To lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason.  To move or go in a mean, stealthy manner.
ISSN: 1527-814X Wednesday May 3, 2000

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We go skulking

In yesterday's issue WebSkulker gave you a site,, that you might want to use to set up a home page for a group, club, or small business. is another good choice for setting up a free home page.  You can take almost complete control of the HTML and customize your page to look like anything you want, yet without any ads like other free hosting services.  Or you can use the free services that Wego supplies, mixed in with your own custom HTML.

Take the tour using the second link above to see all the features that are available with a free site.  For a real world example that uses some of the features, but mainly customizes their own HTML, click on the third link above.  You may recall that WebSkulker featured this Gnutella site in the 4/28/00 issue, and that's how we found out about

If all you want is a free site with no ads, click on the fourth link above for a sample that we threw together.  It's all our own HTML except for the page title which must be "Welcome to xxxxx", and the bar at the top that says "Welcome to xxxxx" and has links on the right.  We couldn't figure out any way to specify the title or to get rid of that bar.  Note that all of the other sample sites have a header area above that bar, a vertical navigation area at the left, and a footer at the bottom that mentions  We got rid of all those areas by using the Customize Layout section of the Customize Site Appearance area.  You can specify your own HTML for each of these areas, so to make them disappear, we used the following HTML:   <b></b>

As long as you type some custom HTML into those areas, no matter how short, yours will override the built-in stuff.  From the Customize Appearance - Homepage area, we chose One Large Custom Panel and checked Homepage Contents Should be Flush with Page Borders.  After making these changes, hit Finish and you get a preview of your mostly-blank page.  The Custom Area will have a colored bar at its top with the word "Edit" at the right.  Click on this to enter your custom HTML for the bulk of your web page.  You can make that bar disappear by making its color white so it blends into the background.

Click on the fifth link above to start building your own page.

Skulking telephone sounds in the UK

Rob Grant's Telephone Pages site has many .wav files of old telephone switching sounds from the UK, most recorded from a phone line so you hear what the customer heard, but some recorded from inside the central office so you hear the sounds of the machinery.  Unfortunately the author doesn't seem to know about RealAudio or MP3 compression, so the .wav files are huge, often over a megabyte.

Don't rappers ever say "skulk"?

Jr. Skulker Matthew told us about the Rapper's Dictionary which has definitions for hundreds of the slang words and phrases you would hear in rap song lyrics.

Things you might find while skulking

"News of the Weird (founded 1988) is the longest-running, most widely-read bizarre-but-all-true news feature in the United States--indeed, the gold standard of weird-news reporting. The principal work-product of News of the Weird is the weekly column that appears in more than 250 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada."

This made WebSkulker laugh

Top 10 Signs Your Cat is Planning to Kill You

1. Seems mighty chummy with the dog all of a sudden. 

2. Unexplained calls to F. Lee Bailey's 900 number on your bill. 

3. He actually _does_ have your tongue. 

4. You find a stash of "Feline of Fortune" magazines behind the couch. 

5. Cyanide pawprints all over the house. 

6. You wake up to find a bird's head in your bed. 

7. As the wind blows over the grassy knoll in downtown Dallas, you get a faint whiff of catnip. 

8. Takes attentive notes every time "Itchy and Scratchy" are on. 

9. Has taken a sudden interest in the wood chipper. 

10. Ball of yarn playfully tied into a hangman's noose.


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