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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  
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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  
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/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....

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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!
 
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 ;)

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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
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And moar dolls
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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
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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.
 
2009-12-05 11:02:45 AM  
Portland ME, Albequerque, Erie, Rochester NY peeps, I need some confirmers.

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

Email me please.
 
2009-12-05 11:02:59 AM  

YouPeopleAreCrazy: Judging from the (currently reported) 9 10 at 10balloons.com, I'm thinking the last one will be out west somewhere.


Zoom out.
 
2009-12-05 11:04:28 AM  
Just a question, but is it possible to zoom in on the locations already reported, look up their respective Lat/long and report those locations?
 
2009-12-05 11:04:28 AM  

punkrockgirl: DARPA Network Challenge GAME DAY, IT'S ON!! GO GO TEAMFARK!!
Any more questions? I'll be here all day, feel free to ask.


Well... How many do we have confirmed? How are we doing?
 
2009-12-05 11:04:48 AM  

Outtaphase: Zoom out.


Ah. Well...I was right....'out west'.

/way out west
 
2009-12-05 11:05:25 AM  
And now 10balloons is up to 12. I'm guessing that will be a crowded map by the end of the day.
 
2009-12-05 11:06:08 AM  

Computer: 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.


wow dude. if youre trying to be funny, its not so much. if you are serious, thats quite the jack move.
 
2009-12-05 11:06:31 AM  
Hey! i found 3 balloons!
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Not Yours,
DARPA
 
2009-12-05 11:07:52 AM  
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for subby and her helpers. Very Nice!
 
2009-12-05 11:09:12 AM  

bonoboho: Computer: 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.

wow dude. if youre trying to be funny, its not so much. if you are serious, thats quite the jack move.


I thought it was quite obvious I was trying to be funny. It was so wrong and stupid that I thought it was obvious.

On a seriously note though...40,000 bucks, you think people who win this aren't going to lie, cheat, and steal to get their information? Something tells me the individual that wins this isn't going to donate to charity.
 
2009-12-05 11:10:12 AM  

Outtaphase: YouPeopleAreCrazy: Judging from the (currently reported) 9 10 12 at 10balloons.com, I'm thinking the last one will be out west somewhere.

Zoom out.


Bogus reports.
 
2009-12-05 11:11:58 AM  
And if FARK wins, how will Drew parse out the tax deduction? Free TF for a year for those who found them?

/kidding
//sort of
///yeah, kidding
 
2009-12-05 11:12:00 AM  

Computer: Something tells me the individual that wins this isn't going to donate to charity.


// because that someone paid 25 k to win the prise?
thats something awful, aint it?
 
2009-12-05 11:12:17 AM  

Computer: bonoboho: Computer: 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.

wow dude. if youre trying to be funny, its not so much. if you are serious, thats quite the jack move.

I thought it was quite obvious I was trying to be funny. It was so wrong and stupid that I thought it was obvious.

On a seriously note though...40,000 bucks, you think people who win this aren't going to lie, cheat, and steal to get their information? Something tells me the individual that wins this isn't going to donate to charity.


It was obvious and I lol'd. X-D
 
2009-12-05 11:12:18 AM  

DeCypher44: Outtaphase: YouPeopleAreCrazy: Judging from the (currently reported) 9 10 12 at 10balloons.com, I'm thinking the last one will be out west somewhere.

Zoom out.

Bogus reports.


Should we do some fark magic right now and flood the site with more bogus reports? That could give us at fark some time to get the real locations...If we flood that map with 20,000 bogus reports, I think we could eventually pull it off.
 
2009-12-05 11:12:21 AM  
Will be checking out Colorado Springs area and surrounding El Paso County this morning. I'll try and get up onto one of the foothills with a decent elevation and look around.
 
2009-12-05 11:12:58 AM  
For those of you trolls out there, this could be an easy way to troll plenty of people not on Fark. Photoshop a darpa guy and the balloon at various places.
 
2009-12-05 11:13:42 AM  
The last balloon is in the back .. being saved for a friend.
 
2009-12-05 11:14:53 AM  

punkrockgirl: http://10balloons.com/


Are these for real Melissa?

I can check out the St Paul one!
 
2009-12-05 11:15:23 AM  
If you are stuck at home, try looking for "outdoor camera" or "traffic cam" and seeing if any of them accidentally got on there.

/Just popped my BFL cover didn't I?
 
