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Clue #23 - We Think Persephone = Rachel

From Andy on 5/6:

"I've reverse engineered all of the shockwave files and extracted code from them...and...

There is one thing I have learned that seems important: in the source for the letters section, they reference the red text that is printed "The Hanso Foundation, setting world speed records for subverting authority." with the name "RACHEL." This could mean that we will see the name Rachel pop up sometime in the future, either as Persephone's real name or another hacker of the site. I encourage everyone therefore to keep an eye out for the name Rachel on Lost."

EDIT:
5/8 email from Andy:

"So, while I was waiting for the major May 8th update and obsessively checking the last-modified dates of each of the swf files, I noticed that Joop_2.swf was modified this morning (the file that deals with the letters and whatnot). I took a look at the file and noticed nothing
different, so I downloaded it and looked through the code.

It turns out that the ABC people must have seen your post regarding my info on Rachel, because they've renamed the function in the script so the word Rachel isn't there anymore. Apparently, they didn't want us to know the name yet, and it was important enough to conceal that upon finding that they'd left the name in there and I'd found it/you posted it, they promptly stripped it out.

So, it's not much, but it's an update - and it shows that ABC is watching you."

Everyone needs to give due KUDO'S to my man Andy! It looks like he may have given us a cool sneak peak at what is to come...

70 Comments:

Blogger Joosh said...

Based on the phone messages with Persephone's voice and the voice that reads the red text on the letter, they sound the same. Is there any way to test them, see if they match up?

(Hehe, I know they do that stuff on tv all the time)

5/06/2006 04:08:00 PM  
Blogger J said...

So... Why is the Valenzetti Foundation website a hoax?

There's a high level of detail put into it. There seem to be logos hidden in some of the pictures on the site. The logos look like they might be the Hanso Foundation logo or the Valenzetti logo itself. (Oh, and one of the diagrams has alchemical/Rambaldi symbols in it.)

Also, this site leads to a site by a supposed comic book letterer. If you check out the samples of comic books he has, they share several themes with Lost. Also, in one of them, a high school student is wearing a hat that says "Nave India" on it. This of course, seems to be linked to S.K. Nave, who is also connected to the site.

In fact, Nave's site is run by her granddaughter, Rachel Nave. With the recent interest in the name "Rachel", I think this might be important.

5/06/2006 04:14:00 PM  
Blogger AlohaPrincess said...

Ok where does it say Rachel on the Hanso site? I went back to the letters where "subverting authority" was written but I didn't see the name Rachel anywhere.

5/06/2006 04:20:00 PM  
Blogger Neil Frogurt said...

Good calls j.

I played the A.I. game back in 2001 and one of the biggest complaints players had was how simple it was to figure out if a site was part of the game or not. You could trace all participating sites back to Dreamworks the same way you can trace the Hanso site and The Widmore site back to ABC. Maybe the folks behind the Lost experience are clever enough not to make everything out there so easily traceable. Until something is flat out confirmmed as a fan site I don't think we should dismiss it as such.

Now heres my question... where does the first mentrion of the Valenzetti Foundation occurr? To my knowledge it doesn't come up in the show.

5/06/2006 04:29:00 PM  
Blogger Gishtler said...

i agree. i've never heard it mentioned in the show.

5/06/2006 04:32:00 PM  
Blogger Joe D said...

I think it will pop up. Here's why I think the site is fake though: Watch the Gary Troup interview (clip 3) on the topic further down on the page. They mention a Valenzetti Equation based off the work of a famous mathematician. This makes me think someone saw the name on the map, and decided to make a site without really knowing the whole story. Is it possible that there is a Valenzetti Foundation? Yes. But, due to the evidence, I would have to say someone jumped the gun to try and trick all of us.

5/06/2006 04:35:00 PM  
Blogger AlohaPrincess said...

anyone... Rachel??

5/06/2006 04:40:00 PM  
Blogger davidm said...

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5/06/2006 04:45:00 PM  
Blogger davidm said...

Neil -- Valenzetti shows up on the blast door map, bottom-left ("Valenzetti-related research activity"). I don't recall it being used anywhere else so far.

