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Star Trek ARG Report 6: More Chatter + Romulans in UK? [UPDATE 2 w/ new clues] April 23, 2009

by Aliotsy Andrianarivo , Filed under: Star Trek ARG , trackback

After a flurry of updates at the beginning of the week, the Star Trek ARG fell strangely (ominously?) silent for over 48 hours, with no new clues. Until, today with a lot of new chatter and a possible Romulan sighting in the UK. See belove for a full breakdown of the latest in this intriguing viral game.

 

 

APRIL 23rd STAR TREK ARG UPDATE 6

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

 

April 23 Clue 1: More chatting at 2387-42.com
The viral chat site 2387-42.com activated at approximately 6:30pm GMT…

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____

And a translation of the Spanish and German, courtesy of TM community member "Slaynest" and "Raphael" at Unfiction.

PHPChatUser3: Okay, you’re right. The little one has gone crazy. What are we going to do?

PHPChatUser4: I think that you should let him be alone.

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: Really?? What are you going to do with "Si"?

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: Unfortunately, I have to tell you that our secret is out. A guy called "Geoff Greatbatch" is watching us, he has done so on behalf of "A40 Curbridge" and he is telling everyone about our landing.

PHPChatUser5: Between this Greatbatch and what Sargarsh’s done, we may have to go public.

PHPChatUser3: I have some more important news… I believe I received a package from "Ca". He must of known he is in trouble when he sent the package. It contains the correction for the frequency. With this new information we only have to find out the waveform and the destination to align the thing and we should try again.

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

PHPChatUser4: Even if we’ll do it, we still need to amplify this thing, and this assuming it finally works.

PHPChatUser3: Okay, we have loads to do. I am leaving. Lets go.

____PHPChatUser3 has disconnected____

PHPChatUser4: You never answered me.

____PHPChatUser5 has disconnected____

____PHPChatUser4 has disconnected____

April 23 Clue 2: Crash site near "A40 Curbridge" with Romulan markings
Several community members immediately Googled "A40 Curbridge," a major trunk road in the UK. The top result…

Strange markings on ground, A40, Curbridge, Oxfordshire UK


Romulans in UK?

Several people recognized the markings as Romulan letters, with the larger markings translating as "2 3 2."

Analysis – What did "Si" do? Is Malak0 safe?
The context of the chat seems to suggest that "Sargash" is "Si," aka PHPChatUser1, aka "the Kid." He’s noticeably absent in this chat, and there’s a clear sense that he’s done something crazy. Community members were expecting some sort of update from "Si" over the past two days, and having received none, it’s possible that a clue was missed. The PHPChatUsers are also aware that Malak0 has the "comm. unit" … is he in danger?

Other questions:

UPDATE: PHPChatUser1 has a Facebook page.
Persistence pays off. TM community member "LtPiper" has found a Facebook page for "Sargash Si" with a photo album full of access points!


Access Point from Facebook page

UPDATE 2: Sudoku puzzles actually another QR code
After "Tom" and others ascertained that the sudoku puzzles posted in Sargash Si’s profile were, in fact, unsolvable, "wildo" pointed out something interesting: the sodoku puzzles could be rearranged into a QR Code! All six puzzles were numbered, corresponding to a spot on a nine-square grid representing a QR code, with the positioning blocks left out (see below for illustration). "Osh" quickly put together a black-and-white, machine-readable version, and "CptnValdez" was the first to read it: INDUS 13-06. Excellent teamwork, all!


Sodoku clue

Indus is, unsurprisingly, yet another constellation near Apus and Chamaeleon.

 

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.

Star Trek ARG Forum
TM community member "Tom" hosts the very active ARG chat where much of the problem-solving is taking place. He has set up a forum for posting clues and speculation. It also includes links to the chat.

Other resources

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. Phil - April 23, 2009

Whoo Hoo Romulans in the UK!
First post?

2. Skeptic - April 23, 2009

Curiouser and curiouser!

3. Driver - April 23, 2009

Why must the internet constantly get more confusing?

4. senwod - April 23, 2009

This better be leading to something awesome…

5. Odkin - April 23, 2009

I’m all for publicizing the new movie, and I really really hope it succeeds, but talk about preaching to the choir. There isn’t a single person following this that wasn’t going to see the movie anyway.

They don’t seem to be putting half the energy or creativity into making the movie interesting for my non-Trekker friends.

Wake me up when somebody figures out this mumbo-jumbo.

6. afterace - April 23, 2009

this is reeeeeeeeeeeally big for a viral marketing ….

7. ety3 - April 23, 2009

Instead of “232,” could that be “2^32,” meaning, “two to the thirty-second power?” I ask only because the first “2” is quite large compared to the other numerals.

8. mscottr - April 23, 2009

They really seem to be increasing the scale of this ARG. I am very eager to see where this goes…

9. Jake - April 23, 2009

I still dont have any clue the heck is going on with all this.

Im glad there are people with the time to Go through all this.

Interesting to see how it all ends

10. Michael - April 23, 2009

Well, I think the english-speaking “Romulan” refers to the german-speaking one to be near some derelict building in Berlin-Mitte and the spanish-speaking one to be somewhere near that museum with rusty towers (maybe somewhere in Spain) on saturday, time TBA. I am from Berlin, but I have no clue which building could be the one in question, if I find out I’d go there on saturday, on any given time… OR they’re both in Berlin, in different locations at the same time. In any case I don’t know a Museum with or near rust towers…

11. THX-1138 - April 23, 2009

#4

Slusho.

