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    "Adventures like these are why we do these hunts. " -

    So true. A little find now an then would be great too. i had high hopes for ya. Glad you got out without police probs. I KNOW that feeling.


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    Nice try rookhunter. Thanks for the pics.

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    Operating from the Melville perspective, I thought of watching for whale clues. There's the spout! may be the result of this viewpoint or carry our momentum in a Moby Dick direction. I continue to interpret freely in both directions, but mainly Im drawn to the Cold and December verse clues. Like a time capsule, the casque was buried with intent that it would be discovered in the future. Unfortunately it wasnt expected to be this far in the future.

    I consider Ahab with his stumpy leg. I consider Starbuck. I consider the boat Pequod. Beneath the spout on the surface of the water is the White Whale. The Pequod is "buried" by Moby Dick. Perhaps we are looking for something through a relation to a boat and that will lead us to whatever track Preiss was on when he buried the casque.
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    For various reasons I found this spot where the two-way Fannin St. splits into two streets, Fannin and San Jacinto, and only last night did It occure to me to scale the image on my iPad to show there is a possible overlay. Notice the location of the purple drop-pin and its position relative to the center circle of the Sam Houston Monument. Ot fits the location of the star above the ball-topped column wihout rotation of the image.

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    Okay, im having a whammy moment. Im prepared to stand by my previous assertions with regard to the viper helmet from battlestar galactica, as well as link other ideas related to Melville, early era Sci-fi from August of 1928, and the Buick brand car maker.

    Normally such ambiguities and word associating practices would be considered weak and stretchy, but in this case its quite the opposite when you consider the direct quote "out strongest tower of delight," originates from Melville's book "Pierre: or, The Ambiguities."

    Its worth considering, then, no matter how strange it seems, things of a two-way or multiple nature, such as homophone relationships. If we are prepared to see the sea as like the letter C that can sound either like a /k/ or like an /s/ as in the words 'cut' or the word 'city'. In this case we should consider the word 'camel' and then identify with Moby Dick's "Call me Ishmael...". Force the alternate sound for the C and the word camel is /s/amel, which is close in sound to I/sh/mael. I believe this puzzle of associations flowered in the mind of Preiss in an irresistable fashion based on his interest in literary novelties with the greatness of Melville, the August 1928 issue of Amazing Stories featuring the introduction of the Skylark of Space and another story about a man frozen for 492 years by a mine collapse in December...Buck Rogers. The Buick car has a logo hat looks much like a US Route sign. Just a couple blocks north of the Glassel Art school is US Route 59. The 1959 Buick introduced the space age fin design. Its logo has a tri-shield and features a hole-centered cross opposite a horned stag aka a male deer or buck. Does this symbolically draw our attention to the star in the image and a main character in Moby Dick, Chief Mate Starbuck? Here are some pictures to consider:









    The trunk emblem has a three winged and slight look to it, but I wonder most about the centered emblem on the front grill which is a V. I dont know why that is, it certainly doesnt mean Viper..

    A facinating correlation to the Buck Rogers franchise is the character of Hawk, which is the same creature present in the 1975 version of the Buick logo.
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    Just moments ago I pestered my wife for her thoughts on this and she liked only my idea about the two-way split of Fannin street and she suggested a Robert Frost reference to The Road Not Taken. Im unfamiliar with the poem so I took a look and its first line describes going through a yellow wood?! Yellow is often the color associated with lions. Do the lines 'Through the wood / No lion fears' resemble Frost's?
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    What if we hadn't discovered the quote from Melville's Pierre? I think Preiss took that into account. It isn't that he designed the line to be our only clue to suggest Melville, leading us to think Herman = Hermann Park. Really, the Lat / Long coordinates present in the leafy area and the 982 / zoo creature references quickly land us in Hermann Park. I now understand the Melville element is more of a flavoring to Preiss' plan. I believe the Pierre quote is a nuance or finess of his literary experience and yet intended to give us the ambiguity of the use of the word 'tower'. In this context the line with the word 'tower' precedes the lines that seem to indicate something which falls gently in December: a snowflake. A snowflake has the following characteristics: the color white, unique in it's random crystal formed pattern, very small , melts into water quickly. In general a tower is relatively larger or taller than its surroundings. I believe this section of the verse pertains to the special uniqueness of something larger or smaller than usual and unique in someway similar to Moby Dick, the momentus white whale. I don't see a white llama as especially unique and so I reject the idea that the llama named Snowflake in the children's zoo at the time had anything to do with this hunt. I recall there being a large wooden trojan mouse sculpture somewhere. A giant mouse seems unique.

    I've mentioned my focus on whales for the reason that Melville wrote Moby Dick, but I must also point out the ambiguities in the line "Cold as glass". I prefer to think it's an instruction to "Follow the rail," the context in it's usage in Ayn Rand's 1938 novella Anthem. I also like the idea that a glazier is the profession of fitting glass in windows and doors. Glazier serves as a homophone for Glacier which seems supported by the word 'cold'. What I like most about this is it's lead in to a neat and tidy scientific naming relationship pointing to whales and also back to the image where I believe the camel is central to finding the treasure ground. The North Atlantic Right Whale is scientifically named E. Glacialis. This parallel is a mere convenience, but continue to consider that the animal group naming convention for Giraffe is called a Tower. Next consider that the scientific name of the Giraffe is G. Camelopardalis. There we have a built in suggestion that the camel in the image represents our white whale, our strongest delight, our strongest clue.

    At this point I have to stop and wonder how Priess amalgamated so many references into such a compact verse and image combination.
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    I wonder if anyone has investigated this motif. Notice the yellow outlined section of flagstones which look very much like the rectangles of the Golden Ratio. I did an exact pixel measurement to achieve 1:1 squares outlined in red to represent an apparent golden ratio relationship. My curves making the spiral aren't exact, but you get the idea. What first got my attention on this was the idea that a Snowflake has golden ratio proportions.

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    Making rough comparisons here. I think the rhino head looks sorta like the aerial view of the Miller Theater. Notice the four trees around the Sam Houston Memorial in the center of the circle. Seems to me the line "in the middle of four alike" is that.

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    Downloaded the trial version of Adobe Lightroom 4. It has the spiral feature built in. Is this a common technique for photographers when choosing a layout?

    Here I've dropped yellow dots at the curve points that intersect where the spiral touches the sides of each rectangle. It's extremely well balanced and might be an indication of a breakthrough that Palencar must've drawn this image from this abstraction.

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