3.341 various queries (125)

Thu, 10 Aug 89 19:26:44 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 341. Thursday, 10 Aug 1989.

(1) Date: Wed, 09 Aug 89 15:42:25 CDT (5 lines)
From: "Kevin L. Cope" <ENCOPE@LSUVM>
Subject: UUQUERY

(2) Date: Thu, 10 Aug 89 11:17:29 CDT (33 lines)
From: Charles Ess <DRU001D@SMSVMA>
Subject: Chaos resources; external hard drives

(3) Date: Thursday, 10 August 1989 1749-EST (35 lines)
Subject: OS SERTO=ES available, needs work

(4) Date: 10 August 1989 (22 lines)
From: Willard McCarty <MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca>
Subject: lex talionis

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Date: Wed, 09 Aug 89 15:42:25 CDT
From: "Kevin L. Cope" <ENCOPE@LSUVM>
Subject: UUQUERY

What is "uuencoding"? Is it a variety of data compression? KLC.
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Date: Thu, 10 Aug 89 11:17:29 CDT
From: Charles Ess <DRU001D@SMSVMA>
Subject: Chaos resources; external hard drives

HUMANIST readers may remember an earlier comment on Chaos theory. Partly
on the basis of the information and suggestions forwarded by several of
you, interest in studying chaos among faculty continues to grow. In
particular, the Dean would like to arrange for us to bring in "someone"
as a facilitator for a faculty discussion group/workshop on chaos.
Qualifications would include a sufficient familiarity with chaos, both
in its mathematics and its more qualitative and conceptual dimensions --
and the ability to introduce non-mathematicians to the elementary
concepts of chaos and generally facilitate discussion among liberal
arts faculty. Also, this wonderful person should be fairly modest regarding
expectations for a stipend. (I suspect we can arrange a stipend along
the usual lines for academic speakers of some distinction these days, but
the chaos equivalent of Henry Kissinger or Oliver North we certainly cannot

Any suggestions? (And please don't be so overly modest as to not offer
your own expertise, if you feel up to these rather stringent demands.)

On an entirely different matter: I would like to add a 3.5" drive to my
IBM clone (a Zenith 158). While the existing controller card includes
a logic cable for a second floppy drive (space for which is occupied by
a hard disk), no additional power cables are available. I suspect the
neatest, but rather expensive solution is to buy an external drive of
the Sysgen variety. Any suggestions from my fellow HUMANISTS on solutions
to what I suspect must be an awfully common problem would be very much

Charles Ess
Drury College
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Date: Thursday, 10 August 1989 1749-EST
Subject: OS SERTO=ES available, needs work

Due to a set of unfortunate circumstances, we find ourselves
in possession of a KDEM-scanned copy of the Portuguese text
"Os Serto=es" (of which I know nothing) that still needs
significant work to make it usable, but in which we have a
considerable investment that we would not like to see wasted.

The scanning was not done by a regular KDEM operator, nor was
any of the usual post-editing done, and the results have been
refused by the person who originally requested the job. That
person has agreed to my plan to offer the "raw" output to
anyone willing to invest the time and energy in getting it into
acceptable shape, with the understanding that the resultant text
will also be available to others through CCAT. The full text is
about 500 pages long, and about 1000 random lines are missing
(although the locations are marked) in that body of electronic
material (about 2 lines per page average). In a few places,
smaller type appeared in the printed copy that has been mangled
in scanning. I estimate that it would take a good encoder about
10 hours to rectify these problems. The resultant, quantitatively
complete text, would still need massaging of the usual sort for
KDEM scanned materials (confusions of c and e, l and I and 1, etc.),
but much of that can be done with various global checks, creation
of a word list, etc.

If anyone is interested, please contact me. The idea is (1) not to
waste the effort already expended on this text if the material is
of sufficient value to someone, and (2) to create a situation in
which the expenses already incurred by CCAT might be recovered to
some extent, or at least justified!

Bob Kraft, CCAT
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Date: 10 August 1989
From: Willard McCarty <MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca>
Subject: lex talionis

I have a particular need to discover what work has been done on the lex
talionis or law of retaliation, especially in classical Roman
jurisprudence. What would be best for me is a general study on the sort
of retaliation or vengeance which specifies that the punishment must fit
the crime. The best known statement is biblical, "an eye for an eye, a
tooth for a tooth", but the idea that matching compensation is required
for damage done is a very well attested idea throughout the ancient Near
East and elsewhere. Lewis-and-Short shows a few references to Latin
sources s.v. "talio" (e.g. Festus, Pliny), and I suppose a few more can
be turned up by the usual means.

I imagine that a general study would relate the talion to the idea of
nemesis, and I would hope that it would also deal with the metaphorical
dimension (as in mirroring), but that may be hoping for too much. In any
case, suggestions would be welcome.

Willard McCarty