12. raveoned - April 23, 2009

I’m wondering if that last character in the field is some kind of flag, emblem or insignia?

Also, I had posted on the other part here that I was wondering if the “museum with the rusty towers” could possibly be the Alhambra Museum in Spain?

13. Merzmensch aka kosmopol - April 23, 2009

Sargash Si is at Facebook!
http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=611830#611830

And he has some Sudoku to solve!
http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=611837#611837

14. PookaKnight - April 23, 2009

It looks like the fellow that posted the picture in CNN’s iReport has an e-mail address on his iReport profile under biography:

greatbatchatfsmaildotnet

15. Dave - April 23, 2009

I’ve posted this in the previous ARG update, but I guess I’ll put it here too…could the Sudoku be disguised QR code? If we were to black out the boxes that contain numbers or symbols, would we get any usable code out of it?

16. Minitrap - April 23, 2009

#14
I’ve already sent a message to greatbatch, but still no answer

17. AJ - April 23, 2009

11. THX, I really hope not.

18. Kai3k - April 23, 2009

IPv4 uses 32-bit (4-byte) addresses, which limits the address space to 4,294,967,296 (2^32) possible unique addresses

19. Michael - April 23, 2009

The “rusty towers” with a museum could be the old flak-towers/bunker in Berlin-Wedding (part of Berlin-Mitte) which is part of “Berliner Unterwelten” (Berlin Underworld) that also run a museum nearby… http://berliner-unterwelten.de/home.1.1.html

20. Michael - April 23, 2009

Here’s the Google-Maps Link http://maps.google.de/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=de&geocode=&q=flakbunker+wedding&sll=52.544077,13.373086&sspn=0.005585,0.021973&ie=UTF8&cd=1&ll=52.547323,13.384561&spn=0.001474,0.003455&t=h&z=18

21. Captain Slow - April 23, 2009

I GOT IT!!!!

It was ………Captain Kirk….In Sickbay……….With a Tribble

What do I win!!!!

This viral stuff is really quite easy

22. Matt - April 23, 2009

Thanks Michael. Our suspicion is that this museum is in Spain, because user4 (Fe) has been writing in Spanish. Nobody’s positive, of course.

23. Michael - April 23, 2009

Yeah, but still, there’s some derelict building here that needs to be found ^_^

24. SweB - April 23, 2009

Sodukus + photoshop =QR Code =INDUS:13-06

Solved! (Not by me, but by the fine members of the “mib-chat”

25. Tom - April 23, 2009

Chat : http://trek.tvdw.eu/arg/

26. Matt - April 23, 2009

23 Michael – You are absolutely right! And that’s still a mystery.

27. Captain Robert - April 23, 2009

I love this month

28. Selor - April 23, 2009

I would presume that some of us have to be in those places by saturday, to maybe pickup theire Network

29. Michael - April 23, 2009

I guess, so. That’s nice, central Berlin is crowded with wifi networks/APs…

30. caseylee4ts - April 23, 2009

24 – INDUS (“the Indian”) is another southern constellation…

31. THX-1138 - April 23, 2009

Me too, AJ. I got suckered into that Cloverfield thing and it went nowhere. I still liked the movie, but I’m a sucker for the bugs. Hopefully JJ and the rest of his team learned from that.

You seem to be ahead of the curve on this one.

32. NCC-73515 - April 23, 2009

They used a different Romulan font for the Countdown comic… I tried to translate all the names in the star charts there… but only Hobus and Romulus make sense.

33. wesman09 - April 23, 2009

232 IS AN ADDRESS, OR MILE MARKER OR SOMETHING…..used google map and search “232 A40 Curbridge” and it led me to an approximate location of some sort of milemarker but if you pan to the right at low magnification, you’ll see an area familiar to the picture.

51.777433 degrees, -1.517752 degrees

34. PookaKnight - April 23, 2009

33 – You’re right:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=A40,+Curbridge,+Oxfordshire+OX29,+United+Kingdom&ie=UTF8&cd=1&geocode=FYUUFgMdbcvo_w&split=0&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=23.875,57.630033&ll=51.777581,-1.517975&spn=0.000923,0.002049&t=h&z=19

35. PookaKnight - April 23, 2009

On second thought, it looks like Google Maps omits the 232 on the results. I don’t think it’s actually an address.

36. Dougurasu - April 23, 2009

No, 33 is sort of right. 232 is NOT an address, google maps just threw that info away and went with “A40 Curbridge” and it showed you the crash sight. Which is logical, cause it HAPPENED there O__O;;

We already estabished that 232 Fr (that’s what’s supposedly between the squigly lines) is probably Francium, of which you have 199-232 of something (something involving weight, I’m not really sure). But it could be something else.

37. LtPiper - April 23, 2009

232fr the frequency for the test Saturday?

38. wesman09 - April 23, 2009

but I originally put in “A40 Cubridge” and got nowhere. it was only after i put the 232 in front of it and looked around a little that i found it put a marker on it and found lat. long. of it…..so maybe its a mile marker, or rather a kilometer marker

39. classictrek - April 23, 2009

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

Here’s more info on fr232

http://www.periodictable.com/Isotopes/087.232/index.html

40. sean - April 23, 2009

I love reading people getting upset by this game — if you don’t understand it, or you don’t feel like reading up more on it, then don’t! Why the self-serving indignation?

41. Daoud - April 23, 2009

“Several people”? Hrmph.

Anyway, clearly if you adjust for the angle of the “picture”, those are little f and r between the wiggly lines. So, who did this? Why, clearly PHPChatUser1, Sargash Si, Hori Kei… Maybe that’s why they’re saying he’s crazy, eh?

