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These are of course likely all made by AtomSea & EMBII themselves while developing/testing their upload system.
They are also artsy peoeple themselves, and as pointed at what they were doing was basicaly non-fungible token art, which became much much more popular a few years later around 2021.
The first upload that we could find at was tx 44e80475dc363de2c7ee17b286f8cd49eb146165a79968a62c1c2c4cf80772c9 on block 272573 (2013-12-01) but it does not show on Bitfossil: This is was due to an upload bug explained by the following entry. By looking at the ASCII data at that this is meant to contain the same content as the following message: a quote from the Bhagavad Gita, so this is definitely a bugged version of the following one.
The next one is on block 272577 (2013-12-02). It actually shows on bifossil and it reads:
followed by:
He who regards
With an eye that is equal
Friends and comrades,
The foe and the kinsman,
The vile, the wicked,
The men who judge him,
And those who belong
To neither faction:
He is the greatest.
The bug message is definitely a reference to the previous non-visible bugged upload, TODO understand exactly how they fucked up. This illustrates the beauty of the blockchain very well: unlike with version control, you don't just see selected snapshots: you see actual debug logs!!!
Figure 19. WeAreStarStuff.jpg. Source.
The third AtomSea & EMBII upload, and the first actual image.
Photo etchin' test. #AtomSea #embii (photo by Travis Ehrich)
The image shows showingAtomSea and EMBII together, presumably photographed by this dude.
The filename is of course a reference to the quote/idea: We Are Made of Star-Stuff that was much popularized by Carl Sagan. (2024-01-13) contains a crapped version with only AtomSea persent.
Figure 20. HugPuddle.jpg. Source.
The fourth AtomSea & EMBII upload, and the second image. Message:
HugPuddle Testing Apertus Disk Drive
And then finally we meet Chiharu, EMBII's partner, with her hair painted blond (she's Japanese): ILoveYouMore.jpg.
Then there are two undecoded ones TODO investigate:
Then Nelson-Mandela.jpg.
Then there's an approximation of pi as ASCII decimal fraction from block 273522 (2013-12-07):
tx b8b9f50a354166c46b69ecd47a0fbd20ee78c3471d2557bf275aff1b4cf4752d (2013-12-07) contains Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. TODO find on, toplevel, tx seemed like a likely toplevel, but not working:
There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.
Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow
, And watch where the chalk-white arrowls go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.
Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.
tx 56768b30dec33bd284223d85c23087975e2360b3391d20d505aa59a5675e5379 (2013-12-13) TODO find on has the cutest message:
Dear Aliens,
Sincerely, EMBII & AtomSeaMBII
tx 415c702759893c63b3a57a7d196b014e51b2a33d2396c74b8e71acfaff6b9360 (2013-12-14) contains a poem by 13th century Persian poet Rumi (TODO find toplevel), starting with:
My dear friend
never lose hope
when the Beloved
sends you away.
Reproduced e.g. at: (2013-12-14) has message:
and links to 3 .txt files 1.txt, 2.txt, 3.txt containing single characters 1, 2, and 3.
Figure 21. CompressedLogo.png. Source.
2013-12-20. Message:
Colby Nelson and myself burnt the midnight oils designing the APERTUS imagery last night....
Thanks Colby for all your help.
Contains an Apertus logo which is used on itself, presumably they were designing that logo.


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