To lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason.  To move or go in a mean, stealthy manner.
ISSN: 1527-814X Tuesday March 28, 2000

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Skulking through past issues

WebSkulker is very annoyed at a lot of you jr. skulkers.  He received a record amount of email about the site mentioned in yesterday's issue that lets you look up driver's licenses issued in every state and see the driver's picture.  If you haven't checked it out yet, go to:

Most of the email asked whether WebSkulker checked out the site himself before publishing the item.  The answer to any such question is "YES, WEBSKULKER ALWAYS TRIES OUT EVERY SITE THOROUGHLY BEFORE EVEN THINKING ABOUT MENTIONING IT!!!"  WebSkulker knew precisely what that site does, and knew that the site works precisely as its author intended.  WebSkulker had already looked up his own picture and it was a remarkable likeness.

Jr. Skulker Andy wrote to us about the joke in yesterday's issue:  The joke's premise is that "It's common practice in England to ring a telephone by signaling extra voltage across one side of the two wire circuit and ground (earth in England)."  Andy says:  "Not any more , it isn't -- that's the trouble with old jokes!  We used to do this for shared service lines, but for the last 30 years or so, electronic 'pair gain' technologies have been used. The joke still makes people laugh though.  Cheers."

In our 2/9/00 issue, WebSkulker mentioned that if you dial phone number:
1010732-1-770-988-9664 (you must use a carrier code exactly like this) then it will speak your phone number along with some extra digits.  Jr. Skulker Michele found this phone number on a very silly web page that claims that the last spoken digit indicates whether your phone is being tapped.  Somehow WebSkulker doesn't think so, but it is fun reading:

The new wireless skulking standard

The above sites will teach you everything the jr. skulker needs to know about Bluetooth, a new standard for wireless connections between computers, peripherals, and handheld devices such as PDA's and smart cell phones.  "Bluetooth is a technology specification describing how various electronic products such as mobile phones, computers, and personal digital assistants (PDAs) can interconnect with each other using a short-range wireless connection. The wireless connection is established using a low-power radio link among the devices. The primary benefit of this technology is the elimination of proprietary cables which are currently required to connect devices for information synchronization. 

Bluetooth works by having a device built using a specialized microchip which basically acts as a short-range walkie-talkie. This microchip allows the device to send short range radio signals which look for other Bluetooth enabled devices. When another device is found, the devices begin to communicate with each other and can exchange information."

It will probably be years before these devices are common, but this is an important new technology that you jr. skulkers should know about.  The first link above is the home for the official organization.  The second link is a Flash animation that is the quickest introduction to the concepts.  The third link also has a lot of information and tutorials.

Skulking in the traffic

If your parents ever told you to stop bothering them and go skulk in the traffic, this site might help you.  If your city is shown with a green dot on the map, then click on the dot and you will get a road map of the area with symbols showing all current accidents, construction zones, and anything else blocking traffic.  Click on the symbol to get details and when it should be cleared up.

Joe Skulker

This site has some really funny cartoons in Flash animation.  Assuming you have the right plug-in, the opening page has a menu of the 10 most requested for you to click on.  To see more, move your mouse over each of the green segments of the centipede (or whatever that thing is) and click on the item you want.

Ms. Cat says that you are not, under any circumstances, to watch this cartoon:

These made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Stuart Shostak

A Worker's Prayer 

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The courage to change the things I cannot accept. And the wisdom to hide the evidence that I have been using company property for personal purposes, including circulating my resume, and searching for more rewarding and satisfying work. 

And also, help me to be careful of the toes I step on today as they may be connected to the ass that I may have to kiss tomorrow. 

Help me to always give 100% at work.... 12% on Monday, 23% on Tuesday, 40% on Wednesday, 20% on Thursday, 5% on Fridays. 

And help me to remember..... When I'm having a really bad day, and it seems that people are working on my last Good Nerve, that it takes 42 muscles to frown and only 4 to extend my middle finger and tell them to bite me.


A cute little old lady goes to the doctor and says, "Doctor I have this problem with gas, but it really doesn't bother me too much. They never smell and are always silent. As a matter of fact I've farted at least 10 times since I've been here in your office. You didn't know I was farting because they don't smell and are silent."

The doctor says, "I see. Take these pills and come back to see me next week."

The next week the lady returns. "Doctor," she says, "I don't know what the heck you gave me, but now my farts, although still silent, stink terribly."

"Good," the doctor said. "Now that we've cleared up your sinuses, let's work on your hearing."


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