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Star Trek ARG Update 5 – First Video Clue + more [UPDATED w/ another clue!] April 21, 2009

by Aliotsy Andrianarivo , Filed under: Star Trek (2009 film),Star Trek ARG , trackback

Today the Star Trek ARG took a big step forward with the revelation of ‘Malak0′ on video, showing off an interesting alien-looking device. There is also more ‘chat’ going on at the viral site. So just one day after our last update, we have a whole new update and analysis of the exciting Star Trek alternative reality game.
[4/22 UPDATE: One more clue added, see below]

 

 

APRIL 21st STAR TREK ARG UPDATE 4

NOTE: if you are new to the Star Trek ARG see ‘Quick review’ at the bottom of this article

 

April 21 Clue 1: Malak0 posts a video of the mysterious device
Malak0, following up on his "Enough is Enough" email from April 20th, sent out another email with a link to his YouTube profile page. He’s posted one video, giving us a first look at who he is … and the mysterious device he’s retrieved.

Here is a translation (thanks to Eric Saussine of UnificationFrance)

I’m doing this video following my post on the Internet. The other day I was at the Café Presles at the intersection of Rue de la Fédération and Rue de Presles and there was this man in the street who fell next to where I was sitting and who let an item fall behind him. (showing the item) That’s like a P.D.A., some of sort computer, I think, with a screen and buttons. I put a message online and I got many replies from people who were interested and some even offered money. I’m really looking for its rightful owner to make some sort of deal because I imagine he wants his item back. (showing the item in detail) There is a connector on the back. There are several buttons. I successfully started it. When I touch (the screen) here there is this light effect. There may be some battery problem or something missing but… it doesn’t work beyond that – I can’t make it fully work for now. It’s rather heavy. I think there is some info in it and I think it must be rather important for the owner. So he probably wants it back. It must be rather expensive. Contact me to get it back and to make some deal.

The device looks worn and dinged, like it has seen its fair share of abuse in the open. It also looks very alien. Here are some screencaps:


Malak0 revealed


The Device


The device activated

It may also be worth noting that the poster behind Malak0 is The poster for the 1998 Rennes Film Festival (Rennes is in French Britanny).


Poster clue?

April 21st Clue 2: Another QR Code
Sharp-eyed "Jenni Generation" noticed that there’s another QR code visible when Malak0 flips the device over, similar to the QR code discovered on PHPChatUser5′s Twitter page yesterday.


Bottom of device, note sticker bottom right

April 21st Clue 3: 2387-42.com chat updated
While people were still analyzing Malak0′s video, a contentious exchange started on viral chat site 2387-42.com…

Transcript courtesy of community members "Tom,"Merzmensch aka kosmopol," and "Slaynest" (original, untranslated messages below translations)

PHPChatUser1 (ja) "It takes too much time, it won’t be a wonder, if we will be annihilated by him. [he/we should] ask for help. Because they will notice my access point tomorrow"

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

PHPChatUser5 (en) DON’T YOU DARE!!! DON’T YOU DARE!!!

PHPChatUser5 (ja) "We shouldn cooperate with them! Even for the sake of their surviving. They should understand the whole story!!!"

??????????????????!!!????????????!!!???????????????!!!

PHPChatUser4 (es) "And what will you do when them run from your appearance?"

¿Y qué harás cuando ellos corren de tu aparencia?

PHPChatUser1 (ja) "Don’t worry, we will put the SNS, make new friends, like in a game, and we will elicit them!!!"

???????SNS????????????????????????????????????!!!

PHPChatUser5 (en) That doesn’t make any sense, I cannot allow you to risk everything!!! You need to listen to me. You have lost it. You

PHPChatUser3 (de) "Let him do it, they won’t know, what do see there. Let the baby think, he does something meaningful"

Lass ihn machen, sie werden nicht wissen, was sie da sehen. Lass den Kleinen glauben, er tut was sinnvolles.

____PHPChatUser3 has disconnected____

PHPChatUser5 (en) This is madness.

PHPChatUser4 (es) "He won’t do it."

El no lo hará.

____PHPChatUser1 has disconnected____

PHPChatUser5 (en) We’ve got to do something about him.

____PHPChatUser5 has disconnected____

____PHPChatUser4 has disconnected____

 

Star Trek ARG – A quick review
The Star Trek Alternative Reality Game began a couple of weeks ago after some fans spotted URLs on the walls of ‘Star Trek Dance Party’ photos up at thecobrasnake.com, these clues led to more sites, which in turn led to more clues. Here are the previous four TrekMovie articles on the Star Trek ARG:

Also, all TrekMovie articles regarding this are now in a single Star Trek ARG Category.

 

What do you think? — and A NOTE before you comment
Before you post clues or speculation in the comments below, check the previous TrekMovie articles (including comments) to be sure they haven’t already been covered.

New Star Trek ARG Forum
TM community member "Tom" — who hosts the very active ARG chat where much of the problem-solving is taking place — has graciously responded to the request for a better way of dealing with updates by setting up a forum for posting clues and speculation. It also includes links to the chat.

Other resources

UPDATE: Malak0 posts picture of QR Code on mysterious device
More activity from our friend Malak0! At around 9:50 GMT, community members who emailed Malak0 requesting a clearer picture of the QR code on the dropped device received an email back with a link to a closeup!


QR code on device (Click to enlarge)

Community member "Dougrass" quickly decoded the message: CHAMAELEON: 13-23.

The APUS: 01-05 clue from earlier suggests that these are references to the constellations Apus and Chamaeleon, both located in the southern sky, both first defined by Petrus Plancius in the 16th century, and both first depicted by Johann Bayer.

Community member "LoneStranger" summarizes some interesting speculation:

Romulus is 128 Trianguli III-A. Triangulum is in the northern hemisphere, whereas the constellations Apus and Chamaelen are in the southern hemisphere. However … there is a constellation Triangulum Australe, located right next to Apus.

[Please note that the reference to "128 Trianguli III-A." is non-canon: although it appears in many Star Trek novels]

There has been much speculation on the precise meaning of "01-05" and "13-23" (stars in the constellations? coordinates for triangulating a position in 3D space? Biblical references?) but nothing that points definitively to a new clue yet.

Any new clues or theories? Let us know!
but again, be sure to check previous posts to make sure they haven’t been covered. If you really think you are on to something, send in a clue to tips [at]
trekmovie
[dot]
com. However, please keep tips to new (at least semi) verified clues, and not just speculation, that is what the comments are for.

Comments

1. ety3 - April 21, 2009

Unless the first person to figure this all out gets a date with Zoe Saldana, I’m not sure it’s worth it.

2. ShawnP - April 21, 2009

Wow, this is all very confusing, lol.

3. Anthony Thompson - April 21, 2009

FIRST! No idea why folks are interested in this!

4. The Original Spock's Brain - April 21, 2009

Curiouser and curiouser.

5. Tom - April 21, 2009

again, requesting everyone to come and join the chat =) just click my name, that’ll do.

6. Anthony Thompson - April 21, 2009

Drat – my first chance at first…and I blew it! : ( I’d better take typing lessons.

7. BonesCLCW - April 21, 2009

What about a date with Zachary Quinto!

8. Illogical - April 21, 2009

Cool stuff!

9. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 21, 2009

I really do wonder what all of this could possible culminate in… I’m totally fascinated regardless, but what other tricks could they have up their sleeves?

10. Justin B Lex Co Exec - April 21, 2009

wow wicked weird

11. Seattle Trek Fan - April 21, 2009

Just from looking at the picture of the device turned on, it looks to be Romulan in origin.
->Combine that with what we know, all this may mean there is a Romulan spy on Earth and these people have found a piece of the spy’s surveillance arsenal.<-

12. MC Doctor - April 21, 2009

The video is a fake.

No LENS FLARE.

Looks more like a Vorlon device.

Right Mike?

13. Dave - April 21, 2009

You know, after you mention the Vorlon, it just might be,
Check out this ship design

http://www.wunderkabinett.co.uk/gallery/albums/userpics/10003/vorlon_med.jpg

14. illogical - April 21, 2009

For all those who don’t see the point in this –
The mystery is fulfillment in itself. Who doesn’t enjoy a good mystery?! That’s the point!

15. Michael - April 21, 2009

Well obviously all this is taking place whether or not WE find out about it, the PHPChat-Users probalby will also “see” the YouTube video and somehow contact Malak0 and try to get this padd/scanner back.

16. Andrew - April 21, 2009

Screencap above from after the screen is touched looks like a squeezed picture of Nero sitting in his seat on the Narada.

17. Andrew - April 21, 2009

http://www.filmedge.net/StarTrek/images/STapproved/Nero_1000.jpg

18. The Beezer - April 21, 2009

Its deffinately romulan

19. Selor - April 21, 2009

It really has some details that could match the Nero Picture… but I don’t know… if it is this picture then it is heavily distorted and squeezed

20. Dave - April 21, 2009

It could be the picture. There seems to be a big light splotch in the middle, which could or couldn’t be from him touching it.

Any one know how to read the code thing on the back?

21. Selor - April 21, 2009

I tried to match the blue lower left light with the right alignment on the Nero Picture and it does somehow match a bit you can see a something like a staff and a lighter spot that could be the head… and I think the big blob in the middle is from malak0 touching it.

22. I'm dead Jim - April 21, 2009

I’ll take a little stab at part of this. I was first noticing what a shitty job the camera person was doing, like drunk or something, and then we hear what I think is a female voice sounding ill or moaning at the end which could explain why she couldn’t hold the camera still for more than a second. That’s all I got. Otherwise… WTF?

23. Cenobyte - April 21, 2009

… or Reman?

http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Reman

24. raveoned - April 21, 2009

I wonder if this team is here to stop Nero, and the device Malak0 has is a general data storage or something like it, one item on there being a photo of Nero to positively identify him (possibly also containing photos of his crew).

This team is here to try and stop Nero, because they knew he had a screw loose. I wonder if it’s some kind of group from Rura Penthe?

One clue could be the footage in the second (?) trailer, which was taken out of the movie, showing Nero’s escape from the prison. This group could contain a Klingon.

25. Sallah - April 21, 2009

Is there something going on with his tie? They seem to freeze on it for quite abit at the end of the video….

26. Selor - April 21, 2009

Another thought, maybe it is just me but the sound the device is making sounds a bit like the static from the binary sites….

27. WolfTrek - April 21, 2009

This is too geeky to even catch my interest. Too dry.

28. PZE - April 21, 2009

Is it of any help?

Just googled for ‘mklvnd’

‘mklv’ Command: The mklv command creates a new logical volume within the VolumeGroup. For example, all file systems must be on separate logical volumes.

29. Commodore Redshirt - April 21, 2009

Good job on this, Aliotsy
I’ll be working on this…

30. Admiral_BlackCat - April 21, 2009

#22
Decalithium poisoning maybe from residual elements on the device maybe. But malak0 didn’t look ill.

31. Dave - April 21, 2009

Selor is right, id does kinda sound like the binaries.

If that is so, then maybe the sites we have been seeing are the different parts of the data they were talking about, which is why they need this one back, the last piece of data to complete the plan.

32. PZE - April 21, 2009

He, he. I was just trying to put some vowels in ‘mklvnd’. So far the only ‘logical’ combination is: mAkE-lOvE-nUdE ;) Huh… o_O

33. moonjewel - April 21, 2009

The tie must be a clue … O

34. outdoorguest - April 21, 2009

What about the poster?

FESTIVAL DE CINEMA DE RENNES 1998.

Google it: http://www.jimdietz.com/festival_files/image016.png

The guy who sell this poster has a studio in Paris. He also has an adress in the US:

JIM DIETZ VINTAGE POSTERS
1011, 4010 GALT OCEAN DR. FORT LAUDERDALE,FL 33308 USA
954- 563-3353, EMAIL- jsdietz@earthlink.net

Picture of him: http://www.jimdietz.com/poster_files/image002.png

His website contain some tiny pics of the flat he´s renting, anything familiar in the malak0 maybe?

Poster is pretty expensive too..$150. Artist is “Bilal”

…did i go to far? :p

35. Osh - April 21, 2009

Yeah, you probably did. :)

I don’t see how the apartment of the guy who found the device would help us in this game. What seems to matter is the PHPChatUsers and using information about them to figure out their story.

36. subatoi - April 21, 2009

How this will end?
Maybe, the chat users will find Malak0, take their thing (and kill him?), will be killed somehow themselves or go back in time, just before May 7th.
Maybe?

37. Deano - April 21, 2009

The guy who does these posters seems to specialise in military paintings, maybe there is something there but again I think i’m taking that too far

38. Sallah - April 21, 2009

I keep coming back to that tie shot. Could that be binary code in the tie?

39. Mario - April 21, 2009

yes, it was weird the shot of the tie lasted so long, im with u on that

40. Mario - April 21, 2009

why wear a tie, also?

41. --Mandalore-- - April 21, 2009

If you look closely at the tie there are circles. If you zoom in there are little dots around those circles, if I remember correctly from chemistry class ,eons ago:), ‘O’ stands for oxygen and the dots stand for electrons, if i’m not mistaken.
Not sure what it would mean, but you never know.

Just my 2 cents.

–M–

42. Chink2love - April 21, 2009

Has anyone heard from Malak since the video went up?

43. Mr. Anonymous - April 21, 2009

Hmm. This doesn’t really seem much fun like the Dark Knight viral campaign was.

44. Minitrap - April 21, 2009

Did you noticed the avatar of Malak0′s youtube-Account? Is it possible that it contains another qr-code?

45. --Mandalore-- - April 21, 2009

@44– It looks like Napolean Bonaparte to me, not sure if it contains another qr-code..

–M–

46. aliotsy - April 21, 2009

Got an email from Malak0!

Email exchange as follows:

From Aliotsy Andrianarivo
to mklvnd@aol.fr
date Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 10:11 AM
subject Re: Vidéo de l’appareil

Malak0,

Merci beaucoup. Pardon-moi, mon francais n’est pas bon.

Il y a un image (un “bar code” ou “QR code”) en dessous l’objet, comme
l’image j’ai attache pour identifier le proprietaire. S’il te plait,
est-ce que vous pouvez pris un photo de l’image?

Merci,

Aliotsy

=============

I attached a picture of the QR code from yesterday. His response below!

