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by Wintermute on Mar.05, 2014
Just as an FYI, I have a phpBB scraper ready to go, and have tested it with cassieiswatching.myfreeforum.org, which I now have an XML dump of, should something ever happen to it ;) I’ll work on making that XML dump usable (and searchable) in an effort to gather as much CiW-related information in one place. Once usable, I’ll make a download available as well. If someone wants the raw files in the meantime, just ask :)
by Wintermute on Mar.04, 2014
Come and get it! Or, go and get it! The content I used to get LGPedia back online is an XML dump at archive.org. Download it so you have a copy. I guarantee I don’t plan on letting it ever go offline again, but plans sometimes change. The only way to make sure LGPedia survives forever is to make sure as many people as possible have a copy.
That said, I plan an scraping any remaining CiW-related content I can find online, and have even considered writing a custom web crawler that simply searches the web for Cassie-related content and indexes it for us. The scraper I plan on unleashing will grab content from phpBB forums (I’ll add more forum types later) and create either static pages or XML files of the results. I’m thinking XML files, as I can more easily style the results as well as make them searchable.
If you run any type of CiW-related website, especially if it’s database-driven in any way, please consider sending a copy of the content my way. If your site is still active, I can do as I’ve done with LGPedia, at Miles Becket’s request, and make it read-only. Or, as I plan on doing with LGPedia once the official is back up, make it inaccessible and just redirect the traffic to the original site.
At any rate, if you want a copy of LGPedia, come and get it! I can help you get a local copy of it accessible, should you so desire, or, just grab it in case something happens to my copy and/or the archive.org copy.
by Wintermute on Mar.03, 2014
Late night Saturday, early Sunday, I met up with modelmotion and Ahcapella in Second Life for a little while. I’m led to believe that this has been a regular Saturday ritual for some time, but this was the first time I made it on. Had a great time, even though we didn’t get much discussed before 6am rolled around, but it sets the stage for me being on more often. So, see you in Second Life ;) Another thing that come of it is that I realize how much my CassieIsWatching theories seem to focus on who the PM was. That was not my intent, and, quite honestly, that’s not important. What is important is solving that last anagram, figuring out what Helter Skelter has to do with anything, and what other clues we missed. The only real bearing who the PM was has on any of this is it might give insight into their thinking. At the same time, knowing it was a specific person may cause us to think one way and ignore clues that point another. Overall, I don’t think their identity matters and having them unknown to us helps keep the mystery alive.
On a related side note, I find it very interesting that Cassie managed to be very careful not to reveal her identity, but was careless enough to leave the default PIN on her voice mail set to 1234#. A possible explanation is that the PM was well aware of the sleuthing that went into revealing the Creators’ identities, so put energy into keeping that secret at the expense of a bit of carelessness elsewhere.
Regardless, I hope to see everyone in Second Life. Join us there for some CiW sleuthing.
by Wintermute on Feb.28, 2014
It wasn’t intentional, but recovering LGPedia has managed to turn this into CassieIsWatching week. I’m sure I’ve shared at least part of what follow, but I’m also sure I haven’t shared other parts. Regardless, below is my CassieIsWatching theory, most of it fairly random thoughts:
My CassieIsWatching Theory – The End
First, let me start with the end. The Anagram From Hell. For all the other anagrams, Cassie helped us out with additional clues, such as blurred-out images of the solved anagram, so we could tell word count and get a general idea of the length of each word of the poem. I believe our failure in Second Life caused Cassie to disappear, and that anagram was her farewell. I’m sure everyone would likely agree with that overall conclusion. If not, I’d love to hear other ideas in comments.
I believe that The Creators, despite their denials, were somehow involved, at least in the beginning. How involved, I do not know, but I suspect the original puppet master at least had their blessing, if they weren’t outright running it to begin with.
When I Get To The Bottom Where I Stop
I believe the backlash from the images in the second video was unexpected, so The Creators publicly distanced themselves in order keep that backlash from impacting LG15 itself. I do not know if there was someone else involved with the production in the very beginning that is still unknown to us, who maybe took over the reins of CiW once The Creators distanced themselves, or if they continued to run it in the background.
