Biographies of The Internet Oracle Priesthood
Tenure: May 1995-Present
Born and raised on Lawn
Guyland, New Yawk,
Scott is another member of the apparent minority of Priests without
an academic background in computers. Scott has been doing biology
in some form or another since 1983, and after doing postdoctoral
work in Genetics
at Yale, he has moved into
bioinformatics and is now a scientist and scientific programmer at Incyte Pharmaceuticals in Palo Alto,
Scott is a relative latecomer to the 'net. Despite early training
in computers (he was part of a group attempting to hack the PDP-8 at the
high school because the big cool 9th graders thought it was a good idea,
and enjoyed patching "Galaxian" for the TRS-80 so that it could be played
with a joystick) and early access to email (as a college 'shman in 1984,
he had an account he never used because none of his friends had one),
Scott didn't make it onto the net until 1991 or so. One fateful day,
he realized he could use the account assigned (for DNA sequence crunching
purposes) to the lab class he taught for email, and there was no turning
back. Soon he had his Very Own unix account on the department Sun 3's,
and then on the new Sparcs. He discovered usenet news when the localtalk
network in his building was connected to the campus ethernet and news
software was distributed. The final nail was hammered into the coffin
when he finally could no longer resist checking out the MUD a few of
his friends played.
"Stenor", as Scott became known, eventually became a section
creator on The
Mudde Pathetique, and later learned C and became a coder.
With the unfortunate demise of M.P. in June 1994, his interest was
captured by the growing World Wide Web, and he became an "arachnerd".
Later that summer, he was introduced to the Usenet Oracle and started
participating on a semi-regular basis. During the fall, he decided
that a web-based Usenet Oracle interface would be fun to implement,
and the "Usenet Oracle
Resource Index" was born.
Scott currently lives in Sunnyvale, California. He still muds, and is
a senior admin and coder on ZeeMud
(a spinoff clone of M.P.)22. He also enjoys Perl enough that he
will use it in preference to a shell script, even where a shell script
would be quicker. (Well, actually, the real reason is that he couldn't
write a shell script if his life depended on it). He also likes hiking,
'modern rock' (even though he hates that damn label), complaining about
US politics, and cats.
He is also a Macintosh
Bigot (tm), though one of the few who think Unix is cool too, and
is annoyed by the apparently growing similarity between Netscape and
various Microsoft products.