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2009-12-05 04:25:12 PM
Mustaf Herod Upyur Poupr: Computer: I usually don't grandstand, but I'm the one who started the picture thing.

And for the rest of you on fark...If you were worth anything you'd draw on map too. Please we need to do this. Someone write poops on Africa or something. Get useful people.

Hey, now. I referenced Quagmire and wrote "Penus" on south america, before they took everything down.



I did my part.


YOU MADE NEWS:

http://twek.wordpress.com/2009/12/05/10balloons-com-apparently-does-not-review- c rowdsourced-darpa-red-balloon-data/
 
2009-12-05 04:25:39 PM
Mustaf Herod Upyur Poupr: Computer: I usually don't grandstand, but I'm the one who started the picture thing.

And for the rest of you on fark...If you were worth anything you'd draw on map too. Please we need to do this. Someone write poops on Africa or something. Get useful people.

Hey, now. I referenced Quagmire and wrote "Penus" on south america, before they took everything down.



I did my part.


Just out of curiosity, I looked at Antarctica just after "FARK" was drawn in and found a sighting at the South Pole.

/HO, ho, ho
//oops, wrong pole....
 
2009-12-05 04:26:13 PM
This is where sites like 10balloons.com come into play. They try to bring people together to submitting locations of balloon sightings. But the folks at 10balloons.com aren't even reviewing the results before they are posted for everyone to see, and that makes it so that people can easily mess around with the maps.

The lesson to be learned: review information the general public gives you before posting it online. Although, honestly? That was pretty obvious.
 
2009-12-05 04:28:20 PM
is this what youre looking for?
i47.tinypic.com
its about a mile off the road
i'm not walk'n all the way over there...
nobody else is either.
 
2009-12-05 04:30:09 PM
As I said earlier...ladies and gentlemen, this thread MADE NEWS.

http://twek.wordpress.com/2009/12/05/10balloons-com-apparently-does-not-review- c rowdsourced-darpa-red-balloon-data/
 
2009-12-05 04:30:17 PM
Why haven't we all spread the balloon boy house coordinates as #1 on that map yet...

/on it.
 
2009-12-05 04:30:29 PM
pspmedia.gamespy.com

On the job.
 
2009-12-05 04:32:33 PM
karatekitten13: hippies

Yeah. It gets a bit much sometimes... smells like sanctimony all up in here.

/loves her little town, though
//shaves and bathes regularly
///and there is the great beer
 
2009-12-05 04:32:57 PM
They wiped the map again.
 
2009-12-05 04:32:58 PM
BAHAHAA! Nice. Thanks for showing me, Computer! We did good work.

:D
 
2009-12-05 04:37:08 PM
Mustaf Herod Upyur Poupr: CtrlAltDelete: Thanks to those who draw funny pictures on the map. We smiled, but our algorithms immediately rejected them. But keep having fun, we are!.

Heh. What a crock of shiat. There's no algorithm. They just cleaned ALL marks off the map. Algorithm: That word doesn't mean what 10balloons.com thinks it means.


Yeah, that made me smile.
"Heeeyyy... those baloons says 'FARK'. That not reeeal."
Algorithm? Really?
 
2009-12-05 04:40:26 PM
Computer: They wiped the map again.

Mine stayed (1 of 3)
 
2009-12-05 04:43:30 PM
I just want to say this is the most fun I've had on fark in years. (I'm an alt, so you know).

I can't believe this thread didn't have a 1000 posts by now. oh well, this was awesome even if we don't win the prize.
 
2009-12-05 04:45:12 PM
JSTACAT: is this what youre looking for?

its about a mile off the road
i'm not walk'n all the way over there...
nobody else is either.


Email the location to Melissa.
 
2009-12-05 04:45:45 PM
i49.tinypic.com

Since someone is having difficulty posting links above, here's a snapshot.

I think twek.wordpress.com goes right there btw.

Link (new window)
 
2009-12-05 04:49:43 PM
Computer: As I said earlier...ladies and gentlemen, this thread MADE NEWS.

http://twek.wordpress.com/2009/12/05/10balloons-com-apparently-does-not-review- c rowdsourced-darpa-red-balloon-data/


Not many wordpress.com blogs qualify as "news".
 
2009-12-05 04:53:12 PM
TheNyquilKid:

JSTACAT: is this what youre looking for?

its about a mile off the road
i'm not walk'n all the way over there...
nobody else is either.

Email the location to Melissa.


That photo is from the DARPA site.
 
2009-12-05 04:53:22 PM
Mustaf Herod Upyur Poupr:

There's no algorithm. They just cleaned ALL marks off the map.

Technically, "delete everything" is an algorithm ...
 
2009-12-05 04:53:42 PM
I hope we get an update thread sometime tomorrow about how many balloons we found, even if we lose.
 
2009-12-05 04:53:50 PM
SharkTrager: Not many wordpress.com blogs qualify as "news".

You're right...no, its not legitimate news. I'm just saying people are talking about what went on in this thread. I think that is funny.
 
2009-12-05 04:57:08 PM
Oh, pins are staying up now, are they? The Penus returns.

i301.photobucket.com

You can take the Penus down, but the Penus always comes back.

/Giggity
 
2009-12-05 04:58:39 PM
is this what youre looking for?

its about a mile off the road
i'm not walk'n all the way over there...
nobody else is either.