INDUS 13-06 breaks the pattern of number length, since we’d have expected 5 letters in INDUS, yields 13+5=18

But, if we have a pattern here…
#1 INDUS 13 – 06
#2 CHAMAELEON 13 – 23
#3 ?
#4 ?
#5 APUS 01 – 05
and the numbers are coded letters of the alphabet… then we’re playing Wheel of Fortune??
M – F
M – W
? – ?
? – ?
A – E

Well, if it would have just spelled William Shatner… I’d have laughed.

42. Richard Martin - April 23, 2009

There here. Thepicture appears to show where the soil has been disturbed by a shuttle, the row of sticks, (transport enhancers?) lead to that mound of earth that looks like it’s been dug up and replaced. Also dug up is a white box thing, (monitor station?), and a grey thing.

Any idea where in the UK it is because i live here and would love to check it out, (dodgiong disruptor blasts:)).

Compare the sticks in a row of sticks and white box thing in the picture to the those in this good refence for Curbridge, Oxfordhire: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=A40,+Curbridge,+Oxfordshire+OX29,+United+Kingdom&ie=UTF8&cd=1&geocode=FYUUFgMdbcvo_w&split=0&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=23.875,57.630033&ll=51.777581,-1.517975&spn=0.000923,0.002049&t=h&z=19

A circle of sticks, (a weapon or time vortex creator possibly?).

If anyone can get to to these locations do it quickly!

43. AJ - April 23, 2009

40:

The reason is that the game is fun. And the creators of the game are rolling out a mystery that many of us have the opportunity to help solve.

People get frustrated by games all the time, and if you have a look, we have computer guys, linguists, astronomers, and amateur footpads all in on it.

It’s either extremely addictive intellectual fun or it’s disposable marketing. Beats the hell out of Kellogs and E-surance tie-ins, for sure.

44. Mel - April 23, 2009

I guess it was an escape capsule. Even a shuttle is bigger.

45. Chink2love - April 23, 2009

I will be popping up to the landing site on Saturday to see if theres anything there… Fingers crossed!

46. Anthony Pascale - April 23, 2009

ARTICLE UPDATED w/ Sodoku clue

well done all

47. sebimeyer - April 23, 2009

Is this how Nimoy ends up on Fringe? :)

48. Jamesintucson - April 23, 2009

do these arg’s usually have a prize for the team that solves them? I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not nearly as smart as some of these folks and they are doing one hell of a job solving these riddles in my opinion.

49. sebimeyer - April 23, 2009

From the A40 related article:

“This only took me a couple of hours but by the time I flew over the field again the aircraft had gone. What was left behind were these odd white markings. There were also deep gouges in the ground where the crash had been. It seems incredible that the thing had been removed so quickly and those markings left behind in such a short space of time.”

Cloaking? Everyone remember where we parked!

50. Rowedogg - April 23, 2009

Sargash Si’s facebook status is in Japanese but translates to “Will try to repair the signal, and looking for good people.”

51. Matt - April 23, 2009

48 – Jamesintucson

Remarkable things are done with teamwork. But there are more puzzles to solve.

52. aliotsy - April 23, 2009

Hey everyone – Raphael suggested that the “Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía” in Madrid might be the museum in question. Here’s the Google StreetView link:

http://bit.ly/reinasofia

What do you think?

53. aliotsy - April 23, 2009

Another shot here: clearly, two towers!

http://deconarch.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/reina-sofia-1.jpg

54. subatoi - April 23, 2009

Does the fact that they’re not worried that someone will find the cloaked ship indicate the ship isn’t there?
What will they do to user1? What will they do to malak0?

Plus – Can anyone post a screen capture of the facebook page, for those of us who aren’t registered?

55. jim - April 23, 2009

53

yes! And they are rusty!

56. subatoi - April 23, 2009

Is this another attempt by Sargash to contact us? That obvious?
http://sargash.com/

It says: “This site is coming eventually…maybe. :) ”

All the IP experts etc. check it out.

57. Colonel West - April 23, 2009

this is garaunteed to make the news as some crop circle/ ufo story… :D

58. LtPiper - April 23, 2009

56

domain: sargash.com
created: 17-Dec-2003
last-changed: 06-Dec-2008
registration-expiration: 17-Dec-2009

Too old.

59. Daoud - April 23, 2009

Perhaps something will happen at 2:32 GMT on Friday. That’s all I’ve got left for 232Fr. In the meantime, guess we just have to accept that we have 60% of these weird constellation codes.

#1 Ind 13 06 (Hori Kei, aka Sargash “Si”)
#2 Cha 13 23 (the late Camille ‘Chamaeleon’ Dupont/”Ca”)
#3 x, perhaps this will turn up near Berlin in Mitte? (Albert Stein/”Al”)
#4 x, perhaps this code will turn up at the Museum in Madrid? (Ferdinand Franco/”Fe”)
#5 Aps 01 05 (O?)

60. Daoud - April 23, 2009

Or, it’s Ryanair (FR) flight 232, which weirdly goes from Stansted (London) to Alghero, Italy…

http://www.flightstats.com/go/FlightStatus/flightStatusByFlight.do?id=157987746&utm_source=airlineInformationAndStatus&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=co-op

Maybe Sargash is traveling to Italy for the weekend?

61. Newman - April 23, 2009

They should use these things to recruit people for CSIS and the CIA.

62. LtPiper - April 23, 2009

61

Where do you think we get our applicants? :P

There were several airline flights number 232 all over the place in the previous/future 24 hours.

