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Star Trek ARG UPDATE: More ‘Chat’ Clues April 17, 2009

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Games,Star Trek (2009 film),Star Trek ARG , trackback

A couple of days ago we had an update on the Star Trek ARG. Today there are more clues, but still no answers. We have a quick report below on today’s developments.
 

 

Clue: Viral site updated
Today the site http://97.74.158.186/ (also http://www.2387-42.com) has been updated with a lot of chatter between various ‘PHPCHATUsers’. Here is what it says as of Friday at 11:30 AM (Pacific):

 * PHPChatUser1: テスト中、テスト中。誰かいる?僕が時間より早いのはわかってるんだけど、誰か応答もらえた?
* ____PHPChatUser1 has disconnected____
* PHPChatUser2: Carrefour de la Rue de la Fédération et Rue de Presles
* ____PHPChatUser2 has disconnected____
* PHPChatUser3: Kloidn*&%$)#mns
* PHPChatUser3: *******?
* PHPChatUser3: ??????
* PHPChatUser3: *^*&!!!!!!!
* PHPChatUser4: Usa el teclado.
* PHPChatUser3: Was glaubst du, was ich hier mache? "Fe", bist du das?
* PHPChatUser4: Sí. ¿Quién más está?
* PHPChatUser3: Niemand. Es funktioniert nicht. Toller Plan.
* PHPChatUser4: Fue idea de Karnis.
* PHPChatUser3: "Fe’s" Idee. Und ja, er hat nicht nachgedacht.
* PHPChatUser1: もしもし?
* PHPChatUser4: Parece que es esto.
* PHPChatUser3: Bist du OK, Kleiner?
* PHPChatUser1: だと思う。あれ、うまく届かなかったんでしょ?僕、自分のちゃんとできたと思えなかったんだよね。君ら、だれも応答しなかったし。
* PHPChatUser4: No te preocupes. Creo que algo sí ha salido. Buen trabajo.
* PHPChatUser3: Lüg ihn nicht an. Er ist kein Idiot.
* PHPChatUser4: Cállate, Janus.
* PHPChatUser1: カーニスどこ?ここにいるはずじゃないの?
* PHPChatUser3: "Fe". Bin ich hier der Einzige, der unsere Decknamen benutzt?
* PHPChatUser4: El viene, se ve que el escribió este sitio por alguna razón.
* PHPChatUser3: Habe deinen speziellen Freund auch nicht gesehen. Wir verschwenden hier unsere Zeit.
* PHPChatUser5: Sorry, I’m late. There was a problem.
* PHPChatUser4: ¿Estás bien? ¿Donde estás ?
* PHPChatUser5: Yeah, it doesn’t matter. Glad to talk to everyone.
* PHPChatUser3: Du sprichst nicht mit jedem.
* PHPChatUser5: What?
* PHPChatUser1: 僕へまやらかしたみたい。暗号がよくわからなくて。ごめん。
* PHPChatUser5: No, no.
* PHPChatUser1: 多分もう一回トライできるよ。何が起こったのか見当はついてるし。
* PHPChatUser5: It’s ok. We’ll figure this out.
* PHPChatUser4: No creo que nada de lo que cambiemos vaya a ayudar. Deberíamos preguntar a alguien.
* PHPChatUser3: Wen denn genau?
* PHPChatUser4: No lo sé.
* PHPChatUser5: Didn’t “Ca” mention someone?
* PHPChatUser3: Er ist nicht hier.
* PHPChatUser5: He hasn’t checked in?
* PHPChatUser3: Was glaubst du, was ich meinte!?
* PHPChatUser4: Estoy seguro que el fue detenido.
* PHPChatUser1: ずっとこれをし続けていいのかな?僕、君達のだれか一人に会いにいったほうがいいんじゃ?
* PHPChatUser5: No. “Ca” was right, splitting up gives us our best shot.
* PHPChatUser1: それって僕らをつかまえるが難しくなるから?
* PHPChatUser5: We’ll worry about that when and if we have to.
* PHPChatUser4: Debemos esperar a “Ca” y él nos dirá cual es el siguiente paso.
* PHPChatUser3: Es könnte schon zu spät sein für den nächsten Schritt, vielleicht haben wir unsere einzige Chance schon vertan!! Du hast ja keine Ahnung was hier los ist!!!
* PHPChatUser5: Neither do you!!! Knock it off – I can get to you quickly. We don’t need you to lose control, again.
* PHPChatUser4: Nada de esto está ayudando.
* PHPChatUser3: Sklave.
* PHPChatUser1: 僕、彼を助けに行ったほうがいい?
* PHPChatUser3: Wirklich lustig!
* PHPChatUser5: He’ll be fine.
* PHPChatUser3: Ich verschwinde jetzt, wenn er nicht kommt. Nur so als Warnung für euch. Wir haben es versucht, es hat nicht funktioniert – ich habe meine Schuldigkeit getan.
* PHPChatUser4: ¿Y a dónde vas exactamente?
* PHPChatUser3: Laß das meine Sorge sein.
* PHPChatUser5: Just stay out of sight this time. I think we’ve been noticed, we didn’t clean up properly.
* PHPChatUser3: Nehme ich jetzt schon Befehle von dir entgegen? Nur weil du unten im Salz wusstest, was zu tun ist – als ich fast meinen Arm verloren habe.
* PHPChatUser5: Your problem in the salt is that you gave up too quickly. Maybe if you spent some time figuring out the right trajectory.
* PHPChatUser3: Das wird nichts helfen.
* PHPChatUser5: Just try. We’ll meet back here in 2.
* PHPChatUser3: Ja, ja. Ich bin weg.
* ____PHPChatUser3 has disconnected____
* PHPChatUser1: 誰か僕のこと見てるみたい-ちょっと待って。
* PHPChatUser5: You sure?
* PHPChatUser4: ¿Cómo eran?
* PHPChatUser1: ちがった。通り過ぎて行った。
* PHPChatUser4: Relájate, todos necesitamos relajarnos y pensar bien las cosas, y no actuar como animales asustados. Nadie nos mira está en tu mente.
* PHPChatUser5: I’m working on the magnetic interference. Can you look at the frequency stuff?
* PHPChatUser1: うん、もちろん。それくらいできるよ。ちょっとリサーチすればね。
* PHPChatUser5: Good, we need a little more time.
* PHPChatUser1: まだ時間、あると思う?
* PHPChatUser4: Lo tendrás
* PHPChatUser5: You know when to come back?
* PHPChatUser1: もし君が必要になったら、早めに連絡するよ。それでもいい?
* PHPChatUser5: OK, stay hidden and safe
* PHPChatUser1: がんばってみる。
* ____PHPChatUser1 has disconnected____
* PHPChatUser5: It was his very first run.
* PHPChatUser4: Deberías haberme dejado venir contigo.
* PHPChatUser5: I hate feeling like this. We have to get it right, and fast.
* PHPChatUser4: Trajabaré con la frecuencia tal vez sea eso.
* PHPChatUser4: ¿Aún estás ahí?
* PHPChatUser5: Yes, sorry. I’m here.
* PHPChatUser5: Thank you, Candir.
* PHPChatUser4: Cuídate dejamé saber si me necesitas.
* ____PHPChatUser4 has disconnected____
* ____PHPChatUser5 has disconnected____

A quick deduction by ‘CptnValdez’ comes up with
PHPChatUser1 : Japanese – “Yarakashita”

PHPChatUser2: French – “Ca”

PHPChatUser3: German – “Janus”

PHPChatUser4: Spanish – “Candir”

PHPChatUser5: English – UNKNOWN

There is probably more here to be deduced so keep on trying. Let us know if you find anything.

Clue 2: Is the email address dead end or more to it?
In the last update an email address was identified that might be related to the French clues in the above chat. Many have sent emails to this Malak0 at mklvnd@aol.fr and some get no reply, while others get replies back in French or English but there doesn’t seem to be any pattern. The original post called for a lost item, and the replies seem to be requesting you to accurately describe the item you lost.

Here are is an example

From: mklvnd@aol.fr [mailto:mklvnd@aol.fr]
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2009 8:20 AM
To: anthonyp@scifanatic.net
Subject: Re : reward

Tell me what the item look like.

—–E-mail d’origine—–
De : Anthony
A : mklvnd@aol.fr
Envoyé le : Jeudi, 16 Avril 2009 21:17
Sujet : reward
I lost an item

Willing to give a reward

After replying it looks like a ‘PADD’ and a ‘PALM’ got a rely that he didn’t know what PADD is. 

Malak(0) has made another comment at lepost.fr in French noting he has received several emails and saying saying that he will be posting pictures of the device later.

Right now there are two possibilities:

  1. this is part of the ARG and you must send an email with a specific word or phrases to get the right reply clue (or we must await the pictures to figure it out)

  2. This has nothing to do with the ARG and is either someone trying to inject himself into it or an innocent person caught up in all of this

More clues?
Keep looking for clues and email them in or post them in the comments (but if you really think you are on to something email to: tips at trekmovie dot com.

Comments

1. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 17, 2009

I think it’s a communicator rather than a PADD.

2. charliebob - April 17, 2009

I got the reply that he had no new information on the item other than what he has posted online

3. Ateban - April 17, 2009

Yarakashita is not a name.
“hema yarakashita” means “messed up”.

4. subatoi - April 17, 2009

I sent him a picture of the communicator from:
http://trekmovie.com/images/st09/cesprops_com.jpg

And he answered:
This appareil is different- more big at least.

Any more ideas of device pictures we have and can send him?

5. DS9 Rocks - April 17, 2009

I’ll repeat my recent statement from other thread regarding the order and nationalities of the chat users:

One thought on the premiere dates:

France: May 6
Germany: May 7
Spain: May 8
England: May 8

Now, Japan is on May 29th… but the User from Japan is number 1 in the chat. Roman numeral was 6… Is this telling Japanese fans that they will get the movie on the 6th (i.e., first)?

6. Selor - April 17, 2009

@4 maybe the Original Tricorder? it is definitely bigger and could match those measurements.

7. CptnValdez - April 17, 2009

I figured it is a communicator because of the comments Malak has made. The dimensions are that of an open communicator and static would be if the person does not know how to use it.

Just a thought.

8. DS9 Rocks - April 17, 2009

#4

Send all the pictures you can find!! Let’s just keep sending any devices from any trek we can think of until we get somewhere!

9. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 17, 2009

How long has it taken most people to receive a reply from Malak?

10. AJ - April 17, 2009

9: I sent one yesterday early afternoon EDT, and got one back about 4 hours later…Late for Paris time.

11. raveoned - April 17, 2009

I just sent a photo of the open communicator toy by Playmates, asking if it resembled that at all.

Sometimes, I’ve gotten a reply quickly, other times it’s taken a bit.

12. WarpTube - April 17, 2009

2 hours are up…

13. charliebob - April 17, 2009

couple days

14. Thomas - April 17, 2009

Can anybody translate?

15. Aaron R. - April 17, 2009

They mention jamming… Could this be the static pages? They are jamming someone???

16. caseylee4ts - April 17, 2009

Yeah, a translation of the Chat would be nice… for those of us linguistically challenged…

17. Aaron R. - April 17, 2009

Maybe there are bad guys here on Earth??? Hey didn’t J.J. say some ridiculous seeming comment a while back about a life size enterprise sort of thing???

18. Commodore Redshirt - April 17, 2009

I posted this at the end of the other thread but I’ll also add something too:

I think the chat group must be Nero and his crew. A Federation crew would not be so chaotic and without discipline.

For example: “PHPChatUser5 Neither do you!!! Knock it off – I can get to you quickly. We don’t need you to lose control, again.”

Another sign this was not a Federation crew is they were NOT using code names, were worried about being discovered, and were questioning who was in charge. They sound desperate and confused.

Also, I’ll come back to the line: “PHPChatUser5 Just try. We’ll meet back here in 2.”

2 what?
Hours? Days? Weeks?

ALSO: I think the “chat” was posted all at once, and not line by line as would be the case if it were really an on-line chat.
My reason for this is I looked at the site this morning and it was the same as it had been.
About 2 minutes later I refreshed the page before closing it and there it was… a full chat session that would have taken more than a couple of minutes to develop in real time…

19. AJ - April 17, 2009

I sent him an image of an old Zenith B&W tabletop TV.

What the hey, right?

20. aliotsy - April 17, 2009

Can’t make heads or tails of anything, so I put together some associations — hopefully someone else can figure this out.

PHPChatUser1: Japanese, Si, “Kid”, 15048
PHPChatUser2: French, Ca, 87465
PHPChatUser3: German, Al, Janus, 19886
PHPChatUser4: Spanish, Fe, Candir, 94371 (Karnis?)
PHPChatUser5: American, O, ?? , ??

And some speculation …

PHPChatUser1 – Sulu?
PHPChatUser5 – Kirk?

PHPChatUser3 is abrasive and aggressive — Klingon?

21. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 17, 2009

17 — Yeah, the life-size Enterprise has been at the back of my mind since he said that. I wonder if we’re about to find out what he was talking about.

22. WarpTube - April 17, 2009

@ 18

Nope, it appeared line by line, I saw it happen. Didn’t quite feel like a chat room, the pauses were a bit too evenly spaced but not a bad attempt!

23. steve2 - April 17, 2009

What if….this is really a device from the future. Eh? Eh?

24. Big Swid - April 17, 2009

I bet you it is a new tricorder.

He said it was between a phone and a laptop, right?

25. Trekkie88 - April 17, 2009

The way I translated it was. I opened 3 tabs of the Google translated web page, translated into spanish, japanese, & german. You then switch between the tabs as you read each user’s post. They are not perfect translations but you can get the gist of what it says.

26. Allister gourlay - April 17, 2009

EH?…lol!

27. WarpTube - April 17, 2009

I think they must be meeting online again in 2 days, 2 hours have passed and theres nothing new. 2 days might make more sense as it would allow more participants in the game to take notice!

28. ncx1701e - April 17, 2009

Sorry for the repost

PHPChatUser1 Test, test, test, test. That? Faster than the time I know I’ve, got response?
____PHPChatUser1 has disconnected____
PHPChatUser2 Carrefour de la Rue de la Fédération et Rue de Presles
____PHPChatUser2 has disconnected____
PHPChatUser3 Kloidn*&%$)#mns
PHPChatUser3 *******?
PHPChatUser3 ??????
PHPChatUser3 *^*&!!!!!!!
PHPChatUser4 Use the keyboard.
PHPChatUser3 What do you think what I do here? “Fe”, bist du das?
PHPChatUser4 Yes Who else is?
PHPChatUser3 Nobody. It does not work. Great plan.
PHPChatUser4 Idea was Karnis.
PHPChatUser3 “Fe’s” idea. And yes, he has not thought about.
PHPChatUser1 Hello?
PHPChatUser4 It appears this is.
PHPChatUser3 Are you OK, kid?
PHPChatUser1 I think. What, you did not reach it? Me, and I did not feel I had my right. And you did not respond to everyone.
PHPChatUser4 Do not worry. I think it has something left. Good job.
PHPChatUser3 Him not to lie. He is no idiot.
PHPChatUser4 Shut up, Janus.
PHPChatUser1 Where Kahnis? Should not you be here?
PHPChatUser3 “Fe”. Am I the only one who uses the pseudonym?
PHPChatUser4 The next is that wrote this site for some reason.
PHPChatUser3 Have your special friend not seen. We are wasting our time here.
PHPChatUser5 Sorry, I’m late. There was a problem.
PHPChatUser4 You okay? Where are you?
PHPChatUser5 Yeah, it doesn’t matter. Glad to talk to everyone.
PHPChatUser3 You speak not with everyone.
PHPChatUser5 What?
PHPChatUser1 I want to be YARAKASHITA. Encryption not know well. Sorry.
PHPChatUser5 No, no.
PHPChatUser1 Maybe I can try once more. Guess what happened to luck.
PHPChatUser5 It’s ok. We’ll figure this out.
PHPChatUser4 I do not think anything will help change that. We should ask someone.
PHPChatUser3 Wen because that?
PHPChatUser4 I do not know.
PHPChatUser5 Didn’t “Ca” mention someone?
PHPChatUser3 He is not here.
PHPChatUser5 He hasn’t checked in?
PHPChatUser3 What do you think what I said?
PHPChatUser4 I am sure that he was arrested.
PHPChatUser1 How can I keep it long? I’m better I went to see one of us? You?
PHPChatUser5 No. “Ca” was right, splitting up gives us our best shot.
PHPChatUser1 It would be difficult to catch us from it?
PHPChatUser5 We’ll worry about that when and if we have to.
PHPChatUser4 We should expect to “Ca” and he will tell us what the next step.
PHPChatUser3 It might already be too late for the next step, perhaps our only chance we have missed! You have no idea what is going on here!
PHPChatUser5 Neither do you!!! Knock it off – I can get to you quickly. We don’t need you to lose control, again.
PHPChatUser4 None of this is helping.
PHPChatUser3 Slave.
PHPChatUser1 I had better help him?
PHPChatUser3 Really funny!
PHPChatUser5 He’ll be fine.
PHPChatUser3 I now disappear if he does not come. Just as a warning for you. We have tried, it did not work – I have done my duty.
PHPChatUser4 And where are you exactly?
PHPChatUser3 Let this be my concern.
PHPChatUser5 Just stay out of sight this time. I think we’ve been noticed, we didn’t clean up properly.
PHPChatUser3 Do I now receive orders from you? Just because you’re at the bottom of the salt knew what to do – when I almost lost my arm.
PHPChatUser5 Your problem in the salt is that you gave up too quickly. Maybe if you spent some time figuring out the right trajectory.
PHPChatUser3 That will not help.
PHPChatUser5 Just try. We’ll meet back here in 2.
PHPChatUser3 Yes, yes. I’m gone.
____PHPChatUser3 has disconnected____
PHPChatUser1 I think you see that someone else – just wait.
PHPChatUser5 You sure?
PHPChatUser4 How were they?
PHPChatUser1 Different. I went past.
PHPChatUser4 Relax, we all need to relax and think good things and not act like frightened animals. Nobody looks at us in your mind.
PHPChatUser5 I’m working on the magnetic interference. Can you look at the frequency stuff?
PHPChatUser1 Oh, yeah. I can about it. If you research a little.
PHPChatUser5 Good, we need a little more time.
PHPChatUser1 Still, I think?
PHPChatUser4 We’ll
PHPChatUser5 You know when to come back?
PHPChatUser1 If you need to get, I will contact as soon as possible. OK?
PHPChatUser5 OK, stay hidden and safe
PHPChatUser1 Try hard.
____PHPChatUser1 has disconnected____
PHPChatUser5 It was his very first run.
PHPChatUser4 You should have stopped coming to you.
PHPChatUser5 I hate feeling like this. We have to get it right, and fast.
PHPChatUser4 Trajabaré as often it may be that.
PHPChatUser4 Are you still there?
PHPChatUser5 Yes, sorry. I’m here.
PHPChatUser5 Thank you, Candir.
PHPChatUser4 Take care let me know if you need me.
____PHPChatUser4 has disconnected____
____PHPChatUser5 has disconnected____

29. marvin - April 17, 2009

what about these lines

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

i doubt they are there for nothing

30. charliebob - April 17, 2009

OK I sent the email address the message saying:
“This is only his box. The sheep you asked for is inside.” which someone else suggested, and I just got the reply:
“Really. He fell asleep” (Actually, He said Ah bon. Il s’est endormi)

Any suggestions?

31. BiORG - April 17, 2009

Yawn.

32. ncx1701e - April 17, 2009

I figured if there was timestraveling happening, it would be someone from the post-nemesis era, and usualy away teams do not carry padd, but they do carry tricorders, and the nemesis tricorder looks like a touchscreen palm.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a284/uss_voyager/tricodrer.gif

http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/stexpanded/images/5/51/Mark_XI_Tricorder.jpg

33. Commodore Redshirt - April 17, 2009

RE: 22. WarpTube
“@ 18
Nope, it appeared line by line, I saw it happen. Didn’t quite feel like a chat room, the pauses were a bit too evenly spaced but not a bad attempt!”

My page did not update. (maybe because I use Firefox?) and the chat was not there until I refreshed the page… odd eh?

34. Selor - April 17, 2009

@30 Interesting… I don’t have a clue what “Good, he sleeps” has to do with anything here…

@32 Send them this picture! Maybe it’s the one he’s waiting for…

35. Trekkie88 - April 17, 2009

Open each of these URLs in separate tabs, in this order:
http://tinyurl.com/238742Japanese
http://tinyurl.com/238742German
http://tinyurl.com/238742Spanish

As you read each user’s post switch to the tab for that user’s language.
Remember:
1: Japanese
3: German
4: Spanish

36. ncx1701e - April 17, 2009

In regards to the lines

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

They must have been trying to type using something other than a keyboard becuase the next line says

*PHPChatUser4 Use the keyboard.

Maybe someone having issues with a touchscreen or trying to talk into a mouse? (ST4 referance)

37. CptnValdez - April 17, 2009

I was looking at the message about when they meet back “in 2″. I started to think ..
2am GMT =

7pm Pacific
8pm Mountain
9pm Central
10pm Eastern

We will see how close I am.

38. Selor - April 17, 2009

@35 Why does the Spanish Version make the ‘Fe’ into “Faith”?

39. Mel - April 17, 2009

I understand the German and English, half of the Spanish and none of the Japanese. It would have been sooo much easier to understand the whole dialogue if they didn’t use so many different languages, but they want to make it hard. :-)

* PHPChatUser3: Nehme ich jetzt schon Befehle von dir entgegen? Nur weil du unten im Salz wusstest, was zu tun ist – als ich fast meinen Arm verloren habe.
* PHPChatUser5: Your problem in the salt is that you gave up too quickly. Maybe if you spent some time figuring out the right trajectory.

I find the salt/Salz reference strange. It sounds like it is the name of a place, but what place is called salt/Salz? Salt Lake City? Or do they mean it literally and they were stuck in a salt-mine or just a big pile of salt? Has anyone an idea?

40. marvin - April 17, 2009

also, what problem did O have? was he the one who malak0 saw running?

or that has nothing to do with this…

bob, if observer pops up somewhere…. :P

41. aliotsy - April 17, 2009

@34 It’s a reference to Saint Exupery’s classic: “Le Petit Prince” (The Little Prince).

See the bottom of this page for the line:

http://www.angelfire.com/hi/littleprince/chapter2.html

I don’t think Malak0 is related to the game … but if he is, maybe we should look more deeply into Little Prince references.

42. marvin - April 17, 2009

i hate to be a party breaker but

SALT ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt_(cryptography)

43. Selor - April 17, 2009

@39 Maybe a reference to the salt Alien from TOS?
@40 I think “Ca” the French one was the guy running, hey’s obviously not there
@41 Ah Okay, actually never read it ;)

44. garen - April 17, 2009

is it possible this game has ANYTHING to do with the old original VIRAL SITE:

ncc-1701.com

you guys remember this one right…where you have to tune the images and wait for the fourth image to be revealed.

45. marvin - April 17, 2009

bottom line is we are not going to get anywhere without proper translation

46. Trekkie88 - April 17, 2009

The only connection between salt & Star Trek is the salt-eating creature from the 2nd TOS pilot, “The Man Trap.”

47. StarTrekkie - April 17, 2009

I found that chat confusing to read so I cleaned up the names with the info that’s been provided, and color coded each person.

http://startrekkie.com/startrek_arg.html

And here it is below with the names and country code as well.

user1 – Yarakashita (jp) Test, test, test, test. That? Faster than the time I know I’ve, got response?
____user1 – Yarakashita (jp) has disconnected____
user2 Ca (fr) Carrefour de la Rue de la Fédération et Rue de Presles
____user2 Ca (fr) has disconnected____
user3 Janus (de) Kloidn*&%$)#mns
user3 Janus (de) *******?
user3 Janus (de) ??????
user3 Janus (de) *^*&!!!!!!!
user4 Candir (es) Use the keyboard.
user3 Janus (de) What do you think what I do here? “Fe”, bist du das?
user4 Candir (es) Yes Who else is?
user3 Janus (de) Nobody. It does not work. Great plan.
user4 Candir (es) Idea was Karnis.
user3 Janus (de) “Fe’s” idea. And yes, he has not thought about.
user1 – Yarakashita (jp) Hello?
user4 Candir (es) It appears this is.
user3 Janus (de) Are you OK, kid?
user1 – Yarakashita (jp) I think. What, you did not reach it? Me, and I did not feel I had my right. And you did not respond to everyone.
user4 Candir (es) Do not worry. I think it has something left. Good job.
user3 Janus (de) Him not to lie. He is no idiot.
user4 Candir (es) Shut up, Janus.
user1 – Yarakashita (jp) Where Kahnis? Should not you be here?
user3 Janus (de) “Fe”. Am I the only one who uses the pseudonym?
user4 Candir (es) The next is that wrote this site for some reason.
user3 Janus (de) Have your special friend not seen. We are wasting our time here.
user5 Unknown (us) Sorry, I’m late. There was a problem.
user4 Candir (es) You okay? Where are you?
user5 Unknown (us) Yeah, it doesn’t matter. Glad to talk to everyone.
user3 Janus (de) You speak not with everyone.
user5 Unknown (us) What?
user1 – Yarakashita (jp) I want to be YARAKASHITA. Encryption not know well. Sorry.
user5 Unknown (us) No, no.
user1 – Yarakashita (jp) Maybe I can try once more. Guess what happened to luck.
user5 Unknown (us) It’s ok. We’ll figure this out.
user4 Candir (es) I do not think anything will help change that. We should ask someone.
user3 Janus (de) Wen because that?
user4 Candir (es) I do not know.
user5 Unknown (us) Didn’t “Ca” mention someone?
user3 Janus (de) He is not here.
user5 Unknown (us) He hasn’t checked in?
user3 Janus (de) What do you think what I said?
user4 Candir (es) I am sure that he was arrested.
user1 – Yarakashita (jp) How can I keep it long? I’m better I went to see one of us? You?
user5 Unknown (us) No. “Ca” was right, splitting up gives us our best shot.
user1 – Yarakashita (jp) It would be difficult to catch us from it?
user5 Unknown (us) We’ll worry about that when and if we have to.
user4 Candir (es) We should expect to “Ca” and he will tell us what the next step.
user3 Janus (de) It might already be too late for the next step, perhaps our only chance we have missed! You have no idea what is going on here!
user5 Unknown (us) Neither do you!!! Knock it off – I can get to you quickly. We don’t need you to lose control, again.
user4 Candir (es) None of this is helping.
user3 Janus (de) Slave.
user1 – Yarakashita (jp) I had better help him?
user3 Janus (de) Really funny!
user5 Unknown (us) He’ll be fine.
user3 Janus (de) I now disappear if he does not come. Just as a warning for you. We have tried, it did not work – I have done my duty.
user4 Candir (es) And where are you exactly?
user3 Janus (de) Let this be my concern.
user5 Unknown (us) Just stay out of sight this time. I think we’ve been noticed, we didn’t clean up properly.
user3 Janus (de) Do I now receive orders from you? Just because you’re at the bottom of the salt knew what to do – when I almost lost my arm.
user5 Unknown (us) Your problem in the salt is that you gave up too quickly. Maybe if you spent some time figuring out the right trajectory.
user3 Janus (de) That will not help.
user5 Unknown (us) Just try. We’ll meet back here in 2.
user3 Janus (de) Yes, yes. I’m gone.
____user3 Janus (de) has disconnected____
user1 – Yarakashita (jp) I think you see that someone else – just wait.
user5 Unknown (us) You sure?
user4 Candir (es) How were they?
user1 – Yarakashita (jp) Different. I went past.
user4 Candir (es) Relax, we all need to relax and think good things and not act like frightened animals. Nobody looks at us in your mind.
user5 Unknown (us) I’m working on the magnetic interference. Can you look at the frequency stuff?
user1 – Yarakashita (jp) Oh, yeah. I can about it. If you research a little.
user5 Unknown (us) Good, we need a little more time.
user1 – Yarakashita (jp) Still, I think?
user4 Candir (es) We’ll
user5 Unknown (us) You know when to come back?
user1 – Yarakashita (jp) If you need to get, I will contact as soon as possible. OK?
user5 Unknown (us) OK, stay hidden and safe
user1 – Yarakashita (jp) Try hard.
____user1 – Yarakashita (jp) has disconnected____
user5 Unknown (us) It was his very first run.
user4 Candir (es) You should have stopped coming to you.
user5 Unknown (us) I hate feeling like this. We have to get it right, and fast.
user4 Candir (es) Trajabaré as often it may be that.
user4 Candir (es) Are you still there?
user5 Unknown (us) Yes, sorry. I’m here.
user5 Unknown (us) Thank you, Candir.
user4 Candir (es) Take care let me know if you need me.
____user4 Candir (es) has disconnected____
____user5 Unknown (us) has disconnected____

48. raveoned - April 17, 2009

The Little Prince comes from Asteroid B-612, discovered and designated by a Turkish astronomer.

“Ca” is also Candir, located somewhere in Turkey.

(just throwing things out there).

49. Trekkie88 - April 17, 2009

I just found another curious Star Trek mention of salt:

“Suck Salt”
Episode: TNG 207 – Unification, Part II

Long pencil-like tubes of an unspecified salt.

