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2009-12-02 03:08:08 PM  
We're officially throwing our hat into the ring for the DARPA Network Challenge and organizing a team in hopes of using the power of Fark for good. There are more details on the site, but the gist is this: on Saturday, Dec. 5, DARPA will be deploying 10 red weather balloons in different locations in the lower 48 states. They'll be tethered to the ground, within view of a roadway and accessible by pedestrians. As soon as you find one you report it with the geographical coordinates. The balloons will only be up for 6-9 hours (depending on location and time zone), and any "sightings" afterwards will need to come from social networking and internet searches. The contest will be open until Dec. 14.

The prize for the winning team is $40,000. If we manage to pull this off, Fark will donate the full amount to Toys for Tots. With so many Farkers spread across the country, we might actually stand a chance at winning this.

I will be the overall point person, entering any findings to the site on TeamFark's behalf, so all finders need to report the coordinates to me. If you're interested in joining a regional/state searching team, please email me and I'll try to get you in touch with others in your area.

Worst case, it's a good excuse for a Sunday drive on a Saturday, or for searching/surfing the internet all day. Best case, lots of needy kids will get a visit from Santa this year.
 
2009-12-02 03:12:56 PM  
I'm in - I'm in the Tampa area tell me what to do
 
2009-12-02 03:13:35 PM  
Sounds fun--consider this a bookmark.
 
2009-12-02 03:14:23 PM  
www.tallarmeniantale.com

darpa darpa darpa!
 
2009-12-02 03:15:20 PM  
Wouldn't it be easier to look for the US Gov't vehicles now? I mean they have to already be moving to the locations for the balloons to be placed. So if you live in a small town and notice a Fed car, it's a pretty big hint.
 
2009-12-02 03:19:21 PM  

netweavr: Wouldn't it be easier to look for the US Gov't vehicles now? I mean they have to already be moving to the locations for the balloons to be placed. So if you live in a small town and notice a Fed car, it's a pretty big hint.


There's been one parked outside my house for about three days now, so I bet they will be launching a balloon near me!
 
2009-12-02 03:22:33 PM  

PainInTheASP: netweavr: Wouldn't it be easier to look for the US Gov't vehicles now? I mean they have to already be moving to the locations for the balloons to be placed. So if you live in a small town and notice a Fed car, it's a pretty big hint.

There's been one parked outside my house for about three days now, so I bet they will be launching a balloon near me!


Do black helicopters count as Fed vehicles?

/Count me in. I go Geocaching on the weekends, anyway, so will be out & about.
 
2009-12-02 03:22:49 PM  
I'm in. I'll keep an eye open in the Bridgeport metro area. I'll round up some friends and hopefully they'll help cover New Haven and Hartford.
 
2009-12-02 03:25:07 PM  
In the odd case that one is deployed in Madison sure
 
2009-12-02 03:29:02 PM  
I dont totally get it but Im in.
I like being part of the cool crowd. this is a cool crowd activity, right?
 
2009-12-02 03:30:48 PM  
If I see anything, I'll be here. So, basically all of Columbus Ohio here
 
2009-12-02 03:32:23 PM  
i'm in.
 
2009-12-02 03:32:23 PM  
10 balloons, let's say 2 million out of the US's 3.5 million square miles fit the requirements, that's one balloon every 200,000 square miles. like putting one ballon in thailand.
 
2009-12-02 03:32:25 PM  

dugitman: I dont totally get it but Im in.
I like being part of the cool crowd. this is a cool crowd activity, right?


no... but it's kinda neat.
 
2009-12-02 03:32:29 PM  
If I see one I'll tell you :)
 
2009-12-02 03:33:01 PM  
I will be on the lookout also
 
2009-12-02 03:33:25 PM  
If I see a red ballon in podunk, I mean, Menomonie, WI, I will do stuff.
 
2009-12-02 03:33:29 PM  
Wait! instead of participating why don't we all put up our own red balloons and really fark the whole thing up?
 
2009-12-02 03:33:54 PM  
I say we use the money for a huge, kick-ass Fark party instead.

Screw the underprivileged children!
 
2009-12-02 03:34:29 PM  
Damn! Already donated to DERPA.
Not sure if they know what they're doing.
 
2009-12-02 03:34:35 PM  
I'll keep an eye out in the Boston area...
 
2009-12-02 03:34:39 PM  

FlashHarry: darpa darpa darpa!


Mohabad jehid
 
2009-12-02 03:34:42 PM  
I'd be glad to participate, but I'm sure if one were deployed around here it would be shot or otherwise popped the first night.
 
2009-12-02 03:35:39 PM  
On the very off-chance I see one of these said balloons...what do I get for stealing it?
 
2009-12-02 03:35:40 PM  
I'll help. What do I have to do?

i221.photobucket.com


Climb a light post?
 
2009-12-02 03:35:56 PM  

Headso: Wait! instead of participating why don't we all put up our own red balloons and really fark the whole thing up?


Now that's something I'd expect from fark.

/off looking for a source of red weather balloons now
 
2009-12-02 03:36:47 PM  
I'll be looking too... I don't have one o' dem GPS thiggamjiggers, so I couldn't give you coordinates if I tried. But hey, at least I can say "LOL, I saw a balloon"
 
2009-12-02 03:36:51 PM  

netweavr: Wouldn't it be easier to look for the US Gov't vehicles now? I mean they have to already be moving to the locations for the balloons to be placed. So if you live in a small town and notice a Fed car, it's a pretty big hint.


I live beside PAX River NavAir. I don't even notice them anymore.

Well I'll look around though. I suppose I'll have to figure out the GPS on my phone though. I know it does coordinates because I had them come up once when I was looking for a high school.
 
2009-12-02 03:36:56 PM  
OK who's going to sniff the satellite downlink feeds? I've got Doppler. Someone needs to make a Mt. Dew run.
 
2009-12-02 03:37:23 PM  
I would but I heard Toys for Tots gives toys to illegals
 
2009-12-02 03:38:09 PM  
I'll keep a lookout in SE WY.

/no, wait, that's a silver balloon
 
2009-12-02 03:38:20 PM  
I'm in, but only if this guy can be our team captain:

kenchilds.com
 
2009-12-02 03:38:39 PM  

Limp_Bisquick: I would but I heard Toys for Tots gives toys to illegals


Do me a favor- go find one of the guys manning the Toys for Tots boxes and get into a big argument about it. That should end well.
 
2009-12-02 03:40:39 PM  

img138.imageshack.us

...unavailable for comment, but would probably approve

 
2009-12-02 03:41:04 PM  
I have some sardine juice, condoms and lubricant. Lemme know what I need to do!
 
2009-12-02 03:41:31 PM  
If any balloons appear outside my dorm room window at Rutgers you'll all be the first to know.
 
2009-12-02 03:41:36 PM  
Damnit, Go Fast Turn Left!

/well played
 
2009-12-02 03:42:00 PM  
I'm in and in the Seattle Area.
 
2009-12-02 03:42:09 PM  
Will it look like a streetlight?
 
2009-12-02 03:42:41 PM  

dugitman: I dont totally get it but Im in.
I like being part of the cool crowd. this is a cool crowd activity, right?


This is a nerd crowd activity.
 
2009-12-02 03:42:50 PM  
Team Fark? Is this anything like that horrid Team Edward or Team Bella or whatever damn thing that's in the news so much lately?

/get off my lawn
 
2009-12-02 03:43:29 PM  
Im in, I'll keep a look out over Charlotte, NC.
 
2009-12-02 03:43:33 PM  
I'm in. :)

If I spot one, I'll post the coordinates here.
 
2009-12-02 03:43:58 PM  
I'm in, should we just report back to this thread if we see one?
 
2009-12-02 03:44:05 PM  
Enough with the red balloons.
I get it already!
Nukes are bad.
War is bad.

/Would still hit Nina.
//Kidding about war though.
///Not kidding about nukes.
////Nuclear slashies.
 
2009-12-02 03:44:30 PM  
I thought there were 99 of these 'luft baloons'. some chick named Nena had a song about them.
 
2009-12-02 03:44:30 PM  
By the way, this is probably a sociological experiment in disinformation. Because every "social group" online is interconnected to the point where we might as well just team up with /b/, Facebook, /., etc.
 
2009-12-02 03:44:55 PM  
sweet, and for brigid_fitch


thisainthell.us
 
2009-12-02 03:44:58 PM  

Limp_Bisquick: I would but I heard Toys for Tots gives toys to illegals


Damn. Beat me to it.

/Seriously, I'd get in if I had one of those GPS gizmos.
 
2009-12-02 03:45:04 PM  
If you don't have GPS, go to Google Maps after you find the location. It will give you the GPS coordinates.

The balloons will be manned by DARPA staff. Does anyone have a list of DARPA research facilities? If we find areas with high concentrations, we can focus searches. Near large research universities would be a good place to start.
 
2009-12-02 03:45:20 PM  
Hollister to San Jose corridor reporting for duty!
 
2009-12-02 03:45:38 PM  

Headso: Wait! instead of participating why don't we all put up our own red balloons and really fark the whole thing up?


I like this idea. It's horrible and very much so something I'd expect from fark.

You could probably get an over-sized balloon from a party city or something, it only has to be an opaque red with helium... the rest is easy enough to do (a number tag and some string).
 
2009-12-02 03:45:39 PM  
I'm in like Flynn.
 
2009-12-02 03:45:52 PM  
In in New England. Bookmarked for you're pleasure
 
2009-12-02 03:46:28 PM  
Easy, just follow bat boy balloon boy.
 
2009-12-02 03:46:37 PM  
Also... I wonder how long into Saturday before some sort of bomb squad or something gets called and it makes national news?
 
2009-12-02 03:47:02 PM  
I'm actually gonna be driving about 3000 miles around NorCal and Oregon starting tomorrow, so I will check back in if I find a luft balloon.
 
2009-12-02 03:47:22 PM  
Count me in, I'm in the Omaha area, which may be most unlikely area for one of these balloons to appear.
 
2009-12-02 03:47:31 PM  
How many balloons are there? 99?
 
2009-12-02 03:47:41 PM  

ErgosumDominati: On the very off-chance I see one of these said balloons...what do I get for stealing it?


It's DARPA. You get a very long, highly detailed tour of Gitmo with as many forehead-washings as you want!
 
2009-12-02 03:48:23 PM  
What a DARPA red balloon may look like...

networkchallenge.darpa.mil
 
2009-12-02 03:49:10 PM  
I'm in Central Illinois, I'll head out and about for a nice little drive Saturday
 
2009-12-02 03:50:43 PM  

HarryPottersStuntDouble: I'm in. :)

If I spot one, I'll post the coordinates here.


PenguinTheRed: I'm in, should we just report back to this thread if we see one?


No, don't do that! Then another team could potentially find it and use it. Email me directly in the event you spot one. I'll post a reminder on Friday and then a game day thread on Sat.
 
2009-12-02 03:50:43 PM  
I'm in for San Francisco / Oakland Drive the bay bridge every day and through the majority of both cities.
 
2009-12-02 03:50:51 PM  
img233.imageshack.us
 
2009-12-02 03:51:27 PM  
If I happen to See anything in the DC area i'll post it.

It occurs to me they'll probably put them up around areas where they already have people stationed.
 
2009-12-02 03:51:56 PM  
The NASA/Ames facility is near my workplace. There will probably be one there.
 
2009-12-02 03:52:21 PM  

Manfred J. Hattan: ErgosumDominati: On the very off-chance I see one of these said balloons...what do I get for stealing it?

It's DARPA. You get a very long, highly detailed tour of Gitmo with as many forehead-washings as you want!


Tours are generally boring to me but that forehead-washing thing, that sounds fun, tell me more.
 
2009-12-02 03:53:18 PM  
DARPA challenge is really a Espionage/Counter-Espionage Challenge not a Teamwork Challenge.

The winner of this challenge will be whoever can infiltrate enough large naive teams and use them all to gather the most information.

If Drew publicly posts the full latitudes and longitudes of found balloons, then Fark will lose. The only reasonable thing to openly post is something like "balloon found in N Ca."

To do this properly one has to get into the whole "need to know" and "trusted agent" game.
 
2009-12-02 03:53:29 PM  
Already gave to DIRKA.

i159.photobucket.com
 
2009-12-02 03:53:38 PM  
Here comes the super copter
Here comes the noise it makes
The demon was an idea
The demon is awake
Scratch mark traced across the
Surface of your mind
This hour, now upon us
The hour, now arrived

Unmarked helicopters
Hovering
The lord is coming soon
Unmarked helicopters
Hovering
They said it was a weather balloon

/Bookmarked.
//Columbus, Ohio here.
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2009-12-02 03:54:05 PM  
bookmark. I'm hoping they'll do the obvious and float one over the pentagon, which is a half mile from here.
 
