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Howey's Macbeth; Video Standards; CTI 1995 Workshops
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 1004.  Monday, 12 December 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Phyllis Rackin <
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        Date:   Sunday, 11 Dec 1994 14:49:31 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.1000  Assorted *Macbeth* Items
 
(2)     From:   John Mucci <
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        Date:   Monday, 12 Dec 1994 07:34:28 -0500
        Subj:   Video standards
 
(3)     From:   Stuart Lee <
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        Date:   Monday, 12 Dec 1994 12:41:05 +0000
        Subj:   Humanities Computing Workshops: Oxford, 1995
 
 
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Date:           Sunday, 11 Dec 1994 14:49:31 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 5.1000  Assorted *Macbeth* Items
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.1000  Assorted *Macbeth* Items
 
I found David Howey's performance of Macbeth in this year's ACTER production
absolutely stunning.  Unsentimental and unheroic, his reading of the part
enabled me--for the first time--to understand and like the play.  Instead of
trying to suppress the ludicrous and banal (e.g. the wonderful anticlimax of
"but now they rise again/ With twenty mortal murthers on their crowns/And push
us from our stools"), he used it to offer a wonderfully unillusioned
performance that I am convinced is much better justified by the script than the
traditional heroic figure brought down by the evil machinations of wife and
witches. Apropos of which, he also did a gorgeous job with the "Come seeling
night" speech, which was delivered straight-on to the audience and in which his
face and voice took on a witchlike intensity which showed that he had become
one of them.
 
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From:           John Mucci <
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Date:           Monday, 12 Dec 1994 07:34:28 -0500
Subject:        Video standards
 
For those of you interested in the question of which videotape plays where, a
summary:
 
There is a question of format, and a question of standard. Format can be VHS
(by all means the most common) or Beta (almost defunct now as a home-system).
These are both cassettes with half-inch tape. 8mm and "Hi-8" are in much
smaller cassettes, and U-Matic, or 3/4" videotape is in a much larger one.
Obviously each of these formats needs to be played on a different machine.
 
The more insidious problem is with standards, an option which usually stems
from the kind of electrical power a particular country has around the world.
The US and most of North and South America are on "NTSC" --videotape bought
here will play in Chile as well as Alaska. Japan is also on NTSC.  Europe is
divided between two other standards, PAL and SECAM, which "write" information
on the tape in a different pattern, and cannot be played on NTSC equipment.
However, in Europe, and to a certain extent in the US, multi-standard players
are available which will play NTSC/PAL/SECAM on VHS format.  It is possible to
copy a tape from one standard to another, but it is not cheap. For those who
are interested to know which country uses which standard, there are color-
coded maps available from such tape-duplication houses such as National and
Editel in NYC.
 
If anyone needs information on video, you are welcome to write, call, or key.
 
John Mucci
GTE VisNet
01-203-965-3791/fax2463

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Date:           Monday, 12 Dec 1994 12:41:05 +0000
Subject:        Humanities Computing Workshops: Oxford, 1995
 
        Computers in Teaching Initiative (CTI) Centre for Textual Studies
                    Oxford University Computing Services
 
                                1995 Workshops
 
 
Throughout the early part of 1995, the Computers in Teaching Initiative (CTI)
Centre for Textual Studies, based at Oxford University Computing Services, will
be running a series of workshops aimed at introducing some of the latest
developments in humanities computing. Details, dates, and the cost of each
workshop are listed below. Please contact the CTI Centre for Textual Studies
for more information, noting which workshop(s) you are interested in.
 
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Stuart Lee or Michael Popham
CTI Centre for Textual Studies
Oxford University Computing Services
13 Banbury Road
Oxford
OX2 6NN
Tel:0865-273221
Fax:0865-273221
E-mail: 
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http://www.ox.ac.uk/depts/humanities/
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UW=Unwaged or not in full-time employment; AR=Academic rate; CR=Commercial
rate. All prices are in pounds sterling. Costs include registration, lunch, and
coffee only. A list of accommodation will be made available by the CTI Centre
but it is up to individuals to make their own arrangements.
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WORKSHOP 1: Introduction to the World-Wide-Web and HTML Date: 15th February
1995; Venue: Oxford University Computing Services; Cost: UW=25.00, AR=50.00,
CR=100.00
 
This workshop will set out to introduce the basics of the World-Wide-Web and
the markup language HTML. The morning session will include an introductory talk
about the internet and the impact of WWW, hands-on browsing of internet
resources, and a quick look at some basic HTML. The afternoon will be devoted
to delegates marking up their own documents in HTML and looking at some of the
implications of converting printed texts into WWW files.
 
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WORKSHOP 2: The Poetry Shell and the Creation of Hypermedia  Editions for
Teaching. Date: 17th March 1995; Venue: Oxford University Computing Services;
Cost: UW=25.00, AR=50.00, CR=100.00
 
The Poetry Shell has been developed as part of the Oxford University Hypermedia
in Literary and Linguistic Subjects Project which was funded under the ITTI.
The Shell is written in Asymetrix ToolBook and allows academics to prepare
teaching editions of poems, in particular those written in languages other than
Modern English. It allows the incorporation of translations, critical essays,
grammatical information, glossary, notes, and even images. The workshop will
introduce participants to the principles of electronic teaching editions in the
Shell by first of all giving access to a poem already prepared.  They will then
be taken step-by-step through the process of creating their own edition.  A
short poetic text and supporting materials will be provided.
 
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WORKSHOP 3: The Electronic Text (1)
Date: 30th March 1995; Venue: Oxford University Computing Services;
Cost: UW=25.00, AR=50.00, CR=100.00.
 
This workshop will set out to introduce some of the basic issues of using
electronic texts. Areas covered will include a discussion of the nature of the
elctronic text and the advantages of its use in teaching and research. This
will then be followed by a discussion of some of the sources of electronic
texts (predominantly literary in nature) including commercial suppliers,
electronic archives, and the stages of creating your own (e.g. scanning and
mark-up). The day will end with some demonstrations of the various projects
mentioned in the talks. Familiarity with the contents of this course is a
pre-requisite for 'The Electronic Text (2)'.
 
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WORKSHOP 4: The Electronic Text (2)
Date: 31st March 1995; Venue: Oxford University Computing Services;
Cost: UW=25.00, AR=50.00, CR=100.00.
 
This workshop will consist of two half-day sessions. The first will include an
introduction to the principles of text analysis, an overview of some of the key
tools, and an opportunity to gain some hands-on experience with the text
analysis package TACT. The second session will focus on the use of the Standard
Generalized Markup Language (SGML), provide delegates with the chance to try
out some SGML-aware tools for creating and browsing texts, and look at the
Guidelines produced by the Text Encoding Initiative. All delegates should
either have attended the workshop "The Electronic Text (1)" or be familiar with
its subject matter.
 

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