=============

from mklvnd@aol.fr
to aliotsy
date Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 2:50 PM
subject Re : Vidéo de l’appareil

http://aol.pixum.fr/album/sharingImage/id/4280878/page/1

=============

QR Code tentatively translates as: CHAMAELEON:13-23

47. RedShark - April 21, 2009

Question: is the correct translation for “Yarakashita’s” message “we SHOULD” or “we SHOULDN’T” help them? It doesn’t seem to make sense if it’s “we shouldn’t”. Anyone?
-RedShark

48. aliotsy - April 21, 2009

@47 It’s “Should.”

Kosmopol commented that he’d made a mistake in his translation.

49. Xander - April 21, 2009

This is getting too complicated to be fun now. I will keep checking back for anything interesting, but after 4 days its becoming a bore, clues are too random and there is nothing for the average person to do other than watch.

Good luck all!

50. Jimmy - April 21, 2009

46)

Chamaeleon is also a constellation in the same area as Apus…

51. Minitrap - April 21, 2009

It begins to make sense.
The first qr-code containt the word “APUS”. That is a constellation in the southern sky. And guess what you can find there also: A constellation with the name: Chamaeleon.

I’m sure, it has something to do with these constellations. But i have no idea what these numbers could mean

52. outdoorguest - April 21, 2009

13-23 and 01-05 could be Flamsteeds designations for stars… ?

53. James - April 21, 2009

@52:

Flamsteed designations are only applicable to stars visible from the UK – these constellations are in the Southern Hemisphere sky, and so are not visible from the UK, and so do not have Flamsteed desigations.

@50, 51:

Constellation Chamaeleon confirmed – they even got the unusual spelling right! Definitely refers to the constellations.

54. outdoorguest - April 21, 2009

The USS Apus (NCC-618) ?

55. Megg - April 21, 2009

While I’m not sure my mind is up to the challenge of figuring all this out, it has been fun to see what you guys come up with. :)

56. Minitrap - April 21, 2009

I watched Malak0′s video again. Something makes me curious: When Malak touches the device, some black points appear. Probably stars. When i stopped the video in time, four of these points have a similiarity with the chamaeleon constellation.

I’ve asked malak if it is a navigation-Computer. We will see if he replies.

57. marvin - April 21, 2009

So, apus and chamaeleon…

CONSTELLATIONS!

58. gatetrek - April 21, 2009

That camera work looks very…Cloverfieldish in style.
Is there something in that static that shows up on the device? Is it possible for anyone to check if that’s the same as what shows on the binary sites possibly?

59. gatetrek - April 21, 2009

I think some people also said this in the last thread, but I thought I’d reiterate. In Stargate, they use constellations like coordinates to describe a location – (they use 6, like the sides of a box – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:StargateCoordinates.svg -)
Is it possible that these constellations we’re being given are coordinates also? (Maybe the way they work is different than in the Stargate universe, but it’s something)

60. outdoorguest - April 21, 2009

im not done with the poster yet…since the 01 in Enterprise NCC-1701 means “first bird” and Apus is “bird in flight” and the poster behind Malak clearly show an Apus bird…
The NCC-618 Apus is also the number of the USS Hawking whos named after Stephen Hawking. He is known for his contributions to the fields of cosmology, the study of the Universe in its totality, and by extension, humanity’s place in it. He also wrote the book “A Brief History of Time”, an attempt to explain a range of subjects in cosmology, including the Big Bang, black holes, light cones and superstring theory. Time travel.

61. subatoi - April 21, 2009

What about the book on his table?

62. Jesse - April 21, 2009

This is getting way too weird.
Anyway, isn’t Darth Malak the antagonist of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic?

63. DGill - April 21, 2009

This game is sooo…gah, I’m not even going to complete the sentence.

64. --Mandalore-- - April 21, 2009

@62– Yeah he was and JJ said he was more a Star Wars fan than a Trekkie….

@60– Very interesting indeed. That’s some serious deductive reasoning my friend.

–M–

65. illogical - April 21, 2009

So, Chameleon is a constellation close to Apus that was also included by Bayer in his book (The guy in PHPchatuser5′s twitter profile that had the first embedded code). Also there is an Apus (bird) in the poster behind Malak0. What about the significance of the numbers? We had APUS 01-05, and now we have CHAMAELEON:13-23.
01-05 and 13-23. Coordinates?

66. KJ - April 21, 2009

Just for note, Apus = 4 stars, Chamaeleon = 5 stars

67. Kraten - April 21, 2009

Sorry if this is a Duplicate… I had a couple of thoughts..Just thoughts I thought it was posted but never showed up

1. The Enterprise models on the offical site. There is a SLUSHO and a new one with Japanese writing on it, Could it be a clue. With the SLUSHO prise I know JJ is having a hand in these they are not just random Art.

2. http://tagruato.jp/boldfutura_subsidiaries.php is part of the Cloverfield ARG but to my knowlege was never used it is the tech branch of the Tagruato, which we have seen as an easteregg in the trailers already.

Things that make you go Hmmmm….

68. KJ - April 21, 2009

“Let’s build a bold future — together!”

sounds treckie

69. subatoi - April 21, 2009

Don’t think someone wrote it. About Apus, from wiki:
“It is bordered by Triangulum Australe, Circinus, Musca, Chamaeleon, Octans, Pavo and Ara”.

If we are dealing with coordinates of neighboring constellations, the next QR should mean one of these.

70. KJ - April 21, 2009

And its a StarTrek font ;)

http://ukpress.waytoblue.com/distribution/Marion/ST-INTL_STYLE%20GUIDE-FINAL.pdf

71. KJ - April 21, 2009

#69

i read that two. btw you can watch the systems with “celestia”
http://www.shatters.net/celestia/

nice gimmick for this arg ;)

72. dfinn - April 21, 2009

Ok, so, here’s what I’ve got:

First Clue: Malak0′s avatar — Johann Bayer, a sixteenth-century astronomer.

Second Clue: A QR barcode, embedded in Malak0′s avatar. Translation:

Apus: 01-05

(Apus is a constellation in the southern sky (hemisphere), first identified by Johann Bayer, listed in his book “Uranometria”, published in 1603. The constellation tranlates to English as “Bird of Paradise”)

Third Clue: QR Barcode on the bottom of Malak0′s device. Translation:

Chamaeleon: 13-16

(Chamaeleon is also a constellation in the southern sky (hemisphere), first identified by Johann Bayer, listed in his book “Uranometria”, published in 1603. The name translates to “Chameleon”)

So, the important thing to consider is the numbers —

Coordinates?

Incomplete pieces? (Will we see more constellations with similar number combinations?)

Is this a simple cipher based on Johann Bayer’s book?

Rats! This is mind numbing! But it sure is a lot of fun, too…

73. dfinn - April 21, 2009

… And, ok, I just restated what “Illogical” just said moments before… silly me…

74. Chingatchkook - April 21, 2009

#1

Lol, I couldn’t agree more!

75. Spock with a Crowbar - April 21, 2009

The poster artist is Enki Bilal. He’s one of my favorite artists. I doubt this will help. Sorry.

76. dfinn - April 21, 2009

I did just discover something not yet mentioned:

Both the stars in Chamaeleon and Apus have Bayer Designations — indicated by Greek letters;

Reference:

http://www.answers.com/topic/list-of-stars-in-chamaeleon

http://www.answers.com/List%20of%20stars%20in%20Apus

Anyone here know greek?

