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2009-12-05 10:06:07 AM
I know it's too damn dark to see a lit balloon right now. The hell, I'm gonna finish breakfast first.
 
2009-12-05 10:08:24 AM
i saw a red balloon in the field next to my place this morning,
so i scratched it free just before sunrise...
 
2009-12-05 10:10:52 AM
I just went out and checked...there's none here.
 
2009-12-05 10:11:35 AM
I'll be out a bit around Lafayette, IN today.
 
2009-12-05 10:12:03 AM
mesohorny:

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



The balloons are tethered to the ground with a DARPA representative standing next to it.
 
2009-12-05 10:12:22 AM
solokumba: If I ain't getting a cut of the 40K, why should I care?

that is perfectly fine since there is an outstanding asshole in any crowd.
 
2009-12-05 10:14:07 AM
I'll take a look around Huntsville, AL today.
 
2009-12-05 10:14:20 AM
If Fark wins I sure hope that Toys for Tots will be the ones picking out what toys to purchase with the money.

cause I can think of a lot of sick farkers and don't want to consider the toys THEY would pick out.
 
2009-12-05 10:17:24 AM
Be nice to the DARPA rep, he might give ya info you could use. If not, call the cops on him to be sure he's not a terriorist. Make sure the cops take the balloon as evidence.

/be sure to ask him to take it down.
 
2009-12-05 10:17:46 AM
philphil: I can tell you right now that the sample photos were taken in Quincy Park, Arlington VA.

I live about a mile from there... I wonder if they kept any in the area? I'm going out in a half-hour so I'll keep my eyes peeled (despite the crappy weather here).
 
2009-12-05 10:18:23 AM
So Obama has his followers out chasing balloons. What has this country come to.
 
2009-12-05 10:20:31 AM
Generation_D: So Obama has his followers out chasing balloons. What has this country come to.

The political thread is down the hall. This is 'Abuse' in here.
 
2009-12-05 10:21:10 AM
Drink_Outside_The_Box
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 ;)

www.clusterfake.net
 
2009-12-05 10:21:28 AM
Visibility is limited (
 
2009-12-05 10:21:36 AM
Wanebo: If Fark wins I sure hope that Toys for Tots will be the ones picking out what toys to purchase with the money.

cause I can think of a lot of sick farkers and don't want to consider the toys THEY would pick out.


//well, there are dolls
i50.tinypic.com
And moar dolls
i45.tinypic.com
 
2009-12-05 10:22:10 AM
Splat313: mesohorny:

The balloons are tethered to the ground with a DARPA representative standing next to it.


oh well then that makes it slightly easier.
 
2009-12-05 10:22:21 AM
christ1: How much are teams going to monitor each other to steal locations? Doesn't it just become which team steals the most balloons?

As far as DARPA is concerned, that is just part of this exercise. They want to see HOW people do this. They will look for patterns, new ideas, how info is disseminated and grouped... well, here:

One of postings from prior thread -

Actually, this is EXACTLY what DARPA is hoping for. The whole point of this exercise is to see how people in large groups can organize, spread the word, do the field work, collaborate and return the results.
 
2009-12-05 10:23:21 AM
Visibility is limited (less than 1/2 mile) here in Belle, WV. Snowing. No balloon sighting.
 
2009-12-05 10:24:26 AM
hmmm... http://10balloons.com/

Anyone nearby have some time to check these out?
 
2009-12-05 10:27:32 AM
Also,

I'm in Orange County, CA (driving in/through: Fullerton, Brea, Placentia, Anaheim, Irvine). I'll be on the road and outdoors for a bit. I'll be looking. Also posted on Facebook (new window) and joined the Team Fark DARPA event (http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=187420942985&index=1).
 
2009-12-05 10:27:59 AM
punkrockgirl: Anyone nearby have some time to check these out?

Give me 20 min to drive down to Atlanta and take a picture.
 
2009-12-05 10:30:13 AM
the locations of the ballonns are in Led Zepplin cd.
 
2009-12-05 10:30:31 AM
Update: There are no red balloons in my back yard.
 
2009-12-05 10:31:47 AM
Contest website says there are 4 already reported.
 
2009-12-05 10:32:18 AM
I'm launching a red balloon in seven..six..five..four..three..
 
