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From 2^21701 - 1 (bottom text) is the 25th Mersenne prime. Compare this with "the 29th Mersenne prime" (left side text), which is 2^110503 - 1. These #'s are probably some kind of cipher-key to decode other parts of the text. Given the repeated references to meetings at the 'hotel california', I tend to suspect that these pages are announcements to a group of people who are in the know about the code. Perhaps some sort of 'skull and crossbones' organization at the University would explain the longevity of the ads, as well as their mysticism and diversity. If you want to figure out what they mean, I suggest trying to guess what the 'hotel california' refers to, deciphering the current years meeting date, and crashing the gate on one of their meetings (of course, this assumes my theory about a scret society is correct, and also could be a trifle dangerous). Maybe they are a sect of the Discordians or something.
I'm willing to gatecrash,and to be prepared for the possible result... From Kipawa Condor: Ah yes, the 25th Mersenne prime must refer to the 25th of June (not sure where/if the "6" is encoded). The Confessio Augustana refers to the Augsburg Confession in 1530 (note that this makes 1990 the 460th anniversary), which some say marks the the culmination of the German Reformation. The Augsburg Confession was the summation of Martin Luther's views by some guy named Melanchthon at the diet of Augsburg. Maybe this is just a random event from which to date the current year ('the 460th anniversary of the CA' sound a whole lot more mysterious than 1990). Or maybe Luther is significant in some way. I suspect the leitmotiv is sort of a red herring. That is, the meaning of the words is probably irrelevant. I think that the # of words, or the # of letters in each word, represents some sort of key for deciphering a part of the text. Simplistic example: The leitmotiv has 11 words, so read every 11th word. Or, the word lengths are 2, 4, 2, 2, 2, 4, etc. so read the 2nd word, the 4th after that, etc. Or, read the 2nd word in the 1st box, the 4th word in the 2nd box, etc. Just a guess. Webmaster: Kind of like the whole Bible code word-searching
algorithm, eh? Maybe that would explain the tons of text that appear in
these damn things. I like this idea. A lot...anyone have brute force
textsearching software?!??! :)
Repubgirl: at the end of the long text on the left hand side of the page, "ecce nova facio omnia" From Revelations 21:5 ... "[Behold] I make all things new."
And the Latin at the end of the text on the right side of the page: From Timothy II 1:12, "I know whom I have believed."
Webmaster:Miner's/Weaver's needle: Two points in the Superstition Mountains, somewhat south of Phoenix. The Superstitions are home to all kinds of old mines, old stories about lost gold and hidden treasure. "Arizona Lore" for lack of a better term... Some info here and here
email=cashton clue=(bet you're hating me by now :-) ou cheiropoietou: not made by human hands (c.f. Heb 9:11) ina pan stoma phage: same as previous text. (so that every mouth may eat). Note misspelling of "phage" as "phrage". scordatura: phage, "he may eat". Doesn't 'scordatura' mean "a departual from the norm?". Can't remember ... Hebrew: aleph-cheyth-resh: without vowels, I can't give you an accurate definition of this word (possible meanings are "delay" or "behind", see Strong's 309, 310). Gematrical value is 209. I have a theory that the foreign language phrases often come in pairs ... name=Chris Ashton 7/1/00 email=mogul@xxxxxxx clue=Chris, can you expand on your theory of the paired foreign languages? Thanks name=mogul Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2000 12:11:36 -0700 (MST) ++++++++++++++ clue=The quote "You will wait a long time before a fried chicken flies into your mouth." comes from Martin Luther (Harre, bis dir ein gebraten Huhn ins Maul fliege.) to those who imagine that God will give and do what they desire without labor or industry. name=Jessica 12/04/00 email=mogul clue=It just occurred to me that Hausdorff refers to the location as does plain Haus. 02/07/01 email=jessica@augustsson.net clue="Now is the hunter home from the hill": Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850-1894). A Child's Garden of Verses and Underwoods. 