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    Re: Silicon Sea 87: a recap.
    From: UNK
    Date: 2003 Nov 14, 14:46 -0500

    George Huxtable noted several members' problems with Leg 87 and
    begged clarification from "the backup team".
    By whatever name, we have been acting as proofreaders for Dan
    as he puts together the legs of the cruise. Typically, Dan sends
    us the draft of each leg, and depending on how busy we each are,
    one or two of us chime in with our corrections and suggestions
    over then next couple of days. Each leg usually goes through two
    or three iterations before it goes out to the list at large. Most
    of the time there is consensus. Other times, the reviewer(s) may
    not be completely at ease with the problems or the answers, but
    in the end it's Dan's call.
    In the case of Leg 87, I found no record of working the problems,
    so I must have been busy around the time the leg came out. Over
    lunch today I pulled the problems and answers from the list archive
    and I agree: the answer given for #2 doesn't work at all. The LHA
    appears to be a typo, since the value is way off, and the format
    (decimal degrees) isn't the way Dan usually works. Even fiddling
    with the date (which doesn't advance from the DR in problem #1
    although the time has crossed midnight) doesn't help. The Ho is
    also several degrees off from all the answers I got working the
    sight for various dates.
    My mail archive doesn't go back far enough to see who, if any,
    of use reviewed this leg with Dan. In any event, my apologies
    to the group that we caused confusion and frustration.
    On another (nautical) topic, has anyone seen the new movie
    "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" yet? The
    reviews I've read were full of praise, both from devotees of
    O'Brien's books and others.
     -- Peter

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