[an error occurred while processing this directive] Introduction Animation:

The introduction spy animation was built using flash to create a multimedia movie. The text was incorporated to add visual appeal as it decrypted itself. What you don't know is that the text itself has actually been encrypted by hand -- the process that you see in the entrance animation is possible to follow by hand.

The encoding process was done in the reverse process from what is seen in the animation. In order to determine what text would be shown, I started with "Tales of the Encrypted."

The first step that I took was to assign each letter a number position. Uppercase numbers received the appropriate number 1 through 26 relative to each letter's position in the alphabet. I then assigned digits to number spaces. The numbers 1 through 9 and 0 were given he number slots 27 through 36. Following the digits, number slots were assigned to lower case letters. "a" became 37 through "z" which became 62. The result from this assignment was a single series of numbers that correlated to a different letter.

Once these numbers were assigned, I began manipulating the complete set of numbers in order to hide the original text. I wrote down the original values of each letter in "Tales of the Encrypted."

By adding a number to the set, letters would effectively change position. The first letter, "T" had a value of 20. If I wanted to letter to be "A" I could simply subtract 19 from the set. Thus, "U" would become "B," as well.

The first method of encoding that I used can be called "ROT 31." The name is deceiving and makes it seem more complex than it truly is. ROT simply means rotate. 31 indicates that 31 will be added to the number set. 31, in this case, is a special number, because it is half of the total set of numbers (62 total). Rotating 31 the first time will encrypt the set, rotating 31 a second time will decrypt it. This method is useful for fast encoding when you simply don't want the message to be immediately recognized. Any time that an addition went past 62 the number would wrap around and start again at 1.

The second step was to take the resulting number position and subtract each individual number from 62. "T" now at 51, changed to 11. This inverts the letters so that their position from the first letter is now their position from the final letter.

From these numbers I changed the process so that each even number would have 3 added to it and each odd number would have 3 subtracted from it. The effect of this is to reverse evens and odds.

From there, I added 1 to every number. Evens and odds were flipped back to their original value.

For the next step, encoding was based upon the letter in relation to the letter following it. The following letter was subtracted from the original letter. The effect has a multiplier effect for change as it goes further along the phrase, and each letter ends up farther away from its starting point. Note that the final letter does not change.

The seventh step was to invert the letters once again. Each number was subtracted from 62, as in the second step.

Eight, I once again applies the ROT 31 process. /P>

Finally, in order to offset the rotation, I subtracted 1 from every letter. This had the effect once again of changing even values to odd and odd values so that they became even.

This process of encoding is not particular efficient. It is not particularly useful as it is difficult to decode. Computers could probably decode the message without a great deal of difficulty. The interesting part of this process can be observed, however, in the effectiveness of multiple types of encoding. By applying translations in many different ways the message is dramatically changed, and protected to at least some degree.