Alf's Secret Mission Journal

Following The Second Annual King's Cup Tournament

September 24-30, 2002

Tuesday, September 24, 2002 ... and ...

I am still in South East Asia. However, for about the next ten days I won't be able to log-on with the same regularity as in the past. Check back for hints.


Wednesday, September 25, 2002

NO DATA AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME


Thursday, September 26, 2002

NO DATA AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME


Friday, September 27, 2002

NO DATA AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME


Saturday, September 28, 2002

Today's journal was stolen from Beloit College. This, on the anniversary of an earlier journal based on similar theft.

BELOIT COLLEGE "MINDSET LIST" FOR THE CLASS OF 2006

Most students entering college this fall were born in 1984.

  1. A Southerner has always been President of the United States.
  2. Richard Burton, Ricky Nelson and Truman Capote have always been dead.
  3. South Africa's official policy of apartheid has not existed during their lifetime.
  4. Cars have always had eye-level rear stop lights, CD players, and air bags.
  5. We have always been able to choose our long distance carriers.
  6. Weather reports have always been available 24-hours a day on television.
  7. The "evil empire" has moved from Moscow to a setting in some distant galaxy.
  8. "Big Brother" is merely a television show.
  9. Cyberspace has always existed.
  10. Bruce Springsteen's new hit, Born in the USA, could have been played to celebrate their birth.
  11. Barbie has always had a job.
  12. Telephone bills have always been totally incomprehensible.
  13. Prom dresses have always come in basic black.
  14. A "Hair Band" is some sort of fashion accessory.
  15. George Foreman has always been a barbecue grill salesman
  16. Afghanistan has always been a front page story.
  17. There has always been an heir to the heir to the British throne.
  18. They have no recollection of Connie Chung or Geraldo Rivera as serious journalists.
  19. Peter Jennings, Dan Rather, and Tom Brokaw have always anchored the evening news.
  20. China has always been a market-based reforming regime.
  21. The United States has always been trying to put nuclear waste in Nevada.
  22. The U.S. and the Soviets have always been partners in space.
  23. Mrs. Fields' cookies and Swatch watches have always been favorites.
  24. Nicholas Cage, Daryll Hannah, Eddie Murphy, and John Malkovich made their first major film impressions the year they were born.
  25. The GM Saturn has always been on the road.
  26. The "Fab Four" are not a male rock group, but four women enjoying "Sex and the City."
  27. Fox has always been a television network choice.
  28. Males do not carry a handkerchief in a back pocket.
  29. This generation has never wanted to "be a Pepper too."
  30. Ozzy's lifestyle has nothing to do with the Nelson family.
  31. Women have always had tattoos.
  32. Vanessa Williams and Madonna are aging singers.
  33. Perrier has always come in flavors.
  34. Cherry Coke has always come in cans.
  35. A "hotline" is a consumer service rather than a phone used to avoid accidental nuclear war.
  36. The drug "ecstasy" has always been around.
  37. Genetic testing and DNA screening have always been available.
  38. Electronic filing of federal income taxes has always been an option.
  39. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has always been available to doctors.
  40. Trivial Pursuit may have been played by their parents the night before they were born.
  41. The U.S. has always maintained that it has a "clear right to use force against terrorism."
  42. The drinking age has always been 21 throughout the country.
  43. Women have always been members of the Jaycees.
  44. The center of chic has shifted from Studio 54 to Liza's living room, live!
  45. Julian Lennon had his only hit the year they were born.
  46. Sylvan Learning Centers have always been an after-school option.
  47. Hip-hop and rap have always been popular musical forms.
  48. They grew up in minivans.
  49. Scientists have always recognized the impact of acid rain.
  50. The Coen Brothers have always been making films.

And in 1984, perhaps it was "Too Soon to Tell" ...

© 2002 Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin


Sunday, September 29, 2002

Clever readers will have figured out that little Beloit, Wisconsin is not far from the Illinois border; nor is it far from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Why the "Mindset List" for Beloit College's class of 2006 plays an important part in my absence can only be figured out by comparing this list with the "Mindset List" published two years ago for Beloit's class of 2004.

The second 'hint' about the 'why' of all this 'sleeps' (in a Sherlock Holmesian fashion) in the Internet filtering system in China. As you can see, neither http://patpongcorkscrewclub.com nor http://www.corkscrew-balloon.com have been 'filtered' by the Chinese authorities. Here is the proof (from the Harvard Law School).1

Real-Time Testing of Internet Filtering in China
Documentation of Internet Filtering Worldwide
Jonathan Zittrain and Benjamin Edelman - Berkman Center for Internet & Society - Harvard Law School

Please wait for testing results. Full testing can take as long as 120 seconds

Starting testing...
Stage one testing complete.
Stage two testing complete.

Testing complete for http://patpongcorkscrewclub.com. Result:
Reported as accessible in China


Real-Time Testing of Internet Filtering in China
Documentation of Internet Filtering Worldwide
Jonathan Zittrain and Benjamin Edelman - Berkman Center for Internet & Society - Harvard Law School

Please wait for testing results. Full testing can take as long as 120 seconds

Starting testing...
Stage one testing complete.
Stage two testing complete.

Testing complete for http://www.corkscrew-balloon.com. Result:
Reported as accessible in China


1 It is true ... but it is also a red herring ... that I lived one floor below (In Elliot House) from the Unabomber during the summer of 1959.


Monday, September 30, 2002

It's a mixed blessing that so much is happening so quickly. Only "readers between the 'lines'" will catch this one.

But, all will be explained ... over drinks.


Next: More clandestine reports

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