Good morning.  Before I forget: bagels, donuts, coffee, available at
the lounge for your consumption.  Bring your own toroidal vessel(*).

It seems broadcast messages in the Dept. go to about 400 people... To be 
safe, this week I am sending a true news item (excerpt) from last week.

"E-mail as evidence" by Brian McGrory - *The Boston Globe*, 19 Oct 1995, p.1

 "...A high-level executive with a Manhattan health company had a new
  technology that allows users to tape themselves with a tiny camera 
  built into their monitor, send it through the system, and have it
  appear on the recipient's screen as a talking, moving image.
     One night, arriving at her hotel, she flipped open her portable 
  computer and began recording such a message.  Sitting before her 
  laptop in the privacy of her room, she teasingly disrobed, performed 
  what a corporate lawyer later would describe as a "shimmy," and 
  purred to the intended recipient, a fellow married colleague, "Hurry 
  to the hotel and here's what you get tonight."
     Problem is, she struck the wrong button on her computer, and the 
  video flashed on the screens of more than 400 employees throughout 
  her health company -- subordinates, bosses and people who had never 
  met her before."

(*) Addendum to last week's comment on toroids. Alert reader Susan Landau
reminds us that the mugs we drink our coffee in are also toroids!!
Apologies for this omission.  The curious may approach this Message Meister
for a hand-waving proof of the topological equivalence of bagels and mugs.

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