked - April 10, 2009

NickD –

Are you sure about that?

I did the same thing and got the following:
% WHOIS 0100000101101100
Domain: 0100000101101100


Registered via with nothing revealing.

81. Anthony Pascale - April 10, 2009

I have made one more update…more clues

82. illogical - April 10, 2009

Considering these are the big 8 minerals in geology – could it be that these listings have some kind of tie-in to the fact that Nero was a Romulan miner (RE: the ST Countdown comic)?

83. Spocked - April 10, 2009

is in on this? The tone of the updates (ignoring some discoveries, pushing us to solve one perticular clue) suggests it is.

84. Pontihog - April 10, 2009

79. Governator

Wilmington, Delaware….. That would be too cool!!!!

Sorry, not that often I see my home mentioned.


85. DiSiLLUSiON - April 10, 2009

Placing a few images of on top of each other gives us the Nerada.

86. THX-1138 - April 10, 2009

It’s the ingredients to a strawberry/chocolate Slusho broken down into binary/atomic language. It was so easy a caveman could have done it.

Many happy joy smiles!

87. The Governator - April 10, 2009

84. Pantihog

Ha! That’s pretty funny! lol

88. JamesinTucson - April 10, 2009

hahaha, i’m glad I made that Contact tip then, looks like it was on to something. But is there something else we’re missing?

89. Charles Trotter - April 10, 2009

The number 15048 appear on the Japanese site. A VI also appears on the bottom right-hand corner of that one. Interesting…

Anyone try figuring in the atomic number of each element? They are, respectively, 26, 20, 14, and 13.

90. NickD - April 10, 2009

@80 – Spocked:
Odd… Which service did you use? Typing the address into definitely worked for me!

91. Blake Powers - April 10, 2009

85. That’s awesome.

92. MingusDew - April 10, 2009

this is like some rocket science kind of sh%t isn’t it???

my poor brain can’t wrap around this one. geeeezzz…..

93. Gigastazio - April 10, 2009

See if there are any clues that point to the elements Sodium (Na), Potassium (K) and Magnesium (Mg). This would give us all 8 elements for geology.

94. NCC-73515 - April 10, 2009

must be quantum physiscs, since orci insisted it’s the latest and greatest part of science…

95. Brown - April 10, 2009

Well… just tried to mess with characters

And the elements
Fe Ca Si Al

the correspondent digits to each character in each element are

But its not an IP and I dont know what these numbers are.

96. Spocked - April 10, 2009

NickD –

Full phone number, email address, name and postal address. Gotta be something we can fish out of all that.

Looking at the address on google maps, there’s a listed building nearby that was a cinema/theatre, a Mac/PC shop and some offices. Streetview is available too.

I’m going to send an email and see if theres an automated response.

97. Gigastazio - April 10, 2009

Binary for Potassium (K): 01001011
Mangesium (Mg): 0100110101100111
Sodium (Na): 0100111001100001

Can we see if there are other sites with these numbers as their URL? I tried .com and .eu. Nothing.

98. Blake - April 10, 2009

Also tried the atomic mass for those elements (rounded up) and got No good.

99. Anthony Pascale - April 10, 2009

i have done a third update, but there is another website that no one has found yet

100. DiSiLLUSiON - April 10, 2009

@96: the digits trace to so it apparently IS an ip, but that’s probably not what the numbers signify.

101. DGill - April 10, 2009

Huh? All that running around just to see the Narada? Whatever…LOL

Personally, I think they should’ve thrown a viral campaign together where the user stares into a screen of static…and is briefly met with flashes of William Shatner’s smiling mug. That would be so pointless but yet so ironic.

102. Batfan - April 10, 2009

honestly, who the hell has time for this?

whatever happened to the days where they just released a movie, maybe had some tie-in merchandise, and that was the end of it?

103. Blake - April 10, 2009

One other thing I noticed if this helps – O falls under VI on the periodic table.

104. Spocked - April 10, 2009

Batfan –
Well personally, I’m expecting free tickets to an imax premiere in return for solving this :)

105. RedShark - April 10, 2009

73: Albert Stein could be a corruption of Albert Einstein…although how that could possibly be significant, I don’t know.

106. NCC-73515 - April 10, 2009

The mass of decalithium is 69.41 g/mol – but does that help?

107. Ampris - April 10, 2009

re: 97, I tried those numbers to see if they were sites from other countries; I checked at .com, .eu, .de, .ca, .jp, .gb. and .fr addresses and came up with nothing. I’m not sure what else to check.

C’mon, Anthony, drop us a clue or two. ;)

108. Nero=Bitch - April 10, 2009

i just hope all this doesn’t lead to a recipe to brew Romulan Ale LMFAO

109. Gigastazio - April 10, 2009

What, we think Anthony’s in on this?

110. TrekkyStar - April 10, 2009

86.35.832.862 when added up you get 1904 maybe it’s a year? (or maybe I’m crazy)

111. Spocked - April 10, 2009

Gigastazio –
Anthony is definately in on this.

112. Ampris - April 10, 2009

Okay, I tried .au, .nz, .ru, .pr, .us, .uk and .tw. Still nothing.

113. Anthony Pascale - April 10, 2009

In on what? I havent figured it out yet. I have figured out one more site which isn’t hard to figure out…surprised no one has guessed yet. I will do another update soon.

114. Michael - April 10, 2009

Well, one guy from ‘paristrek’ lifts up his shirt to reveal a diamond-tattoo, so carbon (C) would be 0b101011, but i found no site with popular TLDs.

115. NickD - April 10, 2009

Somebody had posted a nice synopsis of their findings on another forum, so I thought I’d update it with what we’ve found. I’m stuck for ideas now:

0100000101101100(.eu) – Al
0100001101100001(.eu) – Ca
0100011001100101(.eu) – Fe
0101001101101001(.jp) – Si
01001111(.com) – O

In the videos:
0100000101101100(.eu) – Al
Code: 19886
VI *#%^@ = 83562

0100001101100001(.eu) – Ca
Code: 87465
VI *#%^@ = 83562

0100011001100101(.eu) – Fe
Code: 94371
VI *#%^@ = 83562

0101001101101001(.jp) – Si
Code: 15048
VI *#%^@ = 83562

01001111(.com) – O
Code: Fe Ca Si Al
[*^].[#%].[*#@].[*^@] = 86.35.832.862

116. Nero=Bitch - April 10, 2009

ummm guys remember that dna sequence thing from the TNG episode ‘The Chase’? this things beginning to remind me of that

117. Quatlo - April 10, 2009

Y’all knock yourselves out on this – I’m drinking a cold beer or ten and waiting for the full scale replica of the Enterprise that was promised to be a part of the promo. Cheers.

118. Chris J - April 10, 2009

Try a or .au ending for a site…

The premiere having been in Australia and all…?

119. Matt Wiley - April 10, 2009

But sadly I’m wrong

120. spiked canon - April 10, 2009

me thinks Anthony got help from ummm….Mr Orci?

121. rolltide1017 - April 10, 2009

86.35.832.862 is not a valid IP address because no single number can be higher then 255. is the largest you could have.

