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Wednesday, May 16 2001

Procedures, take 3

The first attempt to mail the postcard to our own list had mixed success. One subscriber, using Outlook 2000, one of the most advanced email applications, received it in code, showing all the ugly background typing that puts in graphics place and creates links and other HTML attributes. My own Outlook Express, a stripped down two-year-old version of Outlook received it fine, with only the list of 100 email addresses added to the old way of receiving it, which was what I was looking for. Hotmail on the web also received it in HTML (webpage) format, though in the Netscape version that runs on my office desk computer, the background was missing, while everyone else looked okay.

How did it work for you? If it was the same as before except for the list of addresses, there's no need to report, but if it looked significantly different than when received via Topica, I would appreciate a brief response to this query.

Meanwhile, I've found another free email forum supplier on the web. They're somewhat discriminating but specifically state that they have no size requirements for messages, so I'm hoping we'll be approved to use they're offered list. If so, I'll port us to it as soon as possible.

Reading update

I have very little for the postcard today, but will report that I've finished reading Nicholai Gogol's collected stories, and will have to retract an earlier assessment, at least partially. I said his failure to plot well leaves his stories less than "classic." But that was said when I was only halfway through the volume. In fact, his story "The Portrait" does deserve to be a classic. In fact, even though it was written about 175 years ago (slightly longer ago, in fact), it should stand beside Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities as a critical fictional treatment of the art world, in his case in Petersburg (St. Petersburg, Russia, more correctly, later known as Leningrad, and now as Petersburg again). Throughout the volume I continued to be amazed at the modern point of view for such an old book. And in the tradition of the best art as entertainment, it often makes fun of itself. I broke into big smiles many times while reading on the tredmill at my club, amazed about Gogol's use of language and inside humor.

I highly recommend it. Since being back to work fulltime (for three days between my old job and my new one I had "reading times" twice a day, so was reading two books at once) I had to put aside Luke Timothy Johnson's The Real Jesus, but am working through it now. Perhaps I'll find more thoughts in it worth sharing here later.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Success

At age 4, success is......not peeing in your pants
At age 12 success is......having friends

At age 15 success is......having a drivers license
At age 20 success is......having sex
At age 35 success is......making money
At age 60 success is......having sex
At age 70 success is......having a drivers license
At age 75 success is......having friends
At age 80 success is......not peeing in your pants

Sent by and/or possibly written by Joyce

I am thankful for
the husband who complains when his dinner is not on time because he is home with me, not with someone else;
for the teenager who is complaining about doing dishes because that means she is at home & not on the streets;
for the taxes that I pay, because it means that I am employed;
for the mess to clean after a party, because it means that I have been surrounded by friends;
for the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat;
for my shadow that watches me work, because it means I am out in the sunshine;
for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing, because it means I have a home;
for all the complaining I hear about the government, because it means that we have freedom of speech;
for the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot, because it means I am capable of walking and that I have been blessed with transportation;
for my huge heating bill, because it means i am warm;
for the lady behind me in church that sings off key, because it means that I can hear;
for the pile of laundry and ironing, because it means I have clothes to wear;
for weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day, because it means I have been capable of working hard;
for the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours, because it means that I am alive;
and finally...for too much e-mail, because it means I have friends who are thinking of me.

Sent by Virginia in Millville
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