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timescape
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Joined: 11 Sep 2015
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Location: Kansas

Tried to process some of the newer pangenttechnologies tumblr images
By separating the RGB channels in GIMP, I found the images in this album: http://imgur.com/a/d0FZA
The binary pixels image translates to:
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imgur EWJ1FjV imgur uFiIZYO

The dead mans switch writing is more story food for thought.
The mediafire link is to: http://www.mediafire.com/download/re6w37cv7aejo93
Which contains
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a ZIP archive with instructions and python scripts for encoding and decoding in the Kansas City Standard audio format. The file included results in the text posted here: http://pastebin.com/fS401Gji


PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:59 pm
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DeRigeur
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Thanks to timescape for doing a bunch of solves lately!

http://humansoulsarg.tumblr.com/

Here's the latest.

From this post:

http://pangenttechnologies.tumblr.com/post/142710184017

timescape00:
Quote:
The 'maverick' image is to a binary puzzle to a mediafire to a kansas city standard to a vigenere to a prettty neat message


In the blue channel of the image, there's a binary puzzle, leading to a mediafire link, to an audio file in the 1975 "Kansas City Data Standard". Decoded via Python script that leads to text encrypted as vigenere with the password "Lancelot."

Message from Lancelot reads as follows:

http://pastebin.com/Q58L7wi6

Thanks timescape!

PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:01 pm
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timescape
Boot


Joined: 11 Sep 2015
Posts: 20
Location: Kansas

I've been really enjoying this one. The puzzles are very well done, and the story is large in scope with a lot of mystery.
See here for a wikia introduction
I also submitted the results of my Pangent Technologies Personality Test to the tumblr and received this video in response.
In addition to:
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The Artifact/Cube/Project 555 which may or may not be organic and outside of linear time and containing the consciousness/souls of at least two people.
There's also:
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Grail legend references, Stressed Penguin comics, hints at possible immortality and questions about the nature of reality, and plenty of memes to fill any dead air.
Come join the fun!

PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:06 pm
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DeRigeur
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So today Timescape sent some stuff to the Pangent Tumbr, anonymously.

http://mediafire.com/?2acwzv1y3l8856h
http://mediafire.com/?dh9qnvd4f3ehed9

These are two audio files Timescape made, encoded with Spectrogram images. Very well done. The first one is Argentina's face.

http://imgur.com/wZe6AyX

The second is the Pangent Technologies logo, bordered by two families of penguins.

http://imgur.com/ADufIRI

The Pangent Technologies Tumblr replied with two media links of its own.

The first is .... unexpected. It's Super Mario Bros for the NES, but ... well, see for yourself.

http://mediafire.com/?hsqkshwl4ugupm5
http://imgur.com/Jhi622H

The second is audio in the "Kansas City Standard" format ...

http://mediafire.com/?bz2uq6s0v6sdbn2

.... which decodes to:

http://pastebin.com/56xqkakL


Update: So Kuurbis sent a color square code (Kuurbis code) anonymously to the Pangent Tumblr, asking, can we trust Lancelot?

http://imgur.com/SGumsU3

In response Pangent's Tumblr posted another NES file. Messages in Excitebike --

http://imgur.com/k3dZ7tF
http://36.media.tumblr.com/c2e3a8428d4f1f0e5976c0303d71210b/tumblr_inline_o5nskuAmQp1thscgh_1280.png

http://www.mediafire.com/download/me52rg3s7sydodi/Bicycle_555.nes.zip

PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:49 pm
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timescape
Boot


Joined: 11 Sep 2015
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Location: Kansas

I continue to find this an amazing game. I recently worked my way through the pangenttechnologies tumblr archives and am starting to wrap my head around some of the concepts in this, but everything I've read and solved has been thrilling.

The recent responses have included:
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Hacked NES ROMs for Super Mario Brothers and Excitebike and just tonight a Game Boy Advance version of Pokemon with extensive in-game content at the beginning.

Through user submission of coded content created in the same vein as the game's content, including
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spectrogram text in audio files, kansas city standard encoded audio files, and SSTV audio files
the game seems to progress to higher levels of challenge.

Come join the fun and see where this adventure leads!

See humansoulsarg tumblr for spoilery solves and more details, including the chat link

PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 1:09 am
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DeRigeur
Boot

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Timescape submitted http://mediafire.com/?8ey9re8t8j4on3d

which is an SSTV audio file that decodes to a frame from the animals video on the Signal and Noise YouTube channel. Of a corgi dog. This is encoded as Scotty-1.

The Pangent Tumblr responded with http://mediafire.com/?d20zhob6zzdjgtk

Another ROM, this time of a Game Boy Advance Pokemon game. The introduction contains lots of information about Pangent and the Cube.