122. Spocked - April 10, 2009

Domain Look ups:

0100000101101100(.eu) – Al
Albert Stein

0100001101100001(.eu) – Ca
Camille Dupont

0100011001100101(.eu) – Fe
Ferdinand Franco

0101001101101001(.jp) – Si

01001111(.com) – O

I love how the names match the elements :)

123. Charles Trotter - April 10, 2009


Betcha whoever runs the jp site has a first name starting with Si, and whoever runs the .com domain has a name starting with O. I’m not sure looking up domain info will help us here.

124. Charles Trotter - April 10, 2009


And I see you already noticed the name matching. Sorry, didn’t see the last line you wrote. :-P

125. Spocked - April 10, 2009

0101001101101001(.jp) – Si
HORI KEI (Not related to Si?)

126. Slaynest - April 10, 2009

I’ve found this…

97 74 158 186

9 7 -> Fe = 94371
74 -> Ca = 87465
15 8 -> Si = 15048
1 86 -> Al = 19886

127. Kaych - April 10, 2009

0101001101101001(.jp) – Si

Registered on: 2009/04/06
Expires: 2010/04/30
Status: Active
Last Modified: 2009/04/07 14:01:29 (JST)

128. Spocked - April 10, 2009


The albert one didn’t hit me to start with, thought it was just a silly made up name nothing more… Forgive me its nearly 5am here :)

129. markk - April 10, 2009

interesting, but when is that review going up?

130. Locke for President - April 10, 2009

I was in Burger King today and happened to look at the bun of my Whopper. To my surprise, I noticed shading in the baking process that appeared to be of the Star Trek logo!

Intrigued, I got out a magnifying glass and also discovered the following URL:

131. JamesinTucson - April 10, 2009

Interesting find slaynest, nothing on the website right now but it works. Any domain info for it folks?

132. NickD - April 10, 2009

126: Slaysnet – how did you get from |*^|.|#%|.|*#@|.|*^@| to 97 74 158 186? I’m guessing you’re not using a US keyboard? is a valid website with an IP address. It just returns an empty page, though. Might just be somebody’s random server! :)

133. Drew - April 10, 2009

The order of the four elements on the originating “oxygen” page may shed some light on the clues of those pages. Look at the numbers and symbols in the same order:
Oxygen: Fe Ca Si Al

So….. perhaps look at the number 9437187465150489886?

134. Slaynest - April 10, 2009

Interestingly enough…
x@LaptopDeluxe64:~$ host has address mail is handled by 100 mail is handled by 10
x@LaptopDeluxe64:~$ host has address mail is handled by 10 mail is handled by 0
x@LaptopDeluxe64:~$ host has address mail is handled by 10 mail is handled by 100
x@LaptopDeluxe64:~$ host
Host not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
x@LaptopDeluxe64:~$ host has address
x@LaptopDeluxe64:~$ host has address mail is handled by 10 mail is handled by 100

So i try and…

135. NickD - April 10, 2009

Funnily enough, is hosted at IP address, so perhaps it’s not a random site, and we should wait until Friday…

136. JamesinTucson - April 10, 2009

Woohoo, let’s all vote for Joe Gill!

137. Jim Durdan - April 10, 2009

Maybe a relative of John Gill?

138. Gigastazio - April 10, 2009

Joel Gill:


Yeah, like the rest of you didn’t think of it too.

139. The Governator - April 10, 2009

Joel Gill for Congress?! OK, I am officially lost. LOL :)

140. Slaynest - April 10, 2009


I’m not from US, but i do use a english keyboard…

From my previous message i deduced that
|*^|.|#%|.|*#@|. should mean 97 74 158…

*#%^@ = 9??7? in the first set of characters…
*#%^@ = ?74?? in the second
*#%^@ = 15??8 in the third… where ? means.. “who cares which number goes here”

so, surprisingly enough… i compared that partial numbers with the numbers obtained before… and…
#%^@ = 9??7? = Fe = 94371
*#%^@ = ?74?? = Ca = 87465
*#%^@ = 15??8 = Si = 15048
So… the last *#%^@ should be Al = 19886, therefore *#@ means 186…

141. Slaynest - April 10, 2009


…i do use AN english keyboard..

… i compared THOSE partial numbers…


142. Slaynest - April 10, 2009

[After Update 4]

My guess is that we should visit next friday

143. Anthony Pascale - April 10, 2009

I have added another update above summarizing the clues on the first ‘oxygen’ site that lead to the other four ‘element’ sites.

but I still don’t know what it all means. I will give out a prize of one of those T-shirts being given out at the dance parties to the first person who cracks the code

144. Anthony Pascale - April 10, 2009


not following your flow, maybe you got it, but can you go step by step on how you got to that?

145. The Governator - April 10, 2009

142. Slaynest

I think you’re right.

146. Jake - April 10, 2009

Stardates maybe?

147. Spocked - April 10, 2009

visit on Friday and do something further with the 4 sets of 5 digit codes we have?

148. NickD - April 10, 2009

Slaynest : Aha! Yes, I understand now… you sorta explained it backwards :)

149. jotin - April 10, 2009

I find it weird that some of the static has patterns to it. someone ever try putting them all together in photoshop with like an overlay or something to see if thats a clue at all? Just throwing in random info!

150. The Governator - April 10, 2009

Anthony, just curious, but should I expect your review late tonight or should I check back tomorrow? I eagerly await your thoughts. You always have thoughtful, honest, and non-biased reviews.

151. Matt Wiley - April 10, 2009

If you take the 4 sets of 5 digits and treat them as zip codes it kinda triangulates Bermuda…

152. NickD - April 10, 2009

For those still not following Slaynest:
In the videos, the numbers match up the characters:
Fe: 94371, ie for Fe: *=9, 4=#, 3=%, ^=7, @=1
Al: 19886
Ca: 87465
Si: 15048
Fe Ca Si Al = [*^].[#%].[*#@].[*^@]
So, match *^ from Fe to give 97… etc etc you get that IP address.

153. OneBuckFilms - April 10, 2009

147 – There’s a generic web page there. Absolutely no content.

154. Thomas - April 10, 2009

I just noticed something, but I don’t know if it has any significance or not.
The number sequence 86.35.832.862 has the sequence 83562 in that order. If you remove those numbers, it leaves the sequence 68328.

155. Buckaroohawk - April 10, 2009

Has anyone tried texting the five digit numbers on their cell phones? I’m not up on that stuff myself, but many ads run on TV saying “text your question/statement/opinion/etc. to ##### (five digits) or ###### (six digits).” Maybe the numbers are significant to that sort of thing.

Just a shot in the dark.

156. Brown - April 10, 2009

I (almost) figured it out at #95.

