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Trailhead? I'm a "red seal" recipient "True Blood"!!
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jchutchins
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Trailhead? I'm a "red seal" recipient "True Blood"!!

Received something strange in the mail yesterday; shot video and pix to share with my blog/podcast audience. Since posting, my peeps have discovered more recipients of this "red seal" letter.

Could be an ARG or a viral promotion. Intriguing stuff, though. My blog post about it (which has a video, pdf, links to hi-res images and other "red seal" recipients) can be found here:

http://jchutchins.net/site/2008/05/21/videopdf-down-the-rabbit-hole/

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thebruce
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heh, I'm actually just watching your video right now and decided to see if it was posted here. Whaddya know? Welcome to UF Wink

Just for completion, other links you've already referred to / discovered

Other recipients:
http://www.yesbutnobutyes.com/archives/2008/05/strange_mail.html
http://cactuspix.blogspot.com/2008/05/something-weird.html


Main game site?
http://chishio.jp/
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 8:00 am
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jchutchins
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confirmed, re: sites

Thanks for the welcome! Yep, that's all I have so far, re: other links. Looks like the .jp site is the main site so far.

The PDF at my site (and my Flickr pix) have the best capturing of the "red seal" so far; the seal is obstructed by photos on the .jp site.

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Leyton Stone
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The writing on the letter from the yesbutnobutyes page looks a lot like Cuneiform but I was unable to determine any letters which represent those markings...
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Woah, you're the JC Hutchins? Welcome to UF! It's exciting to see the prolific podcast novelist here! Smile

[Sorry for the OT!]
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amandel
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A comment mentioned on the Strange Mail Blog that the writing might be Sumerian. However,I'd hazard a guess that it is Akkadian Cuneiform.

And an awesome Welcome, jchutchins
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jchutchins
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Did the WHOIS thing for the .jp site.

Email contact: chishio01SPLATgmail.com
Phone: +6469370339
Address: 166-0002 (postal code) 3-43-13 Koenji-kita, Suginami-ku Tokyo

Iíve sent an email to the address; no reply yet. Tried the phone number locally; non-working number. Iíll call the number in Japan when SkypeOut works for me.

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Leyton Stone
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lol yeah I was trying to be nonchalant(sp?) about having JC on uF but meh lol.

And yeah Amandel I already mentioned that those look like Cuneiform letters/text. Razz
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 10:30 am
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amandel
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Leyton,you must know that I always read each of your posts. Razz

There are various types of cuneiform, each quite different, and you didn't mention any specific one. That's why I compared a few and posted my best guess, Leyton. Wink
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Leyton Stone
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Meanie... I was unaware of that! Razz

But it's a good job you did because evidently it wasn't any of the Cuneiform texts I was looking at!

Thank ya for the clarification!
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 11:12 am
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Karensa
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Interesting....

Earlier I was checking out strange font for the DL game and spent a lot of time here - great resource -

www.omniglot.com


because it looked familiar. Now, here we go again.

What I found (so far, will keep looking) is that the one JH received looks amazingly similar to this:

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

or a cross between that and this one:

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


one of the others that was received is familiar to this one:

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

and the cuniform looks like it's taken from the above one mentioned as well as the persian style - letter glyphs from both appear

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


Unfortunately, the site seems to be bogging down on me and pages aren't loading...maybe a bunch of others on there looking.

I have no idea what any of it says, but I saw these and remembered seeing very similar ones on the site from earlier, thought I'd pass it along.
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demonpunk
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don't know if it helps but check out this site
www.ancientscripts.com/ugaritic.html

seems the fourth letter on chishio.jp uses this key.
but translation doesn't make sense.
maybe im missin sumthin? Evil or Very Mad

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amandel
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Meanie,naha and not too clevah on the reaserching either. Spinning head now from all the extinct scripts.

**whispering that she does enjoy teasing good-natured Leyton abit** Twisted Evil
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jchutchins
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red letters?

You guys are awesome with the ancient language mojo.

I've been thinking that the large black letters are the "punchline," but the red characters seen in the red seal are the setup. I think we might find a translation key for the ancient languages if we concentrate on the red characters in the seal.

I took some close-up pics of the seal, and posted them in a PDF: http://media.libsyn.com/media/jchutchins/rabbit_hole.pdf

Page 4 has the best shot, I think. I've zoomed in and seen that the red characters appear to be English letters, in some kind of stylized mashup. Something to it?

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Karensa
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Wild hair shot in the dark time...

On a whim, I yahooed KTBK and turns out it's some radio or tv station in Japan. I don't have Japanese fonts installed on this machine so all I get are squares but hey, never know...maybe you got hit up by a radio/tv station promo?

www.ktbk.co.jp

Closer to home there is also


http://www.ktbk.com/

and others, mostly Japanese though...

but for the record, the way I interpreted the seal symbol was just tb - that those aren't Ks one way or the other, just decorative type.

Question for JC - have you had any association with the Japanese on anything you've done? Maybe there's a link that direction?
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