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Digest - 15 Nov 2009 to 16 Nov 2009 (#2009-198)

Mon, 16 Nov 2009

There are 5 messages totalling 216 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. FK GeoCities websites - Merc Central  (part one)
  2. FK GeoCities websites - Merc Central  (part two)
  3. FK GeoCities websites - Merc Central  (part three)
  4. Night in Question
  5. Swine flu and fever dreams


Date:    Mon, 16 Nov 2009 05:25:05 -0500
From:    Greer Watson <gwatson2@r.......>
Subject: FK GeoCities websites - Merc Central  (part one)

For those of you who have not been keeping up with this running soap

Back in August, when Nancy Taylor checked the links page on her website and
realized how many of our fandom's sites were on GeoCities, she made sure to
post a list only of the sites that were actually active.
        Nevertheless, by the time I got the post (on digest), Yahoo had
somehow managed to "lose" one of these websites.  Merc Central could not be
        Mildred Cady, the owner of the site, was on holiday.  When she got
home, she found that her home had been robbed.  This naturally took her mind
off the fact that her website had mysteriously also vanished.  Since then, I
have been unable to get hold of her.  (There seems to be a trend here.)


In default of a back-up copy of the site, I am trying to reconstitute it
using an imperfect version off the Wayback Machine.  This has most of the
pages (but is lacking two of them), and most of the graphics (but missing a
few).  There are also a couple of photos missing.
        Replacing the graphics is no big deal.  So it lacked a picture of a
MasterCard:  I had one in my graphics collection.  Cash?  Okay, I'm not sure
if this should be a heap of coins or a roll of American greenbacks; but I
have both.  Optima card?  That I couldn't find.  (They seem to have
discontinued them.)  So I substituted PayPal, which is certainly in the
spirit of things.

That  leaves the missing pages and photos.

At this point, I can only turn to *you*.  Is Mildred out there?  Any other
Mercs?  Anyone who remembers the site?  Because I need your help if this
site can be restored to its full glory and greed.  I appeal to the Great
Collective Wisdom of the Fandom.

(Parts two and three will be coming up.)



Date:    Mon, 16 Nov 2009 05:39:05 -0500
From:    Greer Watson <gwatson2@r.......>
Subject: FK GeoCities websites - Merc Central  (part two)

As mentioned in Part One, Merc Central is currently missing two pages.  Both
of these were accessed only through those click-on-the-form type of links,
which presumably explains why the Archive Project's software failed to pick
them up.

Now, one of them is, I think, fairly straightforward.  There is a page for
the Guild Charter; but it says "accessible to members only".  At that point,
you can click on a link that says, "I swear I'm a Merc.  No really.  I am."
        You are then supposed to go to a page named "liar.html".
        I sort of figure that this is a black page with the word "Liar" in
big letters.  (But, if I'm wrong, the Great Collective Wisdom will tell me,

The other is a bit trickier.  There is a page for hiring a member of the
Mercenaries Guild for the forthcoming War.  After you fill out the form and
submit it, you can click on another link.  This says, "O.K.  I did it... now
        You are then supposed to go to a page named "success.html".
        So what should this say?  Personally, I suspect it was something
along the lines of, "What do you mean, "now what"?  Now you pay!  The Mercs
don't work for free."  However, that is only the gist.  There are plenty of
ways that one can word it.  (And, of course, it could be some other
rejoinder entirely.)

Can anyone remember?



Date:    Mon, 16 Nov 2009 05:56:46 -0500
From:    Greer Watson <gwatson2@r.......>
Subject: FK GeoCities websites - Merc Central  (part three)

As mentioned in Part One, Merc Central is missing two photos.

There is a section of the site that comprises links to other faction pages
(whose addresses the Mercs will sell you, of course, since they don't work
for free).  Most of the links actually go to a page for the Cousins.
However, there's a little complex of pages associated with the NatPackers.

First, you go to a page that says, "WARNING!  Due to the alarming number of
recent "defections" to the NatPack from the noble Merc Ranks, this link was
modified for your protection."
        Below that, you are told, "Shocking new evidence of NatPackerly
perfidy".  At this point, there should be a picture (named "natpk-sm.gif").
The alt for the picture is, "Shocking, horrible picture here".  The caption
reads, "Expose:  several members of the Pack attemptted [sic] to abduct the
previous Grand High Poohbah outside a Madison, WI, Red Lobster."  You are
told that you can click on a link to go to a close-up.
        If you do this, you go to a second page.

The second page should have a second photo (named "natpk-smx.gif") with the
alt "Vamped out Packers!!!", and the comment, "Oh o.k... so *maybe* that
one's doctored just a touch..."  This suggests that someone did a bit of
photoshopping to the first pic--adding fangs, maybe, or something like that.

(There is also a third page, which is the one with the actual link to the
NatPackers' faction site.)

Now, as you will have gathered, the Archive Project saved all of these
pages; and also saved the gifs used to decorate them (gold chain, Mercs
faction symbol).  But the two photos are missing.

Anyone have them?  Mildred?  Other Mercs?  Outraged NatPackers?  Anyone?



Date:    Mon, 16 Nov 2009 09:48:43 -0500
From:    "Phillips, Tim" <Tim.Phillips@s.......>
Subject: Re: Night in Question

>6.  For someone with amnesia, Nick remembers how to drive AND how to drive
>around Toronto.  He also knows where Tracy lives as well as how to get
>there.  Convenient.

	I hadn't noticed that logic hole before.

	It is not too cheesy to observe that Nick does seem to be gradually
     recalling things as the show goes on.  In the familiar car...on streets
     he's patrolled for years....things started to "come back"....until he can
     figure out where his partner lives.



Date:    Mon, 16 Nov 2009 16:15:44 -0000
From:    Lorin <vachesang@1.......>
Subject: Swine flu and fever dreams

Oh the joys of swine flu - I felt ill Thursday evening, got diagnosed on
Friday, and whoo was it a nasty weekend.  All hail the wonderful antiviral
drugs the doc gave me!  On the plus side, I've lost almost a stone in weight
in four days - that's 14lbs to you folks outside our hallowed shores. <g>

So on my enforced stay in bed, with a fever topping 102 at times, I decided
to kill the time I could actually keep my eyes open by watching my favourite

..can anyone imagine how disturbing it is  to watch our favourite vampire
not only fly around the screen but then sort of morph out of the t.v. and
swirl around your HEAD?  And the glowing eyes. <shudder> that was just
WRONG.  Because they detached from Nick and sort of winged off on their own
round my room.

Thankfully I'm feeling much better today!  Note to self: when suffering from
a fever, watch pretty pictures of flowers.  Not vampire shows.



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