63. Daoud - April 23, 2009

#62 But only one Fox(trot) Romeo 232 each day. London to Alghero.

64. CarlG - April 23, 2009

The ARG makes my brain hurt a bit; my hat is off to everyone who’s managed to stick with it. :)

Romulan crop circles are AWESOME.

65. aliotsy - April 23, 2009

Daoud – I didn’t mean to downplay how you figured out the Romulan letters, but I believe some folks in the chatroom picked up on it a bit before you did.

Unless, of course, you were in the chatroom in which case — so sorry for not giving you credit. :(

You’ve been making very insightful contributions all along. We would really welcome your participation in the chatroom, which you can find here: http://trek.tvdw.eu/arg/ :)

66. Casaubon - April 23, 2009

Could 2^32^fr refer to a website in France with the .fr extension? The f and r are in lower case for a reason.

I did try to convert 2^32 (4294967296) from a decimal address to dot decimal, but only got 0.0.0.0.

67. hmich176 - April 23, 2009

What does this have to do with Star Trek the movie?

68. ...I have touched the sky. - April 23, 2009

I seriously honestly really wish that I had more time in my day to even follow what was going on let alone actually try to solve these clues. I am saddened by the fact that I would LOVE to spend all day helping everyone figure this out as it seems really fun (even if others would disagree). Keep it up everyone! Enjoy! kmb.v

69. Commodore Redshirt - April 23, 2009

Boy… spend a couple of days involved in work and BLAM! everything goes nuts with this ARG!
I got some catching up to do… ;-)

70. Matt - April 23, 2009

I’ve sent an email to ‘Geoff Greatbatch’ asking if he could do another flyover and focus on what appears to be a board of wood with alien writing on it. We’ll see if anything comes of it. *shrug*

71. Kroll - April 23, 2009

Run for the hills the Romulans are on the A40!!! I live on that road, albiet 300 miles down the other end, but still, eeek.

72. ProperTrekkieUK - April 24, 2009

Aaaargh! Then again they might be here to do over Brown which would be a blessing! I think Alistar Darling looks a bit alien…maybe the Budget is involved somehow!

Anywhos cracking work guys! If I wasn’t so focused on the foreign policy behind the Falklands Crisis I would be helping right now!

73. Merzmensch aka kosmopol - April 24, 2009

Great, people for cracking the code!

Btw, the Romulans landing picture has another writings there. Can somebody read them?
http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=611970#611970

74. Selor - April 24, 2009

Mhm… those writings on the thing look familiar… I believe I’ve seen some of those characters somewhere before… but some do look like other romulan characters but it doesn’t seem to make sense…

the first Characters could be the Romulan N…

75. Kai3k - April 24, 2009

maybe its upside down, turn the image on 120 degrees and try decoding again

76. thunderstrat13 - April 24, 2009

does this help?

232-c

In telecommunications, RS-232 (Recommended Standard 232) is a standard for serial binary data signals connecting between a DTE (Data Terminal Equipment) and a DCE (Data Circuit-terminating Equipment). It is commonly used in computer serial ports. A similar ITU-T standard is V.24.

77. raveoned - April 24, 2009

74, 75: I started looking at it flipped over, and it can be a series of numbers. So far, it starts out with 88(can’t read)72…

Looking at it as is, it would be three N’s in a row.

78. CCT - April 24, 2009

@73 Could it be klingon?

79. raveoned - April 24, 2009

On a side note, although some of this is frustrating and I sometimes wish it would be simpler, my thinking is that at the most, this has got a lot of fans from all around the world working together and using their varied experience and backgrounds to solve a puzzle that may have a larger implication.

And that, my friends, is part of Star Trek.

80. KJ - April 24, 2009

amen =)

81. Author of The Vulcan Neck Pinch for Fathers - April 24, 2009

Hey, that big landing site had a romulan 2 32 FR on it: How bout that becoming a NEW BINARY SITE, eg 2^32.fr?? 100000000000000000000000000000000.fr eventually???

82. Casaubon - April 24, 2009

@81 – I checked that site last night and there was nothing. Also 0010.00100000.fr (2.32.fr in binary) and found nothing.

83. Merzmensch aka kosmopol - April 24, 2009

Here is the full resolution picture sent to us by Geoff (another angle, we can better see the sign-table)
http://startrek.wikibruce.com/Image:Geoff1.jpg
beware: (3286×2470, 1525 KB)

84. Daoud - April 24, 2009

#77 I think we need a higher res picture, because Romulan 1’s and 4’s are hard to distinguish.

I’m positive it’s all numbers, as the 3 character is a giveaway. So far I’ve got the first two rows (put the notch in the lower left corner) as:

? 8 8 4 6 7 2 3 5 1 0 (11 characters)
3 5 6 8 9 5 1 3 9 6 9 1 7 (13 characters)
3 4 0 0 2 2-1 1 8.9 1 0 4
5 2 5 2 3 1 1 3.1 1 1 1

85. Matt - April 24, 2009

I got a response from Geoff Greatbatch too. Same pic. It means we’re on to something!

86. Minitrap - April 24, 2009

***I’m as perplexed about this thing as anyone, the only theory that has been proffered to me so far is by my very eccentric friend Colin who says it is either Ancients Druids risen from the dead or Polish migrant workers***

Geoff is great…

87. Matt - April 24, 2009

I should have mentioned something about ferrets in my email. :-p

88. CptnValdez - April 24, 2009

These are the correct numbers I deciphered from the board in the field near the crash:

48856723510

3568951396917

3155221183404

525231134114

So far no clues as to what they mean!

