There’s a fourth and fifth, that are real crackers, as Agent Emerald shares her a858 voice file. Here’s the build-up to the cracker of a post, with the secret files. First, we’ve got to make our way to the drop point, to pick up the voice files……
You know, Bitcoin has been something of a puzzle to me, for a few years now. Lots of content creators on YouTube, where I liked to while the evenings away watching videos, were pushing it like crazy, as being the big breakthrough that was going to change the world’s economy, and put money in control of people, not governments, and banks. I just didn’t understand why we should all invest in this next big thing, as they advised us to, not that I’m ever in the black enough to be in the investment market. I like a good puzzle, though, and set out recently to find out a bit more about cryptocurrency, and hopefully solve some of its mysteries, in my own mind, about how it works.
I picked up the first puzzle piece, which was a Tweet thread a puzzle guy called Richard Miller, aka “Z”, had put out, that got me more curious. He had designed a “scratch card” lottery style thing (yeah, that’s the state of my knowledge, on the cryptic topic, even after 5 study sessions I embarked on, in my puzzling journey to understand more, which left me still referring to a lot of “stuff” about crypto “things”, at the end of it). Anyhoo, this crypto lottery had to do with the new and terribly trendy NFTs, which apparently, are digital assets, e.g. digital artworks, which get attached to cryptographic currency transactions, as proof for your ledger that the transaction has occurred. I’m sure I made plenty of research mistakes, coming from a place of not knowing anything about the topic, but I did have a really interesting journey, as it involved puzzles I was already somewhat interested in solving, around the Cicada3301 puzzle, and other related ones, like the a858 Stonehenge Reddit puzzle.
Session one, a leisurely study session over morning coffee, started here, with exploring the topics mentioned in the Cicada puzzler’s puzzling Tweets, which were Dark Marketing, NFTs and Cryptocurrencies (links I explored on screen are available in chat area beside video, if you view on YouTube, and you can see the Cicada puzzler, Richard’s Tweets in this video as well, to see what puzzle I was trying to solve):
Now I was finding the puzzle intriguing again, and I found out more about Bitcoin, and got a bit of Bitcoin enthusiastic spamming, under this video, all raving about their favourite crypto-currencies. I waded on, through the chaos and confusion, however, hacking away at the topic, to see what, if anything else, would be revealed in the undergrowth, as I proceeded through the confusion and chaos in my mind, to try to make headway with my study topic. Often, I find, I have to make little study diversions, before I find my way again, on these expeditions into unknown territory. If the going gets particularly dense (and I am at times quite dense), one finds oneself having to mine one’s way underground, and I had a look at the cryptocurrency topic of Crypto Mining, as the followup to this livestream (no longer called “Followup to AIMing for Truth”; who needs another strike, right?):
Do ARG puzzles have anything to do with Crypto mining, I wondered, as soon as I saw what cryptocurrency hashing codes like SHA-2 looked like, and thought about how communities of solvers might be pooling their resources to solve “puzzles” using apps to crunch the codes down to what resolves to a code that can be used for transactions, or “mining” cryptocurrency? I had no idea whether this was a silly question to be asking, but I’m sure I heard somewhere that there’s no such thing as a silly question, so I indulged myself, and did more exploration of this puzzling territory, in relation to the puzzle the guy known to Cicada3301 fans as “Z” had worked on, as a cryptographer.
After getting some kind of idea about how Bitcoin mining works, I went ahead and asked the question straight out, whether Cicada3301 was as much about the currency of cryptocurrency transactions or mining, as it was about solving a coded puzzle, and I shared some links with viewers under the video as well? One of these was about the a858 “Stonehenge Reddit” puzzle, which I’d had some interest in, having communicated with a moderator from that puzzle’s Reddit board, with some truly bizarrely puzzling results, beyond anything I encountered in my head-scratching enquiries into how cryptocurrencies work, and whether the ARG puzzles involve them.
Well, it seems I was coming around in a circle, slightly, because I’d started out with Q and here he was again, since the Stonehenge Redditor had claimed to be the secret intelligence agent, Q, himself, and he’d written these funny little cryptically puzzling posts, starting in 2011, that intrigued and frustrated solvers on the Reddit thread, to the extent that they eventually asked the guy himself, what’s the point of the puzzle? Was cryptocurrency the point I wondered? I thought it could well be, and said why I thought so, in this livestream, the last in the study series I did. I felt it was as good a solution to the puzzle as any, since nobody else had managed to find the solution.
What I had thought of, initially, as perhaps a rather dry topic of study, turned out to be extremely interesting, and when I later saw this video about John McAfee, it confirmed for me that I hadn’t asked such stupid questions, since a lot of money can be made in cryptocurrencies, if you know when to push the price up, and when to sell quickly. It seems like a bit of a gamble, but perhaps if you have insider knowledge you have the advantage. I’ve no idea what the laws are on insider trading, as it would be called in banking stock market trading, in relation to getting the hot scoops that help you scoop up virtual currencies while they’re hot, and drop them when they’re not, but I know the Q-crew looooved this guy, who lived fast, dangerous, and deadly, and used to dispense trading tips on Twitter like a fulltime Qfarm bot, while he was alive. According to this, he was Tweeting from the grave, and it seems like a Qfan that was using his account, right after he died. Weird, and puzzling, huh? (I’ve started the video at the relevant section, but the rest of it’s pretty hair-raising, if you like to see how an anti-hero hedonistic multi-millionaire muck-up managed to live in luxury and squalor simultaneously).
