4.0323 Fractals; Two Queries (3/57)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Thu, 26 Jul 90 16:54:23 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 4, No. 0323. Thursday, 26 Jul 1990.

(1) Date: Wed, 25 Jul 90 21:30 EST (16 lines)
From: John Burt <BURT@BRANDEIS>
Subject: fractal programs

(2) Date: Thu, 26 Jul 90 01:11:10 EDT (31 lines)
From: Stephen N. Matsuba <matsuba@Writer.YorkU.CA>
Subject: Allusions again

(3) Date: Jeu, 26 Jui 90 21:39:57 SET (10 lines)
From: Michel Pierssens <PIERSENS@FRP8V11>
Subject: Books by Thomas Molnar

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Date: Wed, 25 Jul 90 21:30 EST
From: John Burt <BURT@BRANDEIS>
Subject: fractal programs

There is a bitnet mailing list to discuss fractals and related matters.
It's called frac-l and its address is frac-l@gitvm. According to the
people there, there are good fractal programs for MSDOS available from a
company called Art Matrix. Also highly recommended is a public domain
program called Fractint. It is up to about version 12 now, and can deal
with just about any graphics board. It's quite fast too, because it uses
integer arithmetic. You can find out more from frac-l. I think the
program is available from simtel, but since I've never asked for
anything from simtel, I don't know how to get it.

John Burt
Brandeis University
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Date: Thu, 26 Jul 90 01:11:10 EDT
From: matsuba@Writer.YorkU.CA
Subject: Allusions again

Back in the days when HUMANIST was a University of Toronto domain, or
more accurately Willard McCarty's domain, a debate over the ability of
the computer to search for allusions ensued. No single view seemed to

My interest focuses on the nature of allusions, particularly those
identified in Shakespeare's works by various critics. My proposed
dissertation will involve a computer-assisted analysis of allusions.
These results will be compared to critical material on the subject, and,
based on this analysis, I hope to design a computer program that
searches for allusions in different texts. And while I am limiting my
main research to Shakespeare's works, I hope to draw some conclusions
about a more general theory of allusion.

I am interested in discovering what other HUMANISTs see as the
definition and structure of allusions. Has there been any recent,
detailed studies about them? Carmela Perri wrote an article in 1978
("On Alluding" *Poetics* (1978): 289-307) in which she noted her own
work that was forthcoming, and a book by Helen Williams that was
supposed to be out in 1978. I have not been able to trace either of
these items. If anyone knows of their existence, and any other material
on allusions, I would greatly appreciate the references.

Stephen N. Matsuba
York University

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Date: Jeu, 26 Jui 90 21:39:57 SET
From: Michel Pierssens <PIERSENS@FRP8V11>
Subject: Books by Thomas Molnar

Here's a query from a french theologian. He's looking for the exact
references of two books by Molnar. One deals with politics and the
sacred (details missing) and the other is entitled The Church at
Century's End (?) Any further information will be greatly appreciated.