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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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