157. Slaynest - April 10, 2009

@Anthony, ok here it is…

Kinda detailed explanation…

First: I did what i posted in #134
I thinked… mmm… (and the others, except the .jp address) has the same char distribution as |*^|.|#%|.|*#@|.|*^@| (without the |’s), this should mean that
97 = *^
74 = #%
158 = *#@
and 18(something) = *^@

Supose that each char in *#%^@ means a number… so for *^ coincide with 97, then *#%^@ should be 9??7?, where ‘?’ is some number… and so on, then…
*#%^@ = ?74?? for the second set of characters, and
*#%^@ = 15??8 for the third

Third, i compared what i obtained above with the numbers given in the Fe, Ca, Si, Al websites… so…
#%^@ = 9??7? = 94371 given in Fe-site
*#%^@ = ?74?? = 87465 given in Ca-site
*#%^@ = 15??8 = 15048 given in Si-site

Therefore… the fourth set of characters… *^@ should be compared with the number in the Al-site…. hence, *#%^@ = 19886, which means *^@=186…

I hope is clear now… sorry about the (possible) grammar errors…

158. jotin - April 10, 2009

nvm my post…

159. NickD - April 10, 2009

Brown: So you did! I must have got distracted by the post next to it replying to me, otherwise I might have tried that as an IP address :)

160. jotin - April 10, 2009

im not if anyone got this, but the ip address of the is… that seems to be whats coming up

161. jotin - April 10, 2009

nvm again lol. its hard to keep up with all the stuff lolol

162. JamesinTucson - April 10, 2009

I think slay and brown are right on the money, we just have to come back on 4/17 to find out what the bloody heck it is. Which stinks because I hate waiting lol… Come on Mr. Orci let us know if they are hot so we know that we can call off the dogs lol

163. Wes - April 10, 2009

# 50 – The Comedian.

164. FargoST - April 10, 2009

This may not be relevent but the movie ship, tricorder, phaser toys come out on 4/17. You can see them at the toysrus website.

165. Matt Wiley - April 10, 2009

If you record the static sound in something as basic as Windows Sound Recorder, and press Decrease Speed twice, you can hear a combination of the transporter sound and the tricorder scanning sound. There might be a shuttle impulse engine in there too.

166. Michael M - April 10, 2009

@ 155: Nothing. Didn’t get anything back on my cell phone.

167. Slaynest - April 10, 2009

omg! you figured it out much before i did, and i didn’t even noticed!

shame on me :P

168. Anthony Pascale - April 10, 2009

Brown and Slaysnet. Assuming you are both right, I will send you both TShirts (the ones from the dance parties)

169. pock speared - April 10, 2009

lens codes and bar flares!

170. Anthony Pascale - April 10, 2009

but how does the roman numeral VI tie into any of this?

171. Matt Wiley - April 10, 2009

Nero is Roman and our Nero is Romulan

172. Kaych - April 10, 2009

I dunno, it seems there is something more to this…maybe there will be an additional mystery at the website next friday?

173. Matt Wiley - April 10, 2009

i guess

174. Christine - April 10, 2009

That’s kind of cool but mainly just really weird.

How in the heck are you guys so smart you figured out THAT!?

175. Val Jean - April 10, 2009

haha i was just reading all this refreshed and it got updated with the live site

just gona have to wait and see what happens ay!

176. Michael M - April 10, 2009


Do you have a copy of that sound clip? Vista recorder doesn’t have sound editing capability.

177. pock speared - April 10, 2009

check that, tried it in Peak and it works!
great catch, T-shirt for him, anthony…

178. trekker670 - April 10, 2009

Well, we have the date, probably the place, maybe the VI is the time. I agree with the Roman/Romulan theory stated by Matt Wiley, since Romulus and Remus are both parts of Roman legends, so maybe 6:00am is when the site will go live? Just a guess.

179. Matt Wiley - April 10, 2009

Do you mean me?

180. pock speared - April 10, 2009

yes matt. it is your catch, right?

181. Matt Wiley - April 10, 2009

What sites can host sound files?

182. Matthew Werny - April 10, 2009

I think the theory is correct, as resolves to the IP

Given that is on the same subnet and only two IP’s away, it is a VERY unlikely coincidence that that site isn’t it.

183. AJ - April 10, 2009

This is “let’s fire the marketing manager” territory. If the message is too buried in the ether to be accessible, just leave it.

I would also ask them to remove the smoking guy. Poor taste, and a first for Star Trek.

Smoke! It’s Cool!

184. trekker670 - April 10, 2009

I just thought of this, if VI is linked to the time (which is still pure speculation), maybe it’s 0600 CEST time (Rome’s timezone)

185. pock speared - April 10, 2009

i used hijack pro for an .aiff capture, handy, if not legal.

186. Anthony Pascale - April 10, 2009

FYI….my first review of ST09 is coming tomorrow

187. pock speared - April 10, 2009

#186 anthony
is it positive?

188. TrekTwenty - April 10, 2009

aw darn. I was so looking forward to reading the review tonight =(

189. NickD - April 10, 2009

If the VI changes to V tomorrow, then it’s the number of days until 04/17/08… It’s correct for Europe at least.

190. Slaynest - April 10, 2009

@182 Then imagine when i tried and found… that guy!!!

I even searched his site looking for more hidden clues :P

191. Matt Wiley - April 10, 2009

almost got this thing uploaded

192. AJ - April 10, 2009


Oh My…

193. Matt Wiley - April 10, 2009

The extremely slowed down sound file can be listened to here:

194. jotin - April 10, 2009

I cant really hear anything but random noises in that.

195. pock speared - April 10, 2009

193 thanks matt!
i was working on that meself.

196. Newman - April 10, 2009

That is a very very clever campaign. haha far too clever for me to figure out.

197. Drew - April 10, 2009

There is something undeniably creepy about all of J.J’s viral sites. I mean, if I left one of these element websites going late enough, I think it would become a nightmare generator (even without a sudden roar at the six-minute mark).

198. jotin - April 10, 2009

lol theres a rora at the six minute mark! DUDE these things were freaking me out before i found that out.

199. jotin - April 10, 2009

Did you get six minutes of the sound Matt?

200. Matt Wiley - April 10, 2009

There’s a roar? What now?

201. Matt Wiley - April 10, 2009

I don’t think so, I think I just got about a minute and a half

202. jotin - April 10, 2009

I am not listening to that for six minutes to hear a roar. i can barly have them site up without getting freaked out.

203. Drew - April 10, 2009

No, no, the roar was from Cloverfield’s viral site.

204. jotin - April 10, 2009

sorry, i ment to put a question mark with that ! if there was a roar at the six minute mark it would have coralted to the numeral six .

205. Matt Wiley - April 10, 2009

So, there isn’t a roar in the Trek viral video at 6 minutes in?
That might explain where the Roman Numeral 6 comes in, or maybe not.

206. Andy Patterson - April 10, 2009

And then you take the pellet with the poison in the vessel with the pestle? No! The pellet with the poison’s in the flagon with the dragon! The vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true! The pellet with the poison’s in the flagon with the dragon, the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true.

Wow. That hurts my head reading all that.

I think this is all a result of whatever that guy smoking in the first picture.

207. Bill Peters - April 10, 2009

wow this is interesting!

208. TBonz - April 10, 2009

I guess I need to turn in my geek membership card. That is too much work for this fan for too little return.

209. assimilator47 - April 10, 2009

bril-li-antly build! these are puzzles for the true fans.
hopefully we see more of these in the future.

210. Tanner Waterbury (HUGE PINK FLOYD FAN) - April 10, 2009

@ 193

LMAO i just had a thought, what if you had a freind who smoked… shall we say some special tobacco and after he became “Tired” you started to blast this on your speakers, man he would be freaking OUT! oh man I think im gonna do that to my friend when he comes over. But seriously, that sound was FREEEAAAKKKKKYYY!

211. Randy H. - April 10, 2009

#208 is right: I really don’t see the point of working so hard for another commercial. Far from interesting (or even facinating) it just seems like an elaborate game of scavenger hunt but with little to no payoff. The creative effort to set this up could have been far better used to solve actual problems somewhere!

