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Feb 9, 1990, 11:35:35 PM2/9/90
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<fizzle...hiss... pop... whine....whirrrrrrr....>
[Noises of steam-driven machinery coming up to speed...]
Hello? Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3....
[A flickering image >snaps!< into existence. The colour isn't right and
no details can be made out, but this doesn't seem to worry the
sender...]

Ah, right. That seems to be working now.
[Our mailer has just been written... and is now meant to be working...]
Sorry, I'm late, but They've only just let us (mail) out... :-)


A virtual ensemble... Any room for a virtual drummer.. err..
percussionist in your midst? I've got lots of enthusiasm, but no
experience...

(I deeply wish I had sufficient space to get a drum kit, but my
computer system/book collection/record collection are rather
expansive... and I don't think the neighbours would like it... :-) :-) )
~
Oh, sorry, yes, hello.

[The part-formed figure suddenly notices the enquiring glances he's
being given and fiddles with the controls you assume are in front of
him. The figure flickers to 2d/black-and-white then resolves into a
jeans-and-tshirt-wearing young man. A quick guess might put him in
his late twenties, but a second glance shows that his beard adds a
number of years to his looks. He's dark haired, wearing
slightly-tinted glasses and suddenly rather self-conscious and trying
not to be...]

I'm um.... [This is obviously a tricky one...] well, it'll do for now.
You can call me 'Thanatos' - I'll go into why that's my handle
sometime. For now, it's the name I _know_ myself as, online. In the
'real' world, many people call me Peter Jones - but quite a few call
me 'Than.'... seepage, i suppose :-). As you may have noticed from
the message path, I'm from the UK. And, in fact, _in_ the UK.

Things: yes, lots of things. Mostly books, records (vinyl!) and
computer kit (in that order). So I spend lots of time reading (scince
fiction, science fantasy and fantasy - exclusively...), listening to
music (from "AC/DC" to "ZZ Top" alphabetically, from "Metallica" to
"Suzanne Vega" and in various other directions in style) and using the
computer gear.

I don't do a lot else... I socialise with people from BBS (two) over
here - drinking/role playing/live roleplaying - but that's it,
really... (okay, so 50 miles may not sound far to US people... but
it's a long way to London from here..! :-) )

Work-wise, I'm a professional computer programmer. Yes, I really
_like_ computers. Writing a program that is fundamentally _mine_ and
seeing it work is *GREAT*. (Okay, so picking up the pieces a couple
of weeks later when it goes "live" can be a strain, but even that's
quite fun...) I feel lucky in who I've been working with - from what
I've heard and seen around the rest of my work place (big bank
computer section), they're great people.

Long felt wants (erhem): I wannabe a drummah! But I don't think I
could inflict the reality on anyone... anyone at all...

...And I keep telling myself I should get out more and meet people.
But, I reply, I don't know anyone around here... Exactly..! But, I
reply, I'll be moving back to London Real Soon Now... Mumble, mumble,
mumble... (I'm very convincing... :-) )

Oh, and I'd like to point out that, even if I were going slightly
bald, I wouldn't be concerned about it at all. So there.

[With that, and a grin, he walks confidently to the bar...] MIKE! [he
commands.] Sorry. Mike, I'll have a pint of Sam Smith's. Dollar?
Sorry... Um... VISA? MasterCard? Sterling? Ah, good. [He hands
over a small, golden coin.] Yes, Mike, it's a "pound note"...
[Dubiously, Mike accepts the proferred coin. After looking into a few
of the many corners, he decides to take a seat facing towards the fire
and relax for a while...]

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e-mail to: {...}!mcsun!ukc!cix!thanatos
or: thanatos%cix....@uck.ac.uk
Or call, using the _VIEWDATA_ (also known as Videotext, or even Prestel
Emulation) software that you just know you've got hiding somewhere on
that VAXCluster:
The Dwarfen Realm (24 Hour, V21, V22, V22bis, V23, MNP 5, 7 data bits,
Even parity, 1 stop bit, **VIEWDATA**) +44 (0)376 501036
..if it doesn't answer:
1) You've saved some money
2) The fileserver has died
3) I've turned the hard disk off so I can get some sleep (== "I need a
new fan")
4) Due to a little known aspect of SubSpace, your call has been routed
to British Telecom Directory Enquiries. Please hold the line, your
call has been queued.

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"Look it up in the index. What? What do you mean 'What index'?
It hasn't got an index? Good grief..."
"But it's a novel..."
"So????"
(c)1990 Indices for Everything Campaign

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