Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Chet the E-Mail Boy is just ahead of his time.

Meant to note this earlier, but as I was heading home Tuesday I was listening to NPR (yes, believe it or not--I find that it, and especially the commentary by somnabulent gasbag Daniel Schorr, provides a welcome way to keep my blood pressure perking along at its highest peaks) and Robert Seigel was doing a story about the International Telecommunications Union developing a Morse Code symbol for the @ sign in e-mail addresses.

And you thought all along I have been kidding about Chet's remarkable abilities in translating e-mails back and forth using his old keyset!

Anyway, it's a fun story about the oddball group of ham operators and telegraphy buffs who have found the need to send e-mail addresses over the air--Rick Lindquist, the interviewee and editor of the clicky-fun magazine QST, noted that he occasionally chats in Morse code with a handheld key device while he's driving.

I told Chet about this, and he's out in the parking lot right now trying to find a suitable hot wire on the Maverick in order to fix up his own mobile Morse/e-mail setup.

Remember, when addressing your correspondence, the @ = . - - . - .

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