3.1047 members' list; IASSIST; patterns (127)

Willard McCarty (MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca)
Wed, 14 Feb 90 20:43:08 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 1047. Wednesday, 14 Feb 1990.

(1) Date: 14 February 1990 (15 lines)
From: Willard McCarty <MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca>
Subject: getting a list of members

(2) Date: Wed, 14 Feb 90 08:37:14 EST (51 lines)
From: David.A.Bantz@mac.dartmouth.edu
Subject: IASSIST conference

(3) Date: Wed, 14 Feb 90 16:00:21 CST (37 lines)
Subject: Call for PATTERNS!

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Date: 14 February 1990
From: Willard McCarty <MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca>
Subject: getting a list of members

One Humanist has written asking for a list of members again to be
circulated. Since this list is about 600 lines long, I am reluctant to
circulate it to everyone. It is in fact very easy for any member to
obtain simply by asking the ever obedient software. The basic command is
REVIEW HUMANIST. The interactive form of this command is TELL LISTSERV
AT UTORONTO REVIEW HUMANIST. See your Guide to Humanist for further

Yours, Willard McCarty

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Date: Wed, 14 Feb 90 08:37:14 EST
From: David.A.Bantz@mac.dartmouth.edu
Subject: IASSIST conference

May 30 - June 3, 1990
Poughkeepsie, New York USA

Numbers, Pictures, Words and Sounds: Priorities for the 1990's

Call for Papers

16th Annual Conference

The International Association for Social Science Information Service and
Technology (IASSIST) is an international association of individuals who
are engaged in the acquisistion, processing, maintenance, and
distribution of machine readable text and/or numeric social science data.
Founded in 1974, the membership includes social scientists, data
archivists, librarians, information specialists, researchers,
programmers, planners and government agency administrators. Their range
of interests encompasses hard copy as well as machine readable. The
1990 IASSIST conference has as its central theme "Numbers, Pictures,
Words and Sounds: Priorities for the 1990's". This title reflects the
ever-expanding universe of data types, as well as related hardware and
software development. The program will consist of presentations on a
wide variety of topics. The Program Committee is now soliciting
contributions in the forms of papers, proposals for panel discussions,
roundtables, poster sessions and workshops to be presented at the

[A complete version of this announcement is now available on
the file-server, s.v. IASSIST CONFRNCE. A copy may be obtained
by issuing the command -- GET filename filetype HUMANIST -- either
interactively or as a batch-job, addressed to ListServ@UToronto and
*not* to Humanist. Thus on a VM/CMS system, you say interactively:
TELL LISTSERV AT UTORONTO GET filename filetype HUMANIST; to submit
a batch-job, send mail to ListServ@UToronto with the GET command as
the first and only line. For more details see your "Guide to Humanist".
Problems should be reported to David Sitman, A79@TAUNIVM, after you
have consulted the Guide and tried all appropriate alternatives.]

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Date: Wed, 14 Feb 90 16:00:21 CST
Subject: Call for PATTERNS!

My excellent colleague, Dr. Clifford Pickover, is undertaking an
important and attractive new project. Dr. Pickover, an expert in
computer graphics at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, is preparing
a big "Pattern Book." The book will feature a wide variety of patterns,
most but not all drawn by computer. Typical entries might include
tiling patterns, symmetrical shapes, synthesized or real patterns "from"
nature, biological and botanical shapes, recursive or chaotic shapes,
mathematically derived forms, and hand-made artistic forms. The book
will thus be both futuristic and traditional, technical and crafty.
Humanists, folklorists, and dix-huitiemistes might consider historical
textiles, engravings from historical scientific texts, patterns from old
books, and so forth--people working with as many out-of-the- way
materials as we do could doubtless discover dozens of possibilities. Dr.
Pickover plans to accumulate patterns over the next several months, then
publish his work in a glorious volume. Anyone who has seen Dr.
Pickover's awesome CV will know that he knows how to publish; anyone who
has seen his spectacular work--most recently published in the February
OMNI magazine--will know that he is an aesthetician who is more than a
little acquianted with nature, science, and all the finer arts. Entries
to THE PATTERN BOOK must follow a specific format, one page being
devoted to the pattern and the other being dedicated to specific text
entries. Contributors will want to obtain a copy of Dr. Pickover's
entry sheet. Owing to his overly-computered lifestyle, Dr. Pickover
prefers to correspond by ordinary mail (Dr. Clifford Pickover, c/o IBM
Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York, 10598). If there is
no other way, however, he can be reached at CLIFF@YKTVMT. Please,
however, respect his preference for paper. This poor man spends his
life in front of a screen, and, as the deconstructionists used to say,
is doubtless craving textuality.

Happy patterning!