14.0578 Happy New Year

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Date: 12/31/00

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 578.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
             Date: Sun, 31 Dec 2000 17:07:54 +0000
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: happy new year
    Dear Colleagues:
     From my privileged geographical position nearby Greenwich, and so telling
    time by GMT, allow me just six hours prior to midnight on this 31 December,
    to wish all of you the most joyous and intellectually prosperous of new
    years. Some would say as well that in six hours we'll enter a new
    millennium, but that scale of time is so vast, so daunting and beyond the
    span of anyone's life that a millennial changeover seems to me altogether
    too abstract to stir the blood. Humanists in this country may find the
    ambiguity richly ironical, as the Millennium Experience Company closes its
    great, expensive tent officially at the end of the day. One year ago this
    evening, in Washington DC, I listened to Bishop Desmond Tutu preach to
    honour the past century in a message of hope, which he heroically rescued
    from the tragic savagery that he reviewed as its most characteristic
    attribute. Tonight, for me at least, a quieter, less spectacular but deeply
    joyous evening at home -- after finishing this message assurredly NOT in
    front of a computer but an ageing television beside a quite beautiful
    Christmas tree.
    Humanist will again fall silent from 3 through 7 January but will resume
    with my start of term on the 8th. All the best to all of you.
    Dr Willard McCarty / Senior Lecturer /
    Centre for Computing in the Humanities / King's College London /
    Strand / London WC2R 2LS / U.K. /
    +44 (0)20 7848-2784 / ilex.cc.kcl.ac.uk/wlm/

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