R a N d O m A c C e S s H u M o R RAH! RAH!
Volume 0 Number 2 November 1992
A rag-tag collection of fugitive humor, some of which
is vaguely related to the BBS/Online System world.
Editor: Dave Bealer
Copyright 1992 Dave Bealer, All Rights Reserved
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TABLE OF INCONTINENCE:
Editorial - A Puffin Anniversary...................................01
Really Questionable Cinema.........................................02
The Story of Ronald Frump..........................................05
As The Hard Drive Turns - Part II..................................06
Taglines Seen Around the Nets......................................08
Masthead - Submission Information.................................A-1
Random Access Humor Page 1 November 1992
Editorial - A Puffin Anniversary
by Dave Bealer
November 1, 1992 marks the first anniversary of my BBS going online.
I had been tinkering with the thing for weeks, but on November 1,
1991 The Puffin's Nest was placed online 24 hours per day. It has
not been down since, except for maintenance, glitches and power
Although The Puffin's Nest (TPN) has been online for a year, it has
only been a member of FidoNet since January. I would like to take
this opportunity to publicly thank Doug Wittich, the man who acted
as my mentor and bossnode. Doug is responsible for my being online
in FidoNet today, since I would surely have gone mad before mastering
the intricacies of Frontdoor on my own. Actually, I never did. Doug
convinced me to switch to BinkleyTerm, but has remained a good friend
anyway. So now everyone will know whom to blame for my predations on
the online world.
Recently things had been working entirely too well, so I decided to
make them more complicated. I recently joined CinemaNet and SailNet,
thereby entering the multi-domain world. This caused a few more grey
hairs, but was probably worth the bother. Only time will truly tell.
One of the most frequently asked questions about my BBS is the name.
What exactly is a puffin? The puffin is an arctic seabird, a member
of the alcid family. Puffins range from Maine northward, and are
quite common in Iceland. Puffins can fly, although not too well.
They can also waddle around on land, although they only come up on
land in the summer to breed. The rest of the year is spent out at
sea, where the puffin is truly at home. Puffins can dive under the
water and swim with a flying motion of their wings.
Puffins are often mistaken for penguins. Both birds are black and
white, but there the similarity ends. Penguins have short, round,
dull colored beaks, whereas puffins have large multi-colored beaks.
As fans of cartoonist Berke Breathed may already know, the star of
his comic strips, Opus the Penguin, really looks more like a puffin
than a penguin.
More well known is the common puffin's distant relative, the giant,
radioactive, mutant killer puffin. These were commonly found in
Japanese horror movies of the Fifties and early Sixties.
The next question usually is, why did I pick the name of an obscure
species of arctic seabird as the name of my BBS? The answer is that
the puffin is also the mascot of the National Aquarium in Baltimore
(NAIB), where I was a volunteer from February 1988 until October
1992. One of the features (the most under used feature) of my BBS is
a message area for discussion of the NAIB. Hence the name. BTW, the
only reason I left this volunteer position was a conflict with my new
shift at my real-life, paying employer.
Random Access Humor Page 2 November 1992
Really Questionable Cinema
Novelization by Dave Bealer, based on the screenplay by Dave Bealer
of the motion picture produced and directed by Dave Bealer.
BealerText Ltd. Presents:
Not so long ago in a cyberspace not
nearly far enough away....
N E T
W A R S
A war was raging.
There was nothing
civil about it. Rebel
forces struggled to repel
the evil work of the ravening
The rebels, under the command of
super-hero Nuke Etherwalker, had
just scored a major out-of-court
victory by forcing the empire into
revealing its plans for total global
domination of communications networks.
Random Access Humor Page 3 November 1992
One of the worst problems facing Nuke was
the diversity of the factions making up the
Rebel Alliance. Each group, or net, had its
own political agenda. While all agreed that
the Empire's plans had to be thwarted at all
cost, they rarely agreed on who should pay the
cost. This, then, is a brief summary of some of
the nets making up Nuke's "Alliance".
For those who, although chronologically adults, are still disturbed
by the puerile sexual imaginings of youth.
An adventurous net where games of "Bet your node" are the commonplace
means of settling all disputes.
For musicians only.
During the Zone Wars, these folks took *any* zone they wanted.
Their leader goes by the name of Ahnold.
Although misspelled, this net is aptly named. You're gonna
need earplugs for this one.
Cries of "You sunk my battleship!" can always be heard reverberating
in this net.
These girls will claw your eyes out if you're not careful...
Sometimes they will even if you *are* careful.
Consists of two brand-new boards in East Podunk, Arkansas. The
sysops of these systems, which boast a combined total of six users,
cannot understand why the Intergalactic Zone Police will not reserve
five consecutive zone numbers for their exclusive use.
The exclusive club for the "hat people," those old fogeys in hats
who spend their time driving in Interstate highway fast-lanes at
30 mph. This is the place where they cook up new ways to frustrate
folks who are actually trying to get somewhere while driving.
