INSTRUCTIONS: Create a story with pictures, no words are necessary. Not to be confused with Photographic Sentence.
Use thisfor inspiration.
Wow. Could we get some sort of hint?
*There used to be a link here, but the praxi was removed*
I have a feeling Loki will figure it out. Or Burn Unit. Or Bex, or any number of you very clever people.
Yeah, I know, I'm kind of slow. You'd think that I'd be able to figure out symbolism in images and visual art, but then again, a writer only needs to look at the words she's typing; the symbolism is in her head.
Right, I know what you mean. I see it right away, but it's only because I thought of it. It would be really tough for me to figure it out on my own. Although I figured out Mink's transformation really quick. Which is a fluke for me.
Another hint it that there is nothing original in this praxi other than my composition. The pictures aren't mine, and neither is the text. Well, that one picture is mine, but from another praxi.
Yeah, I recognize most of the pictures from other profiles/task completions. That's what makes it even harder, since the images all had meanings prior to your usage of them.
I'm not even going to attempt to guess what that picture of me with the handcuffs is supposed to represent, haha.
If it helps, you with handcuffs is simply the word "bonds".
i think it might be a trajedy. or thriller? or some combination of the two?
It's a story of sorts. A story you know very well.
Yikes. This is a doozie.
I think I've got a few sentence fragments, but it certainly hasn't coalesced into a story Lincoln could assume we all know well.
My first clue is very helpful in discerning the type of story this is. It's not really a story in the classic sense.
Up hills run men, running blind, over love under love. Drawing heat from heated words. Listening to angels forming pacts with the devil, sleeping in the grave and leaving in flight. Painted words map broken bonds, tied to bind, but discarded.
Christ's betrayal written grate hands departure lounge.
It tails off at the end there.
While yours isn't what I intended, it's pretty awesome and perhaps better. I love it.
Perhaps if enough of us have a go, we'll be able to assemble something convincing from the more compelling bits of each.
The first man climbed down from the hills and into the valley. He was naked and afraid. He ran far, searched low and high, until he found a mate. They explored, made love, and made art. They discovered fire, and learned to control it. They invented writing, and later high technology. The angels conferred with the daemons. While men slept, they ascended to heaven (and departed. | . There arrived) a hero, borne on the wind, with the blood of man, to guide mankind and break the bonds which tie us to our animal selves and condemn us to suffering and death. (He failed. | His deeds were recorded.) We stand, uncertain, in anticipation, awaiting his return.
but I'll give my cleverest spin anyway. in order. captions forming up, one-sentence-like, in a tumble:
behind our masks
watched it die
wrote it off
gothed it up
laughed at the devil
climbed it again
hit the gate
flew--like heroes, yes!
east and west
and bound (smoldering)
and thrown away
made the grade
hit the bricks
A timeline of sorts. It's Glasnost, babies, glasnost glasnost glasnost, always and forever
Man, I really love what you guys are coming up with. I'm afraid now, that when I reveal what it actually is, everybody will be disappointed.
I also notice that my first clue is no longer viable as the praxi I was pointing at has been deleted.
So another hint... Every player here has heard this "story" in exactly the same way by the exact same person many times in their life.
The same person? Curiouser and curiouser.
I was headed in the archetypal myth direction. . . but now I'm confused. A famous speech, or perhaps a song?
If we can take him literally and we've *heard* the *same* person say it, then it's gotta be widely publicized and dated within the last 120 years or so. (Unless "same person" refers to a category - like your mother or your school teacher.)
Some form of of "broken bonds" seems pretty certain. Time to start going through every text you'd expect a contemporary English speaker to know looking for a match.
A perpetual message from God? How do you control for different languages spoken, or do you just figure that we all speak english? What about Zhe Cheff?
Well the fact that we've heard it the "exact same way" many times, that the text of this "story" is not Lincoln's, and that we know it very well leads me to believe it must be a song or poem we've memorized from a young age.
Something to do with climbing a mountain, or climbing high, then we run and hide. We climb and love, then fly and love, then paint fire and burn a letter and call on angels. I don't know...I'm pretty lost.
But it definitely seems like a song or poem because of the repeated elements. Climbing is shown twice, running (and perhaps hiding) is shown twice, expressions of love are shown twice, fire twice, the angel, the devil, bonds (on the hands and feet maybe?) are shown at least twice.
if you too just keep looking. you know I believe it.
I think Mr. Unit might know it...
San franciscans could figure it out, with an 8 hour drive to the south west.
**edit: as pointed out below, I meant south east from SF
Mr. Unit has given me the lead clue I think I needed.
Hmmm. Each new clue makes it more obvious that I haven't one.
An 8 hour drive to the southwest?
If he meant east, that puts us at the border with Mexico, or in Las Vegas, or in some lovely desert.
If he meant west. . . then we're out in the middle of the pacific somewhere. Unless he meant flight instead of drive, then we're still out in the middle of the pacific, but we've got a shot at reaching land. Kiribati? I sure as heck don't know any childhood rhymes about Kiribati.
