To lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason.  To move or go in a mean, stealthy manner.

Monday October 18, 1999

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Skulking in the real world

Thanks to the help of many of you jr. skulkers, as of today there are over 500 subscribers to WebSkulker!  We made a promise In the premier issue that on this day we would give you jr. skulkers information about security problems at two San Francisco movie theatres that could allow someone dishonest to sneak in for free. Since WebSkulker and his cat live in San Francisco and the newsletter was started with a list of our friends mainly in this area, we assumed that at least the first few hundred subscribers would be local and would enjoy this story.  We were very wrong; the majority of subscribers heard about WebSkulker from ads we placed on other web pages and they could be located anywhere in the world.  We will keep the promise anyway, and you jr. skulkers in other cities might want to look for similar flaws in your movie theatres and of course immediately inform the management so they can beef up their security.

WebSkulker often goes to the AMC 1000 and AMC Kabuki theatres in San Francisco.  He always buys a ticket, hides it in his pocket, and then sneaks in without showing the ticket just to prove he can do it.  We hope that all of you jr. skulkers will be honest and do the same thing with this information.  The AMC 1000 has multiple stories with a total of 14 theatres, all of them upstairs from the lobby.  There is an escalator and an elevator going upstairs and almost everyone takes the escalator.  During most hours, there is a single employee at the bottom of the escalator who takes all tickets.  So you walk over to the elevator and take that upstairs instead, and no one will ever check your ticket!  Seriously, it's that simple.  The ticket taker at the escalator has their back to the elevator, yet apparently they are supposed to watch it to ask for tickets.  They do look around occasionally, but when they are busy taking tickets you run over to the elevator, push the button, then move away from it so it doesn't look like you are planning to use it.  Wait until the door opens, glance over to the ticket taker to make sure they are busy, then walk back over to the elevator and get in.

During prime times they sometimes let anyone go up the escalator and have ticket takers on each floor check tickets for that set of theatres. In tomorrow's issue, WebSkulker will explain some advanced skulking to bypass these multiple ticket takers, as well as discuss the Kabuki theatre.

WebSkulker's got mail

Many email reading programs let you choose a sound to be played over your computer speakers when new mail arrives.  This site, suggested by Jr. Skulker Batteryman, contains about 40 short sound bites taken from movies, TV shows, and cartoons relating to the arrival of mail or a message.  Click on the title of any of these files to listen to it.  To download to your PC, move the mouse pointer over one of the files, press the right mouse button, and choose  "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" or similar option depending on your web browser.  Then find the option in your email program to set this downloaded file as the "new mail" sound.

Batteryman actually suggested this site for a totally different reason: it is also the home for a shareware program called "Anymail" that lets you check multiple web-based free email boxes without having to go to each web site.  Let's say you have two mailboxes at and three more at, or any of 70 free email sites that Anymail knows how to use.  Download and install Anymail, add descriptions of these five accounts including your email address and password, and tell Anymail how often to check.  It will then visit all those web sites in the background, log in to each with your name and password, and report back to you if it finds any new mail.  Double click on any of the accounts in the Anymail display and it will bring you to that web-based mail page and log in for you, leaving you with the screen to see your mail.

The first link below describes the program; the second link is for downloading it.

Skulking for sound effects

Electronic Rainbow manufacturers and sells many electronic kits that jr. skulkers might want to build.  The first link is the company home, the second has a frame on the left with a list of their kits; choose one and the details will appear at the right.

The third link is fun to play with even if you don't buy anything. They sell a series of "CB Sound Toys" that you connect to a CB radio to broadcast sound effects (does anyone still use CB radio?), but could probably be modified to connect to a phone line.  Click on most of the names of these machines to hear the sound it makes.

Dancing skulkers

"From its humble origins in the multimedia division of Autodesk, Inc, the Dancing Baby has been transformed into a virtual phenomenon. It all started in the Kinetix product Character Studio™, with a sample animation of an infant doing the Cha-cha. Since then the Dancing Baby has been embraced and customized by animators and graphics enthusiasts everywhere."

These three pages contain links to hundreds of videos in .avi format of the dancing baby.  Click on any title and it will download and play on most systems.  These files are very large and will take forever to download unless you have a fast Internet connection like a DSL line.

This made WebSkulker laugh

Things we'd never know without the movies

1. Large, loft-style apartments in New York City are well within the price range of most people -- whether they are employed or not.

2. One of a pair of identical twins is always born evil.

3. Should you decide to defuse a bomb, don't worry which wire to cut. You will always choose the right one.

4. Most laptop computers are powerful enough to override the communications system of any invading alien society. Interestingly, alien computers seem to be IBM or Mac compatible.

5. It does not matter if you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involving martial arts - your enemies will wait patiently to attack you one by one by dancing around in a threatening manner until you have knocked out their predecessors.

6. When you turn out the light to go to bed, everything in your bedroom will still be clearly visible, just slightly bluish.

7. If you are blonde & pretty, it is possible to become a world expert on nuclear fission at the age of 22.

8. Rather than wasting bullets, megalomaniacs prefer to kill their arch enemies using complicated machinery involving fuses, pulley systems deadly gasses, lasers, and man-eating sharks, which will allow their captives at least 20 minutes to escape.

9. During all police investigations, it will be necessary to visit a strip club at least once.

10. All beds have special L-shaped cover sheets that reach up to the armpit level on a woman but only to waist level on the man lying beside her.

11. All grocery shopping bags contain at least one stick of French bread.

12. It's easy for anyone to land a plane providing there is someone in the control tower to talk you down.

13. Once applied, lipstick will never rub off -- even while scuba diving.

14. In war it is impossible to die unless you make the mistake of showing someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.

15. Should you wish to pass yourself off as a German or Russian officer, it will not be necessary to speak the language. A German or Russian accent will do. (It used to be an English accent for the German).

16. The Eiffel Tower can be seen from any window in Paris.

17. A man will show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating, but will wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds.

18. If a large pane of glass is visible, someone will be thrown through.

19. If staying in a haunted house, women should investigate any strange noises in their most revealing underwear.

20. Word processors never display a cursor on screen, but will always say: 
Enter Password Now.

21. Even when driving down a perfectly straight road, it is necessary to turn the steering wheel vigorously from left to right every few moments.

22. All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red readouts so you know exactly when they're going to go off.

23. A detective can only solve a case once he has been suspended from duty.

24. If you decide to start dancing in the street, everyone you meet will know all the steps.

25. Police departments give their officers personality tests to make sure they are deliberately assigned a partner who is their total opposite.

26. When they are alone, all foreign military officers prefer to speak to each other in English.

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