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Lank
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A Clue by Lank, anna one

May 20th, 2008 2:06 AM / Location: 37.769949,-122.4422

INSTRUCTIONS: Follow a trail of "clues". Tell us what you find.

Clues were left.

So on Sunday morning, I followed them.

Specifically, I received a message from Rubin which had been sent to an interesting assortment of players. The message lead to you to these additional clues, plus this text:

"If you read in between the lines you'll find more information. Bring something to cut zipties with. Fucking document all of it. Hope all four are found before they're cleaned up/taken away by someone not part of the game. You've all got a week to find them all.

Remember remember."

I immediately began trying to decipher the pictures. Since two different swingsets appeared in these photos, along with shots of city parks with Sutro tower in the background, I decided to hit the parks in my neighborhood that had swingsets, since I'm somewhat Sutro-adjacent.

The first location I hit was a complete failure. I scouted the area around Corona Heights and the Randall Museum, which was close to my house and close to Sutro. Two playgrounds with swingsets were found, but in spite of searching exhaustively, no evidence of similarity to our photographic clues was to be found.

I found zipties:



And this ad for a dog walking service on a bench:



And this San Francisco Bicycle Band sticker in a narrow alley:



And I even found a playground in a small school where the kids seem to have been painting tombstones for their pets on the surrounding wall:



Creepy. But no real clues.

So I hit my second stop, Duboce Park. I thought that the second picture in this set was taken there, since the wall looked really familiar as part the N train tunnel:



When I arrived, I saw that there was a swingset, but it wasn't like those in the photo clues. I went to where I thought the photo of the wall was taken, and found this:



The clue was attached to a pole just to the left of where this tag appeared. (See below to find out what the actual clue was.)

I then left a calling card, hopped the N train, and returned home for some re-assessment of clues and a delicious lunch consisting of a warm BLT and buttery corn on the cob.

While at home, anna one joined the search (taking time out from studying for her final) by helping me gauge whence the photos were taken. I was still convinced that swingsets would be a common theme, so we looked for more parks with playgrounds. anna helped to triangulate from where the shot of the USF building was taken in the first shot of this next set:



We decided that, because of the elevation and horizontal angle from which the photo was taken relative to the USF building, it had to be Buena Vista Park. Was there a playground there? I'd never seen it. Google Maps seemed to suggest that there was. This clue was burning hot. I headed out.

Sure enough, there is a playground with a swingset in Buena Vista Park, just where we thought it would be. And the swingset looks like this:



And the view of the USF building matched up, too. But try as I might, I couldn't find the clue. At this point, I didn't know how the photo clues fit together, so I didn't know if I should be searching brown benches (I did) or bushes and trees (did those too). Was it this sticker stuck to the back of this bench?:



I didn't think so. And the young couple who sat under a nearby tree making out were no help.

After several minutes of frustration, searching fences and jungle gyms, and wondering whether I was going insane, who should enter the scene, but...

Deputy Gumshoe Loki!



Who was also on the hunt for clues! Take it away, Deputy:

Loki:

When I arrived at the Duboce Park clue, I was saddened to discover that someone had taken the clue and left no trace of it outside of a broken cable tie on the fence post. I attached a "Bagels for You" note, and then just as I was about to leave I realized the torn newspapers on the ground weren't strewn about randomly.

papernameI considered calling Lank and proposing a collaboration, but decided against it on the grounds that he had at least one clue to offer while I so far had none. After a long and fruitless search through every park along Beaver street, I made my way up and over Buena Vista hill looking for an appropriate view of USF, only to run into Lank in the playground hunting for the same clue.

(Back to Lank)

The two of us decided to join forces. That was lucky for me, since Loki had actual printouts of the pictures and a map. We decided that, based on how this was breaking down, the pictures were in groups of 2-3 for each location. So it made sense that the picture of the clue in foliage would be here, withing range of the spot where both the pic of the USF building and of the swingset were taken. We checked for leaf type, focused on one particular shrub, and JACKPOT!:



Clue #2 (also displayed below) in the bag, we decided that we needed to find another playground near Sutro. By now the couple under the nearby tree were actively engaged in actual coitus, so Loki and I left them to it. We set out together to Grattan Playground, which was another dead end. Then we came back to anna one at central command to re-assess yet again.

