To lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason.  To move or go in a mean, stealthy manner.
ISSN: 1527-814X Wednesday April 26, 2000

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Layin' the skulk down

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Skulking around Area 51

This site has satellite photos of the part of Nevada popularly known as Area 51.  It is WebSkulker's understanding that the U.S. government has never released its satellite photos of this area to the public, but there is no such restriction on photos taken by Russian satellites, and that is the source of these pictures.  WebSkulker heard about this early last week, but the site was so busy that he could never get through to it.  It seems to be working OK tonight, and hopefully you will be able to get to it in the daytime.  If not, bookmark it and wait a few more days until the novelty wears off.

Go to the link above and click on one of the thumbnail pictures.  A plug-in gets automatically installed the first time you do this, then you will see the complete picture.  You can adjust the size and level of zoom, and can click on the picture to center on that spot.  Note that there are six thumbnails on the index page, with a link at the bottom that says "More Area 51 Links."  Press that to go to the next page of thumbnails.

Find people skulking near you

Cybiko is a handheld wireless device with a small display and an alphanumeric keyboard.  Handheld wireless devices nowadays are usually directly connected to the Internet, for example the Palm VII.  But Cybiko is more like a walkie talkie because it can only talk to other Cybiko devices that are near it, within maybe 150 ft. indoors and 300 ft. outdoors.  You can send email to these other devices, chat with them, and play multi-user games.  You can also send and receive regular Internet messages by attaching your Cybiko to a PC via a serial cable, or through something the web site calls "Wireless Internet Gates", but doesn't explain anywhere that we could find.

The Find a Friend feature reminded WebSkulker of something he mentioned in the 3/16/00 issue, a cell phone service in Hong Kong that monitors your location and tells you if someone who matches your criteria is near you.  You can enter a profile about yourself into your Cybiko and tell it about people you want to meet.  If someone comes into range who matches, your Cybiko will vibrate like a pager, and then you can send them an email message or chat request.  Or you could just look around to see who else is staring at their Cybiko because they can't be very far away!

WebSkulker goes to the movies

This is one of those sites strictly for you jr. skulkers with a DSL line, cable modem, or other high-speed access to the Internet, and even those speeds aren't enough!  The rest of you should visit the site to see what might be the future of movie rentals. is experimenting with the concept of renting full-length movies via download from the Internet.  You download a huge file, maybe 180 Mb, that has the movie in a compressed and encrypted Windows Media Player format.  When you run the program to decrypt the movie, you will be asked whether you wish to buy it to view whenever you want, or rent it for 24 hours after which it will refuse to play.  The price for the ones WebSkulker looked at was $2.95 for the rental and $14.98 to purchase.

WebSkulker tried Surf Nazis Must Die because he was curious to know if they really must die, and if so, why.  The quality was like the average Internet video that you might watch on a DSL line, nowhere close to normal television and VHS tape.  You can download the preview for free to see what the real thing looks like.

Skulking Rudy

Jr. Skulker Aron Kay, aka the Pie Man who inexplicably throws pies at famous people, runs this satire page about Rudy Giuliani, mayor of New York: "The Rudy Horror Picture Show" featuring Rotorudy Giuliani toilet paper.

These made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Ms. 1133

After being away on business, Tim thought it would be nice to bring his wife a little gift. 

"How about some perfume?" he asked the cosmetics clerk.  She showed him a bottle costing $50.00. 

"That's a bit much," said Tim, so she returned with a smaller bottle for $30.00.  "That's still quite a bit," Tim complained. 

Growing annoyed, the clerk brought out a tiny $15.00 bottle.  "What I mean," said Tim, "is I'd like to see something really cheap." 

So the clerk handed him a mirror.


One evening a family takes their frail, elderly mother to a nursing home and leaves her, hoping she will be well cared for. The next morning, the nurses bathe her, feed her a tasty breakfast, and set her in a chair at a window overlooking a lovely flower garden. She seems OK, but after a while she sloowwwly starts to tilt over sideways in her chair. Two attentive nurses immediately rush up to catch her and straighten her up. Again she seems OK, but after a while she slooowwly starts to tilt over to her other side. The nurses rush back and once more bring her back upright. This goes on all morning. Later the family arrives to see how the old woman is adjusting to her new home. 

"So Ma, how is it here? Are they treating you all right?" they ask. "It's pretty nice, she replies. "Except they won't let you fart."


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