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I dislike spam as much as you do, and I don't want to make it easy for the spammers' address hoovering tools to collect victims' email addresses from the TBTF home and archive. On the other hand, I want to make it possible for members of the TBTF community privately to contact people mentioned in the articles, should they want to. For these reasons I use a convention of obfuscation when referencing the email addresses of correspondents, informants, or participants in the stories that appear in this newsletter. It works like this:

Email address as it appears in TBTF:  <doyle at cs dot und dot edu>

Actual email address:  <doyle@cs.und.edu>

In other words, before sending email to anyone mentioned in these pages, replace each " at " with "@" and each " dot " with "." #151; simple enough?


Before distributing issues of TBTF by email I sign them using PGP for Personal Privacy 5.5; here is my public key. (Articles in the archive are not signed.)


The archive is living, not static. Here is the policy and history of emendations.


BBEdit The archive was initially generated with the help of hypermail 1.02. I maintain and develop the site using BBEdit 4.5.1a and Photoshop on a Macintosh clone.


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The Lips

Here is an Ascii-art rendition of The Lips, a stalwart of TBTF's email edition for its first 100 issues. The email edition was redesigned beginning with TBTF for 1997-02-11.

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Enough people asked me about my .sig that I put up this page to tell the story.


The "Pucker" image o is © Photodisc, Inc., 1996.


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