2009-12-05 10:33:34 AM
Just mentioned this to the GF and now she's all geek'd since she's taking a little roadtrip. So, guess we got the Phx area from north Scottsdale to Mesa covered.
Just hope she doesn't take out too many folks on the 101 staring out the side windows... her driving's pretty whacked anyway.
 
2009-12-05 10:34:23 AM
I'll be driving from Raleigh up to the VA border in a couple hours. I'll let y'all know what I see.
 
2009-12-05 10:34:49 AM
Be glad
i25.tinypic.com
you're not red
 
2009-12-05 10:34:53 AM
No balloons in Canada, but I'll keep my eyes open for you.
 
2009-12-05 10:35:07 AM
Spectacles, testicles, wallet, watch, binocs, extra batteries for the camera, and a WARM truck. Yep, ready for balloon hunting!

/hunting for the wily wed bawwoon
//It's bawwoon season
///f*rk a bunch of wabbits
////Mikey deploying
 
2009-12-05 10:35:08 AM
bulldg4life: THERE ARE REPORTS THAT THERE ARE SMALL BOYS IN EACH ONE OF THE TEN BALLOONS!

WE'VE JUST BEEN HANDED A REPORT THAT THE BOYS HAVE FALLEN OUT OF THE BALLOONS.
 
2009-12-05 10:37:01 AM
DeCypher44: christ1: How much are teams going to monitor each other to steal locations? Doesn't it just become which team steals the most balloons?

As far as DARPA is concerned, that is just part of this exercise. They want to see HOW people do this. They will look for patterns, new ideas, how info is disseminated and grouped... well, here:

One of postings from prior thread -

Actually, this is EXACTLY what DARPA is hoping for. The whole point of this exercise is to see how people in large groups can organize, spread the word, do the field work, collaborate and return the results.


tinfoil hat on:
they are doing this for the coming martial law to be declared. determining the best way to control the masses and break up any large group communication.
hat off.
 
2009-12-05 10:41:27 AM
PDX checking in. I just stepped outside, and it's heavy fog at the moment, with visibility at about 500 feet at the moment. That sucks. Hopefully it'll lift soon.
 
2009-12-05 10:43:36 AM
punkrockgirl: hmmm... http://10balloons.com/

Anyone nearby have some time to check these out?


Got some responsibilities for the next hour or so, then I'll go check on one of those by the great lakes.
 
2009-12-05 10:44:13 AM
sonofslacker: DeCypher44

tinfoil hat on:
they are doing this for the coming martial law to be declared. determining the best way to control the masses and break up any large group communication.
hat off.


That didn't work in Afganistan, so it ain't gonna work here. Us humans work harder FOR a goal than to oppose it.

/Political thread is three doors down
 
2009-12-05 10:44:28 AM
sonofslacker: DeCypher44: christ1: How much are teams going to monitor each other to steal locations? Doesn't it just become which team steals the most balloons?

As far as DARPA is concerned, that is just part of this exercise. They want to see HOW people do this. They will look for patterns, new ideas, how info is disseminated and grouped... well, here:

One of postings from prior thread -

Actually, this is EXACTLY what DARPA is hoping for. The whole point of this exercise is to see how people in large groups can organize, spread the word, do the field work, collaborate and return the results.

tinfoil hat on:
they are doing this for the coming martial law to be declared. determining the best way to control the masses and break up any large group communication.
hat off.


I get that same creepy vibe from this 'exercise', too. It's funny that this comes within a year of the Iran protests and how they used the internet.
 
2009-12-05 10:44:32 AM
So far nothing visible in the western Everglades. Of course, it's pouring rain and visibility is crap.

/why would they fly one way the hell out here, anyway?
 
2009-12-05 10:45:52 AM
sonofslacker: DeCypher44: christ1: How much are teams going to monitor each other to steal locations? Doesn't it just become which team steals the most balloons?

As far as DARPA is concerned, that is just part of this exercise. They want to see HOW people do this. They will look for patterns, new ideas, how info is disseminated and grouped... well, here:

One of postings from prior thread -

Actually, this is EXACTLY what DARPA is hoping for. The whole point of this exercise is to see how people in large groups can organize, spread the word, do the field work, collaborate and return the results.

tinfoil hat on:
they are doing this for the coming martial law to be declared. determining the best way to control the masses and break up any large group communication.
hat off.


Yeah, I am thinking this is some sort of follow-up basic research on Intel gathering methods. After the Iran "revolution" thing, some of the old school "sneak around and try to figure out" method guys probably woke up a bit.

