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Letters to the Editor, April 2005


This a traditional letter column. You are encouraged to write a letter of comment on anything that you find worthy of comment. It will (may) be published in this column along with my reply. As editor I reserve the right to delete material; however I will not alter the undeleted material. E-mail to me that solely references the contents of this site will be assumed to be publishable mail. All other e-mail is assumed to be private. And, of course, anything marked not for publication is not for publication. Oh yes, letters of appreciation for the scholarly resources provided by this site will be handled very discreetly. This page contains the correspondence for April 2005.

Some of it is a little ancient; I'm slowly catching up - very slowly.

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From: Anica Beckie
Date: 4/13/2005
Subj: Dania Bjorklund

Anwar Badmington

Anwar? I had supposed him to be quite beyond the pale, and disowned by the Badmingtons.
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From: Peter Neilson
Date: 4/14/2005
Subj: Aphorisms of the Old West

Dr. Lewis should know better. Buffalo (actually the American Bison) cannot be empty. They are much like horses in this respect, and Dr. Lewis has owned a horse. No matter how much opinion they drop on the ground, there is always more available. With the exception that cow flops that have not dried into chips are messier objects than horse droppings, there is little difference. Dr. Lewis has, I am certain, more than a passing knowledge of the Messier Objects of the Old West, the Old East, the Old RA and the Old Decl.

I fear that the only thing to be done here is to have a chip frisbie duel between you and the evil one. I propose to provide the chips, there being a local abundance, that will be well dried in a local well used for watering cattle.

This question of the emptiness of bison is one that is quite beyond me. An animal can be thought of as an animate tube that takes in sustenance in one and ejects excrement at the other. It seems to me that when one speaks of an animal as being empty one does not mean that the entire tube is empty but rather that the portal in question is empty, i.e., that on one end there is room for more to come and that on the other end there is nothing immediately ready to come out. However this is the merest speculation on my part and I will defer to the expertise of those who are, so to speak, in the field.

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From: Kathi
Date: 4/14/2005
Subj: Richard's Hot Oil Recipe

do you remove the seeds before boiling??

I always have. The seeds are hotter.
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From: Rory Wilson
Date: 4/9/2005
Subj: Jansson's Temptation

The quote is more than "reputed to be" from the stated Time-Life book, it IS from that book. I have the book, and what is on your website is a direct quote. The book is full of wonderful, authentic recipes.

Thank you for the heads up. I will change the page.
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From: Richard McAree
Date: 4/10/2005
Subj: Jokes

I am an avid visitor to your site and find it very entertaining. I am a senior citizen and pinch some of your jokes for a little news sheet I publish for other seniors in an apartment block where I live, in Ireland. I publish the clean ones and read the racy ones for my own enjoyment, although I find your site quite morally acceptable really. See you later.

It is good to know that my site is bringing a bit of cheer to the senior citizens of Ireland. I have standards in my jokes. I don't run anything that couldn't appear on late night TV. As you may understand, this isn't much of a restriction.
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From: Anthony R. Lewis
Date: 4/7/2005
Subj: Aphorisms of the Old West

When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty.

Malodorous poker in the Old West?
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From: Ann Fortenberry
Date: 4/1/2005
Subj: Petra

Thank you so much for putting the poem , Petra, on your website. I have heard the last two lines quoted, most of my life ( beginning with Agatha Christi's autobiography and recently in John Gunther's book, Twelve Cities ), but I was never able to find out where they came from. When you think of photographs from the Sig, showing that glowing building through its arch, those last two lines glow right along with them, don't they?

I'm pleased to have been of service. There is a story (I believe it is in a sequel to "A Houseboat on the Styx") in which there is a club of dead poets. Burgon was the doorman. It was explained that his two lines earned him a place in the company of the immortals. If he could only have written more than two such fine lines he would have been a member.
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From: Jsosomuch
Date: 4/1/2005
Subj: Isn't it wonderful to know that our Heavenly Father so loved the earth that he s

Isn't it wonderful to know that our Heavenly Father so loved the earth that he sent his beloved son Jesus Christ to save us from our sins

Don't you have a street corner that you need to be on where you can hand out pamphlets?
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From: sachin parsewar
Date: 3/28/2005
Subj: abt time complexity of histogram sort

Respected sir,
i want to know what is the time complexity of Histogram Sort.
plz reply me.
thanking you.