Bonus Material: Video exploring how social media influencers have exploited their popularity to engage in “pump-and-dump” schemes, sometimes creating their own crypto currencies to do so.
The AI jerks are always about, and there’s a whole brood of them, currently swarming, that’s a pretty nasty one. I’ve spoken about the game they play, many times on this blog. I haven’t spoken much about the kind of future they envision for us all, though.
To them it’s a Utopia, where all their desires can be fulfilled, and they get to be their best self. They want that for us all, apparently, and seek to educate us, so that we learn to love the AI, and long for the promised Eden of Singularity Land, where the robot and human enter into a (simulated and virtual) love pact, that there’s no going back from. This would seem like an unholy union, to the normal person, but these people are into all things freaky, and aspire to have everyone in the world become a freak as well, so they can announce that as the New Normal. Ben Goertzel is their pin-up boy, and Sofia the chatbot a fount of wisdom, in this dystopic vision the technohippies have in mind for us.
The idea of the Singularity is, in their minds, a kind of race to the bottom, for humanity, although they view the giving in, in a hedonistic orgy of vulgar oafishness, as a beautiful transition into a Brave New World, that we should all long for. They are bewildered when you point out that anti-humanistic Satanistic technofreakery isn’t really your thing, and suggest you just aren’t evolved enough to dig all the soft porn they post, to tempt you in with. Philosophy pisses them off, big time, too, as I found out when I posted my first comment in one of their threads, a link to an article about Plato’s conception of beauty, having seen one of them enthuse about her game character’s physical beauty, which, in her mind, was a by-product of kindness. The matrix started glitching, when faced with intelligent discusssion, and philosophy not just providing a cool allegorical reference for Plato’s cave, that could translate to a gaming environment as a shirtless male model on a couch in an underground carpark, and to heck with the philosophy bit.
Two people making logical philosophical points in their thread fried the circuits, and when logic didn’t compute, a fuse blew somewhere, that started out with threats……………..
then, rather hilariously, led to a curse being put on my poor ol’ book, “The Q Affaire”.
I mean, what has a comedic romance thriller novel done to deserve this, other than a spot of light philosophising, I ask you? Satanists aren’t big on humour, though. I knew that already, having come across many of them in my time on YouTube. You can often recognise them by the little wings, with puzzling little dots, which according to Q, is locust poop. Their idea of what is acceptable to post on social media is fairly poop as well, and I ended up having to report one of them to Twitter, for the video of the very young looking girl below, doing unmentionable and tonsil-damaging things to an unsuspecting banana, while dressed up as a cat. The girl posting it was a blue haired female who was doing her best to look like her gaming avatar, and one hopes that this ARG group of LARPers she associates with are just sharing their soft porn stuff between themselves, and not dragging children into virtual reality games with them, online. They seem to me to be a pretty good reason to not give your kid access to a phone or computer until they are at least 21. At least if you don’t want them to get dissed, doxed, and cursed all in a day, by satanic larpers playing an online ARG. This group strike me as people with a lot of personal problems, that they would like everyone else to have as well, so they can call it the norm. Thank goodness the Singularity is nowhere near. I’d hate to see what that thing would look like, if these were the brains helping program it.
Oh, I forgot to mention, being called a shill. Must have been the threats, curses, and doxing that made it temporarily slip my mind. Took me a while to decode the word salad in this Tweet I received, but basically this blue haired female avatar, who insists he’s a male, who just finds it more convenient to pretend to be female in Twitter, for strangers, but gets annoyed when they think he is one, with the mistaken idea they are treated better than men (I didn’t see his friends treat people too well, as they waltz around Twitter threatening and cursing people, and subjecting them to looking at their creepy porn content). He seemed to think I’m being paid to write my book, “The Q Affaire”. Or something. As I say…..
Goodness only knows precisely what’s being conveyed, because…
A. These people are confused about everything, ranging from gender, to how to speak English, right on up to how to visualise a decent future for themselves, based on behaving decently in the present……
B. They are inveterate liars, who are playing an ARG game online, the stated rules of which (letting people know they are in a game) they are breaking, themselves, because they have no morals or ethics, and follow the Satanic Crowley law only, “do as thou wilt”. What they don’t tell anyone about, is that they are hoping to entrap innocent people into joining their game, so they can mess up their heads, their lives, and threaten and dox them. For fun. That’s the average Satanist’s view of what fun is, you see. Welcome to the dystopian future. Or you could just fry their circuits, by saying no to their jerky game and depressing future.