77. Mel - April 21, 2009

I guess the device is a Romulan navigational computer. Something like a modern sextant:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sextant_(astronomical)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sextant

Apus and Chamaeleon are both constellations. With the help of those and probably other constellations later revealed in the ARG, the Romulans would be able to calculate a course (Flugbahn in the chat).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamaeleon

78. The Sleeper - April 21, 2009

http://contentdm.lindahall.org/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/star_atlas&CISOPTR=118&CISOSHOW=0

Link to the original book of Uranometria

79. The Sleeper - April 21, 2009

Pavo, Toucan, Grus, Phoenix, Dorado, Piscis Volans, Hydrus, Chameleon, Apis, Apis Indica, Triangulum Australe, star map.

80. AJBlue98 - April 21, 2009

I would posit that since the number in the clue exceeds the number of stars in Chamæleon that we should look at combining clues–treating the constellations as a connect-the-dots puzzle, to spell out some sort of other clue when viewed on a star chart or something. What do you think?

81. Gigastazio - April 21, 2009

Did anyone else notice that right in the last second of the video, our friend Malak0 suddenly looks concerned and heads for the camera, while the camera gal makes noises like she’s getting woozy?

82. Gigastazio - April 21, 2009

Oh wait…#22 noticed. And then tie that in with the fact that Malak0 mentioned that he got the device when a guy next to him fell? Could it be radioactive?

83. Casaubon - April 21, 2009

A few observations:

1) A chat exchange may give us some clue as to the goal of the chatters:
1: No, you’re wrong. I have a bad feeling, it was all a mistake! We should go home!
4: It’s no longer ours.
5: 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!!

This tells us that the chatters’ goal is to send something. What and how we don’t know and need to find out. Why is likely to “stop him,” my guess for “him” is Nero.

2) And there’s this part of the chat:
3: Okay, nobody needs your yakety-yak. I’m doing this for Karnis. By the way, I am near the coordinates, we have to aim for it.
5: And I am on the magnetic field, we didn’t calibrate for interference.
4: I can send you some information on the frequency, where do I send it?
5: Hold it for now, it’s useless without getting Ca’s wave pattern.

In Malak0′s video, didn’t Ca’s device show a wave pattern when it was on? Can anyone analyze this pattern and see if it means anything? Also, now that the chatters have seen the video, they may have the wave pattern, so we may need to be on the lookout for “information on the frequency” from Fe. Maybe whatever we analyze or find will help us make sense of what the “it” is that they are going to “aim for.”

3) O in a chat says “I’ll post locations as I find the key fields. I’ll need you to go them exactly when I say.”

So we should be on the lookout for postings by O about locations and key fields. But what are these locations? The same as access points? Something different? And where would she post them? Twitter? The chat page?

4) O then says “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.”

This likely means that we need to wait for – or find – a web site into which we can input some information. Perhaps when we see it, APUS:01-05 and CHAMAELEON:13-23 will make sense. Have we seen any clues that would point us to another web site?

84. Jenni Generation - April 21, 2009

Malak just emailed me http://aol.pixum.fr/album/sharingImage/id/4280878/page/1

So now we have a better shot of the QR code on the back… anyone else get it?

And can someone better than me have a better shot at getting this QR code scanned?

85. Mario - April 21, 2009

@ 84: you’re ages late

86. Matt - April 21, 2009

Jenni, I hate to say it….. you’re a bit late. Check the previous comments, starting with #46. :-p

87. Jenni Generation - April 21, 2009

86. Sorry, I only just got up, i managed to scroll past it XDD

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89. Minitrap - April 22, 2009

#62
#64

Malak was not only the antagonist of the Star Wars-Game “Knights of the old republic, the player’s goal was to achieve parts of an ancient star map, to stop the threat. The similiarities are obvious.

In the game, it was hinted that Malak and Revan (the player’s figure) not only wanted to conquer the republic, they wanted to prepare the republic for a bigger threat, which was unknown to the rest of the galaxy.

Not sure if these thoughts of me go too far….

90. PZE - April 22, 2009

#89

To me it makes a lot of sense, though doesn’t lead to any new clues…

91. charliebob - April 22, 2009

@76 I do but rather than go through them one by one…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_alphabet
There are both upper case and lower case letters but just like in our alphabet, Upper and Lower are called the same thing. Starts with alpha.

Also I study Astrophysics so it seems this game is heading slightly in my direction. If anyone needs anything physical checked…give me a shout :)

92. The First Son of Krypton - April 22, 2009

Hmm… the more I look at the device, the more I think its Borg tech.

Let me explain, as I have two ideas about this

- Firstly, we know for sure that the Narada is a hybridisation of Romulan and Borg technology.

- Secondly, I liked the previously mentioned stuff about the green blur being a picture so I would suggest that maybe this device has some sort of time-travel connotations… afterall, the Borg do have the technology to travel through time and the Narada had the red matter so… I dont know?

Sorry, I’m rambling

93. bob hitching - April 22, 2009

strange, malak0′s profile image has just changed from napoleon to the picture of a sheep that someone sent him;

http://www.youtube.com/user/mklvnd

you might need to Ctrl+F5 to refresh the image

94. Luca Mauri - April 22, 2009

Hi everybody, I was following this whole thing for a few days and I did not contributed yet… till now.

As per question #61, I had a closer look at the book on the desktop seen on the video. Just a small pa of it is visible, but I was able to identify the publisher (Folio from Gallimard editeur) and the end of the title. Then I finally found the book: you can find the exact edition by googling “ISBN 9782070381654″.
The English edition of the book is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Unbearable_Lightness_of_Being .
I am not sure how to connect this to the rest of the evidences we have, but I doubt the book is there by chance.
I will send an e-mail to mklvnd, for starters.

95. AdmiralBlackCat - April 22, 2009

#94
I agree, the book on the table is indeed L’INSOUTENABLE LEGERETE DE L’ETRE http://fenetresurpapillon.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/kundera.jpg

96. D for me. - April 22, 2009

Anyone know anything about Aztec or Mayan glyphs? Enterprise model #4 on the official site, the saucer is covered with them. Is this a clue or random art? JW. Idk

97. elle - April 22, 2009

Maybe Romulus is near the constellations apus and chamaeleon

98. LoneStranger - April 22, 2009

@97 – Romulus is 128 Trianguli III-A. Triangulum is in the northern hemisphere, whereas the constellations Apus and Chamaelen are in the southern hemisphere. However….. there is a constellation Triangulum Australe, located right next to Apus.

99. AJ - April 22, 2009

Luca:

We figured that one out yesterday, and it fell quickly into the back of our minds.

We’re chatting in real time at

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

100. outdoorguest - April 22, 2009

Also you have Romulus Augustulus and Imperiului Roman de Apus..clues?

101. AJ - April 22, 2009

92:

It DOES look “Borg-ish.” But since when have we known the Borg to carry around PDA-style devices? If these Romulans were using Borg technology for a PADD of their own, would they make it look “Borg-ish” as a style choice?.

102. D for me. - April 22, 2009

What does the number 81511921 mean to anyone? It was on the 20 on a model. Connected?

