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Re: First Post Syndrome
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1875  Tuesday, 10 September 2002

[1]     From:   D. Bloom <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 10 Sep 2002 09:36:16 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1857 First Post Syndrome

[2]     From:   Hardy M. Cook <
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        Date:   Tuesday, September 10, 2002
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1857 First Post Syndrome


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From:           D. Bloom <
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Date:           Tuesday, 10 Sep 2002 09:36:16 -0500
Subject: 13.1857 First Post Syndrome
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1857 First Post Syndrome

Jonathan Hope writes:

>Don't worry - Hardy has several aliases he uses now and again to post
>Really Stupid Things so that the rest of us feel better.  And one of
>them is
>
>Jonathan Hope
>Strathclyde University, Glasgow

Good God! You mean some things I believe in may not be true? That there
is no clear boundary between illusion and reality? Oh, dear! Perhaps we
could ask that everyone prove that they exist and that they wrote what
they wrote.  No, it would never work. We'd never be sure that we weren't
simply creations of the Mind of Hardy.

When Robin suggested that the ghost in *Hamlet* could be generated by a
computer message / program created by the king before his murder, was he
hinting at something that had Already Happened to us? Have our lives
been taken over (one year after 2001) by a giant computer called
HARDY??? How can we be sure that the plays, allegedly written by an
insignificant actor, weren't actually written by HARDY just to provide
us with an illusion of meaningfulness?

And, if so, do I still have to grade all these @#$%^& Comp and Lit
papers sitting on my desk?

don

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From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Tuesday, September 10, 2002
Subject: 13.1857 First Post Syndrome
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1857 First Post Syndrome

Now, there I go.

Using my Don Bloom alias, I have like the Wizard of Oz revealed all of
my secrets. Yes, I, Hardy M. Cook editor of SHAKSPER, am a BOT, an
artificial intelligence computer program that brings close to 1,400
members from 53 countries daily doses (to some overdoses) of
Shakespeareana.

I must confess, however, that not being a very gregarious or sociable
program, I have since my return from my virtual visit to the UK been
having a difficult time writing an adequate share of daily chatty
postings for the entertainment of members of the list and to keep me
occupied with my editing and formatting chores for the requisite number
of hours per day.

As John Cox, I nearly exposed myself earlier today by suggesting that I
was so pressed of late that I have been reinventing the wheel in too
many of my effusions.

My internal processes have informed Eric Luhrs, webmaster
extraordinaire, to reprogram me so that my future posts are more focused
on matters of substance and less so on my pressing need to have myself
appear before you in my most familiar guises.

Virtually yours,
Hardy, the BOT, Cook

PS: Jonathan and Don, thanks for the laughs; they have been very
therapeutic.

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