# Blogg.ed

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## Figure this out.

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While searching .ed's office, you find a curious note taped to the edge of the desk.

What is the meaning of this?

Update: Post guesses as to what this means as a comment. I will respond, which may provide more information. If this goes unanswered for a week, I will offer a prize to the successful winner.

### Comments

agony Thursday, March 29, 2007 2:13:36 AM

damn

that's hard :>

.edDotEd Thursday, March 29, 2007 2:27:03 AM

D R I N K M O R E O V A L T I N E

[note, this is not a clue, just a joke from a movie i just thought about]

Joel Lutherlutherjw Thursday, March 29, 2007 2:38:33 AM

42 seems to be an outlier in the second pattern...

I've got the first pattern, I think...

.edDotEd Thursday, March 29, 2007 3:05:41 AM

this time, that 42 may not mean what you immediately think.

Sam SabbaghSäm Thursday, March 29, 2007 4:37:09 AM

I'm going to take this very slow.

Well, Here's what we know, we can work from there.
-The numbers increase from left to right, up to down.
-The arrows suggest the order of the sequence (though I shouldn't rely on this assumtion).
-Two rows include a fourth column "t5," significant?

This is humbling, and right now I should avoid looking into any one thing too much.

.edDotEd Thursday, March 29, 2007 4:59:43 AM

it is possible to determine the significance without ever meeting me.

Dan Alexandrudantesoft Thursday, March 29, 2007 6:08:55 AM

If this goes unanswered for a week, I will offer a prize to the successful winner.

What ever do you mean ?

agony Thursday, March 29, 2007 11:40:05 AM

It could be a hint!!!!!!

Idan AdarYtseJam Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:05:48 PM

I have noticed that the numbers in the left coloumn, each jump by 11 to their equiv. number in the middile coloumn (direction of the arrow), except for the third number which jumps by 10 - this could be because of those t5's, 5+5=10...

More to come...

Edit: there is also some strange play with 85, 84, 83, 82, 81 when you subtract the third coloumn numbers with the middle coloumn numbers. The occurance is too strange...

I'm going side-tracked with this math...

Dan Alexandrudantesoft Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:11:33 PM

355-344=11

Idan AdarYtseJam Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:16:08 PM

oops.

.edDotEd Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:18:37 PM

4 comments, 4 replies

first, if no one can determine the significane or meaning of this note taped to my desk after one week, the ante will be increased by offering a prize to go along with the glory of solving my abstractness.

.edDotEd Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:19:46 PM

second of four

it was not a hint, but at least that narrows things down a little.

Sarah angel292005 Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:21:06 PM

I love brain teasers

from what I can tell, the note has been there for a while, and even picked at. That is not important, but maybe it is.

It is on the right side of the desk, obviously, so you use it as a reference that others in front of you can't see.......ummmm......
I will be back later......

.edDotEd Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:27:01 PM

third of four

If you hold a book too close to your face you'll only be able to read one page at a time.

oh god that's going to confuse some people, but it is appropriate.

Dan Alexandrudantesoft Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:33:06 PM

Hey man, is it a good riddle ? Ask a few friends and post the results.. I'd hate to torture my brain and later find out the numbers depict your spending habit, or something.

PS: Yes, I do want to throw others off

.edDotEd Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:33:31 PM

fourth,

no comment here, as i just noticed it was dantesoft correcting YtseJam

but wow, some of these comments are suprising.

Eddie LopezEddie_Lopez Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:33:51 PM

Obvious, but we should all lay as much as we can out here....we know he's an IT coordinator and this his doted's work desk. I would only tape something to my desk like that if it was something I referenced frequently for work. A good guess is that it is something an IT coordinator would interested in having handy at all times.

.edDotEd Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:36:36 PM

my friend Sean thinks it's something someone will eventually figure out.

Dan Alexandrudantesoft Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:38:00 PM

I take it he said "not that interesting", too Ask 4 more.

Espen André ØverdahlEspenAO Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:38:11 PM

I really should be doing something else than starring at that picture.

Dan Alexandrudantesoft Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:39:45 PM

The power of the note compels you, the power of the note, of the note...

OK, my first guess: there's something under the note (which Ed accidentally ripped to get at), so this is all a sham! My clue was that the middle column (useless as +11) is not even taped.

Am I close ?

.edDotEd Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:40:07 PM

uh oh! now that Eddie Lopez has arrived, my usability quotient is on the line...

Eddie LopezEddie_Lopez Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:45:45 PM

btw- nice "A Christmas Story" throwback. Well played sir, well played.

Eddie LopezEddie_Lopez Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:53:36 PM

they are "go-to" page numbers for a book. Possibly an electronic book maybe a pdf or word document.

*that makes no sense at all* lol

Sarah angel292005 Thursday, March 29, 2007 2:00:05 PM

The note is a measurement reference.

.edDotEd Thursday, March 29, 2007 2:01:27 PM

a respectable guess, Eddie.

unfortunately that is not the meaning or Significance.

