This is a manually posted FAQ, intended to answer the Frequently Asked
Question: What is the DoD? This WitDoDFAQ is posted to rec.motorcycles
only - since it isn't being done automatically. One of these days when
we figure out how to hide who's doing this, it'll be automatic
What is the DoD? FAQ VERSION 1.8.2
What is the DoD? FAQ VERSION 1.8.2
Last changed 19-Oct-97 to generally correct some things that have
changed with the passage of time.
Note from the Keeper of the What is the DoD FAQ:
In recent years, a tradition known as Gang-FAQing has appeared on rec.moto.
Motivated, I'm sure, by pure selflessness and a desire to help, many kind
folks _enthusiastically_ respond via e-mail to posted requests for info on the
DoD. A probably unintentional side effect of all this generosity can be a
swamped FAQee's mailbox. Please note that the KotWitDoDFAQ, unlike
the previous KotWitDoDFAQ, has a rather limited grip on reality, and as
a result, is rather easily amused. He therefore, not only condones
Gang-FAQing, but will occasionally participate in said activity. What
can I say? I'm a helpful guy.
Note to gang FAQers:
If you're gonna do it, do it right and make sure your own name appears on your
mail, and not mine.
The KotWitDoDFAQ is an open position . Send corrections, additions,
etc. to firstname.lastname@example.org ... that will get you mail bombed with
a copy of the DoD List - but, hey, your comments will eventually get
read by a real person who may or may not agree with you. I might
even set up motohead one of these days to include a copy of this
DoD FAQ along with the DoD list ... hey! I like that!
Later comment: In fact, that was such a good idea I couldn't pass it up!
The DoD Rules by consensus
The DoD Logo by Chuck Rogers DoD #3
DoD "Road Rider" article by Bruce Tanner DoD #161
DoD: The Saga Unfolds by John Sloan DoD #11
The DoD (this started it all) by The Denizen of Doom DoD #1
The DoD Anthem by Jonathan Quist DoD #94
The DoD man page by Alan Fleming DoD #4210
Why you have to be killed by Blaine Gardner DoD #46
Patches? What patches? by Blaine Gardner DoD #46
Letter from the AMA museum by Jim Rogers, Director AMHF DoD #395
The rec.moto.photo.archive courtesy of Bruce Tanner DoD #161
Other rec.moto resources by various Keepers DoD #misc
The rec.moto.reviews.archive courtesy of Loki Jorgenson DoD #1210
Winona ftp site courtesy of John Stafford DoD #1956
Updated stats & rides info by Jon Steiger DoD #1038
How do I get a DoD number? by Jon Steiger DoD #1038
How can I placate the KotL? by Charlie Smith DoD #709
The Rules, Regulations, & Bylaws of the Denizens of Doom Motorcycle Club
From time to time there is some mention, discussion, or flame about the rules
of the DoD. In order to fan the flames, here is the complete text of the
rules governing the DoD.
Rule #1: There are no rules.
Rule #0: Go ride.
The DoD daemon as seen on the patches, pins, etc. Created by
Chuck Rogers, email@example.com, DoD #0003
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"Denizens of Doom", by Bruce Tanner (DoD 0161)
[Road Rider, August 1991, reprinted with Bruce's permission]
There is a group of motorcyclists that gets together and does all the normal
things that a bunch of bikers do. They discuss motorcycles and motorcycling,
beverages, cleaning fluids, baklavah, balaclava, caltrops, helmets, anti-fog
shields, spine protectors, aerodynamics, three-angle valve seats, bird hits,
deer whistles, good restaurants, racing philosophy, traffic laws, tickets,
corrosion control, personalities, puns, double entendres, culture, absence of
culture, first rides and friendship. They argue with each other and plan
The difference between this group and your local motorcycle club is that,
although they get together just about everyday, most have never seen each
other face to face. The members of this group live all over the known world
and communicate with each other electronically via computer.
The computers range from laptops to multi-million dollar computer centers; the
people range from college and university students to high-tech industry
professionals to public-access electronic bulletin-board users. Currently,
rec.motorcycles (pronounced "wreck-dot-motorcycles," it's the file name for
the group's primary on-line "meeting place") carries about 2250 articles per
month; it is read by an estimated 29,000 people. Most of the frequent posters
belong to a motorcycle club, the Denizens of Doom, usually referred to as the
The DoD started when motorcyclist John R. Nickerson wrote a couple of parodies
designed to poke fun at motorcycle stereotypes. Fellow computer enthusiast
Bruce Robinson posted these articles under the pen name, "Denizen of Doom." A
while later Chuck Rogers signed off as DoD number 0003 Keeper of the Flame.