1913. XXI. Requiem UNDER the wide and starry sky, Dig the grave and let me lie. Glad did I live and gladly die, And I laid me down with a will. This be the verse you grave for me: Here he lies where he longed to be; Home is the sailor, home from sea, And the hunter home from the hill. name=Jessica Augustsson email=jessica@augustsson.net clue=BREITENFELD, BATTLE OF, name given to two battles of the Thirty Years' War, fought near the village of Breitenfeld, Saxony, now a suburb of Leipzig, Germany. The first battle was fought on Sept. 17, 1631, between an allied Protestant army of Swedes and Saxons commanded by Gustav II Adolph, king of Sweden, and a Roman Catholic army of Ferdinand II, Holy Roman emperor, under the Flemish field marshal Johann Tserclaes, Graf von Tilly. The Protestant forces were victorious in the action, which engaged some 70,000 men. As a result the Swedish army was able to occupy southern Germany. - The second battle was fought on Nov. 2, 1642, between a Swedish army under Gen. Lennart Torstensson (1603-51) and the imperial army of the Holy Roman Empire commanded by Octavio Piccolomini, duke of Amalfi (1599-1656), and Leopold William, archduke of Austria (1614-62). Torstensson's army won a decisive victory, and he was able to overcome Leipzig shortly thereafter. His forces went on to win several battles in a concerted campain against Denmark. name=Jessica Augustsson anonymous 05.16.01jessica 05.25.01clue: The Stevenson Requiem: The word "now" does not appear in the actual quote here, either! david l 06.07.01clue: The round thing in the corner looks like either a circular slide rule (I think that's what it is, I have something similar in my junk drawer) or is a nautical slide rule. I can't tell from my crummy monitor display. clue: 2 things about the left edge paragraph... "...fresh Letter of Marque from Boston Common to Norbert's house...". Norbert Weiner was a mathemeticain/biologist at M.I.T. "From his early youth Wiener, the prodigy, acquired intensive experience in the manipulation of both mathematical and linguistic symbols; but his career choice seemed initially little related to these skills. " More athttp://ic.www.media.mit.edu/JBW/ARTICLES/WIENER/WIENER1.HTM The formula "G=6.670X10 etc" is the gravitational constant. Mikey 06.09.01clue: This may not be relevant, but the graph near the bottom right-center that says 7000: "when to hold and when to fold" is symmetric across the y-axis. I don't know if this is relative, but of course, if you were to "fold" it, across the y-axis, it would look the same. aspinall 06.11.01clue: The "7000" graph shows subatomic particles (mesons, I think), somewhat dated now. Horizontal axis is charge (hence the already-mentioned symmetry) and vertical axis is probably spin. matt 06.29.01clue: i am studying cyptography at my univeristy. kipawa condor is correct. the messages are literally coded. with each message is published a key. the key lies in the leitmotiv statement. use the leitmotiv statement to decode the actual text. the rest of the page is filler junk to throw you off. jeremy 07.03.01clue: The phrase "Baba wa wana" is Swahili for "father of many sons." The more common contraction is "Bwana." hance: ...and it sounds so easy :)
near a terminal: 09.04.01clue: This is another one of my simpleminded inputs but look at the Luther quote which sets the tone for the whole page. That is about as clear a reference to the eternal present as anybody could make anytime or anywhere. bob: 09.05.01name: Bob clue: Furstenburg, in the box just to the left of the circular instrument. Here^Òs how he's described in his bio at the National Academy of Science: "Furstenberg, Hillel H. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem "Furstenberg has discovered entirely novel interrelations between number theory, ergodic theory, and topological dynamics, leading to simplified proofs of old results and to new results not obtainable otherwise. He has also gone deeply into Lie groups and their harmonic functions, influencing Margulis' work on geometrical rigidity. Elected to NAS: 1989 Scientific Field: Mathematics Membership Type: Member "Research Interests: My field of interest overlaps the following areas of mathematics: combinatorics, number theory, probability theory, ergodic theory, and group theory. I am particularly interested in randomness phenomena occurring in number-theoretic concepts and the application of ergodic theoretic ideas to number theory and combinatorics. I am also interested in laws of large numbers for random variables in a non-commutative setup, e.g., random products of matrices and random walks on groups. Of particular interest is the connection between these questions for Lie groups and for their subgroups and the connection with harmonic function theory." I can^Òt believe I^Òve never heard of this guy, because if you start reading about him, you find the math that he developed, specifically involving matrices and ergoditic theory, has had a profound impact on fields as diverse as materials science, high energy physics and medical research. My