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Tuesday November 30, 1999

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Remember the free WebSkulker services

In case you missed last Wednesday's issue, WebSkulker was on vacation for several days and this is the first issue of the newsletter since then.  We also want to remind all you jr. skulkers that we enhanced the web site to provide three new services:

(1) Free web-based email just like Hotmail, but instead of a boring hotmail address like everyone else, you can be .  Sign up at:

(2) Free community bulletin board system for jr. skulkers to chat among yourselves and give feedback to WebSkulker and his cat:

(3) A web search engine that combines results from several search sites into one list:

Also in last Wednesday's issue we gave you puzzles submitted by Jr. Skulker Uncle Brucie: What was the LAST date that had all even digits and what is the NEXT date with all even digits?   What was the upside down year preceding 1961?  What will the next upside down year be?

The only jr. skulker to submit the correct answers was Al Diamond, a long-time friend of WebSkulker.  Al is probably the oldest person who plays with phones.  When he started this hobby, it was so long ago that the Dead Sea was just starting to get sick!

The dates with all even digits are 8 / 28 / 888 and 2 / 2 / 2000.  The upside down years are 1881 and 6009.

Jr. Skulkers can now read Japanese

This site is home for a software product called "TranLinGO" that does a reasonable job of translating Japanese web pages into English.  You can use it free for 30 days, then the price is $98 to buy the registered version.  Warning: the download is 25 Mb, but it's worth it because it works as advertised.  You install and start the program and leave it running in the background.  Then use Internet Explorer or Netscape to go to a page with Japanese language on it.  Press a button in TransLinGO and it will communicate with your browser to get the Japanese text on the page you are viewing, translate the Japanese to English, then rebuild the web page with English; i.e. all the pictures, layout, etc. of the web page stays the same, but suddenly it is in the translated English.

The translations are far from perfect, but they are usable; you will be able to tell what the web page is about and pretty much understand what the author is trying to say.  This is really pretty amazing for languages that are so far apart as English and Japanese.

WebSkulker is going to Mars

Jr. Skulker Uncle Brucie submitted this site because of its information about the Mars Polar Lander which is scheduled to land on Mars this Friday, 12/3/99 at around noon PST.  This is the first landing craft to have a microphone, and shortly after landing the site will have links to let you listen to what the microphone is picking up:

If you like what you hear and want to go to Mars yourself, you have a chance at this site:
Well, it's only your name that will go.  Jr. Skulker Tristan Tom submitted this site that lets you submit your name to be included in a list that will be burned into a CD ROM, then placed aboard the The Mars Surveyor 2001 Lander which is scheduled to land on 1/22/2002.  WebSkulker ran across this site a couple of months ago and submitted his name.  But he is concerned:  what would happen if a Martian found the CD, came to earth, and started skulking all those people?  Or even worse, sending them spam?

Sorry, WebSkulker won't sing

Continuing on the space theme, this site reminds the visitor that William Shatner and other Star Trek celebrities have put out albums of themselves singing and reading stories.  Most of them are so bad that they are funny.  You can listen to RealAudio samples of the best works.

This made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Rhoda Morton

The 15 Top Slogans rejected by Motel 6: 

15. Because you deserve better than the back-seat of some car. 

14. As seen on COPS. 

13. If we'd known you were staying all night, we'd have changed the sheets. 

12. Not just for nooners anymore. 

11. We left off the 9, but you know it's there. 

10. You rented the room, now buy the video. 

9. Sure, you could stay someplace nicer, but then you wouldn't have money left over for the hooker. 

8. We'll leave the Lysol for ya. 

7. Hey, we're not the Ritz, but just try bringing your secretary there on your salary, pal. 

6. We don't make the adultery. We make the adultery BETTER. 

5. It's Hookerriffic. 

4. Official lodging of the 1999 Florida Marlins. 

3. Blurring the line between stains and avant garde sheet art since 1962 

2. Cheap and easy -- just like your mother. 

1. We put the Ho in Hotel.


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