Re: virus: who am I talking to?

Stephen Anfort (
Fri, 19 Apr 1996 14:34:41 -0600

At 02:39 PM 4/19/96 -0700, you wrote:
>This is a general request (in part because my mailer strips
>out all header identification except the subject and the fact
>that the message is from the Virus list): Please try to sign
>your messages, and please remember that you're addressing
>a list, not an individual. An unsigned message beginning
>"You wrote" leaves me thinking "no I didn't," and with no
>idea of whether various messages are coming from the
>same person.
>Vicki Rosenzweig
> ----------
>From: owner-virus
>To: virus
>Subject: Re: virus: Suggested Reading: suggested viewing
>Date: Friday, April 19, 1996 12:04PM
>At 11:05 AM 4/15/96 -0600, you wrote:
>> and
>>The Day The Universe Changed
>>by James Burke
>> Both these books combine history with a description of the impact of
>>technology on society/culture. The Day the Universe Changed analyzes
>>these topics by investigating the origins of several common but
>>significant technological advances; computers, atomic weapons, the
>>printing press. His thesis is that these inventions literally "changed
>>the universe" it that they completely changed how people though about
>>the world. Very significant if combined with the concept of memetics
>> If you're interested in finding out what Burke thinks about things
>>can search for him in the WWW. There are usually several interviews and
>>papers to be found in order to give you a taste of his thinking and
>>rhetorical style. I consider Burke as inspiring an author in terms of
>>the aplicability and breadth of his ideas as Dawkins. If you've read
>>The Extendeded Phenotype then TDTUC is a must. The synthesis of the two
>>is dizzying in it's elegance and power in explaining trends in society.
>Also check it out the BBC television productions of both of these books
>(thats how I got turned onto Mr. Burke). I've seen them on the Learning
>Channel and on PBS at various times. I consider both of the series to be
>among the finest shows (let alone science shows) I've ever seen and I keep a
>videotape handy if I happen to run into them. Its very rare that you can
>watch something over and over again in the television medium and still get
>something more out of it everytime. The production values or excellent and
>the way that the nature of change is described is cohesive.
Sorry Vicki,

I am Stephen Anfort, we exchanged mail a little while back concerning the
winmail.dat extension on one of your messages in January I beleive.