F42
2009-12-05 11:15:33 AM  

punk.canuck: Photoshop a darpa guy


Those guys have seen plenty of 'shops... AND pixels. It'll never work.
 
2009-12-05 11:15:37 AM  
YouPeopleAreCrazy: Judging from the (currently reported) 9 10 at 10balloons.com, I'm thinking the last one will be out west somewhere.

Zoom out.


I thought the rules where in the lower 48
 
2009-12-05 11:17:09 AM  
down to the last balloon on a cold caturday morning....
 
2009-12-05 11:18:16 AM  

Computer: DeCypher44: Outtaphase: YouPeopleAreCrazy: Judging from the (currently reported) 9 10 12 at 10balloons.com, I'm thinking the last one will be out west somewhere.

Zoom out.

Bogus reports.

Should we do some fark magic right now and flood the site with more bogus reports? That could give us at fark some time to get the real locations...If we flood that map with 20,000 bogus reports, I think we could eventually pull it off.


Done and done.

Let's see, 2 in the Pacific reported by Tom at Myspace, and another in Alaska from Sarah Pailin. She saw a balloon and Russia.

Now which one of you spotted one in the Gulf of Mexico?
 
2009-12-05 11:18:24 AM  

bonsainick: I thought the rules where in the lower 48


at 10balloons.com, there is currently one in the Gulf of Mexico, and one off the coast of CA. That IS outside the published rules.
 
2009-12-05 11:19:28 AM  

Outtaphase: And now 10balloons is up to 12. I'm guessing that will be a crowded map by the end of the day.


Yeah, including the one 200 miles out in the Pacific.

/On the Onandaga escarpment with field glasses; no balloons spotted
 
2009-12-05 11:19:52 AM  
Balloon discovered in Cuba!
 
2009-12-05 11:20:43 AM  

DeCypher44: Computer: DeCypher44: Outtaphase: YouPeopleAreCrazy: Judging from the (currently reported) 9 10 12 at 10balloons.com, I'm thinking the last one will be out west somewhere.

Zoom out.

Bogus reports.

Should we do some fark magic right now and flood the site with more bogus reports? That could give us at fark some time to get the real locations...If we flood that map with 20,000 bogus reports, I think we could eventually pull it off.

Done and done.

Let's see, 2 in the Pacific reported by Tom at Myspace, and another in Alaska from Sarah Pailin. She saw a balloon and Russia.

Now which one of you spotted one in the Gulf of Mexico?


I spotted the one in Cuba and Bermuda.

EVERYONE FLOOD THE SITE WITH FAKES. IT WILL GIVE US TIME.
 
2009-12-05 11:21:10 AM  
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2009-12-05 11:21:22 AM  

YouPeopleAreCrazy: bonsainick: I thought the rules where in the lower 48

at 10balloons.com, there is currently one in the Gulf of Mexico, and one off the coast of CA. That IS outside the published rules.


Also one in Cuba.....I'm guessing that is outside the rules as well.
 
2009-12-05 11:22:19 AM  
Link to sample photo (new window)

This should give you size, shape, and structure to help validate the reports and rule out car lot advertising balloons.

Modify the URL (the number) to get other examples.
 
2009-12-05 11:22:27 AM  

lizardcowgal: Also one in Cuba.....I'm guessing that is outside the rules as well.


I did that. :)
 
2009-12-05 11:22:41 AM  
Balloon located at Dick Cheny House.
 
2009-12-05 11:23:21 AM  
OK, Antarctica, really?
 
2009-12-05 11:23:54 AM  

Computer: lizardcowgal: Also one in Cuba.....I'm guessing that is outside the rules as well.

I did that. :)


Hehehehehe
 
2009-12-05 11:24:06 AM  
Richmond VA here...will report any balloons of note. Those tots need toys!
 
2009-12-05 11:24:10 AM  
the real balloons will be deployed on sunday.
what good is a 40k test if its over with in just a few hours.
To rake in the most participants, what would you do?
What Would Darpa Do?
 
2009-12-05 11:24:28 AM  
punkrockgirl: have we actually gotten any verified ones? Just Y/N...
 
2009-12-05 11:28:25 AM  
Ok, who was the silly goose that put a bunch in Kazakhstan?
 
2009-12-05 11:30:03 AM  
I helped with the "Hi". Also, I see there is one in one of Farks' favorite memes. Please!
 
