From: Bob Rankin
Subject: TOURBUS 10/31 - Robots: Part 1 /~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~|~~~~~/~~~|~\ |____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____/ | \ | /_____|---\ / --T-H-E---I-N-T-E-R-N-E-T---T-O-U-R-B-U-S--> ///////| | | |///////| | ~~~/~~~\~/~~~\~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~/~~~\~~~~ \___/ \___/ "Why Surf When U Can Ride The Bus?" \___/ Today's TOURBUS Stop: The Wordserver Today's TOURBUS Address: wsmith@Wordsmith.Org Sorry today's TOURBUS is arriving a day late. I was in Boston today at the Internet World '95 convention and made an amazing discovery on the 4-hour trip home... You don't have to use the accelerator pedal at all if you are driving a Ford Escort on the Massachusetts Turnpike. All the other cars and trucks moving at speeds in excess of 90 mph create a wind tunnel effect that will carry you along quite nicely without using a drop of fuel. It's true - and don't forget you saw it on the TOURBUS! Lost in Cyberspace? ------------------- TOURBUS is going to be visiting some robots, but first I have a little confession to make. Every time I hear the word "robot", my arms start flailing wildly and I feel compelled to shout "DANGER! DANGER! WILL ROBINSON!" I'm sure there is a perfectly good psychological basis for this, but I'm wondering... does anyone else have the same problem? The robots we'll be visiting today and next week are software creations - virtual servants that will deliver a variety of electronic delicacies by e-mail. The first is affectionately known to us as Wordserver, a mail robot (or mailbot for short) created by Anu Garg (a real person) that will supply you with words for all occasions. Services offered by Wordserver include: * A.Word.A.Day * Dictionary by Mail * Thesaurus by Mail * Acronym by Mail * Rhyme-n-Reason All Wordserver commands must be sent in the SUBJECT line of a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org A WAD of Words -------------- A.Word.A.Day (AWAD) is a mailing list to which you can subscribe to get a new vocabulary word and its definition each day. To subscribe, send a message to Wordsmith with Subject: subscribe You can also find AWAD on the web at http://www.wordsmith.org/awad/index.html One Up On Webster ----------------- Wordserver can also serve up the definition of a word. Try sending Subject: define pizza and Wordsmith will deliver right to your door! piz.za \'pe_-t-s*\ n : an open pie made typically of thinly rolled bread dough spread with a spiced mixture (as of tomatoes, cheese, and ground meat) and baked More of The Same ---------------- To find the synonyms of a word, try: Subject: synonym any-old-word I thought maybe I could short-circuit the old bubble-headed sack of silicon by asking for synonyms of the word "redundant", but he got the better of me. I was punished by having to read through 180 lines of ascititious tautophony. What Does SPEBSQSA Mean? ------------------------ To decode an acronym, send a command like this to Wordserver Subject: SPEBSQSA I won't spoil this one for you - try it yourself. Puzzle Me This -------------- Even robots just gotta have fun occasionally, so Wordserver offers up Rhyme-n-Reason puzzles to test your alphabetical acumen. To get a puzzle send the command Subject: Rhyme-n-Reason today You can get puzzles from other days by substituting a date in the form "mmddyy" instead of "today". The mm, dd and yy are the month, day and year, respectively. For example, to get the puzzle for the date October 31, 1995 you'd make subject line say "Rhyme-n-Reason 103195". Here is today's Rhyme-n-Reason puzzle. The numbers in parenthesis indicate the number of letters in the answer word pair. 1. sicker murderer (5,6) 2. an uncultured lad (7,5) 3. a fashionable rapscallion (5,5) 1. RELLIK RELLI na si 2. HTUOY HTUOCNU na si 3. EUGOR EUGOV a si Next time: INFOBOT! ******************** The WorldWideWeb Handbook ********************** For a good book on how to write your own Web files, see "The WorldWideWeb Handbook" (ITCP ISBN 1-85032-205-8) Details on the Web at http://www.ucc.ie/~pflynn/books/wwwbook.html *********************************************************************** ======================================================================= SUBSCRIBE : Send SUBSCRIBE TOURBUS Firstname Lastname to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM unSUBSCRIBE: Send UNSUBSCRIBE TOURBUS to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM Web Site : http://csbh.mhv.net/~bobrankin/tourbus (stop in for back issues and the logo contest) Advertising: E-mail BobRankin@MHV.net w/ Subject: SEND TBRATES ======================================================================= TOURBUS - (c) Copyright 1995, Patrick Crispen and Bob Rankin All rights reserved. Redistribution is allowed only with permission. Send this copy to a friend and tell them to get on the Bus!