Amarie, the four-armed keyboardist in the Qualor II piano bar, keeps several in a silvery can and offers one to Riker, calling them a “nasty habit.”
[from startrek.com]

50. Commodore Redshirt - April 17, 2009

42. marvin
” i hate to be a party breaker but SALT ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt_(cryptography)

I followed the Wikipedia link and found this:
“In the native Japanese religion Shinto, salt is used for ritual purification of locations and people”
and
“Romans invoked their gods with offerings of salt and water.”

food for thought…

51. ncx1701e - April 17, 2009

Remember how earlier in the game with had elements –
•Fe Ca Si Al (elements Iron, Calcium, Silicon, and Aluminum)

SInce salt is sodium chloride, maybe this is salt is in referance to NaCl

sodium Na
Chlorine Cl

52. raveoned - April 17, 2009

I was also mentioning in the prior article, that if you take all the abbreviations for the chatters, those are elements involved at one point or another in the refining of Aluminum from Bauxite, which was first discovered in France and is found with deposits of salt surrounding it, varying in size and depth on where the Bauxite is mined.

53. Michael Foote - April 17, 2009

Ok, I am a bit late on this and maybe I am covering things that everyone alreadys knows, if so sorry. But has anyone considered the periodic chart? Fe=Iron Ca=Calcium. Or was this part of another post about this?

54. subatoi - April 17, 2009

#53 It was, at the beginning :) We search for what they stand for now.

55. Thomas - April 17, 2009

38. Selor

“Fe” is Spanish for “faith”, as in Santa Fe.

56. Commodore Redshirt - April 17, 2009

Hmmm.
Another Wikipedia search:
“Janus”, in Roman mythology was the god of gates, doors, doorways, beginnings and endings.

57. Thomas - April 17, 2009

39 Mel:

“What place is called salt?Salz? Salt Lake City?”

Salzburg?

58. Mark from Germany - April 17, 2009

Does this lead to anything?

http://mobilehomepages.de/go/sites/mview/malak0

I don’t knoe, I just wanted to point it out. Maybe someone has an idea

59. Ian - April 17, 2009

All this is going to make my head explode! Sheesh!

60. Mark from Germany - April 17, 2009

or this…. a woman called malak0 from marokko….claims “to learn japanese”

http://www.italki.com/T002025023.htm

61. Mark from Germany - April 17, 2009

or this…. a russian user called malak0

http://www.justsay.ru/users/malak0

but I can’t read russian….someone help please :-)

62. The Beezer - April 17, 2009

SALT: Strategic Arms Limitation Talks?

Just throwing some history at all of you.

And roman numeral VI… anybody notice that a full scientific periodic table of the elements is labeled with Roman Numerals across every column? Perhaps, with these other elements playing into the game, that could have significance.

63. Mark from Germany - April 17, 2009

or this Italian called malak0 who claims to be 108 years old

digiland.libero.it/cupido/scheda.php?quale=malak0

64. The Beezer - April 17, 2009

61.

The translation of that russian webpage reads

“In order to view information about the user, you must register and login (enter your username and password).
Authorization You can now enter your username and password on the right side of the page.
If you have not yet registered to JustSay.ru, invite you to register. Immediately after registering you will be redirected back to this page.
By the way, registering, you will be able to publish not just watch the information about users, but also to publish the recording as well as to evaluate materials from other users, participate in discussions and to monitor their own ratings (on a personal rating JustSay.ru called reputation).
If you still doubt the need for registration, please orientation tour of several steps to find out what is the JustSay.ru”

Looks like a dead end.

65. Mark from Germany - April 17, 2009

I am not quite sure wheter this is old news..but may this lead to anything.

A description of the device that is missing

I found a ‘device’ (appareil) It is 22cm x 15cm, bleu/black. I have photo but not usb wire. L’appareil, C’est a vous? on this site
http://merzmensch.blogspot.com/2009/04/star-trek-answer-from-malak0.html

66. Mark from Germany - April 17, 2009

oups… :-) Thank you….I had no idea

have you registered?

67. Commodore Redshirt - April 17, 2009

RE: 61. Mark from Germany
” a russian user called malak0
http://www.justsay.ru/users/malak0
but I can’t read russian….someone help please :-)”

It says:
“In order to view information about the user, you must register and login (enter your username and password)…etc”

dead end

68. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 17, 2009

15 cm x 22 cm or 6 in x 9 in (roughly). Too big to be a communicator, too small to be Kirk-era PADD.

It’s blue and black or bluish-black, with a screen. It makes noise.

It could be a tricorder, or another device we haven’t heard of yet. Has anybody tried e-mailing him a tricorder image? TOS or ST09 versions?

69. NCC-73515 - April 17, 2009

wasn’t janus VI the horta planet?
and malakos = soft, hence malacology = study of mollusks. now the horta looked a bit like a giant slug…

70. The Beezer - April 17, 2009

I just e-mailed him a tricorder image, and wrote to him in french. We’ll see if that illicits a better response.

:)

71. Selor - April 17, 2009

@68 I mailed him a picture of the TOS Tricorder and TOS Communicator, but until now, no answer…

72. ncx1701e - April 17, 2009

@68

I email them the tricroder from nemesis, see post 32

73. The Original Spock's Brain - April 17, 2009

38. Selor – April 17, 2009
“@35 Why does the Spanish Version make the ‘Fe’ into “Faith”?”

Because “fe” is the Spanish for “faith”.

74. The Beezer - April 17, 2009

@71 I e-mailed him a Nemesis era tricorder, just in case its from the future. You never know lol.

75. Pat Payne - April 17, 2009

Here’s a better translation at least for the German (User 3) portions:

What do you think I’m doing here? “Fe,” is that you?

Nobody. It’s not working. Wonderful plan.

“Fe’s” Idea. And yeah, He hadn’t thought it out.

Are you OK, Little one?

Don’t lie to him. He’s not an idiot.

“Fe.” Am I the only one here who bothers to use codenames?

I haven’t seen your special friend. We’re wasting our time here.

You don’t talk with anyone.

Who’s next?

He’s not here.

What do you think I mean!?

It’s become too late for the next step, perhaps we’ve already had our only chance!! You have no idea what’s going on here!

Slave.

Really funny!

I’m disappearing next, if he doesn’t come. Just as a warning for you. We’ve tried this, it’s not worked – I’ve already taken my responsibility.

Let me worry about that.

So now I’m expected to take orders from you? Only because YOU what to do in the salt – as I almost lost my arm!

That’s not helping.

76. Pat Payne - April 17, 2009

Correction on next to last: Should read “Only because YOU knew what to do in the salt…”

77. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 17, 2009

If neither the TOS tricorder nor the Nemesis tricorder work, we should try the Playmates version of the tricorder. Although I’m wondering if these people aren’t supposed to be Romulans rather than Starfleet officers.

78. Jenni Generation - April 17, 2009

So do we think this is stuff that ‘fits’ with events/characters in the movie, this conversation? Or do we think it’s purely there to give puzzles/clues and not make sense?

79. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 17, 2009

Playmates version of the new movie tricorder, that is.

80. NCC-73515 - April 17, 2009

Perhaps you should send Romulan tricorders, not Starfleet…

81. The Beezer - April 17, 2009

What does a Romulan tricorder look like? Have we ever seen one in any episode of anything? The only one I can think of was in the Star Trek: Elite Force 2 Video Game. Not exactly cannon.

82. Thomas - April 17, 2009

62. The Beezer

I had a thought about your post on the periodic table regarding roman numeral VI, so I decided to take a look at the table.

The elements in Group #6 (vertical column) are:
– 24 Cr (Chromium)
– 42 Mo (Molybdenum)
– 74 W (Tungsten)

The elements in period # 7 (horizontal row) are:
– 55 Cs (Cesium)
– 56 Ba (Barium)
– 72 Hf (Hafnium)
– 73 Tf (Tantalum)
– 74 W (Tungsten)
– 75 Re (Rhenium)
– 76 Os (Osmium)
– 77 Ir (Iridium)
– 78 Pt (Platinum)
– 79 Au (Gold)
– 80 Hg (Mercury)
– 81 Tl (Thallium)
– 82 Pb (Lead)
– 83 Bi (Bismuth)
– 84 Po (Polonium)
– 85 At (Astatine)
– 86 Rn (Radon)

Hey, even element # 6 is C (Carbon).

83. Mark from Germany - April 17, 2009

Or maybe this is another viral campaign….not for Star Trek but for something completely different? Just using the momentum? Why not?

84. Pat Payne - April 17, 2009

For all we know, it’s just a big mind ****…

85. Thomas - April 17, 2009

Sorry, that should read “period # 6″, not “period # 7″.

86. The Sleeper - April 17, 2009

I didnt read all of these so I hope im not being redundent. But I noticed the convo about salt and trajectory. I cross referenced those words and came of with the Salt gradient for drilling. Perhaps they were talking about drilling trajectories. The fact that he said the problem was he gave up and didnt spend time figuring his trajectories made me think that this is an off the wall possibility. dont know what that has to do with anything.

87. aliotsy - April 17, 2009

@62 and @82

I happened to be thinking about that, too. Look at this periodic table:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Periodic_table_(detailed)

The VI column contains “O,” which we’ve already encountered.

Corresponding Roman numerals for the other elements:

Si – IV
CA – II
Al – III
Fe – ?? (none listed … or is it II? Been years since I took Chem)

Probably nothing …

88. The Beezer - April 17, 2009

@82 Thomas

Glad to see we’re on the same page. :) I wonder though, if you had considered this. Check out this periodic table that includes standard isotopes, found in most baccalaureate institutions.

http://sviva.technion.ac.il/downloads/PeriodicTable.jpg

If you’ll notice, there are two columns labeled VI. The 6th and 16th vertical columns. None of the elements used so far are located in those columns, so one might conclude VI means there are 6 total elements.

Could these be used to form the “Red Matter” mentioned in the Countdown Comic Book Prequil Series? (Not to give away any spoilers for those not having read it.

89. The Beezer - April 17, 2009

@86

Well we know Nero is a miner. Perhaps that does have some validity. (Sry for any spoilers! Read the prequil Countdown comic!)

90. aliotsy - April 17, 2009

Ack … link in @87 is broken. Copy and paste.

91. Jimmy - April 17, 2009

#87:

Fe (Iron) is in Group VIII B, Period 4

92. Jimmy - April 17, 2009

Not to mention O (Oxygen, which we haven’t heard much about yet…) is in group VI (hmm… there’s that roman numeral VI again)

93. Marcel0815 - April 17, 2009

I sent him this image:
http://img.trekmovie.com/images/merchandise/pmst09/Tricorder.JPG

with this text:
_______
Hi,
I lost it in my Holidays in Paris.
If you reverse it, there is a serial: 2387-42
It smell a little bit like Slusho because I spilled a little bit over it…
this is mine, please send it back to me, I really need it.

thanks
and sorry for bad English, I´m from Germany.
____
::
the answer:
there is no serial like this. it is not yours. au revoir.
::

– so he didn´t said that this is not that thing. It seems like he reversed it and looked after the serial :-)

94. bob hitching - April 17, 2009

I’ve got a bit of a dialog happening with mklvnd. Here’s the summary because it involved some attachments:

me: sent a picture of a communicator
mklvnd: T’es serieux? As-tu lu mon post?
[eng: Are you serious? Did you see my post?]

me: yes i am looking for a device like this svp! If you have found
something like this, what reward do you want?
mklvnd: I am offer $2000 today. Lot of people are contacting me fo it.

me: sent a picture of a sheep
mklvnd: Non! Celui-là est déjà très malade. Fais-en un autre
[eng: No! That’s pretty bad. Try another]

me: just sent another sheep!
let’s see what happens.

Re. “Ca” and “Fe” nicknames – to me this aligns with the story from the start. “O” (PHPChatUser5) is the leader, organising the others to meet up at http://2387-42.com and discuss their mission. Question is: do we help them or stop them?!

95. The Sleeper - April 17, 2009

Another not that Magnetic Interference goes quite well with regards to drilling.

96. Thomas - April 17, 2009

87. aliotsy

Fe or Iron is in Group # 8, Period # 4.

97. James - April 17, 2009

I’m not convinced that these users are Romulan. If so, why are they speaking different human languages?

It’s possible that these references to ‘salt’ may be something contextual in the language that’s being lost in translation. For example, in the Malak0 article on Le Poste, he describes the device as making a sound ‘ennuyeux’ which is literally French for boring. However, in the context, he actually means monotonous.

‘Salt’ might actually mean something different… possibly ‘essence’? This was mentioned in the German stuff – I’m not too hot on German. Maybe someone who is could pass comment?

I think this is definitely related to Star Trek:
– URLs for ‘binary’ sites found on website documenting Star Trek parties;
– Clues in the ‘binary’ sites show us something which looks like Narada;
– Clues in the ‘binary’ sites lead us to http://www.2387-42.com;
– 2387-42 uses the same structure for stardates as the new movie;
– 2387-42.com mentions the Parisian crossroads – relevance uncertain;
– French websites detail a device recently lost at the same crossroads;
– 2387-42.com uses aliases which link bank to the ‘binary’ sites;
– “Ca” has not yet checked in – possibly because he lost his ‘device’?

I think we’re onto something – I just don’t know what! Maybe we could get some decent translations for the other languages – esp. the Japanese, as online translators really seem to struggle with that. Could we compile a transcript to English and get Anthony to post it?

98. Odkin - April 17, 2009

I’ve solved it!

“BE SURE TO DRINK YOUR OVALTINE”

Why do I get the feeling you are all going to feel like little Ralphie at the end of all this head-scratching cryptography?

99. The Beezer - April 17, 2009

@98

You’re not helping.

100. NCC-73515 - April 17, 2009

Romulan tricorder was seen in Generations (they found one on the Amargosa observatory).

101. FreddyE - April 17, 2009

This Little Prince thing got me thinking…maybe we really have to answer with quotes from that book.
The perfect line to answer after getting the answer “Really. He fell asleep” would be: “Where do you want to take the sheep to?” (can´t remember the exact phrase) because that´s what follows in the dialog in the book if I remember right. So maybe the person who got the “Really. He fell asleep” answer should write back with “Where do you want to take the sheep to?”

102. The Beezer - April 17, 2009

Anyone notice this little nugget of info?

Nothing we don’t already know, but interesting none the less.

http://deaddrop.wonderweasels.org/2009/04/15/star-trek-dead-drop-paris-france/

103. Jeanine Salla - April 17, 2009

Someone called?

104. The Beezer - April 17, 2009

@100

Yea, you’re right. I can’t find a photo of it, and have no idea how to do screen grabs.

105. Marcel0815 - April 17, 2009

hey what about the 2 lic plates you can see in google maps?
279 QDX 75
http://maps.google.com/maps/mm?hl=en&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&panoid=8RLlrJDiJUycIzDR6ShC0w&layer=c&cbll=48.853038,2.297086&cbp=12,124.1281163733835,,1,15.663490159195957&msa=0&msid=109759884955634556248.0004679b2bbbea49b3580&ll=48.852927,2.297012&spn=0,359.986267&z=17
and
187 PLS 75
http://maps.google.com/maps/mm?hl=en&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&panoid=wdmDJFYAqvyeH_pzqygeEg&ll=48.852913,2.297001&spn=0,359.986267&z=17&layer=c&cbll=48.852914,2.296997&cbp=12,235.49582509978458,,2,20.257073091797597&msa=0&msid=109759884955634556248.0004679b2bbbea49b3580

106. Newman - April 17, 2009

I will leave this one up to you guys…

107. Anthony Pascale - April 17, 2009

OK guys I have been busy editing…anyone figured anything out yet?

108. James - April 17, 2009

@107 – Anthony:

Some people have done some translations of the foreign language stuff on 2387-42.com, but none of it is making immediate sense. The users are using aliases which tie back to the original ‘binary’ sites. Hopefully we’ll get decent translations of all the foreign language stuff soon!

109. NCC-73515 - April 17, 2009

Listening to the Element Song to get some inspiration… :D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFIvXVMbII0

110. Fresh From Twitter | so how did we get here? - April 17, 2009

[…] real-time webswapping emails about sheep with someone in paris, hopefully related to #StarTrekARG http://bit.ly/MEE9F http://2387-42.comi feel a disturbance in the twittersphere did someone just shorten the long tail […]

111. James - April 17, 2009

@107 – Anthony:

PS. There’s also some speculation that the users are supposed to be the Romulan crew of the Narada. Unconfirmed at the moment.

112. Anthony Pascale - April 17, 2009

thanks

come one people…figure this thing out!

to paraphrase Capt. Pike

I dare you to do better!

113. Poster (german) - April 17, 2009

@97 / James

Salt has the exact same meaning in german as it has in english. there are no german phrases with salt in it that aren’t used in english as well.

114. The Beezer - April 17, 2009

Most of us have sent e-mails to this guy, I wrote to him in french. Still no response.

115. James - April 17, 2009

@113: OK – just a thought. Thanks for clearing it up!

So they’re definitely talking about ‘salt’. Now… WTF does it MEAN?!

:-)

116. bmar - April 17, 2009

Gotta say, this may very well be the most boring ARG ever. Too cryptic, too “insider”, too strange.

Normally I love this stuff, but this one’s lost me.

117. charliebob - April 17, 2009

@101 FreddyE I’ve just emailed him “Où souhaitez-vous prendre pour le mouton?” as you requested (thats the translation from google translate) Fingers crossed ;)
What should come next?

118. Trekkie88 - April 17, 2009

Here is the newest seen Romulan tricorder at Memory Alpha: http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Image:Romulantricorder.jpg.

It does not fit the description given by who I think is supposed to be the Kelvin’s CMO (*M*klvn*D*).

119. The Beezer - April 17, 2009

@118 Trekkie88

Hey, that link didn’t work. There some error??

But your theory for the Kelvin’s Doctor is spot on, what a great idea!

Could this be the Kelvin crew, rather than Romulans?

120. Matt - April 17, 2009

It seems to me that #93 Marcel sent him the correct image.

121. The Beezer - April 17, 2009

Oh, and hey Anthony, quick question, you’ve seen the film alraedy, correct?

Does that mean you actually know about the ARG, or does seeing the film not really help?

122. Si - April 17, 2009

Is there a wikiquotes page for the french version of Le Petit Prince maybe?

might have edited into it…..

123. Trekkie88 - April 17, 2009

http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Image:Romulantricorder.jpg
Sorry the period was included in the hyperlink

124. Jenni Generation - April 17, 2009

@119. You can search ‘tricorder’ on the site, then click the link to the ROmulan one; it works then.

125. James - April 17, 2009

@119: I personally think the users being the Kelvin’s crew is more likely. Of course, we could be wrong…

126. Trekkie88 - April 17, 2009

Also here is a Romulan Padd, don’t know from what era it is from or the actual scale.

http://members.tripod.com/imzadi2063/images/romulanpadd.jpg

127. Commodore Redshirt - April 17, 2009

malak0 has a flicker page
http://www.flickr.com/photos/13767372@N08/
nothing there yet and blank profile

128. Rex - April 17, 2009

I’m still not entirely convinced that this whole wikipedia Malak business is entirely innocent, if only because it doesn’t make any sense to me, inside or outside of the context.

129. Daoud - April 17, 2009

Again, the mklvnd@aol.fr fellow seems to be not part of this, and is just dicking with people.

As I mentioned in the other thread, my response to asking him How goes? and saying “So, the future begins, no?” was his response of “idiotic emails like yours.”

No pro would be insulting us. I’ve seen other viral campaigns, and they actually have solutions. This is absurd.

Elemental compositions of the Earth’s crust? Multiple terrestrial languages? Hell, why not Klingon? That’s a well-documented language. Plus, Marc Okrand’s on board (so show the Austin-viewable credits) with Vulcan and Romulan language, so a real campaign you’d think would involve him and give us some alien languages.

Hell, slusho.jp and tagruato.jp were much funnier and very satisfying. I can’t stop at six!

130. Anthony Pascale - April 17, 2009

thanks for the updates

dont know about Malak0

I still feel there is something missing her, that the above stuff is just part of something and that a whole other tangent has been missed,maybe some clue on those binary sites was missed or something on the offical startrekmovie.com site.

I don’t know for sure, not have I been told, it is just a hunch there is more. With these viral things there usually are.

131. Jenni Generation - April 17, 2009

Would they really have put an email address in it if they hadn’t checked that it didn’t *belong* to someone though? I mean, seems like sticking a random phone number on screen in a movie without checking if it’s real. :\

132. Dougrass - April 17, 2009

I’ve sent a picture of the Romuan Tricorder…let’s wait for the anwser.

133. James - April 17, 2009

I think we need a bit of ‘Deus Ex Machina’… Boborci? Help!

134. Dougrass - April 17, 2009

For those who post messages on the french web sites. I just saw an attempt on Le Post.fr and it’s obvious that it’s a direct translation from english on google translator. If you need to translate something in french before posting just e-mail me.

135. Dougrass - April 17, 2009

18h34
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The device may be the one that as been stolen from our group in this zone. A man fleed with it in that direction. He was tall with a hat and was wearing a hirt with a sheep design on the front. Please don’t give the device to anybody else. We offer double ransom.

136. Matt - April 17, 2009

Rom VI? Wow.

137. Trekkie88 - April 17, 2009

After a little digging I found out some about the USS Kelvin’s doctor:
http://scifiwire.com/2009/03/star-trek-doctor-reveals.php

She delivers Kirk.

138. Colonel West - April 17, 2009

@135:

Shot in the dark but didn’t Nimoy fit that description when he did the surprise premiere in Austin TX? Not sure about the sheep t-shirt but he’s tall and he wore a hat and he had the film print with him, one might say he took it without permission to show in Austin for the purposes of this arg maybe?

I’m loathe to get involved in this after getting obsessed with The Dark Knight one from last year and I’m getting flashbacks to that along with a headache from just reading the comments here, lol…

139. StarTrekkie - April 17, 2009

Ok, I updated my cleaned up version of the ARG chat with the improved german parts that @Pat Payne (75) provided.

http://startrekkie.com/startrek_arg.html

I think the guy running frantically in Paris who dropped this device is the PHPChatUser2 and he’s the one that the other users are waiting for.

140. aliotsy - April 17, 2009

My two cents:

I think Malak0 is a dead end – check out this email exchange:

http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=610725#610725

I do think we could explore “VI” more. It’s the only element from the original viral sites for which there’s no explanation.

141. rf - April 17, 2009

ncc-1701.com now has 1, 3, & 4 active – 2 is searching….

when I checked the other day, 4 was down and 2 was up…

142. D - April 17, 2009

What happened to the comments section of the old thread?

I looked over there about 20 minutes ago and it was all there….and the last post was a slightly cryptic one by David_Alexander. It was a list of different 101010 combo sequences, the same username had posted something like that earlier as well (this last bit was brought to attention by another user, not me) but it was only one 1010 sequence.

Now all the comments for that thread are gone. Could be coincidence or someone dicking with us, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

I also emailed Malak0, sent him a picture of a Romulan pad prop I found, I’ll post again if I hear anything!

143. AJ - April 17, 2009

135:

The French in the Rom VI statement is a horrible computer translation. The word for the verb “may” is actually the month of May (clue?), and the genders are all wrong.

144. D - April 17, 2009

Nevermind post 142, the comments are back. That Alexander guy is posting a lot of 1010’s now. Probably a prankster :(

145. Rex - April 17, 2009

Well, the chat started at 6pm, GMT. Maybe that was all that was to the VI.

146. dfinn - April 17, 2009

Re/ 142 –

Ok, I thought I was losing it — I saw that too!

I actually posted a comment, stating that.

Then, after posting, all the original comments came back…

Rats…

147. Admiral_BlackCat - April 17, 2009

5pm Pacific
Just sent another email, still trying to get somewhere with Malak0

148. NCC-73515 - April 17, 2009

97.74.158.181 -> binary website
97.74.158.182 -> binary website
97.74.158.183 -> binary website
97.74.158.184 -> binary website
97.74.158.185 -> political website?!
97.74.158.186 -> chat website

149. Gary - April 17, 2009

It surely is a tricorder

150. ProperTrekkieUK - April 17, 2009

Oooooooh this is pretty exciting! I am off the idea that there is a missing link, and that it has something to do with the premiers (Germany, France, Spain, Britain)! Maybe new information will become available once Madrid happens?

I think that this Malak0 is too much of a coinsidence to be a prank, either someone involved or atleast someone who knows whats happening!

I am of the opinion that its the Narada crew, maybe the missing contact is Nero as he is arrested and banged up in Rura Penthe?

Keep with it guys! The clues are there!

151. Chingatchkook - April 17, 2009

I suppose that someone must play devil’s advocate, so it might as well be me. No disrespect intended towards anyone…..

I’m having more difficulty in swallowing the idea that this whole thing is somehow related to a Star Trek viral campaign. I had another look at the original Narada shot as posted in the original TrekMovie article:

http://img.trekmovie.com/images/st09/st09aprilviral/narada.jpg

with a known picture of the Narada:

http://www.majhost.com/gallery/takanuvafan/Trek/narada.jpg

While there are similarities, there also seems to be an obvious difference. If you look closely at the Viral Narada, you can see a ball or some sort of circular structure at the nucleus of the image. Yet on the Playmates Narada, there doesn’t seem to be any such structure. Plus, the Playmates Narada seems quite a bit bulkier. I find it difficult to believe that both are the same structure.

The other thing that I’ve been wondering about is the Cloverfield viral campaign as well as the original ncc-1701.com viral site. In both of these cases, the link to the original movie was obvious. There was a certain element of mystery regarding what the clues in those particualar sites meant, but the link to the original movie was obvious. Yet with the PHP chat at 2387-42.com, one has to really stretch believability to make any sort of Trek connection at all. Certainly nothing like the way it was with Cloverfield or ncc-1701.com.

The original binary websites were all pretty close in IP numbers, as is 2387-42.com, possibly being housed on the same server. I would say that this is probably a fact, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that all of the sites are operated by the same individual(s). What if all of those sites are simply housed by the same host, such as GoDaddy.com? I did a scan of 97.74.158.1 to 97.74.158.255 with the “AngryIP scanner” (a great little free tool, by the way), it shows that entire bank of IP numbers to be occupied, and all with a ‘secureserver’ hostname, which I believe is affiliated with GoDaddy hosting. It therefore seems logical that the IP numbers would be pretty close, but that is simply due to hosting and does not necessarily mean that 2387-42.com and the other binary sites are operated by the same individual(s).

Anthony mentioned in another posting that he felt that an entire tangent was being missed, and I think that he is probably right. My guess is that 2387-42.com has nothing to do with this at all and it was entirely coincidental. The PHP conversation, the comments simply don’t point in a clear fashion to any Trek link. Without being disrespectful to my fellow Trek fans, there appears to be a great deal of effort being expended to illustrate that any Trek link exists at all, let alone what it could mean.

Could there be something in the original binary sites? Possibly. I’m still a little dubious of any link there also, but as I said before, that’s just the devil’s advocate in me speaking.

(On another note, Mr Orci…If you are reading…I’m still wondering why a Romulan would name his ship after a 21st century Earth New Age record label, but I digress ;-)

152. Commodore Redshirt - April 17, 2009

143. AJ
” The French in the Rom VI statement is a horrible computer translation. The word for the verb “may” is actually the month of May (clue?), and the genders are all wrong.”

I had trouble with French back in high school.
I didn’t realize it was such a tough language that even Romulans screwed it up! ;-)

My guess is the post by RomVI is someone trying to get info from Malak0 and I bet May (the month) is a translation error and probably not a clue.
But the “VI” keeps bugging me…
My gut says “VI” is the key that unlocks the rest of this puzzle…

153. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 17, 2009

Guys, technically, a game like this could run indefinitely, or perhaps even up to the release date of the film.

I have absolutely no doubt that malak0 is a legitimate part of this ARG, and the “Please..draw me a sheep” reference has been shown to have occurred in some other Abrams productions. If it were illegitimate, bogus, he’d do what you or I would do – ignore the mails. There’s no reason he WOULDN’T answer with sarcasm or something if its suitable for his character in the context of the game.

I *definitely* think the “Draw me a sheep” angle is worth pursuing. I asked him “You are interested in sheep?” and he said, “Sheep – Non, Exupery – Yes” And that he’s been offered $3K for the “item.” That’s not an incidental side-player. No way. He also wants explanations of what it does, and has already said he’d post pictures later. I’m equally convinced its an ST09 tricorder that he supposedly “has,” and that some member of the PHPChat “team” will “get” to him and get the “device” back, just about the time someone will insist they were about to snag it from him. Heck, it wouldn’t surprise me if malak0 didn’t come to some adverse consequence at the hands of a member of the “chat team” because he has the device.

In all honesty, I think (eventually) a road through this game is going to come right through this site, and perhaps already has with the obscure David_Alexander posts. It wouldn’t surprise me to find out that people associated with the progress of the game are watching the various threads herein about it. I wish I were clever enough to have discerned more than I have so far, which isn’t much….except that the dimensions of the device are right at the size of a tricorder.

154. MistySteele - April 17, 2009

Has anybody else noticed the weird random capitals in the chat? There are a bunch of words (Plan, Idiot, etc.) that have no reason to be capitalized but are. Knowing ARGs, perhaps this is not a coincidence? I tried plugging the letters into an anagram solver – no luck, but maybe I’m missing something.

Also, how long does malak0 typically take to respond?

155. n9n3 - April 17, 2009

@Chingatchkook- the 2387-42 address is the same as the new star date format thatnis used in the movie. Anthony confirmed this from his screening of the movie. So either someone who has seen the movie and read the countdown comic is messing with us, or it is a viral campaign.

One thought I had, whether legit or not, is maybe the “sheep” malak0 is asking for isn’t literally a sheep but a “sacrificial lamb” – meaning there is soMething he wants to prove our worth. I know that doesn’t really narrow it down to anything specific, but that was my line of thought.