103. Mel - April 22, 2009

The sheep which appears now on MalakO profile is from merzmensch!

http://merzmensch.blogspot.com/

104. Merzmensch aka kosmopol - April 22, 2009

Haha! Actually it’s really a sheep I’ve sent him for some days!
http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=610625#610625
http://merzmensch.blogspot.com/2009/04/star-trek-identitat-von-malak0.html

I like this interactivity! :-D

105. Mel - April 22, 2009

@ 104

Deine Seite ist übrigens toll und das Schaf auch. ;-)

106. Merzmensch aka kosmopol - April 22, 2009

@105

Vielen Dank!
Immer willkommen! :-)

107. Casaubon - April 22, 2009

Perhaps we should be on the lookout for a new Star Trek game that will end up functioning as the “input site” for whatever the chatters are doing.

“1: Don’t worry, we’ll place the SNS, make new friends, and like a game we’ll elicit their help!!!”

108. Karl - April 22, 2009

Here’s a link to a screenshot of the constellations Chamaeleon and Apus I found on my KStars accessory on my Eee PC: http://www.twitpic.com/3rvk9
Please look at it as I think it may help loads! PS: It shows other constellations so don’t come running to me if they appear later in this confusing game…

109. raveoned - April 22, 2009

So, it looks like those constellations are in the Alpha Centauri (in one direction) and Vulcan (in the other) vicinity, roughly.

110. Mel - April 22, 2009

There is the number 2009-113 on http://www.dezibelmusik.de. before it links to the youtube site form MalakO.

There is also a strange wiki site with that number.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Current_events/Calendar/2009/113

111. Mel - April 22, 2009

2009-113 is tomorrow if you use the new stardate.

112. Daoud - April 22, 2009

APUS has four letters. 01 + 4 = 05
CHAMAELEON has ten letters. 13 + 10 = 23

113. Jenni Generation - April 22, 2009

110. I think all dates have that though, for current events on Wikipedia. I mean after the day has passed, events are no longer current, so maybe there’s just an automated delete for them, since they’ll always need deleting?

114. NCC-73515 - April 22, 2009

M-113 anyone :p

115. raveoned - April 22, 2009

110 – When you go to the dezibelmusik site, the header says “0011001″ before it redirects to the YouTube site.

Could that be anything new?

116. raveoned - April 22, 2009

I looked that binary up on Google, and the first result was to an experiment using cascading particles and such, relating to the “Askaryan Effect”, which also involves salt.

[url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Askaryan_effect[\url]

117. Daoud - April 22, 2009

0011001 in ASCII is an escape sequence, ^Y. If it’s a misprint for 01011001, which is Y, then that would be yttrium.

M-113 is the Man Trap planet from TOS. Messier objects don’t go that high. Your :p might get dried out from that sucker! :)

Of course from that episode CRATER is another southern hemisphere constellation.

And what if Nancy is the woman McCoy was involved with that resulted in his divorce? Damn, space is just disease and danger wrapped in darkness and silence.

118. Ediec - April 22, 2009

APUS: 01-05 = coordinates/frequency for PHPChatUser5 as it was in her twitter pic

CHAMAELEON: 13-23 = coordinates/frequency for where PHPChatUser2 was supposed to be; it was on the device he had

???

119. Minitrap - April 22, 2009

#110 + 115

I don’t think that’s something new. You can access an index-site of http://www.dezibelmusik.de There you can read, that the site-template was made bei “Marcel Anke”.

He also made some LCARS-Homecontrol’s, which you can see on his youtube-Account. He also put Malak0′s video in his favourite’s. Apparently not more than a fan.

120. subatoi - April 22, 2009

Malak0 changed his pic back from the sheep. Weird.

121. Daoud - April 22, 2009

#118 Going on your theme, the five circumpolar (south pole) constellations are:
Apus, Chamaeleon, Musca, Hydrus, and Octans.
That aligns Chamaeleon with #2, CHA, “Ca”
And Apus with #5 who’s in the US.

So if Musca, Hydrus and Octans show up, you’re on to something, eh?

Octans would have fit #5 better though. Oxygen is element #8.

122. The Beezer - April 22, 2009

Could this thing be of Borg origin? The Narada is based upon Borg technology, as indicated in the Countdown series

123. dfinn - April 22, 2009

Boy — we’re all just waiting for the next clue, or the next shoe, to drop, aren’t we?

Perhaps someone who said it earlier is right — perhaps it’s just the puzzle — the figuring, the researching — that’s important, and not the solution… The journey, and not the destination…

… but, then again, that would kinda suck in this case, eh?

:)

124. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 22, 2009

123: It’s quiet. Too quiet. . .

125. Ediec - April 22, 2009

Just throwing stuff out there.

These constellations were all documented by Petrus Plancius, located in the southern sky and put in Johann Bayer’s Uranometria.

APUS (BIRD) 1-5 = 4
DORADO (FISH) 6-12 = 6
CHAMAELEON (REPTILE) 13-23 = 10
INDUS (MAMMAL) 24 – 29 = 5
or 30 – 35 = 5
MUSCA (INSECT) 30 – 35 = 5
or 24 – 29 = 5

brain is beginning to hurt from the possible patterns, either that or memories from ENT

126. wildo - April 22, 2009

125 how do you get those numbers for those other constellations ?

127. Daoud - April 22, 2009

#125 I don’t get your inclusion of INDUS and DORADO. OCTANS and HYDRUS are further to the south.

Although we agree on MUSCA. All of the appear in Bayer’s Uranometria, so I’m not certain that we have a lock on Plancius being a requirement. (And he created 12 total, not 5).

Too bad we didn’t get another QR code to scan today. If only we had some of those barcode scanners on the NCC-1701-JJ!

128. Ediec - April 22, 2009

@126 I just extrapolated from the numbers from the QR codes we have so far.

@127 I chose those based on the letter count and that they are different animal phylums(?or what ever the subcategory they are). I focused on Plancius because the other 2 QR codes were his. DORADO could just as easily be VOLANS

129. PZE - April 22, 2009

Some hopefully improved translation of the last 3 lines in japanese:

時間がかかりすぎだよ、彼に僕らがいつ全滅しても不思議じゃない。助けを呼ばなきゃ。僕のアクセス・ポイントを、明日彼らに知らせるからね。

彼らと協力しなきゃいけないんだってば!!!彼らが生き延びるためにも!!!彼らが全部分かってるはずだって!!!

心配しないで、SNSに載せて、新しい友達を作って、ゲームみたいに見せて彼らをおびき入れるから!!!

It takes too much time. It is no wonder we all die.
We have to ask help to others. I will tell them where is my access point tomorrow.

Please work together with them !!! For the sake of their surviving !!! They know about everything !!!

Do not worry. I will put it on SNS, make new friends, likewise a game, lure them into a trap!!!


Hope it helps :)

130. dfinn - April 22, 2009

I was just looking back at the twitter conversation between PHPChatUsers 4 and 5.

The first (from User5) read:

“Here, Start sending yours”

Then, User4 says that he has not completed his ‘access point’.

I was thinking, thought, that the other two ‘points’ were hidden in the QR barcodes; and Since User5′s code was hidden in the avatar, then User5′s comment ‘Here, start sending yours’ might easily be interpreted as ‘Here is mine, start sending yours.’

Is there any way that the original spanish dialogue might be turned into a QR code in some way?

