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2009-12-04 08:45:53 PM
Reposting from previous thread for the weekend farkers.

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.

Melissa (punkrockgirl) will be the overall point person for Fark, entering any findings to the site on TeamFark's behalf, so all finders need to report the coordinates to her. If you're interested in joining a regional/state searching team, please email her and she'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.
 
2009-12-04 09:22:19 PM
DARPA Network Challenge GAME DAY, IT'S ON!! GO GO TEAMFARK!!


Here are a few guidelines on how this will all work.

I'm the only one able to enter any confirmed sightings into the DARPA site on TeamFark's behalf. You do not need to make an account yourself. If you happen across one, or if you find coordinates on another site, you need to email me directly, mel­is­s­a[nospam-﹫-backwards]kr­a­f­*com.

When I get credible sightings, I will be rallying the troops to get someone else out for confirmation. Actual photos of the balloon count as credible sightings, and so do photos of you with the DARPA dudes. We're only allowed 25 entries, so we can't screw this up.

DO NOT post any coordinates or actual photos of the balloons in this thread. Others could steal them and use them for their own nefarious purposes (which most likely do not include getting Xmas joy to needy kids). Instead, send them directly to me, mel­is­s­a[nospam-﹫-backwards]kr­a­f­*com. I'm going to assume any coords or pics posted in this thread are fake, and I won't bother trying to confirm.

Any more questions? I'll be here all day, feel free to ask.
 
2009-12-05 08:54:31 AM
I will be heading out today searching...
in northwest montana..
in the fresh snow..
 
2009-12-05 08:57:50 AM
lakefivedi: I will be heading out today searching...
in northwest montana..
in the fresh snow..


I think it'll be over the Echo Lake Cafe.
//used to live there
//most beautiful country on earth
 
2009-12-05 09:01:38 AM
I'm driving from home (near Worcester) to a Christmas party (near Boston) to SO's house (near Rhode Island) today, so I'll check out a good-sized chunk of central/eastern Massachusetts.

Will report in if I see anything.
 
2009-12-05 09:07:29 AM
i93.photobucket.com

No, thanks. I already have one. It's very nice.
 
2009-12-05 09:08:08 AM
I will be out today around the Lexington, KY area looking.
 
2009-12-05 09:08:52 AM
In the event some poor bastard was sent to Luzerne County, PA to set-up a weather balloon, I'll try to find it.

/chances are, the researchers couldn't afford all the bribes they would have to pay
 
2009-12-05 09:12:12 AM
Laramie, WY checking in. I'll start driving around at around 10am, might even cover between here and Ft Collins if I get bored.

/any Ft Collins farkers want to join a search team? I've got nothing to do today, technically
//will drive other WY farkers down to said search team if need be
 
2009-12-05 09:12:23 AM
daveinaz
I think it'll be over the Echo Lake Cafe

well, shoot! i was going to go counterclockwise up eureka way, but now based on your input i better just start clockwise.

thanks!
 
2009-12-05 09:12:24 AM
1.bp.blogspot.com

/damn, these charts are handy
 
2009-12-05 09:14:35 AM
I 278 loop in nj mostly covered
 
2009-12-05 09:15:58 AM
Just don't try to collect them all at once....

www.sudsandsoda.com
 
2009-12-05 09:16:28 AM
It's okay. I found the kid in the barn.
 
2009-12-05 09:18:39 AM
I wonder how many people are going to launch dummy balloons to grief the system.
 
2009-12-05 09:21:15 AM
I want to believe!

/Omaha area, will be keeping an eye on things over yonder
//From the back of my tractor
///While eating corn
 
2009-12-05 09:21:39 AM
punkrockgirl: At the risk of repeating what's somewhere in the earlier threads --

* what's preferred contact method? me­lissa[nospam-﹫-backwards]k­raf*com? Or your Twitter account? Other?
* recommendations if someone sees a luftballon but doesn't have a GPS?

THX -- there has to be one in Seattle here somewhere ...

/can iPhone users pull geographic coordinates directly from their pictures, since I know it is attached to their Picasa images?
 
2009-12-05 09:22:02 AM
I'll be out and about around Clarksville, TN today. Me and the fam will keep our eyes peeled.
 
2009-12-05 09:24:20 AM
south of Houston TX checking in.... heading out the door in 26 minutes
 
2009-12-05 09:26:22 AM
will be driving down I35 shortly will keep a lookout
 
2009-12-05 09:26:30 AM
D'oh! Had to be today, when I have to get my car fixed. I won't be able to participate, unfortunately. But I know you guys. I have enough faith in you lot to do it right today. If anybody is around East Syracuse, NY, and want some company in this search send me an email(login at gmail). Good hunting, farkers!
 
2009-12-05 09:26:53 AM
*looks out window*

Nope, don't see one.

What, you want me to go outside? That's crazy talk.
 
2009-12-05 09:28:19 AM
Red Balloon is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6BvdpR6V3g
 
2009-12-05 09:29:15 AM
Red balloons are all I normally see. Time to get off the meth I guess.
 