guess would be that the equation above his name is from his work, but I^Òve been unable to locate it. Oh, and just to add to the weirdness, Furstenberg has been involved in a strange controversy the past few years. A group of researchers did a mathematical analysis of the Torah (every 7th letter, every 50th letter, every 49th letter, etc.) and claimed to find encoded in it information about the past 2,000+ years. Furstenberg at first issued a tepid endorsement of their research. He later retracted it. Of course, all of this happened after this ad was published. One of Furstenberg^Òs fields of interest is ergodic theory. The term ergodic attractor appears in the text to the right of the circular instrument, as well as on a number of other pages. I haven^Òt seen a definition of it on any of the May Day pages, so, even though it^Òs beyond me, here^Òs a try. Ergodic systems seem to be apparently random, but tend toward a particular value, at least over the short term. The study of ergodic systems is closely related to the study of fractals and chaos theory. Here^Òs a sort of lyrical way one web site defines them: "Attractors also form one of the most valuable concepts in complexity theory. These attract in a similiar way, they are the points to which a system moves over time. They take three basic forms, firstly the fixed or point attractor, a single position that once reached never changes, a dead end, which we can symbolise by a golf ball in a hole. Secondly the cyclic attractor, a system that repeats a number of values endlessly, for example the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. Both of these can be studied using deterministic science (e.g. Newtonian mechanics). The third type is very odd, and called a strange or ergodic attractor. This never repeats any value exactly but always stays within the same area, it is chaos in a box, and usually studied using statistical methods (e.g. the gas laws)." So the study of ergodic systems could have implications for predicting the behavior of seemingly random systems, such as, oh, I don^Òt know, financial markets. At this url: http://www.aps.org/BAPSTSS98/abs/S200003.html there^Òs an abstract of a paper in which the researchers claim to have been able to to make accurate short-term predictions of market movements using ergodic theory. The summary of their research: "Financial data (e.g., stock quotes) have long been considered stochastic in nature. We have shown that such data, while not lending itself to traditional analysis, does allow short-term prediction. "First, any broad exponential trend (e.g., inflation) in the data set is removed. Then, an attractor is constructed from the data set using the method of time delays, determined by the zeros of the autocorrelation function of the data set. This reconstructed attractor is then used to determine the minimum number of degrees of freedom inherent in the underlying low-dimensional dynamical system. The largest Lyapunov exponent then calculated shows that the system is indeed chaotic and predictable in the short-term by providing a measure of the time rate of information loss. In addition, by following the evolution of nearby points on the attractor, we are able to make simple short-term predictions. Finally, we compare the results to a purely stochastic model (i.e. brown noise)." near a terminal 09.27.01clue: When I read the recent comment I didn't know what "Lie groups" are and so I looked them up in an encyclopedia. Still don't really know but found something very interesting: Lie's father was a _Lutheran_ minister, just like Riemann's father. I wonder how much you have to know to pick up all the textures and nuances in these messages? Bob: 10.21.01clue: The quote in the box labelled 1600: This is from 17th-century poet Andrew Marvell's "The Definition of Love," about a hopeless romance that is "Begotten by Despair/ Upon Impossibility." In the poem 'jealous fate' prevents the two lovers from coming together (at least from the perspective of the author). It's interesting that Marvell uses a geometric metaphor for the lives of the two would-be lovers: 'As lines, so loves oblique may well Themselves in every angle greet; But ours so truly parallel, Though infinite, can never meet.' Marvell, was, by the way, a friend of Milton. Box labelled 7000: Seemingly minor misquote from an incredibly banal song, 'The Gambler,' by Kenny Rodgers. The actual lyric is: 'know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em.' More on the box marked '120: Furstenberg' The formula does not appear to be originally derived by Furstenberg. I now believe it is what is called the Regularity Lemma, first proved by Szemeredi in 1974. Sorry I