Aloha -- Based on Andy's comments, "Rachel" likely shows up in the code that presents the red lettering, not visible to the casual observer though. For example, maybe the code refers to the "subverting authority" message as RACHEL_MSG1.

5/06/2006 04:47:00 PM  
Blogger AlohaPrincess said...

Thanks! Has anyone seen 'Rachel' written, through the use of some smart decoding or something?

5/06/2006 04:49:00 PM  
Blogger davidm said...

Heh, probably a long shot, but Rachel is the name of Claire's friend who went to the psychic with her.

5/06/2006 04:53:00 PM  
Blogger phnord said...

I am the Andy that submitted this clue.

Regarding the rachel information, it shows up upon decompiling the shockwave aplication http://www.thehansofoundation.org/swf/extra/Joop_2.swf , which contains all of the data regarding the letter.

Here are the lines of code:
txt = 'The Hanso Foundation, setting world speed records for subverting authority.';
writetoField(rachel, txt, 35, afterrachel);

As you can seee, they refer to the field in which the text is written as "Rachel." It's not something we're meant to see; however I have found it for us.

5/06/2006 05:04:00 PM  
Blogger davidm said...

Good work, phnord.

5/06/2006 05:09:00 PM  
Blogger k.barrick said...

Anyone checked out the changes in http://oceanicairlines.com???
So far, it's the only thing that's been changing in a timely manner.

White squares to red.
Red squares to "Time is UP"
Words scrawl across screen (some are "attack" "compound" and maybe "deception")
Question mark.
Red Reset blinks.
8:15 blinks on the screen.

If this is a "clue" that should be e-mailed...oops. I can't be bothered right now to e-mail.

5/06/2006 05:31:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

Oh man!

If you check the source, there's a message saying "When it's time"

Guess we should check back later!

5/06/2006 05:46:00 PM  
Blogger phnord said...

Here's a full list of the words in the image. Note that hidden in the source is the message "when it's time":

Time is up

attack
fate
survival
deception
compound
death
connection
order
struggle
sickness
grief
escape
contact
truth

?

RESET

8:15


I believe at 8:15 tonight we might see something...the question remains, however, what time zone?

5/06/2006 05:47:00 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I don't think oceanicairlines.com is part of the game. It is not an ABC site. oceanic-air.com is and has the standard abc privacy information. I think someone is just being very clever.

5/06/2006 05:55:00 PM  
Blogger AlohaPrincess said...

But it's so... mysterious! Anyway in my time zone it's 7:57... I'll stay online to see if anything happens. Maybe it goes to the internal clock? Plus we don't know if it's AM or PM.

5/06/2006 06:01:00 PM  
Blogger phnord said...

I just found something REALLY interesting.

Accoording to the Last-Modified HTTP header sent back upon loading http://www.oceanicairlines.com, it was updated at EXACTLY GMT 22:15 - 10:15 PM GMT...

This means that in a GMT - 2 timezone, it was posted at 8:15 PM, and in a GMT + 10 timezone, it is 8:15 AM tommorow (May 7th).


So, what are in these timezones? Well, GMT+10 is Sydney, Australia! And GMT-2 falls mysteriously in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, with a few islands being it's only occurances.

5/06/2006 06:05:00 PM  
Blogger AlohaPrincess said...

So that means for eastern Canada and the US the 'time' wouldn't be til sometime on Monday?

5/06/2006 06:08:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

Yeah, but are we sure this website is part of the game?

5/06/2006 06:12:00 PM  
Blogger AlohaPrincess said...

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5/06/2006 06:14:00 PM  
Blogger AlohaPrincess said...

According to this site http://www.worldtimeserver.com/current_time_in_AU-ACT.aspx
it's past 9 AM Sunday May 7 in the Capital Territory.

5/06/2006 06:15:00 PM  
Blogger phnord said...

alohaprincess:

Perhaps I should clarify a bit...

What I meant is that when the site was updated to show what we see there now - the .gif with the words and the time "8:15" in it - it was exactly 8:15 AM in Sydney.

Simmilarly, it was exactly 8:15 PM in a couple of islands in the middle of The Atlantic Ocean.

5/06/2006 06:31:00 PM  
Blogger meskilla said...