I was able, using some cheats, to beat Super Mario Bros and got this message at the end:
http://imgur.com/YbTXQVP


Timescape submitted:
http://mediafire.com/?xdlceib6h97duff

This is text encoded as Kansas City audio. It was an idea Timescape and Kuurbis came up with, and I helped write. The idea is to plan a lavish birthday party for Leslie's cat, but only as an alibi to throw X off the trail of what they're really doing.

Sharon, Leslie and Argentina have all responded to this now via the Tumblr. They seem to like the idea.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 1:59 am
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timescape
Boot


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Location: Kansas

In a recent glitch-image post, the hidden (binary pixels in blue channel) message decoded to:
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OLD MAN
SHOPKEEPER
GHOST
INNKEEPER
WITCH
OLD SOLDIER
KING
TRAVELLER

This made me think of old text adventure games so I sent an 'ask' to the tumblr reading:
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HELP GHOST

The response was:
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Command not understood. There is no GHOST here.

So then I tried:
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TALK OLD MAN

And got a pastebin link response which decodes (base64 + some hex codes)to:
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Is it too late for my lesson?//OLD MAN Much too late.// I知 sorry I missed it.//OLD MAN There will be no more lessons.// So I知 ready then.//OLD MAN There is nothing more I can teach you. I suppose you値l take that as a compliment.// Shouldn稚 I?//OLD MAN You are young.// I知 fifteen. I知 not a child.//OLD MAN But you have a child痴 impatience.// You can稚 keep me here anymore. I will see the world.//OLD MAN Will you seek the Grail?// I will.//OLD MAN Then may God be with you.// I値l take your sword with me, and your gold. God can stay home./

Combining this 'quest for the Grail' with comments in the Pokemon ROM intro. I decided to submit the following two commands:
    HELP ME
    BANG COCONUT HALVES TOGETHER


PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 7:46 am
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DeRigeur
Boot

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Should I post more updates?

Uh, this takes us up to page 65.

http://pangenttechnologies.tumblr.com/tagged/PT/chrono/page/65

Transcript of the Pokemon ROM thanks to timescape:
http://pastebin.com/WiBhNyA3

(Pretty much all of these solves were done by Timescape.)

Previously, timescape, kuurbis and I suggested a birthday party for Leslie's cat, as an alibi to cover their tracks, when Sharon was really intending to crash X's presentation in New York.

This has resulted in lots of images of a cat posted at Pangent.

The Tumblr has been celebrating the cat's birthday nonstop for a few days now.

This cat pic:



led to this:



which led to this:

http://imgur.com/6eeUA7N

^^
The first part of this chat was posted by timescape and encoded as Base64 in the "party invitation." Turns out the result was sent through to Lottie directly.

We found out Lottie's reaction in full later. An audio post contained a spectrogram leading to:

http://pastebin.com/Rme7a2vs

Base 64 text with vignere password argentina.

Lottie is unsure who wrote the invitation (actually timescape, me and kuurbis) but she doesn't trust her own memory lately either, and decides to play along.


Pangent was asked, "what IS your blog anyway?"

First Lottie replied.

Then there was a much longer reply from Eric. The first (?) Signal and Noise video was posted again:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0p7ppGivYck

And this response, coded in vignere.

http://pastebin.com/9Be7DWEi

As "birthday celebrations" for the cat continue, Pangent posts a still from the movie "New York, New York."

http://40.media.tumblr.com/c2b12c11eeb05eb037c88dd8daeb6a26/tumblr_o5t0ad2lep1v8blixo1_1280.jpg

It's likely that Lottie, Sharon and Leslie have now travelled to New York.

There is morse code reading:
"Be careful I think X knows"

The next dozen or so posts are all about a cat's birthday party.



The blue channel contains a binary puzzle leading to:

http://mediafire.com/?sbd4q5k4947263c

The archive contains two very large images of penguin-patterned material. One looks like a party hat.

The blue channel from this image:


leads to:

http://mediafire.com/?d0gvcmv8bclt3vg

Inside the archive is an SSTV (Scottie-1) audio encoded image of a cat in a penguin party hat.



There is also an audio post with a spectrogram leading to:

http://imgur.com/oT2wS1s

A conversation between Lottie and Lancelot.