It is:

No tengo completado ya mi punto de acceso, pero esto no es la razón por la cual yo escribo.
Lo que trato de decir es, “Si” no es el único que se está volviendo loco.
Esto es por que yo estoy tan loco para decirte lo siguiente–
esto puedo ser el fin para nosotros, para todo, y tengo que saber que por lo menos yo te dije como me siento.
No hay nada para nosotros aquí o ahora.
Pero me di cuenta de que aunque tengamos una casa todavía,
aunque él no se haya vuelto loco y los perros le hayan perseguido, todavia no tendría nada.
Tú eras y eres mi única oportunidad para la alegría.
Creo tú te has sentido así alguna vez.
Si no me vendrías, te ruego, permiteme que te venga.

(I put it in order of appearance on the site… top line first, bottom line last…)

Just a thought. I’ll still noodle with it…

131. Må®îjüånø + €vîlÐîçk = Jåmë§ - April 22, 2009

Maybe this group of aliens are Romulans checking out Earth for mining after they were finished with Vulcan. The device could be some sort of special tricorder to search for key elements.

Just a thought.

132. geekdude - April 22, 2009

malkO said something about a connector on the back of the device. it would be good to get a better look at that. mabye it needs to be connected to a keyboard and then put in a password. i also wonder what happens if you try to write on the face like a palm. then again you might have to learn to write in romulan.

you know what would be funny is if they are just makeing this up as they go along.

133. LoneStranger - April 22, 2009

I think he pointed out the connector just so he could show the back of the device and we could see the QR scancode.

I don’t think they’re making it up as they go along. I’m sure there is a script they’re using. However, like any great Dungeon Master, they need to be prepared to bend things a little bit to react to how the players decide to play the game.

134. AyandesS - April 23, 2009

Camille “Ca” Dupont, Albert “Al” Stein, and Ferdinand “Fe” Franco:
Phone Number: +44.161652883
Address: 98 Grosvenor St. M17HL Manchester United Kingdom

Hori “Si” Kei:
Phone Number: 147-2580-369

135. AyandesS - April 23, 2009

I’d call but 1. I live in America, charges would be crazy and 2. I don’t even know if those are real numbers. Those are what are listed for the websites.

136. afterace - April 23, 2009

I called this number from Skype: +44.161652883 but then it says “incorrect phone number”. I then called +44-0-161652883 but it gets a constant, non stop tone, preety strange, i’ve never heard one like this.

137. afterace - April 23, 2009

I also called this number +81-147-2580-369 (assuming it is a japaneese number) but all it gets is some japaneese blablablah (a voicemail I suppose)

138. AyandesS - April 23, 2009

On a map, +44.161652883 leads to some area out in France somewhere but I don’t think it’s important.

139. Fresh From Twitter | so how did we get here? - April 23, 2009

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140. charliebob - April 23, 2009

+44 is the UK dialing code, but its an incorrect number when I dial it. 0161 is for manchester though

141. Daoud - April 23, 2009

This ARG doesn’t seem sensible, in that there aren’t enough clues being proffered.

Should have been another QR today at least. Where is it hiding?

142. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 23, 2009

The pace seems fairly erratic, unless there’s a major clue that we’re missing.

Could the “make new friends” by user #1 be an oblique reference to Facebook?

143. RF - April 23, 2009

Facebook would be the next logical step, but theres too many users named Camille Dupont.

We would need something better to narrow it down with

144. Fast Attax - April 23, 2009

Ok, can someone email me or post here on WTF this is all about?
What is ARG? I am lost! LOL
I thought it had something to do with the construction of the Enterprise website. Now I’m really thrown!

145. Daoud - April 23, 2009

Erratic, yes. Plus, why would Romulans be using QR code? It’s like… what would God need with a starship? As my 15 year old is famous for saying: “I’m bored.”

This ARG strongly could have used some influence from Bob Orci. The Countdown comic, and the Paul Pope Wired comic are Aces-on superb. This thing is sorely lacking.

146. NCC-73515 - April 23, 2009

QR = Quantum Reality :p

147. Daoud - April 23, 2009

#146 Funny! Ties in with The Orci Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. :)

If only it didn’t already mean Quick Response!

148. aliotsy - April 23, 2009

Hey everyone: http://www.2387-42.com/ is about to start updating … the “stopUpdating()” function is gone.

149. aliotsy - April 23, 2009

# PHPChatUser3: OK, ihr habt recht. Der Kleine ist verrückt geworden. Was machen wir?
# PHPChatUser4: Pienso que deberías dejarlo estar solo.
# PHPChatUser5: Just be ready, both of you, I’ll have your locations by Saturday – Fe, yours will likely be near the museum right by you with the rusty towers. “Al”, the other is on the eastern side of Berlin, by a derelict building in Mitte. I’ll need you to go the next day AT the time I give! Look for me in one of our spots. Also, I’m handling Sargash.
# PHPChatUser3: Ach wirklich, und wie willst du mit “Si” fertig werden?
# PHPChatUser5: Just worry about sending the test signals, and the rest of your research. Keep in mind that even their WPANs can pick this up in those areas, so keep it coded.
# PHPChatUser3: Leider muss ich Dir sagen, dass unser Geheimnis gelüftet wurde. Ein gewisser Geoff Greatbatch beobachtet uns anscheinend im Auftrag von „A40 Curbridge“ und erzählt allen von unserer Landung.
# PHPChatUser5: Between this Greatbatch and what Sargarsh’s done, we may have to go public.
# PHPChatUser3: Ich habe noch mehr wichtige Neuigkeiten. Ich glaube, ich habe ein Päckchen von “Ca” erhalten. Er muss gewusst haben, dass er in Schwierigkeiten ist, als er es verschickt hat. Es beinhaltet die Korrektur für die Frequenz. Mit dieser Fehlerbehebung brauchen wir nur die Wellenform und den Zielort, um das Ding auszurichten, und wir sollten es noch einmal versuchen.
# PHPChatUser5: Yeah, well some idiot has Ca’s comm. unit. So how do you plan to get the waveform?
# PHPChatUser4: Aún si lo haremos, todavía necesitamos ampliar esta cosa, y esto supone que funciona finalmente.
# PHPChatUser3: OK, wir haben viel zu tun. Ich verschwinde. Los geht’s.
# ____PHPChatUser3 has disconnected____
# PHPChatUser4: Nunca me contestaste.
# ____PHPChatUser5 has disconnected____
# ____PHPChatUser4 has disconnected____

150. aliotsy - April 23, 2009

Initial *poor* translation. Native speakers, dig in!