can't explain it myself, but the math's way beyond me. Here's a brief summary from a web page: 'The Regularity Lemma, proved by Endre Szemeredi in the mid-seventies, is commonly acknowledged by now to be one of the most powerful tools of Modern Combinatorics. (A) great many beautiful theorems have been proven by applying this result. Roughly speaking, the Regularity Lemma guarantees that any graph can be partitioned into a bounded number of equal parts so that most of the bipartite graphs between the partition pieces behave essentially like random graphs of a corresponding density.' OK, so now that we all understand that, the Regularity Lemma also had to do with arithmetic progressions. Furstenberg found a more elegant proof of Szemeredi's result: 'In the late 1970's, Furstenberg ignited ergodic theory with a remarkable new proof of Szemeredi's theorem. Szemeredi's theorem is a huge generalisation of van der Waerden's theorem: it states that any subset of the natural numbers of positive density contains arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions. The original proof was very long and complicated, but Furstenberg discovered a beautiful approach based on ergodic theory.' OK, so I'm going on too long about stuff about which I know too little, but in reading about all this, I came across math developed by the Russian Markov. Markov's math, like ergodic theory, is useful in predicting the likelihood of future conditions occurring given a current set of conditions. In other words, it's closely related to the ergodic theory, chaos theory, etc., although I'm unsure if Markov appears in any of the Mayday pages. It's late. I'm tired. So just one more brief note. In the rotated text on the right, line 2, item 12, 'Sir Godfrey, etc.' There are any number of Sir Godfreys. and if you do a search on 'Sir Godfrey progenitor' you'll get info about a lot of Scottish folks. But if you do a search on the words 'Sir Godfrey freaks,' you'll get entirely different results, namely hits on the 007 movie 'A View to a Kill,' which came out in 1985. Normally, we would immediately dismiss this, except for this curious fact. Bond's antagonist in the film is a man named Zorin, a KGB operative who's ready to go out on his own. Zorin's 'enforcer,' is a woman, played by the singer/model Grace Jones. Again, we'd dismiss this. Except for her name in the movie. It's: 'May Day.' Bob: 10.27.01clue: The formula in the six-sided box at the right center of the page, just above the Weavers Neeedle map, defines what is called the Schwarzchild radius. It has two applications involving gravitational collapse and black holes. From a web page: "The Schwarzschild radius is the radius below which the gravitational attraction between the particles of a body must cause it to undergo irreversible gravitational collapse. This phenomenon is thought to be the final fate of the more massive stars. "The gravitational radius (R) of an object of mass M is given by the following formula, in which G is the universal gravitational constant and c is the speed of light: R = 2GM/c2 . For a mass as small as a human being, the gravitational radius is of the order of 10-23 cm, much smaller than the nucleus of an atom; for a typical star such as the Sun, it is about 3 km (2 miles)." So the Schwarzchild radius can be used to determine the conditions under which matter will collapse into a black hole. Once the black hole has formed, it defines the "event horizon," the boundary beyond which nothing can escape the gravitational attraction of black hole. The formula was developed by the German astronomer and physicist Kurt Schwarzchild, and is a result of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. In fact, Schwarzchild was serving in the German armed forces during WWI at the time, and Einstein presented Schwarzchild's paper to the Prussian Academy on Schwarzchild's behalf. To say that Einstein was troubled by this result is an understatement. There's an interesting discussion of the events at this url:http://www.mathpages.com/rr/s8-07/8-07.htm
