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[TRAILHEAD] Intimation
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notgordian
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[TRAILHEAD] Intimation

Got a rather persistent series of twitter friendings from "intimation" -- http://twitter.com/intimation (I say persistent because the requests keep coming despite me clicking "decline")

Mysterious posts, and UF-related friends leads me to strongly suspect this is a game. Nothing came when I searched for the twitter texts or the name, so I'm assuming this hasn't been posted yet.

Here are a couple of the mysterious tweets that leave me suspicious. There are over 30 in total, dating back around two weeks.

Quote:
632 7986 a 3256 338 a 4822359

2882 85 281 655 281 51683 131s

this broked jaw of our lost kingdoms

the eyes arg not here


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ineffabelle
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I've been being twit-spammed by intimation also and I've been too lazy to post about it XD Sorry! Is there anything to this?
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Wulf74
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Looks like a definite possibility to me. You probably noticed - but the 2 accounts that intimation is following are "Astro Pic of the Day" and "SETI@home".

The tweets are pretty bizzare, and then there's the last one. I'm gonna look thru it and see what I can find. Sound like fun anyway, and from the initial look - probably sci-fi based.

PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 11:57 pm
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Wulf74
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Just to make it a bit easier, here are all the tweets, oldest to newest, starting at the top:
Quote:

our dried voiwes wlen 8:26 AM Dec 11th from web
we whisper together 12:06 PM Dec 11th from web
are quiet and meaningless 8:53 PM Dec 11th from web
as wind in dwy grass 10:23 AM Dec 12th from web
shape without form, shade without colour 10:02 PM Dec 12th from web
paralysed force, gesture without motion; 11:35 AM Dec 13th from web
with direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom 1:04 PM Dec 14th from web
remember us—if at all—not as lost 6:23 PM Dec 14th from web
eyes i dare bot heep in dreams 7:45 PM Dec 14th from web
sunlight on e broken column 10:36 PM Dec 14th from web
there is a tree swinging 7:11 AM Dec 15th from web
more distant and more solemn 11:15 AM Dec 15th from web
than a fading star. 7:09 PM Dec 15th from web
not that final meeting 11:43 PM Dec 15th from web
in the twilaght kingdom 9:44 AM Dec 16th from web
this is the doud hond 10:00 PM Dec 16th from web
here the stone images are raised, 9:03 AM Dec 17th from web
the supplicetion of a dead man’s hand 1:31 PM Dec 17th from web
under the tminkle of a fading star. 9:28 PM Dec 17th from web
at the hour then we abe twembling 8:10 AM Dec 18th from web
the eyes arg not here 12:35 PM Dec 18th from web
there are no eyes here 10:11 PM Dec 18th from web
in this valley of dying stars 6:58 AM Dec 19th from web
this broked jaw of our lost kingdoms 3:09 PM Dec 19th from web
sightless, unless the eyes reappear 10:04 PM Dec 19th from web
deaths twireght kingdom 5:41 PM Dec 21st from web
the hope onby od empth men. 8:11 AM Dec 22nd from web
here we go round the prickly pear 2:04 PM Dec 22nd from web
between the idea and the reality 7:21 PM Dec 22nd from web
falls the shadoy 7:05 AM Dec 23rd from web
between the conception and the creation 2:19 PM Dec 23rd from web
2882 85 281 655 281 51683 131s 10:04 AM Dec 24th from web
632 7986 a 3256 338 a 4822359. about 13 hours ago


As much as I hate to admit it - the last 2 tweets are confusing me. I haven't been able to find how to translate them yet. If someone does - mind telling me how you did it/what you used?

PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 12:24 am
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MrToasty
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They apparently followed me briefly as well. MANY spelling errors in the tweets adds to the strangeness (and ARGishness) as well.

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Shad0
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Re: [TRAILHEAD] Intimation
source

The quotes are all from T.S. Eliot's poem The Hollow Men. (So is Intimation's bio.)
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teh_lisa
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They were following me as well. Not anymore. Weird,
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BlackandBlue
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Is the code in the spelling errors?
Each entry has a possible code part

Looking at this, there seems to be some sort of pattern to the spelling mistakes.

