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2009-12-05 01:06:54 PM
Highly unlikely I'll see one this morning but I'll take my camera with me just in case.

/South Eastern WI
//Not any big city in particular
///Go Team Fark!
 
2009-12-05 01:07:18 PM
Will be on the lookout in Oceanside and Carlsbad, CA today.
 
2009-12-05 01:08:09 PM
DreamWeaver: buckler: Just a suggestion: How about we not post where we don't see them, since that also provides info to the competition.

I don't see one in my backyard.


OMG, there isn't one in my backyard either! Are you my neighbor??
 
2009-12-05 01:12:47 PM
Admittedly, not seeing them provides much less useful information, but for those posting something like "I didn't see any between X and Y on highway Z" could help to clear certain areas. FWIW, there is also not a balloon in my sexy neighbor's bathroom. At least, not that I can see with the telescope. Giggity.

Mini Ditka: Check email
 
2009-12-05 01:17:31 PM
Creepy military experiment FTW. Sorry to disappoint teh childrens.
 
2009-12-05 01:19:21 PM
Here is a link to some reported sightings.

http://www.openredballoon.com/ (pops)
 
2009-12-05 01:21:13 PM
Earl of Chives: Creepy military experiment FTW. Sorry to disappoint teh childrens.

It may be slightly creepy, but it's a damn cool experiment.
 
2009-12-05 01:24:27 PM
In the event confirmation is needed in some far-away place, I suggest calling a pizza joint, taxi service, or some such thing where the drivers are locals and may be bribed for BIE or something.
 
2009-12-05 01:24:28 PM
jafiwam:

Repeated because some people seem to be confused.



*hangs head in shame*
 
2009-12-05 01:25:39 PM
Mini Ditka: jafiwam:

Repeated because some people seem to be confused.



*hangs head in shame*


Hey, at least you didn't give away the location. It could have been worse!
 
2009-12-05 01:25:59 PM
I saw ninety-nine red balloons
floating in the summer sky
 
2009-12-05 01:27:32 PM
Hurry hurry super scurry
 
2009-12-05 01:29:17 PM
punkrockgirl: Portland ME, Albequerque, Erie, Rochester NY peeps, I need some confirmers.

Also Missoula, OKC, NJ/NYC, and Bismark, ND

Email me please.


Just curious but can you post how many you have confirmed? Be nice to know if we're finding them. If not I understand.
 
2009-12-05 01:33:40 PM
Fog in PDX is lifting...I'm out the door on the bike.
 
2009-12-05 01:34:21 PM
Stuck in Blacksburg, VA, but had I been home I would have taken care of Arlington and some of DC. There are a bunch of Farkers from there though so I think we'll be ok. Blacksburg is cold and wet and in the middle of nowhere so I'm assuming there isn't one here.
 
2009-12-05 01:40:54 PM
Stimied in a Rut: Blacksburg is cold and wet and in the middle of nowhere so I'm assuming there isn't one here.

Great, NOW you tell me. Do you have any idea how much it's going to cost me to back out of the terrorist attack I had planned for there? The caterers' fees alone are going to set my plan back months!
 
2009-12-05 01:42:35 PM
The one at Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta was bogus. I have pictures of blue sky with no red balloons visible if you don't believe me.
 
2009-12-05 01:42:59 PM
Entrants: 4011 Total Submissions: 119
Entrants making submissions: 51

from https://networkchallenge.darpa.mil/default.aspx
 
2009-12-05 01:43:13 PM
lizardcowgal: TMBGfreak: punkrockgirl: TMBGfreak: One got reported on 10 balloons a block and a half from me in West Lafayette, IN...I'm going to go check it now.

Purdue is definitely likely, let me know!

Oh, and FWIW I have a pretty extensive facebook network around Purdue and haven't heard of anything. Put some questions out there, too.

I've been out and about at Purdue today as well - where was the bogus one supposed to have been? Anyway, I haven't seen anything.


There was one on 10balloons in front of Windsor
 
2009-12-05 01:43:34 PM
Hey SOMEONE SABOTAGED THE PENIS!

(I didn't make the penis)

Someone also sabotaged my HI pointing towards hawaii. They'd better not sabotage my smiley face dammit.

Make your own balloon graffiti jerks.
 
2009-12-05 01:47:23 PM
I know several people who've seen a balloon recently;
2.bp.blogspot.com

/Slacking farkers.
 
2009-12-05 01:56:46 PM
lizardcowgal: TMBGfreak: punkrockgirl: TMBGfreak: One got reported on 10 balloons a block and a half from me in West Lafayette, IN...I'm going to go check it now.

Purdue is definitely likely, let me know!