The brilliant ms. one immediately recognized the area in the second photo of this next set as The Panhandle. "Have you checked the playground in The Panhandle?" AHA! (I had forgot about the playground in The Panhandle! Drat!):



And then she pulled some fancy sleuthing regarding the direction in which the camera was pointed in the first photo of the last set. Because of the direction of the sun at the time this pic was taken (about 3:45 according to the time stamp), this location had to be northeast of Sutro Tower. We all thought that it might be Alamo Square because of the grassy knoll, and that's northeast of Sutro. Anna further pointed out that this bench would be located in the northwest corner of the park because of the slope of the grass and the position of the building in the background:



So without a moment to lose, Loki and I headed out yet again.

We stopped in The Panhandle and found this bench, the hiding place of the third clue:



It was in front of this view:



And then we hit Alamo Square, and just as anna had suggested, the bench in the northwest corner had clue #4 attached:



If it weren't for the fog that had rolled in, you'd see Sutro Tower above that building.

Loki left his own calling cards at each spot, tied with zipties:

Success at last! All four clues were ours!

And here they are, for your perusal:

CLUE #1 (found at Duboce Park)

CLUE #2 (found at Buena Vista Park)

CLUE #3 (found in The Panhandle)

CLUE #4 (found in Alamo Square)

Now, what does it mean?

I think it's rather obvious, don't you?

...

(P.S. - Loki is a full-blown collaborator on this completion in everything but points, since he's already done a completion of this task. I think he deserves some love for his work here somehow. Also, if you've voted for this, you should vote for this too, since one begat the other.)

________________________________________________________

The End:

The final set of clues were these:

"You may only approach the Orange when it is sitting, it will not turn a blind eye if it's standing. If you are unfortunate enough to be facing the Orange when it is standing, you must shield your eyes or turn away and run, for you will turn to stone and never receive the sweetness that is at the end of the trail of clues. Keep the Orange in sight, but don't be in sight of the Orange.

The Orange will begin its journey at 12:30 PM sharp, on the 21st of May, 2008, in downtown SF. It will ponder its tangy life for a few minutes at Stevenson's 3rd Key Ring. After a bit of thinking, it may wander down and have a Chat With a Lovely Hippo, The Hippo talks about nothing but a Waterfall of Lies. The Orange may then Slide Away. Soon then it wants nothing but Reagan's Three Comforting Right Hands.

Follow you must, the Orange will continue. After its journey is over and it has finally found a conductive resting place to sit down for good, you may approach. Speak your name and the reasons for your travels, all roads will then lead to a final conclusion to the clues.

The Orange Awaits."

The photos below reveal the actual clues referenced here.

- smaller


Zipties?

Zipties?

Not a clue.


Bench?

Bench?

Also not a clue.


SFBB?

SFBB?

Nope.


Clue5.jpg

I was wondering...


Clue6.jpg

...if the pets were actually buried here.


At last!

At last!

Found one!


Bees

Bees

Oh yeah - did I mention this was the day of Bay to Breakers? B.A.M.!


05.19.2008.01.25clue1b.jpg

What Loki found at Duboce Park


Lank's calling card

Lank's calling card

Just in case another sleuth came by...


Sticker?

Sticker?

This is not a clue!


playground

playground

at Buena Vista Park


Loki!

Loki!

The gumshoe arrives on the scene.


Shrub

Shrub

Lank gets a clue.


Bench

Bench


view

view

from The Panhandle


Lank on all four

Lank on all four

in Alamo Sqaure


Loki's Note

Loki's Note

"Bagels for you."


