@@@ *** We Have a Winner! ***
@@@ Oracularity #824-05, the Top 150 Things To Do When Bored, was
@@@ the highest scoring of its digest by a good margin, with a 3.8
@@@ out of 5.0 and a distribution of 5hozM. Its authors, supplicant
@@@ Clay Petsche of Blackburg, Virginia, USA and long-time incarnation
@@@ extraordinaire Robert Menke of Los Alamitos, California, USA, are
@@@ being awarded a copy of the LifeView software and LifeHumor humor
@@@ archives <URL:http://www.offshore.com.ai/lifehumor/> (courtesy of
@@@ Cate3's Classic Comedy and Steve Kinzler).
@@@ On the occasion, Robert had this to say:
@@@ It is ironic (or strangely just? You decide) that I should be the
@@@ one to receive an award that commemorates the new name of the
@@@ Great One, as I have been vehemently opposed to such a change from
@@@ the start. It is equally ironic that I cannot benefit from the
@@@ prize as I only have a SparcStation and a Macintosh at home.
@@@ Perhaps it IS just.
@@@ You have to understand. The Oracle and I have been together a
@@@ long time, almost as long as you and he (my first contribution to
@@@ a digest was in issue 11). He was there when my hard drive
@@@ crashed ("so you lost a bunch of nudie pictures, so what"); he was
@@@ there when I graduated ("stay in school"); he offered advice about
@@@ my first job ("bail, man") and my lovers ("dump 'em"); he consoled
@@@ me through layoffs ("keep looking") and working for IBM ("RUN
@@@ AWAY!"); and, most importantly, he told me who would win in a
@@@ showdown between Picard and Darth Vader ("depends on WHICH Picard
@@@ and Vader"). I was there when Lisa appeared, when Barbara was in
@@@ vogue, when the Oracle couldn't decide whether he was a super-
@@@ intelligent computer or an obscure panmythologic deity, and when
@@@ he had to hoof it over to Radio Shack to buy parts for a <ZOT!>
@@@ gun. I witnessed woodchucks, lemurs, and other fantastic beasts
@@@ have their Warholian fifteen minutes. Changing the Oracle's name
@@@ at this point is almost akin to killing him. It just won't be the
@@@ same, somehow.
@@@ Anyway, I'm waxing maudlin. As Shakespeare so simply put it: "A
@@@ rose by any other name would smell as sweet." I will get used to
@@@ the new look-n-feel, but it will take Time.
@@@ BTW, how many past Oracularities are referenced in the list? I
@@@ think that contributes to some of its charm...
@@@ I hope Robert, and others who prefer the Usenet name, will realize the
@@@ Oracle will always be The Oracle, and will always answer to its first
@@@ electronic name, no matter how many additional ones it may accumulate
@@@ through the ages. Congratulations to the winners!