Oh, and FWIW I have a pretty extensive facebook network around Purdue and haven't heard of anything. Put some questions out there, too.

I've been out and about at Purdue today as well - where was the bogus one supposed to have been? Anyway, I haven't seen anything.


Also, always nice to see other Boilers on here.
 
2009-12-05 01:57:17 PM
TMBGfreak: lizardcowgal: TMBGfreak: punkrockgirl: TMBGfreak: One got reported on 10 balloons a block and a half from me in West Lafayette, IN...I'm going to go check it now.

Purdue is definitely likely, let me know!

Oh, and FWIW I have a pretty extensive facebook network around Purdue and haven't heard of anything. Put some questions out there, too.

I've been out and about at Purdue today as well - where was the bogus one supposed to have been? Anyway, I haven't seen anything.

There was one on 10balloons in front of Windsor


Thanks! After I asked you, I realized I could just, you know, look at the map my own damn self, instead of waiting for you to tell me! Shockingly, I'm not blonde. Pretty sure that there would have been a lot more reports if it was right there along State St.
 
2009-12-05 01:59:54 PM
TMBGfreak: lizardcowgal: TMBGfreak: punkrockgirl: TMBGfreak: One got reported on 10 balloons a block and a half from me in West Lafayette, IN...I'm going to go check it now.

Purdue is definitely likely, let me know!

Oh, and FWIW I have a pretty extensive facebook network around Purdue and haven't heard of anything. Put some questions out there, too.

I've been out and about at Purdue today as well - where was the bogus one supposed to have been? Anyway, I haven't seen anything.

Also, always nice to see other Boilers on here.


BTFU!
 
2009-12-05 02:01:34 PM
I'm doing a fark.com but someone is ruining it
 
2009-12-05 02:03:20 PM
lizardcowgal: Thanks! After I asked you, I realized I could just, you know, look at the map my own damn self, instead of waiting for you to tell me! Shockingly, I'm not blonde. Pretty sure that there would have been a lot more reports if it was right there along State St.

Yeah, I figured since I live a block and a half away, it'd be worth my time to go confirm or deny for sure.
 
2009-12-05 02:03:50 PM
punkrockgirl: http://10balloons.com/

Someone's making a giant smiley face on the map.
 
2009-12-05 02:03:55 PM
sonofslacker: 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.

The experiment is set up backwards if that is the case.

This seems much more like a test to see how accurately and quickly they can expect to receive information gathered by the populace. The winning submission and how it was acquired will tell them some, but the real data is in all the wrong answers they get.

If they were looking for a way to suppress info, they would release something personally embarrassing to the majority of internet users and see how the internet contains it (lolcats cause impotence or something). Or more likely they would run the contest similar to this, but award prize money to everyone that submits coordinates for a balloon based on a sliding scale with more correct coordinates decreasing the amount paid out to each reporter.
 
2009-12-05 02:05:45 PM
SIGHTING

Found this on Twitter. Not sure if this known to the fark team yet.

#redballoon My friend rang me and said she saw a ballon in Brainerd, Minnesota near the public library!
 
2009-12-05 02:06:18 PM
AS SOON AS I GET MY BAR TOWEL, I'll check for a red balloon.
 
2009-12-05 02:06:29 PM
Shadyman: punkrockgirl: http://10balloons.com/

Someone's making a giant smiley face on the map.


Read this thread dummy.
 
2009-12-05 02:08:06 PM
If hordes of confused rednecks don't shoot down those balloons I will be horribly disappointed.
 
2009-12-05 02:08:30 PM
Computer: I know it was one of you though, at least you helped me with the R and the K, but they turned out horrible.

hahhahah.
 
2009-12-05 02:10:03 PM
someone flagged one in Rochester. I will check it out when I can, its nearby.
 
2009-12-05 02:12:05 PM
The WindowLicker: sonofslacker: 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.

The experiment is set up backwards if that is the case.

This seems much more like a test to see how accurately and quickly they can expect to receive information gathered by the populace. The winning submission and how it was acquired will tell them some, but the real data is in all the wrong answers they get.

If they were looking for a way to suppress info, they would release something personally embarrassing to the majority of internet users and see how the internet contains it (lolcats cause impotence or something). Or more likely they would run the contest similar to this, but award prize money to everyone that submits coordinates for a balloon based on a sliding scale with more correct coordinates decreasing the amount paid out to each reporter.


I see it as something in response to the biggest problem of the Green Revolution. That is, how to get a good signal to noise filter on the massive info dumps that go on because so much is either crap or intentional disinformation. The thing is, for it to work, you need the populace on your side, so it seems like more of a tool in case of invasion (I'm looking at you Canada) or ways to effectively aid situations like those in Iran so the US can actually do some good and not sit around twiddling our thumbs like we had to last June.