Janus (de) “OK, you did right. Little is mad. What do we do?”
OK, ihr habt recht. Der Kleine ist verrückt geworden. Was machen wir?
Candir (es) “I think you should leave it alone.”
Pienso que deberías dejarlo estar solo.
Unknown (en) Just be ready, both of you, I’ll have your locations by Saturday – Fe, yours will likely be near the museum right by you with the rusty towers. “Al”, the other is on the eastern side of Berlin, by a derelict building in Mitte. I’ll need you to go the next day AT the time I give! Look for me in one of our spots. Also, I’m handling Sargash.
Just be ready, both of you, I’ll have your locations by Saturday – Fe, yours will likely be near the museum right by you with the rusty towers. “Al”, the other is on the eastern side of Berlin, by a derelict building in Mitte. I’ll need you to go the next day AT the time I give! Look for me in one of our spots. Also, I’m handling Sargash.
Janus (de) “Oh really, and how do you want to do with \”Si\” to be ready?”
Ach wirklich, und wie willst du mit “Si” fertig werden?
Unknown (en) Just worry about sending the test signals, and the rest of your research. Keep in mind that even their WPANs can pick this up in those areas, so keep it coded.
Just worry about sending the test signals, and the rest of your research. Keep in mind that even their WPANs can pick this up in those areas, so keep it coded.
Janus (de) “Unfortunately, I must tell you that our secret was revealed. A certain batch Geoff Great watching us apparently on behalf of \”A40 Curbridge\” and told all of our landing.”
Leider muss ich Dir sagen, dass unser Geheimnis gelüftet wurde. Ein gewisser Geoff Greatbatch beobachtet uns anscheinend im Auftrag von „A40 Curbridge“ und erzählt allen von unserer Landung.
Unknown (en) Between this Greatbatch and what Sargarsh’s done, we may have to go public.
Between this Greatbatch and what Sargarsh’s done, we may have to go public.
Janus (de) “I have more important news. I think I’ve got a packet of \”Ca\” receive. He must have known that he is in trouble when he has sent it. It includes the correction for the frequency. With this fix, we need only the waveform and the destination, the thing to them, and we should try again.”
Ich habe noch mehr wichtige Neuigkeiten. Ich glaube, ich habe ein Päckchen von “Ca” erhalten. Er muss gewusst haben, dass er in Schwierigkeiten ist, als er es verschickt hat. Es beinhaltet die Korrektur für die Frequenz. Mit dieser Fehlerbehebung brauchen wir nur die Wellenform und den Zielort, um das Ding auszurichten, und wir sollten es noch einmal versuchen.
Unknown (en) Yeah, well some idiot has Ca’s comm. unit. So how do you plan to get the waveform?
Yeah, well some idiot has Ca’s comm. unit. So how do you plan to get the waveform?
Candir (es) “Even if we will still need to extend this thing, and this means that finally works.”
Aún si lo haremos, todavía necesitamos ampliar esta cosa, y esto supone que funciona finalmente.
Janus (de) “OK, we have much to do. I disappear. Let’s go.”
OK, wir haben viel zu tun. Ich verschwinde. Los geht’s.
Candir (es) “I never answered.”
Nunca me contestaste.

151. Slaynest - April 23, 2009

Spanish translation

PHPChatUser4: Pienso que deberías dejarlo estar solo. [I think that you should let him be alone]

PHPChatUser4: Aún si lo haremos, todavía necesitamos ampliar esta cosa, y esto supone que funciona finalmente. [Even of we'll do it, we still need to amplify this thing, and this assuming it finally works]

PHPChatUser4: Nunca me contestaste. [You never answered me]

152. aliotsy - April 23, 2009

Looks like some interesting stuff is happening at “A40 Curbridge”

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-248102

“Strange markings on ground, A40, Curbridge, Oxfordshire UK”

153. Mel - April 23, 2009

wireless personal area network (WPAN)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_personal_area_network#Wireless

154. Minitrap - April 23, 2009

i have emailed Geoff Greatbatch, would be interesting if he replies

155. Minitrap - April 23, 2009

“# PHPChatUser5: Yeah, well some idiot has Ca’s comm. unit. So how do you plan to get the waveform?”

I think Malak0 is the idiot, and the device is the communication unit…

156. raveoned - April 23, 2009

“Museum right by you with the rusty towers”

A quick Google check, and it could be the Alhambra Museum in Spain, as there are ancient and rust – colored towers in that area.

157. Daoud - April 23, 2009

The markings are from the Romulan alphabet:

http://www.omniglot.com/writing/romulan.htm

2 3 2 followed by a character I don’t find.

158. raveoned - April 23, 2009

157 – It looks vaguely like a “4″ for that last one, but I can’t be sure.

159. Dougurasu - April 23, 2009

The crash at Curbridge almost seems to obvious… Is this actually part of the ARG? This would be the very first REAL connection to Star Trek, actual Romulan markings, but is that font even canon?

160. Jenni Generation - April 23, 2009

Huh. That wreckage in the photo seems to be a Romulan ship that crashed then, yeah? But it doesn’t look like the ship Nero is using. So does that open up the idea they’re Romulan but not with Nero again? Or am I missing something, ’cause coming in late to this clue has lost me. :P

161. Daoud - April 23, 2009

#158, perhaps it’s the small letters ‘f” and ‘r’ pushed together.

2 3 2 fr. Makes no sense unless it’s a price? Must be Priceline, 232 swiss francs, and you get William Shatner? =)

#159 Okuda used it, but in no particular order. Just like the Klingon glyphs, in how they were used on the set. A shame, because with Marc Okrand available, they could have had accurate linguistics all the time at a low price…

162. Dougurasu - April 23, 2009

Okay, PHPChatUser3 was talking about the crash, so what does this mean? They actually ARE Romulans?

163. Mel - April 23, 2009

Geoff Greatbatch’s email address:

greatbatch@fsmail.net

164. Mel - April 23, 2009

Translation from http://startrek.wikibruce.com/PHPChat

3: OK, you did it right. The kid is mad. What do we do?
4: I think you should leave it alone.
5: Just be ready, both of you, I’ll have your locations by Saturday – Fe, yours will likely be near the museum right by you with the rusty towers. “Al”, the other is on the eastern side of Berlin, by a derelict building in Mitte. I’ll need you to go the next day AT the time I give! Look for me in one of our spots. Also, I’m handling Sargash.
3: Oh really, and how do you want to do with “Si” to be ready?
5: Just worry about sending the test signals, and the rest of your research. Keep in mind that even their WPANs can pick this up in those areas, so keep it coded.
3: Unfortunately, I must tell you that our secret was revealed. A certain Geoff Greatbatch is watching us apparently on behalf of “A40 Curbridge” and told everyone of our landing.
5: Between this Greatbatch and what Sargarsh’s done, we may have to go public.
3: I have more important news. I think I’ve got a package of what “Ca” received. He must have known that he was in trouble when he sent it. It includes the frquency correction. With this fix, we only need the waveform and the destination, the thing to them, and we can try again.
5: Yeah, well some idiot has Ca’s comm. unit. So how do you plan to get the waveform?
4: Even if we will still need to extend this thing, and this means that finally works.
3: OK, we have much to do. I’m leaving. Let’s go.
3 has disconnected
4: I never answer.
5 has disconnected
4 has disconnected

165. classictrek - April 23, 2009

Anyone recognize that as romulan or vulcan text? I didn’t find matching characters in the font downloads I made.

166. PZE - April 23, 2009

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=A40+Curbridge&ie=UTF8&ll=51.777745,-1.51798&spn=0.001835,0.004603&t=k&z=18

vs

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-248102

167. classictrek - April 23, 2009

hrm…. 232fr…

“The evaluator presents in this publication spectroscopic data and level schemes from radioactive decay and nuclear reactions for all nuclei with mass number A = 232.

Highlights from this evaluation include the discovery of a new isotope of francium, 232Fr”

168. Daoud - April 23, 2009

#165 Look at omniglot. I already referenced it, here it is again, k?

http://www.omniglot.com/writing/romulan.htm

It clearly starts with a Romulan 2, 3 and 2.