2009-12-02 03:54:36 PM  

HairBolus: DARPA challenge is really a Espionage/Counter-Espionage Challenge not a Teamwork Challenge.

The winner of this challenge will be whoever can infiltrate enough large naive teams and use them all to gather the most information.

If Drew publicly posts the full latitudes and longitudes of found balloons, then Fark will lose. The only reasonable thing to openly post is something like "balloon found in N Ca."

To do this properly one has to get into the whole "need to know" and "trusted agent" game.


We're to email them to punkrockgirl not post them
 
2009-12-02 03:54:40 PM  

albo: 10 balloons, let's say 2 million out of the US's 3.5 million square miles fit the requirements, that's one balloon every 200,000 square miles. like putting one ballon in thailand.


Go ahead...put one in thailand. somebody will go look for it!
 
2009-12-02 03:54:51 PM  
Link (new window)

New plan. Who wants to donate money to me so I can fly my own baloon with a number on it over my house?
 
2009-12-02 03:54:56 PM  
Screw Toys for tots.
Get a rifle, shoot down any balloons you see, send me the coordinates.
We'll split the cash evenly.

//might have to shoot the DARPA guy too
 
2009-12-02 03:55:02 PM  
ishqe.files.wordpress.com

/derpa
 
2009-12-02 03:55:06 PM  
kyrio.files.wordpress.com


Found a real one here but its not red.
 
2009-12-02 03:55:11 PM  
I'll keep an eye out in North Jersey.
 
2009-12-02 03:55:18 PM  
Me thinks darpa want's to know how quickly word of highly visible government will spread and via which networks...


but it sounds like a fun challenge anyway :)
 
2009-12-02 03:55:45 PM  

sonofslacker: dugitman: I dont totally get it but Im in.
I like being part of the cool crowd. this is a cool crowd activity, right?

This is a nerd crowd activity.


Actually, it's nerd crowd activity trying as hard as it possibly can to masquerade as cool crowd activity, using flash mob popularity and THE MILITARY as the upgrading factors.
 
2009-12-02 03:55:54 PM  
Email sent from the Phoenix area! Count me in!
 
2009-12-02 03:56:16 PM  
How does a Search Team work in this case? Are they searching the whole country, along every road and behind every hill?

I don't get how anyone can really "coordinate" this. There could be 10 balloons in one county in Idaho, or there could be one balloon in every city with more than 4 million people.

If I'm driving down the freeway and see one of these balloons, do I breathlessly rush back to my computer and login to Fark to report my sighting?

I don't get it.
 
2009-12-02 03:56:47 PM  
Man, I'd love to see a whole bunch of folks buy some red weather balloons about now.
 
2009-12-02 03:57:06 PM  

Lesbian-Jesus: Me thinks darpa want's to know how quickly word of highly visible government will spread and via which networks...


but it sounds like a fun challenge anyway :)


Or it's a way to figure out which social network servers to take out if need be.

I'm not paranoid. I swear!
 
2009-12-02 03:57:32 PM  

edg_mule: If I happen to See anything in the DC area i'll post it.

It occurs to me they'll probably put them up around areas where they already have people stationed.


from my search it looks like they have no permanent research facilities because everything is project based and short term projects at the 2 to 4 years. So someone listing their current areas of research might yield some good info.
 
2009-12-02 03:57:54 PM  
I'm in for the Fort Myers area.
 
2009-12-02 03:58:00 PM  
But DARPA is evil.
 
2009-12-02 03:58:10 PM  
Headso
Wait! instead of participating why don't we all put up our own red balloons and really fark the whole thing up?


Now that is not a bad idea, if only members of Fark know about it, then it would screw other social networking sites.
it would actually be a great addition to the experiment.
 
2009-12-02 03:58:41 PM  
Also, is it the first team to successfully turn in the coords of all 10 balloons? Will Punkrockgirl get a check from DARPA for $40,000?
 
2009-12-02 03:58:52 PM  
I'm going to laugh if some jackass starts a group randomly putting up look-a-like balloons all over the country.
 
2009-12-02 03:59:33 PM  

Walker: But DARPA is evil.


Evil's just a word.

//so's the word 'word'
//I'm so confused
 
2009-12-02 04:00:11 PM  
Weather Balloons?
Kids?
Sounds like a hoax.
 
2009-12-02 04:00:31 PM  
I'll watch the Seattle area.
 
2009-12-02 04:00:38 PM  
I'll check Canada in case one gets loose.
 
2009-12-02 04:00:46 PM  
"It's a race!"

www.joblo.com
 
2009-12-02 04:00:50 PM  
Ah, I thought this was going to have something to do with electronic networking or whatever. I doubt I'll be able to help with this because I never go outside.
 
2009-12-02 04:01:20 PM  
At what height are weather balloons typically flown? Is this something where I can look down the skyline from the North and hope to see it ten miles away, or is this something where I need to go drive around because it is eight feet off of the ground?
 
2009-12-02 04:01:41 PM  

sidmind: Headso
Wait! instead of participating why don't we all put up our own red balloons and really fark the whole thing up?

Now that is not a bad idea, if only members of Fark know about it, then it would screw other social networking sites.
it would actually be a great addition to the experiment.


The DARPA FAQ says they'll have some additional information about how to distinguish a DARPA balloon from a decoy as the thing gets closer. In any event, they're gonna have a real live DARPA guy with credentials hanging out under the balloon.
 
2009-12-02 04:01:52 PM  
I just had to look up Geocaching. Can one get the the geographical coordinates from the goggle maps app that one can download to their Blackberry?
/Stupid ?
 
2009-12-02 04:03:55 PM  
Milwaukee skies are covered and checking in.
 
2009-12-02 04:04:33 PM  
I doubt if DARPA will place any balloons in my basement but...
 
2009-12-02 04:05:27 PM  
www.portmeirion-village.com

Don't trust DARPA and their ballons.
 
2009-12-02 04:05:36 PM  
If I happen to see it on my drive to work on Saturday, I'll let all y'allz know, yo.
 
2009-12-02 04:06:13 PM  
I'm in. I'll help if I can.
 
2009-12-02 04:06:17 PM  
Be sure and read the DARPA faq. There is something in there about not entering negative GPS numbers.

/good thing i have jeebus to tell me where i am. we don't need some fancy numbers
 
2009-12-02 04:08:02 PM  
Anyone in N. Mexico? There are hundreds of little airstrips for military projects scattered out in a whole lot of nothing.
 
2009-12-02 04:08:38 PM  
I'll keep a look out for one.

They'd probably have to tether it to a cow.
 
2009-12-02 04:09:54 PM  
I have no idea how this is supposed to work, but if someone tells me what to do, I can do it.
 
2009-12-02 04:11:00 PM  
I'll be looking in Las Vegas, NV.
 
2009-12-02 04:12:19 PM  
In...
 
2009-12-02 04:12:42 PM  

netweavr: Wouldn't it be easier to look for the US Gov't vehicles now? I mean they have to already be moving to the locations for the balloons to be placed. So if you live in a small town and notice a Fed car, it's a pretty big hint.


I work in DC and 'commute' to a small desert town owned by the government.

All I see are US Gov't vehicles.
 
2009-12-02 04:13:13 PM  

LineNoise: Link (new window)

New plan. Who wants to donate money to me so I can fly my own baloon with a number on it over my house?


Haha!
 
2009-12-02 04:13:18 PM  
Boston/Allston/Brighton Reporting In!

If the police do not denotate it as a bomb first
 
2009-12-02 04:13:28 PM  
Well, one things is for certain. We'll have the Chicago land area covered with impunity.
 
2009-12-02 04:14:13 PM  
@AlwaysRightBoy

You can go into your BB setup options, Advanced Settings and under GPS, it will tell you the lat/lon. just make sure it's updated and accurate according to google maps app.
 
2009-12-02 04:14:17 PM  
I'm out in Middletown MD, 21769. You can count on my eyes. Go DARPA!
 
2009-12-02 04:14:31 PM  
A quick FB search shows about an equal number of groups working for charity and agreeing to split the money ten ways.

The problem with the latter, is that anyone who finds one would be wise to join every single one of those groups and give them the location, in the hope that would be the winning group.
 
2009-12-02 04:15:02 PM  
What a weather balloon may look like...
www.gravitywarpdrive.com
 
2009-12-02 04:15:27 PM  
Do we get bonus points for blowing them up?

/With explosives
//Not with more air
 
2009-12-02 04:16:33 PM  

AlwaysRightBoy: Climb a light post?


is that a streetlight?
 
2009-12-02 04:17:04 PM  

Roja Herring: HairBolus: DARPA challenge is really a Espionage/Counter-Espionage Challenge not a Teamwork Challenge.

The winner of this challenge will be whoever can infiltrate enough large naive teams and use them all to gather the most information.

If Drew publicly posts the full latitudes and longitudes of found balloons, then Fark will lose. The only reasonable thing to openly post is something like "balloon found in N Ca."

To do this properly one has to get into the whole "need to know" and "trusted agent" game.

We're to email them to punkrockgirl not post them


I'll monitor the 4chan team. Yeah, that's right...monitor....
 
2009-12-02 04:17:17 PM  
I'm in. Western side of Washington State.
 
2009-12-02 04:17:19 PM  

sidmind: Headso
Wait! instead of participating why don't we all put up our own red balloons and really fark the whole thing up?

Now that is not a bad idea, if only members of Fark know about it, then it would screw other social networking sites.
it would actually be a great addition to the experiment.


It would count as counter espionage if we are to take things per HairBolus's post.
 
2009-12-02 04:18:18 PM  

Manfred J. Hattan: sidmind: Headso
Wait! instead of participating why don't we all put up our own red balloons and really fark the whole thing up?

Now that is not a bad idea, if only members of Fark know about it, then it would screw other social networking sites.
it would actually be a great addition to the experiment.

The DARPA FAQ says they'll have some additional information about how to distinguish a DARPA balloon from a decoy as the thing gets closer. In any event, they're gonna have a real live DARPA guy with credentials hanging out under the balloon.


Donald Anderson doesn't have anything better to do?

/not obscure
 
2009-12-02 04:19:03 PM  
They'll probably put one up at Walt Disney World or Kennedy Space Center if they go for Florida with one of the balloons.
 
2009-12-02 04:19:38 PM  

sirpipthegreat: @AlwaysRightBoy

You can go into your BB setup options, Advanced Settings and under GPS, it will tell you the lat/lon. just make sure it's updated and accurate according to google maps app.


That worked.
Thanks a bunch!
 
2009-12-02 04:19:43 PM  
99 luftballons?

Damnit. In head now.

/Will be travelling that day
//If there's any within eyeshot of I-64 or I-95/395 in Virginia, I'll probably see.
 
2009-12-02 04:20:12 PM  
I'm in, if I see any around suburban MD you all will be the first to know.
 
2009-12-02 04:20:31 PM  
I just got an e-mail from Microsoft today that says if I forward it to 20 friends, Bill Gates will cut me a check for $10,000!!!

Anybody want in on this?

/I have no friends.

farm3.static.flickr.com
 
2009-12-02 04:22:44 PM  
So any farkers want to set up some fake red balloons?
 
2009-12-02 04:23:30 PM  
It is Balloon!
public.dcexp.com
 
2009-12-02 04:23:31 PM  
Why would anyone post the locations anywhere?

If i see one, I will message the leader. I wouldnt twitter it. I would expect there could be official espionage efforts by darpa to poison twitter. Makes sense in the context of iran.

I wonder if they were behind that maple syrup smell thing a few years back.
 
2009-12-02 04:23:35 PM  
Wait, I think I see two of them! Nope, sorry, it's just my girlfriend wearing a tight red sweater. I'll keep my hands on the situation, just in case.
 
2009-12-02 04:24:11 PM  

CarriePrejean: A quick FB search shows about an equal number of groups working for charity and agreeing to split the money ten ways.

The problem with the latter, is that anyone who finds one would be wise to join every single one of those groups and give them the location, in the hope that would be the winning group.


This is likely something that they are looking into as well. Its a goal to study the habits and workings of social networking....people being part of multiple groups plays into that just as well.

Chances are pretty likely that every single internet group is going to be submitting all locations within hours of each other.
 
