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    congrats, levi!

    totally deserved

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    How many people on ETS got flowers? At least three (two today!). That's not a bad showing

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    wots all this then?

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    I feel dumb now. Nicely done Leviathant.

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    well, this was an unexpected way to load test ETS.
    so friggin glad the fix for the DB freakouts actually worked
    "Most users ever online was 386, Today at 05:45 PM." HELL YEA!

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    Awesome stuff!

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    So I've been casually following #MOUTHTAPEDSHUT since it's inception. When the Philly flower came along, I was on the wrong side of town and couldn't possibly make it there in time. Still, it's been fun watching the puzzles come and go. The puzzles got more and more obscure as time passed, and I've been too busy to really follow allong. But for the first time in several months, I had some downtime at home - Melissa's in New York until 11, and this was the perfect opportunity for me to listen through TGWTDT soundtrack on my headphones, uninterrupted. I keep Twitter on, and I was keeping an eye on the #MOUTHTAPEDSHUT tweets coming through, just because it's been interesting.

    I looked at the scrambled song title names but didn't really put any effort into them. When the time values were posted, I realized they were probably related to the Hard Copy video. So I opened up Sony Vegas and started plotting out the times, but other people figured it out before I had a chance. So I followed their lead. I had given up on the crossword looking thing, but had the #MOUTHTAPEDSHUT twitter stream open in the background. I glanced over and someone had posted the next step - blockedout, I think. I figured, why not, let's see what incredibly difficult thing was on this page.

    It was two flower pictures, and the word difference. Well shit, I already had photoshop open. I copied one flower into a new layer, set the mode to difference, and moved it over the second flower. Looked dark, but nothing noticeable. Well, okay. Image, adjust, levels.



    Huh, obviously that's ABC->123 stuff. Googled for a program that makes that easier than doing it by hand, and got ATAUNTINGANTHOID -- a taunting... anthoid? Whatever. paste.

    BIG 888 PHONE NUMBER.
    "The Final Step; Be first to call."
    (here's a screenshot - notice how I googled anthoid before just trying the URL, haha.)

    Really? Naw.

    That's it? Hmm. Should I call? Eh, that was so easy, someone else must have gotten it. Buuuut... well, why not.

    Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring. Pause. Ring. "Hello?"
    Me: Hi there.
    Is this mouth taped shut?
    Uh. Yup.
    Congratulations, you've won flower number one!
    *pause* Ha. Really?
    Yup! What's your mailing address?
    I give them my mailing address. Then she asks, "Do you have a twitter handle?"
    *pregnant pause*
    Uh. hmmm. Yup.
    "Okay, what is it?"
    Uhhh. It's. Uh. It's ninhotline.
    "Oh. Well congratulations! Have a nice night!"
    "Thanks, you have a great weekend!"
    "Thanks, you too!"
    I couldn't believe I was the first one to make the call. I'm a little bit embarrassed to be the guy who got flower #1. But after running a NIN news site for a dozen years, I guess I've gotten pretty good at sniffing out a lead.

    Phenomenal job by everyone involved. What a crazy night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leviathant View Post
    Then she asks, "Do you have a twitter handle?"
    *pregnant pause*
    Uh. hmmm. Yup.
    "Okay, what is it?"
    Uhhh. It's. Uh. It's ninhotline.
    so awesome

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    Way to go, and to someone who really will appreciate it!

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    Again. Nicely done Levianthat. That's awesome!

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    I am half tempted to see if there is a pattern in Leviathant's post

    edit: wait a second....
    Last edited by DigitalChaos; 12-09-2011 at 08:21 PM.

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    it's my first post here.. congratulation Levianthat!!

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    Congrats man, good job!

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    Haven't had this much fun since we found the "Year Zero" usb key in some shitter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bgalbraith View Post
    How many people on ETS got flowers? At least three (two today!). That's not a bad showing
    You, me, octobermidnight, and... is katintherat on ETS? Philly represent.

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    WOW. I was SO close and didn't even realize it. I saw the "difference" pictures..and was tempted to do the SAME thing. WOW. congrats, none the less. Goddammit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leviathant View Post
    I couldn't believe I was the first one to make the call. I'm a little bit embarrassed to be the guy who got flower #1.
    Don't be - you've done a lot of cool stuff for NIN fans in having ETS and getting the new board up and running. Congrats on figuring out the puzzle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leviathant View Post
    "Do you have a twitter handle?"
    *pregnant pause*
    Uh. hmmm. Yup.
    "Okay, what is it?"
    Uhhh. It's. Uh. It's ninhotline.
    Best part of the story.

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    oh I just saw the whole grid and realised someone found Lisbeth's jacket.
    JEALOUS.

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    Congrats Admin Sir!

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    MTS has been giving away tickets to various cities...first come first serve.


    ETA: http://whatishiddeninsnow.com/mts_ex...nings/faq.html
    Last edited by Lisbeth; 12-10-2011 at 01:51 PM.

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    Fuck I come back from Seattle and I see Leviathant won the flower? Congrats!! ETS fuckin' represent!!

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    great story leviathant! thanks for the write up, sounds like an amazing time.

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    has that crossword puzzle looking thing been figured out yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leviathant
    I couldn't believe I was the first one to make the call. I'm a little bit embarrassed to be the guy who got flower #1.


    Quote Originally Posted by redshoewearer View Post
    Don't be - you've done a lot of cool stuff for NIN fans in having ETS and getting the new board up and running. Congrats on figuring out the puzzle!
    Totally agree - why should you feel embarrassed? It's awesome that you got it!

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    is there any source with description of all WhatIsHiddenInSnow hunts (clues, success stories)? I saw a few in different places, would be cool to gather them all.. in ninwiki maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by acidpolly View Post
    is there any source with description of all WhatIsHiddenInSnow hunts (clues, success stories)? I saw a few in different places, would be cool to gather them all.. in ninwiki maybe?
    On the nin.com forums, there's this: http://forum.nin.com/bb/read.php?9,1313483,page=1
    This blog has chronicled and collected a large number of stories relating to it as well: http://www.mentorless.com/the-girl-w...dragon-tattoo/

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