Monday, July 7, 2014
Email Chain-Mail Game
Beware of the New Email Chain-Mail Game Http://www.Lost.Eu/78c5a Lex Loeb Contributor Network . I was hiking up near Mt Hood in Portland, Oregon and stopped at a highway wayside to savor the view of the mountain and surroundings. On the concrete barrier protecting pedestrians from the steep slope drop off on the side of the road, I found several rocks stacked on top of each other with a playing card sandwiched in between. I immediately knew it had to be a message. There are lots of people who leave playing and collectors cards messages around the Portland area and there is also Geo cashing. I took the cards and put the rocks back over the edge where they had come from and looked at the playing card. It was a 3 of clubs with a web address hand printed on it's face in blue ink-- www.lost.eu/78c5a . (I am using the number they assigned me instead of the original one because the object of the chain mail game is to use one's own assigned number.) I put the card in my back pocket and proceed up to Mt hood's Lodge to climb part way up the side of the mountain in it's snow-less least popular time of the year. I think I hiked up from around 6000 ft elevation to 7000 ft or higher and stopped going up because the sun was already setting. The 3 of clubs was still safely in my back pocket. Later that night I got back home to my computer and entered the www.lost.eu/78c5a address and debated on Whether or not to join the game. There were some clues as to what was in store but not very many. Then I saw the graphic of a sphere with various users inter-connected to the each player in a revolving animation and that was really exciting. Why not interconnect with complete strangers in a completely stupid game? It has to be some kind of work of art or social experiment. Maybe it's a computer science experiment or just a random numbers generation game ? The joint mysteries of how and why is the reason I only had to think 3 minutes before signing up to join. The site issued me this address www.lost.eu/78c5a and It is open for you to explore. I would like to have sandwiched it between rocks but I believe it belongs somewhere on the INTERNET since it is generated and regenerated by the INTERNET. I might be wrong? Maybe I am cheating at playing the game? I did not read all the rules nor do I necessarily understand the ones I did read. I have long had theories of the INTERNET being the collective unconscious but this game is very surface oriented . My collective unconscious on line theory is a whole other story I have yet to publish but soon will The reasons are obvious. The INTERNET is laced with everyone's sexual fantasies, gambling casinos, lots and lots of hidden unconscious ideas and strange games with complete strangers in fantasy worlds like second life. The common denominator of all things on the INTERNET are meta tags. When i write the article I do want to protect some of my proprietary information on the subject because understanding a collective unconscious is power beyond what most ad agencies ever aspire to with their campaigns. This game is about finding a secret entry code and passing on the code to create a grand map of those willing to join in the experiment. It is certainly not the first attempt at this but this one unlike face books or my space is not about any common denominator other than the curiosity of those finding the web address and joining. There are plenty of people who would never join the game because it is not something they want to waste time on or because it leaves too many questions open such as possible security risks or it just seems to have rational purpose. I actually was attracted to the idea because I have left message object all over the place over many years as art projects. These included lost keys, fake parking tickets, ceramic tiles with messages . mass produced messages in bottles . Others try using graffiti to send out messages. My messages have become objects. Curiosity might lead you to check out www.lost.eu/78c5a or maybe not? If you are curious you probably already joined the game. If not you never know what you may be missing. Joining a game like this does not make you special but it could be yet another dimension of the collective unconscious world of the Internet. .