2009-12-02 04:24:42 PM  
Downtown St Louis checking in.
 
2009-12-02 04:26:53 PM  
stupid question, but are we registered?
 
2009-12-02 04:27:02 PM  
Shouldn't we set up false twitter feeds to distract the competition?
 
2009-12-02 04:27:13 PM  
I can search here in Augusta, GA.
 
2009-12-02 04:27:40 PM  
Chicago here.

Why fark though? I doubt DARPA is going to be putting them in your mom's basement.
 
2009-12-02 04:29:20 PM  

maniacbastard: Shouldn't we set up false twitter feeds to distract the competition?


Promoted two steps in rank...return to station
 
2009-12-02 04:29:42 PM  
Step 1:Verify and submit the info
Step 2:Have a friend with a extra sharp dart on them with some balloons time to kill.
Step 3:Profit!
 
2009-12-02 04:30:01 PM  

maniacbastard: Shouldn't we set up false twitter feeds to distract the competition?


I suspect everyone will be doing this, posting fake info.
 
2009-12-02 04:30:17 PM  

ibwahooka: I can search here in Augusta, GA.


No, no, no, I've got Augusta, GA.

and 4chan

/what's up dude?
 
2009-12-02 04:31:13 PM  

snodoubt: I'm in. Western side of Washington State.


The whole Wet side of the mountains!?! CLEAR THE ROADS!!!

I'll let ya know if there's one near 98569 (Ocean Shores, Wa). Pacific Beach, up north has Navy Housing (?). It's 20 mi., but I could use a road trip

/We'll discuss info exchange when I get info to exchange, K?
 
2009-12-02 04:31:35 PM  
I will keep my eyes peeled. Totally nerdy and cool.
 
2009-12-02 04:33:02 PM  
Should we create a vetting process?

Who can tell by the pixels?
 
2009-12-02 04:33:48 PM  

missmarsha: stupid question, but are we registered?


Yes, the name is TeamFark.
 
2009-12-02 04:34:11 PM  

Roja Herring: HairBolus: DARPA challenge is really a Espionage/Counter-Espionage Challenge not a Teamwork Challenge.

The winner of this challenge will be whoever can infiltrate enough large naive teams and use them all to gather the most information.

If Drew publicly posts the full latitudes and longitudes of found balloons, then Fark will lose. The only reasonable thing to openly post is something like "balloon found in N Ca."

To do this properly one has to get into the whole "need to know" and "trusted agent" game.

We're to email them to punkrockgirl not post them


Ok, so we'll post them in this thread. And as many other sites as possible.
 
2009-12-02 04:35:57 PM  

Tachikoma: I'll keep a lookout in SE WY.

/no, wait, that's a silver balloon


SE WY, eh? How YOU doin?
/lives in scottsbluff
 
2009-12-02 04:35:58 PM  

sidmind: Headso
Wait! instead of participating why don't we all put up our own red balloons and really fark the whole thing up?

Now that is not a bad idea, if only members of Fark know about it, then it would screw other social networking sites.
it would actually be a great addition to the experiment.


That's probably exactly the sort of thing DARPA is looking to study: how legit information propagates through a huge social network, alongside mistakes and deliberate misinformation. We'd almost certainly be doing them a favor if we put up our own balloons, twittered incorrect coordinates, posted PS'd balloons tethered to obscure landmarks on our blogs...
 
2009-12-02 04:36:29 PM  
Another stupid question, shouldn't the police union win by default because they would have been notified, and aren't all technically members of the federal government.
 
2009-12-02 04:36:48 PM  
I'll keep an eye out in SLC. As for those without GPS, a basic knowledge of your surrounding area and Google Maps will give you coordinates.
 
2009-12-02 04:41:20 PM  

erithid: Another stupid question, shouldn't the police union win by default because they would have been notified, and aren't all technically members of the federal government.


They're probably being told out for them, but not where to look.
 
Jha
2009-12-02 04:41:35 PM  
Fark has hit a new low.
 
2009-12-02 04:42:16 PM  
Got eyes in Charlottesville, VA.
 
2009-12-02 04:43:06 PM  
Confirmed red DARPA balloon sighted on Catalina Island!

coordinates 133.7 23.42

In the off chance I actually spot one where do we send real results? Directly to you punkrockgirl? I assume posting them here just helps other teams.
 
2009-12-02 04:44:07 PM  
Consider the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, CO covered (largest concentration of Federal agencies outside of Washington, D.C.).
 
2009-12-02 04:45:40 PM  
I'd just like to say, this sounds like a PERFECT use for Google Wave.

Anyway, Sacramento here. I'll keep my eyes peeled, maybe go hang out at the top of the Arden Mall parking garage with binoculars (sure, security will kick me out eventually, but I'll have a good 15 minutes before those fat bastards get to me), maybe take a freeway trip around the edges of town (maybe get one of my friends who doesn't have a 20mpg 6-banger to drive...).
 
2009-12-02 04:46:39 PM  
Does anyone have access to 8-foot red balloons to use as decoys?
 
2009-12-02 04:47:44 PM  
As I am in the nexus of several major Army/Navy/USAF/other bases, and a major NASA facility, and a sooper sekrit CIA facility...this area is probably a good bet for one of these balloons.

I'll keep me eyeballs peeled.
 
2009-12-02 04:48:15 PM  
Central NC reporting as needed.

/even though, somehow, it is supposed to snow.
 
2009-12-02 04:48:43 PM  
I'm in Fort Collins, CO, and I'm on CSU campus all the time. If they put one in FoCo, I have a feeling it will either be very near campus, or the highway (which is only a couple miles from there), or the CDC building (since it's a federal building). I can check all those locations on Dec. 5th, no problem.

/Plus I have a digital camera
//Love to take me some pictures and help a good cause
 
2009-12-02 04:50:21 PM  
Searched the thread for "MN": only occurances were in the many uses of the word "Damn".

So searched for "Minnesota" and found that I'll be the first recruit from the land of 10,000 lakes. I'll be covering the Iron Range from Hibbing, down 37 to 53 South to Duluth.

If a balloon goes up in MN and it's not in the Twin Cities, it's either St. Cloud, Bemidji, or Duluth.
 
2009-12-02 04:50:48 PM  
Jesus Christ folks.. the point of the exercise is not to spot red balloons but to see how may other people put up decoy red balloons. just so they think they are screwing with DARPA...

suckers
 
2009-12-02 04:51:35 PM  
Who is going to enter the locations for Fark? If we see one where should we post?

/Just wonderin'
// Probably missed this further up in the thread. STUPID STUPID STUPID
 
2009-12-02 04:52:01 PM  

Foaming: Confirmed red DARPA balloon sighted on Catalina Island!

coordinates 133.7 23.42


Yay! That's the spirit!

In the off chance I actually spot one where do we send real results? Directly to you punkrockgirl? I assume posting them here just helps other teams.

Yes, directly to me. EIP.
 
2009-12-02 04:53:33 PM  

I0Error: Who is going to enter the locations for Fark? If we see one where should we post?

/Just wonderin'
// Probably missed this further up in the thread. STUPID STUPID STUPID


On 4chan, definitely 4chan.
 
2009-12-02 04:54:02 PM  

I0Error: Who is going to enter the locations for Fark? If we see one where should we post?

/Just wonderin'
// Probably missed this further up in the thread. STUPID STUPID STUPID


That would be me, I set up our account this afternoon.
 
2009-12-02 04:55:39 PM  

punkrockgirl: Foaming: Confirmed red DARPA balloon sighted on Catalina Island!

coordinates 133.7 23.42

Yay! That's the spirit!

In the off chance I actually spot one where do we send real results? Directly to you punkrockgirl? I assume posting them here just helps other teams.

Yes, directly to me. EIP.


EIP? I've heard of BIE and PIE, but EIP?
 
2009-12-02 04:55:50 PM  
would have been more fun with 99 balloons.
 
2009-12-02 04:56:10 PM  

sonofslacker: Roja Herring: HairBolus: DARPA challenge is really a Espionage/Counter-Espionage Challenge not a Teamwork Challenge.

The winner of this challenge will be whoever can infiltrate enough large naive teams and use them all to gather the most information.

If Drew publicly posts the full latitudes and longitudes of found balloons, then Fark will lose. The only reasonable thing to openly post is something like "balloon found in N Ca."

To do this properly one has to get into the whole "need to know" and "trusted agent" game.

We're to email them to punkrockgirl not post them

Ok, so we'll post them in this thread. And as many other sites as possible.


Egggggggggsactly!
 
2009-12-02 04:57:14 PM  
OK, using fake balloons to throw off other groups is just downright wrong. I love it.
 
2009-12-02 04:58:18 PM  
I'll be on the lookout in the suburbs of Detroit. Of course, the thing'll probably get shot down before I see it.
 
2009-12-02 05:02:35 PM  
So if I have this right, it's a game like this:
Link (new window)
 
2009-12-02 05:03:25 PM  

wxboy: I'll be on the lookout in the suburbs of Detroit. Of course, the thing'll probably get shot down before I see it.


I thought everybody left Detroit except artists and such.
 
2009-12-02 05:04:03 PM  

sonofslacker: I0Error: Who is going to enter the locations for Fark? If we see one where should we post?

/Just wonderin'
// Probably missed this further up in the thread. STUPID STUPID STUPID

On 4chan, definitely 4chan.


WHOA Ho Ho... That was sneaky almost got me but you have to get up pretty early to fool the ole Error...

I got Astoria/Sunnyside/Long Island City covered in NYC
 
2009-12-02 05:04:58 PM  
There aren't any windows in my basement.
 
2009-12-02 05:07:12 PM  
www.80smusiclyrics.com

Approves!
 
2009-12-02 05:17:05 PM  
I propose that we plant many fakes, locations known only to Farkers, to throw off the other teams.
 
2009-12-02 05:20:02 PM  

lvdata2: I'll be looking in Las Vegas, NV.


Woo hoo! I'll be looking around for other weirdos scanning the horizon. Mini fark party?

/i like beer
 
2009-12-02 05:30:38 PM  
bookiemarkie
 
2009-12-02 05:34:47 PM  
I think the easiest way to win is if we can get some traffic chopper guys from differnt cities to pool together and then, what you do is.......
Oh God, I've said too muchº
 
2009-12-02 05:39:00 PM  

Jness:
If a balloon goes up in MN and it's not in the Twin Cities, it's either St. Cloud, Bemidji, or Duluth.


I'll take Bemidji.
 
2009-12-02 05:40:04 PM  

Shilldog: If I see anything, I'll be here. So, basically all of Columbus Ohio here


Me and you dog.
 
2009-12-02 05:40:49 PM  
I'm a little sad at how easy this was to find (new window)

I'm in. For the real thing, and for the farkup if anybody actually decided to do it.
 
2009-12-02 05:50:35 PM  
I'll take Kansas.

Yes, I know it's a really big state. But it's also REALLY flat. And I'm on top of a 7 story building.
 
2009-12-02 05:51:26 PM  

VvonderJesus: Jness:
If a balloon goes up in MN and it's not in the Twin Cities, it's either St. Cloud, Bemidji, or Duluth.

I'll take Bemidji.


I'll keep an eye out around the south TC area.
 
2009-12-02 06:01:40 PM  
I'm planning on covering as much of the Flagstaff to Kingman area as I can in Northern Arizona.
I want to especially concentrate on the local National Weather Service office in Bellemont, because I know they have facilities for launching weather balloons.

Other searchers may also want to locate weather service offices in their areas and start from there.

I'm guessing that the balloon minders may not want to carry cylinders of hydrogen around in their cars to fill the balloons at some remote site, and helium is expensive when used in amounts large enough to fill an 8 foot balloon. They will also be sitting there all day and will want to be near a bathroom. Maybe an RV will be involved.

Any other AZ Farkers who want to coordinate, my email is in my profile.
 
2009-12-02 06:06:10 PM  
Portland, OR reporting in. I'll keep my eyes open.
 
2009-12-02 06:07:27 PM  
Would we be above using subterfuge to throw off competitors?

/Not that I'm suggesting it. Just asking.
 
2009-12-02 06:07:58 PM  
Long time lurker first time poster. I will be glad to respond for Dayton Ohio should I see red weather balloons/Streetlights
 
2009-12-02 06:09:42 PM  
Can I see the balloons from my basement?
 
2009-12-02 06:10:33 PM  
I'll be looking around ATL-Decatur
 
2009-12-02 06:11:04 PM  
North Central CT checking in. Any excuse to cruise the Mustang before the snow puts it away for a few months.
 