The Fark model seems very effective with a select few moderators with finely tuned bullshiat detectors declaring what work needs to be done so there is a sort of effective command and crowdsourcing all at once.
 
2009-12-05 02:12:19 PM
StokeyBob: Here is a link to some reported sightings.

http://www.openredballoon.com/ (pops)


Looks like quite a cluster of #4 sightings around Lincoln National forest. Several #7's around Columbus too...Any Farkers in the area to take a look?

If I were at work I'd run a KDE on this map. Oh well.
 
2009-12-05 02:14:27 PM
TheCableGuy: someone flagged one in Rochester. I will check it out when I can, its nearby.

Email me­l­is­s­a[nospam-﹫-backwards]kra­f*co­m. PRG was looking for someone there earlier.
 
2009-12-05 02:15:17 PM
10 ballonies has 4 confirmed no locations given (new window)

However, they previously posted a list of possible sightings from twitter chatter.

Portland, OR (Waterfront Park)
Portland, Maine
Irvine, CA (Irvine Spectrum)
Louisville, KY (near Dixie Highway)

Other possibilities:
Dimmick Park (State?) There is a park by that named in Northern California
Oakland Cemetary (State?)historic, 6-acre, cemetary in Atlanta, GA.
Brunswick, CT (there is no city by that name but there is a 104 acre college prep school)
 
2009-12-05 02:16:46 PM
Rarely is the question asked..."Why are you Farks helping DARPA?".


/for FREE.
 
2009-12-05 02:21:14 PM
i301.photobucket.com

That map needed more Quagmire.
 
2009-12-05 02:23:18 PM
I've got southern maryland all the way up into baltimore.
 
2009-12-05 02:26:29 PM
As I posted to the prior thread a few minutes ago, there were 65 entries already and DARPA reports that it may not publish the winner the same day it receives the winning entry... therefore someone could have won already.
 
2009-12-05 02:29:16 PM
TMBGfreak: I see it as something in response to the biggest problem of the Green Revolution. That is, how to get a good signal to noise filter on the massive info dumps that go on because so much is either crap or intentional disinformation. The thing is, for it to work, you need the populace on your side, so it seems like more of a tool in case of invasion (I'm looking at you Canada) or ways to effectively aid situations like those in Iran so the US can actually do some good and not sit around twiddling our thumbs like we had to last June.

The Fark model seems very effective with a select few moderators with finely tuned bullshiat detectors declaring what work needs to be done so there is a sort of effective command and crowdsourcing all at once.


I think you are probably on the right track here. It's set up just wrong to be a study for suppression. If our government wanted to shut down the internet, I think they probably already have as good a shot planned as anyone could develop.

I really think that this is more an experiment in using humans as a sensor cloud. If you look at the trend in military hardware and doctrine, the same slogan appears in different guises: "every soldier a sensor, every marine a collector, put sensor capability on every vehicle, ect..." I think they have realized the massive volume of data this will generate as these changes take effect. I think they are looking at ways to process this flood of data that may or may not be accurate and may also (probably will) have the oppforce actively trying to spread misinformation.

The more I think about this experiment, the more elegant it appears to me. It kind of saddens me that people are taking this immediate knee jerk reaction to it and thinking about how the government must just want to stifle communications.
 
2009-12-05 02:34:54 PM
In north beach looking out at Golden Gate bridge. What color are red balloons on morphine? No red balloons on morphine snerks.....
 
2009-12-05 02:40:38 PM
Brrr...it's cold. I'm going back out to check on a lead in a few minutes.
 
2009-12-05 02:42:49 PM
Even though we never get to be part of anything cool, I did a quick run through my little town of Bellingham, Wa. and then a quick drive 20 minutes north to the Canadian border. No balloons. Dang it.
 
2009-12-05 02:44:01 PM
The WindowLicker: The more I think about this experiment, the more elegant it appears to me. It kind of saddens me that people are taking this immediate knee jerk reaction to it and thinking about how the government must just want to stifle communications.

I'd rather not have Big Brother know its population's communication abilities. The Patriot Act is still around, you know.
 
2009-12-05 02:57:34 PM
Here's a tip for you Farkers, Listen to your police/fire scanners for local reports. I am sure the authorities in your area are aware if this is going on locally.
 
2009-12-05 02:58:25 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong, or lack the appropriate humorous view of it, but isn't disinformation supposed to be believable? Yes, it's funny that there's a penis in Alaska and giant smiley in Canada, but to properly disseminate bogus sightings, these sightings should be within the set rules and show a random and even coverage.
 
2009-12-05 02:59:03 PM
Funny how balloon sighting sites suddenly sprang up to "help" people.
 
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