(updated 1 Jul 04)

Hosted by Slyph

Seems we are desperately trying to have more NYCM hosts than Spinal Tap had drummers. Last nite, El Guapo and I had a long conversation (it was me he was talking to, what do you expect) and we decided, that for now, it might be best for him to step down as NYCM host (but not before he graciously provided his last installment, below). No, I did not fire him and he didn't quit - we did, however, come to a mutual agreement, that when things relax a bit in his private life, he would be welcomed back into the "fold" (ha ha origami humour) - with another contest to judge.

But for now, I have the dubious honour to introduce our new NYCM judge, someone I have known for ages, who shall go by the name of Slyph (hey, if you were judging here, you would probably go incognito, too). So, let's welcome him, and hope he does half as good a job as El Guapo...but twice as frequent. ;) (Yeah, I had to throw that one in to see if Guapo was listening.)

Domo Origami, Mr. Roboto
(Title courtesy of cem007@canada.com)

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (AP) -- Officials at Carnegie Mellon University are excited about a graduate student who has developed a robot capable of doing origami.

However, the student was unable to control the robot, and the library at Carnegie Mellon now contains only pageless book covers and thousands of adorable little paper animals. (pjb1671@netscape.net)

There's a university dedicated to the study of melons? (e-marlon@sio.midco.net)

And the winner of the first-ever "Golden Huh? " Award is:

Officials at Carnegie Mellon University are also excited about pairing up all the socks that come out of the dryer, Morey Povich; Paternity Tests Reveled shows and are also intrigued by the notion that a graduate student may someday get to the bottom of the "How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop" mystery. (CoyPsyche@aol.com)

Yeah, but can it come up with a winning entry for the Bulwer-Lytton Contest? (HerzogVon@aol.com)

The graduate student, unavailable for comment, is furiously working on the finishing touches on a robot that can square dance and has hopes to someday develop a robot that can make balloon animals. (CoyPsyche@aol.com)

All of its creations look identical to a wadded up, crushed piece of notebook paper. (Pootybrew@goosemoose.com)

Let's do the math...4 years of college, 2 years of graduate school, and the student created a MACHINE that can accomplish something first graders can do...Hmm, how about 6+ years working on some greatness never before achieved, like eradicating cancer or HIV? A presidential candidate with morals AND a brain? A balanced state budget ANYWHERE? (not2greedy69@aol.com)

Whew! For a moment there I thought it read 'capable of doing ORGASMS' ...fear not, Orgasmatron, you're still the ONE! (not2greedy69@aol.com)

Officials received classified information stating, "HumorMeOnline is behind this, and with this technological breakthrough, they now have the capability...TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!" (tackajoey@aol.com)

Unemployment among napkin folders at fancy restaurants reaches all time high. (william.fishburne@verizon.net)

The press conference had to be cut short because of a disruption by some guy screaming... "Mine, the robot is mine... I will never have to make another origami prize again... it's mine...mine, I tell you..." (agapeagent@yahoo.com)

Cmndrnineveh@aol.com was a shoe in for the ubiquitous "Out-of-Leftfield Award"!:

In a related story, the prototype was destroyed by Edward James Olmos, who feared it would replace him in any future sequels to "Blade Runner".... (cmndrnineveh@aol.com)

That's nothing...my fax machine at work has been folding paper into odd shapes for years. (fparsons@yahoo.com)

Well, I'll be damned. I always thought HMO was based in Alabama and run by a group of uneducated morons. Silly me! (mrxsandmanx@yahoo.com)

Another proud American child put out of work by a machine. (mrxsandmanx@yahoo.com)

The student was disappointed as he was trying to create a robot that could fold a road map. (deweyever@attbi.com)

He was assisted by singer Kenny Rogers who taught the robots when to 'hold them' and when to 'fold them'. (maxcel200@aol.com)

They later had to apologize when it was found out the robot was actually Cad's son wrapped up in aluminum foil. (ChrisAndBrandi69@aol.com)

But who really gives a rat's ass about something that mass produces origami, oh wait...never mind. (Mistahtom@aol.com)

The prestigious Japanese Wakita University immediately responded by building a robot that could haze a freshman. (deweyever@attbi.com)

Well, isn't this ironic, Cad's son did the same when handed his diploma...

When presented with a certificate of achievement, the robot promptly folded it into the shape of a duck. (imwednesdayaddams@yahoo.com)