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. -------- This message brought to you by ... Doctress Neutopia: pot in every chicken and free internet in every home The Police Report page of the Amherst Bulletin ... and by coffee drinkers like you.