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Journal Anti$$$$$exy's Journal: $$$$$exyGal is really, really a woman. 21

Today I met $$$$$exyGal through the lens of a WebCam. It was good. She is a heavenly woman. Here is my story.

$$$$$exyGal first approached me by sending an e-mail to the Yahoo account I attached to this slashdot account. She sent me e-mail from another Yahoo account which looked like it was recently created for the purpose of our exchange. All the e-mail said was "If you would like to meet me, reply to this message, otherwise, do nothing, and I'll meet somebody else. If you don't believe this is me, go and check the comments in my journal. One last thing -- If you talk about this on slashdot, I will not meet you".

As soon as I got her message, I looked in her journal and found this message, and I started to sweat a little :). I wanted to see for myself who this person was, but I didn't want to give up my own anonymity either. After thinking about it for like 10 minutes, I answered her e-mail and requested further instructions. At worst, she still only had a temporary e-mail address of mine, and I could still back out at any time. What I was most worried about was that she wanted to "meet me". I didn't know what that meant. Did she already know where I lived, or something?

After I sent her the "affirmative" e-mail, I waited to receive her further instructions. For all I knew, she was going to call me on the phone or something (that would have really freaked me out), but she didn't. I received another e-mail from her in about 20 minutes: "Great, I plan on talking to you via webcam. If you have access to a Macintosh with OS X, and a compatible webcam, please send me three possible times you would have available to meet. If one of your listed times is acceptable to me, I will post a message to slashdot with my response. If you cannot do this, please let me know so I can find somebody else".

I don't have OS X, or a webcam, so I thought I would have to end all this "fun". I got on AIM and asked a few friends of mine for help, and one of them had everything I needed. He had OS X, and a webcam. I called him up, and told him everything, and he laughed his fucking head off. He said he'd help me out, but I couldn't use his computer, because he was afraid $$$$$exyGal would hack into it and delete everything and basically blow up his computer :). He said he could get me into a nearby college lab, where they had Macintosh lab machines that were primarily used for IMovie.

I e-mailed $$$$$exyGal back and told her everything was a go, and I sent her three times. At around midnight, I looked at all her recent comments, and I found this one. I'd supposedly meet this person at 1:00PM tomorrow. Damn!

My friend and I showed up at the computer lab at around 12:30, and we were able to pretty easily secure a machine for the next 2 hours. The macs in this sweet lab are all in tiny "cubicles" with glass doors. The tiny rooms are relatively soundproof (that's a big plus if you are editing movies, I guess). While we were waiting for $$$$$exyGal's e-mail, we set up the webcam and its software, and I basically checked my e-mail every 30 seconds.

At around 12:48, I got an e-mail from $$$$$exyGal with a huge attachment. The e-mail said to save that attachment into a temporary location, and click on it. When the software asked me for a really big number, I was supposed to type in the number listed here. I did all that, but it took us around 20 minutes! I figured the software was going to fucking delete the hard drive, and my buddy was kind of freaking out about installing this software, but we installed it anyways, all the while laughing our heads off. The "monitor" guy that watches the lab even knocked and asked if we needed some help :).

We got the software running, and typed in the "really big number", and then an empty big black box showed up on the screen. The black box said, and I quote, "Please hold, your call is being connected". There were no menu options at the top of the screen and nothing on the screen moved. The mouse still moved, but nothing else was happening. I figured we really fucked up this mac :).

After about 15 seconds, the black box was split in two, showing our little cubicle, and somewhere else. A female voice boomed out of the mac, and we immediately turned down the volume. She said she was glad this all worked out (but I still couldn't see her), and she asked to see me. I pointed the webcam at myself and my friend, and I asked if we could see her. She wanted to know who my friend was, and I told her. She said that was fine. She asked if I had any problems getting the software to run, and I said it took us a while to get it running, but it was easy (I still couldn't see her!). Then she said she'd let me see who she was, if I would have respect for her anonymity. I said I would, and I had to assure her several times, and my friend started laughing some more. I told him to shut up, and that's when she finally showed herself.

I promised I'd keep her anonymity, but I also said I'd describe what she looked like if she wouldn't mind. She was fine with that. So here goes... She was a skinny short-haired brunette with glasses. She was wearing a tight white tank top (spaghetti strapped...?), and she had small to medium sized boobs. She looked to be pretty short, but I never saw below her waist. She isn't a super-model or anything, but she is very very pretty. She was so pretty, that I started to feel intimidated just talking to her, and I was flubbing my words quite often. I'm sure when she reads this, she'll have quite an ego trip, but I don't care.

Something else I noticed, was a bookshelf sitting behind her. I'm not sure, but I think I saw the distinctive blue llama and camel Perl books in there. I didn't notice much else, besides the bookshelf, her, and her IBook (later).

She said that now she'd do her best to prove that she was $$$$$exyGal. I just sat there like an idiot and said "ok". That's when she moved her webcam into a position in which I could see her typing, and her IBook screen. Her screen was pretty blurry until she switched over to her web browser (it didn't look like IE or Mozilla?). That's when she posted this.