Bruce was then designated DoD number 0002, retroactively and, of course,
Nickerson, the originator of the parodies, was given DoD number 0001.
The idea of a motorcycle club with no organization, no meetings and no rules
appealed to many, so John Sloan -- DoD number 0011 -- became Keeper of the
List, issuing DoD numbers to anyone who wanted one. To date there have been
almost 400 memberships issued to people all over the United States and Canada,
as well as Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Norway
Keeper of the List Sloan eventually designed a club patch. The initial run of
300 patches sold out immediately. The profits from this went to the American
Motorcycle Heritage Foundation. Another AMHF fund raiser -- selling Denizens
of Doom pins to members -- was started by Arnie Skurow a few months later.
Again, the project was successful and the profits were donated to the
foundation. So far, the Denizens have contributed over $1500 to the AMA
museum. A plaque in the name of the Denizens of Doom now hangs in the
Motorcycle Heritage Museum.
As often as possible, the DoD'ers crawl out from behind their CRTs and go
riding together. It turns out that the two largest concentrations of DoD'ers
are centered near Denver/Boulder, Colorado, and in California's "Silicon
Valley." Consequently, two major events are the annual Assault on Rollins Pass
in Colorado, and the Northern versus Southern California "Joust."
The Ride-and-Feed is a bike trip over Rollins Pass, followed by a big barbecue
dinner. The concept for the Joust is to have riders from Northern California
ride south; riders from Southern California to ride north, meeting at a
predesignated site somewhere in the middle. An additional plan for 1991 is to
hold an official Denizens of Doom homecoming in conjunction with the AMA
heritage homecoming in Columbus, Ohio, in July.
Though it's a safe bet the the Denizens of Doom and their collective
communications hub, rec.motorcycles, will not replace the more traditional
motorcycle organizations, for those who prowl the electronic pathways in
search of two-wheeled camaraderie, it's a great way for kindred spirits to get
together. Long may they flame.
"Live to Flame -- Flame to Live" [centerbar]
This official motto of the Denizens of Doom refers to the ease with which you
can gratuitously insult someone electronically, when you would not do anything
like that face to face. These insults are known as "flames"; issuing them is
called "flaming." Flames often start when a member disagrees with something
another member has posted over the network. A typical, sophisticated,
intelligent form of calm, reasoned rebuttal would be something like: "What an
incredibly stupid statement, you Spandex-clad poseur!" This will guarantee
that five other people will reply in defense of the original poster,
describing just what they think of you, your riding ability and your cat.
_The Denizens of Doom: The Saga Unfolds_
by John Sloan DoD #0011
Periodically the question "What is DoD?" is raised. This is one of those
questions in the same class as "Why is the sky blue?", "If there is a God, why
is there so much suffering in the world?" and "Why do women inevitably tell
you that you're such a nice guy just before they dump you?", the kinds of
questions steeped in mysticism, tradition, and philosophy, questions that have
inspired research and discussion by philosophers in locker rooms, motorcycle
service bays, and in the halls of academe for generations.
A long, long time ago (in computer time, where anything over a few minutes is
an eternity and the halting problem really is a problem) on a computer far,
far away on the net (topologically speaking; two machines in the same room in
Atlanta might route mail to one another via a system in Chicago), a chap who
wished to remain anonymous (but who was eventually assigned the DoD membership
#1) wrote a satire of the various personalities and flame wars of
rec.motorcycles, and signed it "The Denizen of Doom". Not wishing to identify
himself, he asked that stalwart individual who would in the fullness of time
become DoD #2 to post it for him. DoD #2, not really giving a whit about what
other people thought and generally being a right thinking individual, did so.
Flaming and other amusements followed.
He who would become the holder of DoD membership #3 thought this was the
funniest thing he'd seen in a while (being the sort that is pretty easily
amused), so he claimed membership in the Denizens of Doom Motorcycle Club, and
started signing his postings with his membership number.
Perhaps readers of rec.motorcycles were struck with the vision of a motorcycle
club with no dues, no rules, no restrictions as to brand or make or model or
national origin of motorcycle, a club organized electronically. It may well
be that readers were yearning to become a part of something that would provide
them with a greater identity, a gestalt personality, something in which the
whole was greater than the sum of its parts. It could also be that we're all
computer nerds who wear black socks and sneakers and pocket protectors, who
just happen to also love taking risks on machines with awesome power to weight
ratios, social outcasts who saw a clique that would finally be open minded
enough to accept us as members.