2009-12-05 11:33:23 AM  
Fairfax, VA: checked my basement. No balloons.
 
2009-12-05 11:36:24 AM  
This should be fun. I understand DARPA is doing this to track how social networking information works. A little sociology with number crunching - neat.
 
2009-12-05 11:37:20 AM  
I made smily face.
 
2009-12-05 11:37:34 AM  

Sgt. Pepper: Fairfax, VA: checked my basement. No balloons.


While you're down there, will you un-gag the DARPA guy and ask him again where the balloon was? Or else it gets the hose again.
 
2009-12-05 11:39:23 AM  

Rubberband Girl: This should be fun. I understand DARPA is doing this to track how social networking information works. A little sociology with number crunching - neat.



The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency does not usually have positive sociological motives.
 
2009-12-05 11:40:07 AM  

Rubberband Girl: This should be fun. I understand DARPA is doing this to track how social networking information works. A little sociology with number crunching - neat.


I'd also expect that it might also help figure out how people who want to stay compartmentalized in teams but still trade lots of little bits of information stay covert.

So far, Fark has a ringleader and no distributed covert channel. Finding a distributed covert channel that is widespread but also not easily compromised is the challenge. We'll probably never know what they are really after.

/brb, black helicopter outside my window, going to wave him off
 
2009-12-05 11:45:39 AM  
So, did anyone on FARK put in the sighting in southeastern Indiana? That's where I'm from, and if there is actually a balloon there, DARPA is putting these things WAAAAAY off the beaten path. Hell, there are hardly roads out there. Can't be real.
 
2009-12-05 11:46:05 AM  
;

I'm waiting for the giant penis in the North Pacific.
 
2009-12-05 11:51:26 AM  
Sam's Club in Sterling VA is clear.

/Why would a balloon need eight feet?
 
2009-12-05 11:51:33 AM  
this would be a good time to buy a big fat red balloon and tie it to a tree top in the park.

i imagine the first phase of the test is to see how many liars are on the internet.

a person could fly a model plane with a video transmitter & gps.

Or send up a tethered weather balloon.

what tethering might look like in California
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2009-12-05 11:54:37 AM  
So whaddya bet DARPA isn't just looking at how time-critical information spreads through social networking, but also at how information is deliberately jammed in those same channels (a la 10balloons)?
 
2009-12-05 11:55:19 AM  
Wow. Sarah DOES have a wang.

/wang or no, would still hit it
 
2009-12-05 11:55:46 AM  
Can we change the charity? I was involved in Toys For Tots for several years and we had problems with Marines stealing the good toys for their own children over a several year period. This was not done only where I live but was a statewide problem. After this happened I resigned my position and no longer trust Marines farther then I can't throw them.
 
2009-12-05 11:58:16 AM  
the locations [pswd] can be cracked by computer,
no need to leave the basement lab.
 
2009-12-05 11:59:05 AM  

Merky: Can we change the charity? I was involved in Toys For Tots for several years and we had problems with Marines stealing the good toys for their own children over a several year period. This was not done only where I live but was a statewide problem. After this happened I resigned my position and no longer trust Marines farther then I can't throw them.


Do Marine children not deserve toys? Was this wrong?
 
2009-12-05 12:00:01 PM  
As of right now, Fark is one of the first and most populous google searches on it, which is good, since the MIT group and another group seem to have a more advanced network for reporting, including a text message hotline to send pics and coordinates and whatnot.

A lot seem to be donating to charity.
 
2009-12-05 12:02:16 PM  

buckler: While you're down there, will you un-gag the DARPA guy and ask him again where the balloon was? Or else it gets the hose again.


Dude, no one does the hose thing anymore. Waterboarding is the new hotness.
 
2009-12-05 12:03:37 PM  

Merky: Can we change the charity? I was involved in Toys For Tots for several years and we had problems with Marines stealing the good toys for their own children over a several year period. This was not done only where I live but was a statewide problem. After this happened I resigned my position and no longer trust Marines farther then I can't throw them.


I'm not saying what they did was right, in fact it's horrible, but have you seen and E-2 paycheck? Their kids were probably on the list anyway.
 
2009-12-05 12:04:24 PM  
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2009-12-05 12:04:37 PM  

El Chode: A lot seem to be donating to charity.


// Yeah, that's easie to say while they're still looking.
 