89. Mel - April 24, 2009

I have gotten emails from MalakO and Greatbatch

Greatbatch:

Hello Mel,

I haven’t simply been called ‘Greatbatch’ since I was a school boy. Some of the people emailing me about my strange markings post have very good handles so I’m thinking of making one up for myself, my wife came up with one but it is far too anatomical and not very accurate! I digress! The ‘craft’ I saw was dark, squarish or rather wedge shaped with
small ‘fins’ protruding from it. It was like a large piece of cheese with feet! It may simply have been a bus, up-ended with shards of metal coming from it, perhaps fallen from a
military air craft? But I’m not wholly convinced of this.
Are you anywhere near Oxfordshire? You can simply see the site and the markings for yourself, it is quite easy to find the field.
I’m attaching a higher resolution photograph.

best,

Geoff

MalakO:

Salut- always alive, thank you
112. Mel – April 24, 2009

And Greatbatch also send me a better picture of the crash site. You can see the white markings there very clear. And you can see MUCH MORE Romulan writing on it, too. I like to post a link to the picture, but I don’t know where to upload it. Can someone plese help me?

90. Daoud - April 24, 2009

#88 Romulan 1, 4, and 5 and even 0 are too similar to make any claim of “correct” without a higher resolution image than is currently available. What higher-res image are you working from?

91. Mel - April 24, 2009

the picture, hopefully ;-)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/37715986@N03/3471251282/

92. Daoud - April 24, 2009

Geoff also sent me that same 1 meg or so image. Unfortunately, the resolution on the board is limited.

I’m not sure how anyone’s going to “ferret” out a still better image.

Somehow, is it another QR code hiding in there? Hmmmm.

Maybe the 232 suggests RS-232 and ASCII or some other coding.

93. illogical - April 24, 2009

@79 – Here, here!

94. raveoned - April 24, 2009

The 232FR is quite a mystery, as to how to interpret it.

From what I see, it’s a larger 2, then 32 slightly smaller, and the fr is within those jagged (but parallel) lines.

95. Mel - April 24, 2009

That is my take on it what the Romulan writing mean.

48856723510
356895139L917
340022j1189404
525231134111

But often I was just guessing because the picture is not very clear.

96. D for me. - April 24, 2009

88. CptnValdez – April 24, 2009
These are the correct numbers I deciphered from the board in the field near the crash:

48856723510

3568951396917

3155221183404

525231134114

So far no clues as to what they mean!

Your numbers are wrong. Check unfiction and mr hankey’s pic.

1-8856723510

3568951396917

3155221-4-83404

52523-44-34114

97. D for me. - April 24, 2009

88. CptnValdez – April 24, 2009
These are the correct numbers I deciphered from the board in the field near the crash:

48856723510

3568951396917

3155221183404

525231134114

So far no clues as to what they mean!

Your numbers are wrong. Check unfiction and mr hankey’s pic.

(1)8856723510

3568951396917

3155221(4)83404

52523(44)34114

I compared yours to mine and then double checked with Mr. Hankey’s pic. This is what I came up with.

98. Mel - April 24, 2009

Could it be ISBN codes?

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

99. Mel - April 24, 2009

Ot the codes which are under those line pictures on things you buy?

100. Daoud - April 24, 2009

Rhanne na docgae!!

101. geekdude - April 24, 2009

i think someone needs to be at the museum that was mentioned at 2:32. today no idea what fr stands for.

102. Daoud - April 24, 2009

FR=Friday, today. Or, it’s the “Frequency” they mention. Which can be related to time, so perhaps Saturday at 2:32 am GMT.

103. Mel - April 24, 2009

I guess those numbers could be barcodes.

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

104. Matt - April 24, 2009

I believe that those sites (Berlin and Spain) will be important on SUNDAY. Saturday we will learn more about the time of day that will come into play.

105. Mel - April 24, 2009

@ 101

If he was speaking about local time or even GMT, then 2.32 or 14:32 already was in Spain.

106. D for me. - April 24, 2009

They are def UTM codes on a map COORDINATES.

107. KJ - April 24, 2009

52.5231 13.4114 on google earth = berlin

108. Mel - April 24, 2009

Those coordinates are near the Alexanderplatz.

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

It is at the corner of the building you see in the wikipedia picture.

109. Mel - April 24, 2009

The building on the left front side of the first picture on wikipedia to be exact.

110. Daoud - April 24, 2009

Well that should help resolve the 1, 4, 5 and 0 issues. Good job KJ in identifying the last row specifcally. Even if the last decimal places were off a bit, it would still work. Glad to see that the decimal point wasn’t a figment.

Just entered that last row in maps.google.com and it comes up right at AlexanderPlatz. Slick.

111. KJ - April 24, 2009

but whats with the other codes. one that can refer to spain ?

112. KJ - April 24, 2009

#1 48.8567 2.3510

PARIS, 4éme Arr.

113. Daoud - April 24, 2009

35.6895 139.6917 is Tokyo.

114. Mel - April 24, 2009

The Paris coordinates are near the Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Place_de_l%27H%C3%B4tel-de-Ville

115. Matt - April 24, 2009

Hopefully one refers to Spain. I think it has to!

116. richpit - April 24, 2009

I believe this is all going to eventually lead to a web site where you can print out a coupon for a free small popcorn when you go to the movie.

;-)

117. Mel - April 24, 2009

The Tokio coordinates point to this building.

http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=74214a71a4fd2d9f9b4d418c8431a0b9&hl=de&ctyp=3dbl

What is it?

118. PV - April 24, 2009

34.0522,-118.9404 is close to Los Angeles!