In a clear case of self fulfilling prophesy, The Denizens of Doom Motorcycle
Club was born. A club in which the majority of members have never met one
another face to face (and perhaps like it that way), yet feel that they know
one another pretty well (or well enough given some of the electronic
personalities in the newsgroup). A club organized and run (in the loosest
sense of the word) by volunteers through the network via electronic news and
mail, with a membership/mailing list (often used to organize group rides
amongst members who live in the same region), a motto, a logo, a series of
photo albums circulating around the country (organized by DoD #9), club
patches (organized by #11), and even an MTV-style music video (produced by #47
and distributed on VHS by #18)!
Where will it end? Who knows? Will the DoD start sanctioning races, placing
limits on the memory and clock rate of the on-board engine management
computers? Will the DoD organize poker runs where each participant collects a
hand of hardware and software reference cards? Will the DoD have a rally in
which the attendees demand a terminal room and at least a 386-sized UNIX
system? Only time will tell.
The DoD has no dues, no rules, and no requirements other than net access and a
love for motorcycles. To become a member, one need only ask (although we will
admit that who you must ask is one of the few really good club secrets). New
members will receive via email a membership number and the latest copy of the
membership list, which includes name, state, and email address.
The Denizens of Doom Motorcycle Club will live forever (or at least until next
year when we may decide to change the name).
Live to Flame - Flame to Live
by the Denizen of Doom DoD #1
Welcome one and all to the flamingest, most wonderfullest newsgroup of
all time: wreck.mudder-disciples or is it reak.mudder-disciples? The
Names have been changes to protect the Guilty (riders) and Innocent
(the bikes) alike. If you think you recognize a contorted version of
your name, you don't. It's just your guilt complex working against
you. Read 'em and weep.
We tune in on a conversation between some of our heros. Terrible
Barbarian is extolling the virtues of his Hopalonga Puff-a-cane to
Reverend Muck Mudgers and Stompin Fueling-Injection:
Terrible: This Hopalonga is the greatest... Beats BMWs dead!!
Muck: I don't mean to preach, Terrible, but lighten up on the BMW
crowd eh? I mean like I like riding my Yuka-yuka Fudgeo-Jammer
11 but what the heck.
Stompin: No way, the BMW is it, complete, that's all man.
Terrible: Nahhhh, you're sounding like Heritick Ratatnack! Hey, at
least he is selling his BMW and uses a Hopalonga Intercorruptor!
Not as good as a Puff-a-cane, should have been called a
Stompin: You mean Wee-Stream.
Terrible: Waddya going to do? Call in reinforcements???
Stompin: Yehh man. Here comes Arlow Scarecrow and High Tech. Let's see
what they say, eh?
Muck: Now men, let's try to be civil about this.
High Tech: Hi, I'm a 9 and the BMW is the greatest.
Arlow: Other than my B.T. I love my BMW!
Arlow: Burley Thumpison, the greatest all American ride you can own.
Muck: Ahhh, look, you're making Terrible gag.
Terrible: What does BMW stand for anyway???
Muck, Arlow, High: Beats Me, Wilhelm.
Terrible: Actually, my name is Terrible. Hmmm, I don't know either.
Muck: Say, here comes Chunky Bear.
Chunky: Hey, Hey, Hey! Smarter than your average bear!
Terrible: Hey, didn't you drop your BMW???
Chunky: All right eh, a little BooBoo, but I left him behind. I mean
even Villy Ogle flamed me for that!
Muck: It's okay, we all makes mistakes.
Out of the blue the West coasters arrive, led by Tread Orange with
Dill Snorkssy, Heritick Ratatnack, Buck Garnish, Snob Rasseller and
the perenial favorite: Hooter Boobin Brush!
Heritick: Heya Terrible, how's yer front to back bias?
Terrible: Not bad, sold yer BMW?
Hooter: Hoot, Hoot.
Buck: Nice tree Hooter, how'd ya get up there?
Hooter: Carbujectors from Hell!!!
Muck: What's a carbujector?
Hooter: Well, it ain't made of alumican!!! Made by Tilloslert!!
Muck: Ahh, come on down, we aren't going to flame ya, honest!!
Dill: Well, where do we race?
Snob: You know, Chunky, we know about about your drop and well, don't
Muck: No! No! Quiet!
Tread: BMW's are the greatest in my supreme level headed opinion.
They even have luggage made by Sourkraut!
High: My 9 too!
Terrible, Heritick, Dill, Buck: Nahhhhh!!!
Stompin, Tread, High, Chunky, Snob: Yesss Yessssss!!!
