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Letters to the Editor, October 1998

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 And, of course, anything marked not for publication is not for publication.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 October 1998.

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From: Alex Averbukh
Date: 10/17/98
I love your jokes

Send me some jokes so I can read and laugh my ass off.

Sorry, I don’t run a humor mailing list. I am on several but most of them are private. Here is the URL for laffaday: They will send you a message each day.
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From: Cloudmaster )
Date: 10/24/98
Subj: edit007.html

Even though the last time anyone touched that page was 1998, I though it’d be cool to tell you that I managed to stumble across it for semi-obvious reasons, ie – I was searching for “cloudmaster” (said [email protected]). Of course, after reading said page (, I guess I’ll be required to put some useful information up on

Useful misinformation, please – that’s the whole point of the web, at least according to the editorial.

Do I have a point with this? Not really. I just wanted to mail someone that used my independently created nickname. 🙂

And a good one it is. Naturally I did an alta-vista search on “cloudmaster” and got an interesting mixture of pages.
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From: TereUraga
Date: 10/24/98
Subj: need for a debate, please help

where can i obtain the actual work waiting for godot on-line?

I don’t think you can – it’s still in copyright and not in public domain. Check your local library; it will have a copy.
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From: Bernard Scott
Date: 10/21/98
Subj: The lonely child

Greetings from Australia

I was touched by the story of that innocent little child asking “How much is the doggy in the window?”

Er, yes. The first verse is from a real song; the remaining verses are invented.
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From: c george carver
Date: 10/26/98
Subj: Alice’s in Wonderland???

This ‘accretion model’ has me stumped. With the ‘Big Bang’ holding court for the beginnings of stuff and things, how does one get a constantly reducing gravity to pull things together when the particles are carooming mightily outward along divergent paths?

The Big Bang doesn’t hold up well with the first equation on relativity either. That equation has satellites in receding ellipsoidal orbits. That is, of course, in the equation before Alfred added the ‘stabilizing factor’.

Also, without the stabilizing factor you cannot find a shred of justification for all the ‘black holes’ being found in the universe these days. Sounds like the modern equivalent of the Ptolemaic Epicycles to me.

The short answer to your questions is that gravity can cause local clumping of matter because gravity is an attractive force. Recall that the density of matter was very high in the early universe. A fluctuation in mass occupying a small space then occupies a large space now.

In any event the big bang has very little to do with the accretion model for planetary formation. Likewise the black holes being found now have very little to do with the big bang or the cosmological constant.

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From: Ben Coles: EMT
Date: 10/26/98
Subj: Full of shit

It may hot have happened exactly that way, but the 95 darwin award incident really happened in New Mexico not Arizona. It was in the Albuquerque Journal several years ago, and in addition I actually know one of the EMT’s that went on the call to a car wreck/stain on a desert cliffside. This is not a made up story.

It would be great if this could be documented and nailed down. Is there any chance I could prevail on you to check this out? More detail on place and time would be useful.
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From: Robert Kern
Date: 10/28/98
Subj: Zhandivar and Elonian mythology

I rather like the poem as well as the mythology that you describe. Would you happen to be willing to write more of this, umm… fictional … mythology?

If you like. I might do a piece on the Raven King. Ravens, you see, feed on the corpses of those killed in battle. The Raven King can take the form of a man as well as that of a raven. In his human form he wanders the world formenting wars that his people may be fed.
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From: connie sands
Date: 10/27/98
Subj: Prostrate enthusiam and gratitude !!!!

A new and joyful owner of a Webtv I write to tell you that the discovery of YOU has made this struggle worthwhile. I have just closed an art gallery aftr 33 years and the visitors and the artists – on your wave length made me hang in there that long. Usually he good artists were very prolific – they can’t NOT do it – a font that cannot be turned off. please keep adding I have read everything. Have you ever discussed Aubrey Menon?
Thank you again–C.S.

I have to admit that your letter is very gratifying. Few of us, certainly not I, are immune to the pleasures of receiving praise. It is a gratifying thought that I have made the acquisition of a Webtv worthwhile to you.

I expect that I shall continue adding to the site – essays, fiction, poetry, and the ever popular humor. I hope you continue to enjoy the site. Alas, I am not familiar with Aubrey Menon other than that he is an Indian writer who, if I am not mistaken, has written on Mystics. I may investigate him though.

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