Burn Unit meant South East. And somewhere around 507 mi – about 7 hours 52 mins. according to Google maps.
If we can get there at an average of 65 miles an hour, it can't be too far off major highways.
Several spots in the San Diego suburbs work. Off toward Joshua Tree works if we tack on a few miles of very slow country road at the end. Likewise for spots in Death Valley or the Mojave preserve. But, I can't think of any stories (poems, songs, etc) about any of those places that are related to the images, or similar in tone to the "two boys got into a fight" piece, or fits any other clues.
Still lost, but continuing to think on it.
(And yes, I recognize that Burn Unit's strange "You too" phrasing is probably a clue. . . but that's all I recognize about it.)
i think burn left a magic word, and i think you accidentally said one as well loki (?). I am still looking for more clues in the pictures. but I still havn't quite found em yet...
What's funniest to me (not making fun mind you) Loki is that you actually solved it for me when you used bonds instead of bound. That unlocked the whole phrase!
Wooh. Got it.
From the hidden tip from Mr. Unit
The funny thing is I didn't get the location clue until later. Like 45 seconds later.
The Tree did it for me!
This story is nuts. Like it's a story from negativland.
Like it's a story from negativland.
No, definitely negativland.
Lank: Helter Stupid is awesome!!
Still lost. Still looking.
But at least I've found some fellow negativland fans, which is some consolation. Damn it, is Lank offering a clue, or just an observation? I'm so confused.
So, Loki, you still haven't found what you're looking for? Go back and read some of the clues, others have figured it out, it'll come to you too.
And yes, Lank is offering a clue (of sorts).
This comment has been changed to avoid giving out too big of a clue. (Even though when I originally posted it, I still hadn't figured it out.)
Wow. Nicely done. Finally got it.
Will explain the path that lead me to enlightenment in a couple days - can't figure out how to do so without giving too much away to those still searching.
Burn Unit's hint did it for me.
Excellent riddle, Lincoln. This was creative, and a lot of fun.
i like those trees. so do the mormons, unfortunately.
it's a good thing i never read sf0 in firefox, i only read source code directly. that makes it easier to read cgi translated scripts.
it also makes me guess at what the images are before i look at them. i mean... come on lincoln. you can't make a riddle if the answer is hidden in plain view.
actually lincoln, now that i've reread the work that you based this on, and the interpretations of loki et al., it's kind of amazing how much their tones and even their.... desires. yes, desire.
Despite my national proximity and reading غ م صيب 's handy tip, I was thwarted by not knowing the words to this prose in the first place. It wasn't until I read Loki's geographical posting above that I got it (and still then I had to go check on youtube if I had it right) and if you followed that link - shame on you, you got what you deserved!!
Anyone still trying to figure out Lincoln's story should avoid reading the following text, which should appear white to those of you using Mosaic 2.0 or later.
First of all, I should say that I have a dozen Negativland albums on my shelf, but not a single U2 album. I hope I don't insult U2 fans, but the truth is I've never even paid enough attention to them to form an opinion of their work. I had no idea they produced anything named Joshua Tree, so the location clue was useless, although creative and very kind in intent. (I discover now that the album was produced by two of my favorite artists. Go figure. I may have to give it a listen.)
Lincoln is correct - I've certainly heard the critical song several times throughout my life - but I've never paid the slightest attention to it, and I doubt I've heard it the whole way through in one sitting. I've certainly never registered most of the lyrics.
Lank's weird insistence on Negativland and YellowBear's comment prompted me to put on the album Helter Stupid while looking over the pictures. No help there. Spent a little while jumping off on a murder tangent based on the first track. (Spahn Ranch is two hours to short a drive, and doesn't have anything to do with the pictures.) So, I tried listening to a few other more recent albums, and again found no help.
Then I saw Lincoln's comment. "You still haven't found what your looking for" is a striking line. I immediately heard the voice of The Weatherman rather than the U2 singer, but even that should have been enough. Still, I somehow missed the connection to the pictures. I'm familiar with the Negativland/U2 conflict, and so I posted some truly embarrassing comment mentioning that there just *had* to be a U2 reference in Lincoln's comment, but I had no idea what it could be.
So, I started googling for U2 and various sentence fragments picked out of Lincoln's images. Finally, I hit upon a lyrics page with the full text of the song, and everything fell into place.
Thanks, Lank. If it weren't for the Negativland clue, I doubt I ever would have gotten it.
And thanks, Lincoln, Burn Unit, and the rest. That was a lot of fun.
Oh yeah, and I now realize how freakin' obvious Burn Unit's other clue is. But, that realization didn't occur until about an hour after having hit upon the answer. There is a great difference between you too and the letter U and the numeral 2.
This was an excellent thread to read in retrospect!
Loki's adventure was riveting.
I'm glad I didn't bother to try to solve the riddle myself. I was so clueless when you first posted this, Lincoln. I never would have stood a chance.
And listening to the song, now, it's beautiful to go back and look at the pictures. Especially the images of Please Stand By For Love.