2009-12-05 12:08:24 PM  

Sgt. Pepper: buckler: While you're down there, will you un-gag the DARPA guy and ask him again where the balloon was? Or else it gets the hose again.

Dude, no one does the hose thing anymore. Waterboarding is the new hotness.


If the hose is out Sgt Pepper, then how do they get the water, Sgt? HOW DO THEY GET THE WATER?
 
2009-12-05 12:08:55 PM  

Computer: Ok, who was the silly goose that put a bunch in Kazakhstan?


i93.photobucket.comView Full Size


High five!
 
2009-12-05 12:09:55 PM  
Niger? Please!
 
2009-12-05 12:13:12 PM  
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.
 
2009-12-05 12:14:41 PM  

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!
 
2009-12-05 12:15:03 PM  
Out and about in Colorado today, I'll keep my eyes peeled. Who knows with all the military and national weather observatories we have stationed out here. Wait, that might be too easy...oh well, I'll look anyway.
 
2009-12-05 12:15:23 PM  
DARPA = Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency


What if there was a war balloon and nobody came?
 
2009-12-05 12:17:13 PM  
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Found it!
 
2009-12-05 12:17:18 PM  

jafiwam: 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.


Yes, clearly this is a conspiracy. I think they've even gotten to Drew and let me be the first to say...+++carrier lost+++
 
2009-12-05 12:23:47 PM  
Whoever did the penis, you are so funny its not even funny. I'm still laughing.
 
2009-12-05 12:24:32 PM  
My car is in the shop, luckily(?) I live in rural Nebraska so it's flat enough I can see that there isn't shiat around.
 
2009-12-05 12:26:13 PM  

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!


I can say the one reported is bogus, but I'll look around campus. I'll be driving around the countryside a bit today, too.
 
2009-12-05 12:26:27 PM  
Thanks admins, I didn't even realize I copied the same post lol
 
2009-12-05 12:27:23 PM  
Someone should do a fark.com on the balloon site.
 
2009-12-05 12:27:36 PM  

Computer: Whoever did the penis, you are so funny its not even funny. I'm still laughing.


What's Japan without Bukake?
 
2009-12-05 12:28:14 PM  
Team DeciNena is still open to mergers. We are currently invalidating disinformation spread by other teams. http://decinena.com
from twitter
 
2009-12-05 12:28:32 PM  
No balloons in Montreal...

Go TeamFark GO!
 
2009-12-05 12:28:39 PM  
Seriously guys, do you REALLY want to teach a research arm of the government / military to better search and utilize social networks?


If you want $40,000 for "The Children" take up a collection and tell big brother to move on. There is no way you'd get your check before Christmas anyway.
 
2009-12-05 12:29:18 PM  

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.
 
2009-12-05 12:31:44 PM  
buckler: My wife is on Pill Hill and says she can't see anything above the fog.
 
2009-12-05 12:31:44 PM  
boluke01:

NO worries man. How'd you meet all those kick ass people in your profile anyway? My only cool story is I was trick-or-treating when I was little and went to Walter Peyton's house and he gave me football cards instead of candy...never thought to get a picture though.

That's awesome! I would have loved to have met Walter. I dunno, just been in the right place at the right time a few times. Had some backstage passes; Spade grew up in my neighborhood and was friends with my brother and his buddies. Still see him from time to time. The Dimebag one is my Holy Grail, I loved that dude.
 
2009-12-05 12:40:27 PM  
Frankly I'm a little shocked at how many Farkers have jumped to help some creepy military experiment....

That said... I haven't seen any in Reno!
 
2009-12-05 12:40:35 PM  

Con_Authority: Seriously guys, do you REALLY want to teach a research arm of the government / military to better search and utilize social networks?


If you want $40,000 for "The Children" take up a collection and tell big brother to move on. There is no way you'd get your check before Christmas anyway.


Tools like these will do much greater harm to fascist and islamist states than they will do to democratic republics or other types of free states.

So, yes.

If you count the US in one of the bad types, it still doesn't matter, there has not been an authority on the planet yet that could stop little shiat like copyright protection. This can only go one way.

/Can't Stop The Signal
 
2009-12-05 12:41:03 PM  
prg have you been getting emails from me I just sent you a pic of one
 
2009-12-05 12:41:39 PM  

dbrunker: buckler: My wife is on Pill Hill and says she can't see anything above the fog.


I'm in NoPo, and haven't gotten out at all yet. I'll tool around the neighborhood one the fog lifts.

