Subject: DIGDUG and SINISTAR
File number: 74-27934
Admin Routing: D42-L7
So Mighty Joe Young has been seeing a shrink. This is good news. Don’t ask me how I know this - I’ll get into that in another memo. I’m just writing this to justify why I’m probing into his files.
Joey reported experiencing “deja vu” around the ruins in the museum. The probability is high that he encountered artifacts left behind by Kiln’s people. We know roughly where that happened, thanks to GIGADRILL (file number 74-23691). We have another sample here at the museum.
We know the temple is basically stone, or some kind of mineral. We know that the chemical makeup of minerals is a function of location and depth in the geologic column. So if we get a sample of a mineral, we can try to figure out where it came from. We can also speculate that similar culture means similar architecture - how you fit rocks together, what kind of binding material you use, frequently used shapes (e.g. the Golden Rectangle of Greek antiquity), and so on.
I wrote two programs. The first is called DIGDUG. Its purpose is to scrape public and private databases, including internal AEGIS data. It does the following:
- Perform image recognition on anything that looks like an old ruin or temple. If we have surveillance photos from anywhere in the world, or if a tourist took a picture and uploaded it to the cloud, or whatever, and any of those pictures feature this temple architecture, it’ll get flagged.
- Sample geological data, looking for places in the world where the building blocks of this temple could have come from. They had to quarry the stone somewhere, unless it all just got magicked into existence.
The catch is, for DIGDUG to work, I need real samples of the rock. That means I’m going to have to chisel something off the actual temple at the museum. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to go back so badly. It should be simple - get in, chip chip chip, get out.
Someone messed with the museum in order to drop four supervillains on us. Useless supervillains, sure, but still. That’s where SINISTAR comes in. It’s sifting for previous contacts with the Architects of Evil, and will flag any new contacts with other villains via those same channels. I don’t want to get caught by surprise again.
Alright, time to leave for the museum. We’ll be picking up some stealth tech along the way. As usual, if I don’t report back within 24 hours, this memo will be released via the usual channels, yadda yadda.