Before this issue could be resolved the Hopalonga crew called up more
cohorts from the local area including Polyanna Stirrup and the
infamous Booster Robiksen on his Cavortin!
Polyanna: Well, men, the real bikers use stirrups on their bikes like
I use on my Hopalonga Evening-Bird Special. Helpful for getting
it up on the ole ventral stand!
Terrible: Hopalonga's are great like Polyanna says and Yuka-Yuka's and
Sumarikis and Kersnapis are good too!
Booster: I hate Cavortin.
All: WE KNOW, WE KNOW.
Booster: I love Cavortin.
All: WE KNOW WE KNOW.
Muck: Well, what about Mucho Guzlers and Lepurras?
Snob, Tread: Nawwwwww.
Muck: What about a Tridump?
Terrible: Isn't that a chewing gum?
Muck: Auggggg, Waddda about a Pluck-a-kity?
Heritick: Heyya Muck, you tryin' to call up the demon rider himself?
Muck: No, no. There is more to Mudder-Disciples than arguing about make.
Two more riders zoom in, in the form of Pill Turret and Phalanx Lifter.
Pill: Out with dorsal stands and ventral stands forever.
Phalanx: Hey, I don't know about that.
And Now even more west coasters pour in.
Road O'Noblin: Hopalonga's are the greatest!
Maulled Beerstein: May you sit on a bikejector!
Suddenly more people arrived from the great dark nurth:
Kite Lanolin: Hey, BMW's are great, men.
Robo-Nickie: I prefer motorcycle to robot transformers, personally.
More riders from the west coast come into the discussion:
Aviator Sourgas: Get a Burley-Thumpison with a belted-rigged frame.
Guess Gasket: Go with a BMW or Burley-Thumpison.
With a roar and a screech the latest mudder-disciple thundered in. It
was none other that Clean Bikata on her Hopalonga CaBammerXorn.
Clean: Like look, Hopalonga are it but only CaBammerXorns.
Clean: Well, like it's gotta be a 6-banger or nothin.
Muck: But I only have a 4-banger.
Clean: No GOOD!
Chunky: Sob, some of us only have 2-bangers!
Stompin: Hey, look, here's proof BMW's are better. The Bimmer-Boys
burst into song: (singing) Beemer Babe, Beemer Babe give me a
Road, Terrible, Polyanna, Maulled, Dill etc.: Wadddoes BMW stand for?
Heritick, Stompin, Snob, Chunky, Tread, Kite, High, Arlow: BEAT'S ME,
Road, Terrible, Polyanna, Maulled, Dill etc.: Oh, don't you mean BMW?
And so the ensuing argument goes until the skies clouded over and the
thunder roared and the Greatest Mudder-Disciple (G.M.D.) of them all
G.M.D.: Enough of your bickering! You are doomed to riding
Bigot & Suction powered mini-trikes for your childish actions.
All: no, No, NO!!! Puhlease.
Does this mean that all of the wreck.mudder-disciples will be riding
mini-trikes? Are our arguing heros doomed? Tune in next week for the
next gut wretching episode of "The Yearning and Riderless" with its
ever increasing cast of characters. Where all technical problems will
be flamed over until well done. Next week's episode will answer the
question of: "To Helmet or Not to Helmet" will be aired, this is heady
material and viewer discretion is advised.
Script for the Denizens of Doom Anthem Video
by Jonathan E. Quist DoD #94
[Scene: A sterile engineering office. A lone figure, whom we'll call
Chuck, stands by a printer output bin, wearing a white CDC lab coat,
with 5 mechanical pencils in a pocket protector.]
(editor's note: For some reason a great deal of amusement was had at
the First Annual DoD Uni-Coastal Ironhorse Ride & Joust by denizens
referring to each other as "Chuck". I guess you had to be there. I
Chuck: I didn't want to be a Software Systems Analyst,
cow-towing to the whims of a machine, and saying yessir, nosir,
may-I-have-another-sir. My mother made me do it. I wanted
to live a man's life,
[Music slowly builds in background]
riding Nortons and Triumphs through the highest mountain passes
and the deepest valleys,
living the life of a Motorcyclist;
doing donuts and evading the police;
terrorizing old ladies and raping small children;
eating small dogs for tea (and large dogs for dinner). In short,
I Want to be A Denizen!
