Letters to the editor, May 2009
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 And, of course, anything marked not for publication is not for publication.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 May 2009.
From: Peter Neilson
You are receiving jokes from too many incarnations of Joe Ross. What's worse, you are reprinting some of them without assessing blame. That he did not originate them does not absolve him. Or you.
Please consider showing attribution: "This joke received from A. Joseph Ross, Esq., who forwarded it mostly intact as he received it from someone else who forwarded it to him."
But, but, but ... it is one of the rules that one never gives an attribution for jokes that appear on the internet. I don't know who made that rule, but everyone seems to know it and follow it.Return to index of contributors
From: Anthony R. Lewis, PhD, FN
"Prairie Moments" not Pairie Moments" on your home page.
So it was. Shame indeed. Let that be a lesson to me not to make changes on my web site without enough coffee.Return to index of contributors
From: Khalid El Amin
I'm contacting you in order to ask for your permission to translate parts of your article "The Piltdown Man" posted on http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/piltdown.html#dawson . The translation will be to Arabic and will be posted on www.ar.naturalismwiki.net which is a sort of a wikipedia for the theory of evolution. The website is dedicated to counter creationist arguments and will base most of its information on relevant articles posted on talkorigins.org . This website aims to spread the correct understanding of the theory of evolution among Arabic speaking individuals, especially with the current rise of Islamic creationism. No profit will be sought behind posting your aforementioned article and acknowledgment of your rights will be emphasized.
Your reply is greatly anticipated.
Thank you for your attention
You are more than welcome to reprint anything that you need. I wish you all the best in your efforts. Sites such as yours are very important. The people who profit from them are people who would otherwise be deceived by creationist arguments.Return to index of contributors
From: Peter Neilson
If God intended us to sleep, why did he give us caffeine?
Good question. There is a caveat though. God wants you to work by the sweat of your brow. The caffeine is for help in getting through fourteen hours of hard labor.
... continued on next rock
Then what did I do all that extra work for?
To bed, Friday 23:59
Why can't I get an easy job like setting concrete forms or maybe running a 27-mule combine? This "Job" stuff gets difficult. Can you explain Job? Did God give him caffeine? Or did Lucifer?
It's the Lattes. You have to take your coffee straight. Once you start polluting your coffee with that white stuff your whole system goes into overdrive and it's nothing but ponies, ponies, ponies, and kids, kids, kids, until your drop.Return to index of contributors
From: Michele Chitson
Hi there's a bug in the code doesn&'t seem to work for n = 10 and k = 3. any ideas why?
The code is indeed broken; the problem is the recorded index should be the index when the element will be deleted from the window. See the C code below for the correct version. Incidentally, the analysis is a trifle cheesy. I will shortly replace the page with corrected code and analysis.Return to index of contributors
From: Erik Sigra
Thank you for fixing it. The problem that I was solving was a bit more complicated. I had to rotate a 2-dimensional map. So I had to rotate it vertically and then horizontally. So it uses the algorithm twice. Not only that, it is a triangular grid (see [http://widelands.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/widelands/trunk/doc/geometry/index.xhtml]), so I had to fiddle with odd and even rows. Maybe there are even better ways to solve this extended problem. Have you experimented with anything like that?
But it seems to be efficient enough for the data that it is currently used for. (By the way, the code is at [http://widelands.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/widelands/trunk/src/map.cc?view=markup#l_416].) I have one more question. Would you allow us to include your document in our source code documentation? If not, I would just keep the link to it in the comment. But it would be better to have it included so that it is available even if the link would stop working or someone would get our source package and then try to understand while being without Internet access. We release the software under the GNU General Public License. Cheerily, Erik Sigra
My apologies for not getting back to you sooner. I have fallen behind due to the demands of work, family, citizenship, and general scatter brainedness. Yes, of course you may include a copy of the document in your documentation as long as it is properly attributed.Return to index of contributors
From: Rick Flores
LAST OPPORTUNITY FOR 2009
Complete or update information to list Piltdown 2003, as a supplier available for Department of Defense bid and sales opportunities in the 2009 Department of Defense Buyers Guide. The information on your company and products will be accessed by Federal and military purchasing agents and buying facilities.
THERE IS SAFETY IN MILITARY CONTRACTS- UNAFFECTED BY RECESSION –From the New York Times, Small Business Section March 26, 2009. Tells how many smaller businesses are prospering with Department of Defense and Military Contracts. Interesting story about a $1.5 million, Department of Defense contract for sports bras. The DOD buys everything and anything.
I think I will forward this email to the White House. I understand they are looking for ways to cut military spending. Now if I could just figure out some way to convert my pages on the Piltdown Man hoax into a military weapon I could be on easy street.Return to index of contributors
From: Steve Ellis
Hello, my name is Steve Ellis and I am an internet marketing specialist. I was looking at websites under the keyword religious store and came across your website http://richardhartersworld.com/~cri/2006/ketolic.html. I see that you're ranked number 67 when doing a Google search for that term.
I'm not sure if you're aware of why you're ranked this low but more importantly how easily correctable this is. There's no reason you can't have a top three organic (natural) ranking for the keyword religious store based on your site structure and content. You have a very nice site.
You need significantly more one way anchor text backlinks to help improve your ranking. If you're interested I can help you with this...I'm talking about getting you ranked for ALL your keywords. Adding new backlinks on a steady and consistent basis from high PR quality websites is what produces the rankings you are looking for with your website http://richardhartersworld.com/cri/2006/ketolic.html.
The right kind of links are very critical in getting top rankings....and I can hand deliver these quality links to you. My partners and I have relationships established with thousands of websites and offer private linking to hundreds of website owners just like yourself.
I'm sure that Steve looked at my "website" (actually one page); how could you doubt it? Somehow though, I can't see myself runing an on line religious store. It's a pity. I'm sure I could run a very good one, and Steve is just the man to help me get it going. (See the page.)Return to index of contributors
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Chris, judging from the fact that you write strange emails to what you think are are strange women, you are a dirty old man. What is more, you are a very confused dirty old man.Return to index of contributors
From: Gordon Lugard
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2009 12:49:28 +0200 (CEST) To: email@example.com Subject: Nest of Kin
I want you to act as the nest of kin of a deceased customer who has an unclaimed account with our Security Firm of US$10m. before his death.
Apparently you think that I am like Whitman and contain multitudes. Alas I have but a single nature.Return to index of contributors
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