212. Jim - April 10, 2009

Anyone tried playing the sound clip backwards? I can’t from my iPhone but wonder if that would reveal anything.

213. Matt Wiley - April 10, 2009

I played it backwards a few times and realized that the clip itself has backward chunks in it.


214. DAYXDAY - April 10, 2009

I’m pretty nerdy, but I’m not so nerdy that I’m going to spend too much time worrying about this.

215. Ron Mosher - April 10, 2009

Yawn. I’d rather just see the film.

216. harkejuice - April 10, 2009

oh hell, its STAR TREK MODE!

217. redbellpeppers - April 11, 2009

I liked Cloverfield’s viral campaign better. It actually had something to do with Cloverfield.

218. Drew - April 11, 2009

Just a thought, would VI pertain to the number of websites, the mystery one coming on the 17th being the sixth?

219. PF - April 11, 2009

The Dark Knight viral campaign finally culminated in leading the participants in various select cities to free early screenings of the opening 7 minutes of the film (the Joker’s bank heist)…

220. Shatner_Fan_Prime - April 11, 2009

#186 … “FYI….my first review of ST09 is coming tomorrow”

You should let me post mine too. Mine is really objective. There were some thing I liked about it, and other things I’m still scratching my head over.

221. SciFiMetalGirl - April 11, 2009

Huh? What’s he saying? I can’t understand a thing he said!

But hey, I could sure use some help over in that PS3 Xi world! Some similarly crazy puzzle stuff going on in there that I haven’t got a clue about. (not ST related, that is)

222. MvRojo - April 11, 2009

Hahaha…that’s exhausting to read through. I can’t imagine taking the time figure this crap out.

223. Quatlo - April 11, 2009

I bet a friend who did 200 hits of four way windowpane back in 1974 in a 30 day period could figure this stuff out easily. If only he would come out of his basement…

224. Selor - April 11, 2009

@217 It has something to do with the movie… the picture of the Narada and the hidden elements of the earths crust make perfect sense, since Narada attacks Earth at some point…

225. Mark Lynch - April 11, 2009

Wish I had the time to spend on such things. Well done to all that decoded and posted.

226. Chris Pike - April 11, 2009

I worker out this unique set of characters:


227. afterace - April 11, 2009

preety wicked sick!

228. Selor - April 11, 2009

All four sites have the same sound, have opened them simultanously and can’t hear big differences… but yeah obviously my ears aren’t that good…

229. GO - April 11, 2009

Sorry to disappoint, folks, but you’ve got it all wrong.

When correlated with the Hebrew alphabet, the sequence of numbers gleaned from all viral sites spells out “אין לכם חיים”, which is the Hebrew equivalent of “GET A LIFE”.

Hey, Anthony – do you ship those T-shirts out to Israel, too???


230. DJT - April 11, 2009

I’m getting too old for this ^^^^.

What’s next? The chemical composition of Decalithium?

231. The First Son of Krypton - April 11, 2009

Just a random thought, might not mean anything but has any one thought that the sounds in the background sound like the four notes that start the theme?

In between the static you get four high pitched sounds which sound remarkably like those notes

—I like this ship, It’s exciting!—

232. DJT - April 11, 2009


my irresponsible money is on those numbers being a contact number. Like “Starfleet Academy” or something, belonging to something along the lines of (415) 977-8184. maybe some other permutation. who knows.

but the whole isp, imp, psi thing is way too complicated for my small mind to comprehend. the chemical stuff i can follow. but that’s about it. so i can’t wait for the final word on this matter.

do it. do it. do it.

233. J.J. Savard - April 11, 2009

You know, I bet this isn’t even star trek related, it’s probably just someone from Area 51 messing with us.

234. Ayries - April 11, 2009

I was JUST thinking the other day how cool a Star Trek ARG would be. Always found them awesome, even if I don’t tend to play so much as follow others’ progress.

Nice to see there IS one. Hope this goes on for a little longer..!

235. Selor - April 11, 2009

@231 Yeah I had the same though but somehow the last 2 sound doesn’t really match (or my ears are worse than I have thought) it was the first thing I noticed when watching the files ^^

236. Selor - April 11, 2009

Does anybody tried to slow down the sound? The “Static” does sound a bit like high speed clicking, rather then real static, maybe it’s some kind of morse code…

237. Nick - April 11, 2009

I thought the same Selor

238. Locke for President - April 11, 2009

Thought I heard somebody repeating “Number Nine” over and over again . . . . then something about Paul being dead?

Anybody know what that means?

239. M - April 11, 2009

>>>>The Dark Knight viral campaign finally culminated in leading the participants in various select cities to free early screenings of the opening 7 minutes of the film (the Joker’s bank heist)…<<<<

It was even better than that…. we got to see the entire movie, in Imax. I’d love it if this led to something similar.

240. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 11, 2009

The fact that it is a roman numeral VI rather than an Arabic numeral 6 could be significant.

Historically, Nero was the sixth son (adopted) of the Roman Emperor Claudius, and he was adopted in the year 50 CE — the start of the sixth decade of the first millennium CE. According to the Annals of the scholar Tacitus, the fires of Rome (to which Nero allegedly fiddled) burned for six days before being extinguished.

Of course, those could all be coincidental. It could have to do with a sixth viral site, or a sixth trailer/TV spot, or even a time on April 17th.

I can’t really take this any further without feeling like Mel Gibson from Conspiracy Theory.

241. Jaz the Spaz - April 11, 2009

Has anyone tried messing with the sound on the binary addresses? Sounds like if someone put it through a music editor and did a tweak or two, they might come up with something interesting…

242. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 11, 2009

Also, can anybody make out what the image inside the static is
? Not the brief flashes of the Narada, but the helical shape that’s slightly brighter than the background static.

243. Phil 123 - April 11, 2009

its all a bit too cleaver for me

244. Wesmess09 - April 11, 2009


to me it seems like it would have something to do with the time travel in the movie

245. Enviro999 - April 11, 2009

Since I loved the movie Cloverfield, which has gotten old, wouldn’t that be cool if a trailer for the next Cloverfield came out on 4-17-09? Movie’s come out that day.

246. Enviro999 - April 11, 2009


Looks like some weird pulsing thing.
Also looks like someone is taking a video that went wrong.
“Probably just bought a bad battery.”

247. Jotin - April 11, 2009

Anyone think that this is a contest and that 4/17/09 is the time to figure it out and when someone does they get a prize?

248. fred - April 11, 2009

It says “Be sure to drink your Ovaltine.”

249. Jenni Generation - April 11, 2009

What *would* everyone like to get as a sort of ‘prize’ for working this out?

I’m holding out for some sort of extra clip/trailer myself, though I wouldn’t say no to a preview of some of the soundtrack.

Maybe not likely, but I can dream, right?

(Also, is there a media player that can play flash files, which I believe these are..? I’m curious.)

250. David_Alexander - April 11, 2009

This is too weird…

I was just in my kitchen, musing over the recent surprise screening in Austin & wondering how else one could spring a surprise like that & one of my ideas was to use a set of viral sites to lead people to a one-off streaming showing of the movie on-line…

And then I log onto TrekMovie, and see this article! That’s just TOO freaky a coincidence! Here’s hoping it was prophecy!


251. jotin - April 11, 2009

@ #249 windows media player can if you downloads the k lite codec package

252. Admiral Crane - April 11, 2009

I wouldn’t think it’s a full showing of the movie. Wouldn’t that hurt the box office?

