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Is it a Coincident?


The other day I was thinking about what is real. I explored some ideas I've come across in my search for reality. I'm not sure if these ideas are from something I've read or seen in a movie or where.


1. There are the physical limits of our perceptions: optical illusions, night vision...
2. Then there are the philosophical disagreements on the actual nature of reality: physical matter only or spiritual only or some combination.


I have a feeling that there is something missing in what we experience.
A thought came to me. The possibility of the existence of events and even beings in the brink between what is assumed to be real and what is assumed to be fictitious is not easy to ignore. I thought about one of my favorite authors Poe who wrote about the strange.

Then by chance or maybe it wasn't chance. Maybe something in the nature of things led me to find while I was at the post office a stamp of Edgar Allen Poe. I bought two stamps. Later I remembered a quote of his. It's under the stamps below.
Coincidence? Or something in the scope of "reality" reaching out to me in response to my thoughts?


All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.
~Edgar Allen Poe

An Easy To Use Yet Difficult To Solve Code


“Nothing intelligible can be written which, with time, I cannot decipher."
Edgar Allan Poe

I've always had a fascination with secret codes but they can get too complicated. I looked for a code that was very easy to use yet almost impossible to decipher. For me that code is the substitution of numbers for letters that appear in a book, magazine or other text.

The only way I can see this being solved is if the people involved know what book, magazine or text is being used. Here is my version:

FIRST:
Both the sender and receiver of the message must have the same copy of text. This means the same book, magazine, etc.

SECOND:
Find the words that you need in your message then indicate their location with numbers.

That's it!

Here's how it works:

First number = the page of the text being used.

Second number = the paragraph on that page.

Third number = the sentence in that paragraph.

Fourth number = the word in that sentence.


For example: If you want to indicate the word "home" which appears on page 3, in the 2nd paragraph, 4th sentence, 6th word. You write:

3.2.4.6

A sentence may look something like this using an extra space or dash between coded words:

3.2.4.6 - 5.3.2.6 - 8.7.2.1 - 9.1.1.1 - 16.5.3.2  and so on.


There is a more involved but also more tedious breakdown if you reach into each letter of the word being used to make the code by adding another number.

An easier version may limit the number of pages to 9.  You can use line numbers instead of sentences. A benefit is that you have no need to put a dash or decimal point between numbers making it just as dificult to solve if not more so.
Example:
Sequence is page#, line#, word#
324 = page 3, line 2, word 4 (using 4 digit would narrow the code down to the letter)

A line of code would look something like this:

5326 87219111 

Note: each word only needs 3 numbers so when you decipher the code just break up the line like this:
532  687  219 111

While searching for various code systems I came across Edgar Allen Poe who sometimes used to write puzzles for a newspaper.


A short biography which I found to be very interesting:
Edgar was orphaned at an early age, and was sent to live with a foster family but was never officially adopted. He was eventually disowned by the family after years of disputes.

Edgar's life included intense drinking bouts, giving him a bad reputation in 19th century society.
His public image was of an unstable man sitting in a dim room, a bottle at his side, a pipe full of opium, scribbling insane verses.
After the death of his wife Poe fell apart emotionally and died two years later, at the age of forty.