It's a red herring. The pic is a sample on the Darpa site.
/-1, ya pussy
 
2009-12-05 04:58:40 PM
upright_apes_r_us: I didn't find a red balloon, just some lame ass golden ticket.

Half off on your next paper order!
 
2009-12-05 04:58:48 PM
Ambitwistor: Technically, "delete everything" is an algorithm ...

Nope. That's a function. An algorithm is a mathmatical expression. The delete key is not an equation.
 
2009-12-05 05:00:00 PM
Seeing as Penus is staying up, at least for now, I'm gonna get to work to replacing FARK as well. Pacific ocean.
 
2009-12-05 05:06:05 PM
I saw a big red balloon about 100 ft in the air in Denver at Broadway and Mississippi. I drove closer and it was attached to a building with balloons all around. It some recently opened apartment building with vacancies so I doubt that's one of them. I have to drive by a little later again and I'll take a pic this time.
 
2009-12-05 05:07:04 PM
Here we go.

i301.photobucket.com

Fark. So big it can be seen from space.
 
2009-12-05 05:10:35 PM
Mustaf Herod Upyur Poupr: Here we go.



Fark. So big it can be seen from space.


You deserve a lifetime totalfark membership for your efforts today.
 
2009-12-05 05:12:53 PM
Computer: You deserve a lifetime totalfark membership for your efforts today.

They haven't wiped again yet. Feel like throwing DERP up somewhere?

Also, there's gotta be another cliche we can work in there. Lots of untagged earthspace.
 
2009-12-05 05:13:23 PM
I don't know about the rest of you but I found one.

Melissa asked me to check a 10Ballons lead in St. Paul and sure enough - I found one.

farm3.static.flickr.com

And no - it was SO not a waste of time - I was so amped driving there as I TOTALLY felt DARPA would drop one in the Twin Cities.

In fact I was here at 10:00 AM ET sharp as I really thought DARPA could not resist putting one here.

farm3.static.flickr.com


Fun day!
 
2009-12-05 05:13:56 PM
Mustaf Herod Upyur Poupr: Seeing as Penus is staying up,

So happy for you...

/giggle
 
2009-12-05 05:15:47 PM
Mustaf Herod Upyur Poupr: They haven't wiped again yet. Feel like throwing DERP up somewhere?

I was just heading out. I'm spent. Good fun though. You and everyone else literally made this the most fun fark thread ever.
 
2009-12-05 05:15:51 PM
Watch canada for my work in progress...
 
2009-12-05 05:16:21 PM
I just emailed one to Melissa that Team Fark didn't have already.
 
2009-12-05 05:17:24 PM
MaritimeGirl: I just emailed one to Melissa that Team Fark didn't have already.

woot!
 
2009-12-05 05:17:48 PM
MaritimeGirl: I just emailed one to Melissa that Team Fark didn't have already.

Kudos
 
2009-12-05 05:23:18 PM
MaritimeGirl: I just emailed one to Melissa that Team Fark didn't have already.

High Fives Beers and Fries!

/nice
 
2009-12-05 05:23:58 PM
How many have been found?
 
2009-12-05 05:26:20 PM
I drove a bit around my town today, but didn't see anything. If anybody has a tip on a balloon around central Iowa e-mail me and let me know!
 
2009-12-05 05:29:17 PM
Balloon sighted, obtaining evidence, be back soon
 
TBC
2009-12-05 05:31:11 PM
I emailed Melissa asking if there's any way I can help. I'm in L.A. No car, but lots of time on my hands.

/GO TEAM FARK.
//Penus.
 
2009-12-05 05:36:59 PM
TBC: I emailed Melissa asking if there's any way I can help. I'm in L.A. No car, but lots of time on my hands.

/GO TEAM FARK.
//Penus.


Well, I had an idea...if someone was foolish enough to host a photo on an image hosting site, it might be easy to find. You could check flickr, photobucket, etc. for keywords darpa, balloon (this date only), and so on. Bonus points if you can pull the EXIF data. Compare against user profiles for location data.
 
2009-12-05 05:37:43 PM
There are a few pictures up on flickr....
 
2009-12-05 05:42:10 PM
Then we need a list of balloon numbers that we don't have yet, so we can do some bloody data mining.
 
2009-12-05 05:49:31 PM
Mustaf Herod Upyur Poupr: Then we need a list of balloon numbers that we don't have yet, so we can do some bloody data mining.

That is a tough one as we do not want to post here. Email Melissa?
 
2009-12-05 05:52:13 PM
Might be interesting to see the info on people who just happened to join Fark today...

Not paranoid buuuuut...

/eff the Senate Health Care debate - this is important!
 
2009-12-05 05:54:21 PM
From DARPA:


NO WINNER YET!
Entrants: 4292 Total Submissions: 629
Entrants making submissions: 181
Correct balloon locations submitted: 250
 
2009-12-05 05:58:27 PM
melissa if you need any help sorting data email me - i was emailing you earlier so I think you have my addy
/no eip
//because I have issues
///deep personal issues
////like not knowing when to stop
 
2009-12-05 06:04:02 PM
buckler: From DARPA:


NO WINNER YET!
Entrants: 4292 Total Submissions: 629
Entrants making submissions: 181
Correct balloon locations submitted: 250


FYI - the deadline for submissions is 12/14 so this my play out a few days...

BTW - I saw an update earlier today on one of the Reb Balloon websites that one that was discovered before it was deployed. Anyone hear anything about that?
 
2009-12-05 06:04:23 PM
already emailed her links to both pics on flickr.
 
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