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Clues people have sent in:
From Peter Wiggen:
clue=Pi = 3. 14 159 2653 58 97 93238 46 264 338 (327950 ...)
Are we supposed to play connect the dots?
He also lists e and phi to about 10 places, but I'm not sure why.
Webmaster:Numbers, numbers, numbers...I think there is some sort of map decoding via points here, or some such decypher-the-directions type puzzle, but as to how it works, I have no idea.
From repubgirl:
The map in the upper right is the area surrounding the Bunker Hill Monument in Boston.
clue=The decimal expansion 1.6180339887 of the Golden Ratio in the line connecting the lower left triangle to KAIROS 
(space) is referring to Melanchthon (member of Our Mutual Friends).

Jessica 5.15.01
Regarding the text on the right side beneath the music:
"The Loyal Order of Reconstructed Freaks will meet in The Pendulum Room of Hotel California..."  The most 
hits mention an anime film "Dragon Ball Z" in which the Pendulum Room is a Virtual Reality place.  (Read more 
Which, if the "freaks" were going to meet virtually, would certainly make sense.  But I think this could be a
double reference that also points to Foucault's Pendulum (perhaps both the real thing and the book by Umberto 
Eco (of which a nice short analysis can be found here:
hance: I'm thinking the anime thing is kind of a stretch...
dave 05.15.01
I found a pdf document with the diagram at the bottom of the page in lower left triangle. Looks like the
diagram is a poset diagram. I don't know anything about poset diagrams, expect that they a poset is a 
partially ordered sets. Here's the link:
mikey 05.23.01
clue: I'm wondering if the sprirals on the graph at the bottom in the middle have anything to do with that marble that was sent, if you think about how the marbled looked from the top and how that graph would look from the top, they're about the same...

I was looking at the poset diagram and I found out something interesting. Each of the points on the diagram have corresponding letters in the two triangles above. The only thing is that e42 has no corresponding letter on the page (possibly G?). I was thinking that the points might be references to a 2x4 matrix, but there is no e32 point in the poset.

A few things on poset diagrams: a poset is a partially ordered set, that means that R is reflexive, antisemmetric, and transitive (my discrete math is a bit rusty...). The thing about them is that in this set, things can be related to each other, but they don't have to be.

So basically you write a poset as (Set, Relation). This means that for any (x,x) in the relation, then x is in the set, that if there is a (x,y) and (y,x) are in the relation, then x = y, and that if (x,y) and (y,z) are in the relation, then (x,z) is in the relation.

My discrete math is very rusty, and we never got that far in Math 243, so I don't know how much more help I can be...I don't understand what that PAST thing is, and web searches didn't turn up anything that described what that was (yet)...

Consonants seem to be a huge part of this idea is that the poset diagram relates to the letters somehow, and we must use the relation in the poset to somehow relate to everything on the upper half of the page...the music scale has notes A-G...that might be a starting point. :)

hance - thats ok... i failed discrete math twice...

dave 05.29.01

clue:  I found some more information about the poset diagram at the bottom of the page. The poset diagram that I have 
a link to above is not exactly the same as the poset diagram in the announcement. But, I still believe they are 
related. The poset diagram in the announcement looks like a corrected version of the poset diagram from the linked 
pdf document. Pretty cool considering some of the errors that people have been pointing out in the announcements 

I also found the linked poset disgrams accompanying text. you can take a look here:
The title of the paper is, 'Virtual Time and the Global States of Distributed Systems'. The poset diagram in the
annoucement shows the relationship of several events that can occur in a distributed system of 4 processes. The e##'s
designate a process 1-4 and then a event on that process' timeline. The events enclosed  in the PAST area are just 
that, a set of events having occured previously. The PAST is defined as a cut line through the process timelines. 
Events to the left of the cut are in the PAST and events to the right are or will occur.

I don't know exactly what this means in relation the the e##'s the show up in other areas of this announcement, but 
here are my ideas. First, The poset diagram seems to point to a distributed system. More specifically, the 
determination of global time over a distributed system. This may tie into some of the atomic clock stuff we've seen in 
the announcements.

Second, e11, e41 and e42 are separated in the PAST area. This may indicate a priority for those items or parts of the
announcement associated with those items. That's all I have for now.

anton 06.26.01
clue:  the cone immediately below Cromwell is cut from a `Smith chart', 
which is used (i gather) in describing the behavior of an electric 

at bottom right is a Menger sponge, Mandelbrot op.cit. p.145

Bob: 11.06.01
clue:  The letters A through N appear in at least four places on this ad. In the second part of the box at top left, they 
are identified with familiar members of "The Cause." In the box at center, left, they are dsiplayed between the "<" and ">" 
symbols. In the triangles at the  bottom, letters A through F are associated with numbers that appear in the poset diagram. 
Letters GIJK are associated with 3, 1, 2 and 4 stars, respectively. Letters HLMN appear to have no symbols associated with 

A quick stab at an interpretation: Members A and F have completed their current assignments; they are associated with 
numbers in the "past " part of the diagram. Members B, C, D, and E are continuing their current assignments; they are 
associated with numbers that are in the "present" or "future" parts of the diagram. Members HLMN either have no current 
assignment, or have made no reports. It would, I  think, be very difficult to work out any meaning for members GIJK, since 
sets of 1, 2, 3 and 4 stars appear so frequently in the ads.

