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    Re: What ever happened to Renee Mattie and the Silicon Sea rewrite?
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2007 Apr 28, 15:08 +0100

    Ken Gebhart wrote-
    ...Renee had run
    | into serious problems in tying the Silicon Sea voyage together due to
    | lack of information or available input from others. Not wanting to do
    | a less than perfect job, she apparently put the work aside.
    From George-
    I'm not altogether surprised.
    When I, and a couple of other listmembers, tried to track down some
    inconsistencies in the way one of the later problems had been set, I found
    the matter impossible to resolve. Dan Hogan offered some help, but that
    didn't fix it. I think there had been other such difficulties in the past,
    which had called for some of the problems to be restated. And sometimes,
    different approaches to the questions, or a different interpretation of the
    presumed conditions, produced different results, all of which may have had
    their own validity.
    Dan maintained that he was just an ordinary sailor, not into the finer
    points that some of those problems inevitably raised, which was fair enough.
    But I thought, at the time that Renee offered to take it on, that it would
    be quite a handful, to make a consistent set of problems-and-answers out of
    the series, and I didn't envy her task.
    I hope that we haven't lost her from the list, as a result. She has provided
    a different point of view, and talked sense, as our only woman on-board..
    Others may not know that Renee is rather a dab-hand at computer graphics.
    She has kindly adapted a line-image of a traverse board, which is expected
    to go as an illustration into volume 2 of Ian Jackson's series, for the
    Hakluyt Society, about the whaling voyages of William Scoresby the younger.
    contact George Huxtable at george@huxtable.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
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