253. - @#!*?!?.. - April 11, 2009

…- SHTAWETA…?!?…..

254. Jenni Generation - April 11, 2009

251. Ahhh, that’s great! Thanks very much! ♥ *Runs off to play around with it*

255. jotin - April 11, 2009

you wont be able to view the flash files anywhere of the site though. The swf (flash file) is accessing the stuff off of their website so if you download it off of there and try to play it all you get is a white page. They were clever.

256. Montreal Paul - April 11, 2009

I’m sorry… I am completely lost. I have no idea what this is or how you got to the answers you got. Just WAAAAAAY over my head. Kudos to those of you that understand it.

257. David_Alexander - April 11, 2009

“252. Admiral Crane – April 11, 2009

I wouldn’t think it’s a full showing of the movie. Wouldn’t that hurt the box office?”

Probably not, actually. Not when you consider that it’s only hard-core geek types (like myself!) who plan on watching the movie a dozen times in the theatre anyway, that will bother chasing it down!

If it was leaked as a HD torrent, then everyone would download it & that would be a problem – but just streaming it to the select few who can be bothered to look for it shouldn’t affect its BOS (Bums On Seats) rating at all…

Considering that the whole story will have no doubt been spoiled onto the’net by the time the movie hits general release, deliberately leaking a LoFi final cut three weeks in advance would probably help to re-increase interest…

And also, if it is a full stream of the whole movie, it will have to be EXTREAMLY low bandwidth (standard basic YouTube type level of quality) in order to stop the server crashing, so we’ll still have to see it in the cinema to get the full experience of sound & vision…

Well, anyway, we’ll see…


258. Jenni Generation - April 11, 2009

255. Well, it’s always worth a shot to try and get around it… you never know, sometimes clever people get lazy. :P (Not that I normally have good luck when I try stuff like this)

259. Ripper - April 11, 2009

ACtually what i did was i did slow it down… but if u remove as much noise as you can… there I think… and i’m not 100% on this voices underneath all teh sound effects… itll take a sound guy more advanced than me to strip it down though.

260. Rastaman - April 11, 2009

Brown + Slaynest = Genius

Very clever!

261. Matt Wiley - April 11, 2009


262. jotin - April 11, 2009

matt, can you give me the file at full speed? or how many times did you decrease the speed?

263. Jenni Generation - April 11, 2009

Well, to be REALLY cliche…

don’t suppose we’ve tried reversing it? Backmasking, or w/e it’s called? :P

264. jotin - April 11, 2009

Reversing it and decreasing and increasing speed didnt seem to do anything. i think that if anything there’s bits and pieces of the sound mixed together in different order. I’d like to get a sound clip of all the sites and comppair them but sadly i do not own a microphone.

265. Kyle - April 11, 2009

does anyone think that the rotating image in the static might be the rotating outline of the supposed Jellyfish ship?

266. fred - April 11, 2009

it’s a lion!

267. Jenni Generation - April 11, 2009

If it’s the Narada and the Jellyfish ships… maybe the end result will be backstory/technical details/etc not included in stuff like countdown…..

Also, messing around with the soundfile is giving me a headache, most annoying sound EVER.

268. richpit - April 11, 2009

something you all seem to have missed….are there any more pictures of that green girl in the bikini from the Paris party??


269. Jenni Generation - April 11, 2009

268. Ah, you can sooo tell we’re a board of geeks, can’t you? IP addresses hold our attn. way better than half naked women! XD

270. Matt Wiley - April 11, 2009

I’m out of the house all weekend so someone else is going to have to record this. The file I linked you was recorded in windows sound recorder and decreased speed twice.
This had been the most exciting viral site I have ever sort of participated in and I wish you good luck.

271. Andy Patterson - April 11, 2009



272. jotin - April 11, 2009

Here’s the clip reversed

273. Jenni Generation - April 11, 2009

I tried a sonogram, just for the hell of it. Didn’t bring anything up (that I can see), but it’s really pretty, if nothing else.

Wow, I must be REALLY bored today. pft. XD

274. Daoud - April 11, 2009

For the name registries issues… Silicon has the “Hori Kei” name.

Hori is the coptic letter that looks like a backwards S.

So there’s the S for Silicon…

275. Kevin Rubio - April 11, 2009

My brain hurts.

276. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 11, 2009

Those might actually be coordinates for where to find the tribbles in the finished film.

277. Star Trek 11 Merchandising - Seite 4 - SciFi-Forum - April 11, 2009

[…] euch das mal an. New Star Trek Viral Campaign [Update: Game Solved?] | Spannende sache so ein Virales Marketing. __________________ Ich habe Klaustrophobie – die Angst […]

278. JamesinTucson - April 11, 2009

anyone know what that says?

279. T2 - April 11, 2009

Talk about your mental workout, phew, exhausting…as well as addicting and stimulating. Perfect for Star Trek!

280. AJ - April 11, 2009

Well, apart from the small group here, has this ‘campaign’ actually generated any additional interest in the film?

281. Bl00 - April 11, 2009


ARGs are a sort of “thing” for JJ though I think. I dunno if it’s really to ‘generate interest’ as much as because he *likes* and appreciates the way viral stuff works from what I’ve seen of how he dealt with the (popular and succesful) Cloverfield and Lost ones……. I mean, not everything is about money right?

I’m counting on backstory lik someone above said as a payoff, it seems like what he’d do. In which case it might actually make the film a better experience for those that are interested.?

282. lacure - April 11, 2009

You that once on. New star Trek virally Campaign [update: Game Solved]? | TrekMovie. com exciting thing such a viral marketing. __________________ I Klaustrophobie have – the anxiety

283. Jenni Generation - April 11, 2009

282. I think I understood it better in German, which I don’t even speak, ahaha!

284. moonjewel - April 11, 2009

Its a sequence of DNA representing the functional blueprint and evolutionary history of the human species

285. Jason - April 11, 2009

JJ, these gimmicks will not work forever

286. Chesty - April 11, 2009

Oh great…a Star Trek ad campaign that features slackers, druggies, and party girls. I continue to weep for the future.

287. jotin - April 11, 2009

I personally think that the star trek dance parties were a cover to release these clues and the game. Really, a Star Trek Dance part with such fake people… no… no. If anything jj was smarter to have the dance party for the hipsters but really have it be for us by hiding this stuff in there.

288. sean - April 11, 2009

I admire those that spent the time putting this together. I think I’d have lost interest half way through and taken a nap. Haha!

289. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 11, 2009

While we’re on the subject of bizarre, cryptic codes and hidden viral marketing…

Has anybody else noticed the very, very high occurrence of the number 680 on the bridge panorama’s consoles? It’s all over the console to the left of the helm and viewscreen — particularly on the overhead monitor. It keeps flashing all over.

It’s also very prominent on the comm terminals in the Corridor A and Corridor B panoramas.


What significance could that have?

290. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 11, 2009

…and 680 appears on the viewscreen on both bridges, as well. That can’t be a coincidence!

291. Kirk's Girdle - April 11, 2009

Let me know when it’s over. I have a headache.

292. Jenni Generation - April 11, 2009

290. Hmm. I did immediately think ‘injoke!’, but that’s interesting…

293. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 11, 2009

292. I mean, it could be a birth month and year, or any number of other in-jokes. 680 could be the new 47. But it really is all over the official site, and not just on the panoramas.

