Friday, 1 November 2013

Eotvos Wheel Website

If you were looking through S. and wondered what an Eotvos Wheel is then you are not alone.

In the general discussion comments Just Thinking mentioned that after performing a search for this term, which appears on page 3, a rather interesting website is listed - http://eotvoswheel.com/

This website is titled - "Dossier of V.M. Straka" so I'm fairly sure it is safe to say it is firmly within the world of S. and is something extra for us to look at.

The website is an investigation into the potential identity of V M Straka and has some really nice information to add depth to what is mentioned in the book.

It also has some extra information like this picture of the cover "The Winged Shoes of Emydio Alves" which was also mentioned extensively by Radio Straka, as well as the evidence photos of the crime scene where F X Caldeira says Straka disappeared in his foreword.

There is also a mention of some future content, so other candidates for V M Straka will be discussed, and more evidence should be revealed.

Finally there is a contact page and a direct email address - TheLitigationMonkey@gmail.com if you want to ask questions or send theories.

If you do send a message, and especially if you get a response, please let us know.

If anyone has any theories on this let us know in the comments.

One of the blog posts on this Eotvos Wheel site mentions that the author has another blog "The Litigation Monkey", does anyone have any theories on where we can find this blog ?

Crime scene photographs -


On the evidence pictures there are some codes that may be something significant, but may also be just part of the crime recording -

KV909562A
TR909267B
TY514728W
VX856712W

If you view part 2 of the Stranger teaser video the same location as in the photographs is shown.

42 comments:

  1. I am wondering now if there will be any more updates to this site- as the author wrote (fictionally) in 2009 that he planned to do so in a few months, and 2009 is the last update. Also, there is the March 2009 post that is redacted due to "cease and desist" letters. Author was being harassed. He says he has a family- perhaps he stopped writing to protect them- like his "candidate" (ha!) TIAGO GARCÍA FERRARA.

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  2. About the numbers- in SoT page 3 margin note E says that he has enclosed an Eotvos Wheel, and that "you have to play around with it to find the reference latitudes" I don't have wheel yet, but might these fit in as latitude or longitude in it?

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    1. The wheel doesn't have any numbers on it. Only letters and sometimes dots.

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    2. the answer will be text, but the wheel is directional 360, N S E W.

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    3. As MJ said, The Wheel included has numbers, as well as the 4 cardinal directions ( N S E W) along the edges of each of it's 2 rings.

      INNER RING:
      > North (N) / South (S)
      > 0 - 90

      OUTER RING:
      > East (E) / West (W)
      > 0 - 180

      So we'll need pairs of number, one no higher than 90's, the other no higher than 180's - each of which is associated with a letter.

      While the notations on pics 3 & 4 do end with "W", pics 1 & 2 have "A" and "B" not "E". The letter pairs at the beginning of each string don't look like consistent substitutions for North / South.

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    4. In replying to Tess below I realized we could also get numbers in Lat/Long format with +/- (so only need 2 versions for the letter instead of 4)

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    5. Maybe A is North, B is South, and both are W-located in Western Hemisphere. They would give us place names.

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    6. Just looked at the wheel first time- there are letters in the red strip-not the NSEW directions only. So- how might the beginning letters fit there?

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    7. OK- what if we do say 909562A as 90.95.62N and pair it with 514728W as 51.47.28W. Then line those two up and -it's not exact- but the red strip could be . . L S H. Fill in the dots with the first letters on the photo id's? Only we have 2 letters at for each ID- so not sure which. Then what to do with the results.

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  3. I so t know if it's relevant, but it's interesting. Links are about a physicist named Loránd Eötvös.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loránd_Eötvös

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eötvös_experiment

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    1. Nice find.

      Lots of Physics info there, just the sort of thing someone might try and confuse us with.

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    2. Thanks Tess! I barely remember mention of the Eötvös experiment from physics (soooo long ago) so this was a nice review & update for me.

      The original Eötvös experiment successfully proved that inertial mass and gravitational mass are the same.

      Per Wikipedia - Eötvös went on to study similar experiments on moving ships, which led to his development of the Eötvös Effect.

      The Eötvös effect is "the change in perceived gravitational force caused by the change in centrifugal acceleration resulting from eastbound or westbound velocity."

      Eötvös Effect = 2Ωu cos(φ) { Ω = Earth's rotation, u = speed in latitudinal direction, φ = latitude }

      Because of the cosine of the latitude, the closer to the Equator, the stronger the effect!
      > Equator = Latitude 0°, cos( 0) = 1
      > North pole = Latitude 90°, cos (90) = 0
      > South pole = Latitude -90°, cos (-90) = 0

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    3. Oh yeah, there is also the Coriolis Effect the "deflection of moving objects when they are viewed in a rotating reference frame. (Coriolis = Straka's 18th book!)

      Coriolis Effect - Wikipedia

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  4. Hi all! Just discovered this website and hopefully it'll be a help to all discovering what seems to be an amazing book from what I've seen so far!