2009-12-02 06:11:27 PM  

basemetal: Can I see the balloons from my basement?


You're SOOOOOOOOOOOOO late to the party on that joke.
 
2009-12-02 06:14:06 PM  

Go Fast Turn Left: I'm in, but only if this guy can be our team captain:


Decoy Octopus?
 
2009-12-02 06:18:13 PM  
So have we found any yet? Has anybody found any yet?
 
2009-12-02 06:26:33 PM  

br0g: So have we found any yet? Has anybody found any yet?


No, they don't go up until Saturday, 10:00 am ET.
 
2009-12-02 06:32:37 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: Would we be above using subterfuge to throw off competitors?

/Not that I'm suggesting it. Just asking.


Yes. It looks like DARPA already has authentication procedures in place, with possibly more to follow that they're not revealing until right before the balloons go up. Besides, cheating for kids is still cheating.

I think there are enough of us to make a good dent in the competition as it is.
 
2009-12-02 06:36:26 PM  
Fair enough. Subterfuge is out.
 
2009-12-02 06:38:43 PM  
I am in for Toys for Tots.
 
2009-12-02 06:45:09 PM  
I've got the quickest Ravenchase team evar... and the use farking balloons.
 
2009-12-02 06:49:41 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: Fair enough. Subterfuge is out.


You can bank on other groups doing it. Be wary of GPS coords you find elsewhere.
 
2009-12-02 06:49:59 PM  
Portland is in -
 
2009-12-02 06:55:40 PM  

TheRealist: OK, using fake balloons to throw off other groups is just downright wrong. I love it.


I've never heard of fake balloons. Wouldn't it be better to use real red balloons for the decoys?
 
2009-12-02 06:58:34 PM  

ThrobblefootSpectre: TheRealist: OK, using fake balloons to throw off other groups is just downright wrong. I love it.

I've never heard of fake balloons. Wouldn't it be better to use real red balloons for the decoys?


You can make one out of cardboard then attach it to some transparent balloons.

Derp.
 
2009-12-02 07:09:12 PM  
North Chicago burbs checking in!
 
2009-12-02 07:09:57 PM  
Remember kids, you need the balloon number along with its coordinates.
 
2009-12-02 07:14:54 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: Fair enough. Subterfuge is out.


Well, good for you.
But I assure you that some groups that want to win the money for themselves will cheat in whatever way helps.

For example how do we know that punckrockgirl is really not a 30 year old man from some cabal at 4chan? This contest has been known about for a while. Sure "she" will help collect all the info from Farkers, but first it will be passed back to the 4chan cabal.
 
2009-12-02 07:31:07 PM  

br0g: So have we found any yet? Has anybody found any yet?


I found one way up thread on a light post.
 
2009-12-02 07:33:49 PM  
I'm gonna tie this little booger-eater to one of these balloons.

www.nypost.com
 
2009-12-02 07:35:13 PM  
I'll keep a lookout in Milwaukee.
 
2009-12-02 07:35:18 PM  
Good luck, but...

SA Goons will likely win this thing and spend all $40,000 on animes.
 
2009-12-02 07:39:20 PM  

MikeFallopian: sidmind: Headso
Wait! instead of participating why don't we all put up our own red balloons and really fark the whole thing up?

Now that is not a bad idea, if only members of Fark know about it, then it would screw other social networking sites.
it would actually be a great addition to the experiment.

That's probably exactly the sort of thing DARPA is looking to study: how legit information propagates through a huge social network, alongside mistakes and deliberate misinformation. We'd almost certainly be doing them a favor if we put up our own balloons, twittered incorrect coordinates, posted PS'd balloons tethered to obscure landmarks on our blogs...


Yeah, that's just what they want you to think....
 
2009-12-02 07:51:22 PM  

HairBolus: TheShavingofOccam123: Fair enough. Subterfuge is out.

Well, good for you.
But I assure you that some groups that want to win the money for themselves will cheat in whatever way helps.

For example how do we know that punckrockgirl is really not a 30 year old man from some cabal at 4chan? This contest has been known about for a while. Sure "she" will help collect all the info from Farkers, but first it will be passed back to the 4chan cabal.


Full disclosure: I'm actually a 68-yr-old M2F transformer with low self-esteem, nasty BO, and a penchant for hairless-midget-cat-on-a-tricycle pr0n.

But also I work for Fark, and Drew talked me into setting this up. So it's like official and stuff.
 
2009-12-02 07:54:04 PM  

YouPeopleAreCrazy: TheShavingofOccam123: Fair enough. Subterfuge is out.

You can bank on other groups doing it. Be wary of GPS coords you find elsewhere.


That's what I was talking about. Cheating the cheaters. Not putting up red herrings for balloons but posting false coordinates in this or some other Fark thread. That way if people wanted to copy other peoples work, boom goes the dynamite.
 
2009-12-02 07:55:23 PM  

punkrockgirl:
Full disclosure: I'm actually a 68-yr-old M2F transformer with low self-esteem, nasty BO, and a penchant for hairless-midget-cat-on-a-tricycle pr0n.


How YOU doin'?
 
2009-12-02 07:56:22 PM  

punkrockgirl: I'm actually a 68-yr-old M2F transformer with low self-esteem, nasty BO, and a penchant for hairless-midget-cat-on-a-tricycle pr0n.


How you doing!
 
2009-12-02 07:57:59 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: How YOU doin'?


*Shakes tiny tiny.....Oh so tiny fist*
 
2009-12-02 08:02:14 PM  
I'm in... for Honolulu.
 
2009-12-02 08:02:31 PM  

punkrockgirl: I'm actually a 68-yr-old M2F transformer with low self-esteem, nasty BO, and a penchant for hairless-midget-cat-on-a-tricycle pr0n.


Finally, a farky other than "Our hall monitor"

I'm working saturday so I can't go cruising too much before dark but I'll cover as much of central Oregon as I can.
 
2009-12-02 08:04:53 PM  

punkrockgirl: Full disclosure: I'm actually a 68-yr-old M2F transformer with low self-esteem, nasty BO, and a penchant for hairless-midget-cat-on-a-tricycle pr0n.


how you dong?
 
2009-12-02 08:05:09 PM  

AppleOptionEsc: If I see a red ballon in podunk, I mean, Menomonie, WI, I will do stuff.


zedster: In the odd case that one is deployed in Madison sure


douchebag/hater: I'll keep a lookout in Milwaukee.


Douche and I got Milw covered. Madison and Menomonie are covered. Is there a Farker who can cover Green Bay?
 
2009-12-02 08:09:41 PM  
Central Missouri covered

/unless there is a balloon
//then I'm stealing it
///not yours DARPA
 
2009-12-02 08:10:54 PM  
Eyes open in Huntsville, AL. There's lots of them gubmint types around here.

Seriously, I expect there to be a winner like 10 min. after the balloons go up - all decoys aside.

But yeah, if I see one, Fark will be the first to know.
 
2009-12-02 08:14:00 PM  
DARPA wants to know if we have seen there balls?
 
2009-12-02 08:27:00 PM  
Count me in. I'll keep a watchful eye on the sky here in Santa Fe, NM.
 
2009-12-02 08:29:15 PM  

nuclear_asshat: Anyone in N. Mexico? There are hundreds of little airstrips for military projects scattered out in a whole lot of nothing.


I be there
 
2009-12-02 09:03:49 PM  
I'll be driving from Minneapolis to North-Central Iowa on Saturday morning. I'll keep an eye out, but I don't know how I'd get you any coordinates.
 
2009-12-02 09:15:33 PM  
If I see anything in Saginaw, MI, I'll CTRL-F for DARPA on TF and report in.
 
2009-12-02 10:01:27 PM  
I'll take the polar regions -- so we got that covered.

/Red balloons should be easy to see with all that melting ice.
 
2009-12-02 10:33:22 PM  

Freudian Slit: Good luck, but...

SA Goons will likely win this thing and spend all $40,000 on animes.


...or maybe 4 custom made scat pr0n videos from Brazil.
 
2009-12-02 10:50:42 PM  
Just typing to bookmark, though doubtful any will be near where I drive.
 
2009-12-02 10:51:21 PM  
Count me in - Oklahoma City here, but doubt any will be released anyplace in OK
 
2009-12-02 10:52:24 PM  
Northeast Kansas, near KC here.
 
2009-12-02 10:57:25 PM  

regjoe: Consider the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, CO covered (largest concentration of Federal agencies outside of Washington, D.C.).


Yeah, on that note (and from the FAQ's):

"Employees of the U.S. Government including spouses and dependents for tax year 2009 are not eligible to participate. DARPA employees and DARPA support contractors and their dependents are also not eligible to participate."
 
2009-12-02 10:58:18 PM  
I'll be keeping an eye out in NE Alabama
 
2009-12-02 10:59:08 PM  
your're going to take $40,000 and the best use you can come up with is to buy a bunch of plastic chinese crap for kids?

why not buy food or shelter or clothing (not from gap kids preferably) just light fires with it?

or you can fuel the materialistic whore shopping worship culture that has overtaken our country. great idea. /not playing for that waste.
 
2009-12-02 11:04:32 PM  

buckler: Portland, OR reporting in. I'll keep my eyes open.


thekla: Portland is in -


I'll keep eyes open around Portland too.
 
2009-12-02 11:05:17 PM  

Mimic_Octopus: your're going to take $40,000 and the best use you can come up with is to buy a bunch of plastic chinese crap for kids?

why not buy food or shelter or clothing (not from gap kids preferably) just light fires with it?

or you can fuel the materialistic whore shopping worship culture that has overtaken our country. great idea. /not playing for that waste.


Idiot. Everyone knows that the Chinese food we could buy has too much lead or melmean and whathaveyou. More better we buy the Chinese toys...kills the kids a little slower.
 
2009-12-02 11:08:41 PM  

sweetjimmy23: I'll keep an eye out around the south TC area.


Burnsville south of the river here. If it's anywhere on CR32, I got it.
 
2009-12-02 11:11:57 PM  

dryknife: Don't trust DARPA and their ballons.


but theirs was red

a Red Rover...if you will

/send number 6 over
 
2009-12-02 11:14:45 PM  

Earl of Chives: Idiot. Everyone knows that the Chinese food we could buy has too much lead or melmean and whathaveyou. More better we buy the Chinese toys...kills the kids a little slower.


For the record, that was one of the best troll-pwning I've seen in a while. Good on ya.
 
2009-12-02 11:15:26 PM  
Sacramento here also, I'll bring her home
 
2009-12-02 11:17:56 PM  

Earl of Chives: Mimic_Octopus: your're going to take $40,000 and the best use you can come up with is to buy a bunch of plastic chinese crap for kids?

why not buy food or shelter or clothing (not from gap kids preferably) just light fires with it?

or you can fuel the materialistic whore shopping worship culture that has overtaken our country. great idea. /not playing for that waste.

Idiot. Everyone knows that the Chinese food we could buy has too much lead or melmean and whathaveyou. More better we buy the Chinese toys...kills the kids a little slower.


I can't haz roasted organic free-range chicken with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and haricot verts?
www.ccortez.com
 
2009-12-02 11:19:26 PM  
Just a thought, but head for the hills if you really want to help. Here in norcal, there's a summit nearby that gives a 360 degree view on a clear day. There are two more 40 and 70 miles NE and E respectively. For an investment of about six hours I can cover roughly 1000 sq. mi. by line of sight with some binocs.

It would be so cool if Fark won this. I'd like that.
 
2009-12-02 11:20:34 PM  

DaBishop: Earl of Chives: Idiot. Everyone knows that the Chinese food we could buy has too much lead or melmean and whathaveyou. More better we buy the Chinese toys...kills the kids a little slower.

For the record, that was one of the best troll-pwning I've seen in a while. Good on ya.


i'm not trolling douche. and supporting buying toys is not him "owning" me either. but go ahead and help waste 40,000 on a completely negative cause. serioulsy, come up with a useful donation and i'll help, but teaching poor people they need shiat from corporations that will not help them better their lot? real altrusistic of you shopping monkeys.
 
2009-12-02 11:23:15 PM  

Mimic_Octopus: i'm not trolling douche.


Yes, you are, fagpants. Now shut your whorehole while the adults are talking.
 
2009-12-02 11:24:10 PM  
Hey, who greenlit this repea...oh uhh hi punkrockgirl pssssshhhhhhh ++++NO CARRIER++++
 
2009-12-02 11:24:29 PM  
So, to be clear, we use punk's EIP?
 