156. Trekkie88 - April 17, 2009

I just made a HUGE discovery!! I simply Googled “malak star trek,” the first result that came up was from Memory Beta the non-canon Star Trek Wiki.
According to the wiki:
“Ensign Malak served aboard the USS Enterprise-E in 2379. He was a junior officer in the top tenth percentile on his evaluation reports. After the Rashanar incident, Malak requested a transfer off the ship. However, he did not end up transferring. (TNG novel: A Time for War, A Time for Peace)”

[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Malak]

157. Darkwing - April 17, 2009

i think we’re looking at something from Nero’s ship, with somebody infiltrating it perhaps, we know nero has an interesting way of talking. i haven’t read all of the last 150 posts, so there’s probably some points made there, i guess the question to be asked is what is the point/purpose of this, what is the endgame

158. Adam Johnson - April 17, 2009

@154 MistySteele

The “random” capitals, are all from the German chat, and they’re all nouns, because in German, all nouns are capitalized (they have no notion of “proper nouns”).

FYI

159. Darkwing - April 17, 2009

i think anthony should do up an article that summarizes all of this viral stuff, cause looking through all these posts and trying to make connections is murder!!!!

160. StarTrekkie - April 17, 2009

I’ve been looking everywhere to refine the translation here: http://startrekkie.com/startrek_arg.html (I updated it to include the original quote)

If anyone knows Japanese and even spanish. They need some work. The German was refined nicely already. I think making sense of this conversation is key to figuring this whole thing out.

161. gatetrek - April 17, 2009

Throwing in my two cents, one of the David_Alexander cryptic binary posts on the last article translates to:
131 177 148 246 104 19 32 141 149 156 15
Another IP address? I tried the first 4, didn’t come up with anything, maybe there are other combos.
There’s also an equation on one of the other posts too, if the binary is converted to numbers and plugged into chemicals, it says
gold and holmium make tin (plus a tin isotope) – is that a real reaction?

162. LiamK - April 17, 2009

The first thing I thought of was that salt = the ocean. ie, they were in a ship that crashed into the ocean, and now have to work out an escape trajectory?

163. Trekkie88 - April 17, 2009

I know I said earlier that I thought mklvnd was the Kelvin’s CMO. But now I’m inclined to think that this person’s screen name is more telling. As I said in my last post, Malak is an ensign on the Enterprise-E, according to the info I have obtained as of Nemesis he was still serving on the E. So it is quite possible that 8 years later he would still be serving on the E. Furthermore, the address of the chat site is in the “Picard” future from Countdown, not in the “Kelvin” past.

What do you think?

164. subatoi - April 17, 2009

#162 The Little Prince’s Author crashed into the sea in WWII.

165. StarTrekkie - April 17, 2009

@Trekkie88 – I’m inclined to suspect that non canon material wouldn’t really factor into this. Even what we’ve seen so far can barely be tied to canon!

I dunno, I’m getting worn out on this thing. They’re being too obtuse.

166. ChiefDiplomaticOfficer - April 17, 2009

No doubt Malak0 is part of the game. Do you really think it’s a coincidence?

“The Little Prince” is about a man fallen from the stars, and “…he’s asleep,” leads into Chapter Three. An excerpt:

‘It took me a long time to learn where he came from. The little prince, who asked me so many questions, never seemed to hear the ones I asked him. It was from words dropped by chance that, little by little, everything was revealed to me.

The first time he saw my airplane, for instance (I shall not draw my airplane; that would be much too complicated for me), he asked me:

“What is that object?”

“That is not an object. It flies. It is an airplane. It is my airplane.”

And I was proud to have him learn that I could fly.

He cried out, then:

“What! You dropped down from the sky?”

“Yes,” I answered, modestly.

“Oh! That is funny!”

And the little prince broke into a lovely peal of laughter, which irritated me very much. I like my misfortunes to be taken seriously.

Then he added:

“So you, too, come from the sky! Which is your planet?”

At that moment I caught a gleam of light in the impenetrable mystery of his presence; and I demanded, abruptly:

“Do you come from another planet?”

But he did not reply. He tossed his head gently, without taking his eyes from my plane:

“It is true that on that you can’t have come from very far away . . .”‘

So. Nero’s crew had a little mishap while traveling through time to stop Kirk, ended up in our day and age. Maybe they split up to avoid getting found, ended up in different parts of the world, and are using this to contact each other.

Who Malak0 is and how much he knows is the key, so let’s push his buttons.

167. Trekkie88 - April 17, 2009

#152: I understand, but non-canon stuff is already involved. The address of the site 2487 brings in the year of the Countdown prequel comics that are NOT canon. The Time for War & Peace book, is like Countdown, because it is a prequel, its part of the Nemesis prequel series. There is no canon after the year of Nemesis, 2379, & the movie skips to the middle of the story & is only in the past. For some reason the books & stuff that set-up the movies seem more like they should be canon.

168. Trekkie88 - April 17, 2009

I meant 165

169. StarTrekkie - April 17, 2009

167 – I think the Countrdown comics are unique in that they’re written by the writer’s of the new movie. So even if they’re not considered canon, they’re relevant to the new movie, which is what this whole thing is about.

170. Admiral_BlackCat - April 17, 2009

166
Malak0’s connection is more obvious than that.
Rue de la Fédération et Rue de Presles is an exact phrase match for the Malak0 post on lepost.fr.
Next you have the “Please draw me a sheep” from Little Prince, also a lost episode name, JJ abram’s lost.

171. ChiefDiplomaticOfficer - April 17, 2009

@170: Right. So, how do we use him?

172. MistySteele - April 17, 2009

@158 Oh. *feels dumb* Thanks for the info, heh.

Speaking of Malak0’s post, the tags for it strike me as sort of weird. There’s appareil and portable, but then there’s vol (flight), fuite (escape or information leak (!)), and flics (cops). I’m on board with this crew of the Narada, so maybe they crash landed somewhere (hence flight), and escaped from the crash? Not sure how cops fits in to it… just thinkin. Somebody really needs to start like an IRC channel or something. Realtime chat would be so much preferable to reading through all these comments.

173. Mario - April 17, 2009

Hi, just an idea.

In the ncc-1701.com site the are 4 cams, each with a bar to toggle the resolution or adjust the feed (whatever), for some time now one cam is always down. and then the idea hit me, there are 4 cams with ranges between 1 and 999, but what if when they are all operational you could actually put a combination on the, lets say 97 74 158 186, or any number, could that actually be a lock for something else?

after all, that is the original viral site

174. Admiral_BlackCat - April 17, 2009

Regarding VI
There are six foolish adults in Little Prince:
The King
The Conceited Man
The Drunkard/Tippler
The Businessman
The Lamplighter
The Geographer
Do any of the chat participants sound like one of these characters?

175. Commodore Redshirt - April 17, 2009

This phrase from the PHPChat keeps going through my mind:
“User5: I’m working on the magnetic interference. Can you look at the frequency stuff?”

what the hell are we missing? I’ve been racking my brain, searching wikipedia, Googling every number and name, and studying every picture and re-reading every post and going back to every web page I can think of and still nothing new…

There must be something missing…

176. Mario - April 17, 2009

magnetic interference linked perhaps to the cams in ncc1701.com? there is interference with those things

177. Stunned4life - April 18, 2009

I can’t see anything in the static on the 2nd cam but who knows. I’m also not sure how it would be connected to the Enterprise being built other then the website.

178. aliotsy - April 18, 2009

Taking stock, this is a summary of where I think we stand on several points.

First, WHERE NOT TO LOOK FOR CLUES:
===================================
I’m still not convinced Malak0 is part of this ARG, and I’m pursuing that avenue is a rabbit hole – a wasted effort.

Here’s my reasoning:

1. Malak0 is hardly a unique username. A cursory Google search will find several profiles using that name, and it doesn’t take much digging to realize it refers to different people.

1. The “Petit Prince” connection is interesting, but that book is immensely popular in the French-speaking world, and it’s not particularly unusual for someone to quote it in their profile on some site.

2. Speaking of well-known characters in literary classics… “Malak” being a character name in a non-canon source is a tenuous Star Trek connection, at best. Games like these call on a wide, but not necessarily obscure body of knowledge. Referring to a well-known character in a literary classic can be expected; pulling a minor non-canon character from a Star Trek novel isn’t. Even having a “Malak” in a Star Trek novel isn’t that unusual in the first place – it seems to be a well-known, if not common, given Arabic name (meaning “angel”). Getting excited about that is like getting excited about finding someone named Will, Beverly, or Wesley.It doesn’t even make sense for Malak0 to be a character from the future, because it’s clear from his post that he’s not encountered this device before and he’s not sure what’s going on. How can he be “in the know” and clueless at the same time? If he IS a part of the game, he’s suffering from poor and inconsistent writing.

3. People are making much of the fact that he’s responding to emails and not blowing people off. Well maybe Malak0 and I are the only people like this, but if I found someone valuable electronic device, and all of a sudden got a flood of inquiring emails from around the world, I’d be interested in following up, and wondering what all these people are talking about.

4. There’s also the very real possibility that he’s a troll playing us all for fools. Maybe I have the timing off, but his post appeared after the “Carrefour de la Rue de la Fédération et Rue de Presles” chat, and this could just be a prank playing off of that – for some reason, I get the sense that people assume he’s legitimate because he’s writing in French. While I’m on this point, my French is rusty, but I’m pretty sure a phrase like “Carrefour de la Rue de la Fédération et Rue de Presles” is just as common as saying “Corner of Broadway and Main.”

5. He’s not responding to everyone’s emails — or at least, not mine. I’ve sent him three over the past 24 hours, and haven’t heard back. I’d like to think they were pretty good “in-game” emails: the first used proper French, asking for a picture of the device, the second used English, asking if there was a “VI” on the device, and the third was a response to his request to “dessine-moi un mouton” based on the book (the narrator draws the prince a box and says the sheep is inside). Typically in a game like this, I’d expect most people would get at least an automated response.

6. Don’t read too much into comments on Malak0’s post … most if not all of them are clearly written by other people playing the game, like us – not NPCs.

If Malak provides a photo of a Star Trek device of some sort, or if his character is affirmed by some other in-game site, then I’ll change my mind. In the mean time, I’ll focus elsewhere.

OK, moving beyond Malak0 …

I don’t think ncc-1701.com is related to this ARG … yet. It has no direct tie to the clues we’ve found so far. If you look up its IP address, it belongs to Paramount, and typing in the IP address rather than the URL resolves to Paramount Pictures. The IP is totally different from the other IP addresses so far.

Wow. That was a lot more than I expected. Will write a second comment about where we SHOULD look for clues.

179. aliotsy - April 18, 2009

OK, after a snack break (and posting this in the wrong comments section) …

WHERE TO LOOK FOR CLUES:
========================

The 2389-42.com 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 2389-42.com 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 0100011001100101.eu, 0100001101100001.eu, 0101001101101001.jp, 0100000101101100.eu, and 01001111.com.
* In particular, pay attention to Ca’s site (0100001101100001.eu) since she/he is missing, and Si’s site (0101001101101001.jp), 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

180. Jamesintucson - April 18, 2009

thecobrasnake posted a bunch of pics on 4/16 with a few of them having weird numbers like pc 465 in the back ground of a picture of orion girls but the focus is on the text not the girls (weird cause I’m like woohoo green orion girls) img_6960.jpg. Another pic has a guy with text and numbers written on his hand. Might be nothing but figured I’d through it out there for those smart folks.

I have to say the fact that Mr. Orci and JJ’s crew haven’t come in here to tell us hey its a fake/not us that its 100% the real deal and they’re staying quiet because we’re on the trail we’re just stuck right now and probably have to wait the 2 (days/weeks) to find out the next clue unless we get it right with the email dude.

181. Jamesintucson - April 18, 2009

just got another response from this cat Malak0 and he says its not the new tricorder. So that rules out communicator and tricorder.

I’ve asked him if he knows what’s going on with the ARG game, Star Trek, Trekmovie etc and to come to the website and post in here, let’s see if he does :)

182. Dani - April 18, 2009

This is probably wrong, but I thought I’d throw it out there… Could VI refer to Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country? (sorry if someone’s already mentioned this)

183. ProperTrekkieUK - April 18, 2009

I noticed that VI looks like ‘live long and propser’ lol! Hmmmm! I admit the lack of Bob Orci telling us we are barking up the wrong tree suggests were are doing well, then again he is pretty busy at the moment I imagine!

Just to fill in some blanks that others might not have filled in –

Candir is a small town in Turkey

Janus – Several things to do with Janus! Roman God of gates, doors, doorways, beginnings and endings. Also, Janus is a Moon of Saturn (Also known as Saturn X – another roman numeral). And Janus is also the codename for portable version of Windows Media DRM for portable devices! Random lol!

What are all the elements we have so far? I can’t remember off the top of my head! I think that they are a clue too! Maybe someone needs to add them all together and see what we get!?

184. Commodore Redshirt - April 18, 2009

RE 178 & 179 aliotsy:

Good work.
I disagree about Malak0. I think he is part of this ARG. Only because his story of contact with the runner and coming into possession of the device works well with the content of the chat. (the early French post (#2) who is later missing from the group session)…

I agree that the prime focus should be elsewhere.
You said:
* Look for “VI” clues in the Star Trek Party photos.”
The pics have many people giving a Vulcan Salute in reverse. Looks even more like “VI” than when done properly.

You said:
“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.”
Maybe this is the reason for the line “I’m working on the magnetic interference. Can you look at the frequency stuff?”

Also this part really bugs me:
“# PHPChatUser3: Kloidn*&%$)#mns
# PHPChatUser3: *******?
# PHPChatUser3: ??????
# PHPChatUser3: *^*&!!!!!!!”

There is a code here I’m sure. The first part of the 4th line *^* looks like the ship logo/com badge (=/\=)

I would also add to your list the post “We’ll meet back here in 2″.
It may prove to have major importance in finding our next clue.
After all chat user2 WAS MISSING from the chat
AND may have dropped the device
and speaks French

185. lauman - April 18, 2009

alright this may lead to NOWHERE but just a thought like Dani #182 said the roman numeral vi could refer to Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Funny thing is is that it is due to be released on blu-ray the same time the film is being released.
but than again it is most definitely nothing… just thought i’ll throw it out there

186. ProperTrekkieUk - April 18, 2009

Oh the elements are Iron (26), Calcium (20), Silcon (14), Aluminium (13) and Oxygen (8). The VI could be 6, which would be Carbon! These are most abundant metals in the earths crust (?) I think :S

187. ProperTrekkieUk - April 18, 2009

Oh wait this has all been covered over the other side! Anthony we need an update!!

188. Bl00 - April 18, 2009

Who is http://twitter.com/aliceforrest700 ..? What ar they talking about? o_O

189. Rex - April 18, 2009

No one seems to have paid any attention to the rotating/pulsating structure seen in all of the binary videos. Any guesses as to what it could be? A model of an experimental warp field, maybe, or some subatomic structure?
It wouldn’t be there if it weren’t relevant.

190. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

189. I assumed it was the Jellyfish ship myself…

191. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 18, 2009

189 —

I’ve inquired about it; I can’t really make any sense of the pulsating structure myself. It looks vaguely familiar, but I can’t place it.

192. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 18, 2009

The closest thing I can think of on the “puslating structure” (and it is not exactly the same, just reminiscent) of the pulsing Genesis wave display from Star Trek II – just after Khan activated the device. “Its on a buildup to detonation…”

Is there really interest here in getting some sort of IRC room set up to discuss this ARG?

193. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 18, 2009

@188

I’m not sure about Alice. It may be a red herring, although there are interesting literary references which could certainly be a tangent to the Exupery/Sheep aspect of the Malak0 character…

I would, however, tend to agree with some others that the game is almost *too* cryptic…

194. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

193. re: this being so cryptic… Agreed. I mean I’ve seen difficult ARGs before, but this…

It’s not the puzzles, it’s the lack of tangible feedback; we have no responses that will tell us ‘hey, you solved this puzzle!’ or ‘pssst, you’re on the wrong track’. :\

195. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

(Also, with that Alice thing; someone trying to throw us off? Interesting that it seems to be an established account. And the BG… stars and Alice…

This thing is destroying my brain, lmao.)

196. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 18, 2009

193, 194 —

I also find the lack of solid feedback to be puzzling. Perhaps Malak0 is stalling for time by being so ambivalent with his communications. Could it be that we’re meant to wait? I’m almost positive that he’s involved in this somehow; the timing is too coincidental to be an accident.

I don’t have much experience with ARGs, so I’m not sure what is commonly done. Are they usually meant to take days or weeks? If so, we may just have to wait another day for the chatusers to return to 2387-42.com to get additional clues.

I maintain that Bob Orci is chuckling ominously, somewhere.

197. Stunned4life - April 18, 2009

I think that more clues will show but it does seem that we are going to have to wait. It also might explain why Malak0 responds to some email and not to others.

198. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

196. I’m not experienced– this is the first one I’ve followed in real time, and I never really participate (time zones, yanno); but from what I know, they can be several weeks, to months long (some even years o_O), with weeks-long gaps between puzzles… or days long, on the other hand. Depends on the scope of the game.

I doubt this is one of those months long ones though. The scope isn’t huge, it’s just complicated. And it’s three weeks to the movie’s release, anyway. So IDK.

199. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

Holy sh- the guy emailed me! I gave up after no replies last night.

“Je ne sais pas qu’est ce qu’c’est que j’ai trouvé- mais je suis persuadé que c’est qqch d’important et de grand valeur. Je voudrais le faire marcher avant de le donner/vendre a qq’un.

—–E-mail d’origine—–
De : Elizabeth Ayries Cook
A : mklvnd@aol.fr
Envoyé le : Vendredi, 17 Avril 2009 23:30

Who is in charge?

Where do you want to go? When?

Do you want a reward? Did you find a communicator?”

Um. I don’t actually know French. Babelfish is no good. Help, please..? (I just said random stuff..!)

200. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 18, 2009

199-

He said something to the effect of:

“I don’t know what it is that I’ve found, but I am convinced that it’s something important and of considerable value. I would like to make it work before giving or selling it to somebody.”

That’s a very different response than anything I’ve heard before. Keep us posted!

201. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

OK, I emailed him back… thanks for the translation, WIBB?!.

*crosses fingers*

Maybe we should keep track of when they reply/are ‘on’? I doubt it’s 24h? Maybe that’s why there was a delayed response..?

202. juli3n - April 18, 2009

Hello everyone.
I’m in Paris. Malak0 replyed to my email saying she doesn’t have anything to do the the story.
But the fact she said “étrange” (weird) phone and gave the adresse with a strange way. I should have write “à l’angle de …”. “Rue de la Fédération et Rue de Presles” seems like a map, not human. except if she wanted it to be moreeasily found with google.
So I proposed her to meet or at least try to switch he phone ON.
Do you think she could be an ennemi of our quest ?

203. Rex - April 18, 2009

True. When they don’t reply might indicate a sleeping pattern, which might show whether or not they are actually in Paris. If we’re interested to know.

204. David_Alexander - April 18, 2009

1010010<1110101=1110100<1101001=11011000100000<1100011=1101100<1110101=11100000100000<1110000<1100001=1101100<1101100<1100001<1110011=1101001=1101001

205. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 18, 2009

I think that is our next newest clue – he wants to make it work before he does anything else with it. In reality, let’s face it, he’s not going to actually give it to anyone in reality. I still think one of the “five” from the chatroom is going to “get” to Malak.

Let’s think about what he has: We know it is 22 x 15 cm, which is approximately the size of a standard sheet of paper folded in half; black/blue, with a display screen; he says its making an annoying buzzing noise, and he can’t make it work.

Its too big for any generation communicator, and I think someone else has already indicated that it is *not*, in fact, a tricorder of any generation (despite my suspicions to the contrary).

I’ve been thinking in terms of this gang being a group from the Trek-era future, and dropped a piece of Trek-era technology, but maybe now not so much. Maybe we’re overthinking it. Can anyone think of anything contemporary that might fit that description? Like an Amazon Kindle?

Just trying to think outside the box, here….

206. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 18, 2009

@202 – Of *course* Malak will say (s)he is not “part of a story,” because in the alternate reality it *isn’t* a story. Its the “alternate reality,” and (s)he is a character in that reality. From the perspective of that person, there’s no “story” to be a part of….

207. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

…Hmm. Anyone asked if he can see the ‘binary site’ static maybe? Maybe it’s an existing device picking up a signal from… whoever those guys on the chat are supposed to be.

208. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 18, 2009

206 — the funny thing is, Malak would say that whether she was part of the ARG or not. So we can’t really confirm anything, can we? That’s part of the frustration and part of the allure of this particular game.

I just sent Malak an e-mail, trying to pick up on the Exupery loose end. I sent her a picture of a box with holes, telling her that the sheep was inside the box.

Because that’s the only response that satisfied The Little Prince in Exupery’s story, I wonder if it will get me anywhere with Malak.

209. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 18, 2009

I think I remember someone saying they sent him a box, and he replied “The sheep is asleep.”

Wouldn’t surprise me to find the sheep business to be the real path to whatever is next. The caution for all of us is the potential for tinfoil in the radar as it were.

My point in Malak not admitting to being in the story is that (s)he would’nt acknowledge the “story” any more than Kirk would acknowledge being in a TV show called “Star Trek”…

210. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

Oh, and I emailed with another account I just checked, last night. I was asking about the Ca, Al, etc. Didn’t get anything useful, but I replied. Just so I don’t forget XD;;

211. Mel - April 18, 2009

On the site ncc-1701.com the first picture is CLEAR now! Set it on 100 % or 564 and you can see someone who is welding and a suitcase.

212. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 18, 2009

I might just have to give the sheep some cordrazine… that would certainly wake our woolly friend up.

Your point is well taken, Author of The Vulcan Neck Pinch for Fathers. I just wanted to point out that we could very well get a witch hunt situation here — a witch will always claim she’s no witch, but a non-witch will say the very same thing. Meanwhile, Malak has unconvinced Trekkies with phasers and pitchforks swarming her inbox.

I think Malak is definitely involved somehow, but I’m less sure of what role she plays.

213. Mel - April 18, 2009

The 2. and 3. camera you must also put on 100 %!

Second camera: 125
You can see a shower of sparks from above

Third camera: 955
Sparks im some kind of structure. There are two diagonal balks.

214. Mel - April 18, 2009

It all reminds me a little of the first short trailer where they have shown how the Enterprise was built.

215. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

I believe that site was linked to the teaser trailer ages ago, yeah. And it randomises which one is down I think?

216. Poster - April 18, 2009

You can set all four cameras on the ncc-1701.com site to 100% (not at the same time). Then you get 4 numbers – maybe they’re connected with the four elements? Or they might be any other kind of a key…

217. Stunned4life - April 18, 2009

it’s just video of the Enterprise being built on earth. I don’t believe that website is related to the others, or at least that’s what a previous poster said.

218. Mel - April 18, 2009

@ 215

Sorry, didn’t knew that. And yesterday I try to toggle it and I didn’t get even one clear picture. So I thought that was something knew ;-)

Ok, then that was no help and we are where we were before.

219. charliebob - April 18, 2009

It was me who he replied the sheep is asleep. But he hasn’t spoken since…

220. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

He replies really slowly… for an ARG with such a limited time scale, kinda weird. And annoying, lmao. *impatient*

221. The Sleeper - April 18, 2009

its a fake!

222. The Sleeper - April 18, 2009

cant help is wonder is that ncc-1701.com site perhaps in two days or 2 something that cam #1 will come online like the rest.

223. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

Maybe we need to wait until 6pm/VI (GMT..?) until they talk again? Since there’s been no more emailing.

224. benderbrodriguez - April 18, 2009

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt_(cryptography) also, think hash.

225. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 18, 2009

@222

The cams on ncc1701 randomly change every time you hit the site. That site has been active for well over a year and is essentially the same as it was when it first started.

Methinks someone is going to have to find a new approach with Malak.

226. Marcel0815 - April 18, 2009

@222 if you wait a time i dont know how long, the “offline cam” will show a corridor….

227. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=27713&start=60&sid=23ad3f01efad1b2f4d7e5824b0d07eb6

Look at the last reply… thoughts?

228. Marcel0815 - April 18, 2009

can somebody read this:

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=109759884955634556248.0004679b2bbbea49b3580&layer=c&cbll=48.853038,2.297086&panoid=8RLlrJDiJUycIzDR6ShC0w&cbp=12,259.03443091433683,,3,9.653895453737941&ll=48.853139,2.297162&spn=0,359.986267&z=17

229. benderbrodriguez - April 18, 2009

btw, php_user3 may be using a different keyboard setup. #3 is german, perhaps the keys are different from his initial chats, as the spanish user tells to switch to usa keyboard.

230. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 18, 2009

@229

“Usa” is just a variation on the verb “use.” It isn’t a direction to use a “USA” keyboard. It is a direction to use *the* keyboard, as if he is using some other input device.

231. benderbrodriguez - April 18, 2009

doh. espanol. any thots on the hash/salt references, like an md5?

232. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

228. I tried on a graphics program; no dice. It won’t sharpen enough.

233. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=27713&start=60&sid=23ad3f01efad1b2f4d7e5824b0d07eb6

Hmm, just a heads up, some sort of red herring has been proved..?

234. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 18, 2009

I dunno about salt pertaining to encryption…granted the core “trek” community probably includes a higher % of folks who understand encryption, but to get into encryption, salt, hash algorithms, etc. to me seems to edge really close to shutting out a bunch of people from being able to participate.

Part of me thinks we’re oevrthinking the problem. I think somehow we have to help Malak operate the device, and when that happens, some message will be revealed, and then I think one of the PHP chat gang is going to “get” Malak….and the device…and the message…which will lead to the next major “phase” of the puzzle.

235. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

I emailed him telling him I would help him turn it on if he described it more.

I agree with 234. All these clues are too obscure for any puzzle; I think the puzzle was the last few phases, and now it’s more… ‘character’ based. We should focus on the emailing and the chat more…

I’m really spamming this place, I just realised. Sorry XD;;

236. Rex - April 18, 2009

Besides, Janus referred to ‘Salz’, and O just called it ‘salt’, which suggests that they’re just talking about actual salt, since they’d refer to it in two different languages.

237. Mel - April 18, 2009

@ 228

I believe that is just a list of desserts. I am more interested to know what is written on the plate/badge/insignia (?) directly above the “Presles” name of the restaurant between the two lower windows of the house. That at least won’t change daily in contrast to the desserts plate.

238. PowerS - April 18, 2009

564
125
955
289

279 ODX 75
187 PLS 75

239. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

Wikipedia:

“Viral websites for Slusho! and a Japanese drilling company named Tagruato (タグルアト ,Taguruato?) were launched to add to the mythology of Cloverfield.”

Wasn’t drilling mentioned in this somewhere? And doesn’t this Slusho! thing make a cameo in the movie?

240. gatetrek - April 18, 2009

204 – David_Alexander is back…
“1010010<1110101=1110100<1101001=11011000100000<1100011=1101100<1110101″
is that our next clue?

And 238 – PowerS – is that someone who posts here, or not? (this is my first ARG, and I don’t post that often on the site), but
“564
125
955
289

279 ODX 75
187 PLS 75″ looks like hexadecimal? or it maybe a clue as well.
I haven’t seen anyone discuss it, so I thought I’d bring it up.

241. benderbrodriguez - April 18, 2009

I’m curious if anyone noticed the initial 3 lines of PHP #3: Kloidn*&%$)#mns*******???????*^*!!!!!!! 7 question marks, 7 stars, 7 exclamations. Remove those repeaters: “Kloidn 875403mns8687″. Idn = ID number? (and in necessary overthinking, 8754-03 = October 2nd, 2331) :)

242. Sheryl - April 18, 2009

Could someone more versed in biology than I take a closer look at the binary sites? Something about how that structure is moving reminds me of something I can’t quite place.

243. gatetrek - April 18, 2009

I think we’re missing the binary codes left behind by David_Alexander, which I believe are a part of the game. He left one on this page, #204.

Also, http://trekmovie.com/2009/04/10/new-star-trek-viral-campaign/
He’s on post 250 & 257, leaving binary at the end of his message.

http://trekmovie.com/2009/04/15/new-clues-in-star-trek-viral-arg/
He’s on post 202, 344-346

I know some peopel have tried to work on it, and got nothing. Same here, I can’t make anything of them, but there are too many to be a coincidence, and I’m sure that these are clues that are passing us by, because we’re too focused on the Malak0 part.

So anyone out there want to give these new binary codes a try?!

244. Rex - April 18, 2009

I think this David Alexander character is just posting random 0s and 1s with the intention of messing with people’s heads.

245. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 18, 2009

I dunno….some folks in the oher thread took those 0’s and 1’s and turned them into what appear to be coherent chemical formulas….now where you go from there is another question..

246. Xander - April 18, 2009

I sent an email with the tricorder prop from this film and got back the following:

C’est pas le votre.
(It’s not yours.)

Yet others who have sent the email have had better responses.

This seems truely random.

247. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

OK, I sent a bunch of emails and got replies!

I asked if they knew an Alice. They just said ‘no’. Hmm.

I linked to a binary site and asked if they knew it. They replied in French. ARGH. Anyone know ‘Pas de tout. Que’est ce que c’est?’, please? I don’t trust Babelfish. ^^;

248. AJ - April 18, 2009

247:

“Not at all. What is it?”

249. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

248. Thanks very much! Regretting forgetting all the French I learned in school, now…

Anyway, sent one back. *fingers crossed*

250. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 18, 2009

Interesting; the responses from Malak seem to come in waves.