2009-12-05 09:30:30 AM
Omnivorous: punkrockgirl: At the risk of repeating what's somewhere in the earlier threads --

* what's preferred contact method? melissakrafcom? Or your Twitter account? Other?
* recommendations if someone sees a luftballon but doesn't have a GPS?

THX -- there has to be one in Seattle here somewhere ...

/can iPhone users pull geographic coordinates directly from their pictures, since I know it is attached to their Picasa images?


Email, definitely.

Get a street address, if nothing else. I can plug it into Google Earth to get lat/long coordinates.
 
2009-12-05 09:30:30 AM
Brakefornobody: It's okay. I found the kid in the barn.

Beat me to it. I was going to ask if Heene was up to something again.

/I think that's how to spell his name
//if not, doesn't matter; the asshat doesn't deserve his name to be remembered
 
2009-12-05 09:32:52 AM
But...I don't like Toys for Tots...
 
2009-12-05 09:36:20 AM
I'm fairly certain my services will not be needed in El Paso.

Good hunting Farkers!
 
2009-12-05 09:36:42 AM
As posted last thread...Launch at 10am Eastern. What about the other time zones? On the left coast I'm 3 hrs late. Do I start looking @ 7?

/My search area is North Beach on the Washington coast (posted last thread)
//Road trip!
 
2009-12-05 09:37:12 AM
Current status: Inflating
 
2009-12-05 09:37:30 AM
i bet that there will not be a balloon within 300 miles of where i live.
 
2009-12-05 09:38:07 AM
I put the word out to my Facebook network to alert me for anything; that'll cover some parts of suburban Chicago. And I'd be available for confirmation on any reports in this area.
 
2009-12-05 09:40:10 AM
Reporting for duty in the Fort Myers area.

I also posted on my FB in case someone else sees one.
 
2009-12-05 09:41:24 AM
CtrlAltDelete: I wonder how many people are going to launch dummy balloons to grief the system.

I'm more interested in how many people will be flooding the internets with false information. That's something the Fark team should be doing and would probably be very good at ;)
 
2009-12-05 09:43:15 AM
Drink_Outside_The_Box: CtrlAltDelete: I wonder how many people are going to launch dummy balloons to grief the system.

I'm more interested in how many people will be flooding the internets with false information. That's something the Fark team should be doing and would probably be very good at ;)


nudge, nudge; wink, wink; say no more
 
2009-12-05 09:43:45 AM
If you need someone to check a sighting in DE or Philly let me know.
 
2009-12-05 09:44:33 AM
Slightly off topic, but any of you brilliant, talented farkers/farkettes (many, many of you) -- can perhaps make some extra $$ by teaching tech-tards like me how to successfully use social media for business. Tech-tards like me are legion and I think it's a great idea to teach/consult one-on-one.

Although I don't understand this mission, I think it's beautiful and I congratulate all who have stewarded it. Good luck and stay awesome!!!
 
2009-12-05 09:45:06 AM
I saw one.
But I'm not saying where.
If I ain't getting a cut of the 40K, why should I care?
 
2009-12-05 09:46:58 AM
I'll keep a look out in Birmingham Alabama (since everyone else down here will be watching THE GAME...)

/Roll Tide
 
2009-12-05 09:52:57 AM
unfarkingbelievable: Slightly off topic, but any of you brilliant, talented farkers/farkettes (many, many of you) -- can perhaps make some extra $$ by teaching tech-tards like me how to successfully use social media for business. Tech-tards like me are legion and I think it's a great idea to teach/consult one-on-one.

Rule # 1: Don't be an asshat
Rule # 2: Don't be annoying (see #1)

/that was a freebie
 
2009-12-05 09:53:17 AM
I can tell you right now that the sample photos were taken in Quincy Park, Arlington VA.
 
2009-12-05 09:54:53 AM
I'll be going out for a look. Good luck.
 
2009-12-05 09:56:01 AM
I'll stick around for 15 more minutes until they are all found.
 
2009-12-05 10:01:30 AM
Launch!
 
2009-12-05 10:03:02 AM
Weather balloon? Hopefully, it wasn't launched by Richard Heaney, Science Detective this time.
 
2009-12-05 10:03:08 AM
all 10 launched. snow here, so they'll stick out well.
 
2009-12-05 10:03:22 AM
I just looked out from my living room window and did not see a balloon, sorry
 
2009-12-05 10:03:43 AM
my prediction is no one wins the challenge unless they knew in advance or only release them around in a few cities.

Reasons...

it's Saturday

it's a red balloon blowing across 3.5 million square miles.

it's winter and freezing


But there is hope maybe all of FARK can google all the social networking sites participating (from our mothers basements) and let them find the locations for Fark.

like "weather balloon spotted" site:example.com
 
2009-12-05 10:04:33 AM
How much are teams going to monitor each other to steal locations? Doesn't it just become which team steals the most balloons?
 
2009-12-05 10:05:37 AM
THERE ARE REPORTS THAT THERE ARE SMALL BOYS IN EACH ONE OF THE TEN BALLOONS!
 
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