Date: Thu, 27 Jun 1996 10:49:33 -0500
From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU
Subject: Good Idea (in spite of bad timing)
Somebody at U of Alabama Press just sent me information about Ellen
Johnson's new book, saying that Allan had suggested that I might want
to put the information on the ADS web pages. I think having a page
with links to information about new books by ADS members is an excellent
idea. So I just created such a page, with one entry so far -- the one
I just got.
I stuck a note on the page saying that it was new and that I wouldn't
be able to add anything to it until late July but that almost certainly
there would be many additions at that point. If any of you have recent
books, I'd like to add them -- at the end of July. There's no way I
can do it right now. I'm in the midst of grading summer school exams
and am leaving town tomorrow.
If you want the descriptions to look "prettier," send them to me as
html documents. Otherwise, just send them in ASCII and I'll pre them --
i.e., I'll stick pre at the beginning of the document and /pre at the
end, meaning that it will appear on the web in exactly the form you sent
it in (same paragraphing etc.)
Another problem with good ideas for web additions is that the fate of
our web pages (temporary fate -- one year) is uncertain at the moment.
I'll be leaving late next April to teach in Japan until May '98. Because
telnet access from there will too slow to edit web pages conveniently
back here and will be costing by the minute, I won't be able to keep
the pages up to date. Since I'm the only ADS member here at MSU, there's
nobody here who can take over the task. And since outsiders can't have
accounts on our system, nobody else can do it. So it's going to come down
to either finding a new home for the web pages or not updating them for
a year. (In the latter case, I'd put an explanatory note on every page.)
But that's all still pretty far in the future. Right now I'm concentrating
on getting out of town tomorrow.
Btw -- you may remember that before I left town for a little over a week
last month, I said that I was changing ADS-L back to "send=public" and
hoping the spammers were on vacation. I still haven't changed it back
to "send=private." Let's hope they stay on vacation for the rest of
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)
P.S. Back to the subject of new-book blurbs. In case any of you are
wondering how new is new, how recent is recent, I don't know. What do
y'all think? Published within the past year?