Navigating the Mania Map (

By:Stella Maris
Date: Saturday, January 05, 2008

My dear Herrings, it gives me great pleasure to report on the preliminary results of the Mania Experiment.
To our astonishment, despite the current prominence of the National Treasure II film in the collective Maniac consciousness, the kind commentary provided by our colleague HBB on the 20th December was completely disregarded. Consequently, the unique opportunity for the Maniacs to directly correspond with a Master of the Symbolic Temple was sadly squandered.
Unfortunately, we hadn't thought that it would be necessary to draw attention to the fact that the missing page 47 of Booth's diary, which featured prominently in the movie, was a subtle reference to 47th Problem of Euclid or that 47 is the number of degrees between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, on the very planet which we inhabit.
We also thought it would be self-evident that, according to Accepted Newton Protocol, these two latitudes correspond to the solstices which, in turn, symbolically correspond respectively to The Feast Day of Saint John the Baptist and The Feast Day of Saint John the Evangelist - the very same temporal coordinate of our Mania Experiment.
And, to a Herring, it would be immediately obvious that half of 47 degrees is 23.5 Degrees, the angle of the tilt of the Earth, which is why we have chosen this designation for our Mania coordinate.
Of course I could go on, but there's no need to belabor the point...
The bottom line is that, in my opinion, such a glorious demonstration of blissfully innocent oblivion indicates that we have finally found the Safe Haven that we have been searching for!
Joyfully, it appears that either the Maniacs have failed to acknowledge our very existence or, at best, simply regard us as fictional cartoon characters who have rudely invaded their rarified domain.
This leads me to sincerely believe that not only will we be able to use the Mania website as the cyber-equivalent of a "safe letter drop", as we had hoped, but that we will even be able to conduct transmissions of highly confidential material, which will only appear in books or films that won’t be available to Maniacs for months or even years from now, without drawing any undue attention to ourselves.
Furthermore, our patron at Mania who, according to Accepted Newton Protocol has adopted a code name based on the definition of the "unit that contains the complete logic and arithmetic of a computer", has assured us that we will be accommodated sufficient free Will in order to conduct our sensitive program of works without obstruction.
In other words, as the well-known Herring saying goes, there are No Penguins in Florence!
I therefore declare our initial Mania Experiment to be a resounding success, and highly recommend that full-scale operations commence on the Mania website as soon as practical arrangements can be put into place.
Sparkles from Stella,
on behalf of the Ordre de Hareng Rouge
Newton Coordinate:- the Feast Day of the Epiphany (of course!), January 6th, on the Greenwich Meridian.