22 August -  Holograms and other physical representations

Members of the Discord community continue analising the header and footer of the message, creating holograms and other physical representations of what looks like a star map. A decoder is converting the star map into soundscapes. Although a community of 200-300 people is online at any given time of the day, posts in the interpretation-chat become fewer as people take a much needed break or a mental pause from the decoding process.

Droget Op Gwilim — 20/08/2023 03:32
I noticed something like this a while back. If you lay out the header as 5 rows of 16, cut off the top row of 1s, cut it into left and right halves, and add the left half to the right half, you get this sort of self-dual-mirror-image something.
James76 — 20/08/2023 07:00
Heres another neat trick with the header -
Start with two, overlay the second upside down - no duplicates and every line has a partner

Link: https://discord.com/channels/1066055437457297469/1111404329694400542/1142632202203570277

Humisevat Kunnaat — 20/08/2023 14:11
Interim information. Some kind of progress in sonification. Now there is already a clear rhythm. Here I used a normal musical scale. The code still produces a few discordant chords. I have to try another scale next, maybe a pentatonic scale.
Ken Chaffin#7327 — 20/08/2023 14:19
Coder Challenge

Is there a binary file coder here who is willing to take a few minutes to answer the question of whether we are interpreting the binary file data correctly and perhaps in the process realize what it takes to reveal what we call the "starmap" as it was intended and with as much clarity and coherence as cluster C (the bee) has at the bottom of the image?

This image shows the regions that I propose are rendering correctly (Good) and incorrecty (Bad).  I have drawn red lines to show how in the bad areas, two clusters are being rendered on each raster scan.  In the good areas, only one cluster is being rendered on each raster line.  I am not sure of the  semiotic signs and whether some are right and some are wrong.

I have a theory that for each cluster, we have to read the binary "word" correctly with perhaps the 2x2 cluster counts providing the word size or something like that.   Maybe this could come from the header?  After reading the starmap mostly correctly, it should be much more evident on what we need to do to intepret the message.

Link: https://discord.com/channels/1066055437457297469/1111404329694400542/1142793035109892126

James76 — 20/08/2023 07:30
Every group 1by 4, 2 by 4 and 4 by 4 has a mirror
Its a game of tetris!

Link: https://discord.com/channels/1066055437457297469/1111404329694400542/1142692126233219183

Ken Chaffin#7327 — 21/08/2023 13:47
I think there are many layers to this entire project.  Our performance here  is probably the primary intent of the project as providing a platform for global collaboration, mutual respect and sharing of imagination.  At some fundamental level, it probably does not matter what "the message" is.  It was and is the process that the project initiated and that we continue each day that is important.  Where the receivers were pointed is part of the story.  Where they were pointed stimulates our imagination of what might be in the message.  And at some level, as a work of fiction, that is really all we have here.  The meaning is not in the "minimalist message", the meaning is existential and personal and is evolving and growing with every post here from all over the world.  I'm going to try to keep these ideas in mind as we move forward with writing this story.
OGIANF — 21/08/2023 15:47
@impla007 @Sparta | Phrenic @Hugo Barbier @Max1970 
I was very surprised a few days ago when we were having the Video Call with Daniela and @impla007 asked her if the Message had to follow Physical Laws.
She said that she couldn't answer it because it would be a spoiler.
The same thing happened when somebody (I don't remember who) asked if the Message had anything to do with Mars.
Then I asked her about the Scientific American article, in the part where it says that Roy Smits (which by the way is an Astronomer) kicked in at the last moment giving the Message a mathematical twist which made it more "universal", much more different from what we normally use in everyday conversations  and made it much more difficult to "crack".
She said that there where some imprecisions in the article, in the sense that this "complicatedness" wasn't totally Roy Smits fault , that he did give his important contribution to the Message, but the Message had been already structured that way.
Then Daniela herself gave us a very subtle and cryptic hint by saying : "Sometimes we can't see what is right in front of our eyes"

Link: https://discord.com/channels/1066055437457297469/1111404329694400542/1143149298540888195


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