Jan 24, 2008

OMF has a photo up on flickr


Thanks DarkUFO readers Jay and Matt who alerted me that OurMutualFriend42, or "OMF" as she is more commonly known as, has posted a picture of herself up on flickr. I took a look at the photo and noticed that not only was OMF superimposed over the big dipper, but that the picture was tagged with (in the following order):

find815, find, 815, perfect, silence, big, dipper, ourmutualfriend42, our, mutual, friend, 42, walt, whitman, shimmr, shimmer

Also, is there any significance in the characters that appear on her bag strap?: < D H O P W DB +8 (I'm not sure if that's an "O" or a zero btw)

UPDATE 3:45 GMT: It seems there are some other interesting photos in OMF's Photostream. The portrait is labeled as Walt Whitman's... he's the one who wrote the poem that the braille clue led to.





73 comments:

Jamielost said...

Yes. D = 4 H = 8 O = 15 P = 16 W = 23 DB + 8 = 42 (I believe.)

Jamielost said...

actually, maybe not nearer the end...

sp94axp said...

< D H O P W DB +8
= 4 8 15 16 23 42

Not sure what the +8 is for.

Jamielost said...

Oh yeah... DB 42, thanks, didn't know what to do with 'em. :P

RFisher33 said...

The big dipper is also known as Ursa Major

RFisher33 said...

The big dipper part of Ursa Major has 6 stars. Yesterday we were given 6 co-ordinates. Does anyone know the co-ordinates of the 6 stars of Ursa major?

richlost said...

Here is a close up of the strap
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l199/richg8/strap.jpg

hanuman said...

...or does this photo have another image under it like the stegosaurus? maybe the letters and number are the first clues to the encryption password...

supafuzz said...

there is more than one photo in her album, there are 2 pictures of the big dipper, 2 pictures of walt whitman and a picture of an anagram

Kgun5 said...

I'm pretty sure that it means < (108+8)

= < 116

Jamielost said...

116, thought of that, but then thought it's irrelevant to everything else. (Isn't it?)

jscott said...

well, all the numbers we got of the sunda page ended up being <116 but in that same range.....not that that means anything either.

roundfour said...

all the numbers from sunda trench page are less than 116

tippingsme said...

Has anyone figured out what omf42 is an anagram for? I am assuming that's why the photo of anagram is in the album.. may be wrong

JDMCMAMC said...

I wonder why it says "+8" instead of "+H"?

Jamielost said...

I saw 123 on the Sunda Trench page...

RFisher33 said...

The big dipper part of Ursa Major is also used as a locator for the North Star.

Don't know where i'm going here but could be on the right track

Jamielost said...

Our mutual friend, that has894 3-word anagrams, don't think I'm reading that. :P

Daniel said...

Can anyone explain what the words "shimmr, shimmer" have to do with anything? I know i saw them mentioned before...

justashepard said...

this maybe nothing and i'm no where near smart enough to solve something like this, but there could also be a code in her bracelet. the color patterns and the fact that she's holding it up in the air, displaying it. May be nothing though

Mr. Schwartz said...

So it bothers me that she has the colors inverted on 2 of her 4 images. I inverted the colors on the other two photos,perfect silence and anagram, hoping something would become more obvious but I couldn't find anything.
I did however find that if you reverse the anagram photo you can almost read the other side of the page.

justashepard said...

here are a couple of anagrams for OMF:

Media Tour Unfurl
Failed Rumour Nut
Dial Untrue Forum

it goes on and on but nothing jumps out

JDMCMAMC said...

@Daniel
If you take the calculated numbers from the Sunda Trench site and run them through an ASCII translator you get shimmr.

jscott said...

I don't know if anybody looked this up yet but the other picture, the anagram one, seems to be from George Herbert's "The Temple".

Kgun5 said...

Well, the numbers were:

115
104
105
109
109
114

They are < 116 by:

1
12
11
7
7
2

Doesn't look like much, but she kind of holds her arm like a clock hand ona clock face, so maybe these numbers are hours, and can be used in conjunction with the pic on the-maxwell-group.com

Kgun5 said...

As a followup, the "2" at the end would point to the 75 (instead of the normal 60) degree marker.

danteintheatl said...

so I'm guessing that after getting 'shimmr' we were supposed to know to go to 'flickr'??

Publius said...

Looking at the Wikipedia pages for The Big Dipper and Ursa Major, I noticed something interesting.. The 'M' numbers in the chart have an overlap with the numbers from the Sunda Trench page.