I'm thinking Washington Park sounds like a likely candidate.
 
2009-12-05 12:41:53 PM  

Con_Authority: There is no way you'd get your check before Christmas anyway.


Because Christmas won't happen next year or anything.
 
2009-12-05 12:42:32 PM  

dbrunker: buckler: My wife is on Pill Hill and says she can't see anything above the fog.


Where are you at? I don't want to duplicate effort.
 
2009-12-05 12:43:42 PM  
and another
 
2009-12-05 12:45:34 PM  
didn't see any on my short commute on the 95N between sunset and boulder hwy in Vegas
 
2009-12-05 12:49:59 PM  

missmarsha: prg have you been getting emails from me I just sent you a pic of one


Yep, I'm getting them! Trying to dispatch peeps for confirmation!

Thanks, and keep them coming!
 
2009-12-05 12:51:10 PM  
i 45 in houston clear from downtown to woodlands. woodlands appears clear.
 
2009-12-05 12:51:29 PM  

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.
 
2009-12-05 12:52:02 PM  
Aaaaaaand Alaska just bukkakeed Japan. And they liked it.

This is why we 10balloons.com can't have nice things.
 
2009-12-05 12:55:10 PM  
I was checking out Twitter and saw somebody post a picture of a red balloon. I can't tell if it has a number on it but It looks like it could be legit. Is it ok if I tell people the city so someone can go check it out?
 
2009-12-05 12:57:23 PM  

Mini Ditka: boluke01:

NO worries man. How'd you meet all those kick ass people in your profile anyway? My only cool story is I was trick-or-treating when I was little and went to Walter Peyton's house and he gave me football cards instead of candy...never thought to get a picture though.

That's awesome! I would have loved to have met Walter. I dunno, just been in the right place at the right time a few times. Had some backstage passes; Spade grew up in my neighborhood and was friends with my brother and his buddies. Still see him from time to time. The Dimebag one is my Holy Grail, I loved that dude.


Cool stories bros. I've seen Mike Singletary a few times but never bother him. Was eating at a Red Lobster at the same time as Billy Williams. Saw creepy Michael Jackson at Disneyland once.
 
2009-12-05 12:58:03 PM  
punkrockgirl: 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, melissakrafcom.

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, melissakrafcom. 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.


Repeated because some people seem to be confused.
 
2009-12-05 12:58:05 PM  
I'll be traveling the Central Valley to Oakland corridor today and will definitely be on the lookout.
 
2009-12-05 12:59:13 PM  
Just a suggestion: How about we not post where we don't see them, since that also provides info to the competition.
 
2009-12-05 01:05:58 PM  

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.
 
2009-12-05 01:06:08 PM  

buckler: Just a suggestion: How about we not post where we don't see them, since that also provides info to the competition.


But how do they know that we aren't posting places we didn't see them, where we actually saw them?
 
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.comView Full Size


/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 02:23:18 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.
 
2009-12-05 02:59:46 PM  
Oh holy hell.

That's embarrassing.
 
2009-12-05 03:02:09 PM  

BlippityBleep: I'd rather not have Big Brother know its population's communication abilities. The Patriot Act is still around, you know.


Big brother knows our communication abilitys. And I am positive that they already know how news travels and how to choke it off if they have to. Remember that china had to outsource to the us to get proper censorship materials.

Perhaps I am looking at this from a different perspective than you, but I am seeing 3 or 4 generations of tech from now, where PDAs with some sort of blue force tracker system are widely disseminated to the lowest levels of our military. I am seeing them as trying to figure out how to interpret all the info that will generate in a time-frame short enough for it to be usable on the battlefield. Look at the page for the contest. They are collecting statistical data on the submissions, and they might ask the winning team their organizational structure.

The dod does not care about your big brother fears. If they don't want info to get out, they just shut down external lines of comm completely. Other branches might, but the DARPA is just looking for ways to fight the next war. The biggest issue we have now, is that most of our combat is not against a uniformed enemy. So the big new challenge is figuring out where the enemy is, and what they are doing in the shortest timeframe.

Being worried about this study is like being worried that the next machine gun or tank round is going to be used against you. I guess its possible, but if its something that bothers you then you have some issues.
 