119. Daoud - April 24, 2009

I believe the third line purposely has a – in it!

34.0522 -118.9104 is not far from Los Angeles.

User #5 “O” was speculated to be “American”, because of the .com address.

120. Mel - April 24, 2009

It is the Tokyo City Hall in Tokyo.

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

121. Mel - April 24, 2009

The American coordinates are near Los Angeles in a forest. I doubt they are completely correct. All other coordiantes pointed to places IN a city and not to nowhere.

122. D for me. - April 24, 2009

sorry guys. I tried. maybe something big will happen soon?

Question still remains, Where is the shuttle?

If tehy crashed, how did they get so far apart?

123. Daoud - April 24, 2009

Well, if you ditch the decimals (take the ‘stop’ as a terminator, ignore the rest?) and look at 34.0522 -118. you’ll be right off the 605.

124. Charliebob - April 24, 2009

Sub orbital jumps to evacuate the shuttle?

125. Daoud - April 24, 2009

34.0522 -118. is right at a Winchell’s Donut Shop. Corner of Valley Blvd and San Angelo. Funny. 9104 or whatever is after the decimal point would boggle then.

126. Mel - April 24, 2009

I have asked Geoff Greatbatch for a better picture of the writing. That was his answer:

Didn’t I already send you my best picture my dear?

all the best

Geoff

Damn, lol ;-)

I guess he wants that someone goes there by himself. Hopefully someone really does that and make a photo of the writing.

127. Matt - April 24, 2009

I doubt very much that he has much to offer us. This character’s role has been fulfilled (most likely).

128. Matt - April 24, 2009

Oops, I meant much *more* to offer us.

129. Mel - April 24, 2009

To summarize:

We have four google earth coordinates:

48.8567 2.3510
This coordinate is in Paris near the Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Place_de_l%27H%C3%B4tel-de-Ville

35.6895 139.6917
This coordinate point to the Tokyo City Hall in Tokyo.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_City_Hall

34.0522 -118.9104
This coodinate is near Los Angeles in a forest.

52.5231 13.4114
This coordinate is near the Alexanderplatz in Berlin.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexanderplatz

When you look at the first picture on the wikipedia site, the exact coordinate is near the left upper corner of the Kaufhof Galeria buidling. That is the one on the left and in the front of the picture.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Alexanderplatz-Berlin-2006.jpg

52.5231 13.4114

That is in Berlin near the Alexander

130. Mel - April 24, 2009

Didn’t mean to write the last coordinate two times.

131. Kai3k - April 24, 2009

in the sudoku clue is a mistake in the 8th row from top. but if i correct it, it will be the same result

132. PV - April 24, 2009

34.0422,-118.2504 is maybe better? Picture says LA Cuty Hall!

133. Daoud - April 24, 2009

According to GeoHack though, the coordinates for City Hall are:
34.053619, -118.242996

34.0522, -118.2404 is better? Close enough. “O” is in Los Angeles. Could “O” be “O”rci? :)

At least at the Winchell’s we could have gotten a donut. :)

134. Matt - April 24, 2009

131 – The sudoku puzzles are unsolvable. Their only purpose was for the QR code.

135. PV - April 24, 2009

I could even believe that it reads 34.0522,-118.2435 -> perfect match!

136. Mel - April 24, 2009

@ 132

I guess, it is possible. I think it looks more like this coordinates:

34.0522-118.2104

They are also in Los Angeles. We really need a better picture of the writing to be sure. All in all with only slight changes of the coordinates, we are at least in Los Angeles and not in a forest.

137. Daoud - April 24, 2009

Missing a post here I guess. I was speculating that if all the other locations are city halls, that the Berlin agent should be at das Rotes Rathaus, which is a few blocks away from the current coordinates.

Geohack gives 52.518611, 13.408333

138. Author of The Vulcan Neck Pinch for Fathers - April 24, 2009

Silly question – are any of these locations anywhere near any movie theaters??

Just wondering if the “culmination” of all this leads *LITERALLY* to the premiere of the movie…

139. Mel - April 24, 2009

I guess this is the correct coordinate for Los Angeles:

34.0522-118.2434

It is at the corner of the Los Angeles City Hall.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_City_Hall

When you put the Romulan 3 and 4 near together, you get the “O” looking like writing. So that could be right. The other change numbers look all very similar.

140. aliotsy - April 24, 2009

PHPChatUser4 tweeted. Sheryl and I figured out the site it points to:

http://www.johannbayer.eu/

141. Mel - April 24, 2009

There is a new twitter message from user 4 to user 5.

http://twitter.com/PHPChatUser4

And we found this site:

http://johannbayer.eu/

142. Daoud - April 24, 2009

Sounds good to me.

We already know the Madrid agent is to be at the Sofia, so we know where they’ll all be… at 2:32 tomorrow?? or tonight?? temporal mechanics gives me a headache!

4 city halls (Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, LA) and the Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid). Clear landmarks for all but the “dead” or “misplaced” Parisian agent.

143. aliotsy - April 24, 2009

@142 Daoud — if you can, we’d love your help in the ARG chat: http://trek.tvdw.eu/arg/

144. Author of The Vulcan Neck Pinch for Fathers - April 24, 2009

the Bayer site looks like a place for someone to build their own QR code image…

145. Mel - April 24, 2009

The new user picture from user 4 is John Flamsteed.

http://www.allposters.com/-sp/John-Flamsteed-English-Clergyman-and-Astronomer-Posters_i1873490_.htm

He was an English astronomer.

