Hazards of unbated (s)word play (was: Re: Dynamic Optimism)

Damien Broderick (damien@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au)
Fri, 25 Jul 1997 11:29:36 +0000

Max More, PhD and I wrote back and forth in misunderstanding:

Max: >>>Thanks damien broderick. ;-)

Me: >>You're confusing me with danny, which satisfies neither of us. :)
>>Or maybe with Daniel Lee Crocker... [distant scream, off]

Max: >Er, I don't think so. <snip evidence against this implausible claim>
>Damien, I would never confuse your writing with Danny's. (BTW, its "Lee
>Daniel" rather than "Daniel Lee".)

Yes, indeed. Quite. My little attempt at a joke or two, sorry. Perhaps
only the professional book reviewer's eye/brain is warped enough to glom
instantly onto the variants in capitalization and name order that I was
playing with. I'll try to restrain myself. (But I was charmed a few days
back when someone - was it Kennita? - referred to `Daniel Lee' quite soon
after he'd mentioned his puzzlement at the habitual inversion of his name
on this list. I took it for a tease, and fell in with it here.)

And yes, there is surely something better I can do with my life, if
anyone's about to suggest that I go off and Get One, so I'll nip off and
have some muesili now before my brain cells harden and shrink for good. :)
(Yes, at 11.40 am - I'm a late riser.)

Damien Broderick (caps 'n' all)