CLUE #1

CLUE #1

Printout of the message from p00n instigating the original Rubin mob, scribbled over with "Remember" several times in red (and "Fuck MFC!"), and if you fold the paper a certain way, some of the scribbling seems to spell "LYON" The sticker says "FLAMMABLE SOLID".


CLUE #2

CLUE #2

A printout of the Player Page during the recent Herbie mob, with notes.


CLUE #3a

CLUE #3a

Two stickers with a web address (I know what it is) blacked out on each, one says "get away with it!", and on a printout of the text of Rubin's "Leave Clues" completion, the words "DO YOU REALLY".


CLUE #3b

CLUE #3b

"WANT TO BE AS"


CLUE #3c

CLUE #3c

"FULL OF HATE AS ME?"


CLUE #4a

CLUE #4a

A coffee cup holder, a "1337" sticker, and an "overlap.org" sticker (address seems not to work). Printout of the "I Am Spartacus" completion around which the original Rubin mob was centered. More notes. "official event" circled. "Rubin hates it" in a square.


CLUE #4b

CLUE #4b

More notes, these not so flattering to p00n.


CLUE #4c

CLUE #4c

More notes, pointing out how this task caused Bubblesort to exit the game.


CLUE #4d

CLUE #4d

More notes, plus...


CLUE #4e

CLUE #4e

On the back of this page, if you fold the paper correctly, you get this, which I can't decipher.


CLUE #4f

CLUE #4f

More notes..


CLUE #4g

CLUE #4g

More notes, with "half way through" and/or "Bubblesort" circled at the bottom.






Clue 1 - LARGE FILE

Clue 1 - LARGE FILE


Clue 1a - LARGE FILE

Clue 1a - LARGE FILE

This is what you see when you fold the paper.


Clue 3a - LARGE FILE

Clue 3a - LARGE FILE


Clue 3b - LARGE FILE

Clue 3b - LARGE FILE


Clue 3c - LARGE FILE

Clue 3c - LARGE FILE


Clue 4a - LARGE FILE

Clue 4a - LARGE FILE


Clue 4b - LARGE FILE

Clue 4b - LARGE FILE


Clue 4c - LARGE FILE

Clue 4c - LARGE FILE


Clue 4d - LARGE FILE

Clue 4d - LARGE FILE


Clue 4f - LARGE FILE

Clue 4f - LARGE FILE


Clue 4g - LARGE FILE

Clue 4g - LARGE FILE


Stevenson's

Stevenson's


3rd Key Ring

3rd Key Ring


(not a clue)

(not a clue)

but the orange passed by this place


Lovely Hippo

Lovely Hippo


Waterfall of Lies (?)

Waterfall of Lies (?)

(Maybe. Maybe not.)


Slide Away

Slide Away


Reagan

Reagan


Three Right Hands

Three Right Hands


Rest

Rest

Where the orange stopped.



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posted by Møuse on May 20th, 2008 6:36 AM

Thoroughly enjoyable, and somehow is presented in a way that recreates the bafflement of searching and deciphering the clues.
Has reinvigorated my desire to travel to see the fabled tower in the mist.

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posted by Lank on May 20th, 2008 9:29 AM

Yay Mouse! Let the tower draw you to us...

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posted by done on May 20th, 2008 1:41 PM

This is difficult to understand. Is insanity involved?


(Vote for understanding this)

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posted by Sola of Mars on May 20th, 2008 1:48 PM

I think that goes without saying, Ms. Hawaii.

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posted by Dax Tran-Caffee on May 20th, 2008 7:07 PM

The interpretation of these clues is dependent on the relationship of the marker scribbles to the typed text. Will there be full-sized scans upcoming?

But at first glance, it seems that Rubin wishes us to reremember the Rubin Mob...

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posted by praximity on May 20th, 2008 8:28 PM

can those of us without history/memory get an overview of what is going on here?

it's difficult to remember what i never knew...but i'm trying.

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posted by anna one on May 20th, 2008 9:29 PM

I'm flabergasted that the Day O'Rubins™ hasn't been recorded in the official SFØ history wiki. Some of the information you're looking for is here.

