From using the search function, His last post was at 04:57 pm on January 18th, 2010.
Like a witch of Endor, join me in an attempt to conjure up a post from Cecil Adams in this thread.
Should he respond, you have a right to lord it over everyone else on this board.
For example, you put out a pathetic post in the Pit. You salvaged mercilessly for it. You post the following response: “Sure, you do have a good point, one that is so brilliant, that not only does it destroy my line of reasoning, but is so painful that I want to take my car out on the road, get up to 110 mph and smash it in a tree…but I won’t, because, you know what? Cecil responded personally to a post of mine–the first he’s ever spoken to anyone in over a year! You’re the loser!”
They’ll slink away–never to taunt you again.
I sit in ashes and quietly weep. Why the poverty in his wise and wonderful words? Does he not know his/her disciples are mourning for his comforting postings?
My tears will not be assuaged until the deep yearnings are fulfilled with the power of a single response. One directed at your’s truly. With my user name bolded. Verily, I put out my hand, and grab my mouse, and click the button–if only to touch the face of the Perfect Master.
We can not beg, taunt or trick Cecil into responding.
What we need to do is come up with a question so challenging that Cecil can’t resist answering it. It can’t be one of those philosophical dilemmas like “is there a God” or “why are we here.” It has to be the kind of question that is so challenging, yet so obscure, that it compels Cecil to devote his superior intellect and vast knowledge to find the definitive answer, explain it in plain English, condense it to the length of a newspaper column and preferably allow him to inject some snark.
Ok, I’ll take up this challenge. I posted this question before and got no responses, and I’ve emailed it to Cecil as well probably a year ago
How do ciphers in languages with no alphabets work? For example, in Chinese, every word is an individualized pictogram. You can’t substitute one letter for another as in English or any other language with an alphabet. So how do passwords work? Of course, this is all speaking of the time before computers. Did they simply not have passwords and scrambled word type ciphers back then?
He can’t do it infotainment’s a harsh mistress, busy making things happen, getting things done, TCB 24/7, shopping at the hardware store, comparing drawer pulls, winter’s harsh in city of big shoulders, need more insulation for house, Corning or not?.. No time for nonsense, Cecil’s a brand, he must keep branding. Step aside lazy grasshoppers, Mr. Ant’s in the house.