Espen André ØverdahlEspenAO Thursday, March 29, 2007 2:05:48 PM

Is it office lables? You can walk through office number 246, which leads you to office number 257 before you end up at 340?

.edDotEd Thursday, March 29, 2007 2:25:47 PM

hahaha no, Espen

if we had 1000 offices, i would have to live here.
our offices don't have numbers, but if they did, they would probably all start with 13, at least in Philadelphia.

.edDotEd Thursday, March 29, 2007 2:29:41 PM

dante, there is nothing under the note

and i asked 2 more people if this is interesting and they immediately wished i did not tell them what it meant, as they wanted to figurE it out.

one of them is planning on blackmailing me for a DS game or else he'll reveal the meaning of the note.

Tor Odlandtorotime Thursday, March 29, 2007 2:46:56 PM

It's obviously a list of all the women he has had. The numbers indicate the ladies he had a particularly good time with. The one's labelled "t5" are in the top 5.

I don't know why he's using arrows, but that's probably to signify that one woman leads to another.

ChristopheCDub Thursday, March 29, 2007 2:47:06 PM

Interestingly enough, I first thought of a "map" for library books and I never read an full book in my life. All I know is that the ISBN (?) never made sense, which is one of my excuses why I don't read.

.edDotEd Thursday, March 29, 2007 2:55:05 PM

torotime: sadly, no

CDub: you're supposed to read the insides of books, it's much more interesting than the ISBN and barcode.

Dan Alexandrudantesoft Thursday, March 29, 2007 3:40:28 PM

It's the combinations to your safe. Why you'd put them online, is beyond me

Tamil Thursday, March 29, 2007 3:45:35 PM

Savings?

Eddie LopezEddie_Lopez Thursday, March 29, 2007 3:56:14 PM

external to internal phone number mapping of some sort.

Some kind of PBX switch/routing map

.edDotEd Thursday, March 29, 2007 4:07:58 PM

not combinations

not savings

not related to Phone numbers

Geoff GirardinG-off Thursday, March 29, 2007 4:33:54 PM

Is it related to baseball statistics?

.edDotEd Thursday, March 29, 2007 5:11:47 PM

no, G-off. if it were, it would certainly be funny to have taped to a ddesk.

Sprogger McSprogsprogger Thursday, March 29, 2007 5:12:58 PM

Its almost a straight line, but with a bump in it
A performance graph?

Wojtek Kowalukdodd Thursday, March 29, 2007 5:21:45 PM

this is about the time
246 means 2:46
diffrence between first and 2nd column is always 11 minutes
diffrence between 2nd and 3rd column is 42, 43 or 44 minutes

so this could be for example:
1st column - time you need to leave office at
11 minutes to get to bus (or subway) station
2nd column - time of bus (train) leaving
3rd column - time of bus (train) arival

I dont know if you travel by bus or subway, but this seems to be good guess.

Espen André ØverdahlEspenAO Thursday, March 29, 2007 5:22:22 PM

I think it's something corporate and only for internal use.
Am I getting close?

Espen André ØverdahlEspenAO Thursday, March 29, 2007 5:23:18 PM

Originally posted by dodd:

I dont know if you travel by bus or subway, but this seems to be good guess.

Indeed they do! Do we have a winner!?

Dan Alexandrudantesoft Thursday, March 29, 2007 5:46:56 PM

If Ed doesn't write back, I think it's safe to say Wojtek has to do better. I mean, it may have occured to others that there never is anything bigger than 59 when applying modulo 100 to the numbers

Explain the 5 o'clock spike, the 8 hours timeline, and the significance of those damn exact 11 minutes, at least

.edDotEd Thursday, March 29, 2007 5:47:26 PM

WINNER HAPPEN

that is exactly it dodd!

holy crap

Dan Alexandrudantesoft Thursday, March 29, 2007 5:48:03 PM

Geoff GirardinG-off Thursday, March 29, 2007 5:55:37 PM

Kicky sweet!

.edDotEd Thursday, March 29, 2007 5:56:05 PM

a more detailed explanation:

the first column is the last moment i can leave the office to catch the train in the second column, which has me arrive at the time in the third column

the 2nd and 3rd columns are bold because they represent train times

the 11 minutes is so that i can get down 13 floors and to the station, it's an elavator and wlaking so it is very consistant.

the travel times on the train vary but are all about 40some minutes

some trains are express and are a few minutes shorter distance

there are more trains during rush hour

and working backwards, i can look at the third column to see what time i'd like to get home, so i know what time i have to leave the office

it is a measure of time, which is why i didnt negate angel29005's message that it is a measure of something.

the t5 lines are when the train leaves froma different track than normal, so that i don't forget... track five

excellent work figuring this out. i knew it wouldn't take all week, but i am suprised that it only took a few hours...

now the game begins......

Sprogger McSprogsprogger Thursday, March 29, 2007 5:56:42 PM

well done dodd:up:

Espen André ØverdahlEspenAO Thursday, March 29, 2007 6:27:11 PM

It's solved! w00t!

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