I just went over this and made notes (probably not complete, as Jay is asking me work questions at the same time). Maybe a message is hidden in the tweets?

1. (no clue)
2. none
3. none
4. R
5. Z/none (do they spell paralyzed with an s in Europe?)
6. (no clue)
7. A
8. none
9. none
10. none
11. none
12. I
13 (no clue)
14. none
15. A
16. W
17. R, R
18. E
19. none
20. none
21. N
22. none
23. L, I
24. L, N, Y
25. none
26. none
27. W
28. none

Then there are the two coded messages, and I'm bad at codes... anyone have an idea of the first, sixth and thirteenth phrases and what those spelling "errors" might be? I'll try and look up the long play of T.S. Elliot's whole poem later. Thank you for finding the source Shad0
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MrToasty
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Re: Is the code in the spelling errors?
Each entry has a possible code part

Here's what I had:

our dried voiwes wlen - C, H
we whisper together
are quiet and meaningless
as wind in dwy grass - R
shape without form, shade without colour
paralysed force, gesture without motion;
with direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom
remember us—if at all—not as lost
eyes i dare bot heep in dreams - N, M, T
sunlight on e broken column - A
there is a tree swinging
more distant and more solemn
than a fading star.
not that final meeting
in the twilaght kingdom - I
this is the doud hond - EA, LA
here the stone images are raised,
the supplicetion of a dead man’s hand - A
under the tminkle of a fading star. - W
at the hour then we abe twembling - W, R, R
the eyes arg not here - E
there are no eyes here
in this valley of dying stars
this broked jaw of our lost kingdoms - N
sightless, unless the eyes reappear
deaths twireght kingdom - LI
the hope onby od empth men. - L, F, Y
here we go round the prickly pear
between the idea and the reality
falls the shadoy - W
between the conception and the creation

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faeryqueen21
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I was requested by this person too I think I'll wait to see what pans out before I accept him though. I don't seem to find much time for ARGs these days... Sad
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Shad0
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Re: Is the code in the spelling errors?
Each entry has a possible code part

BlackandBlue wrote:
(do they spell paralyzed with an s in Europe?)

Yup. In England, anyway.
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BlackandBlue
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Great work there!

You're awesome MrToasty, double letters in some of these which looks even more like someone is trying to leave a hidden message.

Thank you Shad0 - I thought maybe by the use of colour, it was Formal English spelling rules, but wasn't sure for exactly which words that would be s vs. z.

I'm thinking anagram, anyone else? Confused
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TheIllustratedMan
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Well, I notice that there are 3 Ws, a C and an M. looks an awful lot like a web address (minus the O). I tried to anagram the remaining letters:

hrntaiealaarrenlilfy

and got some funny results, but nothing meaningful. thought maybe the numbers would be a clue, but so far can't seem to relate them to the text in any meaningful way.

EDIT: You can also remove the words "reality" (almost)"alternate" and "real life" at least. could be more tweets on the way, and you pull out "alternate reality" or some such thing...
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Might as well mention I also got the nod from intimation earlier this week, but have just been too busy to follow up on it. I wasn't sure if it was something new starting, or part of some other game I'm involved with. The space theme made me think it might be '2012' related, since that game also just went active on twitter... but that was only a passing thought, and I really haven't looked into it.

Whatever it is, it appears to have kl00s, so I'm in =)
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coffeegirl18
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I just got back from visiting family for Xmas....and intimation friended me.

Ok so I looked up The Hollow Men by TS Eliot....the name seems very familiar to me.

EDIT: No wonder it's familiar it's the poem that ends 'This is the way the world ends, Not with a bang but a whimper.'.

Link to full poem

http://poetry.poetryx.com/poems/784/


*shoulders on Apoco-Pak and grabs flashlight*

Ok I'm in!
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