9.130 [9.124] aesthetics of Humanist

Humanist (mccarty@phoenix.Princeton.EDU)
Wed, 30 Aug 1995 13:35:10 -0400 (EDT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 9, No. 130.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)

[The following is a second mailing of Humanist 9.124]

[1] From: cjg@stubbs.ucop.edu (51)
Subject: Re: 9.120 aesthetics of Humanist
[2] From: "larry a. taylor" <ltaylor@CS.UCLA.EDU> (4)
Subject: Re: 9.120 aesthetics of Humanist
[3] From: Gloria McMillan <gmcmillan@east.pima.edu> (16)
Subject: walk-through of archive search?

From: cjg@stubbs.ucop.edu
To: mccarty@phoenix.Princeton.EDU
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 1995 04:47:49 -0700
Subject: Re: 9.120 aesthetics of Humanist

I hate to have my first posting to this revitalized "Humanist" disagree
with our respected moderator, but I think the matter of handling headers is
_entirely_ in the hands of the recipient, and that - you, Willard - needn't
feel "confounded or depressed".

Any mail handler worth its salt can deal efficiently with "hiding" header
information so readers can get to the "jist" of the text. However... I use
Eudora and, paradoxically, leave the header information "on". There is a
certain pleasure I get from seeing them there, and a renewed respect I feel
for the programming that make this information network really work.

I think it has to do with the feeling of disconnectedness I feel with many
technological realities of my life. I used to believe it was possible
(theoretically, at least) for me to disassemble my wrist watch and restore
it to working order by reassembling its component parts. I now wear a
watch with a crystal display, and not only do I not know how it works, but
I am certain I could not disassemble/reassemble it. I won't even tell you
the last time I changed the spark plugs in a car. I know my present car
has them somewhere under the hood, but I don't know where. This is the
kind of stuff about which much is written under the label "technology

I don't experience any such ambivalent feeling about the Internet. Perhaps
one of the reasons is that I understand the technology better. Another
might be that I am reinforced in understanding the rather pedestrian way in
which computers go about algorithmically moving an electronic message
across the network of computers from its source to me. I get that from
glancing at (not reading) the headers. And it generally makes me feel
respectful and impressed.

Then I get to the meat of the Humanist message, refreshed and ready to go.


From: "larry a. taylor" <ltaylor@CS.UCLA.EDU>
To: mccarty@phoenix.Princeton.EDU
Date: Sun, 27 Aug 1995 19:50:15 -0700
Subject: Re: 9.120 aesthetics of Humanist

I believe that your mail READER can also eliminate
some of the unwanted junk. As I recall, the MH mail
system on Unix can display an edited model of the input


From: Gloria McMillan <gmcmillan@east.pima.edu>
To: mccarty@phoenix.Princeton.EDU
Date: Wed, 23 Aug 1995 05:17:23 MST
Subject: walk-through of archive search?

[See the editor's response below.]

I know that I have looked at the steps to retrieving material from your
archives and found the info mildly baffling. Would someone be
willing to show SPECIFIC example of searches? For a listserv I
am on, I have a template in my top level directory, and when I
want to search, all I have to do is add a specific subject (and
possibly limit it by time.)

So, a run-through of one or more typical searches here would
help me (and probably not only me - -some people are just more
shy about looking 'dumb'.)




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