More cat birthday images:

http://40.media.tumblr.com/fbb5c564e0f05d38e44c50e8d683a064/tumblr_o5v6yaXAaN1v8blixo1_1280.png

http://40.media.tumblr.com/b2c814dac3e0b7fdd8d1d65811fc70ce/tumblr_o5v6yrdSIH1v8blixo1_1280.png

http://40.media.tumblr.com/8bd3de37a7eddae9c435599b7dce14b0/tumblr_o5wq4r7DNC1v8blixo1_1280.png

http://36.media.tumblr.com/d16c5f4b23422b7f00a5af8a5c0cc320/tumblr_o5wqq4T1BZ1v8blixo1_1280.png

http://41.media.tumblr.com/4655b49f3b8bf1a8e234887bff7dee9d/tumblr_o5wra05tuP1v8blixo1_1280.png

Oh, I forgot all about the "Adventure Game" type thing that was happening as well.

After "TALK OLD MAN," Timescape submitted "START."

The reply was
FkaRig0i

Timescape submitted "YES."

The reply was
Piu6du7U


Also, the Pangent Twitter has been somewhat active lately, so we've heard directly from X:

https://twitter.com/pangenttech

PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:53 pm
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timescape
Boot


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Location: Kansas

Amazing Work

DeRigeur wrote:
Should I post more updates?


Outstanding update DeRigeur!! What an excellent write-up and summary! When everyone else finally figures out how awesome Pangent Tech really is updates like these will be...

Code:
10 PRINT "VERY"
20 GOTO 10


VALUABLE.

Come on everyone of you Players and Nonplayers out there, join in on the fun, it's Yahoo time!!

PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 9:12 am
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DeRigeur
Boot

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Okay, pulled up Photoshop. Solved this image:



as this:



(In blue channel, autolevelled)

leads to:
http://mediafire.com/?b4xt5aoody0y2dm

which leads to:
http://imgur.com/q6MJcMH

(Thanks to Timescape for the last two there ^^^)

It's a spectrogram image of a cat. Looked like a negative when viewed in grayscale, so I made it a negative and darkened it a bit:
http://imgur.com/mHYYueh

Solved this:



as this:


(Layer Mask from Transparency)

PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:13 pm
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DeRigeur
Boot

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Hmm ...

http://41.media.tumblr.com/34abd6b9ef440d9e886e8984fe38f758/tumblr_o6d6cokiRd1v8blixo2_1280.jpg

http://65.media.tumblr.com/e0eefc736a1ca9d7f838a6f0553b6dcc/tumblr_o6d6cokiRd1v8blixo1_1280.jpg

http://41.media.tumblr.com/36a99e06c6823564ed06c1f143788b63/tumblr_o63lyovkHk1v8blixo1_1280.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/OAxYTSK.png

PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 11:58 am
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DeRigeur
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http://humansoulsarg.tumblr.com/

A wild LESLIE appears!



http://imgur.com/a/zuTUo

^^ [thanks Hammie]

PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2016 12:18 pm
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timescape
Boot


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Come on in, the water's fun!

to sum up
a woman by the codename argentina is working on a project (555/the cube) theorized to be a means of preserving life/immortality
simultaneously, from more future than the future that argentina is working in, the cube is speaking to us, the "server" by means of a person named Eric and a person named Rachel
they are losing their memories and are made of "corrupted" data, neither alive nor dead
or both
by solving the puzzles and making key decisions, we are slowly altering the reality that Argentina is living in, which is also changing the people in the cube
the "goal" is to help Argentina successfully do her job as well as trying to prevent the fate of the two people in the cube from ending up the way they are
whether we can or not is debatable
you'll find a major recurring theme (motif, if you will) is dual possibilities, where there are two possible answers and you have to pick whichever one is the best, or looks the best, or makes the most sense to you

(summarized by kuurbis on chat: http://humansoulsarg.chatango.com/ )

PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 6:19 am
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DeRigeur
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https://www.reddit.com/r/gamedetectives/comments/4ib4u9/a_guide_to_whats_been_going_on_with_human_souls/

Whizzer0, who edits for the Game Detectives Wiki, posted this guide to what's going on with Human Souls ARG generally. A good guide!

PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 3:03 pm
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timescape
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This ARG continues to amaze me with the high quality puzzles and story involved.

Last night we solved a particularly tricky wicket of a post in a very unique manner.

Here is the post in question: http://pangenttechnologies.tumblr.com/post/143953603110/2012-was-a-different-time

Take a look at the compilation blog to see how to solve it (or work on it yourself if you know enough about the trolls in Homestuck)

http://humansoulsarg.tumblr.com/post/144841843568/homestuck-art-solve

After these last solves, we got a post that has a nice 'IT WORKED' vibe, possibly related to our solves?

http://pangenttechnologies.tumblr.com/post/144872853322/it-works-i-dont-understand-leslie-took-a

PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 9:21 pm
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