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Humanist Archives: Nov. 18, 2018, 6:47 a.m. Humanist 32.200 - Back in the day

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    [1]    From: Bill Benzon 
           Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.190: Back in the day? (54)

    [2]    From: Douglas de Lacey 
           Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.197: Back in the day (17)

        Date: 2018-11-17 12:13:58+00:00
        From: Bill Benzon 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.190: Back in the day?

I don’t know how old you are, Jim (if i may), but I’™ll be 71 in a few weeks and was 
publishing on literature and computation in the mid-1970s:

"Cognitive Networks and Literary Semantics", MLN 91: 1976, 952-982. Here I 
used a computational model to examine the semantic structure of Shakespeare’s sonnet 129.
There’s a downloadable version of that article here: 

That same year David Hays and I published this, “Computational Linguistics and the 
Humanist”, Computers and the Humanities, Vol. 10. 1976, pp. 265-274. There we 
proposed something we called Prospero, a computer system for reading Shakespeare 
in some interesting way. Alas, the more we learn about both computing and about the 
mind/brain, the most distant that Prospero seems, but still, it’s worth thinking about. 
You can download that here: 



Bill Benzon

> On Nov 16, 2018, at 7:37 AM, Humanist  wrote:

>        Date: 2018-11-16 03:17:45+00:00
>        From: Jim ODonnell 
>        Subject: Ibycus SC
> In the beginning, there was Willard.  However, before there was
> Willard there was David Packard.  (And before him, ok, Fr. Busa.)  And
> sometime in the 1980s, Packard distributed a "microcomputer" (ut
> nostrates aiebant) called the Ibycus SC (for Scholarly Computer),
> optimized to do word searches on the newly-released first CD version
> of TLG.  There's no money riding on this, but if there were, mine
> would be on 1985.  Greg Crane's palmary history of the age covers
> everything that could possibly be covered except that particular date.
> Is there anyone on Humanist even older than I but with appropriately
> intact neurons and memories?
> With thanks,
> Jim O'Donnell
> Arizona State University

Bill Benzon



        Date: 2018-11-17 19:11:51+00:00
        From: Douglas de Lacey 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.197: Back in the day

On Sat, 17 Nov 2018, Humanist wrote:

>        Date: 2018-11-16 13:47:24+00:00
>        From: Bruce Graver 
>        Subject: Re: [External] [Humanist] 32.190: Back in the day?
> I left Chapel Hill in 1983, before the Ibycus SC showed up in Murphy Hall, 
and certainly before anything showed up on CD, but the Lexis search 
engine did allow us to search whatever database of Greek and Latin lit. 
that DP had provided us.

I was the agent for importing the Ibycus SC into the UK, and still have a 
few left, though I have no idea if they would work after all this time...

Douglas de Lacey

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