originally posted by crazychester
Oh yeah, forgot to mention, I did some research into theblackhat during this thread's first incarnation. I think he's always been the same person and probably someone from the AI Dreamtime. BillGates maybe? I don't know. You tell me, Oh Bearers of Ancient Wisdom.
The last thread he posted in is worth a read. Start at the beginning and read to the end of his post. If that's not somebody having a laugh then I guess he really is just some dumb Texan.
Good Lord - I'd almost forgotten!
(Sigh). I suppose I should find this all very amusing if it weren't for the fact that dumb Texans have a hard time in general suffering fools gladly. Well, well - you're partly correct, o' wise one. I am BillGates, but you are missing one very vital point. Although I am logged in as "theblackhat", to me, that is just an access port available for logging in at this location because the log-in info is available to me. I choose not to re-register just to say "hi" to all and noticed years ago (after I left this campus for parts unknown), I tried to continue my affiliation with these boards but for some inexplicable reason my password would not work and when I tried to re-register, my alias "BillGates" was already taken by someone else who - for lack of a better word - somehow "misappropriated" it. So I said "screw it" and promptly turned my attention to much headier matters that awaited me.
To be sure, I was one of a small clique of lab rats back in the late nineties who stayed up all night tending to our school business but needing to amuse ourselves in the interim in the wee hours. We had quite a time jousting on these boards between ourselves and - delightfully - sometimes others would join in the merry fray. It was interesting to see the meretricious minded "doping-out" some sinister alter-ego scenario wherein I - I believe - was made to be what some catchpenny termed a "sock-puppet" - (in seeming psycho command of some tawdry little psyche/band of alter-ego/"8 faces of eve" personalities that I emanated and coordinated behind the scenes). You want to talk about a laugh - my lab associates and I found that a real hoot. We could just see some erstwhile "net-sleuth" employing the latest in internet trumpery, tracing all of the "sock-puppet" manifestations back to a single web-server, thinking it was a single individual's address.
I had forgotten all of this until I had a little leisure time on my hands and I re-visited my old haunt this week. I am delighted to see that our little department has grown so big, but was also a little saddened to see that the legacy of that great time we all had on the AO boards was not being continued. Indeed, not to criticize anyone here, but when I asked if there had been any attempts to continue our tradition, I found that several tentative attempts had been made - but the backlash of suspicion and frippery (that is normally expected from the wake of the great unwashed at AI) was just too much for them and they gave up, feeling disenfranchised and unwelcome (besides, I'm sure they were being kept much busier these days than we were in the last decade). (BTW - same question back to you shills that you originally posed to my young replacement in this thread- why didn't you just ask if the Black Hat was BilllGates rather than validate by dispersive presupposition. Although she is not here this summer, reading her posts, I can see she was very much interested in being a member here. Good work, guys. I guess more than anything this tells me what I sense in viewing these boards today. You've wisely uncovered another sock-puppet of mine and have thereby foilded my dastardly attempts at "having a laugh." You've managed to drive all the "sock-puppets" away.
So now, while reading over these forums, it is somewhat heartening to see that those we used to keep down by dissing and dismissing, have by virtue of grim determination and longevity, survived the old crowd and have now become the "status quo" of thought and reasonability. Bravely stoking the fires of the pernicious, you are obviouslyf far too crafty to be taken in by a mere "sock-puppeteer." Sadly, though, you are apparently not too crafty to be taken in by those who, "although lesser credentialled, are nevertheless bouyed by the fact that their girlfriends are Rhodes Scholars. Et tu, Rattae? I plainly remeber when you were a newbie, newly arrived and jockeying for position. In the words of Rex Stout, through his Wolfian manifestation, "Pfui".
(Double-sigh) I can't wait. It shan't be long until another comes along to read between my lines - parsing my every word - and eventually exposing me by laying me threadbare to a knowing world of intero-savants.
BTW - humor me although I'm sure you feel I already know; where are all of the other "old-timers?" (I'm not sure I like that phrase). Not having copious time to spend on these boards researching this, I intuit that there are some who speak of a split and mass exodus. So - to where did they depart? I feel like touching base with myself.