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

146. subatoi - April 24, 2009

Here’s Geoff’s answer to my mail. After I read that he try to suggest people go visit there, and he told someone that there ARE people coming to the place, I tried to find out if there’s anything there. And his ferret’s name too :P
He’s much nicer than Malak0 (whom I also wrote today, didn’t answer yet).

“Hello
Shame you can’t visit the site for yourself. I believe the people who have been there so far are locals. If I hear or remember anything else I will let you know. I’m afraid I have to go now, it’s tea time. The ferret’s name is Ronaldo, my wife named him. Alas.

Geoff

147. PV - April 24, 2009

I guess we need
http://qrcode.kaywa.com/

148. Mel - April 24, 2009

Merzmensch-kosmopol found that background.

http://www.johannbayer.eu/background.jpg

149. PV - April 24, 2009

we killed the page http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ :(

150. Adam - April 24, 2009

No idea if this is helpful at all..
After searching:
48.8567 2.3510
35.6895 139.6917
34.0522 -118.9104
52.5231 13.4114
On google SKY, I found that two of them point to specific places:
35.6895 139.6917 points to Cygnus
34.0522 -118.9104 points to Perseus

Does that mean anything???

151. illogical - April 24, 2009

PHPChat user 4 and 5 have tweet activity about half an hour ago, and user 4 has a new profile pic – looks like Newton to me:
https://twitter.com/PHPChatUser4

152. Mel - April 24, 2009

The translated writing:

3V 9
V N X
F0 I P
3V KM

I am not sure with some of the symbols. Some sybols are also higher or lower than the rest. I can’t show it here.

153. Mel - April 24, 2009

Like this with numbers2².

154. Matt - April 24, 2009

Superscript, like at the crash site (we think).

155. Mel - April 24, 2009

You can see also in the background a bird head. And Apus is also a bird, not only a constellation.

156. Mel - April 24, 2009

There are also a few other symbols more in the background above the others.

U

9

X NW

Not very sure with the “N”.

157. Daoud - April 24, 2009

Mel, you have a good eye, I strain to tell the difference between these things in the background.jpg image.

what you call a V could be a 4?
perhaps if it is a V, it’s functioning as a separator, an apostrophe, comma or some other carom.
the little f seems to function as a decimal point
KM definitely seems to stand for kellicams. (kidding, but why not: Romulans using Klingon units makes as much sense as….)

158. Mel - April 24, 2009

I have use this site for the translation:

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

from the writing of this picture:

http://www.johannbayer.eu/background.jpg

which Merzmensch-kosmopol found.

Some symbols don’t really look like ones in the Romulan alphabet. In those cases I used the symbol which look most similar.

159. Mel - April 24, 2009

@ 157

It is really hard to make out all of those symbols and some look really very similar like the V and the 4 for example. You could be right.

160. Mel - April 24, 2009

Oh, by the way. I have rotate the picture to read the symbols.

161. Daoud - April 24, 2009

https://twitter.com/PHPChatUser7 seems to have some scramble text and have come online a few hours ago.

Bmt it dtz gjqnjaj? YNSFWW! myyu://bbb.dtzyzgj.htr/bfyhm?a=tMl5XODWMF0

rotates to become
Who do you believe? TINARR! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0

Which is an old gag, and I needed the laugh. Thanks to whomever! :)

162. Élio Ribeiro, Portugal - April 24, 2009

When this is all over please tell me something. I’ve better things to do…

163. raveoned - April 24, 2009

Although I did mention how good it was that many people are getting together to work this out, I’m now noticing that it’s unfortunately turning into a circle jerk, and others who are trying to contribute are getting ignored or not even acknowledged.

I’ll just tune back in after the movie, and see what it was all about.

See ya!

164. Daoud - April 24, 2009

#163 Circle jerk? What’s being ignored? What’s not being acknowledged? I must be missing something. I guess there’s not a puppetmaster (a normal ARG feature) who’s around giving out e.p.’s like a dungeonmaster of old… but hey, the play’s the thing wherein we’ll find the conscience of the Kirk.

By the way, you did a great job identifying the Madrid museum location, for example.

165. raveoned - April 24, 2009

164 – A-ha! So you got me to come back and talk again, even when I said I wouldn’t! LOL!

All I meant was that there are people trying to contribute, and all I see are you, Mel, and aliotsy (for the most part) just throwing stuff between each other, and it is starting to look exclusionary.

Thank you for the compliment on the museum, though. That’s what I mean: stop for a second from getting all into a lather to try and unlock this…whatever it is, and acknowledge that there are more than three of you trying to join in the fun, OK?

166. subatoi - April 24, 2009

Do you think we need to use http://www.johannbayer.eu/ to put the correct QR code which is the password, and we’ll get the solution of the entire ARG?

167. Daoud - April 24, 2009

#165 Raveoned… I can’t access the chat that’s always going; nor do I want to make accounts at the wiki or BBS that was created, or post at the Paramount site (which is dead), so I just post here. I’m certainly reading the other sites, I just prefer here.

I’m sure you can involve yourself as much as you want. There are a few dozen people between all the sites. I’m just more of a trekmovie denizen. Aliotsy’s invited all into the chat, and if I could do that I would.

Funny though, because I feel a bit “excluded” since I can’t use those other sites easily… and here you’re feeling that way here. Sorry….

Also, for what it’s worth, I’ll be offline for the next hours, so it’s all yours.

168. Richard Martin - April 24, 2009

@PHPChatUser5
Dime where you are and I will be there.

10:21 A.M. Apr 20th from Web in reply to PHPChatUser5@PHPChatUser5
If you would not come to me, I request to you, permiteme that comes to you.

