Letters to the editor, December 2008
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From: Freda J Isbell
Years ago and far away, I clipped a recipe for Thompson turkey. Each year I think maybe this will be the year that I try one. Having raised five kids over the years, there never seemed to be the time. Now I am retired and every year I think, well maybe this will be the year. However the recipe has long departed my collection. Actually the colllection also disappeared. With my advancing age, I at least made the attempt to find the recipe on line. Thank you very much. perhaps just getting the recipe will be all that I ever do with regard to the Thompson Turkey. Still seems like a lot of work. Seems like it is for a housewife with a lot of handmaidens. Maybe next year, or after they find big foot or after the space aliens land on the white house lawn. Maybe then.
So far that has been my story. Every other year I think, maybe this is the year I make a Thompson Turkey, and it somehow never happens. Milady seems to think that that is a damn good thing. I can’t imagine why she would think such a thing.Return to index of contributors
From: Jill Caudill
for looking for Gervasio said her
Jill, I hate to break it to you, but your computer is writing bad poetry again.Return to index of contributors
From: John Wheatcroft
We here at Computer Solutions in the UK rather like your computer horror stories page, And were wondering if you had any objection to us using some of them on our site, www.kenilworthcomputerrepairs.com.
We just thought we would ask out of politeness rather than just going ahead and copying them.
Thanks for the entertainment
Sure, go ahead. They’re not mine originally – it’s one of those things that circulated. I don’t know the original source.Return to index of contributors
From: Steven D. Hurd
First congradulations on the development of an excelent tool. I work In Australia in a project which as part of it develops awareness about people with disabilities. For some years I have had the idea to develop a game about reincarnation where people learn about what it is like to be a person with a disability, a slave in the US civil War or other roles. By chance I found your game and loved it. I am a person who is blind and use a screen reader and your game is very accessable. Is there any chance of you allowing me to ither develope a simler game, or perhaps working togeather to develope a game with differant lives and more modern times. I feel that longer lives would be great particulaly as an educational tool for schools and community groups
Congratulations once more and I would love to work together on some ideas if you were interested.
My apologies for not answering immediately; life has been rather busy lately. Thank you for writing and for your kind words. You don’t need my permission to develop a similar game; the general idea is not the kind of thing that anyone can own.Return to index of contributors
From: Anthony R. Lewis, PhD, FN
In the Geezer Exam, you ask in question 16
16. What did all the really savvy students do when mimeographed tests were
handed out in school?
Shame, shame, shame. Mimeo ink is mostly carbon black and linseed oil. You meant to say hektograph or spirit duplicator which use an analine transfer process with methanol.
I am sure that neither you nor I are geezers, though possibly superannuated youngsters, so neither of us is an authority on the matter. Therefore I consulted a certified geezer and asked for clarification on this matter.
… continued on next rock …I don’t know about that but we were able to get Stop & Stop to change their express lane sign from “Less than 12 items” to “fewer than 12 items.”
If I am not mistaken that happened well into the last century, when there still was a belief in the existence of English orthography and grammar. That was long ago, well before the onset of text messaging. Today orthography and grammar are merely quaint superstitions, much like Santa Claus and the Beatles.Return to index of contributors
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