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Contacting +ORC: Impossible? Not any longer...
... and a message for him from +daQ
October 9th: Most of you who visit Fravia's pages regularly will know that +ORC is now back in contact, with, I understand, a hotmail email address. See FraVia's page for the latest details.
Earlier, it had been impossible to contact +ORC, after his anon.penet.fi email address closed down. People were trying a range of ways to try to get messages to him, including using these pages. I had the following message in mid July from +daQ. He passed on a very interesting tale about someone he'd met on May 12th last. Here's what he said:
I mailed fravia the other day concerning this; I hope this will work in my attempt to reach +ORC.....I'll let you judge this information both for its accuracy and relativeness. While being 'schooled' this past year, I met an interesting mathematics professor. He was born in USA, schooled in Germany. He had a strong dislike of the university system, believing the 'pointlessness' of the teaching was far too strong...ie, he taught what we needed to know, nothing more, nothing less. [sound familiar?] The last contact Fravia had with ORC was on the 13 May. The last contact I had with this man was 12 May. He was leaving the next day that I know of for some school perhaps for an interview I believe. His specialty was Topology. I asked him about cryptology while cramming for his final; he replied with a very lengthy accurate description that nearly matched word for word ORC's explanation about PGP. Interesting, eh? :) I asked specifically about the cryptology to study his reaction....there was no surprise, but I could not bring myself to ask him _the_ question...wether or not he was indeed +ORC. I mean, what would a prof look at you like if you did that.... and were wrong. Oh yeah, he had just returned from Germany in order to teach. I know this is all, 100% speculation. But now, I have no route to contact this man, and if he is indeed +ORC, then I believe he would check this page most often. Since I have given him these words, and he should remember me :), I may be fortunate enough to have him contact me. Thanks for the opportunity, +daQ
A most curious encounter, and like +daQ, I think there are many similarities to what we know (or think we know ;-) about +ORC. If he is a mathematics professor (remember my earlier point in the +ORC "essay" about the term If and Only If ?) then you might expect him to be absent during the summer period, travelling or on sabbatical. And if so, he's likely to be away from his home PC, and all his +HCU materials. Hence not much new stuff... Curiouser and curiouser, as Alice said.