[Chuck rips off his lab coat, revealing black leather jacket (with
fringe), boots, and cap. Scene simultaneously changes to the top of
an obviously assaulted Rollins Pass. A small throng of Hell's Angels
sit on their Harleys in the near background, gunning their engines,
showering lookers-on with nails as they turn donuts, and leaking oil
on the tarmac. Chuck is standing in front of a heavily chromed Fat
Chuck [Sings to the tune of "The Lumberjack Song"]:
I'm a Denizen and I'm okay,
I flame all night and I ride all day.
[Hell's Angels Echo Chorus, surprisingly heavy on tenors]:
He's a Denizen and he's okay,
He flames all night and he rides all day.
I ride my bike;
I eat my lunch;
I go to the lavat'ry.
On Wednesdays I ride Skyline,
Running children down with glee.
He rides his bike;
He eats his lunch;
He goes to the lavat'ry.
On Wednesdays he rides Skyline,
Running children down with glee.
'Cause He's a Denizen...
I ride real fast,
My name is Chuck,
It somehow seems to fit.
I over-rate the worst bad f***,
But like a real good s***.
Oh, I'm a Denizen and I'm okay!
I flame all night and I ride all day.
Oh, He's a Denizen...
I wear high heels
And bright pink shorts,
full leathers and a bra.
I wish I rode a Harley,
just like my dear mama.
The DoD man page
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Alan Fleming)
Subject: Re: Looking for comments on the late [FAQ - What is the DoD?]
Keywords: It's a joke, son. A Joke.
Date: 10 Nov 92 22:21:17 GMT
You mean you can't just do a "man" on it?
tridom> man dod
DOD(8C) MAINTENANCE COMMANDS DOD(8C)
dod - DoD services daemon
/bin/dod [ options ]
dod, the DoD services daemon, is normally invoked to to answer a
question on the usenet newsgroup rec.motorcycles.
The environment variable DODNUMBER will effect the defaults of the
program. If DODNUMBER is null, then the defaults listed below as
[default] are used. The results of a non-null DODNUMBER are also
The daemon will ignore all options, if the environment variable
ORGANIZATION contains the string ".edu".
Options to make things more interesting are as follows:
? Ask "What is the DOD?" The dod daemon normally responds by
spawning a flame(1). [default]
-F Ask for the "DOD FAQ" The dod daemon responds by either mailing
the FAQ, spawning a flame(1) or sending a wait(1) signal.
-K Ask for status of "KOTL(8C)" The dod daemon responds by spawning
either a flame(1) or sending the error message "See DOD FAQ"
See -F option.
-L Request status of llama process.
-ED Send "Ed Get A Bike" message to DoD daemon. Message is usually
respawns itself rand(1) times. Messages are ignored by Ed.
-CS Send Countersteering message to DoD daemon. If DODNUMBER is
0111, the DoD daemon will respond with "Ed Get A Bike" message.
See -ED option. DoD daemon may respond with msf(1) command or
a random, meaningless bit stream from /dev/physics.
-FJ [n] Send status message about FJ being top priority bike. DoD daemon
normally responds with similar Harley status message and BMW
status message. DoD daemon may begin to rapidly spawn flame(1)
commands and crash. FJ status message can be repeated n times.
-BMW [n] Send status message about BMW being top priority bike. DoD daemon
normally responds with similar Harley status message and FJ
status message. DoD daemon may begin to rapidly spawn flame(1)
commands and crash. BMW status message can be repeated n times.
-HD [n] Send status message about Harley being top priority bike. DoD
daemon normally responds with similar FJ status message and BMW
status message. DoD daemon may begin to rapidly spawn flame(1)
commands and crash. HD status message can be repeated n times.
is a current DoD number. If the environment variable DODNUMBER is
set to DoD number other than that owned by the invoker, the dod
daemon will crash. This is often caused by a flame(1) command
being spawned out of control.
is the invoker's organization. If the string ".edu" is included
in the ORGANIZATION environment variable, all options are ignored
and the DoD daemon responds by spawning flame(1) commands.
cerritos:/dod/demon1.ps PostScript picture of DoD daemon.
cerritos:/dod/dod.list List of dod members.
cerritos:/dod/*.gif Digitized pictures of dod'ers.
cerritos:/dod/dod_faq.txt Answers to all dod questions.
Any message sent to the DoD daemon may cause it to spawn flame(1)
commands and crash. Apparently, some valuable status messages are
either being redirected to /dev/null, or are being encrypted to
appear as request for a flame(1). This problem is being examined.
Alan Fleming - DoD 4210
Program written soon after the invent of rec.motorcycles.
flame(1), kotl(8C), msf(1), wait(1)
Printed 11/10/92 11/10/92 1
Why you have to be killed.