2009-12-02 11:24:55 PM  

dugitman: I dont totally get it but Im in.
I like being part of the cool crowd. this is a cool crowd activity, right?


_________________




Wellllll... its geek chic. So basically no. We are all a bunch of nerds.


/One of us, one of us, one of us.
 
2009-12-02 11:24:58 PM  

Mimic_Octopus: completely negative cause.


Sounds like your cynicism has completely overcome your ability to see the benefit of providing some joy to a child. You should get that fixed.
 
2009-12-02 11:25:05 PM  
Add one more for Western Washington. I also have contacts on the Eastern side of the mountains.
 
2009-12-02 11:25:52 PM  
I bet DARPA labels balloons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8 and people go crazy looking for the non-existent #7.

On a serious note, you know some asshat is going to send punkrockgirl some false coordinates, so how are we going to verify what we get? Are we only allowed one guess or what?
 
2009-12-02 11:27:47 PM  

Mimic_Octopus: DaBishop: Earl of Chives: Idiot. Everyone knows that the Chinese food we could buy has too much lead or melmean and whathaveyou. More better we buy the Chinese toys...kills the kids a little slower.

For the record, that was one of the best troll-pwning I've seen in a while. Good on ya.

i'm not trolling douche. and supporting buying toys is not him "owning" me either. but go ahead and help waste 40,000 on a completely negative cause. serioulsy, come up with a useful donation and i'll help, but teaching poor people they need shiat from corporations that will not help them better their lot? real altrusistic of you shopping monkeys.


You didn't have any toys when you were a kid, did you?
 
2009-12-02 11:28:05 PM  
I'll cover Lehigh Valley in PA. Though I don't really expect them to place a baloon here.

/are you reading this, DARPA agents? Are you!? I bet their watching pre-event threads too!
 
2009-12-02 11:28:07 PM  
So this was just a clever ruse to get me to give up my location to the Defense Department, huh?

/kidding (or am I?)
//will be on the lookout
///I'll be hard to miss, what with my tinfoil hat glinting in the sun
//Slashies!
 
2009-12-02 11:28:36 PM  
DaBishop so clever. you are the one who is clearly not a useful adult and are most likely some dimwitted marketing slave who thinks a fun afternoon is blowing an entire paycheck at the mall to buy your inbred relatives a bunch of cheaply made overpriced garbage to play with or decorate themselves with. but continue with your sex-based-insult synonym generator if you wish.


you all really believe toys for tots is the best use for 40,000 farking dollars? thats pretty damned sad if it's true. better off giving $100 to 400 poor families. or, you know, a good charity.
 
2009-12-02 11:29:29 PM  
I'm down. If I see anything here in Tupelo, I'll let you know. There's a chance that we might get snow, so might make seeing it easier.
 
2009-12-02 11:30:06 PM  
We'll keep an eye out here in NYC.
 
2009-12-02 11:30:18 PM  

Mimic_Octopus: DaBishop so clever.


Only intelligent thing you've said all day, troll.
 
2009-12-02 11:32:35 PM  

davin: Mimic_Octopus: completely negative cause.

Sounds like your cynicism has completely overcome your ability to see the benefit of providing some joy to a child. You should get that fixed.


i respectfully disagree. not a cynic at all. just not a shpping culture slave either. sad so many are these days. wasn';t always like this you know.

if you raised your kids to find joy in palstic shiat from other countries, you are the one who needs to do the fixin.
 
2009-12-02 11:33:15 PM  

Edsel: Mimic_Octopus: DaBishop: Earl of Chives: Idiot. Everyone knows that the Chinese food we could buy has too much lead or melmean and whathaveyou. More better we buy the Chinese toys...kills the kids a little slower.

For the record, that was one of the best troll-pwning I've seen in a while. Good on ya.

i'm not trolling douche. and supporting buying toys is not him "owning" me either. but go ahead and help waste 40,000 on a completely negative cause. serioulsy, come up with a useful donation and i'll help, but teaching poor people they need shiat from corporations that will not help them better their lot? real altrusistic of you shopping monkeys.

You didn't have any toys when you were a kid, did you?


i asked for books and plane tickets.
 
2009-12-02 11:35:37 PM  

DaBishop: Mimic_Octopus: DaBishop so clever.

Only intelligent thing you've said all day, troll.


you're lame, kid. please stop posting.
 
2009-12-02 11:39:02 PM  

Mimic_Octopus: you're lame, kid. please stop posting.


Tell ya what; since you obviously didn't get enough attention from mommy and daddy as a child, we'll all promise to applaud when you do a cartwheel if you promise to be quiet so that the adults can talk. Deal?
 
2009-12-02 11:40:39 PM  

punkrockgirl:

Full disclosure: I'm actually a 68-yr-old M2F transformer with low self-esteem, nasty BO, and a penchant for hairless-midget-cat-on-a-tricycle pr0n.


img143.imageshack.us
 
2009-12-02 11:42:57 PM  
i'm simply requesting a meaningful charity you idiot.

your repeated use of your elder tone insult approach, while successfully annoying, is a dead giveaway to the fact that you are either mentally slow or a juvenile yourself. so get lost or address the fact that there is far better that can be done with that sum than promoting materialism, reliance on others, greed and envy all while lining the pockets of foreign manufacturers.
 
2009-12-02 11:42:59 PM  

Mimic_Octopus: davin: Mimic_Octopus: completely negative cause.

Sounds like your cynicism has completely overcome your ability to see the benefit of providing some joy to a child. You should get that fixed.

i respectfully disagree. not a cynic at all. just not a shpping culture slave either. sad so many are these days. wasn';t always like this you know.

if you raised your kids to find joy in palstic shiat from other countries, you are the one who needs to do the fixin.


This is a feel good thing in a time when there's not a lot of feel good.

Don't be self righteous. It honestly makes you look really, really bad. I guess you don't care, being that you're all morally superior and everyone else is clearly scum and all.. but still.

Really, you're making yourself look extremely bad.

I don't know you at all, you're just some faceless person on teh intarwebs, but the things you post are just so out of place, and unkind in spirit, well, I just can't think well of it.
 
2009-12-02 11:43:58 PM  
One of the car lots I have an account with has these balloons, they use them during sales. It would not be hard to convince then to put one up. :) It also would not be hard to duplicate the flag on them.

If anyone want to do this, check for auto dealer supply in your area. They sell these for $40 to $50. Just remember if you do it, to email our team leader to tell her to disregard any reports of that one. Do it before the start so she knows it is not a false-negative-positive...... is that right? Either way you know what I mean.
 
2009-12-02 11:45:33 PM  

Mimic_Octopus: DaBishop: Earl of Chives: Idiot. Everyone knows that the Chinese food we could buy has too much lead or melmean and whathaveyou. More better we buy the Chinese toys...kills the kids a little slower.

For the record, that was one of the best troll-pwning I've seen in a while. Good on ya.

i'm not trolling douche. and supporting buying toys is not him "owning" me either. but go ahead and help waste 40,000 on a completely negative cause. serioulsy, come up with a useful donation and i'll help, but teaching poor people they need shiat from corporations that will not help them better their lot? real altrusistic of you shopping monkeys.


You're getting hammered pretty hard, but I see your point. Out of all the stories of humanity on this site, plastic crap for the win!
 
2009-12-02 11:46:04 PM  
No idea if i'll be near Houston or DFW area on Saturday, but i'm in.

Just a thought, but for those of you without GPS equipment - i'm going out on a limb here and guessing that the DARPA guy at the bottom of each balloon will know what that balloon's coordinates are.


/and possibly with a crowbar you can get the other balloon coordinates
//ahh, the crowbar. breaks encryption faster then you can say "kneecap"
 
2009-12-02 11:46:22 PM  

Mimic_Octopus: i'm simply requesting a meaningful charity you idiot.


Then go and contribute to one and leave the thread, troll. And since you've insulted me, no applause for you.
 
2009-12-02 11:51:21 PM  

DaBishop: Mimic_Octopus: i'm simply requesting a meaningful charity you idiot.

Then go and contribute to one and leave the thread, troll. And since you've insulted me, no applause for you.


Trollishness aside, if we wanted a more geeky charity- How about Child's Play? Does double duty giving sick kids something to play with and kicking anti-video-game advocates in the testicles.


Slightly more on-topic, Toys for Tots does a hell of a lot of good in the world. I think the toys and such that they buy tend to be the kind that get played with for a long time - Legos, GI Joes (or whatever) that sort of thing. Also I'm pretty sure they make deals to buy heavily-discounted toys from manufacturers / suppliers, so that $40,000 might buy $80,000 in toys...

Not sure, but I'm guessing.
 
2009-12-02 11:54:29 PM  
In the unlikely event that there is a DARPA balloon in Brooklyn, I'll let you know. I tend to agree with PanicAttack and Lesbian-Jesus:

"... darpa wants to know how quickly word of highly visible government will spread and via which networks...

but it sounds like a fun challenge anyway :)

Or it's a way to figure out which social network servers to take out if need be."
 
2009-12-02 11:56:46 PM  

GeekTheMighty: Trollishness aside, if we wanted a more geeky charity- How about Child's Play? Does double duty giving sick kids something to play with and kicking anti-video-game advocates in the testicles.


I think in the grand scheme of things, there's no way that all Farkers are going to agree on a single charity. And frankly, that's a good idea; the more that are out there, the better.

I love doing my Toy-for-Tata runs, and occasionally still shave my head for St. Baldrics. Doesn't mean that we can't do others such as this one.
 
2009-12-03 12:00:24 AM  
Okay, Tahlequah Oklahoma is in.
 
2009-12-03 12:02:34 AM  

DaBishop: GeekTheMighty: Trollishness aside, if we wanted a more geeky charity- How about Child's Play? Does double duty giving sick kids something to play with and kicking anti-video-game advocates in the testicles.

I think in the grand scheme of things, there's no way that all Farkers are going to agree on a single charity. And frankly, that's a good idea; the more that are out there, the better.

I love doing my Toy-for-Tata runs, and occasionally still shave my head for St. Baldrics. Doesn't mean that we can't do others such as this one.


Sure. I just stuck it out there- Child's Play is my personal favorite charity especially considering how young it is (as an entity). Toys-for-Tots is a venerable entity that has retained it's simplicity and value in an age of ever increasing bloat in non-profits.

/ toys-for-tatas! Amazing!
//the QFM96 thing?
///holycrap that's columbus... I live there!
/well most of the time anyway
/tataslashies
 
2009-12-03 12:03:00 AM  
I will keep an eye out in the Chicago area, though I do not travel outside of the city much so others in the area will also have to keep an eye out for 'em!
 
2009-12-03 12:05:30 AM  

GeekTheMighty: / toys-for-tatas! Amazing!
//the QFM96 thing?


KQRS Minnesota biker run. w00t!
 
2009-12-03 12:06:12 AM  

GeekTheMighty: Toys for Tots does a hell of a lot of good ... Also I'm pretty sure they make deals to buy heavily-discounted toys from manufacturers


What the hell? Are you saying Toys for Tots is in collusion with toy manufactures to dispose of all the crappy Chinese plastic toys that were too lame to sell on the open market? If a toy sucks then poor kids still should be grateful for being regifted with one because it helps the economy (whose economy?) through at least tax writeoffs.
 
2009-12-03 12:06:25 AM  

DaBishop: GeekTheMighty: / toys-for-tatas! Amazing!
//the QFM96 thing?

KQRS Minnesota biker run. w00t!


Nice! bike run in December in Minnesota? I think i'd want a goldwing AND a heated suit for that. And possibly some snow tires O.o
 
2009-12-03 12:09:08 AM  

HairBolus: GeekTheMighty: Toys for Tots does a hell of a lot of good ... Also I'm pretty sure they make deals to buy heavily-discounted toys from manufacturers

What the hell? Are you saying Toys for Tots is in collusion with toy manufactures to dispose of all the crappy Chinese plastic toys that were too lame to sell on the open market? If a toy sucks then poor kids still should be grateful for being regifted with one because it helps the economy (whose economy?) through at least tax writeoffs.


i166.photobucket.com
 
2009-12-03 12:10:29 AM  

TheDoubleMan: Tachikoma: I'll keep a lookout in SE WY.

/no, wait, that's a silver balloon

SE WY, eh? How YOU doin?
/lives in scottsbluff


I am so sorry. A town that's actually smaller than Laramie. Ouch.