169. Dougurasu - April 23, 2009

Could the Romulan ship be cloaked? Would explain how it seemed to have gotten away so fast.

170. Dougurasu - April 23, 2009

Wait, didn’t one of the noise video’s say VI? Six. Does this mean there is a sixth Romulan?

171. Michael - April 23, 2009

In the A40 picture – there is a clear roman numeral 5 (V) in the right hand corner – in the patch of circular grass.

172. Matt - April 23, 2009

171 – I do not see a Roman numeral there.

173. Dougurasu - April 23, 2009

Fr in Binary is 0100011001110010, if Fr is sixth romulan maybe there’s a site with that as the url?

174. Michael - April 23, 2009

172 – In the lighter patch of grass on the right side – there is a V that takes up the entire patch.

175. Daoud - April 23, 2009

The image looks photoshopped, in any event. Might be an artifact of that process.

176. Dougurasu - April 23, 2009

http://twitter.com/phpchatuser6 ??? Another Romulan or… a hoax? He mentions Cloverfield, seems a bit TOO forced if you ask me.

177. marvin - April 23, 2009

hoax

178. marvin - April 23, 2009

@175 of course its photoshopped, what did you think? an actual romulan ship landed there? it a game!

179. aliotsy - April 23, 2009

@173 – Good thought. Unfortunately, Tom ran that sequence through 100 different extensions, and there are no sites that use it. :(

180. Mel - April 23, 2009

Improved translation from http://startrek.wikibruce.com/PHPChat

3: OK, you’re right. The kid’s gone crazy. What are we going to do?
4: I think you should leave it alone.
5: Just be ready, both of you, I’ll have your locations by Saturday – Fe, yours will likely be near the museum right by you with the rusty towers. “Al”, the other is on the eastern side of Berlin, by a derelict building in Mitte. I’ll need you to go the next day AT the time I give! Look for me in one of our spots. Also, I’m handling Sargash.
3: Oh really, and what are you going to do with “Si”?
5: Just worry about sending the test signals, and the rest of your research. Keep in mind that even their WPANs can pick this up in those areas, so keep it coded.
3: Unfortunately, I must tell you that our secret was revealed. A certain Geoff Greatbatch is watching us apparently on behalf of “A40 Curbridge” and told everyone about our landing.
5: Between this Greatbatch and what Sargarsh’s done, we may have to go public.
3: I have more important news. I think I’ve got a package from “Ca”. He must have known that he was in trouble when he sent it. It includes the correction for the frequency. With this fix, we only need the waveform and the destination to align it, and we can try again.
5: Yeah, well some idiot has Ca’s comm. unit. So how do you plan to get the waveform?
4: Even if we will still need to extend this thing, and this means that finally works.
3: OK, we have much to do. I’m leaving. Let’s go.
3 has disconnected
4: I never answer.
5 has disconnected
4 has disconnected

181. tmp - April 23, 2009

You might want to check 87. Fr has Z=87 not 232 :>

182. charliebob - April 23, 2009

@176 I think thats a true gamejacker. Then again we thought Malak0 was too didnt we :P

This is all getting rather insane lol. I wanna speak to the guys doing all this.

183. Dougurasu - April 23, 2009

@179 Maybe the site’s just not up YET. I mean he just crashlanded :p

184. subatoi - April 23, 2009

What has user1 went doing? Going public himself? Getting to malak0? When they say the’ll have to go public, will they go to the press? YouTube? Post something somewhere…?

Maybe we should ask Greatbatch to go to the field himself, search for the cloaked ship.

185. charliebob - April 23, 2009

everyone remember where we parked ;)

186. Michael - April 23, 2009

There are 34 known isotopes of francium ranging in atomic mass from 199 to 232.

187. Michael - April 23, 2009

That 232 element could be Decalithium they all keep talking about, bec. there’s no such element in our periodic table, if that stuff is an element and not some silicate or other mineral.

188. Michael - April 23, 2009

Ok, there is, if 232 is atomic mass, of course #186 is right.

189. Michael - April 23, 2009

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=1714655232&v=wall&viewas=509390194

Looks like SI…

The pics are called Access Points – Soduko.

190. Mel - April 23, 2009

You can’t solve the 5 th sudoku. It is wrong! The first line is insolvable.

191. Dougurasu - April 23, 2009

Again six :o It still makes me think there are 6 romulans.

192. Michael - April 23, 2009

190 – Which is the fifth? The one numbered “5″ or the fifth in the row of pics?

193. Dave - April 23, 2009

Could the Sodukos be used as QR codes? Say you were to take the grid and block in the boxes that have numbers/symbols in them. Could that possibly give us something?

194. Mel - April 23, 2009

The numbered 5. But it seams that all sudokos are not solvable.

Some intelligent folks at http://widget.mibbit.com/ think the sudokus are in reality a Micro QR Code

http://www.denso-wave.com/qrcode/microqr-e.html

in combination with the old codes, or something like this.

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll172/LtPiper/QRs.jpg?t=1240518334

Can’t explain it better. It goes way over my head.

195. Osh - April 23, 2009

http://www3.telus.net/tw6/gareth/qr3.gif

196. Mel - April 23, 2009

Indus

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indus_(constellation)

197. Michael - April 23, 2009

INDUS:13-06

198. Michael - April 23, 2009

Looks like #125 was sort of on the right track.

199. Mel - April 23, 2009

APUS:01-05
HAMAELEON:13-23
INDUS:13-06

All are constellations.

http://www.vb-tech.co.za/astronomy/southern.gif

No one knows yet what the numbers mean.

200. Osh - April 23, 2009

Okay, now I’ll explain how I got the QR code in post #195:

Every QR code has those square-within-a-square’s in the top-left, top-right, and bottom-left corners. Each one also has timing and alignment markers. If you assume the QR code is a 27 X 27 code like the rest have been, then when you divide the QR code into nine blocks, they all have to have to have this format:

http://www3.telus.net/tw6/gareth/qrbase.gif (with the white spaces in blocks 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 9 filled with the actual information of the code)

Each of the nine block of the code can be subdivided into its own 9 X 9 cell, which can again be divided into another 3 X 3 partition, just like how a sudoku puzzle looks. So when you look at Sargash Si’s Facebook pictures (http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1714655232&v=wall&viewas=509390194#/album.php?aid=188&id=1714655232), you can see that the filled-in sudoku squares can correspond to the black pixels. Since blocks 1, 3, and 7 are already given in the above picture, we can create ourselves a QR code using the numbers of the blocks in the captions of the Facebook pictures:

http://www3.telus.net/tw6/gareth/qr3.gif Tada!

201. Mel - April 23, 2009

By the way I forgot the C. It is of course

CHAMAELEON:13-23

202. Osh - April 23, 2009

Oh, looks like there’s a new ARG Update story on here. I’d should have been posting there. Oh well.

203. Daoud - April 24, 2009

#178 Hey Marvin, I’m talking about the perception there was a Roman V on the grass. That’s why I was pointing out these images (like the others in the game) are photoshopped. I was being polite to mention the image is photoshopped. You’re being impolite, or rather like Perez, I wanted to use the “c” word to describe you.

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