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Lamneth

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  1. Venona's activities have been completed. Detailed report reproduced below:
  2. Great job guys! We're on the verge of rescuing the FTF! Bug from the grubby clutches of Venona. I'm not submitting an Event Cache listing. This gathering doesn't fall within the guidelines for an Event (and it's a clandestine operation anyway ). But don't worry; this Topic will remain open, so anyone who doesn't make it to the rendezvous will be filled in with all the details (eventually... and with lots of blacked-out text). Thanks to everyone who contributed to this forum.
  3. Meeting Date: 60th anniversary of message listing atomic scientists + 1 day.
  4. This one's clearer and doesn't have "top of the monument" blanked out.
  5. I can read this much: Sir, We are making a small metal pyra mid for the [to use] as the terminus of the lightning rod. It is about 9" in height and 5 inches square at the base. The lightning rod of Copper [] inches in diameter passes through the top stone and screws into the bottom of this little pyramid. I wish to have this pyramid plated with Platinum. [] []? And at what cost? And what would be the best metal to cast this pyramid of -- Copper, or bronze or brass? [] [] [] plating with platinum. Very respectfully Your [] []
  6. The 60 year anniversary of the message is 12/4/04
  7. Looks like we need to complete all activities by December 20th From the Chronology: http://www.cia.gov/csi/books/venona/chron.htm 1946 20 December ASA's Meredith Gardner translates part of a KGB message containing a list of atomic scientists. From the preface: http://www.cia.gov/csi/books/venona/preface.htm Late in 1946, Gardner broke the codebook's "spell table" for encoding English letters. With the solution of this spell table, ASA could read significant portions of messages that included English names and phrases. Gardner soon found himself reading a 1944 message listing prominent atomic scientists, including several with the Manhattan Project. The list: http://www.cia.gov/csi/books/venona/b74.gif OK, the message is dated December 2... two weeks from this coming Thursday. It's hard to read, so here's a transcript: From: New York To: Moscow No: 1699 2 Dec 1944 Conclusion of telegram no. 940 [sic][i]. Enumerates [the following][a] scientists who are working on the problem[ii] - Hans BETHE, Niels BOHR, Enrico FERMI, John NEWMAN, Bruno ROSSI, George KISTIAKOVSKI, Emilio SEGRE, G.I.TAYLOR, William PENNY, Arthur COMPTON, Ernest LAWRENCE, Harold UREY, Hans STANARM, Edward TELLER, Percy BRIDGEMAN, Werner EISENBERG, STRASSENMAN [7 groups unrecoverable] our country addressed himself to NAPOLI[iii] and the latter, not wanting to listen to him, sent him to BECK [BEK][iv] as military commentator of the paper. On attempting to visit HELMSMAN [RULEVOJ][v] he was not admitted to him by the latter's secretary. ANTON ----------------------------------------------------------------------- T.N.: [a] Inserted by the translator. Comments: [i] This internal serial number is used for the second of two messages transmitted under external serial number 1691 of 1 Dec 1944; it was signed by MAY, and dealt with an etirely different subject [see S/REF/T37, Item 2]. The message of which the present text gives the last part probably contains material derived from MLAD [Theodore Alvin HALL]. Erroneous re-use of an internal serial number is not without precedent on this lane. [ii] To judge by the names which follow, the problem of atomic energy. [iii] NAPOLI, Nichola, President and Manager of ARTKING, which produces and distributes Russian motion picture films in the Western Hemisphere. Collateral suggests that the "he" of this paragraph was STAR [Saville SAX]. [iv] BEK: Sergei KURNAKOV. [v] RULEVOJ: Earl BROWDER.
  8. It sounds like The Rat is on the right track. If somebody can figure out the arrangement of the 40 characters for the Vigenere table then we're done . Good luck... I won't be able to look at this again for several days.
  9. I already looked for "FTF" patterns because I assumed that would be in the plain text, as well as "IVI" & "ITI" (activity & activities), and possibly "ECE" (december). Here are the pattern matches: 2 A2A 2 ECE 2 FTF 2 NTN 2 OYO 1 _B_ 1 _C_ 1 _D_ 1 _E_ 1 _O_ 1 _V_ 1 _Y_ 1 0N0 1 1N1 1 2G2 1 5.5 1 5G5 1 7E7 1 7X7 1 818 1 8E8 1 ?V? 1 COC 1 E E 1 FPF 1 ONO 1 T4T 1 T5T 1 TNT 1 ZNZ The large number of matches suggests the clear text contains spaces. Common space patterns include "_I_", "S_S", "R_R", "T_T"
  10. Looks like we need to complete all activities by December 20th From the Chronology: http://www.cia.gov/csi/books/venona/chron.htm 1946 20 December ASA's Meredith Gardner translates part of a KGB message containing a list of atomic scientists. From the preface: http://www.cia.gov/csi/books/venona/preface.htm Late in 1946, Gardner broke the codebook's "spell table" for encoding English letters. With the solution of this spell table, ASA could read significant portions of messages that included English names and phrases. Gardner soon found himself reading a 1944 message listing prominent atomic scientists, including several with the Manhattan Project. The list: http://www.cia.gov/csi/books/venona/b74.gif
  11. Letter frequency seems to indicate that it's a simple substitution cipher that happens to include spaces, commas, periods, question marks, and all numerals 0-9 (in addition to all letters A-Z).
  12. I haven't read the forum for awhile and I see that I missed the resurgence of Venona. I'll participate of course... Since I'm the owner of the "FTF! Bug" I will take the initiative and contact Venona. I started a new thread for future Venona discussions. If you're interested please post to that forum... We'll need all the help we can get (and may God help us all).
  13. On November 23, 2002, a puppet account kidnapped a travel bug from a cache in Livermore California. What happened over the next several weeks has become local Geocaching legend: The Venona Story The Venona Story (as told by Lamneth) Once again it is time for seasoned sleuths and newbies alike to rise up and band together, for Venona has returned to inflict his evil whim apon us. We will need to work together to vanquish this scourge. This forum will serve as an exchange of information and ideas regarding Venona's "activities". All I know right now is that the FTF! Bug was taken from a cache in early August and somehow ended up in the hands of Venona (Marky may have been a witness to this ). On Halloween, Venona posted a message in the SF Bay Area geocachers forum: I'm sending a message to Venona right now: Bring it on... You've been holding that bug too long :-) P.S. Please direct all future correspondence to "The Return of Venona" Groundspeak Forum. Lamneth
  14. Rabbit Eye View (GC9C) is the oldest I've done. It's farther north in Bodega Bay but makes a great caching trip with Point Reyes along the way.
  15. Yep, 7.44 miles. Great tool boulter, thanks!
  16. You missed out on one of the greatest Geocaching stories... It involved Double Agent (GCA8B3), Double Trouble (GCBBA9) and Spy Special (GCBBD1). If Lamneth and FizzyMagic would be so kind... they have the story on their web sites but I lost the URL's. Newly restored and updated: The Venona Story (as told by Lamneth)
  17. Congratulations to kusanagi for hitting the 1K mark yesterday
  18. I already did that one, but I appreciate your giving people a chance to log it before it gets yanked. I hope this sets a precedent
  19. Lamneth