Look at the oceanic airlines source code you will find this

If anyone should find this message, please get word I'm alive and stranded on an island somewhere in the South Pacific. Please send help soon. Things are bad. And they're getting worse...
I survived a horrific plane crash and am stranded on an island somewhere Northeast of Australia and Southwest of Hawaii. In the event that I am never found, please forward word of my fate to my parents.

and look at this aswell

I n the Flight codes You can spell out THE BOY instaed

5/06/2006 06:41:00 PM  
Blogger AlohaPrincess said...

Ooh! Hmmm, that's interesting! Either it means something or someone's playing headgames.

5/06/2006 06:41:00 PM  
Blogger meskilla said...

Now I looked in the code again and this message apears to be from sally

I also found the name Robert aswell

5/06/2006 06:47:00 PM  
Blogger phnord said...

meksilla: not to nitpick or anything, but that's the oceanic-air site, NOT the oceanicairlines. They're two different sites, and that one hasn't been updated since last September - Friday, September 9th 2005 at 16:40 GMT to be percise, so I doubt it will be apart of the game...

5/06/2006 06:47:00 PM  
Blogger Joe D said...

Yeah i see the oceanicairlines site as being someone home-brew type site. The other oceanic-airline site was a neat thing during 1st season, but it's been torn to pieces. Therefore, I would ask that we not continually bring up anything from that site (unless it changes) because as of right now I don't see it being part of the game.

5/06/2006 06:57:00 PM  
Blogger Jrod1978 said...

The oceanicairlines.com site has changed. The red squares now turn into "Time is up", followed by fast scrolling blurred words (grief was the only one I could make out), a question mark, the word reset and the time 8:15. Legit?

5/06/2006 07:06:00 PM  
Blogger icallwindow said...

oceanairlines.com is now blank, with only the message "8:15" in the source code.

5/06/2006 07:25:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

I bet it's fake, they wouldn't change it so quickly since everyone needs to see it, and we still haven't heard if it's even registered to ABC or not.

Personally, it seems like we've solved all we can for now, and we just have to wait for the next part to be given to us.

5/06/2006 07:29:00 PM  
Blogger phnord said...

At 8:15 PM EST (my timezone), the previously mentioned update occured, where the gif was taken down and now it just sayd 8:15

5/06/2006 07:32:00 PM  
Blogger Arthur said...

What about the word possibility on my browser's tab (safari) at the www.oceanicairlines.com site?

5/06/2006 07:34:00 PM  
Blogger mykull said...

if you visit www.thedharmainitiative.org and click on the icon, you get to watch the film reel clip shown in the bunker. (not sure if this was previously mentioned or not. still can't log in to the site.)

5/06/2006 07:38:00 PM  
Blogger k.barrick said...

If it's not part of the game... I wish the people in charge would hand the experience over to whoever's running "oceanicairlines.com." Again, it's the only site that's been progressing at a decent pace.

It shouldn't be neccessary for EVERYONE to view a site or some info. Hence the reaching out to different fan groups, etc. With the waiting a month for new episodes, I wish they'd learn a lesson and RAMP UP THE EXPERIENCE!

5/06/2006 07:42:00 PM  
Blogger Jrod1978 said...

I hoping that all of this is just a small taste of what we can expect over the summer when the season ends. I'd have to imagine that we wont see too much more from the confirmed sites until after the season finale. With all the time and effort put into this, it would be silly of them to go all out now. They should have started this when we were stuck watching repeats for a month.

5/06/2006 07:54:00 PM  
Blogger Marybeth said...

you can type in to send joop the message "hi joop" then the screen changes if you connect the circles by clicking on them a letter comes up about a new strain of disease.

5/06/2006 08:04:00 PM  
Blogger icallwindow said...

So here's something interesting. Check this out:

http://webmail.thehansofoundation.org

Sends you to a log in screen. What do you think?

5/06/2006 08:09:00 PM  
Blogger icallwindow said...

Something in the source code of above site:

!-- This file contains any "Message Of The Day" Type information --
!-- It will be included below the log-in form on the login page. --



Looks like it's not quite developed yet...