So either they really, really like this joke, or there’s something we’ve been overlooking. It really is very prominent for an in-joke.

294. Clay "Why-oh-why-can't-we-have-red-nacelle-caps" Farrow - April 11, 2009

267: Yeah, Jenni, but if you play that sound file backwards it repeats over and over “Kirk is dead, Spock is the Walrus!” ;^)

295. moonjewel - April 11, 2009

The six Star Trek television series comprise a total of 716 episodes. ENTERPRISE produced a total of 98 episodes. Maybe there is a clue in episode 36 from the Enterprise series.

296. Jenni Generation - April 11, 2009

680… well, if it’s that prominent, then surely they wouldn’t miss the chance to stick it into this. Be a bit weird to put it all over one site and not another o_O

I wonder if it’s purely a site based thing, or if it’s in the film, now….

297. Danya Romulus - April 11, 2009


That would be “Vanishing Point” where Hoshi starts disappearing after she goes through the transporter for the first time. And at the end…wait for it…[spoiler]…it was all a dream. Pretty stupid, but that is the most prominent fact about that episode I’d think…hopefully that does not imply something about the movie.

298. lacure - April 11, 2009

The USS Enterprise is 680 metres long

299. moonjewel - April 11, 2009

Didn’t Archer have to decipher Hoshi’s message from Morse Code

300. SciFiMetalGirl - April 11, 2009

Wow, how many “party pics” did you guys have to go thru just to find all those url’s in the first place???

301. AJ - April 11, 2009


I am not sure JJ had direct input into this ad campaign.

Truth to tell, beyond the few posters here, I doubt anyone even saw it. The image of a young man smoking a cigarette is NOT kosher in the western world, and does not look good as a promotional item for a film which is targeting children and teenagers.

302. The Jui$tain - April 11, 2009

@299- that episode is coming on right now on HDNet!!!!


303. moonjewel - April 11, 2009

The USS Enterprise-E is 680 metres long and spock is hiding something on that ship. Maybe the Jellfish.

304. Anthony Pascale - April 11, 2009


It is hard for me to slog through all these comments. If you think you have found something related to the above or other viral stuff, email in a tip to

tips @ trekmovie dot com

305. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 11, 2009


Anthony, did you receive my e-mail earlier regarding 680?

306. Andros - April 11, 2009

You have way too much time on your hands…

307. Odkin - April 11, 2009

Honest to God, when will studios stop wasting money on Eurotrash Parties, Strippers, Photoshoppers, Cryptographers, Publicists, and vanity websites? Will ANY of these add one iota of quality to an actual movie?

Anthony – tell the truth – no one spotted this crap before, or even fragments of it. Were the majority of these clues and partial solutions provided to you in a package from a publicist? Or did it all come to you in one flash of discovery? Shouldn’t you mention who the “TrekMovie reader”, is or at least disclaim his association with the studio?

308. The Governator - April 11, 2009

FYI: So far, Star Trek has a 100% on the rotten tomatoes tomatometer.

309. Selor - April 11, 2009

@307 Marketing is a very important part of Movie Making… it is not wasting money, it is necessary… without proper marketing you can trash the movie directly no matter how good it is…

310. AJ - April 11, 2009



Marketing has nothing to do with moviemaking except where all the stars must drive GM cars or wear Nike sneakers. I think you mean “movie producing,” in which case, you are absolutely right.

Where marketing comes in is with trailers and promotional tie-ins, and getting the actors and footage out before release. Look at ‘Trek XI’ vs. “Wolverine’ and ‘Terminator 4.’ Trek is out there wowing the public, while FOX is running damage control on Wolverine, and Terminator seems to have disappeared. The films are all in the can, and their successes in terms of initial box office may actually be dependent on what is out there today as marketing/promotional material.

Putting out little internet patterns has no cost, and is cool, if you can find it. I have Star Trek ads on TV constantly now in New York, and with the positive word of mouth, butts will be in seats on 8 May and beyond (fingers crossed).

311. SciFiMetalGirl - April 11, 2009

After watching that website for a few mins, I feel like I’ve just done some shrooms!

312. AJ - April 11, 2009


Well, after a gaggle of ‘shrooms, there’s nothing like a few Marlboros and a pint of whiskey to keep the party going.

313. GraniteTrek - April 11, 2009

This is too much work. Just bring on the darn movie already.

314. Anthony Pascale - April 11, 2009

RE: what I was told

As I said above, a reader (Phil) sent me the tip asking me if i had noticed the URLs in the pictures. Now we reported on the dance parties a few weeks ago and I found those via a Tweet from a Trek publicist, but there was no indication at the time that it was part of a larger viral thing.

Phil had found some but not all of the sites, I found the jp site, then some TM commenters put it all together. The above images were pretty easy as all I had to do was download the FLV file from each site, then freeze-frame on the clues. Someone else also put together the narada image and sent that in.

Trust me I have fired off emails to people who are good ‘sources’ and they are all playing dumb. I have no idea what is coming next week. After nothing happened with, i had thought Paramount had given up on all of this. It is possible actually that this is not Paramount but related to one of their partners so I cant really be sure.

Conspiracy theories are fun, but i am kind of enjoying playing along with everyone else. And as I noted above, if anyone finds anything, send in a tip.

Regarding the numbers and the sounds, to be honest I am not sure about either, but maybe there is something there.

315. ucdom - April 11, 2009


Movie please

316. Danya Romulus - April 11, 2009


Who cares? I think these kind of viral promotions are fun and at least some other people do to. Obviously it does not affect how good the movie actually is, but one, I’m sure it costs them a drop in the bucket compared to how much the film itself costs, and two, I have more important things to worry about than whether a multinational entertainment conglomerate is spending its money as efficiently as possible.

317. SciFiMetalGirl - April 11, 2009

#312 omg, you must have been at the same party that I was!

318. AJ - April 11, 2009



I hope it’s not e-surance dot com. I agree with ucdom on 315. We wants Movie. Waiting for your review!

319. Deux - April 11, 2009

You know, guys, the G in ARG stands for game. Hence why people are doing this; because we find it fun!

Seriously, if you don’t enjoy it that’s fine but you know what? being all annoyed because someone enjoys different activities to you is just silly. Just ’cause you don’t like it doesn’t make it a pointless move on the makers’ parts.

Do you really think everything has to be tailored so you enjoy it? What a pathetic view. You guys can see right here it’s clearly done something right since people are, indeed, having fun. Oh, yeah, TOTAL waste.

TL;DR: Put on your big girl panties and deal, guys.

320. JamesinTucson - April 11, 2009

anythony, while on the topic of flukes any word on how neocropolis is coming along with the new ST Experience? They were hoping to have something up in time for the movie, so should be something there now right?

321. Enviro999 - April 11, 2009

Go to and in the forums it say that this is “Star Trek VI” , or 6. So nothing big about that.

322. Enviro999 - April 11, 2009

Sorry if someone already pointed that out.

(I’m not reading all those comments.)

323. Enviro999 - April 11, 2009

Wouldn’t it suck if this was all made by some freak who has wayyyyyy to much time on their hands not even related to Star Trek? I’m not dogging out the people at Star Trek….