Are those columns of numbers sets of star designations, perhaps?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ursa_major

Daniel said...

The +8 is needed to solve the ceasarian code on the Santa Rosa bottle (Which TAE discovered)

forensicoo7 said...

If you guys wanna see some interesting sh!t, download OMF's picture and open it up with notepad. There's a ton of EXIF data there. It looks like someone with Photoshop might be able to view some editing history.

justashepard said...

dante makes an interesting point with flickr vs shimmr

boneswife said...

What about the plane on the front of her t-shirt? Can't quite make out what is the picture of.

jscott said...

it says "find 815"

Congested said...

@ booneswife:

The game has photos you can upload on shirts and add to the game's flickr page.

To see the page go to find815.com and in the bottom left corner there is a "flickr" button.

Bolivar Baez (2006-5715) said...

Any evidence this is the real OMF42? I dont see the skulls in the gallery...and why would that person reveal herself, wouldnt she loose her job?

oldbennevis said...

Does anybody remember the old site bigspaceship1? That white-background picture of the big dipper reminds me of one from that.

richlost said...

THE BIG DIPPER IS BACKWARDS
THE BIG DIPPER IS BACKWARDS
THE BIG DIPPER IS BACKWARDS
THE BIG DIPPER IS BACKWARDS
THE BIG DIPPER IS BACKWARDS
THE BIG DIPPER IS BACKWARDS
THE BIG DIPPER IS BACKWARDS

Kessler27 said...

George Herbert wrote a poem names "Aaron". I wonder if it significant? I am going through a selection of his poems now.

danteintheatl said...

richlost, I don't think I understand what you are trying to say. can you repeat it some more??

Kessler27 said...

i thing he means between the black and white pics, the are mirrored

Addictedfan said...

What does "Perfect Silence" refer to????
There is a song called,"Perfect Silence" and I suppose the lyrics fit.
http://artists.letssingit.com/blank-and-jones-lyrics-perfect-silence-fmjfpgt

Hoku said...

I said this earlier in the "Santa Rosa Bottle Clue Solved" post above:
"I believe the +8 on OMF42's bag strap was a clue to use 8 on the shift! Also the pic of the big dipper being reversed in her flicker pics tell us to reverse the letters!"
So OMF42 was helping us the solve the bottle code. TAE solved it quite quickly too! Great job!

Amber said...

http://books.google.com/books?id=IP8ZYrbC-RAC&pg=PA15&lpg=PA15&dq=%22how+well+her+name+and+army+%22&source=web&ots=Tfw7Mr_WYA&sig=MhWBq_-bQCbig_wkywmz-lnxUSg

The picture of the Ana{mary army}gram. Apparently, it is from a book The Shore of Nothingness" And references George Herbert.

I tried an anagram for Lord of Hosts.. but didn't really come up with anything. :/

thejajunker said...

Perfect silence can be arranged to say "Reflect pic seen" all just hinting at flipping the big dipper.

thebruce said...

I'm also thinking there's something about her bracelets that she's holding up excitedly on her wrist...

Jyrki said...

M108 is a _spiral_galaxy_ in the Ursa Major constellation. Remember the spriral form in the Maxwell logo?
link

oodles said...

Bruce said: I'm also thinking there's something about her bracelets that she's holding up excitedly on her wrist...

Yep. I has reminded me of the old "calculators" with the different coloured beads on parallel wires in a frame.

Could be a hint to go and calculate (something whatever it may be).

MrSid said...

The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold

http://bp3.blogger.com/_DYqiJ6Fbnp8/R5gKnSIUUMI/AAAAAAAAAJ4/EBOhKF3W6FY/s1600-h/Anagram.jpg

helohe said...

Here is the exif data of the picture showing omf42:

Camera: Canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 7.4 mm
ISO Speed: 125
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode

Orientation: Horizontal (normal)
X-Resolution: 72 dpi
Y-Resolution: 72 dpi
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Macintosh
Date and Time: 2008:01:23 11:59:50
YCbCr Positioning: Centered
Date and Time (Original): 2008:01:03 13:41:27
Date and Time (Digitized): 2008:01:03 13:41:27
Compressed Bits per Pixel: 3 bits
Shutter Speed: 189/32
Maximum Lens Aperture: 95/32
Metering Mode: Pattern
Color Space: sRGB
Focal Plane X-Resolution: 11216.495 dpi
Focal Plane Y-Resolution: 11178.082 dpi
Sensing Method: One-chip colour area sensor
Digital Zoom Ratio: 4000/4000
Compression: JPEG
Image Width: 944 pixels
Image Height: 1260 pixels

supafuzz said...