5/06/2006 08:13:00 PM  
Blogger AlohaPrincess said...

That's weird... what's Horde?

5/06/2006 08:17:00 PM  
Blogger icallwindow said...

Horde just appears to be a legit webmail program... I don't think it's really important.

5/06/2006 08:21:00 PM  
Blogger phnord said...

I don't think this is intentionally available for us - sort of the same way that the https site wasn't, and it was taken down shortly afterwards. It's probably an automatically configured webmail system.

However, I could always be wrong...

5/06/2006 08:23:00 PM  
Blogger FeaR-ME said...

Did anybody see this? http://www.dharmaindustries.com/

5/06/2006 09:14:00 PM  
Blogger necropigeon said...

$30 to join Dharma you say? :/

5/06/2006 09:17:00 PM  
Blogger FeaR-ME said...

hehe i didn't scroll down the page... so any news?

5/06/2006 09:19:00 PM  
Blogger jcarubia said...

Has anyone tried decoding the acronyms of all of the Hanso foundation's active projects? Check them all out in order on the mission statement page.

5/06/2006 09:19:00 PM  
Blogger AlohaPrincess said...

http://www.dharmaindustries.com definitely isn't real!

5/06/2006 09:23:00 PM  
Blogger AlohaPrincess said...

For the acronyms, what do you mean by decoding? The site tells what they stand for. Are you talking about all the acronyms put together or something?

5/06/2006 09:26:00 PM  
Blogger jcarubia said...

Yes, and decode them using decimal ascii.

5/06/2006 09:28:00 PM  
Blogger jcarubia said...

I guess we used ROT13...

5/06/2006 09:30:00 PM  
Blogger Narrim said...

I bet it's fake, they wouldn't change it so quickly since everyone needs to see it, and we still haven't heard if it's even registered to ABC or not.

Bigspaceship changed so very frequently it was crazy. This could be more of the same.

Though now it's still in 'time god' mode... I hope it isn't dead.

5/06/2006 10:35:00 PM  
Blogger foamybrad said...

maybe the 8:15 isnt a time but a reference to the second and third numbers out of the "numbers"

5/07/2006 12:28:00 AM  
Blogger Neil Frogurt said...

A freind of mine told me that a while back he checked the source code on the Geronimo Jackson web site and it included the phrase "Magna Carta". Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but to my knowledge the first official link between Geronimo Jackson and the album title Magna Carta came from the phone line, but that source code is a couple months older than than the phone line. Wouldn't that seem to imply that whoever made the Geronimo Jackson web-site would know something about the game? Taht maybe that site is part of the game.

5/07/2006 12:39:00 AM  
Blogger phnord said...

neil: maybe it showed the album name on the cover of the album found on the show in the hatch? I'm not sure.

8:15 IS a time - the first update was posted at 8:15 in Australia, and the second one 8:15 EST. The times were exact; the chances of that being coincidental are practically none.

However, obviously 8:15 also references the subset of the numbers (4,8,15,16,23,42), as well as Oceanic Flight 815 - the plane's flight number.

Another thing to note is that 8 and 15 are the 2nd and 3rd numbers in the set, which implies another number in the set: 23.

5/07/2006 02:13:00 AM  
Blogger Steeeb said...

http://experience-lost.blogspot.com/ how to properly solve the puzzle, also NEW NUMBERS!

5/07/2006 07:28:00 AM  
Blogger AlohaPrincess said...

So the 8 is the number we want, not 6 or 1!!

5/07/2006 10:37:00 AM  
Blogger AlohaPrincess said...

Apparantly this is the complete translation:

LOGIN HUNCH WAS INEPT SIR. 8, not 1 and 6.

5/07/2006 03:01:00 PM  
Blogger davidm said...

or

LOGIN HUNCH WAS PRISTINE. 8, not 1 and 6.

Either way, it looks like the site will update tomorrow.

5/07/2006 03:31:00 PM  
Blogger Neil Frogurt said...

Hey, anyone else notice who showed up in The Thank Yous in the Mission Impossible 3 credits? Probably not a clue but nice to know The Hanso Foundation is getting into the movie business.

5/07/2006 03:32:00 PM  
Blogger Neil Frogurt said...