Well, the first thing you have to understand (just in case you managed to read
this far, and still not figure it out) is that the DoD started as a joke. And
in the words of one Denizen, it intends to remain one.
Sometime in the far distant past, a hapless newbie asked: "What does DoD
stand for? It's not the Department of Defense is it?" Naturally, a Denizen
who had watched the movie "Top Gun" a few times too many rose to the occasion
"That's classified, we could tell you, but then we'd have to kill you."
And the rest is history.
A variation on the "security" theme is to supply disinformation about what DoD
means. Notable contributions (and contributers, where known) include:
Daughters of Democracy (DoD 23) Doers of Donuts
Dancers of Despair (DoD 9) Debasers of Daughters
Dickweeds of Denver Driveway of Death
Debauchers of Donuts Dumpers of Dirtbikes
(For a comprehensive list consult DoD #709.)
Patches? What patches?
You may have heard mention of various DoD trinkets such as patches & pins.
And your reaction was probably: "I want!", or "That's sick!", or perhaps
"That's sick! I want!"
Well, there's some good news and some bad news. The good news is that there's
been an amazing variety of DoD-labeled widgets created. The bad news is that
there isn't anywhere you can buy any of them. This isn't because of any
"exclusivity" attempt, but simply because there is no "DoD store" that stocks
an inventory. All of the creations have been done by individual Denizens out
of their own pockets. The typical procedure is someone says "I'm thinking of
having a DoD frammitz made, they'll cost $xx.xx, with $xx.xx going to the AMA
museum. Anyone want one?" Then orders are taken, and a batch of frammitzes
large enough to cover the pre-paid orders is produced (and quickly consumed).
So if you want a DoD doodad, act quickly the next time somebody decides to do
one. Or produce one yourself if you see a void that needs filling, after all
this is anarchy in action. If you feel the urge to create a DoDad, the
Postscript image of Geeky The Daemon is on cerritos.edu as DEMON1.PS.
Here's a possibly incomplete list of known DoD merchandise (and perpetrators).
Patches (DoD 11), pins (DoD 99), stickers (DoD 99), motorcycle license plate
frames (DoD 216), t-shirts (DoD 99), polo shirts (DoD 122), Zippo lighters
(DoD 99) [LtF FtL], belt buckles (DoD 99), and patches (DoD 99) [a second
batch was done (and rapidly consumed) by popular demand].
All "profits" have been donated to the American Motorcyclist Association
Motorcycle Heritage Museum. As of June 1992, over $5500 dollars has been
contributed to the museum fund by the DoD. If you visit the museum, you'll
see a large plaque on the Founders' Wall in the name of "Denizens of Doom,
USENET, The World", complete with a DoD pin.
Here's a letter from the AMA to the DoD regarding our contributions.
From: Arnie Skurow
Subject: A letter from the Motorcycle Heritage Museum
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 1992 11:04:58 GMT
I received the following letter from Jim Rogers, director of the Museum,
the other day.
"Dear Arnie and all members of the Denizens of Doom:
Congratulations and expressions of gratitude are in order for you and the
Denizens of Doom! With your recent donation, the total amount donated is now
$5,500. On behalf of the AMHF, please extend my heartfeld gratitude to all
the membership of the Denizens. The club's new plaque is presently being
prepared. Of course, everyone is invited to come to the museum to see the
plaque that will be installed in our Founders Foyer. By the way, I will
personally mount a Denizens club pin on the plaque. Again, thank you for all
your support, which means so much to the foundation, the museum, and the
fulfillment of its goals.
Jim Rogers, D.O.D. #0395
P.S. Please post on your computer bulletin board."
As you all know, even though the letter was addressed to me personally, it was
meant for all of you who purchased DoD goodies that made this amount possible.
The rec.moto.photo archive
First a bit of history, this all started with Ilana Stern and Chuck Rogers
organizing a rec.motorcycles photo album. Many copies were made, and several
sets were sent on tours around the world, only to vanish in unknown locations.
Then Bruce Tanner decided that it would be appropriate for an electronic
motorcycle gang to have an electronic photo album. Bruce has not only
provided the disk space and ftp & e-mail access, but he has taken the time to
scan most of the photos that are available from the archive.
Not only can you see what all these folks look like, you can also gawk at
their motorcycles. A few non-photo files are available from the server too,
they include the DoD membership list, the DoD Yellow Pages, the general
rec.motorcycles FAQ, and this FAQ posting.
