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Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Tuesday March 30, 2004 Mail: Form letter from Senator Norm Coleman, thanking me for my views on the "Don't let perverted scum like the Vice-President's daughter desecrate marriage!" Amendment and related Federal legislation.

It's dated March 9. I don't know if that's a typo for March 29, or Coleman's office took a while to mail it out.

De Profundis 375, April 2004. Newsletter of LASFS, the main Los Angeles area sf club. Minutes of club business meetings, which apparently are still more entertainment than business. Minutes of board meeting. Calendar of events at the clubhouse.

Some local sf fandoms have central clubs; LASFS is the central club for LA-area fandom. Others don't. It's a matter of local tradition, but tradition can change. Boston fandom went from fragmentation to NESFA as its central club. In the Twin Cities, Mnstf used to be the central club; now no club is central.

***Humans have much less genetic diversity than chimpanzees and bonobos do. (The cliche is that any troop of chimpanzees has more genetic diversity than our entire species. I don't know how accurate that is.)

There've been sf stories in which human and chimpanzee genes were mixed to produce better (more intelligent) chimpanzees. But perhaps adding chimpanzee genes to humans could produce better humans.
From ResourceShelf http://www.resourceshelf.com
George Mason University Speech Accent Archive
"The speech accent archive is established to uniformly exhibit a large set of speech accents from a variety of language backgrounds. Native and non-native speakers of English all read the same English paragraph and are carefully recorded. The archive is constructed as a teaching tool and as a research tool. It is meant to be used by linguists as well as other people who simply wish to listen to and compare the accents of different english speakers. It allows users to compare the demographic and linguistic backgrounds of the speakers in order to determine which variables are key predictors of each accent. The speech accent archive demonstrates that accents are systematic rather than merely mistaken speech." 306 speech samples currently archived.

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