/keep your eyes peeled, though, you should be able to see the whole town easily
 
2009-12-03 12:10:51 AM  

br0g: Okay, Tahlequah Oklahoma is in.


Even though i'm probably the only Farker in this town, and i seldom go outside...
 
2009-12-03 12:11:35 AM  

GeekTheMighty: Nice! bike run in December in Minnesota? I think i'd want a goldwing AND a heated suit for that. And possibly some snow tires O.o


Oh dear Dog no. We do that in June. Although me and a buddy used to dress up as Santa and ride around on Christmas Eve if there was no snow. Lotta smiling kids on the roads.
 
2009-12-03 12:12:30 AM  

Mimic_Octopus: i'm simply requesting a meaningful charity you idiot.


Quit being a douche. If you don't agree with the charity then don't participate. Set up your own group. If you win, contribute the money to the charity you deem worthy enough.

Me? I'd choose St. Jude Children's Hospital. However, that's not going to stop me from trying to help out here if I can.
 
2009-12-03 12:13:56 AM  
I'm in, Chicago area. I should be out and about driving between Wheaton and New Lenox along I-355 during the day anyway, hopefully in daylight hours.
 
2009-12-03 12:14:31 AM  

DaBishop: GeekTheMighty: Nice! bike run in December in Minnesota? I think i'd want a goldwing AND a heated suit for that. And possibly some snow tires O.o

Oh dear Dog no. We do that in June. Although me and a buddy used to dress up as Santa and ride around on Christmas Eve if there was no snow. Lotta smiling kids on the roads.


I bet :D I mostly ride vintage bikes (not known for having creature comforts lol) and I've done a few New Year's rides around Columbus OH area. Even with insulated carharts and as much gear as I can possibly wear, it's STILL a jump-in-hot-shower moment when you get inside and someone helps you peel the clothes off. brr!
 
2009-12-03 12:16:05 AM  
There have been some crazy reports that the balloons are filled with nanobots that enter your body through the nose, mouth, ears, and genitals.

I know, it's silly, right! :)

LOL, WTF is up with that shiznit, right! :) Probably one of these types that we all enjoy on the internet:
www.jessicadunton.com
What a retarded meme those people are. Take a chill pill!

It is just a fun competition that will explore the roles the Internet and social networking play in the timely communication, wide-area team-building, and urgent mobilization required to solve broad-scope, time-critical problems.

Let's win this one for the kids!

Later, dudes :)

LKjjsjh011011200020033009987777HTYssg57-F99A87R211K21
 
2009-12-03 12:21:55 AM  
yea, i'm not reading all that. But i did read the rules, cause i'm just that nerdy. Anyway, US Gov't employees, their spouses, and dependents cannot enter BUT they can give the coordinates to someone else and they can enter it for them. I dunno if that applies here at all, but i thought i'll throw it out there.
 
2009-12-03 12:34:02 AM  

what_now: Do me a favor- go find one of the guys manning the Toys for Tots boxes and get into a big argument about it. That should end well.


No please dont, getting a kick out of the replys and all that, but just let them stand in peace.
 
2009-12-03 12:34:14 AM  
If I see one in NW Oregon or SW Washington I'll let you know.
 
2009-12-03 12:35:05 AM  
I came here for the 99 luft balloons and wish you guys had put in a little more effort.

On the bright side, maybe someone will finally find Andy Capp.
 
2009-12-03 12:35:44 AM  
If for some insane reason they decide to deploy one over the Everglades, I'll let ya know.
 
2009-12-03 12:44:50 AM  

GeekTheMighty: Even with insulated carharts and as much gear as I can possibly wear, it's STILL a jump-in-hot-shower moment when you get inside and someone helps you peel chip the clothes off. brr!


A-yeap.
 
2009-12-03 12:52:05 AM  
I've got Texas. It should take about an hour to search the whole place, right?

I don't get out much, so I'm just checking.

Which way is the day ball?
 
2009-12-03 12:56:54 AM  

shroom: I'm in, Chicago area. I should be out and about driving between Wheaton and New Lenox along I-355 during the day anyway, hopefully in daylight hours.


In Wheaton as well, but broke and can't even afford gas. Pfft.
 
2009-12-03 12:57:10 AM  
If they added in different types of local network disruption, they'd have a great way to figure out how to most efficiently squelch unofficial transmissions without affecting their own.

I have to wonder how much of this will be used to determine how best way to stop people from communicating during protests, immediately sharing pictures of things that would embarrass the govt., etc.

Either way, I'll be out at Mt Charleston and will keep my eyes open.
 
2009-12-03 01:10:37 AM  
I thought I saw a weather balloon once, turns out it was a UFO, then some government thugs came by and tried to convince me it was a streetlight!
How about if I sight one I shoot it down so no one else can report it afterward?
 
2009-12-03 01:11:23 AM  
I'm in Canada, but I'm on the border of Detroit, anything I can do??
 
2009-12-03 01:18:03 AM  
I'll keep an eye out in the Rio Grande Valley :D
 
2009-12-03 01:56:28 AM  
Northern Baltimore Maryland on the lookout here. Parkville to Hunt Valley to Essex and everywhere in between hopefully. On the look out for used cars and red balloons.
 
2009-12-03 01:57:45 AM  

Imperialism: I bet DARPA labels balloons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8 and people go crazy looking for the non-existent #7.

On a serious note, you know some asshat is going to send punkrockgirl some false coordinates, so how are we going to verify what we get? Are we only allowed one guess or what?


From the FAQ you can submit more then 1 entry of 10 balloons, but it would be hard to separate out the 1 bad coord from the 11 Cords emailed.

My suggestion is a photo of the DARPA truck, Photo of the DARPA ID, Photo of Ballon with the coordinates. Evan a crappy camra phone should be ok.

punkrockgirl, how about you invite a FEW regulars from the photoshop contests, giv'em a few photos, and have them go crazy submitting fakes to 4chan and everyone else?
 
2009-12-03 03:11:42 AM  

Tachikoma: TheDoubleMan: Tachikoma: I'll keep a lookout in SE WY.

/no, wait, that's a silver balloon

SE WY, eh? How YOU doin?
/lives in scottsbluff

I am so sorry. A town that's actually smaller than Laramie. Ouch.

/keep your eyes peeled, though, you should be able to see the whole town easily


Hell, when I was growing up, Scottsbluff was considered "The Big City"
/Hometown had 110 people
 
2009-12-03 03:13:49 AM  
When Farkers begin bragging and sending out pics of the balloons we find, remember to scrub the EXIF data out before uploading, if youre using a cameraphone with GPS functionality!

In less geeky terms, phones with GPS capability, like iPhones, can insert meta-data like GPS coordinates into pictures invisibly. I predict at least one balloons location will be given away due to this.
 
2009-12-03 07:15:34 AM  
netweavr
I'm going to laugh if some jackass starts a group randomly putting up look-a-like balloons all over the country.

Too much work. Lets photoshop some pictures and flood Twitter with those sightings.
 
2009-12-03 07:35:06 AM  

DrFaustus: ibwahooka: I can search here in Augusta, GA.

No, no, no, I've got Augusta, GA.

and 4chan

/what's up dude?


Oh same old, same old. Really enjoying this rain.
 
2009-12-03 08:24:35 AM  

The Voice of Doom: netweavr
I'm going to laugh if some jackass starts a group randomly putting up look-a-like balloons all over the country.

Too much work. Lets photoshop some pictures and flood Twitter with those sightings.


img109.imageshack.us

Just made this real quick. Have fun.
 
2009-12-03 09:02:33 AM  
Casper, WY
 
2009-12-03 09:50:11 AM  

netweavr: Wouldn't it be easier to look for the US Gov't vehicles now? I mean they have to already be moving to the locations for the balloons to be placed. So if you live in a small town and notice a Fed car, it's a pretty big hint.


Actually, what you want to do is identify locations of DARPA offices or known support contractor locations. You can bet that the budget for this stunt is rather small, so the travel budget to set these things up is going to be equally small.

Find out where they are, find some Farkers near there and have them drive around on Sat. You'd probabaly find a fair few that way.
 
2009-12-03 09:57:11 AM  
The website says the balloons will be in the continental U.S. instead of contiguous which means they might put one in Alaska. Anybody got Alaska?
 
2009-12-03 10:01:03 AM  
I'm in, if there is one in the cow pasture I live, ride and work by I'll tell ya'll.

Bookmark?
 
2009-12-03 10:03:45 AM  

invictus2: sweet, and for brigid_fitch


160th SOAR baby!
 
2009-12-03 10:03:49 AM  
Being that the balloons will only be up for 6 - 9 hours why do they give us over a week to submit.

Not that I care just wondering
 
2009-12-03 10:06:36 AM  
Trenton-area NJ - will keep an eye out.
 
2009-12-03 10:07:58 AM  
I'll be driving from Tallahassee to Washington D.C. on the 12th. If I see a balloon I'll make sure to share it.
 
2009-12-03 10:10:03 AM  
Is it cheating if I follow all the cars away from DARPA? I park about 2 blocks from their HQ in Virginia.
 
2009-12-03 10:10:46 AM  
I'm looking out of my mother's basement window right now...

I don't see a thing, but I'll keep you posted.

/I live off Dr. Pepper and pop-tarts.
//not really in my mom's basement...she's past.
///my mommy was a saint.
 
2009-12-03 10:16:18 AM  

old_toole: Being that the balloons will only be up for 6 - 9 hours why do they give us over a week to submit.

Not that I care just wondering


Because part of it is to see how people share the info amongst their networks. Obviously, no one person is going to find all ten.
 
2009-12-03 10:17:45 AM  

OscarTamerz: The website says the balloons will be in the continental U.S. instead of contiguous which means they might put one in Alaska. Anybody got Alaska?


Somebody better asap, before Putin rears his head.
 
2009-12-03 10:18:03 AM  
We should make a checklist of areas to check
Given that DARPA is Dept of Defense R&D. I'd keep an eye out in around:

1.DARPA Offices
2.Goverment R&D locations both DOD and DOE (both current and defunct)
3.Army Base Locations
4.University Campuses with large research grants
5.National Parks
6.Notable Internet Locations

So I can think of
Arlington, Virginia (obvious)
DARPA field offices
Albuquerque
Santa Fe
New Mexico in general and national Parks in the vicinity
Livermore, Stanford, Alza, San Fran and pretty much all that area around Silicon Valley
El Paso
MIT/Harv./Cambridge, MA
Argonne & the University of Chicago
Tampa/St. Pete area(Pinellas Lab used to be around there)
Plus any Lockheed Martin/Boeing offices/Facilities.
 
2009-12-03 10:20:15 AM  
Central Iowa, reporting in.
Somebody remind me Saturday morning, before I start drinking though...

/if you get up that early
 
2009-12-03 10:20:24 AM  

Tumunga: I'm looking out of my mother's basement window right now...

I don't see a thing, but I'll keep you posted.

/I live off Dr. Pepper and pop-tarts.
//not really in my mom's basement...she's past.
///my mommy was a saint.


I prefer Dr. Nut.
 
2009-12-03 10:21:36 AM  

TheDoubleMan: Tachikoma: TheDoubleMan: Tachikoma: I'll keep a lookout in SE WY.

/no, wait, that's a silver balloon

SE WY, eh? How YOU doin?
/lives in scottsbluff

I am so sorry. A town that's actually smaller than Laramie. Ouch.

/keep your eyes peeled, though, you should be able to see the whole town easily

Hell, when I was growing up, Scottsbluff was considered "The Big City"
/Hometown had 110 people


I was born in Kemmerer, and it was small enough I was the new year's baby on the 5th.
 
2009-12-03 10:23:18 AM  
I am game, lexington KY area.
 
2009-12-03 10:24:00 AM  
Seems like the fark "Account created" date would be a good initial trusted agent factor. Not that there isn't crossover between fark and SA or 4chan or whatever, but someone who joined fark say, now, would be a little suspect.

Also, any farkers flying places on Saturday should maybe grab a window seat...

DARPA may be evil, but this is kind of a neat experiment to ponder. Wonder if the use of social networking in the Iranian uprising is the instigating hypotheses.
 
2009-12-03 10:42:46 AM  

goaliechic: Seems like the fark "Account created" date would be a good initial trusted agent factor. Not that there isn't crossover between fark and SA or 4chan or whatever, but someone who joined fark say, now, would be a little suspect.


Funny you should mention that. I just saw the first one flying over Disney World.
 