Random Access Humor Page 4 November 1992
The net for the terminally brain-dead, who go online sometimes
when there is no book-burning or cross-burning to attend.
Nodes of this net are hard to find. None of the sysops has
ever been taken alive.
U.S. House Bank Check Clearinghouse.
Although not as heavily armed as the members of CommandoNet,
these punks are dangerous nonetheless.
Legal discussions for ambulance chasers everywhere.
These guys are almost as secretive as the ninjas, and with
good reason. This net, which claims to be loyal to the alliance,
is believed to actually be sponsored by the Empire.
Archiver wars rage freely here, for no apparent reason. Whatever
random stupidity started this, no prisoners are taken by any side.
These boys are all talk and no action.
Thousands of burned-out Yuppies all crowded around a small, polluted
pond, trying to "find themselves" online.
For seekers of the elusive dweeb.
These guys take no prisoners. Their new ZC is the winner of a
Texas Steel Cage Grudge match, complete with chainsaws.
Controlled by the Intergalactic Zone Police, whose sworn duty is to
make sure every zone number is used by only one net. Their job is to
hunt down and horribly butcher the entire *C structure of any net who
dares to use an already claimed zone number.
Random Access Humor Page 5 November 1992
The Story of Ronald Frump
by Bernie Krumb
Ronald Frump was born on December 7, 1941. Frump calls this an
interesting fact, although his business opponents have been known to
refer to it as prophetic.
Leaving his childhood home of Fort Scott, Kansas, at the age of
sixteen, Frump made his way west, eventually settling in Soccorro,
New Mexico. After spending many years selling used yachts in New
Mexico, Frump tired of the fast and reckless lifestyle of Soccorro
and made for the calmer waters of Las Vegas.
In 1963 Frump landed his first job as a dealer at a small club off
the strip. His business savvy and bloodthirsty tendencies soon saw
him safely ensconced as owner of three small clubs, The Frump Sphinx
Club in Las Vegas, the Frump Coliseum in Reno and the Frump Colossus
in South Lake Tahoe.
But Ronald Frump is a dreamer, and a man not accustomed to making do
with what he already has. He conceived of a huge strip hotel, larger
than any then in existence. The result was the Frump Pyramid, two
blocks long and 50 stories high. The Pyramid's 4,500 hotel rooms
were filled constantly with customers for the three casinos, two
nightclubs, five restaurants and numerous shops contained on the
Opened in 1971 with the aid of money invested by a group of well-
heeled New Jersey olive importers, the Frump Pyramid cleared more
than $6 billion in its first five years. With this kind of success,
it was only a matter of time before further expansion took place.
The Frump Boardwalk Pyramid in Atlantic City was opened in 1983 with
the help of new partners, a consortium of sugar importers from Miami.
The Boardwalk Pyramid's 3,800 rooms and two casinos make it the
largest casino/hotel on the east coast.
With profits of better than $2 billion a year from the two Pyramids,
Frump has been playing a real-life game of Monopoly, buying every
hotel which comes up for sale in both cities. But why is it that
Ronald Frump is prospering when other casino operations in Nevada and
New Jersey are foundering?
Many experts attribute his success to his extra-ordinary sense of
what people will find entertaining. For instance, one of the
mainstay attractions of both Pyramids is the "Frumpies," waitresses
clad in fuzzy pink bathrobes and slippers, their hair up in curlers.
Many guests seem to like this homey touch, and are willing to
overlook the "Frumpies" usual surliness, the extent of which has
prompted more than one observer to nickname them the "Grumpies."
The Twerpus Maximus Room at the Frump Coliseum is one of the most
popular cabaret spots in Reno. Retired and burned out Frumpies strut
their stuff there every evening in front of sellout crowds.
Random Access Humor Page 6 November 1992
Another major innovation brought to casinos by Ronald Frump is the
"Robo-Dealer," a mechanical dealing robot built by RCU, the Robotics
Corporation of Ukraine, located in Minsk. These wise-cracking
mechanical dealers not only save large amounts of payroll expense,
they are also able to more effectively spot players who cheat, while
themselves performing tremendous feats of automatic dexterity while
dealing. A Robo-Dealer has begun appearing in recent Frump Casino
ads, and its early popularity has led some pundits to make the gloomy
prediction that Robo-Dealer may attain pop-culture icon status
similar to that enjoyed by Max Headroom and "Mr. Whipple."
Despite his success, Ronald Frump's life has not been without its
trials and tribulations. He ended up spending millions outfitting
the new Boardwalk Pyramid with huge fans to blow away the fog which
would periodically obscure the fifty foot high letters proclaiming
the FRUMP name to all of south Jersey.
"As the Hard Drive Turns - Pt II"
by: Rob Novak
SysOp - 261/[email protected]
It has been said that a SysOp is the lowest form of life in the
universe. I say this is not necessarily true. There are a few slime
molds and fungi that have the good sense to keep to themselves.
