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Monday, November 17, 2003

Monday November 17, 2003. Mail: First Draft #66. First Draft is a writing workshop in apa format. (An apa is roughly equivalent to a mailing list or a BBS, but on paper.) 217 pages of fiction, artwork, critique, and comment from eight contributors. Not quite as impressive as it sounds; five pages are official business, and one contributor did 92 pages. The other seven of us averaged slightly over 17 pages each. And First Draft is bimonthly.

There are ten current memberships, and at least ten different kinds of people. (Two joint memberships for couples.) Twelve different kinds of writers. Whatever First Draft selects for, it's not sameness. [Information: curlew@charleston.quik.com]
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To the HealthPartners pharmacy in Calhoun Square, to pick up some pills. After which I ate at the Jimmy Johns in Calhoun Square. (Calhoun Square is a building, not what's usually meant by a square. And I don't think it's a square building.)

Tony Brust was behind the counter, and we talked for a bit. She's one of three Mnstf people who work in that area. Nate Bucklin is at HealthPartners; Sybil Smith is at the drugstore about half a block away.
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In the newsgroup alt.recovery, a discussion drifted into birds which get drunk on overripe berries. Which led one person to speculate on a 12-step group for waxwings. "We admitted we were powerless over overripe berries...."

A nice change from the usual; discussions there tend to turn into debates over whether AA is evil and useless.
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From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php
Public Release: 17-Nov-2003
Physical Review Letters
MIT team mines for new materials with a computer
A computational technique used to predict everything from books that a given customer might like to the function of an unknown protein is now being applied by MIT engineers and colleagues to the search for new materials. The team's ultimate goal: a public online database that could aid the design of materials for almost any application, from nanostructure computer components to ultralight, high-strength alloys for airplanes.
US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation

From the full report: 'The team is excited that the materials database will allow the "recycling" of data from past ab initio computer calculations and laboratory experiments. "Until now, researchers have made no formal use of their older calculations, simply starting again with each new material, thereby throwing away a huge amount of information," Curtarolo said.

'"Just as recycling old cans allows one to avoid waste, the ability to recycle old calculated data will avoid wasted and useless calculations in the future. In addition, old calculations for already investigated systems might be used to predict properties of new systems.'

There are people doing stuff which isn't as simple as rocket science. And they've just figured this out?

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