2009-12-05 03:05:03 PM  
I'm in Ft. Collins, and I'm planning on going shopping in a little bit, so I'll make sure to keep my eyes open. Most likely places for it to be are either on CSU campus, the CDC center lawn, or by the highway. If they want it in a highly visible spot, they may also try Old Town or the shopping centers along Harmony Road. I can drive by all of it today.

/Will post photograph if I find one
 
2009-12-05 03:07:06 PM  
Looks like Groundspeak has 5 confirmed. If only there was some way on Fark to know if even 1 has been confirmed. Not the actual location, just a confirmation.

By far of all the sites trying to win, Groundspeak has the best updated info. http://www.10balloonies.com/2009/12/5-balloons-5-to-go.html
 
2009-12-05 03:07:51 PM  
Detroit people email me please!
 
2009-12-05 03:08:35 PM  

Satan's Pool Boy: Will be on the lookout in Oceanside and Carlsbad, CA today.


Didn't see any on the north end of O-Side. Not a surprise, since they would likely interfere with approach paths for OKB (Oceanside muni airport) and the Pendleton airstrip.
 
2009-12-05 03:08:45 PM  
The 10balloons.com site has been rendered completely useless.

FAIL.
 
2009-12-05 03:10:54 PM  
I will be at lowes stocking up on red paint, anyone know where I can get a bunch of weather balloons cheap?
 
2009-12-05 03:11:19 PM  
have any balloons been spotted? (yes i know they are solid red)
 
2009-12-05 03:12:25 PM  

get real: Looks like Groundspeak has 5 confirmed. If only there was some way on Fark to know if even 1 has been confirmed. Not the actual location, just a confirmation.

By far of all the sites trying to win, Groundspeak has the best updated info. http://www.10balloonies.com/2009/12/5-balloons-5-to-go.html


Why does Groundspeak have a frog with a peener sticking out of head?
NSFW!
 
2009-12-05 03:14:16 PM  
I have eyes in most colleges in Indiana, still set to pass on any information.
 
2009-12-05 03:14:41 PM  
I'm starting to think this is an experiment to see just how retarded the American people are.
 
2009-12-05 03:14:54 PM  
Has Team Fark confirmed any balloons yet? I haven't seen any in the Vegas valley.
 
2009-12-05 03:15:28 PM  

tuna fingers: get real: Looks like Groundspeak has 5 confirmed. If only there was some way on Fark to know if even 1 has been confirmed. Not the actual location, just a confirmation.

By far of all the sites trying to win, Groundspeak has the best updated info. http://www.10balloonies.com/2009/12/5-balloons-5-to-go.html

Why does Groundspeak have a frog with a peener sticking out of head?
NSFW!


Also on their site:

Anonymous said...

"Hey could you guys give me the locations of all these ballons, I just need to verify them. I have a spaceship and I will visit them immediately just give me coordinates."
 
2009-12-05 03:16:29 PM  
Are we sure Nintendo isn't behind all this and creating a real life "Island Flyover" from Wii Sports Resort?
 
2009-12-05 03:17:22 PM  

paygun: I'm starting to think this is an experiment to see just how retarded the American people are.


WE SHOED THEM!
 
2009-12-05 03:17:39 PM  
Found one.

newsimg.bbc.co.ukView Full Size
 
2009-12-05 03:19:51 PM  
hell i may just put up a big red balloon to see if i see it.
 
2009-12-05 03:20:03 PM  

genner: Found one.


I want to believe.
 
2009-12-05 03:26:25 PM  
It's a traffic light...

/oblig
 
2009-12-05 03:29:01 PM  
tuna fingers it is 10balloonies i am referring to not 10ballons.

Groundspeak is a the company that owns and operates Geocaching.com
 
2009-12-05 03:29:29 PM  

pharaoh_xander: Correct me if I'm wrong, or lack the appropriate humorous view of it, but isn't disinformation supposed to be believable? ...


The credibility of that site was blown from the get when someone stuck a baloon in Hawaii and Cuba. At that point, might as well make a penis.

Has anyone mentioned they don't see a baloon outside their window yet? Cuz that would be pretty funny if they did.
 
2009-12-05 03:32:05 PM  
Thanks to those who draw funny pictures on the map. We smiled, but our algorithms immediately rejected them. But keep having fun, we are!

See, reverse psychology isn't the same when you imagine some dude in a labcoat looking serious over a pair of reading glasses and taking notes.
 
