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Navigating the Mania Map

By Stella Maris     January 05, 2008


Red Herring: The continuing quest for an elusive fish...
© N/A
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.

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experiMENTAL 1/5/2008 9:40:26 AM
This was pretty much lost on me. What in the world does this have to do with anything at all?!
galaga51 1/5/2008 9:52:52 AM
Do what?! I feel like Col. Mustard in Clue... without one. But then you know what they say about communism.
DaForce1 1/5/2008 12:09:22 PM
I'd like to buy a coherent sentence, Pat. If this is supposed to be like the current viral marketing trend of making your viewers work for a crappy photo or another stupid clue, then I can tell you it's not going to work here. But hey, feel free to keep posting inane commentary without a frame of reference.
mckracken 1/5/2008 1:48:25 PM
huh? is this another subtle advertisment for Cloverfield? What? also what happened to the Dragon Ball movie article and comments? it seems to have vanished without a trace.
michaelxaviermaelstrom 1/5/2008 3:19:15 PM
STELLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Please don't reference National Treasure 2 again wench, because if I have to pay to see any movie to figure this out, I'm going to take a vicegrip to someone's ballsack or clitorus. Otherwise I've got some time to kill before my next heist, so my purple ass is in. Titular Reference: "23.5 degrees" The Earth's angular Tilt, which results in the seasons. Mania Writer Nomenclature: "Stella Maris" 1. Mary Pickford Role in movie of same name. Amazon.com overview: http://www.amazon.com/Stella-Maris-Mary-Pickford/dp/B00004S89T quote "Mary Pickford plays two roles in this film; it is a testament to her phenomenal acting talent that we really see her as two completely different characters. In the title role of Stella Maris, Pickford portrays a lovely young woman, paralyzed from childhood, whose wealthy, aristocratic parents have kept her utterly sheltered from the ugly realities of the outside world. As poor little orphan girl Unity Blake, Pickford is literally unrecognizable" Preliminary Conclusion: Possible Reference to Duality. 2. Catholic Schools and/or reference to religious organizations. 3. Gregorian Chant album (titled Stella Maris) by Trio Mediaeval --- Possible Leading-Lines from Stella Maris Text on Mania. re: Stella Maris' Mania Article Dec 29 titled: Prelude: Geburah is a Bitch subtitle: A file recovered from Stella's defunct Newton. http://www.mania.com/57013.html quote: "What was the point (in italics) of bloody hamster harmonies screaming in parallel fifths?" Google Search: 5th Parallel: Result: http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/52514.html Quote: "One of the most fascinating aspects of mathematics is that there exist statements that are both true and false. Perhaps the most famous of these is Euclid's controversial fifth postulate." wiki result: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_postulate not sure that helps wench, also not entirely sure it was meant to be self-referential, so much as point to the parallel uh points, at the end of the text. but in any case, that's the second possible reference to duality. next (current) article titled: 23.5 Degrees - Navigating The Mania Map. ** Of note: Now shows up under "Books" section at Mania. re: "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." I take that to mean "Chip" is onboard with this. Well, he would be. He's insane. (And that's a good thing? - Ed) *WHAM* Yes. My Firefox addons blew up when I upgraded, so my 200% image explosion software is unavailable to me at the moment, and the brooding-git isn't taking visitors at brooding-gitCave at this time, otherwise I'd see if the top most scales in the "red herring" contain mini photos of a clown-face. But there's a problem with that. 1. Even if they are clown-faces, it's a "red herring". 2. You understand I see clown-faces everywhere anyway, so without that software I'm going to assume it's my own insanity. (at least until later today when he capitulates and re-downloads the FF add-on -Ed) Otherwise I'm not entirely convinced this is intended entirely as an "42 Entertainment"'esque (The Dark Knight, Trent Reznor/Nine Inch Nails) viral campaign. There do seem to be clues, but do they lead anywhere outside of the actual narrative? for example to web locations with further clues/pieces from this work? At this point, it may simply be that the writing is intended to be self-referential perhaps as foreshadowing. id est. you can figure out what the clues mean, but they're generally leading to the revelation of where this story is going and what this work is. Possibly an upcoming novel? In any case, taken strictly on the level of its own narrative, I'm enjoying the story for itself so far. We have a Screaming-Hamster pop music composing protagonist that someone apparently attempted to scare off by fragging with their brakes. THEORY: Perhaps the "hit" was put out by their arch musical-rivals: The Screaming Richard Gere Gerbils. AAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Go on wench. I'm interested. Michael X. Maelstrom
DaForce1 1/5/2008 5:30:06 PM
^^And this is what happens when you go off your meds, kids.
gimpythewonder 1/5/2008 5:55:09 PM
i read 2 paragraphs and gave up on whatever this is supposed to be. does that make me a bad person? oh and #5 sounded like a plant, i read about the same amount of his post
madmanic999 1/6/2008 8:33:25 AM
I agree with Merin in this case, but I can desern one thing, If anyone under the alias AUL or HBB posts on the site we should pay attention, basically i guess something interesting was overlooked on the 20th and due to that they feel they can continue to communicate sensative info to each other while we go on about our oblivious business.
galaga51 1/6/2008 4:13:28 PM
I agree w/ my man mxm - I hadn't seen you post in a while until recently, how the hell are ya? - if this relates to National Treasure? I'm not really interested, but I like I like mysteryish stuff and I do like pickled herring, so I'll bite. 47... why do you mention that you didn't think it would be necessary to draw attention to something when we didn't even know it was mentioned in the first place? Of course you would need to point it out since we haven't even been talking about the number 47. 47th Postulate of Euclid deals w/ the squares of the sides of the triangle adding together... you geeks have heard of the Pythagorean Theorm, right? And yes 23.5 x2 = 47. And isn't 47 just 42 adjusted for inflation? Ok, maybe not. Parallel 5ths are a popular musical interval in Gregorian Chants, which as you pointed out earlier, there is one such titled Stella Maris. However, parallel 5ths are otherwise highly discouraged throughout most other music, which is why she may find them to be annoying in the first place. I couldn't find any mania news articles on the 20th, or why anyone should have paid attention on the 20th to begin with. Maybe nothing actually happened and she's pretending there did. But there is an article on the 29th as mxm linked above, dated as if written on the 27th. Now, letters dated the 27th of December with the Feast of John the Evangelist - if i remember correctly - also harkens to the Priory of Sion and/or the Masons, which gets into a load of stuff I'm not prepared to deal with at this time. More stuff, I looked on the menu and Les Deus Magots does indeed have Pimm's no.1 au Champagne (i.e., a Pimm's Royale) available for 12.00 Euros. Someone has an eye for detail. Stella Maris is Latin for Star of the Sea which is a title for the Virgin Mary. Likewise, Stella Maris is also the name for the Apostleship of the Sea, a charity for seafarers on behalf of the Catholic Church. A catholic seafarer would look to both the stars of the sea and the Virgin Mary for guidance. http://www.stellamaris.net/ourlady.php?s=1 Hildegard is her BMW. There are a couple notable Hildegards, but being that it is spelled without an E at the end, it is likely to be Hildegard of Bingen, a German abbess who was very talented in many aspects of the mind, much like Da Vinci. I'm getting the feeling that this is related to National Treasure, or a new book (film, etc.) in the vein of The DaVinci Code... off which, again, National Treasure seemed to take.
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