Hey, anyone else notice who showed up in The Thank Yous in the Mission Impossible 3 credits? Probably not a clue but nice to know The Hanso Foundation is getting into the movie business.

5/07/2006 03:32:00 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

wasnt the http://oceanicairlines.com site for another lost game for season 1?

5/07/2006 03:39:00 PM  
Blogger Destoo said...

http://www.valenzettifoundation.org/inspection.gif

On the Valenzetti Foundation website.
This page pops up when you get a 404, along with the text:
INSPECTION PRE-INDEXING blinkDO NOT INDEX!/blink
and page title:
ERROR IMMEDIATE REDIRECT ADDRESS LOGGED FOR POSSIBLE SURVEILLANCE


And besides, this picture is too scary to be true. Or Fake.. Your call.
http://www.valenzettifoundation.org/images/experiment3.jpg

5/07/2006 10:27:00 PM  
Blogger lostgrrl said...

Regarding the rachel information, it shows up upon decompiling the shockwave aplication http://www.thehansofoundation.org/swf/extra/Joop_2.swf , which contains all of the data regarding the letter.

Here are the lines of code:
txt = 'The Hanso Foundation, setting world speed records for subverting authority.';
writetoField(rachel, txt, 35, afterrachel);



Hi phnord, I know just enough about Flash to make me dangerous...am I interpreting your post here to mean that you somehow converted the .swf file back to flash and found Rachel in the action scripting? If so, how did you convert it back to Flash? What an incredible sleuth job! ;)

5/08/2006 01:22:00 PM  
Blogger phnord said...

There are many decompilers of Flash you can find on the web; I have a Mac, and so I used one called Flare that just extracts the Action Scripts. There are others that allow you to view graphics and more (however, Flare was simple and free, which is why I use it).


And thank you ;)

5/08/2006 03:51:00 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

First time poster...and I don't know where to put all this! I also apologize if this is old news/debunked etc...I just don't have time to keep up with everything. And someone please tell me if I'm wasting my time!

So, has anyone acknowledged the fact that the "Rachel" in the code could refer to Rachel Nave, granddaughter of S.K. Nave? There's some stuff I read above about M. Sontag @ GPC listing Nave as one of his favorite authors, and some other stuff (in-game or not?) about suspicious circumstances around S.K. Nave's death. I just don't have the brainpower to put it all together...except for this: a knave is another word for a jack. Not very subtle, but interesting.

Something else that I don't know what to do with. In Rachel Nave's amazon list(http://www.amazon.com/gp/richpub/listmania/fullview/1TDA72A9PXIMY/ref=cm_lm_pdp_title_full/104-6985386-8733503), she mentions a tesseract: Four-dimensional hypercube; its vertices are (+/-1, +/-1, +/-1, +/-1). It is a polychoron formed from eight equal cube cells that are perpendicular to each other at their faces. It is the tetraspace analog to the square in planespace and the cube in realmspace. In some literature, the term tesseract refers to the inner projection of a tetracube into realmspace, which looks like a cube within a cube.

Phew.

Anyway, just wanted to get that all down before I forgot.

Could the pic of Alvar, theorized in some places to possibly be a woman, be S.K. Nave? Related to Jack?

5/09/2006 12:07:00 PM  
Blogger Kiefer said...

um, Ken... that was really insightful, however, you had to have some thought as to how that could be relevant somehow... i appreciate the math lesson, but how are your thoughts tieing it to LOST? obviously, I am even slower than you! thanks for the info...

5/11/2006 08:04:00 AM  
Blogger mycroftbyers said...

Locke draws his map on a page from a book by Alfred de Musset. The page reads, "SUR LES DEBUTS DE MESDEMOISELLES RACHEL ET PAULINE GARCIA" or in English, "On the debuts of Misses Rachel and Pauline Garcia" Anyone have any info? Is this the Rachel, or just a tease?

5/12/2006 05:57:00 PM  
Blogger mycroftbyers said...

What I failed to mention in last post, Lost has a habit of reusing names (or maybe those who share names are a clue of sorts) so the book page may mean nothing, or everything ;)

5/12/2006 06:02:00 PM  
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