    Anyone share their way of tackling this book? I've got into the habit of reading about five or six pages then reading the margin notes/inserts. Not sure if this is the best way though considering the various timelines of the margin notes/different coloured handwriting etc. How's everyone else approaching this?

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    1. Hello Andrew and welcome.

      I think reading a few pages and going back to the margin notes is very sensible.

      The Margin reference notes post (link under the header image) has some details of how to look at the margin notes as they are not all linear, some occur before others.

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  5. Had a tinker around and removed the dedicated discussion page as it was confusing to know where to post comments about this.

    Page is just hidden not removed entirely.

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  6. So has anyone figured out how to actually use the wheel? Looking for references and the notes on pg. 3 and pg. 10. It seems like they mention it when there are lists of adjectives or some sort. Also, what is "Fns" or "FR"? I can't read exactly what she's writing. What does that stand for?

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    1. Jeffrey - I'm not sure what you're referencing with "FR"? I understand though, the writing is small and sometimes rather faint when in pencil

      Maybe you meant "Cf." -- It's an abbreviation for the latin, confer. But in essays, theses / academic writing it means "compare to" or "see", "see, by way of comparison".

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    2. I think it means "Footnotes" and the R is an N.

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  7. Jeffery-
    I believe FN stands for footnote.

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  8. I am wondering if the wheel has something to do with the uncoding of the footnote on page 84? The footnote ends with "Careful readers of Book V of Coriolis will discover the roles each of these men's findings play in the development of the narrative." Wasn't the wheel important in deciphering codes in the book of Coriolis originally (see pg 3)?

    The margin notes by Jen and Eric point out the misspelled and fake names in the footnote but don't take it any further...

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    1. That's a good thought, but I don't think any of us has really figured out what to do with the Eotvos wheel yet. I think we're going to need pairs of #'s with cardinal directions or latitude / longitude. And given the comments on 'Time" in later chapter FN's there may be a way to use time (clock hands) with the wheel, but I haven't seen any specific time references either.

      I posted some of my rambling thoughts on the Chapter 3 FN's on the Footnotes page: http://sfiles22.blogspot.com/2013/11/footnotes-and-ciphers.html?showComment=1383685677510#c1045880995443430669

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  9. It's really hard to find discussions of a book when the title is just the letter S. I'm glad I found this. I have nothing to add yet, but I love the theories. The Eotvos wheel has to be used for something.

    Also did everyone see that Mulholland Books is having a contest with a message to decode?

    http://www.mulhollandbooks.com/s-cipher-contest/

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    1. Hi, yes we posted about it when they first announced it.

      A few people have solved it and submitted answers, if you look at the rules you get marks for style !

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  10. Tracking Tom7 November 2013 18:24

    I googled the Eotvos wheel, and found the website, which then lead me to this website. I am amazed and excited by the work so far by everyone.

    Just to let you all know, the website has been updated as of an hour ago. The 'blogger' has responded to the amount of email traffic he/she has received and is updating the blog now.

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    1. Tracking Tom, Welcome! Glad you found us and for the update of eotvoswheel.com. Hoping over now to see what has changed.

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  11. Does the wheel have something to do with ch. 10? (First footnote has "Spinning Compass" and "locate" in italics). I went through all the coordinates of the placenames mentioned in the chapter, but wasn't able to make sense of the results; the letters didn't really spell anything.

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    1. Hi, yes the Chapter 10 footnotes do contain a code, we have the explanation for that in the Ciphers page (link just under the header image)

      We think there is possibly a second code in the chapter contents but haven't managed to solve that yet.

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  12. Does it appear to anyone else that the faces are switched in the wedding photo on this site?

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  13. If it all starts in Calais, then I thought the Wheel might need to be set to Calais' coordinates: 50.9500° N, 1.8500° E. Doing that gives me XBTUP on the wheel...no idea what to do with that...

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    1. Found more at:http://whoisstraka.wordpress.com/page/2/
      Wow - there is so much in this book!
      I hope that it all continues to get compiled. Thanks for your work!

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  14. I noticed that each blog entry on the eotvos wheel website is associated with a hex (MD5?) hash. I tried running md5 against a word list and place list, but no matches :(.

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  16. Hello all. I have been following, but have yet to contribute. I want to point out something that I don't think has been noticed yet...
    The Eotvos Wheel site is curated by someone with a name that is likely not findable. BUT his gmail account is "The Litigation Monkey" which I thought was a curious name. He also references that for further reading we should check out his other blog "The Litigation Monkey" ok. I tried to find that... nothing. But I did find a short story, published in August 2013 by (and this is why I believe this is relevant) Lawyer, Programmer, and Translator -- Ken Liu called The Litigation Master and the Monkey King. Ken is a pretty prolific Sci-Fi writer, so he's not "fictional" in a "could he be Straka" sense...

    BUT... at the end of TLM&TMK (here: http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-litigation-master-and-the-monkey-king/) an Authors note reveals that you can contact the author directly for a copy of an unpublished paper of his. Anyway. I haven't contacted him yet... but I thought it worth pointing out. The fact that a lawyer, translator, and programmer (who is also up for multiple Sci-Fi writing awards) could be relevant.

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