Clues people have sent in:
Re: the Jeans quote... An octive is the eight degrees between two notes (i.e. do, re, me, fa, so, la, ti, do...) and is also a group of series of eight.
There are eight points on the star.
Webmaster: Think in reference to the multiple musical info within these pages, from actual sheet music to references. How linked?
Rev 21:21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
05/08/00 clue=``totaliter aliter'' means something like ``completely different'' name=v. a.
06/21/00 clue=the meaning of 'octave' in the quote is the musical one. that's the interval between two consecutive notes of the same name as do3-do4, ri5-ri6, and so on. scientificaly speaking, the octave is defined by the multiplication by two of the frequence of a note. name=Abel
10/19/00 clue=May be completely meaningless, but you never know: There is an old story, associated with Thomas Aquinas and re-told by Karl Barth, about two medieval monks who spent many hours discussing the nature of the future life. Would heaven be, they wondered, very much like what they deduced from the Scriptures and their own experience, or would it be quite different? They made a pact that whichever of them passed over the great beyond first would try to send back a message, affirming or denying what they had long discussed. They had already agreed that the future would be "aliter," otherwise than what can be known or imagined, but in what way? Eventually a signal came through to the survivor which he deciphered as "Totaliter aliter", Totally otherwise. name=Jessica
12/07/00 email=dmandel clue=Just a general note about leitmotivs - There are many connotations this can be used in - but one of them is in reference to Wagnerian operas. It would be foolish to ignore the musical connection when it is such a recurring theme... "an associated melodic phrase or figure that accompanies the reappearance of an idea, person, or situation especially in a Wagnerian music drama"
Near a terminal: 08.09.01
clue: Since I can't do much in math it seemed like a plan to just look at the verbal part of what seems like a very complex piece of work. Like most of what I send in this isn't very deep but it might be a key or at least a key of sorts. Look at the last two quotes. The one about "cosmology" deals with patience. The last one which is Reprise deals with how old Moses and Aaron were when things got rolling for them. Those two do fit together. Now look at the very first quote which talks about star-something. Right above that are throwing stars. The way they go at this could be exactly what a couple of your other contributors have said: up-front and obvious. That wouldn't eliminate all the complexity and it wouldn't have to be filler, I just mean that combining the very obvious with the very complex is mind-boggling for almost anybody who isn't inside whatever this is. If someone had the time to go through each of the illustrations you have posted my sense is that something very obvious is connected to something equally obvious in the _same_ piece everytime. From that point they could add in the complex parts and you end up with a completely public message that looks insane and yet conveys a great deal of meaning. (I just read through the firstn part of this and it continues to make sense, so here is a little more to illustrate what almost has to be part of what they are doing.) The complexity is openly connected with the ads or announcements that are contained in this newspaper. The words give you what they might call level 1 and that gives you references to a list they hand out at their meetings. Only the insiders would have the list and might be so short that it could be committed to memory, like Mayday 87 and 91. Those contain tons of text and the complexity comes in as to how to extract what they need from those texts. We are now at the limit of my computer knowledge but consider this: all the ads contain self-checking devices which could be used to generate the same message another way but you have to be at the meeting to get the current list of newspaper articles or ads to run through the process. The danger would be one of them getting caught but the next meeting could generate and I guess always generates a new list. One of them getting caught would slow this down but it wouldn't end it because newspapers are kept in archives in hundreds of places. Somebody else can give you some historical examples but the one I know is that the French Resistance used something like this in this in the Paris organization. You only knew the one above and below you. Many were caught and tortured, some talked but the organization survived. Sorry this is so long but for me it is starting to make sense.
hance: what you are describing, more or less, is how a terrorist cell works... As for the ads and a 'master list', I'll have to think about that. The thing that snags here is that as far as I know, archives for the Arizona Daily Wildcat only exist in one place: The paper itself, and the campus library. Besides: There are 10,000,000 more convenient ways to send messages secretly, ranging from secure email to one time pads, etc. Why go through all this nonsense with the ads? Unless you wanted someone to crack them. (?)
clue: It occurs to me that not just Revelations but Revelations 21 (the "New Jerusalem") comes up repeatedly. For anyone who's curious, you can find the chapter here: http://www.awitness.org/biblehtm/re/re21.htm
near a terminal: 09.24.01
clue: You may be right but there is one argument for it and that is the fact that the paper these appear in is almost certainly sent to dozens of university libraries. Some of them undoubtedly get archived and even if they don't the participants could check the new issues as they come in. I never saw a library that didn't stack the old periodicals in chronological order, newest on top. That would give a stretch of time before the old ones were discarded.