Has anyone tested the suggestion above that the original viral site (www.ncc-1701.com) will display a “corridor” in the perpetually “offline” camera if left on long enough? I do believe part of that flash movie may have changed ever so slightly…

251. Xander - April 18, 2009

how long are people on average waiting for a response?
My last one was almost 2 hours.

I find it odd that I sent him the image offering a reward and asking if he had seen it, the reply I got was “its not yours”, which would seem to confirm that I have the correct device, just not including anything which confirms that it is mine.

252. The Beezer - April 18, 2009

I asked him if he was a doctor, he said no, he’s a server.

253. Merzmensch aka kosmopol - April 18, 2009

I hope, we’ll get something more from Malak0 soon. He answered me again:

http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=610884#610884

254. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

I waited 3-4 hours or so I think… before that, overnight, 10.

Then, 2 of about 8 were replied to at once. Still waiting on a few. On several emails, because it helps me keep track.

255. gatetrek - April 18, 2009

@ 250.
ARe you asking if this “corridor” exists, or if the actually movie with the corridor changed? The flash movie did show the corridor when the site came online about a year ago (but like now, you’d have to wait a while for it to come on). So I don’t think it changed, unless you’re talking about a slight change in the picture/video of the corridor from last year to now – in which case I wouldn’t know because I don’t have a screenshot from last year.
Although someone suggested that the video adjustment things may act like a lock with some of the numbers we’ve been given?
Looking at post 238 by PowerS,

564
125
955
289

279 ODX 75
187 PLS 75

the 4 numbers correlate to the ncc-1701.com site. But I still don’t know what the bottom 279 ODX 75 & 187 PLS 75 stand for. Is there somethign else on the site, or am I just repeating something that everyone else found out already?

256. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 18, 2009

Okay, folks, I’m going to throw a curveball at everyone.

What if almost *everything* in that chat site is bogus *except* for what looks like three bogus lines just prior to the Spanish speaker saying “Usa de telcado” (use the keyboard)?

*******?
??????
*^*&!!!!!!!

Marcel0815 above links to a page with those three lines…and in the lower right-hand corner, our famous “VI” shows up, with a link to http://97.74.158.187, which is one number off our famous chat site….(the site is currently blank).

There are claims on other boards that Malak is actually Marcel0815, but I’m not sure I’m prepared to go there just yet…

257. Jimmy - April 18, 2009

I believe those numbers at the end (279 ODX 75 & 187 PLS 75) were license plate numbers from the cars in the google image from that intersection in Paris

258. Jimmy - April 18, 2009

256. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers

VERY interesting… I have a sneaking suspicion that he might have something to do with this…

259. gatetrek - April 18, 2009

@257
yeah, they are, I saw the picture now, thanks for the info.

260. Mark from Germany - April 18, 2009

well..I received an answer from MalakO… I emailed him with the subject 42 and asked him “Are you looking for a Bad Robot?”

He answered: “Are you looking for fight? ”

hmmm…maybe Klingon or Romulan? :-)

261. Jimmy - April 18, 2009

Also… Anyone notice what PowerS’s name links to?… GoDaddy.com… correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that who hosts all these IPs we’ve been going to?

262. Xander - April 18, 2009

In the translated chat, the following three names are given:

Kahnis

Janus

Candida

Have these been noticed before?

263. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 18, 2009

@255

I was just wondering if someone had actually seen the offline camera suddenly display a corridor…I remember watching that site when it first went live, thinking new stuff would be added, but just the same videos…but I’ve never seen the offline camera (whichever one it is) become or show a corridor.

Now I’m wondering if there is some parameter that could be added to the http://www.ncc-1701.com URL that would alllow all four cameras to appear at once, then when all are in 100% focus, something ????? happens related to this game…

Geez, I’m too old to be wasting time on stuff like this :-) But it sure is fun….

264. Xander - April 18, 2009

The only page on the net in which all three of those names appear is:

http://www.archive.org/stream/manualofuniversa01alzouoft/manualofuniversa01alzouoft_djvu.txt

it has been translated into english in that link.

The original is:

http://www.archive.org/stream/jahresberichtb187leipuoft/jahresberichtb187leipuoft_djvu.txt

265. AJ - April 18, 2009

263:

I watched watched the offline camera. Saw the corridor, but the angle seems different than what I remember when the site launched.

266. gatetrek - April 18, 2009

261. I was thinking that too! Maybe he’s in game – do you know if he has posted here before?
———–
Also, some people have asked if Alice at http://twitter.com/aliceforrest700 is in game or not. Well her first post is April 9, the day before TrekMovie posted its story, so the timeframe makes sense that she’s part of this.
Well I may be barking up the wrong tree, but her last post says

“#startrekarg I don’t understand. I thought it was just a game. Now…”

And someone posted the other day reminded me – didn’t JJ say something cryptically about a “life sized enterprise” or something a while back? Maybe her posts are supposed to sound like “one of us” at the beginning, but now, she’s been “pulled in” the ARG universe…
Sorry if its confusing, it makes alot more sense in my head…
Hmm…..the mystery continues……..

267. AJ - April 18, 2009

Maybe not. Here’s the old corridor shot.

http://trekmovie.com/images/ncc1701/nccsecrethall.jpg

268. Mark from Germany - April 18, 2009

If you look closely, you will find, that she is following JJ-Abbrams profile

269. ChiefDiplomaticOfficer - April 18, 2009

@266

That’s not an Enterprise corridor, unless it’s one in the process of being built.

Anyone in Iowa spot a life-sized Enterprise that might be the endpoint? ;-)
============
I’m inclined to think Malak0 and Alice are in-game. The timing is too good, and the cross-platform content is an ARG hallmark.

270. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 18, 2009

@266

Agree that doesn’t look like an Enterprise corridor, not based on what we’ve seen so far…..

How long do you have to watch the offlne camera to get this shot? How long is it on once it appears? Is it accompanied by any sound(s)?

271. RealistTrekkieinCymru - April 18, 2009

Has anyone notice that there is a blur over something on the table next to the door of the cafe on the google map image? I have no idea what is meant by all of this…I don’t think that these people could be Romulans, not at all, their grasps of our language are far too good. Kelvin crew or a fake, thats what I would say.

272. Jimmy - April 18, 2009

Dunno if this has been brought up, but you don’t suppose that our “VI” has anything to do with the recent 6th TV Spot released, do you?

273. AJ - April 18, 2009

269:

I waited about 5 minutes. It comes on for a second with an appropriate sci-fi bleep. I did nothing with the other cameras.

274. subatoi - April 18, 2009

I sent him 3 pics, all I got was a sad face:
:-(

275. subatoi - April 18, 2009

These were a TOS tricorder, a VOY padd and a movie era (I think) tricorder. For some reason the site doesn’t let me put the links.

276. AJ - April 18, 2009

Just a curiosity about ‘VI,” If you go to Google Earth, and type in ‘6 Rue de Presles, Paris,’ the little square zeros right in on the infamous intersection of the two streets.

277. gatetrek - April 18, 2009

@269 – well…of course not real life size…but an Enterprise on Earth in the ARG world? Who knows? :]

@269,270 – you’re right, the corridor on ncc-1701.com doesn’t look like the trailers. maybe the site isn’t in game after all. Though what months did filming occur for the film? I don’t remember – but is it possible that the site went online before the sets were built? It’s possible but I doubt it. It’s also possible the corridor is another part of the ship? (like the bowels or something)

278. Jimmy - April 18, 2009

Marcel’s link seems to have some activity on it now… http://www.dezibelmusik.de/

279. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 18, 2009

@278

Yeah, I think that’s what’s been up for a day or so now…the first three lines from the PHPChat “transcript.”

280. Charliebob - April 18, 2009

http://97.74.158.185/ – leads to an interesting site. Only 1 number off the ip for the main chat site :P

281. Jimmy - April 18, 2009

Actually, I was referring to a chat box, that was not there a few minutes ago

282. gatetrek - April 18, 2009

@280
I’m 99% sure that IP isn’t part of the game, but it’s a real guy running for Congress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joel_Gill
http://www.gillforcongress.org/ is the same as your IP http://97.74.158.185/
It’s a real guy, not in the ARG

283. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 18, 2009

@281

My apologies! I thought I’d refreshed that more than a few times….

284. subatoi - April 18, 2009

did you notice the VI on the bottom right of the page at Marcel’s?

285. gatetrek - April 18, 2009

@278 Malak0 is on http://www.dezibelmusik.de/
Looks like they’re chatting live right now (if it is really Malak0) They’re talking in French

286. Charliebob - April 18, 2009

im posting as rikk
my french sucks

287. ChiefDiplomaticOfficer - April 18, 2009

Chat box going crazy. “Malak0″ online, talking about the device.

http://www.dezibelmusik.de/

288. Richard Martin - April 18, 2009

—–E-mail d’origine—–
De : Richard Martin
A : mklvnd@aol.fr
Envoyé le : Vendredi, 17 Avril 2009 21:44
Sujet : Help

What are you hidding from? Romulans? Klingons?
Are you on a Federation ship being boarded?
Does the person that lost control haved any sort of mental dconditon such as Autism, or ADHD?
PHP 5 the magnetic interface needs repair? Why? Didn’t you run a diagnostic?
PHP5 are you Section 31 is that why your hiding? I have friends in Paris that will help you, if you will meet me at the Eiffel tower tomorrow at 5:00pm, or at least send a .P.A.D.D. with your mission details.
If you have lost something, what is the reward for returning it?

Reply: :-$

289. Charliebob - April 18, 2009

He says he must have a photo before he can release it!
“Je dois parler avec lui. Si l’artifice est le vôtre, venez au café. Je dois avoir une photographie de l’artifice avant que je peux le libérer.”

Hmm

290. subatoi - April 18, 2009

There’s VI on the bottom right, and if you click the Slusho banner, a site opens with a slogan: “You can’t drink just six”. I don’t know if it was the same on the Cloverfield time.

Bizzare.

291. Charliebob - April 18, 2009

Newest messages first: So start from bottom:

Malak0 : au revoir
Malak0 : Je dois parler avec lui. Si l’artifice est le vôtre, venez au café. Je dois avoir une photographie de l’artifice avant que je peux le libérer.
Di : Vous devez courir !
rikk : Avez-vous des photos de l’appareil?
Di : Il est d’importance personnelle. Très dangereux.
Malak0 : Oh pas, l’homme n’est revenu, avec les moutons sur sa blouse. Je peux le voir à l’extérieur. que devrais-je faire ? Il semble très étrange, a un chapeau.
rikk : un artefact de l’avenir
rikk : mais plus petit qu’un webbook
Malak0 : beaucoup de personnes m’envoient e-mail pour réclamer l’artifice. Pourquoi tant d’intérêt ? Ce qui est c’est la valeur ? Que fait-il ?
Di : Plus grand qu’un téléphonerikk : il est petit. un peu à plat. de couleur grise
Di : Un bleu d’écran…
Malak0 : Décrivez s’il vous plaît que l’artifice est de m’assurer que c’est le vôtre
Di : Est il avec vous?
rikk : avez-vous encore l’artefact?
Di : Oui, oui
rikk : Oui, je suis
Slaynest : and that was NOT me
Malak0 : est-ce que vous êtes le gardien de l’artifice que j’ai ?
Slaynest : that was me, anyone can put Malak0 as a name :P
Malak0 : Testing messing with you
rikk : This is just a box, the sheep is inside
Jenni : Bonjour. :3
Jenni : Well, I’ll bite. :P
guest : who knows? could be either
rikk : Bonjour Malak, cava?
guest_5395 : Is this even the actual malak or is this just someone messing with us? :\
rikk : hello Malak0
Malak0 : greetings
rikk : why?
guest : may we call you Malak0?
rikk : hello? Are you there?

Thats the full transcript.
In reverse order as I said

292. Charliebob - April 18, 2009

oh just so you know, that was a transcript of the chat from there the now, from the website mentioned @287

293. gatetrek - April 18, 2009

From http://www.dezibelmusik.de/
Happened around 12:40 Pacific Time, US
rikk is Charliebob from here, I don’t know about the others
Chat starts at the bottom and goes upward.

Malak0 : au revoir
Malak0 : Je dois parler avec lui. Si l’artifice est le vôtre, venez au café. Je dois avoir une photographie de l’artifice avant que je peux le libérer.
Di : Vous devez courir !
rikk : Avez-vous des photos de l’appareil?
Di : Il est d’importance personnelle. Très dangereux.
Malak0 : Oh pas, l’homme n’est revenu, avec les moutons sur sa blouse. Je peux le voir à l’extérieur. que devrais-je faire ? Il semble très étrange, a un chapeau.
rikk : un artefact de l’avenir
rikk : mais plus petit qu’un webbook
Malak0 : beaucoup de personnes m’envoient e-mail pour réclamer l’artifice. Pourquoi tant d’intérêt ? Ce qui est c’est la valeur ? Que fait-il ?
Di : Plus grand qu’un téléphone
rikk : il est petit. un peu à plat. de couleur grise
Di : Un bleu d’écran…
Malak0 : Décrivez s’il vous plaît que l’artifice est de m’assurer que c’est le vôtre
Di : Est il avec vous?
rikk : avez-vous encore l’artefact?
Di : Oui, oui rikk : Oui, je suis
Slaynest : and that was NOT me
Malak0 : est-ce que vous êtes le gardien de l’artifice que j’ai ?
Slaynest : that was me, anyone can put Malak0 as a name :P
Malak0 : Testing messing with you
rikk : This is just a box, the sheep is inside
Jenni : Bonjour. :3
Jenni : Well, I’ll bite. :P
guest : who knows? could be either
rikk : Bonjour Malak, cava?
guest_5395 : Is this even the actual malak or is this just someone messing with us? :\\
rikk : hello Malak0
Malak0 : greetings
rikk : why?
guest : may we call you Malak0?
rikk : hello? Are you there?
guest_1673 : YGYGUYGY
Jr. : 8******? ??????
Anonymous : *^* Box : open it!
Al : Kloidn*&%$)#mns
Slaynest : I lost a device recently… from the future, y’know

294. ChiefDiplomaticOfficer - April 18, 2009

Chat box going crazy. “Malak0″ online, talking about the device.

http://www.dezibelmusik.de/

The latter part of the chat was in a black square within the chat box, and was exclusively between “Malako,” “rikk,” and “Di” in French, with riik and Di claiming the device. Before it ended, Malak0 said (roughly) the French equivalent of

“I must speak with him. If the device is the yours, come to coffee. I must have a photograph of the artifice before I can give it.”

Keep an eye on Cafe Le Presles?

295. ChiefDiplomaticOfficer - April 18, 2009

Yeah, okay.

296. subatoi - April 18, 2009

Marcel is real? Googling his site gives, among others:
http://www.youtube.com/user/MarcelAnke

297. Unknown Operative - Sol Sector - April 18, 2009

Section 31…?

If section 31 are involved that means a TNG tie-in. Could be part of a bigger plot to “explore and discover” what effect or permutations a “lost device” would have played in altering the timeline?

This could signify a larger plot surround the changes in the TOS era. Somehow resulting with the loss of an “unknown device,” which contains references to a “super corporation,” could this be? (reference the logo on the building shown in the San Francisco shot in the trailer?)

Tie In?

298. Di - April 18, 2009

Just FYI, NO idea if chat was real.

299. gatetrek - April 18, 2009

@297 – Where’d you get the Section 31 idea from? I think that’d be interesting, if the ARG shows why/how we get the Alternate Timeline that’s shown in the new movie.

300. Xander - April 18, 2009

didnt I hear somewhere that there is a mention in the film to a reason why the timeline is different to the one we know?

301. gatetrek - April 18, 2009

Ok, strange stuff coming out of the site after Malak0 left. Though anyone can enter Malak0 as their user name …so I dunno how much is real or fake
I edited out some stuff
(newest stuff at top, older at bottom)

Anonymous : That is all I can say.
Anonymous : Malak0 is a traitor. He is PHPChatUser2. He compromised the mission and is looking for personal profit.

malak0 : au revoir
malak0 : [*^].[#%].[*#@].[*^%]

302. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

OK, guys, I doubt an official site would be set up in a way found totally differently than everything else in the ARG, with no notice, that gave no new info, in such a sloppy way they could not control who said they were Malak0 and so in a way that could easily derail the whole thing.

Just… yeah, I think we should write it off?

303. Commodore Redshirt - April 18, 2009

I’m almost sure the chat at
http://www.dezibelmusik.de/
is all fake, but the SLUSHO link
http://www.slusho.jp/
is worth exploring. “You Can’t Drink Just Six” is an odd tag line…

304. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 18, 2009

This would be http://97.74.158.188 per our prior decoding, and it presently maps to an odd looking “technology” website.

Now the next question is whether “Anonymous” above is real…was the clue about the intersection really by that Chat2 identity? It was obviously French, just don’t recall what id was with it…

305. Xander - April 18, 2009

I think it was a fake.

Anyone can log in with the name Malek0, and goggle translator in the other window.

306. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

And Slusho was Lost, right? Or was it Cloverfield?

Now I want a crossover of all JJ’s stuff. At once. XD! (Cloverfield IN SPACE. With Kirk. LOL.)

But yeah, just SIX is weird sounding.

307. marvin - April 18, 2009

@303 its an old commercial, used also for cloverfield, nothing to it

308. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

Apparantly, 6 is ‘special’ to Slusho. On the Happy talk page, click for AGES, and one character says so.

309. gatetrek - April 18, 2009

@306,303
I believe that slusho was originally with Cloverfield…however, I never got into that ARG, so I don’t know if the “can’t drink 6″ is new or if that was there orginally. May be worth looking into though.

310. Commodore Redshirt - April 18, 2009

RE: 307. marvin
” its an old commercial, used also for cloverfield, nothing to it”

Was that the tag-line before? I don’t remember it…

311. Tehalemi - April 18, 2009

Hey folks, can some one explain or translate whatever is in 235.66.888 in some way? I was messing with the order of 86.35.832.865, the supposed IP from [*^].[#%].[*#@].[*^%] and got this…just curious if this is a dead end or not.

312. marvin - April 18, 2009

very dead end

313. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

If I ever meet the guy who designed this, I will whine at him a lot.

There should be feedback and variety in these things. D: It’s so frustrating, but I MUST know what it all means..!

314. Tehalemi - April 18, 2009

ok, cool thanks.

315. Xander - April 18, 2009

i think we just have to wait until the 2 days are up.

Clearly there is no avenue to go down atm

316. AJ - April 18, 2009

313:

Agreed. There should be constant damage control. How much of what are speculating about here is garbage?

The story is great, and it’s not outlandish that some of the initial clues are not accessible to all. Once the experts “decode” the URLs and the foreign languages, it’s a good yarn indeed. But the ad agency should announce its presence in some way, and get all the malicious BS artists out of the picture.

317. benderbrodriguez - April 18, 2009

so if we figured out that the intermittent symbols on the Fe C Al Si movies revealed a hidden ip for the php chat we’ve been reading, then isn’t the hint for the next step also in the first three lines of php#3 at the beginning of the chat?

php#4 sez, ” Use the Keyboard.” to php#3.

(my question is what the heck was php#3 using prior?)

318. Trekwebmaster - April 18, 2009

@299

I agree, there does seem to be a TNG tie-in. Just look at that link (www.2387-42.com.)

If you subtract, it equals 2345, which is the year Narendra III was attacked by Romulans to start the alternate timeline. Sela, Tasha, and Romulans is what it sounds like. Those pesky Romulans, always meddling in the affairs of others.

Sounds like a bigger sub-plot to me…don’t know if it is relevant, but the surrounding subtext does sound very intriguing.

Trekwebmaster

319. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 18, 2009

Don’t forget that the last thing the supposed “malak0″ left from the chat was [*^].[#%].[*#@].[*^%], which turns into 97.74.158.188, and that’s nothing but some sort of oddball file hosting site (?) called “melchiore.com” It frankly looks like a bogus website.

I enjoy a good game as much as anyone, but I think at least *some* hint at what’s real versus what’s not would be reasonable. Already spent ridiculous time on this :(, but its starting to be less fun.

320. Trekwebmaster - April 18, 2009

Just a thing I noticed:

What does *^* remind you of? TNG insignia?

LOL Too many old Starfleet Academy gamers having some fun…Ok FireFox, Stringray, and Jimpy, you can come out now…lol.

TC65

321. benderbrodriguez - April 18, 2009

@319, those symbols were specifically in the movie stills uncovered at unfiction.

322. Trekwebmaster - April 18, 2009

@319

Agreed, from the looks of that site and all the click-based ads there, sounds like someone is trying to make money from the publicity…supported by “anonymous” saying Malak0 is a traiter and is trying to profit….

Could be a rouse, or someone trying to monopolize on the publicity…

***sigh***

323. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 18, 2009

Man, I dug into melchiore.com and it looks like a site with a bunch of possibly pirated PSP software. That sux. That makes me wonder what the heck this whole thing is about.

I’m tired and I’m cranky, I think I’d better call off the dogs for the day. Wish I were able to contribute more, folks….

324. Merzmensch aka kosmopol - April 18, 2009

People, just wanted to say,
Dezibelmusik.de seems to be a gamejack.
http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=610865#610865

A nice try anyway.
dezibalmusik.de is already since 2004 online.

Slusho.jp is the main theme from Cloverfield ARG, and it has its appearance in Star Trek movie as far as I know.

325. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 18, 2009

If “malak0″ is really phony baloney, I hope the other members of that “chat room” DO “get him.” What a waste of time if true >8)

326. subatoi - April 18, 2009

It’s a weird site. No contact information, nothing “real”.

327. MistySteele - April 18, 2009

dezibalmusik.de is fake, no question, but malak0 has *got* to be real. If not, he would definitely have taken his email off his profile page by now, which he has not done.

328. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 18, 2009

Well, guys, as much as I hate to, I’m backing off for now. My kiddo is having a birthday party tonight, and at the ripe age of 13, he’s already a lot cooler than malak0… :0)

Good luck with whatever you guys find. Later.

329. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

327. Agreed. Hell, it would be ridiculous to put a random email without asking the owner first to start with. Rule one of media: never post a phone no./email without *checking* if it is/could be eventually real.

So I agree, Malak0 is real, but only in the original capacity.

330. Commodore Redshirt - April 18, 2009

There seem to be too many false leads going on.
I guess we must eliminate all the options that are impossible and whatever remains is where we go.
Posts 178 & 179 by aliotsy (above) seem to be a good place to start.

I’ll add that I’m not so fast to discount Malak0, but the e-mail between he and all the people who asked about the device seem odd and perhaps lead to a dead end.

And all the chat related to him (“Anonymous” saying he is a traitor, etc) on http://www.dezibelmusik.de/ seem like it is from a game crasher. I would think the chat that is “in game” would be more like the phpchat we saw before.
However, the Slusho ad and some other posts on that page will force me to keep an eye on it.

Are there any other themes/clues?

Le Petit Prince
VI
salt
“back here in 2″
“magnetic interference/ frequency”
plus all the party photos
And I think we should look at the world tour JJ and co. are on.

I ask you: “what else is there?”

331. subatoi - April 18, 2009

Guys, Orci is\was on the JJ-Wired thread. Just in case you want to (try to) ask him things…

332. AJ - April 18, 2009

I agree Malak0 is real. He posted the ‘running man’ story in lepost.fr (led to by someone here named ‘Nico’), and the fact that he’s still around, responding to us, albeit tersely (he IS supposedly a Parisian), means he’s real.

I am waiting for the next meaty bit of info.

333. Tom - April 18, 2009

Have we considered the “VI” having to do something with the vulcan salute?

334. AJ - April 18, 2009

333:

Tom: Yes, there was already speculation about that.

335. subatoi - April 18, 2009

If the “back here in 2″ meant days, then that would be tonight (6PM GMT), 19 hours from now. Maybe that’s where\when the next info will come.

336. subatoi - April 18, 2009

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vi_(disambiguation)

337. Tom - April 18, 2009

rendering logically, listing all possible options I can think of :
– it refers to a location
– it refers to a time
– it refers to a date
– it refers to a person
– it refers to a website (how?)
– it’s just an number

specific to star trek :
– it refers to the sixth star trek movie
– it refers to the sixth trailer paramount released
– it refers to the sixth episode of TOS: “The man trap” (or “The enemy within” if you count “The Cage” as well)
– it refers to the NCC-1701-E (the sixth enterprise) (has nothing to do with the new movie)
– it refers to a vulcan person

338. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

Or, of course, it refers to someone/thing specific to the ARG, which has not been revealed yet.

339. AJ - April 18, 2009

“6” is the address of the cafe, for one.

340. Trekwebmaster - April 18, 2009

Vi

Check this out:

Vi Cheat Sheet…. those characters that one of the people in the chat room were using ARE listed on this page.

Maybe we should try SPEAKING in the correct language???

Here is the link…study up:

Vi Cheat Sheet Info:

Vi has two modes insertion mode and command mode. The editor begins in command mode, where the cursor movement and text deletion and pasting occur. Insertion mode begins upon entering an insertion or change command. [ESC] returns the editor to command mode (where you can quit, for example by typing :q!). Most commands execute as soon as you type them except for “colon” commands which execute when you press the ruturn key.

Here’s the link: http://www.lagmonster.org/docs/vi.html

What do you all think?

341. Trekwebmaster - April 18, 2009

Regular Expressions:

. (dot) Any single character except newline
* zero or more occurances of any character
[…] Any single character specified in the set
[^…] Any single character not specified in the set
^ Anchor – beginning of the line
$ Anchor – end of line
\ Anchor – end of word
\(…\) Grouping – usually used to group conditions
\n Contents of nth grouping

and

Set Examples:

Regular Expression Examples /Hello/ Matches if the line contains the value Hello
/^TEST$/ Matches if the line contains TEST by itself
/^[a-zA-Z]/ Matches if the line starts with any letter
/^[a-z].*/ Matches if the first character of the line is a-z and there is at least one more of any character following it
/2134$/ Matches if line ends with 2134
/\(21|35\)/ Matches is the line contains 21 or 35
Note the use of ( ) with the pipe symbol to specify the ‘or’ condition
/[0-9]*/ Matches if there are zero or more numbers in the line
/^[^#]/ Matches if the first character is not a # in the line
Notes:
1. Regular expressions are case sensitive
2. Regular expressions are to be used where pattern is specified

342. benderbrodriguez - April 18, 2009

I like the bit that the screencap has the VI at the bottom right corner of the screen. Incorporating that into the composites of the spaceship hidden in the video “transmissions”, I believe the VI relates to the composite ship picture.

343. Trekkie88 - April 18, 2009

The only Trek connections I have found with this “David_Alexander” fellow are: the director of the TOS episodes: “In the Wink of an Eye” & “Plato’s Stepchildren” has the same name. Also David Alexander is the name of Gene Roddenberry’s official biographer.

344. Trekwebmaster - April 18, 2009

[*^].[#%].[*#@].[*^%]

It fits…the language…any programmers out there?

345. ChiefDiplomaticOfficer - April 18, 2009

@344

This must be the right path. Seriously, where are the programmers? Let’s go!

346. benderbrodriguez - April 18, 2009

@ 344, etc., i don’t see how it “fits” past having the VI. For example, php#4 does say, “use the keyboard”. doesn’t mesh, imo.

347. Tom - April 18, 2009

@344

I’m a programmer. Tell me what your codes are supposed to do and I’ll work it out.

348. Trekwebmaster - April 18, 2009

it does work…the .de site uses vi in that chat box…don’t know where the text you type goes to, but it accepts the programming language…

read the vi post…:)

349. Tom - April 18, 2009

@344

Just looked at ‘em, won’t work. An asterix has to come after the exp, not in it or in front of it.

This one would work :
[^]*.[#%]*.[#@]*.[^%]*

Output would be useless though, just some ^, %, @ and # characters.

350. Trekwebmaster - April 18, 2009

wonder if there is a file somewhere to access? need to get some programmers working now we know what to use…let’s crack this nut…:)

351. D - April 18, 2009

Could be a dead end, but….

I was looking at the license plates from the google pics.
279 QDX 75
187 PZS 75
‘QDX’ is an old audio compression format and ‘PZS’ is some type of slide show file extension. I don’t know anything about stuff like that, but could it have something to do with the sounds and pics on the ‘element’ websites?

352. Commodore Redshirt - April 18, 2009

is “VI” a programing language?

353. MistySteele - April 18, 2009

No, it’s a UNIX text editor. If there are any UNIX gurus out there, we could use an assist!

354. Commodore Redshirt - April 18, 2009

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vi

355. Tom - April 18, 2009

@352
no, but Vi is an editor (note the lowercase i)

356. Admiral_BlackCat - April 18, 2009

We’re probably dealing with a search party, post Countdown comics, that were sent on a “time hopping” mission in search for Spock. Now they’re stuck, and this device/scanner holds the temporal data they need to continue on.
I’m certain Malak0 at Leposte.fr is part of this. I’ve sent several emails with pictures and he continues to respond.

357. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

356. That’s the best theory for who these people are so far, IMO. I like it. Hope it’s the case.

I haven’t had responses in hours. Maybe I sent too many email? Lmao.

358. Commodore Redshirt - April 18, 2009

On the http://www.dezibelmusik.de/ site and on the first Malak0 post http://www.lepost.fr/perso/malak0/ there was some sort of response by “ROM VI”, and I assumed it was short for ‘Romulan 6″ and that he was a game crasher.
But maybe it is ROM (as in Read-only memory )(usually known by its acronym, ROM) and Vi, (as in the text editor)
and maybe it is connected to the device.

