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December 12, 2001
Google just announced that they've expanded their Usenet Archive to go all the way back to 1981! They made a big Announcement with lots of 'Firsts': First mention of Microsoft, the Commodore 64, first post from AOL, first serious spam, etc etc.

So I've been going a little nuts going over my old posts. Here's the first one of mine I could find. (Actually, the searching mechanism seems a little buggy, you can see it by fiddling with the dates, so it's probably not my first first post.)

Ok. Time to prove my true navel-gazing geekdom. Here's a handy chart of all the accounts I used to post, and related info:
account dates # #/day
kisrael@pearl.tufts.edu 28 Apr 1993 -
14 May 1993
9 .56
kisrael@jade.tufts.edu 14 Sep 1993 -
05 Jun 1994
102 .39
kisrael@emerald.tufts.edu 15 Jun 1994 -
27 Feb 1995
139 .54
kisrael@diamond.tufts.edu 23 Mar 1995 -
25 May 1997
486 .62
kisrael@allegro.cs.tufts.edu* 26 May 1997 -
28 Sep 1997
265 2.12
kisrael@allegro.cs.tufts.edu 28 Sep 1997 -
29 Jul 1999
1950 2.9
kisrael@andante.cs.tufts.edu 03 Aug 1999 -
12 Jul 2000
873 2.5
kisrael@andante.eecs.tufts.edu 15 Jul 2000 -
01 Sep 2001
962 2.33
kirkspam@alienbill.com 01 Sep 2001 -
11 Dec 2001
483 4.8
*for some reason this group of posts only shows up when you search for posts before Sep 28 1997

I'm a little alarmed that the average posts per day has doubled lately. It may be a spike, since it's a smaller than average sample, and I posted a lot right after September 11th...

Funny of the Moment
> Actually, I have heard rumors that Howard Stern
> and H Ross Perot are one and the same. (Have we
> ever seen them in the same room, huh? huh?)

No, that's not true: in fact I have them both in my room right now:
        say Hello, Ross:

        Hello! I'd l

That's enough Ross, thank you. Howard?

        This is fucking ridicu

Thank you, Howard.
Kirk "and the truth shall make you free" Israel
--from this 1993 talk.rumors post. Every once in a while I'm worried that I used to be funnier.