Here are a couple of excerpts from messages Bruce posted about how to use
login anonymous, with your address as a password. 'cd' to dod
The address is email@example.com. The commands are given in the body of the
message. The current commands are DIR and SEND, given one per line. The
arguments to the commands are VMS style file specifications.For rec.moto.photo
the file spec is [DOD]file. For example, you can send:
and you'll get back 5 mail messages; a directory listing, 3 uuencoded parts of
bruce_tanner.gif, and the dodframe.ps file in ASCII.
Oh, wildcards (*) are allowed, but a maximum of 20 mail messages (rounded up
to the next whole file) are sent. A 'send [dod]*.gif' would send 150 files of
50K each; not a good idea.
Bruce Tanner (213) 860-2451 x 596 Tanner@Cerritos.EDU
Cerritos College Norwalk, CA cerritos!tanner
A couple of comments: Bruce has put quite a bit of effort into this, so why
not drop him a note if you find the rec.moto.photo archive useful? Second,
since Bruce has provided the server as a favor, it would be kind of you to
access it after normal working hours (California time).
Other rec.motorcycles information resources.
There are several general rec.motorcycles resources that may or may not
have anything to do with the DoD. Most are posted on a regular basis,
but they can also be obtained from the cerritos ftp/e-mail server (see
the info on the photo archive above).
A general rec.motorcycles FAQ is maintained by Dave Williams.
Cerritos filenames are FAQn.TXT, where n is currently 1-6.
The DoD Yellow Pages, a listing of motorcycle industry vendor phone
numbers & addresses, is maintained by bob pakser.
Cerritos filename is YELLOW_PAGES_Vnn, where n is the rev. number.
The List of the DoD membership is maintained by The Keeper of the List.
Cerritos filename is DOD.LIST.
This WitDoD FAQ (surprise, surprise!) is maintained by yours truly.
Cerritos filename is DOD_FAQ_Vnn.TXT, where n is the rev. number.
Additions, corrections, etc. for any of the above should be aimed at
the keepers of the respective texts.
(Loki Jorgenson firstname.lastname@example.org) has provided an archive site
for motorcycle and accessory reviews, here's an excerpt from his
Monthly R.M.R. Archive Update for August, 1993
(WE'RE BACK AND BIGGER THAN EVER!!)
::::::: Archivist's note: OK. So I've been a bit absent lately.
::::::: I've been busy. But I'm back in business with a new FTP
::::::: site, a new, revitalized archive and more resources. The
::::::: RMR Archives are open at ftp.cecm.sfu.ca (220.127.116.11);
::::::: the old site ftp.physics.mcgill.ca (18.104.22.168) is still
::::::: open (for now) but will no longer be maintained. Enjoy!!!
The Rec.Motorcycles.Reviews Archives (and World Famous Llama
Emporium) contains a Veritable Plethora (tm) of bike (and accessories)
reviews, written by rec.moto readers based on their own experiences.
These invaluable gems of opinion (highly valued for their potential to
reduce noise on the list) can be accessed via anonymous FTP, Email
server (except for images) or by personal request. A number of
motorcycle images are also available on a more casual basis (access is
limited to between 20h00 and 08h00 on weekdays and all day weekends;
other times are possible on an individual basis).
Anonymous FTP: ftp.cecm.sfu.ca (22.214.171.124)
Email archive server: email@example.com
Review submissions/questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
To get started with the Email server, send a message with a line
containing only "send help". We have a slightly stupid mailer; mail
service will be improved in the near future.
If you are interested in submitting a review of a bike that you
already own(ed), PLEASE DO! There is a template of the format that the
reviews are kept in (more or less) included after the current review
index. For those who have Internet access but are unsure of how anonymous
FTP works, an example script is available on request.
Reviews of any motorcycle related accessory or widget are welcome too.
> John Stafford has been kind enough to provide another ftp site for
> rec.motorcyles denizens. You're likely to find some stuff here that
> isn't on Cerritos or McGill. Here's the info from John:
John's site isn't up anymore - I'm not sure if the Winona
management caught up with it or just what. We still appreciate
John having had the server up for several years.
John Stafford Minnesota State University @ Winona
All standard disclaimers apply.
Updated stats & rec.motorcycles rides info
Some of the info cited above in various places tends to be a moving target.
Rather than trying to catch every occurence, I'm just sticking the latest info
Estimated readership stats for for rec.motorcycles groups:
Approximate DoD Membership: 2,535+
You may obtain a current listing of DoD numbers by fingering
"email@example.com", or by sending e-mail to almost the
same address. Sent email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
(E-Mail content is not important, as it will never be read by a human
anyway). Ectually, this isn't true ... it does get read and then
mostly ignored. 8-)
DoD contributions to the American Motorcyclist Association Motorcycle Heritage
Museum. Over $7145! As of early 1997.