After all, a SysOp exposes himself to ridicule, phone bills,
equipment damage, software and hardware maintenance, and much more
mind-numbing tasks. Why? All for the gratification of a job well
done. Well, that's not quite true, either - we do it for BABES.
Starting a bulletin board is very easy - get a pile of money about 3
feet high and four feet in diameter. Douse it with gasoline and
throw a torch on top. This won't get a BBS running, but it will
prepare you for the future bills you'll run up.
Once you've put out the blaze, scrounge through the pile of ashes for
some usable bills. Use about $2500 worth to buy yourself a
blisteringly fast computer, a large hard drive, a tape backup system
(no, a cassette recorder does NOT count as tape backup), and a
blazingly fast modem. Burn all the receipts in order to maximize
agony when one of the pieces of equipment stops working. Real SysOps
never need receipts, anyway.
Once you have your computer system up and running, you've got to get
the software. This is easier said than done. Local laws most likely
prohibit any one source from having all parts of the distribution
archives. Once you scour the local BBS scene, give up and call
long-distance to Quebec to download the files you need. Systems
outside the US are not bound by the above rule since they're
long-distance and cost lots of money to call anyway. Throw some more
money onto the pile and baste liberally with kerosene.
Once you have all the software sitting on your hard drive, unpack the
archives to your BBS directory. Notice the propensity of software
authors to include the file README.1ST with anything. Notice how
your "y" key has stopped working due to the "File exists, Overwrite?
[y/n]" questions the archiver has been throwing at you. Go out and
Random Access Humor Page 7 November 1992
buy a new keyboard. Throw a couple of twenties on the pile to keep
Change to your BBS subdirectory and run the easy-to-use installation
program provided with the software. Once you have answered all the
questions incorrectly and the configuration files are totally
trashed, give up and print the documentation. Before you do that -
go to the office-supply warehouse and get 4-5 cases of computer paper
and an extra ribbon for the printer. If you're insistent on laser-
printing the mess, get 4-5 cases of Xerox paper and 3 extra toner
cartridges. You might want to keep an extra drum kit nearby.
Start printing the docs by using the DOS "PRINT" command. While some
people will claim that you can go do other things while PRINT is
dealing with the text files, you might as well take a vacation. The
20,000 pages or so of docs you're printing could take a few days.
PRINT always crashes after the 19,542nd page anyway.
Once all your docs have printed, go buy a new printer as the old one
has now melted into a large hunk of plastic slag. Take the rest of
the money out of the bank and sprinkle it liberally upon the blaze.
Read the docs. This could take the next week and a half. BBS
documentation is written by people for whom English is a second
language. The typical instruction in a BBS document reads "Use your
favorite ASCII editor to edit the configuration file, paying
attention to the %. After editing, compile by typing VOMIT . Where is
something typed at random, are things on the front of the
computer, cost extra, and is picked out from
between your toes."
Once the documentation has been digested (your dog ATE it, didn't
he?), you can begin editing the configuration files. After this
experience, sell your family into slavery to pay for the hand therapy
and psychiatric treatment bills. You should burn any money left
Create a batch file to run the system and re-cycle things when a
caller logs off. This is a very important step unless you plan on
sitting at the computer for the rest of your life issuing DOS
Run your batch file.
Didn't work, did it?
Random Access Humor Page 8 November 1992
--- Taglines Seen Around the Nets
Choosey mothers choose GIF.
A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's printed on.
Misspelled? Impossible...error correcting modem!
Where there's a will, there's an inheritance tax.
Does steel wool come from metal sheep?
A seminar on time travel will be held two weeks ago.
File not found, but if you'll hum a few bars...
Editing is a rewording activity.
We secretly replaced the dilithium crystals with Folgers crystals...
Tagline thievery...on the next Geraldo!
Not tonight, dear. I have a modem.
Random Access Humor Page A-1 November 1992
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would be good places to find sysops with a sense of humor...
seemingly a rarity these days.)
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RaceNet> 73:108/1 4X4Net> 44:2600/6 SportsNet> 73:108/6
RecoveryNet> 12:2600/6 Flynet> 196:30/0 PetNet> 73:108/6
Pooh's Corner Fells Point, MD. Sysop: Mark Truelove
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RBBSnet> 8:936/206 FilNet> 33:410/0 CandyNet> 42:1031/1
The Depths of Hell Bayonne, NJ. Sysop: Eric Knorowski
FidoNet> 1:107/813 (201) 437-5706 14400 (HST)
FishNet> 21:102/101 CandyNet> 42:1011/1 ChateauNet> 100:5801/100
007LZ Southfield, MI. Sysop: Gary Groeller
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GlobalNet> 51:1400/0 W-Net_fts> 66:636/1
The Edge of Sanity Dearborn, MI. Sysop: Tom Smith
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H*A*L Muskogee, OK. Sysop: Lloyd Hatley
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The Shop Mail Only Flushing, NY Sysop: Steve Matzura
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