Frank. Poor Frank
I think when we finally failed Frank a couple of days before the ceremony, Kaye’s message contained another clue that we had missed. I think from Kaye’s phrasing, that clue may still be out there. What good would it do us now? Who knows? Closure for those of us still obsessed after all this time?
If The Creators continued to run things, then why did the story lines of CiW and LG15 diverge? Quite possibly, our failure caused The Creators to face a choice. Either Bree died, or they diverged the story lines, leading to the fake ceremony Daniel witnessed in LG15. If Bree had died that early on, due to our failure at CiW, LG15 would have come to an untimely end. While the series survived Bree’s eventual death, I’m not sure it would have had it occurred that early. I’m not 100% convinced The Creators were involved after the backlash, but it is a possibility.
Even though it’s been speculated that Glenn was the PM despite his denials, I do not believe this to be the case. I believe his gamejacking attempts frustrated the PM, though. What impact that had on the game itself is anyone’s guess.
I believe our failure to solve early clues within LG15 led to the creation of CiW. I believe the backlash caused The Creators to want to end their association with CiW, but ending the ARG abruptly at that point would have outed them as the PMs, even if they were merely collaborating with the PM. I believe our failure gave them the perfect out from CiW, while allowing the main project, LG15, to continue.
I know some of these theories are a bit out there, and some cover old ground. I’m still not 100% convinced of anything related to CiW at this point, so I’d love to hear your thoughts :)
by Wintermute on Feb.27, 2014
Quite some time ago, I had posted the source code to a brute force anagram solver I had written. And by quite some time, I mean May 3, 2011. Unfortunately that post is long gone, as it the source code. :( Did anyone happen to grab it? I would love to get it going again to solve the Anagram from Hell. Unfortunately, my old standby, archive.org, didn’t archive it. I may start working on a new version, since that version was a bit of a hack ;)
by Wintermute on Feb.26, 2014
Did we miss a huge CassieIsWatching clue? I do not know for sure, but I suspect we may have. What drives me to this conclusion? Well, I was plunking around the CassieIsWatching page of LGPedia, and decided to check to see if Frank’s blog was still up. Yes, his blog, A Voice Within is, indeed, still there. As I’m sure everyone recalls, the last entry was from his wife, Kaye, telling us of his passing. It was posted on October 10, 2006. If I recall correctly, the ceremony was to occur October 12. (Is that also when the SecondLife event took place?) This gave us two days until endgame, which may have been plenty of time to discuss what I just noticed, and realized may have been a clue:
Per Frank’s wishes, there will be no memorial service or grave marker. I will be spreading Frank’s ashes througout the East Fork trail in the San Gabriel Mountains, so he will always be there.
Was that a clue? I believe this is the area of Swimming! and This Is My Story Now and the same area Cu Roi found at least one other clue related to Frank, but did we miss something? Or was there another drop in the area at that time? Was it something that would still be there, given …so he will always be there? Or am I full of wishful thinking? Please discuss in comments…
by Wintermute on Feb.25, 2014
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by Wintermute on Feb.24, 2014
An unofficial version of LGPedia is now live at http://lgpedia.nitemarecafe.com/wiki/. I will take it down if/when the official one goes back up and redirect my URL to the official one at that time. Until then, this version is up for the community to enjoy. I’m sure I’m not the only person who would rather see the official version running, along with the phpBB forums, but I hope this version has the community’s support until then.
by Wintermute on Feb.21, 2014
Here are a couple of links to homebrew cpu and computers that I thought my readers might finder interesting. The first is a homebrew CPU that I found on Hacked Gadgets. The Nibbler is a 4-bit CPU, hence the name (a nibble is half a byte).
The second link is a 3-chip retrocomputer via Hack A Day. It uses a 6502 CPU, much like the early Apple computers. I wonder if something similar could be done for the beloved 6809, as used in the Tandy CoCo…