The layers used, how people do things like this will be some good basic research for intel gathering, as well as starting and maintaining covert ops and propaganda.

It's good to know we have a few forward-thinkers on our side.
 
2009-12-05 10:47:53 AM
any farkers in Lexington Nebraska?
 
2009-12-05 10:48:21 AM
Small slice of Pensacola, Florida, reporting in. I suppose I'll take a morning jog and see if I notice anything red in the sky.
 
2009-12-05 10:48:23 AM
No balloons here in New Orleans.
 
2009-12-05 10:49:01 AM
Ok everyone, if you find a balloon, report to me...not punkrockgirl. That was a typo I'm actually the leader and they now want you to give me balloon locations. All of them. NOW.
 
2009-12-05 10:50:07 AM
mesohorny:
Reasons...

it's winter and freezing



What is this winter stuff you're talking about?
 
2009-12-05 10:53:05 AM
christ1: How much are teams going to monitor each other to steal locations? Doesn't it just become which team steals the most balloons?

As far as DARPA is concerned, that is just part of this exercise. They want to see HOW people do this. They will look for patterns, new ideas, how info is disseminated and grouped... well, here:

One of postings from prior thread -

Actually, this is EXACTLY what DARPA is hoping for. The whole point of this exercise is to see how people in large groups can organize, spread the word, do the field work, collaborate and return the results.


Moreover I think they want to see how efficiently data mining can be used to determine specific unrelated facts. I'm sure there will be at least a few random facebook/twitter posts today that say "RED BALLOOOOOON LOL". I would bet money saying that there are a few small teams that aren't even going to step foot outside today, but instead will be using bots to scour social networking sites looking for people inadvertently reporting these things.

I think the big interesting question today is David vs Goliath. Are the small but tech-savvy teams going to field the best answers or are the huge groups of people working together do the best?
 
2009-12-05 10:54:07 AM
huh, well I guess I'm out because I don't own a car as many of us don't in Cambridge, MA. Off to ride my bike to where I need to go now...
 
2009-12-05 10:56:01 AM
10balloons is reporting all 10 locations???
 
2009-12-05 10:57:44 AM
South Denver represent!

I was up at 0500 and haven't seen anything. Weather is good though, but supposed to snow tonight.
 
2009-12-05 11:01:25 AM
Judging from the (currently reported) 9 at 10balloons.com, I'm thinking the last one will be out west somewhere.
 
2009-12-05 11:02:16 AM
Hilarious twitter of someone obviously throwing people off:

1. LOL some guy was just setting up an 8foot red balloon in Boston half a minute ago from web
2. wow! WTF is the red balloon about in Tallahassee? 1 minute ago from web
3. Huh thats odd... I just saw a massive red balloon in Phoenix... 2 minutes ago from web
4. WTF!? I just went down town LA and there a massive red balloon flying?!?! 3 minutes ago from web

http://twitter.com/gavinlb
 
2009-12-05 11:02:39 AM
I bet we could put our thinking hats together to figure out where they might be putting balloons too. If I'm a researcher I want to have a few controls, as well as a few experimental balloons.

I'm guessing that they have a few balloons pegged out in the middle of forest park, where anyone is going to be able to see them. They fully expect those to be seen and reported on even if someone isn't going to be a part of the challenge just because the number of people who might see it are so high.

The medium difficulty is probably visible to a portion of the population, but not all of it. I might put something like this in a suburb of Chicago, instead of sitting in a terrifically public place. The amount of people going to see this kind of balloon is lower then those in an intensely public place. I might imagine a medium difficulty balloon being along an interstate, so the only people seeing it that day are people who are traveling.

Finally, they probably have some really difficult balloons. The idea behind these is that so few people are going to be exposed to them and that they are so far out of the way that it just isn't going to be prudent for even large teams like FARK to send people out to view. I believe that these balloons are only going to be reported by the virtue of social media.

Take a moment and think about your surroundings. I live in Kirksville, MO. It's a town of about 25,000 people, 3-4 hours away from St. Louis or Kansas City. However, it has a tech-savvy college campus and a local airport for DARPA officials to fly in and out of, instead of having to drive. This to me makes it seem like a likely location for a "hard" level balloon to be located because it's convenient for DARPA and actually has a good chance of being reported on social networking sites.
 
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