359. Jenni Generation - April 18, 2009

Hey,a chat’s been set up over at http://widget.mibbit.com/?settings=ce9a733dae31c19c6cf23d9e4a4db1fa&noServerTab=false&server=irc.tvdw.eu&channel=%23arg&autoConnect=true for those interested in a less scroll-y way to discuss this.

360. The Sleeper - April 18, 2009

anyone notice the cameras just changed on ncc website?
didnt read all the messages so i may be redundant. now camera 1 is on.

361. aliotsy - April 18, 2009

Does anyone else here think we need a wiki? A lot of eager people are discovering and posting clues that have been identified, considered or even solved days ago. Since they’re not bothering to read through past comments (understandably so), we should have some sort of repository of what we already know, to avoid duplicating effort and redirect all that fresh problem-solving energy and excitement to open puzzles. :)

Did anyone else participate in the A.I. ARG, with Jeanine Salla et al? Whenever someone brought up a known red herring or old information, it was marked with the phrase “TROUT” (all of my contributions back then turned out to be TROUTs … haha). That might put off some fresh young volunteers, but we really need to sort through the noise.

Given all the confusion with dezibelmusik.de, here’s some thoughts on determining whether something is in-game:

1. Is it pointed to by other confirmed in-game sites?
========================================
Ideally, confirmed with multiple, STRONG interconnections. Notice how most of the binary sites were found on thecobrasnake.com (all but the .jp one), and also point to each other (the .com site site listed chemical elements that translated to the other binary sites). All the binary sites have the “*#%^@” key that was used to solve the “[*^].[#%].[*#@].[*^@] ” IP address code (and “[*^].[#%].[*#@].[*^@] ” was found on the .com site). Since all of these pointed to 2387-42.com, that site is also in-game.

Notice that none of these sites explicitly points to dezibelmusik.de, ncc-1701.com, or, for that matter, Malak0.

2. Would it be difficult to duplicate by a red herring?
========================================
Folks, I still think Malak0 is a dead end. Consider how many of you could do this:

1. Discover the “Carrefour de la Rue de la Fédération et Rue de Presles” phrase on your favorite Star Trek site.

2. Go to your favorite free email provider (AOL, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.) and create a new account.

3. Head over to a site like Craigslist.org and post about finding a lost item on “Carrefour de la Rue de la Fédération et Rue de Presles” that sounds suspiciously like a Star Trek device.

4. Respond to the dozens of emails that come your way cryptically, implying connections with a well-known children’s literature classic.

5. Find out that people playing the game are looking out for “VI” and strange symbols, and placing those on your personal website.

Pretty easy, huh? Malak0 and dezibelmusik.de have done ALL of those things. The binary sites and 2387-42.com have done NONE of those things.

To clarify: I’m still not sure if Malak0 is intentionally misleading us, or if he’s someone who’s honestly confused, and just found someone’s PDA.

Now go back to what I wrote about the interconnectedness of confirmed in-game sites: how easily would you be able to replicate that? Pretty hard, huh?

362. Tom - April 18, 2009

@360
every time you refresh the page that happens.

363. AJ - April 18, 2009

361:

What’s unfortunate is that the Malak0 storyline is far more compelling, at least to me, then all the linked sites from the dance parties.

364. The Sleeper - April 18, 2009

can someone blow up the symbols on the case on cam #1 at the NCC site?

365. Richard Martin - April 18, 2009

We need to ask J JAbrams whether this is part of the viral campaign or not.

366. benderbrodriguez - April 18, 2009

anyone come up with any theories on why php#4 tells php#3 to use a keyboard? voice recog / etc?

367. aliotsy - April 18, 2009

@363 AJ — Sad, isn’t it? Friday’s chat update was interesting but disappointing — didn’t really provide any obvious promptings for what to do next. I think figuring out the significance 2387-42 is the only really compelling clue left; VI is too wide open. Perhaps a misstep by the gamemasters.

Also, a followup on my last comment: the criteria I posted suggests that people posting comments on Malak0’s lepost.fr page and people posting random binary sequences in the comments on TrekMovie.com are NOT in-game.

368. Anthony Pascale - April 18, 2009

Has anyone found anything that is a real tangible clue in the last 24 hours?

I believe that german site is a case of ‘gamejacking’ and I have flagged the IP of ‘Marcel’ as he was posting under multiple names, which is a no no.

Anyone else trying that kind of stuff gets permabanned. Lets not make this game any harder than it already is.

369. Matt - April 18, 2009

I don’t think there has been anything tangible, Anthony. I must say, though, I think I share your opinion that there may have been something we missed during the first round of clues. I’m not one of those who was smart enough to solve the puzzles that have gotten us this far, but I don’t know. It just seems like we missed one of those binary sites somewhere.

*shrug*

370. Trekwebmaster - April 18, 2009

I agree…Anthony…too much BS to sort out…wish we had a working group network that we could be sure who is exactly who…it’s the start of something very cool…I like the premiss…alot.

This has gotten attention…:) but also has frustrated me with all of the diverging “goose chases.”

371. CptnValdez - April 18, 2009

I have sort of found some answers in David Alexander’s code which I will repeat here as best as I have figured it out. The first part was Binary to Decimal to ASCII. The rest is Binary to Decimal but nothing leaps out there.

1000001 = 65 = A Al2O3 = Aluminum oxide
1101100 = 108 = l
0110010 = 50 = 2
1001111 = 79 = O
0110011 = 51 = 3
0100000 = 32 =
0100110 = 38 = &
0100000 = 32 =
1000110 = 70 = F Fe3O = Iron (II,III) oxide
1100101 = 101 = e
0110011 = 51 = 3
1001111 = 79 = O

1001111+1000011.0110010 =>1000011+1000011.1001111
79 (O) + 67.50 (C.2) => 67 (C) + 67.79 (C.O) ? Not sure on this one!

1000001 = 65 = A Al2O3 = Aluminum oxide
1101100 = 108 = l
0110010 = 50 = 2
1001111 = 79 = O
0110011 = 51 = 3
0100000 = 32 =
0100110 = 38 = &
0100000 = 32 =
1000110 = 70 = F Fe3C = Iron carbide
1100101 = 101 = e
0110011 = 51 = 3
1000011 = 67 = C

So, for any one who knows the answer, what happen when you combine Al2O3 & Fe3O and then Al2O3 & Fe3C?

The following below is what I haven’t been able to work out.

1010010<1110101=1110100<1101001=11011000100000<1100011=1101100<111010
82<117=116<105=13856<99=108<58

10001100011.1100110001000.1010011001001
1123.6536.5321

I hope there is some one smarter than me!

372. gatetrek - April 18, 2009

@371 – wow, that’s great stuff!
It’s not exactly Aluminum oxide + iron oxide, but
Fe2O3 + 2Al → Al2O3 + 2Fe is a “thermite reaction”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermite – The reaction is used for thermite welding, often used to join rail tracks…

But I couldn’t find anything about the 2nd pair of elements yet though.
=======
someone suggested earlier, about making a wiki or something so we can all compile what we have and try to sort out what’s real and what’s not, and so information isn’t needlessly repeated?

373. NCC-73515 - April 18, 2009

Wasn’t Janus (!) VI (!) the Horta planet?
And the formula for LiCu 521 (used in phasers) is LiCu><Si::FeO

374. Commodore Redshirt - April 18, 2009

Anthony:
The only new clue I can come up with that matches up to either the party pics, binary sites, or phpchat is that “Vi” (and my gut says that is a major key to solving this) is the name of a text editor and the phpchat was text.

The only other thing I can come up with is all the cobra party pics with people “signing” a backwards Vulcan salute that look kind of like “VI”.

Also the whole interference and frequency thing may lead back to the binary sites.

It all is a big circle.

I think aliotsy has done a good job of sorting out the solid info from the trash.

This ARG is so vague it practically invites game crashers…

375. AJ - April 18, 2009

I do not know how much of the work done by the TM/fansite community will prove legit, or simply be revealed as the “pursuit of a wild goose.”

What the campaign seems to be doing, is bringing together scientists, computer specialists, linguists, historians, and detectives from all over the world to solve an evolving puzzle with huge implications. That’s Star Trek, no?

If that is occurring as an accidental side-effect, that would be unfortunate. If some of the major elements which have proven fascinating to participants turn out to be BS, that’s worse.

376. Matt - April 18, 2009

@373 NCC – You are awesome. Janus VI!

377. NCC-73515 - April 18, 2009

And they are mining on Janus VI… perhaps some salt?

378. Matt - April 18, 2009

According to Memory Alpha, they were mining pergium, along with uranium, cerium, platinum and gold.

No salt.

379. RF - April 18, 2009

@371

1123.6536.5321

Google first find:

1123.6536.5321 BSG musica-numeric / tel # alphanumeric?
Submitted by The Avante Guardian on March 21, 2009 – 9:30pm.

This has been gnawing at the back of my head since the numbers appeared last night on BSG’s finale.

We know that 1123.6536.5321 (the jump co-ordinates to New Earth) are meant to be a numeric representation of the musical notes from the segment of the song “All Along The Watchtower”.

ie. take the musical notes – from the segment of AATW that Angel slash Metamorph-Starbuck keeps hearing/remembering from her piano lessons – and give them numbers based on the note’s position in the scale in C# minor:

C#-C#-D-E-A-G#-E-A-G#-E-D-C#

and you get:

1-1-2-3-6-5-3-6-5-3-2-1

or 1123.6536.5321

which as we know, Starbuck then plugs into the FTL navicom, jumping them finally to New Earth.

But are there any other significances to those numbers?

1123 vaguely reminds me of a pulse telephone line and early modem code for dialing vertical service codes aka *star numbers.

For example IIRC if you had a pulse telephone and wanted to dial *69, you’d dial 1169.

On a hunch, I ran a search for telephone *23 codes to see if any exist in U.S or Canada, but haven’t found anything as yet, closest was *123, for voicemail, but that would translate as 11123 not 1123 as per BSG’s co-ordinate nums.

So that’s a dead end for now, but I can’t shake the telephone itch on those BSG numbers.,just yet.

So I popped over to a javascript telephone number to alpha phrase conversion site. If we look at the telephone we see that 1’s don’t have corresponding letters associated with them, so I removed those.

Interestingly, the first 3 numbers 1123.6536.5321 (minus the 1’s) are then 236, dropped em in to the converter, and up pops “ADM”,

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm(n) short for Admiral?

^Raise-Eyebrow.

unfortunately I can’t at this moment test the final number sequence to see if they will form any other possibly relevant or coherent BSG words because everytime I try, it crashes me browser.

If you’d like to give it a try, the phone-number to alpha-phrase converter I found is located here:

http://www.csgnetwork.com/phonenumcvt.html

Odds are this isn’t going to go anywhere, but if you are like moi and can’t resist scratching when you’ve got an decryption itch, then you can guess where I’m going with this:

if we take the BSG FTL earth co-ordinate numbers 1123.6536.5321 and assume the first telephone alphanumeric’able number set (236) equates to ADM or ADMIRAL then we’d be looking for BSG relatable words to form out the remaining alphanumerical nums: 536532

If you’ve got a PC that doesn’t crash on heavy java loads, and/or don’t mind a little diversion, you could ‘elp out by plugging in 536 532 at a tel# converter site online and letting me know if they form an relevant to BSG words.

If not, no worries, I’ll try again later after a reboot.

The Avante Guardian. —- Einstein’s Hair^2 //Approved.

»http://www.theendoftheuniverse.ca/node/1338#comment-7227

380. NCC-73515 - April 18, 2009

“Salt” is not only NaCl, but every ionic compound with cations and anions (result of an acid-base neutralisation).

381. NCC-73515 - April 18, 2009

and the horta uses acid… so it leaves salt behind?

382. Anthony Pascale - April 18, 2009

People, firstly i am glad people are having fun and I did ask people to send in emails, but I do ask to send in emails when you are pretty sure you found something that is a definitive clue.

if you arent sure just post it here.the tip line is getting clogged with dozens of emails of ‘is this something?’ and we really don’t know. So work with the community and when something seems like a real clue, then send it in.

I am sorry I can’t point people in the right direction as I havent a clue what is the right direction.

All I think right now is that there is something on those binary sites or other sites (maybe the official site) that has been missed

383. Trekwebmaster - April 18, 2009

Sorry Anthony, I didn’t mean to “deluge” you with E-Mails. I got a little over-enthusiastic. This is very fascinating, thus far. But, it is getting too “cerebral and cryptic” to really participate in…too many “gooses to chase.”

I think I am going to sit back and let the smart folks figure this out, for now.

384. lauman - April 18, 2009

ok this is prob. not correct but here i go
1010010<1110101=1110100<1101001=11011000100000<1100011=1101100<111010
these binary numbers equal
82<117=116<105=13856<99=108<58
if you change that to the symbols you get this
*@<!!&=!!^<!)%=!#*%^<((=!)*<%*

then you have this one
10001100011.1100110001000.1010011001001
which basically equals this:
1123.6536.5321
and in symbols you get this:
!!@#.^%#^.%#@!

like i said prob. nothing

385. NCC-73515 - April 18, 2009

So we have a Si based lifeform on Janus VI that probably leaves salt behind or lives in the salt.

Has anyone checked all the website mosaic pictures? I tried to find something there but I’m tired.

386. Matt - April 18, 2009

There *are* sulfuric salts, but there’s also sulfuric acid.

I think the Janus VI connection is sound, in so far as it further relates that “chat” to Trek, and it includes our new favorite Roman numeral VI, but I wouldn’t go so far as to include the Horta. The Horta was all about ‘acid,’ which is not the same as salt. Just my opinion, but that doesn’t feel like the right direction to go in.

387. Matt - April 18, 2009

Oops…. Si refers to silicon, not sulfur. My bad. The Horta being a silcon-based life form…. remind me. Was ‘Si” one of the players in the “chat” the other day?

388. Xander - April 18, 2009

This has gotten pointless.
People are clutching at straws, then going off on tangents about them.

Wait.. all will become obvious in around 8 hours…

389. Matt - April 18, 2009

Janus is a pretty direct link. VI may admittedly be coincidental, but then there is the element Si, which is one of the characters. It’s hardly grasping at straws, and worth thinking about in order to solve this puzzle.

390. lauman - April 18, 2009

nah #388 is talking about my one
by the time i posted it the discovery of janus came up so yeah
i think janus VI may be probable but who knows

391. Matt - April 18, 2009

I don’t know, lauman. You probed very deeply into those numbers, but like you I can’t make heads or tails of the results either.

As for the Janus thing, it may be that we’ve (and by “we” I actually mean NCC-73515) simply discovered the inspiration for the name, and that there’s no more meaning than that.

Or it could be coincidental.

Maybe that episode should be watched? I started to, but it’s late.

392. Admiral_BlackCat - April 18, 2009

RE: Fe Al
Iron-aluminum alloys can be used in parts, which are thermally highly stressed and exposed to oxidizing and/or corroding effects, of thermal machines. They are intended as an increasingly significant replacement in that area for special steels and nickel-based superalloys.
http://www.freepatentsonline.com/5411702.html

RE: Ca Si
Calcium Silicon is a potent deoxidizer and desulfurizer utilized in the production of high grade steels. Although Silicon itself is a powerful deoxidizer, Calcium is by far more powerful. In addition, Calcium Silicon is used to control the shape, size and distribution of oxide and sulfide inclusions improving fluidity, machinability, ductility, and impact properties of the final product.
http://www.millerandco.com/products/alloys_iron/specifications/calcium.htm

And this: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ie970295y
which mentions Fe−Si−Ca−Al all together and Quaternary Systems, but is over my head.

393. D - April 18, 2009

@Admiral_BlackCat
That last article mentions acid leaching Fe-Si, another little arrow pointing to that Janus VI episode, seems too coincidental though.

394. aliotsy - April 19, 2009

This could be nothing, but …

There was another Star Trek party last night.

http://thecobrasnake.com/partyphotos/ministryofstartrek/index.html

395. AngryA - April 19, 2009

They’re drinking Kronenbourg at that party, while there’s a Kronenbourg truck standing on Carrefour de la Rue de la Fédération et Rue de Presles.

396. Poster - April 19, 2009

@395 I’ve been thinking about that as well.

397. wildo - April 19, 2009

They were drinking all sorts at that party, Kronenbourg happens to be a popular choice.

398. AJ - April 19, 2009

The Kronenbourg truck is there in the standard Google Earth photo as well. I don’t think it’s part of the ARG.

399. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 19, 2009

398 —

Yeah, I seriously doubt that the ARG was able to modify Google Earth images.

400. LtPiper - April 19, 2009

398, 399 that doesn’t rule out though them using the image and visible info in the ARG. I doubt it to myself but always that little chance if that is even in game.

401. WarpTube - April 19, 2009

394 –

I went through all the photos of this new Star Trek party (http://thecobrasnake.com/partyphotos/ministryofstartrek/index.html) and couldn’t find anything significant. One photo had some interesting symbols in the light displays above the dance floor and there was a date (28/11/08 I think) written in black marker pen under a fire exit sign but I don’t think these are important.

After taking a break from this ARG, I think the only thing we can do is wait for another meeting of our favourite PHP chat users! Which might be this evening (in about 5 hours) at 6 pm GMT.

I think Malako is involved, but there is nothing more that we can do until something happens or is discovered in the next PHP chat. The fact that he/she is responding to emails to a degree suggests to me that after the next ‘event’, we may find that he/she provides more clues. As a guess, Malako will have the device stolen from him/her but will manage to provide photos.

I think we need to play the waiting game for just a few more hours.

402. Jenni Generation - April 19, 2009

Agreed at 401. It’s at least not long off; if nothing’s happening ‘in 2′, we’ll know soon enough.

Perhaps we should arrange to be in that chat set up at 6pm GMT to discuss stuff..? Since this page is getting so long.

403. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 19, 2009

Hi, all..

just checking in before heading out to church, probably out most of today…looks like no new startling developments :)

@401, I agree completely that something adverse is going to happen to Malak, either the device will be stolen or he will “disappear conspicuously,” maybe leaving a cryptic note.

Something significant needs to break with this game pretty quick, or people are going to lose interest, and those that stick around will have an ever tougher time distinguishing “real” game elements from junk. As others have noted, its rapidly getting too difficult or too cryptic, leading to all manner of tangents that don’t help anyone…

Have a great day, all.

ATVNPF

404. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 19, 2009

@402, Jenni, if you’re referring to that chat setup from what we all think was a “phony malak” from yesterday, I’d stay away from it. I think the conclusion is that it was phony and who knows what might be going on there.

I wish we could get some sort of IRC chatroom set up where someone that’s a known quantity (well, as “known” as you can be here) to give it some credibility. Alas….

405. Tom - April 19, 2009

@404

you missed post 359 then
http://widget.mibbit.com/?settings=ce9a733dae31c19c6cf23d9e4a4db1fa&noServerTab=false&server=irc.tvdw.eu&channel=%23arg&autoConnect=true

406. Tom - April 19, 2009

@404

irc.tvdw.eu:6667 #arg
or
irc://irc.tvdw.eu/arg

407. Jenni Generation - April 19, 2009

404. No, someone set up an IRC channel, as others said.

That little applet thing was fake as hell, yes. :P

408. Poster - April 19, 2009

Something’s wrong with that foto from google maps. There is a BMW and you can easily read its licence plate which you shouldn’t can. Google is supposed to remove all personal information from its fotos, including licence plates. And indeed every plate has been made unreadable exept one…

409. Rex - April 19, 2009

@ 408

Actually, if you wander around the neighborhood in Street View, there are quite a lot of unblurred plates…

410. Tom - April 19, 2009

[15:36:13] found another one http://www.idishnow.com/ – update on dezibelmusik

411. wildo - April 19, 2009

appears to be fake as it was made back in 2005

412. LtPiper - April 19, 2009

410
Redirect to 0101001101101001.jp

413. Tom - April 19, 2009

[16:05:16] PING idishnow.com (216.69.138.1) 56(84) bytes of data.
[16:05:20] PING 0101001101101001.jp (216.69.138.1) 56(84) bytes of data.

not fake

414. Tom - April 19, 2009

so someones ID is now H, pointing to 01001111.com (which we already knew)

415. xander - April 19, 2009

has anyone noticed the tagline for JJ’s Slusho drink is “you cant just drink six”

There is also a susho branded enterprise on the main movie site under the competition section.

Ide bet that once again slusho is involved in viral marketing.
This could be where this vi is leading us too.

416. wildo - April 19, 2009

yup, confirmed, sorry for telling lies.

417. WarpTube - April 19, 2009

410 & 412

http://www.idishnow.com/ is not a redirect, it points to 67.215.65.132 which is hosting a copy of the flash animation.

dezibelmusik.de has the same IP.

** THIS IS ANOTHER FAKE **

418. Tom - April 19, 2009

@417
it really resolves to 216.69.138.1 here

PING idishnow.com (216.69.138.1) 56(84) bytes of data.

@414
oops, that 01001111.com was O, not H

419. WarpTube - April 19, 2009

Hmm it’s changed.

idishnow.com is now showing as 216.69.138.1

This is very fishy as a moment ago it pointed to 67.215.65.132 (dezibelmusik.de)

420. Tom - April 19, 2009

@419

all my DNS caches say that it has been 216.69.138.1 for some time..

421. WarpTube - April 19, 2009

In that case it must be a problem at my end and I apologise!

422. LtPiper - April 19, 2009

Some poor person (says from Boston) has signed up on Twitter as of the 14 as Malak0

423. wildo - April 19, 2009

I cant find that person

424. Tom - April 19, 2009

rather late but better late than never :
ncc-1701.com, all 4 cameras :
http://www.ncc-1701.com/ncc-1701.swf?onlineCams=4

425. AJ - April 19, 2009

If you type in http://www.ncc-1701.com, there are still 3 cameras.

426. Jamesintucson - April 19, 2009

sorry, please try again. just 3 cams

427. Tom - April 19, 2009

@425, @426
true, but click the link I gave you. that one will set the camera variable to 4 and show 4.

also, I’d like to point out that idishnow.com is FAKE, even though I said otherwise (Read a few messages up)

428. Xander - April 19, 2009

564
125
955
289

are the numbers that show when all cams are set to 100% on the ncc1701 site

429. WarpTube - April 19, 2009

ncc-1701.com randomly shows all 4 cams and has done for months (years?). there is no reason to believe that site is linked to this puzzle.

430. Xander - April 19, 2009

i dont believe its ever shown all 4 at once before.

431. NCC-73515 - April 19, 2009

ncc-1701.com is unchanged since 15 months.

432. AJ - April 19, 2009

It seems there is a greater effort to crap up this game than there is going into creating it.

433. gatetrek - April 19, 2009

Probably nothing, but looking at the cobrasnake pictures, there’s a guy with a yellow square in his ear….it looks photoshopped to me
http://thecobrasnake.com/partyphotos/partyhotline/IMG_8321.html
Probably just an earplug or something though =(

434. Rex - April 19, 2009

yeah, it’s an earplug. You can clearly see it in the surrounding photos.

435. WarpTube - April 19, 2009

430 – It has done at random for a long time. If you go back far enough through trekmovie.com older articles (over the last year or so) you’ll see it mentioned.

436. AJ - April 19, 2009

435:

I had both going at once today. Can’t watch anymore.

437. Tom - April 19, 2009

for those that still care about the image it shows (randomly) :
http://www.imgdrop.nl/download/images/276339image23.jpg

438. Tom - April 19, 2009

page updating just started again, new information WILL come at 6 PM GMT.

Discussions about this should continue on the ARG chat : http://widget.mibbit.com/?settings=ce9a733dae31c19c6cf23d9e4a4db1fa&noServerTab=false&server=irc.tvdw.eu&channel=%23arg&autoConnect=true

439. WarpTube - April 19, 2009

Backup for Toms comments, he knows what he’s talking about – the page is now ‘live’.

440. Poster - April 19, 2009

maybe its just my computer but when i visit the chat site http://97.74.158.186/ the site jumps to the bottom, whenever i try to scroll up. that’s new as i haven’t had this problems in the last hours.

441. Poster - April 19, 2009

the chatting is starting again!!

442. Amdiral_BlackCat - April 19, 2009

Time Check
5pm GMT

443. Poster - April 19, 2009

someone should be stopped. Nero?
There’s no federation to stop him. So they are from federation?

444. Amdiral_BlackCat - April 19, 2009

ChatUser5 mention:
Comm Unit
Federation

445. Xander - April 19, 2009

We have some new info on there now then:

# PHPChatUser1: “Ca”?
# PHPChatUser1: 誰かいる?誰か何かタイプしてよ。
# PHPChatUser1: ふざけないで、何か入力してってば!!早く!!
# PHPChatUser3: Beruhig dich mal. Ich bin hier, überraschenderweise. Ich glaube, dass ich tatsächlich die Flugbahn herausgefunden habe. Naja, ich bin nah dran. Vielleicht sollte ich „Ca“ fragen.
# PHPChatUser1: “Fe”と僕で周波に取り組んでたんだ。でも、彼僕に連絡してこなくなって。彼大丈夫?
# PHPChatUser3: Du solltest dich entspannen und Spass an der Sache haben! Nimm es als eine Möglichkeit. Wir sind größer und stärker als die meisten. Frauen werden dich endlich wahrnehmen. Sie haben mich bestimmt schon bemerkt.
# PHPChatUser1: 君本気?僕ら、誰も信用できないんだってば!いつ捕まって殺されるかもしれないんだよ!!僕、全然眠れもしないのに、君は想像も出来ないくらい多くの人間の命を危険にさらして。
# PHPChatUser3: Versuche, dich nicht darauf zu fokussieren.
# PHPChatUser5: “Ca” is dead.
# PHPChatUser1: 何?どうして分かったの?
# PHPChatUser4: Sólo porque él no está aquí no significa que está muerto.
# PHPChatUser1: 彼を探し出さなきゃ!彼の所に行っていい?彼の道具が必要なんだ、多分僕が行くべきだと思う。
# PHPChatUser5: There’s nothing to find. Except the device. He lost it, and now one of them has our only comm. unit! Why do you think he gave us its location? He is gone.
# PHPChatUser3: Das kannst du nicht wissen!!
# PHPChatUser1: “Ca”?どうしたらいいんだろ?僕、行くべき?
# PHPChatUser3: Ihr Name ist „O“, du Trottel!! Wie schwer ist es, sich diese dämlichen Codes zu merken? Bist du denn ein kompletter Vollidiot? Hast ein Bild deiner hässlichen Mutter neben deinem Bett – bin überrascht, dass du nicht jede Nacht in deinem eigenen Urin aufwachst.
# PHPChatUser1: これって間違ってるよ、やばい予感がする。全部間違いだったんだ!家に帰ったほうがいいよ!!
# PHPChatUser4: Ya no es la nuestra.
# PHPChatUser5: There is NO going back! There is NO Federation to stop him, we MUST move on without “Ca”!! Their ONLY fighting chance is if we get this thing sent!!
# PHPChatUser3: OK, keiner braucht dein Gequatsche. Ich mache das für Karnis. Übrigens, ich bin nah dran an den Koordinaten, für die wir es anvisieren müssen.
# PHPChatUser5: And I am on the magnetic field, we didn’t calibrate for interference.
# PHPChatUser4: Puedo mandarte alguna información en la frecuencia, ¿Adónde debo mandarla?
# PHPChatUser5: Hold it for now, it’s useless without getting Ca’s wave pattern.
# PHPChatUser4: Estaremos bien. Presta buena atención.
# PHPChatUser3: Sind wir fertig hier?
# PHPChatUser5: I’ll post locations as I find the key fields. I’ll need you to go them exactly when I say.
# PHPChatUser3: Ok, das war’s dann. Jeder macht jetzt seinen Job.
# PHPChatUser5: Pictures are tough here, but we must start sending each other the access points – @PHPChatUser5. Not sure yet how to get Ca’s – but the input site will soon be live for all our fixes, hopefully generates something that works.
# PHPChatUser3: Ich hoffe, die finden mich.
# PHPChatUser5: Don’t do anything stupid!
# ____PHPChatUser3 has disconnected____
# PHPChatUser1: 僕もう行かなきゃ。全部、もう一度考え直さないと。
# PHPChatUser5: Wait, we have to talk about how you’re handling this.
# ____PHPChatUser1 has disconnected____
# PHPChatUser4: No te preocupes. No trabajabas bien solo antes, y sé que podemos resolver estas cosas juntos.
# PHPChatUser5: What does that mean?
# PHPChatUser4: Nada, es sólo que la idea de estar dejado desamparado contigo me suena divertida.
# PHPChatUser5: What?
# PHPChatUser4: Piénsalo y en mí.
# PHPChatUser5: Don’t do this, not now.
# ____PHPChatUser5 has disconnected____
# ____PHPChatUser4 has disconnected____

Lets get translating

446. marvin - April 19, 2009

“but the input site will soon be live”

ok, so wheres the input site?

447. marvin - April 19, 2009

VERY IMPORTANT!

O mentiones that user2 gave them the location where comm unit was lost, Carrefour de la Rue de la Fédération et Rue de Presles, so device malak0 mentioned is indeed the device in question. but now we have to figure ot weather malako is indeed part of the game, or she just found the device that somebody ACTUALLY dropped there.

also i think we should RECHECK PREVIOUS SITES!

448. Jamesintucson - April 19, 2009

could it be the next digit in the link/ http://97.74.158.187/ which is ‘coming soon’?

449. stormchsrdew - April 19, 2009

I’m getting into this thread a little late, but does anyone think that seeing the Tagruato Corp. building in the Star Trek TV spot is more than just coincidence? The Tagruato website is still online and one of their subsidiaries is “Bold Futura.” This company specializes in space research and exploration. Coincidence??