10:21 A.M. Apr 20th from Web in reply to PHPChatUser5@PHPChatUser5 Creo you have felt thus sometimes.

10:21 A.M. Apr 20th from Web in reply to PHPChatUser5@PHPChatUser5
You were and are my unique opportunity for the joy.

10:21 A.M. Apr 20th from Web in reply to PHPChatUser5@PHPChatUser5 although it has not become crazy and the dogs have persecuted to him, still would not have anything.

10:20 A.M. Apr 20th from Web in reply to PHPChatUser5@PHPChatUser5 But I occurred to account of that although we still have a house,

10:20 A.M. Apr 20th from Web in reply to PHPChatUser5@PHPChatUser5
is nothing for us here or now.

]10:19 A.M. Apr 20th from Web in reply to PHPChatUser5@PHPChatUser5
this I can be the aim for us, everything, and must know that at least I said to you as I feel.

10:18 A.M. Apr 20th from Web in reply to PHPChatUser5@PHPChatUser5. This is so that I am so crazy for decirte the following thing– 10:18 A.M.

Apr 20th from Web in reply to PHPChatUser@PHPChatUser5.
What treatment to say is, ” Si” he is not the unique one that is becoming crazy.

10:18 A.M. Apr 20th from Web in reply to PHPChatUser5@PHPChatUser5 I do not have completed my joining point already, but this is not the reason for which I write.

169. aliotsy - April 24, 2009

@165 raveoned — there isn’t any intentional exclusion.

Most of the updating and breakthroughs have happened in the ARG chatroom Tom set up … usually well before others thinking concurrently post here or on Unfiction. Mel and others have been trying to drop in to the TM comments and post updates from the chat as often as possible (thank you!), but there are often a lot of developments at once and it’s hard to keep up.

If you can, I highly recommend you join in … you’re more than welcome.

http://trek.tvdw.eu/arg/

170. aliotsy - April 24, 2009

@167 Daoud – sorry to hear that you can’t access the chat. Your contributions have been excellent and I’m trying to make sure you’re appropriately credited. Thank you for the hard work!

171. Richard Martin - April 24, 2009

Maybe we should blacken al the squares at http://www.johannbayer.eu/ then make the QR pattersn into the grid.

172. Mel - April 24, 2009

@ raveoned

It is teamwork. There ARE many people working on this ARG.

Look here:

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

http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=27713&start=315

I post things on this site, so that people who aren’t in the chat and only scroll through the comments know that something new is going on!

It is also good so that people who come later to the site can inform themselves of the newest developments before joining the chat.

173. Mel - April 24, 2009

@ 171

Good idea!

We are now searching for the correct QR code.

You can make QR codes here:

http://qrcode.kaywa.com/

We need to have a 39×39 QR code so that it has the same size like the grid here:

http://johannbayer.eu/

Now we only have to find out what to put in the QR code generator. No one has solve it yet.

174. Mel - April 24, 2009

@ 168

Where do you have that from?

175. aliotsy - April 24, 2009

@174 It’s translated from PHPChatUser4’s update on Monday:

http://twitter.com/PHPChatUser4

176. Chink2love - April 24, 2009

just back from crash site.. uploading pics now

177. Richard Martin - April 24, 2009

Great chicklove!

178. Chink2love - April 24, 2009

Crash Markings 1

http://www.c2l.eu/Gallery/v/Chink2love/stARG/CIMG0365.JPG.html

179. Richard Martin - April 24, 2009

No all we have to do is find the shuttle… any ideas as to what it might look like?

180. Chink2love - April 24, 2009

the sign… http://www.c2l.eu/Gallery/v/Chink2love/stARG/CIMG0374.JPG.html

181. Chink2love - April 24, 2009

everything from the microlight pictures was on there.. down to the scattered dirt!

182. Adam - April 24, 2009

Sign is upside down but I would translate it as:

48.8567,2.3510
35.6895,139.6917
34.0522,-118.2434
52.5234,13.4114

Is that correct?

183. BCBuddy - April 25, 2009

In reply to http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=27713&start=345….

Yes, Raphael is right, the Spain location, if you look up the Google Earth coordinates 40.408865, -3.693845 +40° 24′ 31.91″, -3° 41′ 37.84″ do take you right between those two “rusty” towers at the
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.

The Berlin location points to a building in Oranienburger Str.

Other results from Google Earth for the other codes found in Curbridge:

+48° 51′ 24.12″, +2° 21′ 3.60″ is at the pedestrian crossing on Place de L’Hotel de Ville just near Avenue Victoria in Paris.

+35° 41′ 22.20″. +139° 41′ 30.12 points to Tokyo Metropolitan Gov’t Towers in Shinjuku-ku in Tokyo

+34° 3′ 7.92″, -118° 14′ 36.24″ points to the intersection at W 1st St and S Main St in Los Angeles

+52° 31′ 24.24″, +13° 24′ 41.04″ is in Karl-Liebknecht-Straße near Alexanderplatz, Mitte, Berlin

184. Bren - April 26, 2009

So, We’re three constellations in? 3 more and we have a Stargate address!

Open the Iris!

I like this puzzle, it’s exciting!

185. Willmah - April 27, 2009

Is Geoff Greatbatch IG??

only in his message he said he had a nice pub lunch, and theres a pub in curbridge nearest the crash site called ‘The Flying Machine’.

maybe the shuttle is over in their beer garden lol

186. Cyber Hackers Team - February 24, 2012

Grat Blog Dude I Like The Design And Your Posts Too!!! I Will Look Out For New Ones….

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