Apr 1, 2018

Easter Egg - WARNING! Contains Spoilers!

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Did you enjoy the hunt? Too hard? Not hard enough? There's over-easy and hard-boiled fans alike, I guess. WE hatched this plan way back. Are you shell shocked? We've got all kinds of yolks. Another egg pun? That's eggs-actly what I thought you said!

Apr 1, 2018

Is this egg about to be cracked open?

Apr 1, 2018Edited: Apr 1, 2018

After some hunting, stalking, treks through the tall grass, and stare-downs with circa-1999 HTML, I came upon the slender payload. Suffice it to say, the track is everything the proper WB fan would hope for. It’s a great performance and a great recording.

 

Thanks go to the Moderator, not only for making this track (and many others) available, but for capturing the spirit of the golden age of the SD Internet scene. In a past life, I was quite involved with this scene, but the Internet (and, if I’m to believe recent reports, nostalgia) isn’t what it used to be. These kinds of rabbit-hole exercises were a staple of the steelydan.com of old. It was this air of mystery and impishness that made being an SD devotee so fun.

 

From someone who was among the first to crack the code: Thank you and well done!

 

And I must ask, especially after the cryptic reference at the top of this thread: Was Walter part of the “WE” who “hatched this plan?” It sure feels like his work.

Apr 1, 2018

For those that know about that show - which might be a few hundred people - it was staring them in the face. That's awesome. Did Walter have tapes from bands before he worked with Donald, or owned up to doing jingles on radio in the late 60s? I still can't believe no footage exists of them with Jay and the Americans, esp. when they had a big hit at the time.

Apr 1, 2018

alright, i'm not too proud to ask for a hint - i'm on the page with the chess image and the ... fake song titles? anagrams? what now?

Apr 1, 2018

in case you're still there; pieces on the board are talking. one says something you may recognize, sing it all the way through

Apr 1, 2018

12 hours since my last post and less than 2 hours of Easter Day to go (in England). I still haven't found the chess board page people keep mentioning (apart from the image in "forum-1". I thought I was quite smart, but obviously not.

Apr 1, 2018

Anyone having issues, if you don't mind posting your OS and Browser, I'll make sure everything works for your configuration.

Apr 1, 2018

Hi Matt - Yes, it doesn't appear to be working for me. I'm using Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and have tried the following browsers:

Google Chrome 65.0.3325.181

MS Edge 41.16299.248.0

IE 11.309.16299.0

Apr 1, 2018

Nothing on the chessboard (and I believe I'm on the correct version of said chessboard pic) is speaking to me. And I've disabled ad-blockers and html-5 blocking extensions in Google Chrome. Try a different browser?

Apr 1, 2018

Mac OS 10.6.8 with Firefox or Chrome and tried 10.12.6 with Chrome 65.0.3325.181. Just not sure I have found the correct chess board. However, the one in Forum-1 has a Menu icon that does nothing.

Apr 1, 2018

pedder29 im moving your post over to the HINTS thread---will answer there

Apr 1, 2018Edited: Apr 1, 2018

take that back pedder29, cant seem to move. OKyour first clue is on a POST in the forum. We can assume we will be within the RARE category,, yes? Once in there we want (hint) EVERYBODY to READ it, right? so start scanning posts for what will obviously be a clue post...using hint above for where to start

Apr 1, 2018

pedder please post next question on Hints thread

Apr 2, 2018

Thanks for the intriguging/amusing/compelling/frustrating/maddening/still amusing/cathartic adventure wbm and mod. Great way to spend a day!

Thanks mod for a great hunt! Having nostalgia for a bygone internet is a strange feeling.

 

As for the payoff, it was superb. Here's to hoping there's more where that came from..

Apr 2, 2018

this was a lot of fun - without giving too much away, I scoured html to get to what I later found out was the next to last step early on in the day, but convinced myself it was a red herring or perhaps a mistake copied and pasted from another image map on the site. I focused way too long on the hidden text, the meaning of which I still can't figure out beyond one obvious anagram. Thankfully there were plenty of hints which got me back on track (and, to be honest, I would not have figured out the final step without them).

 

As for the egg itself ... all I'll say for now is that it's worth it. I mean, you all probably have an idea of what it is. But so cool to finally hear something of it after all these years. Must have been quite a night.

 

 

Apr 2, 2018

Thanks everyone for the kind words on our little puzzle . I'm especially touched by those of you for whom the hurt is still fresh and who feel , as I do, that our little world here at WBMedia is somehow mitigating some of the hurt. But for whatever the reason, I'm glad you enjoyed the egg hunt (solved or not), and posted .Of course there's a couple of dozen people who at this moment are probably planning a painful demise for me and my partner in inflicted pain . I'm sure WBM will have his own comments to add, but you should know -- especially those planning our demise -- that we could have had a riot here last night instead of a frustrating but fun puzzle session ; you should have seen the things WBM WANTED to put in!

Cheers, everybody...

D-Mod

Apr 2, 2018

Thanks again for the help last night!

 

Long story short, I met Walter before a show in 2011.

 

I got to speak to him for a few minutes. He was very nice and we had a great talk. I'll remember it forever.

Apr 2, 2018Edited: Apr 2, 2018

onthecorner -- you got the "double prize" we intended; 1, the track itself , and 2, confirmation of what we have in hand . we have to believe this is the only copy since surely in all these years something so sought after would have surfaced if it was out there . we have it now :) [PS and yes, you can bet we have convrted an transfered and backed up this baby to within an inch of her life: All these years on DAT tape -- it's a miracle it was playable at all]

For the record, I still think a cryptographic cypher based on Fermi's paradox, Drake's equation, and Robert Katz's non-Newtonian calculus is a solid idea. Or some kind of semi-religious Dan Brown shit, only with the titular character from Josie as a stand-in for the Welsh fertility goddess Arianrhod.

 

Or a little on-screen keyboard where guests would have to play the intro from Paging Audrey to open the door, like Willy Wonka playing the Marriage of Figaro to open the door to that room with the chocolate river. I mean, who amongst us hasn't done the old GbΔ7aug - Cm7(b5) - EbmΔ9(13), walked back to Abadd9 on occasion? These guys would definitely have gotten that, right?

 

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