450. marvin - April 19, 2009

@448 pretty sure http://97.74.158.187/ has nothing to do with game, but well see

@449 not a bad idea, but still…

451. Matt - April 19, 2009

Here’s a very poorly translated version of all this. It’s good enough to get the gist of everything, though:

user 1: “Ca?”
user 1 (jp): That? Come on, what type?
user 1 (jp): The FUZAKENAI, if you take something to enter!! Early!!
user 3 (de): Calm thee times. I’m here, surprisingly. I think I actually found out the flight path have. Well, I’m close. Maybe I should “Ca” ask.
user 1 (jp): “Fe” I’m working on my frequency. But is he KONAKU to contact me. He’s okay?
user 3 (de): You should relax and enjoy yourself in the matter have! Take it as a possibility. We are bigger and stronger than most. Women are finally perceive yourself. You have certainly already noticed me.
user 1 (jp): You serious? Us, because we can not trust anyone! I could be killed when caught! ! I眠RE but not at all, you are risking the lives of many people I can not even imagine.
user 3 (de): Attempts to you not to focus.
user 5 (eng): “Ca” is dead.
user 1 (jp): What? How do you know?
user 4 (es): Just because he is not here does not mean he is dead.
user 1 (jp): 探SHI出SANAKYA him! Where can I go to him? I need a tool for him, I think maybe I should go.
user 5 (eng): There’s nothing to find. Except the device. He lost it, and now one of them has our only comm. unit! Why do you think he gave us its location? He is gone.
user 3 (de): That you can not know!
user 1 (jp): “Ca?” What should I do? I go?
user 3 (de): Your name is “O”, you idiot! How difficult is it to think of these stupid codes to remember? Are you doing a complete Vollidiot? Have a picture of your ugly mother beside your bed – am surprised that you do not every night in your own urine wake up.
user 1 (jp): What You’re wrong, you feel hot. We were all wrong! I’d better go home! !
user 4 (es): It is no longer ours.
user 5 (eng): There is NO going back! There is NO Federation to stop him, we MUST move on without “Ca!!” Their ONLY fighting chance is if we get this thing sent!!
user 3 (de): OK, nobody needs your Gequatsche. I do this for Karnis. Incidentally, I’m close to the coordinates, for which we are targeting them.
user 5 (eng): And I am on the magnetic field, we didn’t calibrate for interference.
user 4 (es): I can send you some information on the frequency, Where do I send it?
user 5 (eng): Hold it for now, it’s useless without getting Ca’s wave pattern.
user 4 (es): We will be fine. Providing good care.
user 3 (de): Are we done here?
user 5 (eng): I’ll post locations as I find the key fields. I’ll need you to go them exactly when I say.
user 3 (de): Ok, that’s it then. Everyone is now doing his job.
user 5 (eng): Pictures are tough here, but we must start sending each other the access points – @PHPChatUser5. Not sure yet how to get Ca’s – but the input site will soon be live for all our fixes, hopefully generates something that works.
user 3 (de): I hope to find me.
user 5 (eng): Don’t do anything stupid!

_PHPChatUser3 has diconnected_

user 1 (jp): I go now. All考E直SANAI and again.
user 5 (eng): Wait, we have to talk about how you’re handling this.

_PHPChatUser1 has disconnected_

user 4 (es): Do not worry. Not only worked well before, and I know that we can resolve these things together.
user 5 (eng): What does that mean?
user 4 (es): Nothing, it’s just that the idea of being left helpless with you sounds fun to me.
user 5 (eng): What?
user 4 (es): Think about it and me.
user 5 (eng): Don’t do this, not now.

_PHPChatUser5 has disconnected_
_PHPChatUser4 has disconnected_

No French, so that was “Ca.” At the very least, he’s missing. Most, he’s dead (Jim…. sorry, couldn’t resist).

452. AngryA - April 19, 2009

I think a small backstory can be formed now.

We have 5 Romulans stranded on Earth. They’re spread over the Earth (USA/UK, Japan, Spain, Germany and France). Each one of them is using the language of their location in the chat. Each one of them has one of the binary sites connected to them (.com, .jp and 3 times .eu). Combining the images behind the static in those binary sites give us their ship, the Narada. Now one of them (the one in France) is presumed dead after losing their only com-unit … possibly needed to get back to their ship/time or their original mission.

453. Jamesintucson - April 19, 2009

has anyone received messages from malak0 in last 6 hrs? he stopped responding to me.

454. AJ - April 19, 2009

452:

But why would he leave his comm unit on the street? Was anyone after him?

455. Jenni Generation - April 19, 2009

I’m still not certain they’re Romulan, simply because of the ‘give them a fighting chance’ thing. Why would Nero need one? He’s far better armed… Makes me think it’s someone on Spock’s side, since the Enterprise/Earth/Vulcan aren’t prepared… plus the mention of the Federation.

456. Matt - April 19, 2009

I’m torn over whether to think these guys are Romulan or if they’re from the Federation. Notice that user 5 (O?) said that there’s no Federation to stop “him.” He didn’t say stop “us.”

So, I don’t know.

457. Matt - April 19, 2009

454:

He dropped it accidentally. That was the whole Malak0 thing.

458. marvin - April 19, 2009

anybody knows what software to use too decompose swf files?

459. LtPiper - April 19, 2009

I wonder if we are missing a clue from the comics?

460. Matt - April 19, 2009

“I’d better go home.”
“It’s no longer ours.”

That little interchange just fuels my confusion of who these people are.

461. Jenni Generation - April 19, 2009

458. There’s a set of codecs that allow them to be played on WMP classic, I think it’s at http://www.free-codecs.com/download/K_lite_codec_pack.htm

That what you mean?

Also, 459. I did wonder if that new mini comic had anything to do with it…

462. Matt - April 19, 2009

Would they really make us buy the magazine in order for us to participate in this?

463. Jenni Generation - April 19, 2009

Some ARGs do rely on you buying things.

Perhaps they just assumed the odds of at least one having bought it were acceptable. Since this ARG clearly both requires and encourages sharing of info.

464. Mel - April 19, 2009

I think they are a group of people, humans and Romulans, from a change timeline from the post Nemesis era (Nero succeeded, the Federation don’t exist anymore) who try to help the old Spock to travel to the past to stop Nero AND save the Romulan planet from destruction.

I bet if Nero succeeded with his revenge, the Romulans planet would still be destroyed and with the absence of the Federation the future could be very grim for humans and Romulans. Klingons, Borg, Cardassians, and so on. are free to do what they want to do. Probably humans and the surviving Romulans are slaves to other races.

So both humans and Romulans alike have an interest that the old Spock stop Nero and in the then alternate timeline (the one of the film) the Romulans planet could perhaps be saved.

I guess they are an underground organisation of a conquered earth in a bad future who try to find a way to send the old Spock back in time.

465. AJ - April 19, 2009

$12.50 a pop for a movie ticket sounds like ‘buying things.’

466. LtPiper - April 19, 2009

It could very well be in reviews of them.

467. Jenni Generation - April 19, 2009

464. That’s interesting. So they come from neither Nero or XI!Kirk’s timeline, but a third one where Nero wins, are of various species and want Spock to go back and win instead.

That could work, yes… Hmmm. I can’t help but wonder if their names would reveal anything about planets/alliances/species.

468. Matt - April 19, 2009

@465 –

Good point. And I suppose that requiring us to have internet access to participate costs us something too. ;-)

So does anyone have their hands on that comic?

As for the third timeline theory, I don’t know. I don’t know that we have enough information to support such an intricate idea.

469. AJ - April 19, 2009

I think they at least two are of the same species. User3 reports that ‘we are larger and stronger’ than most, and women are noticing him.

Also the talk of sleeping next to an ugly pic of your mother and sleeping in your own urine is definitely alien. Sounds Klingon?

Ca sounds Romulan due to his high-speed run.

My gut says they’re all Roms.

470. Peter N - April 19, 2009

It seems that I must post a comment in order to be able to view the comments. Are other people having this problem intermittently as well?

471. Matt - April 19, 2009

@470 – Not me. Hope it gets fixed for you.

Here’s another little nugget of info. The German speaker says that he/she is close to the coordinates.

Do we know of anything in Germany that may hold a clue to this?

472. AJ - April 19, 2009

471:

“Do we know of anything in Germany that may hold a clue to this?”

That’s a huge general question.

What are the coordinates for?

473. Matt - April 19, 2009

@Me –

The German premier was just two days ago. Coincidence?

474. AJ - April 19, 2009

The Sony Center at the Potsdamer Platz

475. gatetrek - April 19, 2009

Is it possible there’s a clue in the pics of the German premier, like we found the binary sites in the star trek party pics?

476. marvin - April 19, 2009

i think we are loosing focus. clues could be everywhere, still i think we should focus on sites we now so far, and try to get this translated properly

477. Jenni Generation - April 19, 2009

“Also the talk of sleeping next to an ugly pic of your mother and sleeping in your own urine is definitely alien. Sounds Klingon?”

I took that to mean being childish. Pic of mum = homesick, urine = wetting bed. Sure it’s not just a clumsy translation from the original language?

478. Matt - April 19, 2009

Yeah, this translation was done with the babelfish addon to Firefox, so it’s very rough and dirty in order to get it up fast. So… yeah. Sorry about that.

I’ll leave it to native speakers to do a better job.

479. LtPiper - April 19, 2009

Pictures are tough here, but we must start sending each other the access points – @PHPChatUser5. Not sure yet how to get Ca’s – but the input site will soon be live for all our fixes, hopefully generates something that works.

Looks to be twitter accounts.

http://twitter.com/PHPChatUser5

480. charliebob - April 19, 2009

the pic reference said “ugly mum” so dont think its homesick

481. Poster - April 19, 2009

Translation of the German parts (done by german native):

PHPChatUser3: Beruhig dich mal. Ich bin hier, überraschenderweise. Ich glaube, dass ich tatsächlich die Flugbahn herausgefunden habe. Naja, ich bin nah dran. Vielleicht sollte ich „Ca“ fragen.
Calm down. I’m here, surprisingly. I believe that I relaly have found the trajectory (flight path?). Well, I am close to. Maybe I should ask “Ca”.

# PHPChatUser3: Du solltest dich entspannen und Spass an der Sache haben! Nimm es als eine Möglichkeit. Wir sind größer und stärker als die meisten. Frauen werden dich endlich wahrnehmen. Sie haben mich bestimmt schon bemerkt.
You should relax and have fun with this thing! Take it as an opportunity. We are bigger and stronger than most (people?). Women will finally take notice of you. They must have noticed me by now.

# PHPChatUser3: Versuche, dich nicht darauf zu fokussieren.
Try not to focus on it.

# PHPChatUser3: Ihr Name ist „O“, du Trottel!! Wie schwer ist es, sich diese dämlichen Codes zu merken? Bist du denn ein kompletter Vollidiot? Hast ein Bild deiner hässlichen Mutter neben deinem Bett – bin überrascht, dass du nicht jede Nacht in deinem eigenen Urin aufwachst.
Her name is „0“ you idiot!!! How hard is it, to remember those stupid codes? Are you a total idiot? Do you have an image of your mother beneath your bed – I am surprised, that you do not wake up in your own urine each night.

# PHPChatUser3: OK, keiner braucht dein Gequatsche. Ich mache das für Karnis. Übrigens, ich bin nah dran an den Koordinaten, für die wir es anvisieren müssen.
Ok, nobody needs your talking. I’m doing this for Karnis. Btw, I am near the coordinates, we have to aim it for (notice: That’s a bit strange sentence in german so the translation might not be fully accurate. As I think that this might be a crucial point, I try to describe the sentence: There seems to be something that they can aim at some target. The writers is near the coordinates that this thing should aim at)

# PHPChatUser3: Sind wir fertig hier?
Are we done here?

# PHPChatUser3: Ok, das war’s dann. Jeder macht jetzt seinen Job.
Ok, that’s it. Everyone is doing his job.

# PHPChatUser3: Ich hoffe, die finden mich.
I hope they find me.

482. Jenni Generation - April 19, 2009

I doubt that anything set up after this started is real.

Think about it. Would you, running an ARG, risk something being dismissed as fake due to being set up later? Would you risk a gamejacker stealing your planned name?

If something was set up before it was set up when only the runners of the game could have known about it, so it’s true. So re: that Twitter… is there anyway to see when a Twitter account was set up?

483. Chingatchkook - April 19, 2009

#448, 450

Re: 97.74.158.187 I’m guessing it has nothing to do with this chat. That IP address resolves to http://www.4netplace.com . A quick ‘who is’ check shows that it is owned by a fellow named Daniel Charbonneau. I doubt that he has anything to do with it.

I will admit that I was pretty skeptical that this site had anything to do with Trek at all, but the latest addition to the chat that states “there is NO Federation to stop him” tends to make me have second thoughts. Personally, I would be hesitant to use IP addresses as any evidence of being part of this game since all of the addresses (both the static flash movies as well as 2387-42.com) are hosted through the same webhosting service; godaddy.com. If you look at the hosting name of each, they all include ‘secureserver.net’ which is part of godaddy’s webhosting service.

Pretty interesting stuff though. It reminds me of this quote from Data:
“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.” (from “I, Borg”).

Pretty prophetic stuff!

484. CptnValdez - April 19, 2009

I am so stupid!

I am not sure if this was brought up before but I looked back at the websites like Mr. Pascale suggested. Using the same conversions that I used before (Binary to Decimal to ASCII), here is what the websites translate into. Hope this adds to the information!

http://01001111.com = O
http://0100001101100001.eu = Ca
http://0100000101101100.eu = Al
http://0100011001100101.eu/ = Fe
http://0101001101101001.jp/ = Si

Aren’t these the people in the PHPchat?

485. Jenni Generation - April 19, 2009

484. I think that was how we found the binary addresses, actually. We had the elements, translated them into binary, and stuck them in the address bar. Can’t totally remember though.

486. Matt - April 19, 2009

Other way around, Jenni.

487. ChiefDiplomaticOfficer - April 19, 2009

@484 Indeed…

So, can we reverse engineer a web address for salt, NaCl?

488. Jenni Generation - April 19, 2009

486. Was it?

Oh, my bad then. Ahaha. Teach me to talk without ingesting caffeine. ;)

489. Matt - April 19, 2009

Yeah. The dance party pics had the websites in them in binary. We got the elements by decoding the binary.

490. James - April 19, 2009

Well, I think this settles the question that this ARG is DEFINITELY related to Star Trek! And it also looks like Malak0 ties into it as well!

OK, here’s what I’ve got so far:

Five people from the Prime Universe who seem to have been excluded from the changes caused by Nero have travelled back in time to restore the timeline. They’ve been trying to do this NOW, rather than when Nero appears. One of them is missing, presumed dead, having apparently lost a device of some importance to them.

I think they’re from the Federation – ‘there is NO Federation to stop him’.

At the same time, at a Parisian intersection mentioned on that site, someone identifying himself as Malak0 has found a strange-looking device lost by someone. He says that it is emitting a strange sound – possibly the ‘wave pattern’ mentioned in the PHP chat? I think it is safe to say that Malak0 is tied into this thing.

User 5 says he’s going to let them know about ‘locations’ to which they need to respond to immediately. He also mentions an input site. We need to find this.

Users 4 and 5 seemed to be flirting a little bit at the end there, don’t you think? :-)

491. Xander - April 19, 2009

@490
You are making alot of assumptions there!

492. James - April 19, 2009

@491:

True, but I don’t think any of them are wildly speculative.

493. Matt - April 19, 2009

Yeah, these are five people from the future, but we don’t yet know who they are. Sending a picture of the correct communicator to Malak0 would inform us a little about their identity.

494. merzmensch aka kosmopol - April 19, 2009

Here is my translation of German and Japanese part.

PHPChatUser1: “Ca”?
PHPChatUser1: 誰かいる?誰か何かタイプしてよ。 (Is somebody here? Please type something here.
PHPChatUser1: ふざけないで、何か入力してってば!!早く!!(Don’t wait around, input something here! Quickly!)
PHPChatUser3: Beruhig dich mal. Ich bin hier, überraschenderweise. Ich glaube, dass ich tatsächlich die Flugbahn herausgefunden habe. Naja, ich bin nah dran. Vielleicht sollte ich „Ca“ fragen. (Calm down, dude. I’m surprisingly here. I think, I’ve found the trajectory. Well, I’m very close right now. Perhaps I’d ask “Ca”).
PHPChatUser1: “Fe”と僕で周波に取り組んでたんだ。でも、彼僕に連絡してこなくなって。彼大丈夫? (“Fe” and me are working on the frequency now. But I lost contact to him. Is he OK?)
PHPChatUser3: Du solltest dich entspannen und Spass an der Sache haben! Nimm es als eine Möglichkeit. Wir sind größer und stärker als die meisten. Frauen werden dich endlich wahrnehmen. Sie haben mich bestimmt schon bemerkt. (You should relax and enjoy your job. Take it as a possibility. We are bigger and mightier than the others. And women will also accept you. They have surely noticed me)
PHPChatUser1: 君本気?僕ら、誰も信用できないんだってば!いつ捕まって殺されるかもしれないんだよ!!僕、全然眠れもしないのに、君は想像も出来ないくらい多くの人間の命を危険にさらして。 (Are you kidding? Better nobody would notice us. They could arrest us and kill perhaps. Even if I am not tired right now, you could bring in danger many people lifes, you just cannot imagine it)
PHPChatUser3: Versuche, dich nicht darauf zu fokussieren. (Just don’t try to make it to your idee fixe)
PHPChatUser5: “Ca” is dead.
PHPChatUser1: 何?どうして分かったの? (What? How could you figure it out?)
PHPChatUser4: Sólo porque él no está aquí no significa que está muerto.
PHPChatUser1: 彼を探し出さなきゃ!彼の所に行っていい?彼の道具が必要なんだ、多分僕が行くべきだと思う。 (If I could find him! Can I go to his place? His tool is very important, I think, I should really go there)
PHPChatUser5: There’s nothing to find. Except the device. He lost it, and now one of them has our only comm. unit! Why do you think he gave us its location? He is gone.
PHPChatUser3: Das kannst du nicht wissen!! (How do you pretend to know it)
PHPChatUser1: “Ca”?どうしたらいいんだろ?僕、行くべき? (‘Ca’? What should I do? Shall I go there?)
PHPChatUser3: Ihr Name ist „O“, du Trottel!! Wie schwer ist es, sich diese dämlichen Codes zu merken? Bist du denn ein kompletter Vollidiot? Hast ein Bild deiner hässlichen Mutter neben deinem Bett – bin überrascht, dass du nicht jede Nacht in deinem eigenen Urin aufwachst. (Her name is “O”, you moron!!! Is it really so difficult to remember these damn codes? Are you now full idiot? You have a picture of your nasty mother near of your bed – I wonder, why don’t you awake every night in your own urin.)
PHPChatUser1: これって間違ってるよ、やばい予感がする。全部間違いだったんだ!家に帰ったほうがいいよ!! (No, you’re wrong! I have a bad foreboding, it was everything a mistake. We should better go home)
PHPChatUser4: Ya no es la nuestra.
PHPChatUser5: There is NO going back! There is NO Federation to stop him, we MUST move on without “Ca”!! Their ONLY fighting chance is if we get this thing sent!!
PHPChatUser3: OK, keiner braucht dein Gequatsche. Ich mache das für Karnis. Übrigens, ich bin nah dran an den Koordinaten, für die wir es anvisieren müssen. (OK, nobody needs your yackety-yack. I do it for Karnis. Btw, I’m very close to the coordinates, with which we could focus it)
PHPChatUser5: And I am on the magnetic field, we didn’t calibrate for interference.
PHPChatUser4: Puedo mandarte alguna información en la frecuencia, ¿Adónde debo mandarla?
PHPChatUser5: Hold it for now, it’s useless without getting Ca’s wave pattern.
PHPChatUser4: Estaremos bien. Presta buena atención.
PHPChatUser3: Sind wir fertig hier? (Are we ready now?)
PHPChatUser5: I’ll post locations as I find the key fields. I’ll need you to go them exactly when I say.
PHPChatUser3: Ok, das war’s dann. Jeder macht jetzt seinen Job. (OK, it’s done. Now everybody just does his own job)
PHPChatUser5: Pictures are tough here, but we must start sending each other the access points – @PHPChatUser5. Not sure yet how to get Ca’s – but the input site will soon be live for all our fixes, hopefully generates something that works.
PHPChatUser3: Ich hoffe, die finden mich. (I hope, they will find me)
PHPChatUser5: Don’t do anything stupid!
____PHPChatUser3 has disconnected____
PHPChatUser1: 僕もう行かなきゃ。全部、もう一度考え直さないと。 (I should go now. I have to re-thing everythink)
PHPChatUser5: Wait, we have to talk about how you’re handling this.
____PHPChatUser1 has disconnected____
PHPChatUser4: No te preocupes. No trabajabas bien solo antes, y sé que podemos resolver estas cosas juntos.
PHPChatUser5: What does that mean?
PHPChatUser4: Nada, es sólo que la idea de estar dejado desamparado contigo me suena divertida.
PHPChatUser5: What?
PHPChatUser4: Piénsalo y en mí.
PHPChatUser5: Don’t do this, not now.
____PHPChatUser5 has disconnected____
____PHPChatUser4 has disconnected____

495. ChiefDiplomaticOfficer - April 19, 2009

Trying to convert NaCl to decimal/binary, but not finding any webpages…

Thoughts?

496. Xander - April 19, 2009

@493

We dont know for sure they are from the future. They might just have knowledge of the future, in much the same way that Archer and co had knowledge of the future from Daniels.

For all we know the communicator is a temporal one.

497. Matt - April 19, 2009

Good point, Xander.

498. Mark from Germany - April 19, 2009

I am confused :-) But still trying to somehow make sense of all this…

499. Mel - April 19, 2009

I have found a site for binary conversion of NaCl. It gives:

010011100110000101000011011011000000110100001010

http://www.roubaixinteractive.com/PlayGround/Binary_Conversion/Binary_To_Text.asp

Don’t know if that is really right through.

500. LtPiper - April 19, 2009

490 see 479 I think we figured out the input sites already.

501. Poster - April 19, 2009

@496

I think it’s quite irrelevant whether they’re from future or not. It won’t affect the game at all.

502. Pentserv22 - April 19, 2009

Hi all,

I e-mailed Malak0 for a description of the device and here’s what I sentt:

est-ce le téléphone cellulaire?

Si non, pouvez-vous fournir une description de celle-ci phsyically,
tels que la longueur, la hauteur, la couleur et l’interface du
programme?

And here’s the responce:

15cm x 20cm
Noir/bleu/vert
Quelques LED
Un écran un peu en forme d’une larme (mais beaucoup plus grand- la moitié de la surface)

C’est un peu bizarre- autant du monde essaie de le recupérer que je suis persuadé qu’il ferai qqch folledingue si Je réussis. à le faire fonctionner

From what I can translated here’s the follow:

– The device is Black, Blue and Green with a couple LEDs
-“A screen a big shaped like a tear, but a lot bigger……… half the surface.”

and the final paragraph says roughly “t’s a bit weird – so many people try to “fix” (I think) it that I’m persuaded they’ll screw something up if I make it work”

Also, my buddy looked at the original websites posted and from the elements of Li2 Fe7 Al2 Si8 O27 found them to relate to Dilithium Crystal…not sure the connection on this one though, but thought I’d throw it out.

503. ChiefDiplomaticOfficer - April 19, 2009

@499

That’s what I got, too. Stuck. :-\

504. wildo - April 19, 2009

Pentserv22

When did Malak0 reply?

505. marvin - April 19, 2009

@ 495

01001110010000010100001101101100

but im not getting anything with it

506. James - April 19, 2009

@500:

Possibly, but I got the feeling that user 5 will be using Twitter to ‘post locations as [he finds] the key fields’, rather than it being the input site.

Could just be the way I’m reading it, of course!

@496:

Definitely another possibility. I’m not saying that they’re definitely from the future, I just think they are. I should have put ‘MY GUESSES’, shouldn’t I? :-)

507. Pentserv22 - April 19, 2009

@ 504

April 18th…and I sent it on the 17th.

508. wildo - April 19, 2009

Has anybody had a reply from Malek0 today?

509. marvin - April 19, 2009

@500

i find it hard to believe that user accounts on twitter that anybody can create will be used

510. ChiefDiplomaticOfficer - April 19, 2009

@ 506, 479

All 5 PHPChatUsers have Twitter accounts, just for those who didn’t know.

511. Jenni Generation - April 19, 2009

502. The closest I could find to that was http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Image:Vulcan_tricorder.jpg … I dunno, maybe it just isn’t an existing bit of tech we can show him?

512. ChiefDiplomaticOfficer - April 19, 2009

…And there’s a MaLaK0 on Twitter, who says (s)he is from Boston. Mmn.

513. gatetrek - April 19, 2009

512 – Somehow I doubt that the MaLaK0 on Twitter is in game. Isn’t our Malak0 from France? Plus the twitter one has a capital L and K – some poor person just picked the same name.

509 – I think the twitter ones are real, because all 5 users have one, and the “…each other the access points – @PHPChatUser5. Not sure yet…” from the chat signalled to me that twitter might be involved, because of the “@” use all the time on Twitter. I could be wrong though – I guess we’ll find out about the Twitters soon

514. Poster - April 19, 2009

the twitter sites from users phpChatUser01-05 are all titled “php alpha” to “php epsilon”. These greek letters are new in this game. It might not mean anything but I thought they would have named themselves Fe, Ca,… or just phpChatUser1-5. Why would they need another code name (alpha, beta,…)?

515. Matt - April 19, 2009

513 –

That’s exactly the reasoning that led us to Twitter. But I’m also 50/50 on the idea that these are legit. Time will tell, I hope.

516. LtPiper - April 19, 2009

It was established that the accounts were created on the 13/14th of this month and the chat site didn’t have anything posted until the 15th so they could very well be ingame.

517. marvin - April 19, 2009

@514 because somebody else created these?!

im just sayin

518. marvin - April 19, 2009

@516 how exactly was that established?

519. Poster - April 19, 2009

@516 how do you know this?

520. Pentserv22 - April 19, 2009

Hey again,

Also was looking through the sites and my buddy and I found the following people registered to the following sites:

Ferdinand Franco (ffranco649@googlemail.com) – 0100011001100101.eu

Camille Dupont (cdupont969@googlemail.com) – 0100001101100001.eu

Albert Stein (albertstein160@googlemail.com) – 0100000101101100.eu

HORI KEI (horikei1234@gmail.com) – 0101001101101001.JP

and the site http://www.idishnow.com/ goes to the flash site for the .jp one.

Don’t know where this all leads to, but I thought I’d throw it out there.

521. ChiefDiplomaticOfficer - April 19, 2009

Those are definitely Spanish, French, German and Japanese names, respectively. Where’s the American/British name?

Anyone want to shoot these guys an email?

522. Pentserv22 - April 19, 2009

Also, if you look up the sites through whois.eu (what I used) you’ll find addresses and telephone numbers also…deep stuff.

523. marvin - April 19, 2009

@520

YOU ARE FULL OF CRAP!

first, idishnow.com is privately registered, so that means anybody could have put anything on that site, probably you and your buddy.

second, what does “registered to the following sites” means?

are we all going to start posting s*it like this now?!

524. marvin - April 19, 2009

OK I OFFICIALLY APOLOGIZE TO Pentserv22!

sorry :) great job!

everybody dig in!

525. Jenni Generation - April 19, 2009

Malak0 is replying again!

Said he doesn’t know the people in the chat, but has been told one is dead, and asked who they were. Emailed back…

526. Pentserv22 - April 19, 2009

@523

I found idishnow by googling up 0101001101101001.JP and finding it as one of the hits. If somebody posted it, it definitely wasn’t me as I just found it when I goggled the above address.

Registered to the following site means when I went to http://www.whois.eu and typed in the domain addresses, that was the information I got.

527. Pentserv22 - April 19, 2009

LOL nevermind, I replied too late…no problem marvin.

528. LtPiper - April 19, 2009

@518 @519

Someone with tweetdeck working on getting a verification.

529. charliebob - April 19, 2009

@523 No need to be rude mate. If you’d don’t agree, say so. But everyone is entitled to an opinion and such. We’re all friends here :)

Also, I emailed him after the chat with:
“Look, the device you found is a personal communications device. The man that lost it is now dead. The people that killed him are looking for it as are his friends. If you want, I can help you get in touch with the owners so they can get it off you before it falls into the wrong hands.
I am familiar with the technology and can help you turn it on.
I hope it is not too late.”

and got:
“He is dead? How do you know this?”

530. charliebob - April 19, 2009

Oops marvin, didnt see you’d apologised…too slow replying :)

531. Bobby - April 19, 2009

Now me and pentserv22 have been trying to crack this a theory that came up includes the dilithium crystal. According to The Mineralogy of Star Trek,
it says that dilithium crystal has a “theoretical formula of:

Li2
Fe7
Al2
Si8
O27″

If another member shows up with the codename “Li” that would make VI of them. Or we should try to decode another IP that would make Li. Let me know what you guys think.

532. Pentserv22 - April 19, 2009

lol seems we’re all just on the slow side today :p

Guess a week of this is starting to show!

533. charliebob - April 19, 2009

I just emailed the german address saying I know who has the comm unit and if he wants more info to contact me. Here goes…

534. marvin - April 19, 2009

@charliebob and everyone else for that mater

yeah, i was a bit rude once again im sorry. now on to more important stuff.

i think you guys should be REALLY careful with what you write to malak0. if she or he has nothing to do with this, imagine what it must feel like reading these mails

535. Jenni Generation - April 19, 2009

534. I highly doubt JJ would be idiotic enough to publish an email address if it belonged to someone else/could be registered in the future to someone else, without their permission, and then leave it up.

