http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,46566,00.html [Well I am breaking one of my cardinal rules of drinking beer and using the Internet just because I can still make good use of my spell-checker, The only InfoSec News today is from what was submitted via e-mail. At least its a good beer (Hacker-Pschorr Weisse) :) I spent the better part of the evening unsubscribing accounts that were dead, over limit, on vacation, and whatnot. Now is it too hard to unsubscribe yourself from a list if the writing is on the wall that you might not have a job in the near future, or for that matter, you landed a new better paying job that you couldn't unsubscribe yourself from all the lists you're on? Sorry if this sounds like a rant, its just one of several things to make life a pain in the ass around here, basements flooding, writing last minute courses & agendas, colicky nephews, clueless non-union alleged plumbers, Ford dealer service departments, FedEx packages that never arrive, and now new that Hank, The Angry Drunken Dwarf has passed away. While I never met Henry, I do know quite a few dwarfs, midgets, and little people and always shed a tear whenever I hear about one passing away. I really have to wonder how Wired considered "Cryonics Over Dead Geeks' Bodies" as a related story, I don't see anything about putting Hank on ice anywhere in the story. Well enough of this, its all nothing a good morning at the range with the ol' Beretta 92F can't get out of my system.] William Knowles wkat_private 9/6/01 -=- Wired News Report 2:45 p.m. Sep. 5, 2001 PDT A small icon from back when the Internet used to be quirky and fun has passed. Click not for a few moments, veteran Netizens. Hold still. Hank, The Angry Drunken Dwarf is dead. Born Henry Nasiff, the oft-sauced and saucy little man made a name for himself in the terrestrial world as a sidekick on the Howard Stern show for the past five years. But Hank rocketed to cyber-fame in 1998 when he won People magazine's Most Beautiful People poll online. At Stern's request, thousands of people had logged on to People's website to support Hank. The silly incident prompted serious coverage in the mainstream media. The pundits boiled Hank's victory down to a cautionary tale about the Internet. It's a wacky, upside down world with no rules, they said. The Angry Drunken Dwarf instead of Clooney, Paltrow, or Roberts? Anarchy on the Net, they declared. "The unlikely leader in People magazine's Most Beautiful People poll has exposed online surveys for what they are -- junk mail for the brain," Michael Himowitz wrote in the Baltimore Sun. In the spirit of democracy, People photographed Hank and featured him along with the more famous runners-up. As a tribute to his late colleague, Stern sang "Candle in the Wind" during his radio show Wednesday. Then he and his co-host, Robin, reminisced about some great moments with Hank -- like the time he dressed up in a pink bunny suit to harass a magician trapped inside a giant ice cube. Nasiff's mother found him dead in his bed Tuesday afternoon, according to his manager, Doug Goodstein. The cause of death is officially unknown, but on his show Wednesday, Stern said they had all suspected Hank would die young from drinking too much. Fans e-mailed hundreds of tributes and condolences to Hank's website. They were pouring in at about 10 per minute on Wednesday, Goodstein said. On Yahoo's Dwarfism List, a poster named Mary wrote: "It appears another dwarf has died due to 'alcohol poisoning.' Another dwarf who had little or no self esteem, what a shame. What pain his family must be feeling." - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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