2009-12-05 03:32:12 PM  
I'm back from the wed bawwoon hunt. None found in my area (see earlier post, ain't aiding no spys here). I sat on a stand near Copalis Beach, but only saw tourrists, some with balloons in their shirt. But they wouldn't show them to me to confirm the color.

An OSPD officer confirmed that they knew nothing about it, so I'm sure that my area is clear.
 
2009-12-05 03:39:43 PM  

1lastcall: 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.


Go down to Boundary Bay and have a beer for me. Then you'll have done your good deed for the day.
 
2009-12-05 03:45:12 PM  
Map has been wiped clean
 
2009-12-05 03:45:55 PM  

Slick Johnson: Map has been wiped clean


start again this time less obvious
 
2009-12-05 03:48:01 PM  
Entrants: 4211 Total Submissions: 376
Entrants making submissions: 125
Correct balloon locations submitted: 75
Does this mean they already have 75 correct "10 total balloon" locations or 75 individual correct locations?
 
2009-12-05 03:48:59 PM  
I drove around all day, but all I saw was this big weather balloon.
electrongate.comView Full Size
 
2009-12-05 03:54:37 PM  
I was submitting fake Twitter posts because I got followers after using the #DARPA tag. Then I was like "Yeah, I'm totally kidding" and now one of my followers is butthurt.

Groundspeak has like 8 confirmed.
 
2009-12-05 03:55:30 PM  

karatekitten13: 1lastcall: 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.

Go down to Boundary Bay and have a beer for me. Then you'll have done your good deed for the day.


Still recovering from my night there last night. One can only consume so much Imperial IPA in one sitting, and I exceeded my count and farked the rest of my weekend. Are you a Hamster or Hamstervisitor? Seeing your Guinness tat, I have to ask if you've been to Uisce?
 
2009-12-05 04:05:20 PM  
kk start trying to get trades for confirmed locations.
 
2009-12-05 04:06:15 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.


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.
 
2009-12-05 04:07:20 PM  

Mustaf Herod Upyur Poupr: 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.


Probably true. But a program that eliminates IP addresses from consideration of "reliable information" by sensing out of boundary marks or sequential marks isn't difficult to conceive, not to mention- they know where the balloons are. So they see every error as misinformation or the result of misinformation.
 
2009-12-05 04:08:46 PM  
Roswell!
Of course!
 
2009-12-05 04:09:14 PM  
Damn, Groundspeak's confirmed 6 balloons so far. Went out at around 11 this morning to take a drive along the coast, but didn't see any balloons. Then again, weather here in NJ is sheer crappiness--cold, wet rain & slush w/practically zero visibility.
 
2009-12-05 04:09:15 PM  
it didn't even trend on the twitter.
 
2009-12-05 04:09:58 PM  
I've looked all over my mom's basement, and I still haven't found any red balloons. I'll keep my eyes peeled, though.
 
2009-12-05 04:10:05 PM  
[image from alpinecom.net too old to be available]

A few minutes ago. Mwahahahahaha...
 
2009-12-05 04:13:30 PM  
Someone's trying to sell locations on eBay now.
 
2009-12-05 04:13:54 PM  
We broke Twitter!

Behold the power of Fark
 
2009-12-05 04:17:03 PM  

h2ogate: Someone's trying to sell locations on eBay now.


Probably someone corrupt within the Groundspeak site. They are the only ones I know of that have 6 confirmed so far...

These type of contests just bring out the greedy nature of people, and I love it.
 
2009-12-05 04:17:56 PM  

1lastcall: S


I used to live in Bellingham. I couldn't take the cold or the hippies. :)

I have not been to Uisce but I am going to Ireland next year.
 
2009-12-05 04:19:30 PM  
kirbstr: Also, If I were to photoshop a red balloon, it would be more in the #fark style and you would all know it (as in on the planet hoth). #darpa
half a minute ago from web · Reply · View Tweet

LOLLLLL
 
2009-12-05 04:20:05 PM  
I didn't find a red balloon, just some lame ass golden ticket.
 
2009-12-05 04:21:37 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.


That was an excellent contribution.
 
2009-12-05 04:24:22 PM  
image.lyricspond.comView Full Size


/Found them long ago.
 
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-no​t-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.comView Full Size

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-no​t-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.comView Full Size


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 04:37:08 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  
[image from i49.tinypic.com too old to be available]

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-no​t-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 04:58:39 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 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 05:10:35 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 05:13:23 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.comView Full Size


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.comView Full Size



Fun day!