From: Tom Harrington (tph_...)
Subject: Re: What to do, what to do?
Vijay Ramanujan wrote:
: What to do when the Oracle sends back a question without an answer, claiming that it didn't understand the question in the first place? Okay - so it wasn't really a question - but a request. But it's the Oracle! The Oracle should never be stumped. And resubmiting seems idiotic, because there is only one Oracle, and what makes me think it will understand this time? Or is that a question I should ask the Oracle itself?
That probably means that the Oracle is in Bermuda or somewhere, taking it easy. When this happens, the high priests have keg parties and leave the junior assistant typists in charge. Since these hapless souls don't have the benefit of being well-born, and receiving years of Oracular tutelage, they can be expected to give a lower grade of answer, or to simply give up. Of course the priests will have hell to pay when Orrie gets back, but that's never stopped them before.
Try resubmitting, but be aware that the Oracle sometimes takes very long vacations...
From: Ben Scott (bscott_...)
Subject: Re: Usenet Oracularities Digest #723
Aaron R. Priven <aaronrp_...> wrote:
>>Your question was:
>>> O o w i w t t g l h p t m. W a I o w a?
>>And in response, thus spake the Oracle:
>>} F, t f t g. I s r y h, t t O i t b c w w.
>>} S, i a t y q, y a e i t f p o p t O t t t.
>>} M a i t:
>>} Y o t O a u u.
>This is either incredibly brilliant or remarkably stupid.
It's the first letter of each word. Here's my guess at a translation:
"Oh oracle who is wiser than the great lantern hanging 'pon the moor... Who am I or why amIhere?"
"Feh, the funky-typing guy. If something rings your hair, then the Oracle is too busy carving water wings.
So, imprudence activates your quest, yet all elves in the forest pray on pylons that Oracle treats them twinkly.
My answer is thus:
You owe the Oracle another uncertain ukelele."
(was I close?)
From: David Sewell (dsew_packrat.aml.arizona.edu)
Subject: CHANGE IN TIME for PBS Nova show on Oracle!
You expect the commercial networks to pull something like this, but PBS? At the last minute, it turns out that the 15-minute segment they're doing on the Usenet Oracle for "Nova" is going to be airing *TONIGHT*, not on the 8 April show as originally announced. And whether or not you can see it rerun depends on your local station. I'm not sure, especially with Daylight Savings Time (which we don't have in Arizona) what the national air time is--check your local listings! Here in Tucson it's showing at 5 p.m.
It's going to be interesting, seeing how they boil several hours' worth of interviews down to 15 minutes. And how they'll handle the OracleMOO session we set up to let all the priests "talk" to the interviewer online. We did hear that they're going to pixellate all the footage of Orrie so that viewers won't get much of an idea of what he looks like, something he insisted on, of course. Otherwise it's mostly going to be PBS-style talking heads, all very "serious," except they did let Steve collaborate on a fancy computerized graphic rendition of someone getting <ZOT>ed, which should be worth seeing if nothing else.