And, oddly, all the letters, except, as far as I can  tell, I and J, appear in the polyhedra inscribed in the sphere at 
bottom center.

The Milton in the rotated text at left, is, surprise!, a misquote. They have substituted the word "gift" for talent. (Note 
that certain letters are underlined in this part of the ad) The line is from Milton's sonnet on his blindness and is better 
known for its final line:

When I consider how my light is spent 
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide, 
And that one Talent which is death to hide 
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent 
To serve therewith my Maker, and present 
My true account, lest He returning chide, 
"Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?" 
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent 
That murmur, soon replies, "God doth not need 
Either man's work or his own gifts. Who best 
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state 
Is kingly: thousands at his bidding speed, 
And post o'er land and ocean without rest; 
They also serve who only stand and wait." 

It is noted in the Lexicon that the  busulfan quote is from the PDR. The same phrase appears in Glaxo-Wellcome's 
documentation for the drug, available here:

The Keynes quote is a rephrasing of something Keynes wrote. In 1910, Lenin said, "The surest way to overthrow an established
social order is to debauch its currency." In 1919, Keynes wrote:

" Lenin was certainly right. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an
important part of the wealth of their citizens. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of 
society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, 
and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.." - John Maynard Keynes, `The Economic 
Consequences of The  Peace'

I believe mogul has written on other pages that he associates the Golden Mean with Melanchthon. Does anyone know why? It 
would certainly make sense that these recurring numbers (and symbols and phrases) refer to individual members of the group, 
but I haven't yet seen any evidence upon which to base such associations.

Eri: 09.11.2003
The Laplace quote (upper right): I translated most of this very same quote in a post to the May 1, 1997 ad. That '97
ad has only a fragment of the quote - it can be found near the bottom, under the flaming building photo.  

Anonymous 06.06.2005

The fractal in the lower right triangle is called a "Sierpinski Sponge".

Re. The background text.  There is a paragraph break beneath the triangle on the lower left side - the text prior to this is
in French, which was used for legal and administrative purposes in England through much of the Medieval period - I cannot make
anything out of this, not least because so little of it is visible, but it may be a preamble or otherwise a copy of the same text
that is in Latin.  From the beginning of the next paragraph onwards, the text is in Latin.  I have no Latin other than the little I
have picked up as I have gone along, but I believe that this text is that of the statute of Henry IV called "De haeretico
comburendo" - "On the burning of heretics".  A little background to the statute -  it was passed in 1401 and intended for the
suppression of those who translated, or owned translations of, parts or whole of the Bible into English.  I'm short of time ATM so
here's wikipedia's version for now:
"Although English translations of the Bible had existed for hundreds of years, the Middle English translation published under the
direction of John Wyclif in the 1380s, known as Wyclif's Bible, was the first to gain widespread acceptance and use. The Church
authorities comdemned Wyclif's translation, partially because they deemed the commentary included with the work to be heretical,
and partially because they believed any translation of the Bible from the Latin Vulgate to be a heretical undertaking.

Wyclif was the inspiration for what would become the Lollard movement, which was considered heretical by the Church. The De
heretico comburendo was passed in 1401 by King Henry IV, specifically punishing those who owned or produced any translation of the
Bible with burning at the stake. This law was one of the strictest religious censorship statutes ever enacted in England.

So, basically, it was a law to designed to stop those who were attempting to do what Luther later did in Germany - translate the
Bible so that ordinary folks could read it and see what it REALLY said, rather than what Rome wanted them to think it said.
English version of the statute here (it's probably a bit long to post, so I won't):

ISTR, in one of their emails, or somewhere, they say that this document is particularly important for understanding what they are
doing - I can't find that mail right now, so I can't check exactly what they say.

Juls 11.06.2005
Re. the background text - I finally tracked down that note I was looking for - it was a bit confusing because they actually
sent copies of this page twice, both times with notes, but only one had the extra bit I was looking for.  It's here:

and that particular part reads - ".. Clue: It is a facsimile of an English statute, which deals directly with the central issue of
what Mr. Hance thinks of as "the puzzle."

Given that statement, I think it would be worthwhile looking a bit deeper into this - I have more to post but I need to gather it
all together properly first. :)  

someone 11.17.2005
The two big greek words... i forget where i learned this... as stated before kairos is space... chronos is the other word...
time... does this have somehing to do with spacetime?

If so... what does Cromwell have to do with it?

Rinos Lefteris 04.04.2007
Comments: Kairos has two main meanings :
a) weather
b) period of time

Xronos : time

Charlie P. 08.20.2007
	The Pendulum Room refers to the place in a winery where wine is aged. This may be in reference to the other wine
related clues (Wedding at Cana, the fancy wine named on the 1-May-1989 ad ["Chateau Lafitte ~R29"]).

michael 05.29.2008
Not entirely sure, but the "PAST" diagram may be some kind of
Minkowski diagram?
J 03/12/2014
Comments: This was created in the old way they used to create newspaper articles, 
by stacking cuts of paper on-to each other and then photocopying it.

I don't think it would be a stretch to assume that the creator of this worked at 
the daily wildcat in 1993. Furthermore it would not be a stretch that George 
Morley had something to do with this.