I also doubt the person would play along.

536. Matt - April 19, 2009

I feel more confident than ever that Malak0 is a part of this game. This last chat all but verified Malak0’s story.

537. charliebob - April 19, 2009

Yeah, you’ve got a point. I’m making the emails a bit more normal now lol. Though I’m sure his emails would be more along the lines of “for god sake stop emailing me!” by now if he wasn’t in the game. Hell, I’d stop replying lol. But who knows. I made the german email as normal as I could under the circumstances.
Youve got a good point though.

And dont worry, i noticed the apology, albeit too late. Sorry for not noticing first, wouldnt have mentioned it if i had. :)

538. bob hitching - April 19, 2009

About http://twitter.com/MaLaK0

– joined twitter the same day as posting on Lepost.fr about finding the gadget at the café
– the first tweet suggests s/he is a student, “just finishing up a semester”
– Location: Boston, however…
– Boston University’s Paris campus is just up the road from Café Le Presles – http://bit.ly/1aofvO

Maybe everyone should gets themselves a Twitter account.

539. Mario - April 19, 2009

about the device, look this video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8T2rRi1Avg&feature=related

at 2:04 exactly

540. MistySteele - April 19, 2009

If anybody wants a verification on when the Twitter accounts were created, download tweetdeck and go to their pages. It gives you a date.

541. Matt - April 19, 2009

@539 –

Oooh….

542. Mario - April 19, 2009

i know its not much but it could help. i was thinking, some of the guys that are emailing malak0 should ask him if the device (i assume its a communicator) has a logo on it: send a picture of the federation logo or the romulan empire, always in st the gadgets have logos or insignias, that could help determine the origin of it

543. gatetrek - April 19, 2009

539 – I took a screenshot of the device, one turned on, one turned off, if anyone wants to email it to Malak0. It may make sense if these are people from the future.

Device turned off:
http://sites.google.com/site/team7of10/schedule/device%201.jpg?attredirects=0

Device turned on:
http://sites.google.com/site/team7of10/schedule/device%202.jpg?attredirects=0

544. Matt - April 19, 2009

I took a screenshot as well (with it turned on) and shot him an email. I guess we’ll just wait and see.

545. charliebob - April 19, 2009

I’ve emailed a pic of the device on. Took it off the vid myself earlier :) See how that goes ;)

546. German Trek Fan - April 19, 2009

we need an update. converted “Li” to binary, but found no domain

547. subatoi - April 19, 2009

Unless I missed something with me being tired and really needs to sleep now, no one noticed that assuming those names are ARG related…

Fe-rdinand Franco (ffranco649@googlemail.com) – 0100011001100101.eu
Ca-mille Dupont (cdupont969@googlemail.com) – 0100001101100001.eu
Al-bert Stein (albertstein160@googlemail.com) – 0100000101101100.eu
H-O-RI KEI (horikei1234@gmail.com) – 0101001101101001.JP

It doesn’t match the site’s elements, I think, but it’s weird. Again…

548. subatoi - April 19, 2009

Plus, Anthony, if you can put a full translation for the whole chat, it will be great. Thanks

549. Matt - April 19, 2009

If I were a betting man, I’d bet that we were done with the binary code websites. They’ve served their purpose.

But I’m not one, so I don’t know. :-p They may come back into play later.

550. Merzmensch aka kosmopol - April 19, 2009

A Star Trek ARG wiki is online,
http://startrek.wikibruce.com/Home

Thanx to thebruce!

551. Pentserv22 - April 19, 2009

@549

You could be correct in that bet…I just wonder if there’s anything to the numbers in the e-mails of the owners of those websites…

552. aliotsy - April 19, 2009

Hey folks — thanks for snooping on the DNS information (Camille Dupont et al) — most of that stuff has already been figured out, though: check out the comments from the original post on the 10th:

http://trekmovie.com/2009/04/10/new-star-trek-viral-campaign/

Also JenniGeneration was actually correct regarding how we found the binary sites. Three of them (the .eu sites) were found on thecobrasnake.com party pics. They were translated to Ca, Fe, and Al, which appear on 01001111.com (“O”‘s site) … along with Si. So it was inferred there was a fifth binary site, and after some snooping people found the .jp site.

So it was a bit of both.

Regarding the binary equivalent of NaCl — I’ve already looked that up and there are no corresponding sites for .jp, .com, and .eu. I’ve also done the same for the binary equivalents of

2387

42

2345

Na

You can actually look up the same domain name across multiple domains here:

http://www.sosdomaines.com/index.php?service_id=21

Thanks for the great work, everyone. Looks like I was wrong about Malak0.

553. subatoi - April 19, 2009

Do we still look at Marcel’s site? Still relevant?
He links here:
http://65.199.31.112/

http://www.dezibelmusik.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47&Itemid=4

554. RF - April 19, 2009

IN what I am sure is just another Red Herring, but amusing none the less – check this photo out from the “ST Dance Party” otherwise titled Partyhotline

http://thecobrasnake.com/partyphotos/partyhotline/IMG_8782.html

3 things stand out – the highly visible #6, the pack of Marlboro Lights on the floor, and the No Smoking sign off to the left.

In what appears to be a very strange cab.

Meaningless, most likely – but amusing.

555. Matt - April 19, 2009

No. That IP is not in-game, I’m afraid.

556. Bobby - April 19, 2009

Guys, the sum of all the IP’s results in this site:

http://65.199.31.112/

We need to come up with the password. I’m working on hacking it as we speak.

557. Bobby - April 19, 2009

@ 555

Damn it!

558. Pentserv22 - April 19, 2009

How is this IP not in game?

I don’t think I saw the confirmation anywhere that it was a faaaaaaaaaake.

559. LtPiper - April 19, 2009

That IP is owned by a medical patient recruitment company Acurian Inc.

http://ws.arin.net/whois/?queryinput=%0965.199.31.112

560. Pentserv22 - April 19, 2009

Ah yeah, I just saw that too lol thanks!

561. Matt - April 19, 2009

Yeah, the each number corresponds to one of those elements. Except for ‘O’ of course. But do a whois search on it. That IP is owned by these guys:

https://www.acurian.com/

I would have a hard time believing they were participating in the game.

It appears to simply be a large coincidence.

562. subatoi - April 19, 2009

Well, at least after the first “chat” we knew they’ll be back “in 2″. Now we’re on or own, untill they’ll come back. Whenever they will.

563. Matt - April 19, 2009

That bothers me too, subatoi. That’s why I’m hopeful that these Twitter accounts, which may be them, will yield something fruitful.

564. Pentserv22 - April 19, 2009

Well either that or we’re missing something…althought I think we’ve went over just about everything…guess its time for the waiting game.

565. GOV - April 19, 2009

this is terrorism chatter

566. subatoi - April 19, 2009

Or maybe these people willlead us somewhere new?

Fe–rdinand Franco (ffranco649@googlemail.com)
Ca–mille Dupont (cdupont969@googlemail.com)
Al–bert Stein (albertstein160@googlemail.com)
H–O–RI KEI (horikei1234@gmail.com)

567. RF - April 19, 2009

You know – not for nothing, but how hard would it be to find a trekkie geek at these companies who would be willing to donate a little server space to JJ and crew so they could pull off these stunts?

568. Matt - April 19, 2009

Web sites, and their designs, are not often in-house. I think the chance of that is pretty low. But that’s just my take on it.

569. Matt - April 19, 2009

Meant to say *designers*, not “designs.” Oops!

570. Logan - April 19, 2009

http://www.2387-42.com/

571. bob hitching - April 19, 2009

At last some Twitter activity, see

http://twitter.com/MaLaK0/statuses/1561590632

MaLaK0 has tweeted “drawinnnngg!”, perhaps he’s still asking for a picture of a sheep (ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Prince)

572. RealistTrekkieinCymru - April 19, 2009

Seriously, this doesn’t even seem like fun…I mean its called a ‘game’ but where is the fulfillment in it all? I’ve been following this for a day or two and all it seems to be is a really creepy play along!

I’m excited for the film but I struggle to this what this adds to it all.

573. Admiral_BlackCat - April 19, 2009

2:10AM GMT
Our crew is from the future, with vital information on the Narada. It’s offensive and defensive capabilites, as well as it’s one and only weakness. Military intellegence type people. On the way to their rendezvous they ran into a temporal disturbance and now are on 2009 Earth. They must send this info, or try to return to their own time.
TWO big questions.
1. Are they human or another race? Part of the Federation?
2. What reality are they from: Post-Nemesis/Countdown comic era or the new STXI re-imagined alternate reality?

574. Admiral_BlackCat - April 19, 2009

Oh and has anyone else found it ironic that this is an Alternate Reality Game connected (somehow) to the new Star Trek Alternate Reality that is Star Trek XI.

575. illogical - April 19, 2009

Someone had wondered in an earlier post about wether the mini-comic in the “Wired” issue might give some clues. I picked up the issue today.
Let me first say that I don’t think there are any relevant clues and that at times these posts seem to be drawing at straws and going out on limbs – let’s not start making up goose chases of our own!
That being said – The issue is Mystery/ puzzle/ game themed (A very good issue BTW, especially JJ’s piece) and it might be possible it could have a buried clue. A quote from JJ’s article referring to this issue of wired: “There are things occurring within these pages that are not apparent at first or second glance. That’s the only hint I will give you. I urge you to dig!” And the whole issue is filled with puzzles, so it’s possible. I’ll keep looking through it with a fine toothed comb just in case.
Again – I DOUBT THIS IS RELATED, but there is a two page number puzzle on page 104 that displays a lotto ticket with the numbers 4,8,15,16,23, and 42, followed by two series of numbers underneath:
17 1 22 16 8 6
20 11 18 18 10 14
7 7 5 18 22 7 5 6
24 15 12 13 1 8
and on the opposite page
4 34 18 55 14 93
54 5 6 11 10 13
30 12 6 19 2 22 5
2 1 117 2 17 1 17

Again, probably nothing, but you never know. I’m also following all 5 phpchat users on twitter (nothing so far).
Oh, and by the way, the mini-comic was great, if short, especially for Spock fans!

576. Darkwing - April 19, 2009

there is more chat on the site now!

577. LtPiper - April 19, 2009

Wait a minute that’s the numbers from lost isn’t it? 4,8,15,16,23, and 42.

Malak0 posted a little while ago on twitter.

578. LtPiper - April 19, 2009

576 what site? the PHP chat site was update at 6PM GMT today.

579. Darkwing - April 19, 2009

hm, interesting, I’ve never watched lost, so could ther be a trek connection to it as well?

580. LtPiper - April 19, 2009

Black cat where is this information from?

2:10AM GMT
Our crew is from the future, with vital information on the Narada. It’s offensive and defensive capabilites, as well as it’s one and only weakness. Military intellegence type people. On the way to their rendezvous they ran into a temporal disturbance and now are on 2009 Earth. They must send this info, or try to return to their own time.

581. Darkwing - April 19, 2009

yeah, the php chat site

582. LtPiper - April 19, 2009

4,8,15,16,23, and 42 are the lottery numbers from lost I just confirmed with a Lost fanatic I know.

583. Darkwing - April 19, 2009

so what’s the trek connection then?

584. illogical - April 19, 2009

@582 – Thanks – I figured it was a dead end.

585. Jamesintucson - April 19, 2009

unless I missed something, isn’t that the same text from today’s6pm update? Has anyone finished translating it yet?

586. LtPiper - April 19, 2009

583
Wired magazine….

585

Nothing from 573 has to do with the chat.

587. Admiral_BlackCat - April 19, 2009

#580
http://trekmovie.com/2009/04/10/new-star-trek-viral-campaign/
Narada image from binary sites

588. MovieViral.com » This Week In Viral - New Forum Edition - April 19, 2009

[…] of some updates this week. Star Trek – Lots more info from those dance party pics. Check out Trek Movie’s anaylsis and our forum for more […]

589. Sheryl - April 19, 2009

Re: the email addresses that appear on the whois pages of the binary sites – has anyone gotten a response from them yet?

590. Osh - April 19, 2009

@Sheryl – 589: I sent emails to both Ca and Fe five hours ago about the missing device, but I haven’t received a response.

591. Commodore Redshirt - April 19, 2009

I have used a few different translators and also looked over translations posted here. I’ve put together a text of the Sunday phpchat.
I hope this helps.

PHPChatUser1: “Ca”?
PHPChatUser1: Is somebody here? Please type something here.
PHPChatUser1: Don’t wait, input something here! Now!
PHPChatUser3: Calm down. I’m here, surprisingly. I think I have found the trajectory. Well, I am close to it. Maybe I should ask “Ca”.
PHPChatUser1: I’m working on my frequency. But Fe has not made contact with me. He’s okay?
PHPChatUser3: You should relax and have fun with this duty! Take it as an opportunity. We are bigger and stronger than these people. Women will finally take notice of you. I bet they have noticed me.
PHPChatUser1: You’re serious? Because we can not trust anyone! We could be killed if we are caught! ! Even though I’m tired of this, you are risking the lives of so many people I can not even imagine.
PHPChatUser3: Try not to focus on it.
PHPChatUser5: “Ca” is dead.
PHPChatUser1: What? How do you know?
PHPChatUser4: Just because he is not here does not mean he is dead.
PHPChatUser1: I think maybe I should go try to find him Can I go to his place? His device is very important.
PHPChatUser5: There’s nothing to find. Except the device. He lost it, and now one of them has our only comm. unit! Why do you think he gave us its location? He is gone.
PHPChatUser3: How do you know?
PHPChatUser1: “Ca”? What should I do? Should I go there?
PHPChatUser3: Her name is “0” you idiot!!! How hard is it to remember the stupid codes? Are you a total moron? Do you have an image of your mother by your bed? I’d be surprised if you did not wake up in your own urine every night.
PHPChatUser1: You’re wrong This is all a mistake! We have to go home.
PHPChatUser4: It is no longer ours.
PHPChatUser5: There is NO going back! There is NO Federation to stop him, we MUST move on without “Ca”!! Their ONLY fighting chance is if we get this thing sent!!
PHPChatUser3: Ok, nobody needs your yapping. I’m doing this for Karnis. Btw, I think I’m near the coordinates we have to focus on.
PHPChatUser5: And I am on the magnetic field, we didn’t calibrate for interference.
PHPChatUser4: I can send you some information on the frequency, Where do I send it?
PHPChatUser5: Hold it for now, it’s useless without getting Ca’s wave pattern.
PHPChatUser4: We will be fine. keep paying close attention.
PHPChatUser3: Are we done with this?
PHPChatUser5: I’ll post locations as I find the key fields. I’ll need you to go them exactly when I say.
PHPChatUser3: Ok, that’s it. Everyone is doing their job.
PHPChatUser5: Pictures are tough here, but we must start sending each other the access points – @PHPChatUser5. Not sure yet how to get Ca’s – but the input site will soon be live for all our fixes, hopefully generates something that works.
PHPChatUser3: I hope, they’ll find me
PHPChatUser5: Don’t do anything stupid!
____PHPChatUser3 has disconnected____
PHPChatUser1: I need to go now. I need to rethink all of this.
PHPChatUser5: Wait, we have to talk about how you’re handling this.
____PHPChatUser1 has disconnected____
PHPChatUser4: Do not worry. Even if this hasn’t worked before I know that we can resolve these things together.
PHPChatUser5: What does that mean?
PHPChatUser4: Nothing, it’s just that the idea of being left helpless with you sounds fun to me.
PHPChatUser5: What?
PHPChatUser4: Think about it… and me.
PHPChatUser5: Don’t do this, not now.
____PHPChatUser5 has disconnected____
____PHPChatUser4 has disconnected____

592. Bender B Rodriguez - April 20, 2009

Just been reviewing the fun additionals today, and noticed that php#1 is a japanese male, probably a kid, php#2 is male “dead” frenchman, php#3 is an impatient male german, php#4 is likely a male and php#5 is a female, who is in a relationship with php#4.

“wave pattern” sounds likely a waveform, so either we’re dealing with seismics, or possibly patterns that require oscilliscopes. Lots of puzzling to be done there if these wave patterns do appear.

And, then there’s Karnis. While it seemed readily obvious that “Fe” was php#4, the initial exchange seems odd and worthy of more investigation

#4 Use the keyboard.
#3 What do you think I’m doing here? (Hello, it WAS typing!) “Fe,” is that you? (assuming to #4)

#4 Yes, Who else is here?
#3 Nobody. It’s not working. Wonderful plan.

#4 It was Karnis’ idea. (Karnis, now, is “Fe” and refers to herself as third-person now? Rather odd, because “Fe” is now Karnis…

#3 “Fe’s” Idea. And yeah, He hadn’t thought it out.

So putting two and two together, “Fe” is in fact #5, his name is Karnis , and in a sexy-sexy with #4. Note the pronouns in the conversations.

someone confirm?

593. Bender B Rodriguez - April 20, 2009

whops… #4 is a female, #5 is male, named Karnis.

594. Commodore Redshirt - April 20, 2009

So my guess is we must assume Malak0 is “In-Game” and NOT a “Game Crasher”.
I would urge everyone to look over any email responses from Malak0 and please post (or re-post) anything that looks like a clue.

Nothing much happened with mine.
On Thursday, April 16, 2009 11:50 AM PDT I wrote:

Subject: Lost item

“do you still have the device?”

on Friday, April 17, 2009 8:17 AM PDT I received the following:

“Oui. C’est a vous?” (

595. Bender B Rodriguez - April 20, 2009

Oh, and stardate fun: guess what’s the converted stardate for: Fri, 08 May 2325 00:28:48 GMT?

2387-39. that ain’t no coincidence.

and has anyone asked to have Malak0 call them on their cell?

596. Merzmensch aka kosmopol - April 20, 2009

OK, here are all messages I’ve got by Malak0 so far.
—————————-

Answer to my question about a device:

from mklvnd@aol.fr
date 17. April 2009 17:21
subject Re : Strange Device

I found a ‘device’ (appareil) It is 22cm x 15cm, bleu/black. I have photo but not usb wire. L’appareil, C’est a vous?

—————————————————
Reaction to my email, where I supposed to know, whom belongs the gadget:

from mklvnd@aol.fr
date 17. April 2009 19:30
subject Re : Are you OK?

Everyone knows a person who owns the device. How can it be you?

—————————————————

After I send him my creepy sheep drawing.

from mklvnd@aol.fr
date 17. April 2009 19:30
subject Re : S’il te plaît… dessine-moi un mouton.

OK- dessine moi un mouton.

—————————————————-

After I asked him I could help to find an owner and get a reward (and also after I asked him how did he like my sheep drawing:

from mklvnd@aol.fr
date 18. April 2009 20:00
subject Re : : Strange Device

Thank you for the aide- I try to share pictures.

Sheep too big for my planete.

—————————–???-
“too big for my planet”? Is he kidding?
And: I hope, we’ll get the pictures soon.

597. Bender B Rodriguez - April 20, 2009

new cobrasnake photos up with way too much coincidental viral material. anyone checking as well?

http://www.thecobrasnake.com/partyphotos/ministryofstartrek/index.html

598. Poster - April 20, 2009

597 I’ve been checking them as well and found nothing of importance…+

HAS ANYONE TRIED TO CALL THE PHONE NUMBER THAT THE BINARY SITES ARE REGISTERED TO? That would be +44/161652883

599. Admiral_BlackCat - April 20, 2009

#596
“Sheep too big for my planete.”
Is a Le Petit Prince refrence.
Malak0 is into Exupery.

600. Rex - April 20, 2009

@598
I’ve tried. It doesn’t work. I don’t think there are enough numbers….

601. Bender B Rodriguez - April 20, 2009

actually, has anyone tried to send malak0 your phone number?

602. FreddyE - April 20, 2009

I suggest writing some of those new email adresses….I think I´ll do this one:
albertstein160@googlemail.com since this is the german speaking guy and I´m from Germany. I just need to think about what I´ll write.

603. wildo - April 20, 2009

Guys I went back to the little prince idea. I found this

the first sheep is too big, the second looks mean, and then i think theres another one in there – and then he just draws a box with holes in it. the little prince thinks its perfect

Its somebody talking about the book with fond memories. can somebody who has made contact with Malek0 draw him that please. Lets see what happens.

604. Admiral_BlackCat - April 20, 2009

30. charliebob – April 17, 2009
OK I sent the email address the message saying:
“This is only his box. The sheep you asked for is inside.” which someone else suggested, and I just got the reply:
“Really. He fell asleep” (Actually, He said Ah bon. Il s’est endormi)

605. Admiral_BlackCat - April 20, 2009

My suggestion is draw a device as described at post 502 and send to malak0.
Keeping with the draw me a sheep theme… draw me the device. ;)

606. FreddyE - April 20, 2009

I just sent an email to the albertstein guy. This is what I wrote:

Hi,

ich glaube dieser Typ namens MaLaK0 hat eure vermisste com unit.
Seine Emailadresse ist: mklvnd@aol.fr. Er behauptet er hat an der Kreuzung: Rue de la Fédération et Rue de Presles ein seltsames Gerät gefunden dass eigenartige Töne von sich gibt.

Ich hoffe das hilft euch weiter.

Cu,

Freddy

English:

Hi,

I think this MaLaK0 guy has your missing com unit. His email adress is mklvnd@aol.fr. He says he found a strange device that gives of strange noise at Rue de la Fédération et Rue de Presles.

I hope this will help you.

Cu,
Freddy

I´ll post here if I get any reply.

607. Bender B Rodriguez - April 20, 2009

I really think you should read chapter III of the Little Prince…

Then he added: “So you, too, come from the sky! Which is your planet?” At that moment I caught a gleam of light in the impenetrable mystery of his presence; and I demanded, abruptly: “Do you come from another planet?” But he did not reply.

608. Bl00 - April 20, 2009

~572: Some people get stuff outa ARGs, some don’t. Personally I think this is a really brilliant one… don’t begrudge us our fun ;)

609. FreddyE - April 20, 2009

Just a question…I´m new to this ARG-thing…are the guys on the “other side” only waiting for us to figure out certain keywords and then the ARG proceeds according to a pre-scripted plan…or might the game actually “react” to input from us? For example…because of messages we send to email adresses we find out.

610. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 20, 2009

609 —

I’m new to ARGs as well… but from what I’ve heard, they typically play out according to a pre-scripted plan. Although if they were to combine the standard ARG formula with in-character improvisation, that could make it very interesting indeed…

611. bob hitching - April 20, 2009

Just to recap the Twitter accounts which have surfaced on separate threads of this game. IMHO this points to Twitter as the next thing to watch:

1) @aliceforrest700 is Alice from Lewis Carroll’s Alice through the Looking Glass. She appears to have stepped inside the game to establish the #StarTrekARG hashtag on Twitter. After some digging around, here’s her Twitter story:

– The http://twitter.com/aliceforrest700 account was created Tue Apr 07 16:23:59 2009 (Timezone: London)
– Background image: alice_through_the_looking_glass.jpg
– First follower: JJ_Abrams
– First tweet: “falling down the hole, stepping through to the other side” (I believe “rabbit hole” is a common ARG term) – at exactly the time that the Dance Party photos were released
– Then @aliceforrest700 was the very first Twitter user to introduce the hashtag #StarTrekARG
– Then *all* of her tweets (80+) included that hashtag
– Then her last tweet: “#startrekarg I don’t understand. I thought it was just a game. Now…”

2) @Malak0 is The Little Prince from Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince. Twitter story :
– The http://twitter.com/MaLaK0 account was created Wed Apr 15 02:10:36 2009 (Timezone: Quito) – the same day as posting on Lepost.fr about finding the communicator at Café Le Presles
– First tweet: “finishing the semester” – suggesting @Malak0 is a student
– Location: Boston; and Boston University’s Paris campus is just up the road from Café Le Presles – http://bit.ly/1aofvO

*Note: Through the Looking Glass and The Little Prince have both been titles of Lost episodes (previous weirdness by JJ Abrams)*

3) @PHPChatUser5 (and @PHPChatUser1…4) are more Twitter accounts. PHPChatUser5’s comments on http://97.74.158.186/ suggest that the dialogue must move to Twitter – “Pictures are tough here, but we must start sending each other the access points – @PHPChatUser5”

So I’d suggest creating a Twitter account if you don’t already have one. Follow all of the users mentioned above, and you’ll also find some others to follow by searching Twitter here: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23StarTrekARG

612. Xander - April 20, 2009

Malak0 is now replying to my emails in English!

613. Karl - April 20, 2009

The “2387-42″ site has been updated with loads more conversation between the people. But, apparently “Ca” is dead! Is that in keeping with one of the trailers saying “We’ve got not captain and first officer to replace” and then Kirk sits in the captain’s chair. Ia the CAptain the one who’s died? Also, it says something about someone losing “the device” and something about a comm. unit. Can someone make sense of it all? http://www.2387-42.com

614. LtPiper - April 20, 2009

What is he saying?

615. Karl - April 20, 2009

Hey guys, I didn’t get the “PHPChatUser” bit so I googled PHP and here’s what I found:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PHP
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PHP_(disambiguation)
http://www.php.net/
Didn’t know if this would help…

616. Jenni Generation - April 20, 2009

OMIGOSH Malak replied

Assez, c’est assez. Puisque personne ne réalise à quel point cet appareil est stupéfiant, je vais en faire une vidéo pour vous le montrer. Peut-être que l’un de vous est assez intelligent et mature pour me dire comment le mettre en marche, que je puisse retrouver son vrai propriétaire. Je sais qu’aucun d’entre vous ne l’est puisque vous avez tous cru à ma fausse description de la couleur. Je publierai la vidéo demain ou dans les prochains jours.

Malak0

(Ni Robau, ni Kirk, ni Ca, ni un homme d’un OVNI, ni Nero- je m’appelle Malak0)>:O

In English:

Enough is enough. Because no one realized how this device is amazing, I’ll make a video to show you. Maybe one of you is intelligent and mature enough to tell me how to turn it on, I can find his real owner. I know none of you it is because you believed in all my false description of the color. I post the video tomorrow or the next day.

Malak0

(Ni Robau or Kirk, or Ca, or a man of a UFO or Nero I’m Malak0)>: O

FINALLY

617. raveoned - April 20, 2009

Just got an email from malak0, and it looks to be one sent to a compiled group (like he’s been saving all the email addresses that have sent to him).

Translates from French as follows:

“Enough, this is enough. Since no one realizes to which not at all this device is stunning, I go to do a video for you to show it. Maybe that the one of you is rather intelligent and mature to say me how it to put in market, that I can rediscover his true owner. I know that none of you is not it since you all believed my false description of the color. I will publish the video tomorrow or in the next days.

Malak0

(Or Robau, or Kirk, or Ca, or a man of an OVNI, or Nero- I am called Malak0)”

618. Jamesintucson - April 20, 2009

ok wow, I just got a huge reply from Malak in french, I have no idea what it says though,

From: mklvnd@aol.fr [mailto:mklvnd@aol.fr]
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2009 6:25 AM
To: mklvnd@aol.fr
Subject: ASSEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Assez, c’est assez. Puisque personne ne réalise à quel point cet appareil est stupéfiant, je vais en faire une vidéo pour vous le montrer. Peut-être que l’un de vous est assez intelligent et mature pour me dire comment le mettre en marche, que je puisse retrouver son vrai propriétaire. Je sais qu’aucun d’entre vous ne l’est puisque vous avez tous cru à ma fausse description de la couleur. Je publierai la vidéo demain ou dans les prochains jours.

Malak0

(Ni Robau, ni Kirk, ni Ca, ni un homme d’un OVNI, ni Nero- je m’appelle Malak0)

619. Jamesintucson - April 20, 2009

haha, we all posted at once, funny!

620. raveoned - April 20, 2009

One thing that stands out from malak0 is his sentence about the “false description of the color”. If he was truly trying to find the owner, why would he lie about the colors?

621. Xander - April 20, 2009

I have had a rather odd email back from Malak0:

Assez, c’est assez. Puisque personne ne réalise à quel point cet appareil est stupéfiant, je vais en faire une vidéo pour vous le montrer. Peut-être que l’un de vous est assez intelligent et mature pour me dire comment le mettre en marche, que je puisse retrouver son vrai propriétaire. Je sais qu’aucun d’entre vous ne l’est puisque vous avez tous cru à ma fausse description de la couleur. Je publierai la vidéo demain ou dans les prochains jours.

Malak0

(Ni Robau, ni Kirk, ni Ca, ni un homme d’un OVNI, ni Nero- je m’appelle Malak0)

Rough google translation:

Enough, c’ is enough. Since nobody realizes at which point this apparatus is amazing, I will make a video for you of them to show it. Perhaps that l’ one of you is rather intelligent and mature to say how to me to start it, that I can find his true owner. I know qu’ no d’ between you l’ is since you believed all in my false description of the color. I will publish to it video tomorrow or in the next days. Malak0 (Neither Robau, neither Kirk, neither Ca, nor a man d’ an UFO, nor Nero- I m’ call Malak0)

Ok now I am confused. Is he part of the game or not?

622. FreddyE - April 20, 2009

apperantly he really sent the same mail to various people…

623. Jenni Generation - April 20, 2009

619. Because if someone said ‘yes, yes, it is that colour!’ then he’d know they would lie/say anything to get the item, even if they didn’t really own it? IDK.