2009-12-03 10:44:01 AM  

CarriePrejean: old_toole: Being that the balloons will only be up for 6 - 9 hours why do they give us over a week to submit.

Not that I care just wondering

Because part of it is to see how people share the info amongst their networks. Obviously, no one person is going to find all ten.


Awesome point. We need people scoping out other social networks.
 
2009-12-03 10:44:57 AM  
Easton,MD to Annapolis covered.

Someone should check Ft Meade and Goddard along with the Aspen Institute.
 
2009-12-03 10:50:12 AM  
I'll donate 25,000 tongue depressors to the cause.
 
2009-12-03 10:56:39 AM  
Count me in. Anything to help under privileged children.

I live near Whiteman Air Force Base in central Missouri.
So my eyes will be skyward.

I'll also spread the message to my ham radio buddies to keep an eye out as well.
 
2009-12-03 10:58:02 AM  
I live in the middle of nowhere, but I will keep an eye peeled nonetheless.
 
2009-12-03 10:58:07 AM  

wild9: I am game, lexington KY area.


I'll look around Louisville so you won't have to get your feet wet ;)
 
2009-12-03 10:59:00 AM  
Houston, TX

near Johnson Space Center - reporting in.
 
2009-12-03 11:01:30 AM  
I just had an evil thought... How about a disinformation campaign?
 
2009-12-03 11:07:02 AM  

Mr. Cabron: We should make a checklist of areas to check
Tampa/St. Pete area(Pinellas Lab used to be around there)
Plus any Lockheed Martin/Boeing offices/Facilities.


I can check this out.
 
2009-12-03 11:07:12 AM  
bookmark
 
2009-12-03 11:09:37 AM  
I'm game.
 
2009-12-03 11:14:55 AM  
I live about five blocks from DARPA Headquarters in Arlington.

I'll keep a lookout around here.
 
2009-12-03 11:18:40 AM  
I will rent a helicopter and scan Ventura County. Maybe not, but I'll keep my eyeballs peeled.
 
2009-12-03 11:20:26 AM  

Mr. Cabron: We should make a checklist of areas to check
Given that DARPA is Dept of Defense R&D. I'd keep an eye out in around:

1.DARPA Offices
2.Goverment R&D locations both DOD and DOE (both current and defunct)
3.Army Base Locations
4.University Campuses with large research grants
5.National Parks
6.Notable Internet Locations

So I can think of
Arlington, Virginia (obvious)
DARPA field offices
Albuquerque
Santa Fe
New Mexico in general and national Parks in the vicinity
Livermore, Stanford, Alza, San Fran and pretty much all that area around Silicon Valley
El Paso
MIT/Harv./Cambridge, MA
Argonne & the University of Chicago
Tampa/St. Pete area(Pinellas Lab used to be around there)
Plus any Lockheed Martin/Boeing offices/Facilities.


Since this whole thing is for the internets' 40th birthday I'd say that you're probably on to something with the notable internet locations. The current and/or former locations of MAE East, UCLA, Stanford, University of Utah, MIT, Al Gore' house (hey, DARPA has a sense of humor, too!), stuff like that.
 
2009-12-03 11:27:03 AM  
do we have someone to monitor the twitter?
 
2009-12-03 11:35:29 AM  
boobsrgood

Just a thought, but head for the hills if you really want to help. Here in norcal, there's a summit nearby that gives a 360 degree view on a clear day. There are two more 40 and 70 miles NE and E respectively. For an investment of about six hours I can cover roughly 1000 sq. mi. by line of sight with some binocs.

It would be so cool if Fark won this. I'd like that.



Mt. Diablo??

/In Sacramento
//Can See Diablo easily on a clear day
 
2009-12-03 11:38:29 AM  
In the off chance one is in Indianapolis. I'll report it.
 
2009-12-03 11:38:56 AM  
Im in in Southern NH. Not that anything ever happens here but what the hell..I have nothing else to do Saturday.
 
2009-12-03 11:39:18 AM  
Minneapolis reporting for duty!
 
2009-12-03 11:44:59 AM  

capturedforlife: boobsrgood

Just a thought, but head for the hills if you really want to help. Here in norcal, there's a summit nearby that gives a 360 degree view on a clear day. There are two more 40 and 70 miles NE and E respectively. For an investment of about six hours I can cover roughly 1000 sq. mi. by line of sight with some binocs.

It would be so cool if Fark won this. I'd like that.


Mt. Diablo??

/In Sacramento
//Can See Diablo easily on a clear day


Going to the highest point in your area is a great idea.
 
2009-12-03 11:45:56 AM  

missmarsha: do we have someone to monitor the twitter?


I've written a script using jQuery and the Twitter OAUTH API to perform searches, etc and log the results in a db for further action.

I'll see what I can do to make it find gps coordinates.
 
2009-12-03 11:49:31 AM  
I'm in... just as long as the money doesn't go to buy toys for illegal immigrant children!!

/too soon?
 
2009-12-03 11:51:20 AM  

LoadShark: missmarsha: do we have someone to monitor the twitter?

I've written a script using jQuery and the Twitter OAUTH API to perform searches, etc and log the results in a db for further action.

I'll see what I can do to make it find gps coordinates.


even if we have an idea of where there might be one we can send some one to check it out
/hooray
//ps your fancy computer talk is real right?
 
2009-12-03 11:53:01 AM  
Only ONE person can claim the prize. No group or conglomerate of Farkers. So, who is the lucky individual? How can we trust them not to legally keep all prize monies?
 
2009-12-03 12:07:43 PM  

missmarsha: LoadShark: missmarsha: do we have someone to monitor the twitter?

I've written a script using jQuery and the Twitter OAUTH API to perform searches, etc and log the results in a db for further action.

I'll see what I can do to make it find gps coordinates.

even if we have an idea of where there might be one we can send some one to check it out
/hooray
//ps your fancy computer talk is real right?


Yes, It's real. Hopefully I get enough time between other projects today. I'll have something by late this evening for sure.

My email is in my profile if you want to know when I've completed it.
 
2009-12-03 12:14:50 PM  
Obligatory:

www.frigginrandom.com
 
2009-12-03 12:17:56 PM  

PolkaJoe: Only ONE person can claim the prize. No group or conglomerate of Farkers. So, who is the lucky individual? How can we trust them not to legally keep all prize monies?



The check will go either to Fark/Drew and then donated, or directly to Toys for Tots. Depends on what's least complicated tax-wise.

LoadShark: missmarsha: LoadShark: missmarsha: do we have someone to monitor the twitter?

I've written a script using jQuery and the Twitter OAUTH API to perform searches, etc and log the results in a db for further action.

I'll see what I can do to make it find gps coordinates.

even if we have an idea of where there might be one we can send some one to check it out
/hooray
//ps your fancy computer talk is real right?

Yes, It's real. Hopefully I get enough time between other projects today. I'll have something by late this evening for sure.

My email is in my profile if you want to know when I've completed it.


That is awesome, keep me posted. It would be helpful to have something like that (or even just a few sets of eyes) monitoring the Flickr stream too.
 
2009-12-03 12:24:38 PM  

Go Fast Turn Left: I'm in, but only if this guy can be our team captain:


Came for this, leaving satisfied.
 
2009-12-03 12:27:39 PM  

Manfred J. Hattan: Since this whole thing is for the internets' 40th birthday I'd say that you're probably on to something with the notable internet locations. The current and/or former locations of MAE East, UCLA, Stanford, University of Utah, MIT, Al Gore' house (hey, DARPA has a sense of humor, too!), stuff like that.


University of Illinois (home of the first web browser!)
 
2009-12-03 12:33:45 PM  
I'm in, if anyone cares. My job mostly entails driving a van around northern New Mexico (Los Alamos, ect), so there's a pretty good chance I'll be able to sight one of these balloons. Also, I've asked the other service guys to keep an eye out for me.
 
2009-12-03 01:18:37 PM  

punkrockgirl: PolkaJoe: Only ONE person can claim the prize. No group or conglomerate of Farkers. So, who is the lucky individual? How can we trust them not to legally keep all prize monies?


The check will go either to Fark/Drew and then donated, or directly to Toys for Tots. Depends on what's least complicated tax-wise.

LoadShark: missmarsha: LoadShark: missmarsha: do we have someone to monitor the twitter?

I've written a script using jQuery and the Twitter OAUTH API to perform searches, etc and log the results in a db for further action.

I'll see what I can do to make it find gps coordinates.

even if we have an idea of where there might be one we can send some one to check it out
/hooray
//ps your fancy computer talk is real right?

Yes, It's real. Hopefully I get enough time between other projects today. I'll have something by late this evening for sure.

My email is in my profile if you want to know when I've completed it.

That is awesome, keep me posted. It would be helpful to have something like that (or even just a few sets of eyes) monitoring the Flickr stream too.


I've looked into it a bit, and it will be kind of a pain in the ass unless the user has geocaching enabled. BUT, I'll try to get a mashup together anyway and see how it flies.
 
2009-12-03 01:24:14 PM  

GoSurfing: They'll probably put one up at Walt Disney World or Kennedy Space Center if they go for Florida with one of the balloons.


I'll be traveling the entire length of Brevard county on Sat. morning, so if there is one at KSC, I'll let you know.
 
2009-12-03 01:38:18 PM  

LoadShark: punkrockgirl: PolkaJoe: Only ONE person can claim the prize. No group or conglomerate of Farkers. So, who is the lucky individual? How can we trust them not to legally keep all prize monies?


The check will go either to Fark/Drew and then donated, or directly to Toys for Tots. Depends on what's least complicated tax-wise.

LoadShark: missmarsha: LoadShark: missmarsha: do we have someone to monitor the twitter?

I've written a script using jQuery and the Twitter OAUTH API to perform searches, etc and log the results in a db for further action.

I'll see what I can do to make it find gps coordinates.

even if we have an idea of where there might be one we can send some one to check it out
/hooray
//ps your fancy computer talk is real right?

Yes, It's real. Hopefully I get enough time between other projects today. I'll have something by late this evening for sure.

My email is in my profile if you want to know when I've completed it.

That is awesome, keep me posted. It would be helpful to have something like that (or even just a few sets of eyes) monitoring the Flickr stream too.

I've looked into it a bit, and it will be kind of a pain in the ass unless the user has geocaching enabled. BUT, I'll try to get a mashup together anyway and see how it flies.


I assume we will be tracking updates on Fark all day?

/Just sent out an email for people to call me if they see one to about 250 contacts nationwide
 
2009-12-03 02:40:25 PM  

Manfred J. Hattan: Mr. Cabron: We should make a checklist of areas to check
Given that DARPA is Dept of Defense R&D. I'd keep an eye out in around:

1.DARPA Offices
2.Goverment R&D locations both DOD and DOE (both current and defunct)
3.Army Base Locations
4.University Campuses with large research grants
5.National Parks
6.Notable Internet Locations

So I can think of
Arlington, Virginia (obvious)
DARPA field offices
Albuquerque
Santa Fe
New Mexico in general and national Parks in the vicinity
Livermore, Stanford, Alza, San Fran and pretty much all that area around Silicon Valley
El Paso
MIT/Harv./Cambridge, MA
Argonne & the University of Chicago
Tampa/St. Pete area(Pinellas Lab used to be around there)
Plus any Lockheed Martin/Boeing offices/Facilities.

Since this whole thing is for the internets' 40th birthday I'd say that you're probably on to something with the notable internet locations. The current and/or former locations of MAE East, UCLA, Stanford, University of Utah, MIT, Al Gore' house (hey, DARPA has a sense of humor, too!), stuff like that.


I'll work on compiling a checklist later.
We have the places and the socuial networks and the users assigned.
IS 4chan/Anonymous throwing their hat in the ring or would they be willing to pool resources for Toys for Tots and get this puppy solved before kickoff time on the Sunday Nught NFL game? Can someone go and ask?
 
2009-12-03 02:41:40 PM  
Santa found a couple of red balloons for Toys for Twats Tots.

img143.imageshack.us
 
2009-12-03 02:42:52 PM  
how to win
Link (new window)
 
2009-12-03 02:49:42 PM  

missmarsha: how to win
Link (new window)


Cool,

I'd go for independently verified reports of the balloons with photos and locations and a ruler or something similar in the pick for dimensional verification. I'd review the reports to look for commonalities.