How do I get a DoD number?
If the most Frequently Asked Question in rec.motorcycles is "What is the
DoD?", then the second most Frequently Asked Question must be "How do I get a
DoD number?" That is as simple as asking the Keeper of the List (KotL, accept
no substitute Keepers) for a number. If you're feeling creative, and your
favorite number hasn't been taken already, you can make a request, subject to
KotL approval. (Warning, non-numeric, non- base-10 number requests are likely
to earn a flame from the KotL. Not that you won't get it, but you _will_ pay
Oh, and just one little, tiny suggestion. Ask the KotL in e-mail. You'll
just be playing the lightning rod for flames if you post to the whole net, and
you'll look like a clueless newbie too.
By now you're probably asking "So who's the KotL already?". Well, as John
Sloan notes below, that's about the only real "secret" left around here, but a
few (un)subtle hints can be divulged.
o The KotL's mailer of choice shares its name with the common name of
the tree which is genus Ulmus, family Ulmaceae.
o The aforementioned mailer is often enthusiastically employed by the
KotL during gang-FAQing parties.
o The KotL shares a first name with a cartoon fish which was once
popular in TV commercials, and a last name with a famous motorcyclist
who went on to sell motorcycle accessories.
o The KotL was for a while an unemployed biker scum.
More recently a contractor's disguise has been worn.
o Judging from his posts and e-mail, the KotL seems to have a good grip
on the time.
o The KotL's DoD number can be derived from the following formula:
X = Sum(B)/B + S*I
X = The KotL's DoD number.
Sum(B) = The sum of the model numbers of the KotL's BMW's.
B = The number of BMW's in the KotL's sig.
S = The number of letters in the name of the KotL's state
I = A major Interstate Highway in the KotL's state.
(Note: where a model number has letters as well as numbers, just
ignore the letters.)
(Second note: See, this doesn't include dielectric constant
or the square root of -1 in the equation anymore!)
o Here is a uuencoded .gif. It is part of a picture of the KotL.
You can check the rec.moto.photo archive for the full, original
picture. There is one other picture of the KotL, and from that
one you can identify the KotL. Both pictures feature the KotL
and the same bike.
The KotL thinks that prospective DoD members should be able to explain
why they believe they have correctly identified the KotL, email messages
just saying 'gimme a number' will likely get ignored! Or soundly flamed!
How to amuse, placate, and generally bribe the KotL:
The KotL has told me that requests must show creativity and imagimation.
Here's an example that showed up in the KotL's mailbox, taking this to
>Mighty KotL, please hear my words:
> To the new KotL I give praise;
> Now that you're here, O'happy days!
> I come to make a request,
> To be fulfilled at your behest,
> This appeal that I now raise:
> I am a writer of code,
> Who rides the open road.
> To Geeky's realm I aspire,
> A DoD number I require,
> So I may flame from my cathode!
>I make tributes to your coffers; with the following verse I bring as offers:
> Wreck.moto fulfills my needs,
> Joys of computers and steel steeds.
> Talking bikes on the net,
> How much better can it get?
> Forever debating the best of the breeds.
> Geeky rules in the land of Doom,
> Dwellers there gather in eternal gloom.
> They ride by day, post by night,
> Flaming away with great delight.
> Inhabitants in a state of perpetual fume.
> The Denizens' world is full of fire,
> Attacking squidly threads they never tire.
> Each post is fair game,
> Putting squids to their shame,
> No one is ever safe from their ire!
>I hope that these words of wit; will help in my favor, just a little bit?
>Your humble applicant,
> email@example.com (Jeffry A. Arend)
You obviously don't have to go this far ... but, as the KotL is easily amused,
you ought to try to spice it up a bit. Note: This was written a while back,
when Lisa DeLorme was the KotL, and she was sort of in need of amusement.
One more thing, the KotL's telepathic powers aren't what they used
to be. So provide some information for the list, will ya? The typical DoD
List entry contains number, name, state/country, & e-mail address. For
0000:Wyle E. Coyote:AZ:wyle@Acme.Manufacturing.Com
(PS: While John mentioned above that net access and a bike are the only
requirements for DoD membership, that's not strictly true these days, as there
are a number of Denizens who lack one or both.)
Please send any comments, ideas, or corrections to
firstname.lastname@example.org for the moment. You may or may not
get a response - but besides getting yourself mail bombed
with the DoD List ... your comments will be read.