Archive for June, 2011

Down the Rabbit Hole

Good morning, DS 106.

Yesterday, I received an interesting message from Dr. Barnaby O’Blivion, who, as we know, is merely “a” Dr. O’Blivion with a penchant for easy-to-decipher sudoku puzzles.

Barnaby sent me an email with an image of my cousin, Bianca O’Blivion, inside.  Apparently the image was found by the police in the late Mr. Fixer’s wallet.  I have been suspicious of my cousin’s behavior for some time now, but nonetheless am concerned for her safety.  Here is a copy of the image:

At this point, I do not know what this means, and the details of Dr. O’Blivion’s disappearance are becoming more and more muddled.  We seem to have left the physical and may truly be entering the Videodrome, and if so, God help us.

With no news coming from O’Blivion last night, I am growing more concerned.  I will make one thing absolutely clear: Mr. Groom has attested that I am responsible for the disappearance of my uncle.  This, my friends, is an absolutely ludicrous and warrantless accusation.  I have shown nothing but the utmost concern for the missing Doctor, and Groom is clearly looking to place his guilt onto a member of the O’Blivion family.

In fact, I have offered to Mr. Groom to appear on DS 106 TV next week to clear up any accusations of my wrongdoing.

We will see who has the last laugh.

In the meantime, to continue my goodwill toward the students of DS 106, I have established a Flickr account.  On it is yesterday’s daily shoot, ironic as it illustrates choice, like the choice you have on who to believe in regard to Dr. O’Blivion’s disappearance.

Anyone is welcome to view my photographic account of the interesting events that – I am sure – will continue to unfold.

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Email Difficulties Fixed

Hello, DS 106.

I have a challenge for you.

Earlier today, I realized that a mistake had been made when configuring my domain for receiving email.  The error has since been resolved.  Unfortunately, building your own personal cyberinfrastructure can have its difficulties.

There is a hidden email address in a previous post.

I believe all emails have been received.  I apologize if you have emailed me and not heard a response, you may need to re-send your email to john (at) whereisoblivion (dot) com.

Find it, and email me the name of the technique I am using to conceal these messages.

I was unfortunately not able to attend today’s live broadcast of DS 106 TV.  Rest assured, there will be additional commentary as time permits.

I’m sure you will get something…nice.

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Finding O’Blivion (Visual / Design)

Good evening, DS 106 readers.

I am now starting to lose track of the number of days since my uncle, Dr. O’Blivion’s, disappearance.  Shortly after I posted my musings last night, the worst occurred.

In a message posted on DS 106 TV, Dr. O’Blivion pleas for help.  Whether the distortion of the images is the effect of his captors or is a byproduct of the insanity that runs in the O’Blivion family (a history of psychosis-inducing brain tumors keeps us in constant need of treatment) is unknown.  Few new details on the disappearance of O’Blivion have surfaced.

We do know, however, as I suspected, that Barnaby O’Blivion is not my uncle, and that “Fixer,” AKA Jesse Ward, is dead, and the dead fix nothing but being alive.

I, personally, believe that Mr. Groom is responsible for the missing Dr. O’Blivion.  Take my opinion as is, nothing more.  I have been watching Mr. Groom for some time.  It may come as little surprise to the DS 106 community that Mr. Groom desires Internet power.  I am familiar with his polarizing effects on many Internet communities, and entering a “partnership” with O’Blivion seems like a convenient way to tip the scales in Groom’s favor.  Locked away, unmedicated, and spewing insanities, O’Blivion’s status as the God of media will deteriorate, leaving Groom to his own devices.

Finding O’Blivion will not be easy.  As we’ve said, O’Blivion is everywhere.  Even in his absence, we must come to appreciate my uncle’s wisdom, his penchant for asking questions, his ability to challenge the obvious, and his enduring quest for originality.  The laws of cyberspace are often as ambiguous as my uncle’s location.  My uncle knows, as you should, that gaining the “upper hand” in your Personal Cyberinfrastructure requires bending (or breaking) the rules of conformity, questioning reality, and knowing that it is up to you, the participant, to “think the unthinkable” without having the institution do it for you.

(All pictures taken for this blog are my own, and licensed under Creative Commons.  For no reason is this work to be used for commercial purposes.)

The following image is intentionally ambiguous.  Are the subjects in the image headed toward or away from O’Blivion?

Never settle for what you think you’re seeing.

Please keep me informed if you find any information on Dr. O’Blivion’s whereabouts.  I trust you know how to reach me.

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Without a Trace

Hello, DS 106 readers, and thank you for devoting your undivided attention to this matter.

My name is John O’Blivion.  I am the nephew of Dr. O’Blivion, who is still missing at the time of this writing.  I cannot disclose the first name of my uncle for reasons that are unfortunately beyond my control, nor can I disclose my current location.

Know this, however: the O’Blivion family is everywhere.  We are omniscient, eponymous.  Do not underestimate us.

My uncle went missing on the morning of June 23rd.  I was devastated when I first heard the news; my uncle has had…a troubled past.  As for the disappearance, I have only theories.  DS 106 was a way for Dr. O’Blivion to share his knowledge with the world, but my inner cynic tells me that the exposure may have been too much for him.  Too much, too soon.  Equally likely is he’s intentionally left Mr. Groom to his own devices as sort of a sick game.  My third theory is that Mr. Groom and his associate, Martha, are being used by my uncle as pawns in a plot they are not yet aware of.  They should be wary.

Earlier today, I was contacted on Twitter by a man known as “Fixer,” saying he had details of the disappearance of my uncle.  Our conversation was brief.  He contacted me first.

I sent him a direct message.  I was leery, but it might’ve been a legitimate lead.  As you’ll see, Fixer’s response confirmed my skepticism.

I’m still not clear on who Jesse Ward is, but as it turns out, a “Dr. O’Blivion” was found today.  Not my uncle.  I’d heard of Barnaby as “a” Dr. O’Blivion, but it was painfully obvious by the ease of the puzzle he left that Barnaby was not the true “Dr. O’Blivion,” my missing relative, who proves to be more of a mind game mastermind.

My next steps may be to try to contact my cousin, Bianca, but I fear that I cannot trust her.

I have work to do in the coming days.  I will follow the progress of the DS 106 participants and use their methods to help me track down my uncle.  I will also develop some of my own tracking techniques.  If you have any information for me, anything, please send me an email at john [at] whereisoblivion [dot] com, or send me a Tweet at joblivion.  I am growing more concerned about my uncle.  From his latest sighting, it is clear that he has stopped his…treatment.

the visions the visions the visions the visions the visions

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