624. Jenni Generation - April 20, 2009

Also, this basically confirms he is part of the game. Guys, nobody would react like this if they thought it was total strangers emailing them randomly. Plus, this means we have a deadline- we were missing one in the chat, right? So now we know when the next phase starts. Either tomorrow, or wednesday. *Crosses fingers for tomorrow*

625. FreddyE - April 20, 2009

The albertstein160@googlemail.com mailadress seems to be valid…I didn´t get an error message back. Still waiting for reply though.

626. Tom - April 20, 2009

http://widget.mibbit.com/?settings=ce9a733dae31c19c6cf23d9e4a4db1fa&noServerTab=false&server=irc.tvdw.eu&channel=%23arg&autoConnect=true

for a chat to discuss this, instead of having to scroll all the time.

627. FreddyE - April 20, 2009

When the phpchat site updates seems to correlate with the Star Trek Promo World tour…..and the languages of the places it visited are added…there was no spanish part up till now….but now there is…and the last stop of the tour was Spain.

If there´s a deadline it might be the last stop of the tour, or the first normal public showing of the movie.

628. Admiral_BlackCat - April 20, 2009

Recent Malak0 reply:
Assez, c’est assez. Puisque personne ne réalise à quel point cet appareil est stupéfiant, je vais en faire une vidéo pour vous le montrer. Peut-être que l’un de vous est assez intelligent et mature pour me dire comment le mettre en marche, que je puisse retrouver son vrai propriétaire. Je sais qu’aucun d’entre vous ne l’est puisque vous avez tous cru à ma fausse description de la couleur. Je publierai la vidéo demain ou dans les prochains jours.

Malak0

(Ni Robau, ni Kirk, ni Ca, ni un homme d’un OVNI, ni Nero- je m’appelle Malak0)

629. charliebob - April 20, 2009

I just got the same message too…
translates as:
Enough is enough. Because no one realized how this device is amazing, I’ll make a video to show you. Maybe one of you is intelligent and mature enough to tell me how to turn it on, I can find his real owner. I know none of you it is because you believed in all my false description of the color. I post the video tomorrow or the next day.

Malak0

(Ni Robau or Kirk, or Ca, or a man of a UFO or Nero I’m Malak0)

630. charliebob - April 20, 2009

that last line should be (Not Robau or Kirk, or Ca, or a man off a UFO or Nero. I’m Malak0)

Then there was a :O smiley at the end

631. Author of The Vulcan Neck Pinch for Fathers - April 20, 2009

Don’t know if anyone else has received this, but Malak0 is basically sending out emails alerting everyone that he was sending out a bogus color for the device, and that a video of the unit is pending.

“Assez, c’est assez. Puisque personne ne réalise à quel point cet appareil est stupéfiant, je vais en faire une vidéo pour vous le montrer. Peut-être que l’un de vous est assez intelligent et mature pour me dire comment le mettre en marche, que je puisse retrouver son vrai propriétaire. Je sais qu’aucun d’entre vous ne l’est puisque vous avez tous cru à ma fausse description de la couleur. Je publierai la vidéo demain ou dans les prochains jours.

Malak0

(Ni Robau, ni Kirk, ni Ca, ni un homme d’un OVNI, ni Nero- je m’appelle Malak0)”

-ATVNPF

632. RF - April 20, 2009

already a malak0 on Youtube.. and a malako…

633. charliebob - April 20, 2009

we’ve all been getting the same email. Translation above at 629.
Now we play the waiting game again

634. pjt2072 - April 20, 2009

Got an email this morning from Malak0

It says … that no body was able to describe the object he found. That the colors were wrong.

He will post a video today or tomorow to show it …

635. LtPiper - April 20, 2009

both youtubers are too old.

636. James - April 20, 2009

Is it now safe to assume that Mr Malak0 is DEFINITELY part of the ARG?! Either that, or he is now pretty wise to the fact that he has inadvertantly stumbled into one, and is now having some fun with us!

Video should be interesting… all his descriptions seem to fit in fairly closely with the pictures of the new communicator.

Has anything popped up on Twitter from the PHPChatUsers yet?

637. Matt - April 20, 2009

Hmm. Strange that I did *not* get an email this morning. Oh well. I definitely look forward to that video!

638. Daoud - April 20, 2009

I got the same “Enough’s enough” email. Well, whaddaya know, we’re all subscribed to a mailing list now.

Not an unusual element of an ARG, but indeed peculiar. Let’s hope there’s something forthcoming.

To the name-folks, again don’t forget HORI is a Coptic letter that looks like a backwards S. So there’s your Silicon.

I’m just waiting for the Feconi Couzins to show up and Gauge that your AsseK/b> is BroKered.

639. LtPiper - April 20, 2009

What has been sent to Malak0? Lets get a list compiled.

http://trek.tvdw.eu/arg/list.php

640. illogical - April 20, 2009

The @aliceforrest700 twitter account this morning had this:
@hitching #startrekarg everything moving in space, no linear time. I can’t see Malak0 but ‘tomorrow’ he says he is posting a video!

Still no activity on the PJPchat user# twitters or Malak0.

641. Richard Martin - April 20, 2009

My latest e-mail from him:

Enough, c’ is enough. Since nobody realizes at which point this apparatus is amazing, I will make a video for you of them to show it. Perhaps that l’ one of you is rather intelligent and mature to say how to me to start it, that I can find his true owner. I know qu’ no d’ between you l’ is since you believed all in my false description of the color. I will publish to it video tomorrow or in the next days. Malak0 (Neither Robau, neither Kirk, neither Ca, nor a man d’ an UFO, nor Nero- I m’ call Malak0)

642. AJ - April 20, 2009

641:

I have the identical e-mail:

“Assez, c’est assez. Puisque personne ne réalise à quel point cet appareil est stupéfiant, je vais en faire une vidéo pour vous le montrer. Peut-être que l’un de vous est assez intelligent et mature pour me dire comment le mettre en marche, que je puisse retrouver son vrai propriétaire. Je sais qu’aucun d’entre vous ne l’est puisque vous avez tous cru à ma fausse description de la couleur. Je publierai la vidéo demain ou dans les prochains jours.

Malak0

(Ni Robau, ni Kirk, ni Ca, ni un homme d’un OVNI, ni Nero- je m’appelle Malak0)>:O “

643. StarTrekkie - April 20, 2009

I feel left out, I never got an email back from Malak0 at all. *sniffle*

644. Mark from Germany - April 20, 2009

I got the same message fromMalak0 too

645. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 20, 2009

643:

It’s OK — I got the cold Parisian shoulder as well. We can be outcasts together.

646. Daoud - April 20, 2009

So, the question is… why the multilinguistics? It’s as if people belonged to some Linguistics Club, say at… Starfleet Academy, eh?

James T. Kirk is the treasurer of the Xenolinguistics club, according to http://www.startrekmovie.com.
Spock teaches Advanced Phonology, and Uhura is his teaching assistant. They’re both into xenolinguistics.

All the images are pieces of Narada? Perhaps this group represents Jim Kirk’s linguistics group trying to piece together the Narada puzzle? Taking images they each have and processing them until they find a full image? After all, Starfleet in this timeframe may take the Vulcan view that time travel is unlikely and highly illogical. So Kirk’s professing Romulans From The Future makes him out to be a wingnut…

I’m just asking myself…. what’s the point of a linguistics-rich ARG?

647. Richard Martin - April 20, 2009

643. It seems those who mentioned Trek in detail got replies. I went as far as the Tail Shair, The Forge, and Section 31.

648. aliotsy - April 20, 2009

Just got a tweet from epsilon (http://twitter.com/PHPChatUser5):

“Here, start sending yours.”

649. illogical - April 20, 2009

Twitter accounts are active now – between User 5 and User 4.

650. illogical - April 20, 2009

Here is the Twitter exchange between User5 and User 4 {NOTE: start from bottom and read up!} Also, User 5 has an updated profile picture: http://twitter.com/account/profile_image/PHPChatUser5
Can anyone identify who the picture is of?
START FROM BOTTOM

PHPChatUser4@PHPChatUser5 Dime dónde estás y yo estaré allí.
less than a minute ago from web in reply to PHPChatUser5

PHPChatUser4@PHPChatUser5 Si no me vendrías, te ruego, permiteme que te venga.
1 minute ago from web in reply to PHPChatUser5

PHPChatUser4@PHPChatUser5 Creo tú te has sentido así alguna vez.
1 minute ago from web in reply to PHPChatUser5

PHPChatUser4@PHPChatUser5 Tú eras y eres mi única oportunidad para la alegría.
2 minutes ago from web in reply to PHPChatUser5

PHPChatUser4@PHPChatUser5 aunque él no se haya vuelto loco y los perros le hayan perseguido, todavia no tendría nada.
2 minutes ago from web in reply to PHPChatUser5

PHPChatUser4@PHPChatUser5 Pero me di cuenta de que aunque tengamos una casa todavía,
2 minutes ago from web in reply to PHPChatUser5

PHPChatUser4@PHPChatUser5 No hay nada para nosotros aquí o ahora.
3 minutes ago from web in reply to PHPChatUser5

PHPChatUser4@PHPChatUser5 esto puedo ser el fin para nosotros, para todo, y tengo que saber que por lo menos yo te dije como me siento.
4 minutes ago from web in reply to PHPChatUser5

PHPChatUser4@PHPChatUser5 . Esto es por que yo estoy tan loco para decirte lo siguiente–
4 minutes ago from web in reply to PHPChatUser5

PHPChatUser4@PHPChatUser5 . Lo que trato de decir es, “Si” no es el único que se está volviendo loco.
5 minutes ago from web in reply to PHPChatUser5

PHPChatUser4@PHPChatUser5 No tengo completado ya mi punto de acceso, pero esto no es la razón por la cual yo escribo.
5 minutes ago from web in reply to PHPChatUser5

PHPChatUser5Here, start sending yours.

651. dfinn - April 20, 2009

Rough Translation:

I do not have completed my joining point already, but this is not the reason for which I write.

What treatment (I mean?) to say is, ” Si” he is not the unique (only) one that is becoming (going) crazy.

This is so that I am so crazy for decirte (telling?) the following — This can be the aim (Goal?) for us, for everything, and I must know that at least I said how I feel to you.

There is nothing for us here or now.

But I realized that, although we still have a house, although it has not become crazy and the dogs have persecuted to him, still would not have anything.

You were and are my unique opportunity for joy (happiness?).

I feel that you have felt thus sometimes.

If you won’t come to me, I ask that you let me come to you.

Tell me where you are and I will be there.

652. illogical - April 20, 2009

Google translation (read from TOP down). Can anyone get us a better Spanish translation?

@ PHPChatUser5 I have completed my access point, but this is not why I write.

@ PHPChatUser5. What I am trying to say is, “Yes” is not the only thing driving you crazy.

@ PHPChatUser5. This is because I’m so crazy to say the following —

@ PHPChatUser5 this could be the end for us, for everything, and I know that at least I told you how I feel.

@ PHPChatUser5 There is nothing for us here and now.

@ PHPChatUser5 But I realized that although we have a home yet,

@ PHPChatUser5 although he has not gone mad and the dogs pursued him, still would not have anything.

653. dfinn - April 20, 2009

And, a paraphrase translation — trying to make more sense of it:

“I don’t have my joining point yet, but that’s not the reason I’m writing.

“Si” is not the only one that is losing it.

I must be crazy to tell you — This could mean the end for us, for everything, and I need to know that at least I told you how I feel.

There is nothing for us, here or now.

I know that, although we still have a home, it hasn’t become crazy, and the dogs have not attacked, we would still have nothing.

You were and are my one chance for happiness.

I know that you have felt the same way.

If you won’t come to me, let me come to you. Tell me where you are, and I will be there.”

Dogs?

654. illogical - April 20, 2009

Odd that User5 remained silent .. also, User 4 and 5 are following eachother, but Users 1-3 are still blank, not following anyone’s tweets. User 5 started with “Here. Start sending yours” but the only thing I saw was the new profile pic? Maybe there is something about the pic to decode?

655. Osh - April 20, 2009

Do we know for sure that these Twitter users are legitimate? I mean, those accounts could easily have been taken by a “game-jacker” (as I think I’ve read them being called). Why would they name their Twitter accounts after the chat page anyway? PHPChatUser# just seems to be the default name for their chat client.

Anyway, I’ll still follow along with it; I’ll just take it with a grain of salt, I guess.

656. illogical - April 20, 2009

Agreed – take it with a grain of salt. Although the different languages are right, and the developing love interest between 4 and 5 seem to match with the chat we saw yesterday…

657. Jamesintucson - April 20, 2009

what’s the pic? I don’t want to sign up for Twitter, not big on social media.

658. StarTrekkie - April 20, 2009

Yeah, anyone have any idea who that guy is in the profile pic? http://twitter.com/account/profile_image/PHPChatUser5

659. StarTrekkie - April 20, 2009

It may not mean anything, but that profile pic seems to be overlaid with this odd pattern. http://stuff.exit42design.com/grabup/67759ecc5f1f66fea4b9bd42b8e8402a.png

660. LtPiper - April 20, 2009

The twitter accounts were created prior to the go live of the PHPchat page so it’s a good chance they are ingame.

661. illogical - April 20, 2009

Pulled up the source of the web page the profile pic is on and this is the address its pulling from:
http://s3.amazonaws.com/twitter_production/profile_images/148475340/phpchatuser5.png
That’s just a storage service from amazon, so no help there.

662. StarTrekkie - April 20, 2009

I tried to increase the detail of the pattern on that profile pic. And blew it up a bit too. Have no idea if it means anything though, but it seems odd that there would be such a weird pattern overlaid on the image.

http://stuff.exit42design.com/grabup/da5113038702703ab61586e01ca9b708.png

663. illogical - April 20, 2009

I KNEW that pattern looked familiar! I think its an RFID tag! Similar to barcodes, but instead of scanning a barcode it uses radio frequency communication to collect data. Like this one: http://bp2.blogger.com/_pzFhB7hoO2U/R4UaV-w4JoI/AAAAAAAAAEI/jsGRTTQgoJU/s1600-h/RFID+Tag.jpg

664. Daoud - April 20, 2009

Looks like Antoine Lavoisier, or someone contemporaneous.

It would fit the theme of chemical elements…

665. Dougrass - April 20, 2009

Japanese you it much with mobile devices…

666. Chris P Neudel - April 20, 2009

Is there a better forum we could use to work this game?
This method kinds sucks..

667. Osh - April 20, 2009

Okay, I’ve made a bigger, better image of the pattern:
http://www3.telus.net/tw6/gareth/pattern_big.gif

It’s definitely an RFID. But what does it mean?

668. Pat Payne - April 20, 2009

@667 — It’s not an RFID, it’s a “scattercode”, the successor to barcodes. I should know as my company uses them all the time. They work on the same principle as barcodes.

669. Chris P Neudel - April 20, 2009

After 15 months of checking it every day since it was discovered, http://www.ncc-1701.com has quietly been replaced with a redirect to the main website. Will we ever know what that mystery corridor was or what the game was going to be? What a waste tho.. Hopfully that URL will reappear as something to do with the new game..

670. Pat Payne - April 20, 2009

Who knows… this may be a bit of smoke-and-mirrors misdirection… send the fans out on a wild goose chase rather than have them go look for spoilers about the movie. I wouldn’t put it past JJ Abrams, given his love of mystery, to have this all be a shaggy-dog story when all is said and done :)

671. Author of The Vulcan Neck Pinch for Fathers - April 20, 2009

@669:

I suspect they started noticing people where trying to hack URL’s in the belief it was part of the game, and some secret was buried in the site, when there wasn’t. Too bad. Maybe something new will come up.

672. Osh - April 20, 2009

@668: Actually, now that I’ve actually looked it up, it looks like what’s called a “QR code”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_Code

673. Dougrass - April 20, 2009

Im working on the image to clear it little

674. illogical - April 20, 2009

@671 I’m inclined to agree. I don’t think the ncc1701 site had anything to do with this arg – maybe they took it down to keep it from distracting us away from this arg?
So does anyone know how to get data from an RFID (or “scattercode”)?

675. LoneStranger - April 20, 2009

I think it decodes to:

APUS:01-05


Does that mean anything?

676. SweB - April 20, 2009

In the Twitter-messages from PHPChatUser5 there is a reference to someone called “Si” (clearly silicon). Si is also the spanish word for Yes, but since it was written between quotation marks, I don’t believe this is the case.

Who is Si?

The plot thickens…

677. Mark from Germany - April 20, 2009

May 1st US?

678. Osh - April 20, 2009

@675: How did you decode it?

679. illogical - April 20, 2009

@675 – Interesting… How did you arrive at that?

680. Mel - April 20, 2009

Apus is a star constellation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apus

But I doubt they mean that.

681. LoneStranger - April 20, 2009

I took the image, jacked the contrast way up so it was black and white, and then looked at it through my phone’s camera using some mobile QR decoding software.

682. LtPiper - April 20, 2009

SI is PHPchatuser1

683. Jamesintucson - April 20, 2009

@669 and @671, I’d bet money that you’re right. Also might have been JJ’s way to help clean up the mess of clues we’re chasing since we were getting way off track.

@668 and everyone with a G1 phone from google, does that nifty bar code scanner app read these things too by chance?

684. wildo - April 20, 2009

LoneStranger, can you link us the image?

685. Jamesintucson - April 20, 2009

@681, HAHAHAHA great minds think a like! You did exactly what I was thinking!

686. LoneStranger - April 20, 2009

@684 wildo – Osh in 667 above linked to a cleaned up copy of it. That’s the one I used.

687. Trekkie88 - April 20, 2009

I just got this email from Malal0:
From: mklvnd@aol.fr
To: Trekkie88
Date: Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 9:24 AM
Subject: Enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [ASSEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]
Enough is enough. Because no one realized how this device is amazing, I’ll make a video to show you. Maybe one of you is intelligent and mature enough to tell me how to turn it on, so I can find its real owner. I know none of you is its owner because you believed in all my false description of the color. I’ll post the video tomorrow or the next day.

Malak0

(Not Robau or Kirk, or Ca, or a man of a UFO or Nero I’m Malak0)
(Translated with Google Translate)

[Assez, c’est assez. Puisque personne ne réalise à quel point cet appareil est stupéfiant, je vais en faire une vidéo pour vous le montrer. Peut-être que l’un de vous est assez intelligent et mature pour me dire comment le mettre en marche, que je puisse retrouver son vrai propriétaire. Je sais qu’aucun d’entre vous ne l’est puisque vous avez tous cru à ma fausse description de la couleur. Je publierai la vidéo demain ou dans les prochains jours.

Malak0

(Ni Robau, ni Kirk, ni Ca, ni un homme d’un OVNI, ni Nero- je m’appelle Malak0)]

688. illogical - April 20, 2009

Allot of phones can scan images like this. You can find decoding software at http://www.mobile-barcodes.com/qr-code-software/

689. illogical - April 20, 2009

@687 Everyone got that same email today.

690. Mark from Germany - April 20, 2009

apus is a bird. “Common swift” (Mauersegler in german.)

And now the interesting part:

These birds return to their nest on a special day. Every year on the first of may (01-05) in western Europe.

Must be some kind of clue

691. illogical - April 20, 2009

@690 – Nice!

692. Matt - April 20, 2009

Brilliant, Mark!

693. Osh - April 20, 2009

Oops! I went back and checked out my cleaned-up QR-code image, and it turns out I had a couple of pixels out of place. I’ve uploaded the correct image now. Would someone like to decode it again? http://www3.telus.net/tw6/gareth/pattern_big.gif

694. Mel - April 20, 2009

Mark, where did you find this information?

695. LoneStranger - April 20, 2009

Apus is a constellation in the southern sky. From Wikipedia “Its name means “no feet” in Latin, and it represents a bird of paradise (which were once believed to lack feet).”

It’s also possible that is just a watermark from the place the image came from and doesn’t have any bearing on the ARG.

696. Matt - April 20, 2009

I’d like to know too, Mark. I can’t find any of this info online (yet).

697. Mark from Germany - April 20, 2009

google…. :-)

698. Tom - April 20, 2009

@all those that care about the pattern

decoded it 3 times with traces from different persons: it means APUS:01-05

[discuss this at the chat set up for the ARG]
http://widget.mibbit.com/?settings=ce9a733dae31c19c6cf23d9e4a4db1fa&noServerTab=false&server=irc.tvdw.eu&channel=%23arg&autoConnect=true

699. StarTrekkie - April 20, 2009

I just scanned yours 693. and one I double checked too http://stuff.exit42design.com/grabup/cfba6a6a0bd8f323a6f015dff3ea8954.png

and I got the same as 675. LoneStranger

APUS:01-05

I used the BeeTagg scanner iPhone app from the iTunes store.

700. Mark from Germany - April 20, 2009

I dont know what is wrong..I tried several time to send a link with information about the commons swift..it just doesnt work..dont no why

701. LoneStranger - April 20, 2009

@698 – yea, I did that already. We were already discussing it.

702. Mark from Germany - April 20, 2009

this site just doesn’t seem to let me put ub that link

703. Mark from Germany - April 20, 2009

put up..I meant..

hwww.commonswift.org/common_swift.html

704. benderbrodriguez - April 20, 2009

I knew that they’d start using QR….the auto show should’ve been a clue.

705. Karl - April 20, 2009

The translated version of the Twitter conversation:

PHPChatUser4 @ PHPChatUser5 tell me where you are and I will be there.
less than a minute ago from web in reply to PHPChatUser5

PHPChatUser4 @ PHPChatUser5 If I come, I pray you, let you come.
1 minute ago from web in reply to PHPChatUser5

PHPChatUser4 @ PHPChatUser5 I think you’ve ever felt that way.
1 minute ago from web in reply to PHPChatUser5

PHPChatUser4 @ PHPChatUser5 You were and are my only chance for happiness.
2 minutes ago from web in reply to PHPChatUser5

PHPChatUser4 @ PHPChatUser5 although he has not gone mad and the dogs pursued him, still would not have anything.
2 minutes ago from web in reply to PHPChatUser5

PHPChatUser4 @ PHPChatUser5 But I realized that although we have a home yet,
2 minutes ago from web in reply to PHPChatUser5

PHPChatUser4 @ PHPChatUser5 There is nothing for us here and now.
3 minutes ago from web in reply to PHPChatUser5

PHPChatUser4 @ PHPChatUser5 this can be the end for us, for everything, and I know that at least I told you how I feel.
4 minutes ago from web in reply to PHPChatUser5

PHPChatUser4 @ PHPChatUser5. This is because I’m so crazy to say the following –
4 minutes ago from web in reply to PHPChatUser5

PHPChatUser4 @ PHPChatUser5. What I am trying to say is, “Yes” is not the only thing driving you crazy.
5 minutes ago from web in reply to PHPChatUser5

PHPChatUser4 @ PHPChatUser5 I have completed my access point, but this is not why I write.

I don’t actually know if anyone has already posted this so just ignore me if it has!

706. Tom - April 20, 2009

[21:44:09] APUS IS THE CONSTELLATION
[21:44:18] http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&hs=A4e&um=1&q=Johann+Bayer&sa=N&start=126&ndsp=21
[21:44:23] Hmm I think APUS might be Access Point **
[21:44:33] Johann Bayer, the portrait guy, named it
[21:44:49] http://www.royalcopenhagen.com/Craftmanship/The-Artists/Johann-Christoph-Bayer.aspx

credits go to mib_scyty5 on chat

http://widget.mibbit.com/?settings=ce9a733dae31c19c6cf23d9e4a4db1fa&noServerTab=false&server=irc.tvdw.eu&channel=%23arg&autoConnect=true

707. Commodore Redshirt - April 20, 2009

I also got the same email from Malak0
what next?

708. illogical - April 20, 2009

Bingo on the portrait guy @706!

709. Jamesintucson - April 20, 2009

yeah folks if you want to see the real fun, I suggest jumping over to the chat to participate, otherwise, just kick back and let these guys pound through it

710. StarTrekkie - April 20, 2009

from wikipedia:

• Apus, a constellation
• Lepidurus apus, a crustacean
• Apus (genus), a genus of birds
• APUS Computer, “Amiga Power Up System”, an Amiga computer with a Phase5 PowerPC accelerator board
• AP United States History or AP US
• “APUs” is plural of APU

711. Daoud - April 20, 2009

Yes! Johann Bayer. The key person who defined what we now call the 88 official IAU constellations, of which Apus is one of those that he drew in 1603. He also designated the alpha/beta/gamma system we still use for the brighter stars. Of the first five, α-ε, none have any common names, so that’d be a dead end.

712. Jimmy - April 20, 2009

711

However, our mystery people are designated php alpha, beta, gamma, delta and epsilon on twitter

713. Sheryl - April 20, 2009

mib_scyty5 here

I was mistaken — Johann Bayer in @PHPuser5’s icon is a different Johann Bayer than the guy who first drew the constellation Apus. However, the five brightest stars of Apus are Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon — which links back to the Twitter accounts.

714. Slaynest - April 20, 2009

I’m a native spanish speaker, and just noticed… the PHPChatUser4 spanish is not completely correct… has so many gramatical errors… seem like someone wrote first in english and then used google or babelfish to translate…

Just FYI

715. NCC-73515 - April 20, 2009

“The adult weight greatly varies with the weather, and is heavier in May than later in the summer”
(Lack: “The Breeding Biology of the Swift Apus apus”)

716. Daoud - April 20, 2009

#712/713 I simply meant there’s no common name beyond alpha Apodis, beta Apodis, etc. as there are for other bright stars.

Apus is a funny choice, since it’s the “bird of paradise”. Suggests almost the “great bird of the galaxy”, too!

#714 Are you Latin American Spanish, or Castilian? Is there any chance it’s a dialect somewhere on the Iberian peninsula? I would think that if Orci were involved, the Spanish would be standard Mexican broadcast quality, considering he lived there before North York and Houston….

717. AJ - April 20, 2009

714:

Slaynest: No one said our characters are native speakers, now, did they?

718. Poster (german) - April 20, 2009

717 that’s right. But the german parts are really well done, they must be written by a german native. so you could asume the other parts are done by natives as well.

719. Slaynest - April 20, 2009

@717

PHPChatUser4’s spanish is better that its twitter counterpart… by far better…

Maybe the gamemasters didn’t want to invest too much effort in translate the twitter pages…

720. Slaynest - April 20, 2009

#716 I am latin american, but european spanish is not that far… i seriously doubt that user4 uses some dialect… when a native spanish user writes, most errors tend to be ortographical… not grammatical…

721. moonjewel - April 20, 2009

Apus is also known as the bird of india

722. NCC-73515 - April 20, 2009

and is heavier in May (!!!) than later in the summer

723. Matt - April 20, 2009

These birds roost once a year…. May 1st (or thereabouts). That’s our 01-05.

724. Inspector Rex - April 20, 2009

Maybe the old Romulan birds-of-prey are being replaced by birds-of-paradise…

725. bob hitching - April 20, 2009

Now that the game has moved to Twitter, can I suggest we also move our conversation to Twitter? Scrolling through seven hundred comments is not the best way to do this! Twitter is a much better way to stay connected to the game in real-time, and bring in other people who can help solve the game.

You can search Google for many many tutorials on what Twitter is and how to use it. One good approach is for us to use #StarTrekARG as a hashtag on all tweets concerning the game (as @aliceforrest700 suggested).

I have just tweeted a link to the original profile image uploaded to Twitter by PHPChatUser5, before it was re-scaled for the profile page. The bigger image size might reveal some extra details to someone. You can find the tweet by following me at http://twitter.com/hitching or at http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23StarTrekARG

What do you think? Thoughts please!

726. wab1701 - April 20, 2009

@724–That’s funny.

727. Chris P Neudel - April 20, 2009

APUS= Access Point US??

728. Author of The Vulcan Neck PInch for Fathers - April 20, 2009

@725
A web IRC chat has been set up for ARG discussion here:

http://widget.mibbit.com/?settings=ce9a733dae31c19c6cf23d9e4a4db1fa&noServerTab=false&server=irc.tvdw.eu&channel=%23arg&autoConnect=true

729. Geekdude - April 21, 2009

everyone is sending Malal0 criptic messages about sheep and saying the device is theirs but has anyone tried to explain to them what is going on?
i mean think about it if they are a part of the game then they are probably susposed to be a character from star trek. then why would they pick up a communicator and not know what it is?

730. Geekdude - April 21, 2009

also salt can be made from diffrent elements than NA and CL nacl is table salt but there are other types.

731. Nico from France - April 21, 2009

Here is a quick script of Malak0’s new YouTube video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4WipajXmpA

“I’ve made this video after the article I posted on the Internet. I was last day at the Café Presles, at the corner between Rue de la Fédération and Rue de Presles, and a man was running in the street. He fell over right next to where I was sitting and dropped something behind him. I took it. That’s a kind of PDA… a laptop, I think. There’s a kind of screen and some buttons.
I put a message online and got a lot of answers of people who seemed interested. Some of them even offered me money. I’m looking after the person it belongs to sort it out. I’m sure he’d like to get the device back.
There’s a plug at the back and several buttons. I managed to turn it on. When I touch here, there are some lights flashing. But there’s maybe a problem with the battery or something missing because I can’t go any further. I can’t make it fully work yet. That’s quite heavy. I guess there are some information in of some importance for the owner. He may be looking forward to getting it back. It looks quite expensive.
So contact me to get it back and find an agreement.”

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734. Akikazu - April 24, 2009

May I ask, why my site is involved in this thing?
Who is Malak0? Wtf? And what is this discussion is all about?

I aint knowing a thing why it’s related to my site.

I’m referring to post 319 and 323.

Writter from Melchiore.com

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