This is not as simple a question as it might seem. If the data is from a uniform (or approximately uniform) distribution the time complexity is nominally a O(n*log log n) sort. However there is a catch. In real modern computers data locality is critical for performance. The histogram sort has bad locality problems for large n. I did a study on this recently (it's not yet up on the website) and found that a histogram sort is faster than comparison based sorts up to a threshhold, depending on the machine
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From: karen gioscia
Date: 3/28/2005
Subj: pizza

where oh where is the goldberg's pizza restaurant that was located I think in the 50's on 2nd avenue before that it was in the 20's on third avenue. i'll bless u a hundred times if you can help me

thank you
karen gioscia
starving for a large pepperoni well done

My understanding is that Goldberg's has been closed for a while. Life is not fair.
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From: mollie
Date: 3/27/2005
Subj: riding lesson

hello my names mollie,
do you have horse riding lessons avaliable where are your stables.
mollie.

I'm sorry, but I don't have a stables and I'm not currrently giving lessons. I do have friends who teach bulldogging but that may be a bit advanced.
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From: TenMile
Date: 4/1/2005
Subj: On Not Being a Professional Poker Player

At 12:07 PM 3/24/05, you wrote: I stumbled across your site doing a Google search, using the professional poker, search command.

I write a blog:

http://www.pokerandotherthings.blogspot.com/

I ask permission to extract a bit of the above essay to use in my blog.

Sure, no problem. Giving credit would be a kindness.
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From: Phil Parker
Date: 3/20/2005
Subj: Barkham

Is this the same Barkham Manor that is near Wokingham?

I believe it is. If I have read the map correctly it is a bit to the east of Wokingham.
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From: Miroslav Provod
Date: 3/18/2005
Subj: Oldest ritual construction

The oldest sacral building is probably the ritual area. Nabta Plaja (100 kilometers west from Abú Simbilu) constructed at Sahara wild about 2000 years before building the first pyramid. The religious center consisted of eight great barrows, thirty stone cromlechs built above deep delves and three series of menhirs oriented out of one point. Archeologists have mentioned that ritual center of mysterious buildings was built for annual celebrations of coming the solstice and life giving rains. It has been very much simple and incorrect explanation, but we may not be surprised, for absence of information cannot be answer differently.

For mentioned building is impossible to give reasons by one sentence, in the further text I will try to do it and I am beginning by the question: “Can be the identical area reared anywhere at other place?” It can be answered that it is possible, but the area will not be functional. The basic condition for it is building at “an exquisite place”. Where such places are situated is not known all-round, they can be found on plateau Nazca. There the builders of uncanny constructions visualized at large surface zones of energy raster of cosmic energy that is situated throughout on the earth. The choice places are so energy zones that can transfer their energy to another mass inclusive to organisms. Zones produce natural sources like sea streams, other watercourses inclusive water wells, mineral deposits, forest complexes, squally clouds, etc. A mineral placed in a zone receives from it the energy. The mineral has turned into a menhir and if we place it out of zone, some few hours it will lose the assumed energy. Those are fundamental information without cannot be evaluated the ritual area Nabta Plaja. Details have been quoted at www.miroslavprovod.com

Eight large pyramids on the building site accumulated the cosmic energy like the mass of zikkurats, pyramids, mounds, mosques, cathedrals and further resembling buildings. Major density of zones inside constructions especially circular operate like energy magnifier, walls of earthy hollows generate the same effect. Energetic capacity of choice place can be piled up not only by another mass, but also by shaping. Obelisks, poles, menhirs, steeples, and other tall constructions obtain the energy partly by charge flux and also thereby, that their construction intersect three-dimensional zonal raster. The cromlech from sand blocks, built above a hollow, accumulated in its mass the energy as well as menhirs and concentrated the energy of sanctuary by the energy of columnar effect. Three series of menhirs were built for an interception and an induction of further energy to choice locality. In later time functioned the rising ways of pyramidal complexes or artificial watercourses below plateau Nazca on the identical principle.

From the standpoint of my research have the subjects of religious center Nabta Plaja the energetic quality identical like other sacral buildings built in later times. The eldest religious center in Nabta Plaja can be thus evaluated so, that it was constructed at the place with energy overstrain. By the piling and shaping of mass was enlarged its energy capacity having positive effect for the visitors of sanctuary.

The unusual evaluation of technical level of long past cultures is not conformable with known facts, but is it necessary to respect, that the transitions of energy can be proved by experiments. Lot of people has supposed that unknown technically advanced civilization anticipated to chronology of old cultures. Scientists have responded to it so, that till this time not a single article had been found to prove it. Plurality of megalithic constructions, by which has not been found their purpose, can be regard as testimony, too.

The physicists and archaeologists will be so surprised when they find out about this.
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