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Project Syzygy
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catherwood-offline
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ok, i'm intrigued

btw, the document contents have changed.

Yesterday, alison.rtf said "2oc3o:ptxt" and today it says "2oc4o:ptxt"

My googling led me to samples like
Code:
iperl storyfun.ptxt </dev/null
fwiw.

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BrianEnigma
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yanka wrote:
There is some new stuff here... though I'm not sure we are supposed to look at it, especially now that perplexcity is all protected... What is "ptxt" - is it something used to compress text?

A quick glance at the Rich Text specification seems to indicate that ptext is used to demark data as paragraph text. (I didn't have the time to dig deeply into the spec or the file, though, so maybe someone else can tell if it's used correctly and/or a clue, or if it's just an artifact of how the text editor saved data or whatever...)
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Ptxt files

I found the follwing information at the US patent office here. Essentially, Ptxt is "A cryptographic system is a system for sending a message from a sender to a receiver over a medium so that the message is "secure", that is, so that only the intended receiver can recover the message. A cryptographic system converts a message, referred to as "plaintext" into an encrypted format, known as "ciphertext." The encryption is accomplished by manipulating or transforming the message using a "cipher key" or keys. The receiver "decrypts" the message, that is, converts it from ciphertext to plaintext, by reversing the manipulation or transformation process using the cipher key or keys. So long as only the sender and receiver have knowledge of the cipher key, such an encrypted transmission is secure."

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I no longer see the file you guys are referring to (alison.rtf?). The directory pointed to in the previous message (http://www.projectsyzygy.com/images/) simply contains a bunch of gif images and a _notes folder containing a bunch of XML files. The XML files seem to indicate they have been created by Fireworks on the Mac (specifically to files on file:///Macintosh HD2/Personal/PERPLEX CITY/Website/Project Syzygy/Flash Masters/). It's hard to tell if this is in game or not...

D'oh, nevermind. My brain interpreted the underscore directory as a dot directory. Found it. Still, the Fireworks are interesting. Looking into allison.rtf now.

Edit: After going back through the file, my initial thought (the file is corrupted) turns out to be false. It's a valid RTF, not truncated or anything. For those that care, it consists of the following data:

HEADER
rtf1 Identifying header
mac Macintosh charset
ansicpg10000 Using ANSI charset 10000 (not sure this is defined...)
cocoartf102 ????

FONT TABLE
fonttbl Start of the font table
f0 Font 0 is...
fswiss Sans serif (basically "Arial")
fcharset77 Charset 77: Macintosh charset
ArialMS Use Microsoft Arial for the sans serif font if available

COLOR TABLE
colortbl Start of the color table
red255 green255 blue255 pure black

DOCUMENT
paperw11905 Set the paper width to 11905 twips (default is 12240)
paperh16387 Set paper height to 16387 twips (default is 15840)
margl1440 Set left margin to 1440 twips (default is 1800)
margr1440 Set right margin to 1440 twips (default 1800)
vieww900 Undefined in the spec
viewh900 Undefined in the spec
viewkind0 No default view (as opposed to page layout view, master document view, outline view, etc)
pard Reset to default pararaph properties
tx560, etc... Set tab stops to 560 twips, 1120, 1680, etc...
ql Left-align the text
qnatural Undefined in the spec
f0 Use font #0 (from the font table above...Arial)
f28 14 point font
cf0 Foreground color 0 (from the color table above...black)
The literal text "2oc4o:ptxt"

And that's it. Each section is properly terminated, so the file certainly is whole. A few of the keywords were undefined, but that might be because I am using an older spec. I am not entirely sure what a "twip" is, other than an archaic unit of measurement used internally by some Windows programs.
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Re: ok, i'm intrigued

catherwood-offline wrote:
btw, the document contents have changed.

Yesterday, alison.rtf said "2oc3o:ptxt" and today it says "2oc4o:ptxt"



And those who have met me will understand why I am fascinated with this information and clueless as to what it means . . .

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Lagomania

FWIW

Lagomania is defined as the: "Insatiable desire for a hare."

Down the rabbit hole, anyone?

I think that this thing is live and there is something that we aren't finding (or looking for).
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Re: Lagomania

Semioclast wrote:
FWIW

Lagomania is defined as the: "Insatiable desire for a hare."

Down the rabbit hole, anyone?

I think that this thing is live and there is something that we aren't finding (or looking for).


I am very much late (and not for the first time, ahem), so I don't really get this... what's up with predicaments.com? This Justin Berkovi figure is genuine, isn't he? I'm kinda confused...
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[SPEC] It seems like the music from the http://www.projectsyzygy.com website is his [SPEC].

How we found it, I have no idea.
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I'm only going by what I read in this very thread, so forgive me if I'm trouting. This is on Dan Hon's weblog:

ext|circ wrote:
Remember the Cloudmakers? That aggregation of thousands of people playing an incredibly immersive game? If you played, you'll remember. It's likely that you'll never be able to forget. Since then, the scene's been, well, not exactly quiet, but not setting the world on fire, either. I got depressed for a while at the state of massively multiplayer immersive gaming. That amazing new genre was starting to look as if it had prematurely died.

Now, though, I'm excited and for good reason: Project Syzygy is launching, and we're hiring.

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On of the "games" listed is The Game (Consumer Recreational Services).

That was the movie Michael Douglas was in where his family set up The Game for his birthday. He thought someone was out to kill him. If this is anything like that... Shocked Shocked Shocked

It was a great movie though, IMO.
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You guys probably already found this days ago, but since it hasn't been brought up here: there also exists http://www.perplex-city.com. Seems to be an exact copy of perplexcity.net, including the answer page and /perplexcity

I think I'm going to stop obsessing about alison.rtf - it can't possibly be a KLOO, can it? Who would put one in the images folder? But then, "Perplex City" was mixed up in the images references in the source code, right? I'm going to cry...

Oh, and

Semioclast wrote:
How we found it, I have no idea.

The images etc. were hosted there, I think.
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On March 8 at 13:37 EST, Dan Hon posted the words "Pareidolia Specialists" to the topic at #evanchan.

Pareidolia is defined as "the erroneous or fanciful perception of a pattern or meaning in something that is actually ambiguous or random."

What does it mean? I have no idea. I'm just sharing the information.

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LouMac wrote:
On March 8 at 13:37 EST...

Is it just me, or does that spell "leetest?" Coincidence or clue? Wink
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Yeah, but isn't *that* simply an anagram for 'eel test', eh? Very Happy


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LouMac wrote:
On March 8 at 13:37 EST, Dan Hon posted the words "Pareidolia Specialists" to the topic at #evanchan.

Pareidolia is defined as "the erroneous or fanciful perception of a pattern or meaning in something that is actually ambiguous or random."

What does it mean? I have no idea. I'm just sharing the information.


Maybe it just means we're spinning our wheels and there's nothing of consequence to investigate just yet in the extension stuff (of which I admit I know nada).....then again spinning our wheels is one of the things we do best here at Unf....it's one of the surest ways of finding....well something eventually. Very Happy

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