I really need to get back to work though :-)
 
2009-12-03 03:32:59 PM  
If you are planning to go out searching on Saturday, here is a partial list of things to bring with you:

1. A map and a list of places to investigate (public parks, government offices, landmark sites, etc).

2. Digital camera to record balloon sightings.

3. Cell phone to report sightings to a friend back home, or...

4. Portable computer/PDA with wireless internet connectivity to email sightings directly to punkrockgirl.

5. Binoculars or small telescope to help search a wide area from a high vantage point.

6. A GPS, if you've got one. Not totally necessary if you can pinpoint your sighting on a map.

7. Gas money and some lunch.

Other suggestions?
 
2009-12-03 03:33:53 PM  
I'll help out scanning the Sacramento area. And if there isn't one in the area, I'll be the jerk posting photoshops and bogus coordinates to Twitter.
 
2009-12-03 03:47:43 PM  

h2ogate: If you are planning to go out searching on Saturday, here is a partial list of things to bring with you:

1. A map and a list of places to investigate (public parks, government offices, landmark sites, etc).

2. Digital camera to record balloon sightings.

3. Cell phone to report sightings to a friend back home, or...

4. Portable computer/PDA with wireless internet connectivity to email sightings directly to punkrockgirl.

5. Binoculars or small telescope to help search a wide area from a high vantage point.

6. A GPS, if you've got one. Not totally necessary if you can pinpoint your sighting on a map.

7. Gas money and some lunch.

Other suggestions?



An airgun for after you find a balloon
 
2009-12-03 04:11:50 PM  
If anyone spots a balloon, don't forget to approach the accompanying DARPA agent to record his/her name and DARPA I.D. number for additional verification. If anyone does try a spoof, this will be the likeliest way of eliminating it, what with impersonating a Federal agent being a crime and all.
 
2009-12-03 04:29:00 PM  

buckler: If anyone spots a balloon, don't forget to approach the accompanying DARPA agent to record his/her name and DARPA I.D. number for additional verification. If anyone does try a spoof, this will be the likeliest way of eliminating it, what with impersonating a Federal agent being a crime and all.


do your American laws apply to Canadians?
/innocent friendly Canadians
 
2009-12-03 04:38:13 PM  

missmarsha: buckler: If anyone spots a balloon, don't forget to approach the accompanying DARPA agent to record his/her name and DARPA I.D. number for additional verification. If anyone does try a spoof, this will be the likeliest way of eliminating it, what with impersonating a Federal agent being a crime and all.

do your American laws apply to Canadians?
/innocent friendly Canadians


Only if one of the balloons floats into your airspace.

/hurl some poutine at it!
 
2009-12-03 04:55:44 PM  
www.clusterfake.net
 
2009-12-03 05:13:29 PM  
o.k. - I know you are going to laugh at me:
I'm driving through Houston around 2:15 p.m. - I'm in the through lane and to my left (turning left) are 2 dark blue small cars with yellow lights on top. The front car has a trailer, which I examined very closely.
It had 2 coolers in it, but nothing else of interest.

I would have followed them, but had to pick up my grand-daughter from school.

Do you think this is what we should be looking for?
 
2009-12-03 05:22:08 PM  

ServerDown: o.k. - I know you are going to laugh at me:
I'm driving through Houston around 2:15 p.m. - I'm in the through lane and to my left (turning left) are 2 dark blue small cars with yellow lights on top. The front car has a trailer, which I examined very closely.
It had 2 coolers in it, but nothing else of interest.

I would have followed them, but had to pick up my grand-daughter from school.

Do you think this is what we should be looking for?


Nah - that was probably just some spent fuel rods or a couple of coolers full of Anthrax heading for disposal in Texas City.

The focus of the Fark Nation now is 10 red weather balloons.

:)
 
2009-12-03 05:29:49 PM  
The Voice of Doom

+1
 
2009-12-03 06:28:24 PM  
My parents freaked out a large Canadian city with a physics experiment using weather balloons only a few years after Roswell. Police switchboard just lit up with UFO reports.

So who is going to monitor the 911 network for all the UFO and terrorist reports about all these balloons? More balloons, even decoys for the DARPA game = more freaked out people. That could get pretty interesting.
 
2009-12-03 06:45:49 PM  

buckler: If anyone spots a balloon, don't forget to approach the accompanying DARPA agent to record his/her name and DARPA I.D. number for additional verification. If anyone does try a spoof, this will be the likeliest way of eliminating it, what with impersonating a Federal agent being a crime and all.


Go ahead and report the agent anyway..you'll get instant confirmation and a loci at the same time!
 
2009-12-03 07:01:32 PM  
I-55 LOC 50N of STL under watch.
 
2009-12-03 07:24:49 PM  

Mr. Cabron: 3.Army Base Locations


I am within spitting distance of:
Langley(USAF)
Ft Eustis(Army)
Norfolk(Navy)
NASA Langley
Jefferson Lab (DOE)
Camp Peary(UberFark)
Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
various other smaller mil installations.

/can you say Ground Zero
 
2009-12-03 07:33:02 PM  
will be driving from Port Huron, Mi to Newton, Iowa
11 hour drive
will be in neck pain before its over
 
2009-12-03 08:07:00 PM  
Oh no. You won't suck me in that easily. I know what the balloons can do to me.

static.open.salon.com
 
2009-12-03 08:50:16 PM  
As an ex-ARPAnaut, I'm getting a kick, &c, &c, &c.
 
2009-12-04 12:41:50 AM  

Manfred J. Hattan: Mr. Cabron: We should make a checklist of areas to check
Given that DARPA is Dept of Defense R&D. I'd keep an eye out in around:

1.DARPA Offices
2.Goverment R&D locations both DOD and DOE (both current and defunct)
3.Army Base Locations
4.University Campuses with large research grants
5.National Parks
6.Notable Internet Locations

So I can think of
Arlington, Virginia (obvious)
DARPA field offices
Albuquerque
Santa Fe
New Mexico in general and national Parks in the vicinity
Livermore, Stanford, Alza, San Fran and pretty much all that area around Silicon Valley
El Paso
MIT/Harv./Cambridge, MA
Argonne & the University of Chicago
Tampa/St. Pete area(Pinellas Lab used to be around there)
Plus any Lockheed Martin/Boeing offices/Facilities.

Since this whole thing is for the internets' 40th birthday I'd say that you're probably on to something with the notable internet locations. The current and/or former locations of MAE East, UCLA, Stanford, University of Utah, MIT, Al Gore' house (hey, DARPA has a sense of humor, too!), stuff like that.


If for some odd reason, they decide KU is a good place, I will be all around Lawrence and Topeka both on Sat...and will have my brother in Wichita looking there too (with the Boeing and all), so I've got the populated areas of Kansas covered minus KC

/bookmarked
 
2009-12-04 12:43:09 AM  
Southwest Missouri (Joplin) here. I can totally help, but my car does not exist at this time. So I have a math question for any math-oriented Farkers out there. I have a hand-held GPS and a nice compass. If I see a balloon could I mark the spot where I'm standing and get an azimuth from the compass and then walk a few blocks, mark that spot and get another azimuth? Then somehow use that info to triangulate the balloon's location? (Hell, we're allowed a mile of error, right?) Is this mathematically viable or am I just making stuff up? Also, I may or may not be drunk that day, so there's that.

/If only I had some sort of machine that could quickly crunch numbers...
 
2009-12-04 12:59:15 AM  

liquid_love: So I have a math question for any math-oriented Farkers out there.


Within a mile is good enough, per the contest rules. Approximate measures will count, and talk to the DARPA guys near the balloon, they can likely help.
 
2009-12-04 01:03:13 AM  

liquid_love: Southwest Missouri (Joplin) here. I can totally help, but my car does not exist at this time. So I have a math question for any math-oriented Farkers out there. I have a hand-held GPS and a nice compass. If I see a balloon could I mark the spot where I'm standing and get an azimuth from the compass and then walk a few blocks, mark that spot and get another azimuth? Then somehow use that info to triangulate the balloon's location? (Hell, we're allowed a mile of error, right?) Is this mathematically viable or am I just making stuff up? Also, I may or may not be drunk that day, so there's that.

/If only I had some sort of machine that could quickly crunch numbers...


Yeah, it would be freshmen trigonometry. cosine or tangent or some such button on the calculator.
 
2009-12-04 01:08:02 AM  
Someone should be (of a few of us) should monitor web cams. Yes, I am the smartest of them all.
 
2009-12-04 07:07:25 AM  
Edison & Metuchen, N.J.
 
2009-12-04 09:14:41 AM  
hey can the modmins move this puppy up to the top of the page?
 
2009-12-04 10:02:35 AM  

liquid_love: Southwest Missouri (Joplin) here. I can totally help, but my car does not exist at this time. So I have a math question for any math-oriented Farkers out there. I have a hand-held GPS and a nice compass. If I see a balloon could I mark the spot where I'm standing and get an azimuth from the compass and then walk a few blocks, mark that spot and get another azimuth? Then somehow use that info to triangulate the balloon's location? (Hell, we're allowed a mile of error, right?) Is this mathematically viable or am I just making stuff up? Also, I may or may not be drunk that day, so there's that.

/If only I had some sort of machine that could quickly crunch numbers...


Yes. This would essentially be a bearing-bearing intersection you are trying to create. You could also do a distance-distance intersection which would essentially draw two circles with the distances as a radius and you would select the proper intersection of the two. I did a quick MS paint to reflect what I mean:

i147.photobucket.com
However with a GPS in the first place, why make it hard on yourself? Just take a shot as close as possible to the balloon and report the Lat and Long.

/possesses badass mapping skills
 
2009-12-04 11:11:03 AM  
Are we going to start a new thread on Saturday for postings only or should we just add onto this one if we see something. (again, not likely since I am in NH and nothing happens here EVER!)
 
2009-12-04 11:46:58 AM  
liquid_love:

Knowing the location is good, but you will also need the balloon number and possibly some secret code from the balloon minder.
 
2009-12-04 01:16:00 PM  

davidphogan: liquid_love: So I have a math question for any math-oriented Farkers out there.

Within a mile is good enough, per the contest rules. Approximate measures will count, and talk to the DARPA guys near the balloon, they can likely help.


Said it before, i'll say it louder

If you see a balloon and are without a GPS, just ask the balloon minder, as I can almost guarantee they'll have the precise coordinates.



Just a guess ;)
 
2009-12-04 02:20:11 PM  

h2ogate: If you are planning to go out searching on Saturday, here is a partial list of things to bring with you:

1. A map and a list of places to investigate (public parks, government offices, landmark sites, etc).

2. Digital camera to record balloon sightings.

3. Cell phone to report sightings to a friend back home, or...

4. Portable computer/PDA with wireless internet connectivity to email sightings directly to punkrockgirl.

5. Binoculars or small telescope to help search a wide area from a high vantage point.

6. A GPS, if you've got one. Not totally necessary if you can pinpoint your sighting on a map.

7. Gas money and some lunch.

Other suggestions?


How about punkrockgirl's email address. It would suck having all of that connectivity to email, and not have the email address handy.


So punkrockgirl, what are the plans if there are 11 coordinates sent to you? How do we (Fark) confirm all of these coordinates. How do you know other teams haven't snuck in, grabbed your email address and plan on just filling it with bogus coordinates?

How about some sort of 'totalfark' but only for people who are onboard with this. Nothing special, just access to a 'balloonfark' member only thread. Where we can discuss this between ourselves without the world watching. Then after this is over our 'balloonfark' titles can fade away. And like someone said before, no new people who have signed up in the last few days. Sorry, but established members only. To keep the risk down of infiltration by other teams. My thinking is that with multiple people discussing we can weed out or get a second opinion on certain sets of coordinates. You have to assume that it's possible that only one person might see a certain balloon on our team, so you can't rely on getting multiple emails for a certain balloon as being the determining factor for authentic coordinates.
 
2009-12-05 12:39:45 PM  
If I see any red balloons around here I'm shooting them down.
So whaddya think about THAT?
 
2009-12-05 01:12:22 PM  
BTW, what if this is a sting operation designed to identify the 10,000 individuals that most likely comprise the "social networking backbone" of the U.S.?

My prediction is that the winning team (and runners up) will mysteriously vanish, perish, or be otherwise incapacitated within two years.

AND I think that the recent news regarding feds serving search warrants at google and yahoo is actually a smoke screen covering the fact that they'll be logging searches and their originating IPs (and relevant cookies). Why? Dunno. But if you think they're studying "how the net affects the speed/spread of information" then leave your foil hat in the closet, lemmings.

I got mine on.
those bastids.
 
2009-12-05 02:02:21 PM  
there may be one at 35 14 17 and 111 50 00
 
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