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I got e-mail from the guys in Maogojiatta
about the weblog entry on them a few months
back
. That’s something about the google age – I’m kind of amazed
that they ever saw it. I guess that name is odd enough that you can be
assured that web searches only turn up things you want.

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SciFi Weekly has a good
interview
with SF great Jack Williamson. I never interviewed
Mr. Williamson, although I did once have the great pleasure of sitting
down for a conversation with L. Sprague and Catherine de Camp. I
believe that he was the only member of the Golden Age writers I ever
interviewed.

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We had a fire drill in my office, and as I was walking up the stairs
returning to work, I heard this exchange, offered without comment:

“Everything seemed to be working out alright, until I found out that
he’d been in jail. Now I’m not so sure about him.”

“Well, if I only dated guys who have never been in jail, I wouldn’t
have any boyfriends at all.”

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From Larry Hammer on Dueling Modems:

The Direct Marketing sector regards the telephone as one of its most
successful tools. Consumers experience telemarketing from a
completely different point of view: more than 92% perceive commercial
telephone calls as a violation of privacy.

Telemarketers make use of a telescript – a guideline
for a telephone conversation. This script creates an
imbalance in the conversation between the marketer and
the consumer. It is this imbalance, most of all, that
makes telemarketing successful. The EGBG Counterscript
attempts to redress that balance.

See the
counterscript