Looking at a paper starchart I have (Philips color star atlas) her bracelet is laying right on top of where the spiral galaxy M101 is located in the picture. It is really the only important thing obscured by her arm. There is nothing but a few unamed, very faint stars obscured by her fist.

Joe said...

Check this out its about the George Herbert Anagram.

http://books.google.com/books?id=dQCZvJj96SkC&pg=PA279&lpg=PA279&dq=lord+of+did+pitch+his+tent&source=web&ots=y86brc1TEZ&sig=4jD7644neMIPMPnL8StpiIblJM0

Save_The_Hobbit said...

So I'm confused. Is OMF42 part of the game, or an outside source with information?

Aleixo said...

After what forensico007 said, I opened the OMF42 image in photoshop and found a work path, outside canvas area...

http://aleixo.net/hidden_path.jpg

It seems to be a nonsense shape. But it could be an island.

Kgun5 said...

Just to add to what aleixo said?:

Open the pic in photoshop.
Click on Window -> Paths
Click on Work Path
Zoom out, to see more of the canvas.

The shape is in the bottom right.

sandi631 said...

The Big Dipper is shown backwards. It needs to be flipped thru the vertical to be the correct way round

sandi631 said...

In fact her right arm is pointing out the direction of its correct path

Capcom said...

CAN Ursa Major actually be seen from the Southern Hemisphere????? this bugs me.

sandi631 said...

Only image I can find of Ursa Major in the south is a Van Gogh painting

Anyone else having trouble with the chat room?

sp94axp said...

You can go here to see where the Mary/Army poem came from.

http://books.google.com/books?id=-gQDAAAAQAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=George+Herbert#PPA76,M1

Capcom said...

Heheh, true Sandi. :-)

ReignkingTW said...

Capcom: no, it can't be.

frisbee5 said...

Regarding the connections between ourmutualfriend42 that posts here and the one on Flickr, note her Flickr profile photo (on upper left corner of her Flickr profile)shows twenty skull and crossbones images. (I'd paste them here if I knew how.)Now if someone can look into what those might tell us....

helohe said...

The skulls are exactly the same message (url) as the old skull message was.

tdciago said...

You know, I think the SHIMMR clue in the 6 columns of numbers was just meant to lead us to OMF42's FLICKR photos. (The "e" is missing from both.) It may also be a reference to the aurora.

shim·mer (shmr)
intr.v. shim·mered, shim·mer·ing, shim·mers
1. To shine with a subdued flickering light. See Synonyms at flash.
2. To appear as a wavering or flickering image, as in a reflection on water or through heat waves in air.
n.
A flickering or tremulous light; a glimmer.

frisbee5 said...

As suggested by forensic007, when you open ourmutualfriend42's posted photo in notepad, you will find atop all the gibberish, amongst other things:

"http://www.iec.ch"
"Reference Viewing Condition in IEC61966-2.1" and
"Default RGB colour space - sRGB "


IEC is the Commission Electrotechnique Internationale, "the world's leading organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies — collectively known as electrotechnology."

helohe said...

This is in the header of all jpg images that contain a (srgb) colour profile.

Patrick said...

It may be nothing, but I ran the letters (D H O P W DB) through the Caesarian Shift cypher tool set to #5 and it reads:
I M T U B IG (I'm too big?)

Adrian said...

Perhaps the image of OMF42 needs to be overlayed with the blank photo of the big dipper so the stars line up, and then the combined image will result in some new information.

Aelith said...

The puzzel on the sundra trench page IS of the Big Dipper reversed.
You all grafted it over and over last night but you didn't connect the dots correctly.

a205204 said...

has anyone checked the shimmer magazine? there's a story about pirates, maybe a relation to the black rock?

jeremy said...

Would anyone say that OMF looks a bit like "learn'd astronomer" in this picture?
If we go off of this and return to the poem we can say
1) we heard the astronomer
2) the proofs and figures are arranged in columns before us
perhaps these picutres are the charts and diagrams (or point us to the charts and diagrams) to add, divide and measure

Just a thought

savagist said...

yoooooo i dont got times fo'deez tubb-a-lards (the chick and the dude) 'HIGHLIGHTS' magazine puzzles and trinkets.

Breez said...

What about making a negative of the pic like done to some of the others in the photo album.. or fliping and inverting, as is done to the pic of the big dipper in one of the pics?

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