324. Trekker chick - April 11, 2009

Ithink that I heard “John is dead” when I listened to a reverse playback, but…

325. pinky - April 11, 2009

I admit, I’m terrible at solving these things myself… but I really enjoy when others do it and I can see the patterns afterwards. Some that hate it maybe aren’t very good at it, but that doesn’t mean you’re stupid and it doesn’t mean you can’t be part of determining the meaning afterward – whether it be putting together the fragments of origin story into a reasonable narrative like with Cloverfield, or whatever. I thought the Cloverfield stuff was great because it gave a backstory to the monster that was not available in the movie. I hope there’s such a wonderful purpose behind this new stuff. (Don’t be trying to sell me something like esurance again, please.)

326. jotin - April 11, 2009

I think i hear “yes hes dead jim”, nero laughing, a warping out effect, and a transporter effect.

327. Trekkie88 - April 11, 2009

The first thing that came to mind was the TNG episode “11001001,” but it is highly unlikely that that has anything to do with it. And something else came to my mind, the short-lived Brannon Braga series, “Threshold.” The sound & behavior are very reminiscent of the alien fractal pattern. Like the fractal pattern, this is hard to look at & listen to With all likelihood, these things have nothing to do with this, but that is just what my first thoughts were.

328. Trekwebmaster - April 11, 2009

I am not sure if this is related or not to the “mystery,” but upon entering the last IP address, that goes to a blank page, I decided to “view source” on the page.

The one thing I found very odd is the “character map encoding.” The source says this latest page (,) is an old character map.

I wonder what type the other pages are?

The above IP is listed as: “Windows-1252,” or Latin-1. An obsolete character set / map? Or is this a clue?

Wikipedia says:

“ISO-8859-1 and Windows-1252 confusion
It is very common to mislabel text data with the charset label ISO-8859-1, even though the data are really Windows-1252 encoded. In Windows-1252, codes between 0x80 and 0x9F are used for letters and punctuation, whereas they are control codes in ISO-8859-1. Many web browsers and e-mail clients will interpret ISO-8859-1 control codes as Windows-1252 characters in order to accommodate such mislabeling but it is not a standard behavior and care should be taken to avoid generating these characters in ISO-8859-1 labeled content.”

Further: “The standard, when supplemented with additional character assignments (in the C0 and C1 ranges: 0x00 to 0x1F and 0x7F, and 0x80 to 0x9F), is the basis of two widely-used character maps known as ISO-8859-1 (note the extra hyphen) and Windows-1252.”

Could this mean with the old code standard, there are extra characters?

This is just a theory…let me know if my “out on a limb” theory makes any sense…

329. Trekwebmaster - April 11, 2009

More information here: “out on a limb” theory.

330. Trekwebmaster - April 11, 2009

I think this is encoded message perhaps from the past?

The Elements listed suggests we should look at the “elements” of all those webpages, the “view source.”

With that last one being different and based on an older charset, I think could be a very important clue to decrypting this message.

Let me know what you think.

331. Trekwebmaster - April 11, 2009

I think this is leading to something. After reading more on the “history of this charset,” I found this:

The earlier seven-bit U.S. ASCII encoding has characters sufficient to properly represent only US-English, Latin, and Swahili. It is missing some letters and letter-diacritic combinations used in other Latin-alphabet languages. However, since there was no other choice on most U.S.-supplied computer platforms, ASCII was unavoidable in most of the non-English-speaking world (seven-bit encoding was necessitated by the limitations of early computing networks). There was the ISO 646 group of encodings which replaced some of the symbols in ASCII with local characters, but space was very limited, and some of the symbols replaced were quite common in things like programming languages.

Although seven-bit communication was the norm, most computers internally used eight-bit bytes, and they mostly put some form of characters in the 128 higher byte positions. In the early days most of these were system specific, but gradually a few standards were settled on.

In recent years, as storage and memory costs fall, the issues associated with multiple meanings of a given eight-bit code (there are seven ISO-Latin code sets alone) have ceased to be justified. All major operating systems have moved to Unicode as their main internal representation. However at least on Windows many applications continue to use the non-Unicode versions of the API calls.

Sounds like a reference to Lt. Uhura to me…”Swahili” and her current position in Starfleet Academy. What do you think?

332. Trekkie88 - April 12, 2009

I was hesitant to mention this in my last post because you will all think I am totally wacko. But here it is…
When I first opened the article & saw the binary, that was when I thought of the TNG episode. Then as I started to scroll down the page & saw the picture of the guy at the party smoking with the web address zoomed in, I started to get an uneasy feeling. Then as I continued to scroll down the page through the other pictures, the feeling intensified. I then read the summary, the update 5, & the “more” sections, & the feeling intensified again. I read a couple comments & then decided to follow the link to the website. When I opened the page my uneasiness intensified once again, & it was then that I thought of Threshold. That was my last thought so, that wasn’t what triggered my feelings. I don’t usually get these feelings & the viral didn’t bother me at all. I actually thought that was pretty cool. I am most likely crazy. But I would like to know if someone else had similar feelings about this.

333. BarCode - April 12, 2009

No more secrets….

cool campaign :)

334. Wilma - April 12, 2009


im confused as to the Roman VI, some say its the time but in the image it looks like a page number (countdown comics maybe)
Also since elements are involved i also thought it might relate to the sixth group on the periodic table, which has oxygen in it lol.

this probably has nothing to do with anything :P

335. JohnnyMoo - April 12, 2009

Or the numbers for Vanadium and Iodine, 23 and 53?

Most of this goes totally over my head, so just a thought.

Either way, it might not be the Roman numeral at all, could be initials for something else.

336. Spocked - April 12, 2009

I agree with the folks that think VI is the time (to go along with the date) to check back on

337. Chingatchkook - April 12, 2009

This whole thing seems like a re-enactment of the TNG episode ‘I, Borg”.

The shape is a paradox. It cannot
exist in real space or time.

When Hugh’s imaging apparatus
imprints it on his bio-chips,
he’ll try to analyze it.

He will be unsuccessful, and will
store the shape in his memory
banks. It will be shunted to a
subroutine for further analysis.

When the Borg download his memory,
they’ll incorporate it into their
network. Then they’ll try to
analyze it.

It is designed so that each
approach they take will spawn an
anomalous solution. The anomalies
are designed to interact with each
other, linking together to form
an endless and unsolvable puzzle.”

Of course, however, life would never imitate art. ;-)

338. Dan - April 12, 2009

It sounds to me that the audio in the flash video has changed just slightly.

I can here a very soft sharp whistling sound, that I dont believe I heard before.

339. Page 2 | /Film - April 12, 2009

[…] Apparently there is a viral going on for JJ Abrams Star Trek that almost nobody noticed? Isn’t the whole point of a viral to have it play out over an extended length of time to keep the fans/participants interested, while gaining attention through word of mouth?Well the Star Trek viral appears to be a last minute thing. [ Trek Movie] […]

340. The Smoking Cudgelnaut - April 12, 2009

What in the HELL is a “Viral campaign”?

341. Ddogg - April 13, 2009


Lol, great ending comment……but ya, your lookin at one.

I hope this all has something to do with Cloverfield……maybe we’ll see what sent that “egg thing,” at the end of Cloverfield, into the ocean to create the monster. :)

342. Ateban - April 14, 2009

The site seems to be ready.

Curiously, its message is written in Japanese (I’m in Japan).
Perhaps the site reads the reader’s IP address and the domain.

