Challenge Set #7

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 5:09 AM

Kevin: 180 (up from 160 on January 28)
Christopher: 65
Flip: 60 (up from 45 on January 28)
Jason: 35
Josiah: 30
Eduardo: 20
Ed: 10
Chris (answering vicariously for his wife): 10

Christopher is losing ground to Flip again… this does not look good for the owner to the title of first recipient of asisaid points.

New Challenge Questions
1.) Who is saying this, in what and (if applicable) by whom? What's the irony to it? (5 pts.)
Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice; Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgement.
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy;
For the apparel oft proclaims the man;
And they in France of the best rank and station
Are of a most select and generous chief in that.
2.) Who is saying this, in what and (if applicable) by whom? (5 pts.)
We have known times of sorrow, and hours of uncertainty, and days of victory. In all this history, even when we have disagreed, we have seen threads of purpose that unite us.

3.) Something in the last week gives Rick Warren, Chuck Colson and Dr. James Dobson something new in common. What is it? (5 pts.)

4.) Who was the one clergyman to sign the U.S. Constitution? What was his affiliation? (5 pts.)

5.) What are the two parts of AT&T, other than Baby Bells, that will be reunited if the SBC-AT&T merger is approved by regulatory agencies? What makes this merger such an interesting contrast to AT&T's 1998 acquisition of Tele-Communications Inc. (TCI)? (10 pts.)

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Re: Challenge Set #7

Finally some Shakespeare! :) The First quote is from Hamlet (I’ve seen that play and the filmatised versions at least seven times that I remember), and I think it’s Polonius who says it. He was the father of Laertes (who kills Hamlet in the end) and Ophelia (who goes insane), and was the advisor of King Claudius. Not a very brilliant advisor, as I recall :)

The second quote is from Bush’s State of the Union speech.

Oh, and may I add: Watch out, Christopher! :D

Posted by Flip - Feb 04, 2005 | 7:12 AM- Location: Sweden

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3) All named as top-25 evangelicals.

5) Not quite sure what you’re looking for here. It will reunite local and long distance calling. It does some interesting things to the wireless networks via bellsouth/cingular. It’s a child company buying out its parent. I guess I need to remember what happened in 98 to figure out what you’re looking for here.

TCI was a cable company, wasn’t it? That’s also about the time AT&T got into the cable internet busines through @home. I’m not sure what that would have to do with SBC, though. Need to figure out where on the net to do some (legal for the asisaid challenge) digging….

Posted by kevin - Feb 04, 2005 | 8:09 AM- Location: Milwaukie, OR

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OK. had some articles going back to 2000 that might have the answer.

With the TCI merger, AT&T became a broadband company, not a telephone company (primarily). In the Internet wars, they were the leading party with regard to cable Internet. Around the same time, SBC took over as the king of the telephone and, as you would expect, took the lead in DSL access. This merger will unite the telephone and cable sides of things.

If you want to get clever, AT&T stands for American Telephone and Telegraph Corporation. If the “Telegraph” is the networking side of things, it is being reunited with the telephone side.  :P

Posted by kevin - Feb 04, 2005 | 8:15 AM- Location: Milwaukie, OR

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Dang it! I knew #3! Some of us sleep you know.

I probably would have gotten #2!

Fruity Pebbles and inside cheke and cimble!

Nunance kevin and Flip!

Posted by Christopher - Feb 04, 2005 | 1:10 PM- Location: MO

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Let’s blame it on the time time zone, shall we? And I’m not sure if you get bonus points for using WITty secret words on AsISaid, Christopher… :)

Posted by Flip - Feb 04, 2005 | 2:47 PM- Location: Sweden

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AT&T sold off its boradband assets to Comcast… So I’m not sure if there are any elements of TCI left in the company. Lucent became what used to be Bell Labs. Besides Long Distance, what does AT&T do any more?

Posted by Jon - Feb 04, 2005 | 3:00 PM- Location: Plano

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Flip, yes, indeed. I figured it was high time. As I recall, that means we only have one of the three you named on the Jonson question left (Marlowe — but don’t expect me to make that the next quote!). Or maybe I did Marlowe already, I should look back. Good explanation by the way. In terms of irony, the not-very-good-advisor part hits at it… I was thinking about how he violated so many of the rules he tells Laertes to follow. I love Hamlet. :-) What film versions have you seen?

And yes, that is from President Bush’s speech. I was hoping by taking a fairly open ended portion of it, I might have you digging in literature. Call me mean.

Kevin: Of course, you are right on the first one. Cingular is on the nose on the second (the present Cingular, of course, includes AT&T Wireless, which was spun off of AT&T in 2001). Regarding TCI, the irony I’m going for hasn’t been named yet, I’ll wait a bit longer on that one. I’ll split this one in two and give you five of the points.

Christopher: Inside cheke and cimble, most definitely! Blaming it on sleeping sounds like an excuse if I ever heard one. :-P

Flip, I’ll give Christopher 100 WITty points for using his own secret words. Of course, since these are WITty points issued by someone other than the WIT-guy himself, they are probably considered counterfeit.

Jon: AT&T owns a major global IP network, a VOIP service and still has CLEC local phone customers (despite not offering new consumer service). Presumably the latter should be nice since that will add many SBC customers back into the fold. AT&T also owns a bunch of patents from Bell Labs. A few have even speculated that it still may hold some rights to UNIX. There’s also what they aren’t doing that is of use — AT&T regains rights to the name AT&T Wireless this year and was planning to launch a pseudo-network with the help of Sprint PCS.

Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Feb 04, 2005 | 9:14 PM- Location: MO

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There’s definitely an inflation in WITty points… :)

The Hamlet movies I’ve seen are the Laurence Olivier version (1948, saw it ages ago, so I can’t really remember what I thought of it), and Kenneth Branagh’s version (1996?) which I liked, inspite of a sore behind after 4 hours at the cinema with uncomfortable chairs… Branagh’s film was shown on TV too, and we rented it on DVD once.

I still think the best Hamlet I’ve ever seen is the theatre version with a Swedish actor called Rickard Wolff. Absolutely brilliant as Hamlet, we went to see the play three times.

Posted by Flip - Feb 04, 2005 | 11:22 PM- Location: Sweden

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