I watched her preview and submit her little shell script to slashdot, but I didn't know how to switch back to my web browser to see the comment (I was afraid that this webcam software would break). I didn't care, though, I told her I was completely convinced she was who she said she was.

Then she said she had to go, but I quickly asked her a few more questions. I asked her what this WebCam software was. She said a friend of hers works for a company that makes Macintosh software, and that friend (she didn't use any gender-specific pronouns) gave her this stripped down software to play with. She wouldn't give any more details, and the Mac program seemed to be clean of any company specific characteristics. She wanted me to delete it, and I did, but I still have it in my Yahoo mailbox. She basically didn't want her friend to get in trouble, so I'll probably delete that copy, too.

I also asked her why she was doing all this. She said "just for fun". She told me she's been reading slashdot for years under a different account, and she just decided to post funny links in a new account journal for the hell of it. The porn links were going to be secondary to the "silly" links, but she changed that once the journal got popular. She didn't decide to become a "fan whore" until she got over several hundred fans. At one point, she got bored of the whole thing, and she didn't post anything for about a month. But then she checked her fan list, and she said it kept growing even when she wasn't posting anything. That's when she decided to try to get more fans than anyone else.

Then she said she "had to go". I said ok, and thanks for letting me meet her. My friend said "bye, and you are hot" and laughed again. Then the big black box returned and disappeared. I deleted the program from the computer, and posted this comment to slashdot, and we grabbed our stuff and left.

So: I was wrong. $$$$$exyGal is really a woman (in her mid 20's I'd say). She is not ekrout, unless ekrout is a woman (does anyone have a picture of ekrout?). The only other possibility is that this is a very elaborate hoax: Maybe some dude hired this fake $$$$$exyGal standin? Or maybe some dude just has a female friend that is helping him out?

If $$$$$exyGal really isn't a woman, then that person has sure went to a lot of trouble to make me think otherwise. I'm convinced. If nothing else, this will be a story I can tell my grandkids someday :).
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$$$$$exyGal is really, really a woman.

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  • ...this is interesting...but how do we know that the person behind this Anti$$$$exy account isn't really ekrout and it's all an elaborate hoax set out to "disprove" the theory that many of us have been having, including myself, that $$$$exygal is in fact a man and is in fact ekrout, well before the creation of this Anti$$$$exy account? This is, after all, Slashdot. ;)

  • Come on people, first few days this ASG person starts ranting about how much of a karma whore SG is and how likely that person actually is to be female, only to become the exact opposite all of the sudden, claiming how much of a girl ASG really is and just ranting on and on about installing software on a mac and "her" ibook. Woo.

    I do not believe in an elaborate hoax at all. I believe this ASG account was only created by SG to get more attention, start up an anti-SG movement and then to end it all with ASG revealing to all of slashdot that SG really is a girl. In short, I think this entire story id made up and that ASG is nothing other then another SG karma whore account. Why? Because ASG has only been around since the 4th of March and started out as truely hating SG, only to be nearly the axact opposite 4 days later. Also, in this relatively short time, ASG has contributed exactly 10 comments; 6 being anti-SG propaganda, 2 being normal comments and the last two praising SG halfway into next week. Not really a significant history to base any form of credibility on, is it?

    This is all getting slightly annoying and childish. I wouldn't mind a database fluke that mangles up SG's account pretty badly beyond the point of repair.

    SG = SexyGal
    ASG = AntiSexyGal
    • This is all getting slightly annoying and childish. I wouldn't mind a database fluke that mangles up SG's account pretty badly beyond the point of repair.

      Such hostility; such hate; such pessimism. Such a bloody vendetta against $$$$$exyGal. I suspect you are the one who is being childish.

      You wouldn't be so annoyed if:

      1. You didn't read her journal, and
      2. You marked her as "foe", set a -6 penalty for foes, and set your threshold accordingly.

      Now please, stop complaining about things which are entirely under your control.

      That said, I agree with your point about Anti$$$$$exy's credibility. $$$$$exyGal cannot successfully prove her gender without doing this procedure with at least three very respected people on Slashdot. But to do that, she'd risk her anonymity and privacy.

      Online social experiments are fun.

      • Point. Fact is, I already have him/her/CBN at -6 modifier but then this kind of crap surfaces with other accounts. Karma whoring with one account is okay. I don't like it but I can stick a nice fat -6 modifier on people, as you've explained. It get's a tad more annoying when people start to use other accounts for this, or to be more precise, accounts which I haven't marked as foes yet.

        Hostile? Yes, definetely. Pessimistic? Been around on the internet long enough to expect the worst, so yes. Hate? Nah, only used strong wording to get the point across. Childish? Hope not, if so my apologies to whom it has disturbed.

        And online social experiments are about as much fun as masturbating with a cheese grater.

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