In December of 2008, a new AFI mystery began. An image on afireinside.net slowly revealed itself leading to a new contest: Begin Transmission. Fans submitted two-minute videos, and five winners were chosen to join the band in the studio to record vocals for Crash Love’s “I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here.”
December 15, 2008
The main page of AFireInside.net turns completely black. However, thanks to some photo manipulation by DF member Go Away White, we get series of images. The image on the site changes three times that day, revealing a bit more with each transition.
- 1st image: http://www.afireinside.net/images/01.jpg
- 2nd image: http://www.afireinside.net/images/two.jpg
- 3rd image: http://www.afireinside.net/images/iii.jpg
December 16, 2008
Images four and five are posted, revealing a bit more of the image.
- 4th image: http://www.afireinside.net/images/4.jpg
- 5th image: http://www.afireinside.net/images/Five.jpg
December 17, 2008
Images six, seven, eight, nine, and ten are posted. However, image ten has a different kind of URL. It is an Albert Einstein quote, with the word “tomorrow” missing.
- 6th image: http://www.afireinside.net/images/6.jpg
- 7th image: http://www.afireinside.net/images/seven.jpg
- 8th image: http://www.afireinside.net/images/8.jpg
- 9th image: http://www.afireinside.net/images/Nine.jpg
- 10th image:http://www.afireinside.net/images/learnfromyesterdaylivefortodayhopefor_theimportantthingisnottostopquestioning.jpg
December 18, 2008
After the tenth image, the images are longer numbers. They are instead denoted by a combination of the letters V, L, and C. The images are put together into this .gif file(animation) by board member killingxlights23. Here is the full list of URLs:
- 10:50 http://www.afireinside.net/images/01_V.jpg
- 11:18 http://www.afireinside.net/images/02_LLLL.jpg
- 11:38 http://www.afireinside.net/images/03_LVL.jpg
- 12:00 http://www.afireinside.net/images/04_VVV.jpg
- 12:20 http://www.afireinside.net/images/05_LLV.jpg
- 12:38 http://www.afireinside.net/images/06_VVL.jpg
- 01:00 http://www.afireinside.net/images/07_LLLLjpg
- 01:18 http://www.afireinside.net/images/08_C.jpg
- 01:28 http://www.afireinside.net/images/LV…LLLVLLCVLL.jpg
When all of the file names were converted to Morse Code, we get the phrase “THROUGH OUR BLEEDING WE ARE ONE” from the opening song of Black Sails in the Sunset.