Bob: 11.02.01 clue: In a previous clue, I failed to note the Schwarzchild radius reference in item 4 in the rotated text at left. No. 5, at left, 'John saw the number ...' The phraseology used on this page is reminiscent of a traditional spiritual, 'John Saw the Number.' The reference is, once again, to the Book of Revelation: Rev 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; It's worth reading Rev. 7 to get the context; this is the seven seals passage. No. 5, Part 2, at left, the Chandrasekhar reference. In 1983, Prof. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar published 'The mathematical theory of black holes and of colliding plane waves.' It is described thusly on a relativity theory page: 'By common consent, one of the great scientific books of our time. This is THE book on black hole physics. Not for the faint of heart.' The Chandra space telescope was named for Prof. Chandrasekhar. No. 6, at left, Part 2. The number 1.4x10^{53} ergs occurs in only a few Google-linked pages, all associated with high-energy Gamma ray bursts. A quick introduction to this phenomena is available here: http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/science/know_l1/bursts.html A real-time update on the observed phenomena is available here: http://space.mit.edu/HETE/ For those of you who, like me, don't have a clear idea about what Gamma rays are, a layman's definition: 'Gamma rays are highly energetic photons, and very high-energy gamma rays carry with them energies of trillions of electron volts, a level that is hundreds of billions of times greater than visible light.' For anyone who still believes that these pages are being put together as some sort of joke, it's interesting to note that the Chandra space telescope is being used to investigate the still-mysterious phenomenon of Gamma ray bursts. And that this page was published in 1990. This is from a summation of a paper published last year: 'Astronomers have long debated how gamma-ray bursts (or "GRBs") originate. One theory contends that GRBs result when "compact objects," that is, neutron stars or black holes, collide and coalesce. Another theory speculates that a "hypernova," a gigantic star collapsing on itself under its own weight, could cause these extremely energetic outbursts. 'An international team of scientists used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to observe iron emission lines from ejected material surrounding the gamma-ray burst (GRB) known as GRB991216. This is the first time emission lines associated with GRBs have been unambiguously detected and their properties precisely measured at X-ray wavelengths. 'This discovery strengthens the case for a "hypernova" model.' A wonderful page with a link to the quote above and many articles on all these issues is located at this Harvard site: http://www.researchmatters.harvard.edu/section_list.php?section=space No. 7, at left, 'The end always comes too fast ...' is from the Jimmy Webb song, 'All I Know.' The best-known version of the song was recorded by Art Garfunkel. The relevant verses: But the ending always comes at last Endings always come too fast They come too fast But they pass too slow I love you and that's all I know. Again, there are minor variations in their quote from the original. No. 9, Part 2, in rotated text at left. From a Joan Baez song called 'BLESSED ARE...,' about dealing with the loss of a beloved young person. The relevant lines: Blessed are the blood relations of the young ones who have died, who had not the time or patience to carry on this earthly ride. Note that the words 'carry on' are omitted in the quote on this page. Bob: 11.08.01The 2500 diagram illustrates the principles behind sextants. It is reproduced exactly with an explation of the geometry here:http://www.irbs.com/bowditch/pdf/chapt16.pdf JW: 01-24-02
clue: It does not matter if the Gold has already been removed. c:05.04.02And I'll bet you $5 their meeting is on the 25th of June In http://www.maydaymystery.org/mayday/texts/89-may1.html they specified midnight between 25 and 26 (Julian Date 2447703.5) The encryption or steganography theory sounds promising Foobar: 05.07.02
clue: Julian date 2448066.5 corresponds to UT date/time June 24, 1990 at 00:00 (which would be 7 hours behind for Arizona, making it 5:00 PM on June 23, 1990) Jessica Augustsson - 09.13.02clue: So recently, on our way home to Sweden from Prague, we stayed in a little town south of Leipzig called Lützen. It was near here that Gustav II Adolf was killed in battle. It's unclear however, whether he was shot by enemy fire or (possibly intentional) friendly fire. Now if there's one date-king-location that Swedes remember from school, it's that Gustav II Adolf was killed in Lützen on the 6th of November (on a foggy day :), but it would appear, according to the monument in Lützen that it is not actually known whether he was killed on the 6th or the 16th. Also, the reason he may have been killed by friendly fire would appear to be attributed to something along the lines of the fact that Gustav II Adolf wasn't so much defending protestantism as he was fighting on the side that he thought was going to win so that he would be able to get more land for Sweden and for himself. Rumour is, he wasn't really such a nice guy. Just some interesting tidbits. =) Rich 12.17.02clue: 5/1/90 ADW |