Letter contents: Letter sent to my my PO box, spoofed with Dan T's mailing address as the sender.
(Nice touch, that, and now perhaps my PO box folks will stop looking at me funny.)
3 mailers - one white, containing a CD, and two manilla folders, each with 1 page inside. CD mailer originated from Las Vegas, the other 2 don't have enough markings to determine origin.
bhance - contents002 appear to be taken from here, will expand on it a bit more tomorrow.
Just a guess but I wonder if the "RD" has to do with "right declension"? That is about the sum total of my knowledge regarding navigation but it has something to do with a sextant and "shooting" heavenly bodies to get your correct position when on the high seas. Perhaps one of them scribbled a note or directions for someone else on the back of the picture and then forgot about it or underestimated the technical prowess of the webmaster. The "H" might mean "Hour" or "Hours" as nautical people think that way or at least I've heard that they do. It comes up in historical fiction novels more than a bit.
Add up all the AS numbers found along the far right side of contents002.jpg to get a total of 81252.
AS5459 + AS16260 + AS15830 + AS786 + AS8586 + AS1104 + AS12536 + AS12008 + AS8683 = 81252
Change 81252 into a date of 8-12-52 or August 12, 1952. This date reflects a very sad day in our history when Stalen wrongly put to death several prominent Jewish poets for being members of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee. This date is known as "Night of the Murdered Poets."
Read more about this atrocity at:
REcurrent theme: Boston Stamps suggest Boston; Longfellow, Harbour Tea Party, Paul Revere's ride. Contents 001 is georgian i.e. "Mad" King George of American Revolutionary times. It looks fake though. The bricks are too red and "new". The shutters look to be nailed in place (too tidy) and also too new. It is a bit like a "disneyland" type reconstructive archichecture. Given the snow it is unlikely to be British or even Irish (which boasts the longest still existant Georgian streets in the world). I would suggest modern Boston. Salem has older houses and more of them. Very few of this type survive in Boston. I am reminded of earlier clues with maratime maps of areas around Boston (many now in military territorial waters. http://boston1775.blogspot.com/2006/12/boston-mobilizes-against-tea.html
In the photo "contents002" look like IP addresses. What do with those from there I have no idea. Maybe someone else does?
I would say the reason you were sent such a large image file was they wanted you to find that writing. As you said, you can barely make it out with a jpeg.
~ jayventer$ whois 188.8.131.52 (truncated)
bdh: The diagrams in there, the ones with the IP addresses on them, came from somebody's legitimate DNS/BGP networking diagrams - specifically Nominet UK, which looks like the TLD maintainer for .uk domain names.
Their context here is intersting, but I wouldn't fixate on the actual IP addresses too much - they all look like legit IP's for DNS servedrs that just happen to appear in somebody's networking/DNS propogation diagrams - diagrams that wound up getting used by the Orphanage here.
In pertaining to "contents002," the "AS####" each correspond to companies, all of which seem to be in the telecommunication/technology business, and all but two, are in the UK: AS5459-LINX/London Internet Exchange (UK); www.linx.net AS16260- GTT-EMEA Ltd (formerly European Telecommunications and Technology Ltd.) (UK); gtt.net (?) AS15830- Telecity Group International Ltd./Equinix (UK); telecitygroup.com AS786- Jisc--Janet network (UK); https://www.jisc.ac.uk/ AS8586- TalkTalk Comm Ltd (UK); http://www.talktalkbusiness.co.uk AS1104- **This is the only one I couldn't find a company name for, but it is registering to the Netherlands AS12536- Console Network Solutions (formerly IX Reach); (UK); allegro.net AS12008- Neustar (US); www.neustar.biz AS8683- Nominet (UK); www.nominet.uk/ It also seems that a lot of these companies have partnered with each other, or are connected in some manner, i.e. LINX lists Nominet, Telecity, Console Network Solutions, and Jisc under it "members" section. Thoughts?Click here to submit a clue for this page.