343. Kyle - April 14, 2009

I put the Japanese through the Google translator to English….

“Test, test, test, test. That? Faster than the time I know I’ve, got response?”

…quite odd

344. Dylan - April 14, 2009


I put it through multiple translators, and nothing completely makes sense, but this one was the best.

“When being testing, it is testing. Is there someone?Was anyone able to get the response though it was understood that I was earlier than time?”

Sounds like time travel

345. Ateban - April 15, 2009

Anyone in Japanese? Oh.

Sorry for my poor English, it says
“Testing, Testing. Is there someone? I know I come too early, but did someone get response?”

346. StarTrekkie - April 15, 2009

Is he saying that we’re missing part of the puzzle? Is there a “response” that wasn’t found?

347. Merzmensch aka kosmopol - April 15, 2009

My Japanese translation:

“Test… Test… Is anybody here? I see, the time is too early right now though, but has anybody got a response?”

348. Dan - April 15, 2009

Various Translations

Yahoo Babel Fish

While test and in the midst of test. Someone it is? But I as for being quick being understood, the [ru] am from time someone response you could receive?


1) News The test, the News table. Who has what? The servant is not from the time the degree that you take only what I do, who I like the answers early as possible?

and with back translation:

2) Test, test, test, test. That? Faster than the time I know I’ve, got response?

349. Merzmensch aka kosmopol - April 15, 2009

UPDATE. My wife (she’s Japanese) noted the ambiguity of the Japanese. The second part of the message could have two meanings:

* “I know, it’s too early right now (in the morning) to ask, but has anybody got a reply”?
* “I know, it’s too early to ask right now (the awaited time isn’t came till now), but has anybody got a reply?”

where the second possibility seems for me to be most likely.

350. Ateban - April 15, 2009

Another message. French?

351. JB - April 15, 2009

Carrefour is a French supermarket.

“Carrefour de la Rue de la Fédération et Rue de Presles”

“Carrefour at Federation Street and Presles Street”?

352. Domco333 - April 15, 2009

Carrefour means in english crossroad or junction or something like that, too.

And it is a supermarket, too.

I think the message is something like meeting or what.

353. TBrereto - April 15, 2009

Crossroads of the Street of the Federation and Street of Presles

354. Kyle - April 15, 2009

it’s an actual place in Paris.

google maps link

I wonder if it has anything to do with the French press conference which was posted recently.

355. Kai3k - April 15, 2009

this is the place http://
also in street view visible

356. JB - April 15, 2009

Here’s a screenshot of the location:

357. Jimmy - April 15, 2009

if you look at the google earth street-level view, there is a place called “Barclay’s” at that intersection, across from the cafe. Reginald?

358. RF - April 15, 2009

I can think of a few scenes from multiple ST series that took place in Paris, and I swear there was some connection to the park a few blocks away – Parc Du Champs De Mars…

what a view of the Eiffel Tower though!

359. stormeaver - April 16, 2009

you dont think the not scattered license plate is important? all other plates are not readable…

249 OOX 75 or
249 QDX 75
249 ODX 75

360. Me - April 17, 2009

And now?

It´s friday the 17th but nothing on the side?!

Sorry but I don´t understand it and I want to see results from all the puzzling.

361. Enviro999 - April 17, 2009


Something did happen on, Today.

362. Enviro999 - April 17, 2009

It was funny because I messed up on babel fish and got something about corn salad…

363. aliotsy - April 18, 2009

OK, after a snack break …


The and the binary sites are obviously all part of the ARG, and their IP addresses confirm it, as they’re all in a similar block, and the names they’re registered under match the elements we’ve encountered (ie. Albert Stein registered the “Al” domain, Camille Dupont registered the “Ca” domain). Moving up and down that block of IPs doesn’t reveal any other Star Trek-related sites, so it’s a good bet we’ve found all of the relevant sites, so far.

I think this strongly suggests that there’s a clue that’s still out there we haven’t full followed up on.

A lot of people are leaning toward “VI” as that clue. I tend to agree – it appeared on all of the binary sites, and unlike other universal clues (chemical elements and “*#%^@” sequence that lead to finding the chat site), it hasn’t really explicitly pointed to any new revelations.

I haven’t confirmed this, but someone pointed out that “VI” coincides with the time of day that the 4/17 chat started. If that’s the case, I’m bummed: “VI” really seems to be our last, best unsolved clue.

Suggestions for concentrating your efforts

* Look for “VI” clues in the Star Trek Party photos.
* Keep looking for the relevance of “6” in what we’ve encountered so far.
* Look into relevance of “VI” on periodic table of elements.

“2389-42″ is another potential clue that hasn’t been fully followed up on. Remember, we found through its IP address, NOT it’s URL. Does it stand for 2345? Clearly, it’s a “new style” stardate, which begs the question: what’s so important about February 11, 2389?

Suggestions for concentrating your efforts

* Look out for these numbers: 2345, 2389, 42.
* Look for new sites related to these numbers.
* Look for references to February 11

Those two avenues are where I think our best bets are for the next stage in this game. But there are others.

Let’s take another look at the chat transcript. The gist of it is, there’s a team in a sticky situation: obviously, they’re from the future, and probably they’ve come here accidentally. The context suggests that they came up with a plan that involved split up and trying … something … but it didn’t work and now they’re missing one of their number. They had trouble with frequencies and magnetic interference.

Well, here’s a thought: the binary sites are all distorted and blurry. Maybe THOSE SITES represent each team members efforts in part of these plans. So maybe there are clues yet to be found (or yet to be added) to those sites.

Suggestions for concentrating your efforts

* Revisit,,,, and
* In particular, pay attention to Ca’s site ( since she/he is missing, and Si’s site (, since he’s off trying something different.

Just because I think Malak0 is a dead end doesn’t mean I think “Carrefour de la Rue de la Fédération et Rue de Presles” is a dead end. There could be something else there. I don’t think it’s related to random numbers being visible and invisible — the blurring is related to Google’s StreetView technology, and I don’t see them specially leasing them for another commercial interest.

Suggestions for concentrating your efforts

* Look at names and signs on Google StreetView — maybe the name of the cafe is a passcode somewhere?

Do Janus’s first few scrambled lines in the chat hold significance, or is it all just to setup Candir’s homage to Star Trek IV (“Use the keyboard.”)?

# PHPChatUser3: Kloidn*&%$)#mns
# PHPChatUser3: *******?
# PHPChatUser3: ??????
# PHPChatUser3: *^*&!!!!!!!

Finally, here’s my completely silly theory regarding “VI”: has anyone else noticed that it looks like the Vulcan “Live Long and Prosper” hand sing? :D

364. benderbrodriguez - April 18, 2009

@363, if it is indeed a hattip to Scotty’s classic “computer” sketch comedy….It’s Transparent Aluminum, isn’t it?

365. Jung - April 20, 2009

IP adress updated.

5 guys, talking to each other. 5 languages. Let’s work on it.

I can help with the Spanish one.

Japanese translator needed.

366. Wikibruce » Detecting Star Trek chatter - April 21, 2009

[…] Ca, Al, Fe, and O. The mystery has ongoing coverage at the fan site, first reporting on April 10th about a number of binary-URL websites that were […]

367. aliotsy - April 23, 2009

Another shot here: clearly, two towers!

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