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posted by JTony Loves Brains on May 20th, 2008 9:32 PM

If you search back through previous praxis, or read the wiki, or even read the help files, you'll learn a lot that you need to know about Rubin, the Rubin Mob, etc.

Edit: When I wrote the above, I thought the Rubin Mob was in the History Wiki, and am sorry to be mistaken.

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posted by anna one on May 20th, 2008 10:10 PM

See? That's what I'm saying. I'd write it myself, but I think it might be better coming from p00n.

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posted by Sola of Mars on May 20th, 2008 10:18 PM

I joined up right as the Rubin mob started. I got Rubin'ed and thought I'd encountered some kind of weird adversary.

but what *happened*?
posted by praximity on May 20th, 2008 11:00 PM

ah, the help pages. pointing me towards collections of information, endless links of pages referring to each other or nothing at all.
i love it, but sometimes it feels like archeology.

the only attempt at analysis of the before/after of the event that i have found...is that on bubblesort's player page.
though the event itself is frozen in time by the praxis.

plenty of clues, but leading to where? or, maybe, from where?

good thing i like bagels. +3
posted by Myrna Minx on May 20th, 2008 7:20 PM

Loki has the kindest face I've seen in a long while. If Charles Manson had that face, he wouldn't be incarcerated- he'd be in public office.

My dears, you have sought out your package.
posted by Ink Tea on May 20th, 2008 9:12 PM

http://sf0.org/tasks/Package-From-The-Insane/

Gentlemen, well done!
posted by Rubin Starset on May 20th, 2008 11:13 PM

You didn't even read in between the lines! Bravo.

First off I'd highly recommend that whoever has current ownership of the clues, take higher res photos or scans of them and post them. There are clues within the clues, though we're dangerously getting to a point where it wont matter anymore.

There is one more clue, the final clue. This must be discovered tomorrow.

Hooray! I'm a boy! +3
posted by anna one on May 20th, 2008 11:19 PM

A boy is you! +2
posted by Rubin Starset on May 20th, 2008 11:56 PM

That'll make things easier in the long run, you may want to start growing your mustache out now, trust me.

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posted by anna one on May 21st, 2008 2:27 AM

Oh, I'm working on it- you better believe it. Haven't shaved the upper lip in nearly 29 years.

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posted by Lank on May 21st, 2008 1:50 AM

New, higher-res photos of clues added to the proof list. They're big files so you can look closely.

I think I may have figured something out.

In the meantime, WHAT IS THIS?

rubinclue1354141.jpg

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posted by Møuse on May 21st, 2008 12:52 PM

So far it seems to say Haha.. I mean theres certainly an H in the middle.. If its a crucial clue its written very illegibly.

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posted by Fonne Tayne on May 21st, 2008 4:50 PM

H. Ha.


Only abbreviates one character of which I can think....



(upon first glance tho it did resemble to me a tuk-tuk)

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posted by Dax Tran-Caffee on May 21st, 2008 1:31 PM

One thing is certainly clear.

1_Abdi1109661.png

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posted by Møuse on May 21st, 2008 1:39 PM

Spent the past hour mulling over these images and im still none the wiser.

Has the Lyon (st) clue been followed up?

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posted by Lank on May 22nd, 2008 7:39 PM

I'm not sure what's at 1337 Lyon St., but whatever it is isn't relevant to this mystery.

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posted by Møuse on May 21st, 2008 5:43 PM

For lords sake, what of the oranges! what of the oranges!
A mouse has to know.

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posted by Rubin Starset on May 27th, 2008 12:37 PM

rubin-flash54364.jpg

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posted by Rubin Starset on May 29th, 2008 4:28 PM

Posted.

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posted by Apostrophe on May 27th, 2008 5:18 PM

What a bunch of pathetic idiots

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posted by Lank on May 27th, 2008 8:03 PM

Aw, somebody's grumpy!

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posted by Lank on June 7th, 2008 8:24 PM

Final updates!