    Wap Re-enabled

    The ALT value of IMG tags should be displayed in place of the missing image.
  20. quote:Originally posted by Green Achers:Where's Fizzy? I upgraded my Mac OS and need to reload his pgx2html program. Unfortunately, the link is broken and I can't get Fizzy to respond. Does anyone have a copy of the program? I don't know what's going on with Fizzy, but the link is here: http://home.comcast.net/~fizzymagic/gpx2html.html
  21. If you go to the Seek a cache page and enter your name in the "Caches found by username" box (and click Find) then your total finds will display at the top of the cache list as "Total Records".
  22. quote:Originally posted by The Alethiometrists: quote:Originally posted by Lamneth:You can create a squared symbol with the 6 characters & s u p 2 ; (without the spaces) What six characters would those be? Can you show me the code? Thanks! Those are the 6 characters: & s u p 2 ; If you type them without the spaces you'll get this: ² ...as in X²
  23. quote:Originally posted by The Alethiometrists:Yow - I'm late coming to this. I just checked out my cache pages today and found them looking a bit screwy, compared to how they looked before. My most pressing concern is the loss of the superscript function. I have one cache that involves some math (ok, I have more than one cache that involves some math...), and I can't square anymore. Has anyone got a way around this problem? Alethiometrists, You can create a squared symbol with the 6 characters & s u p 2 ; (without the spaces) Note: These 6 characters will be replaced with the squared character in your source code as well as on the displayed page.
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