Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 16:40:25 -0500

Author: Laurent Hodges

Subject: Re: Physics Cinema Classics on DVD

Post:


>
>The Physics Cinema Classics, previously sold on videodisc, will be
>available on DVD in September 2003 at an AAPT member price of $799 for the
>six-DVD set. The set can be purchased now for delivery in September at
>the pre-release price of $749. Visit http://www.aapt.org/catalog/ for
>more information and to place an online order.
>
>Note that the non-member Ztek price will be $999 in September and is
>available now for the prerelease price of $899.

I remember that the Encyclopedia Britannica on CD was originally about
$2000, then worked its way down to $1000 then $495 or something like that,
then down, down, down, until it was in the $50 range it is today. At that
price they sell many of them. I update regularly.

If this set was $50 every school would buy it and many of individual
physics teachers, too. I certainly would!

The high price seems intended to keep this a product only the elite can
afford. Kind of like a Mont Blanc fountain pen (which, in contrast to
Physics Cinema Classics, is a piece of junk compared to much cheaper
Sheaffer, Waterman, Pelikan, and other pens.)



From sievert@physics.niu.edu Wed May 28 20:57:52 2003
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I haven't reserved a room yet, but I'd be interested in getting
someplace less espensive, such as Knight's Inn. Where did you find the
$45/night rate? I'm pulling up $54/night. I'll be driving.

Pati

Machele Cable wrote:

> Any PIRA people staying at the Knight's Inn in Madison???
>
> Chele
>

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From cablem@wfu.edu Wed May 28 21:58:25 2003
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hotels.com....but it might be because I booked last week...and staying
over a saturday might also affect the rate.

Chele



Patricia Sievert wrote:

> I haven't reserved a room yet, but I'd be interested in getting
> someplace less espensive, such as Knight's Inn. Where did you find
> the $45/night rate? I'm pulling up $54/night. I'll be driving.
>
> Pati
>
> Machele Cable wrote:
>
>> Any PIRA people staying at the Knight's Inn in Madison???
>>
>> Chele
>>
>

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From gnunes@mailaps.org Wed May 28 22:43:15 2003
Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 22:48:35 -0400
From: gnunes
Subject: Re: LaTeX Question
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"George M. Caplan" wrote:
> I want to add some comments to the *output*
> of LaTeX -- to say, the dvi file or the pdf file.
> These are comments just for my co-author.

This is a very un-TeX concept. TeX is all about beautiful, final
output. The example below will work with two provisos:

you must remember to set \mycommentsfalse before sending the journal
article in, and you must remember to bracket all your comments with
\ifmycomments...\fi

If the journal uses LaTeX to typeset the articles, then they should not
even notice this. It is a more interesting question as to what happens
in a system (like at AIP) where some kind of translation is done. You'd
like to think it would just go fine....

-Geoff Nunes

\documentclass[preprint,prb]{revtex4}
\begin{document}

\newif\ifmycomments
\mycommentstrue
%\mycommentsfalse

Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle
Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer's wife. Their
house was small, for the lumber to build it had to be carried by wagon
many miles. There were four walls, a floor and a roof, which made one
room; and this room contained a rusty looking cookstove, a cupboard
for the dishes, a table, three or four chairs, and the beds. Uncle
Henry and Aunt Em had a big bed in one corner, and Dorothy a little
bed in another corner. There was no garret at all, and no
cellar--except a small hole dug in the ground, called a cyclone
cellar, where the family could go in case one of those great
whirlwinds arose, mighty enough to crush any building in its path. It
was reached by a trap door in the middle of the floor, from which a
ladder led down into the small, dark hole.

\ifmycomments The time has come the Walrus said, to talk of many
things: of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings; of
why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings.\fi

When Dorothy stood in the doorway and looked around, she could see
nothing but the great gray prairie on every side. Not a tree nor a
house broke the broad sweep of flat country that reached to the edge
of the sky in all directions. The sun had baked the plowed land into a
gray mass, with little cracks running through it. Even the grass was
not green, for the sun had burned the tops of the long blades until
they were the same gray color to be seen everywhere. Once the house
had been painted, but the sun blistered the paint and the rains washed
it away, and now the house was as dull and gray as everything else.

\end{document}
From sievert@physics.niu.edu Wed May 28 22:52:27 2003
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Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 21:58:34 -0500
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I'll be at Knights Inn. The price is up to $54/night.
Pati

Machele Cable wrote:

> hotels.com....but it might be because I booked last week...and staying
> over a saturday might also affect the rate.
>
> Chele
>
>
>
> Patricia Sievert wrote:
>
>> I haven't reserved a room yet, but I'd be interested in getting
>> someplace less espensive, such as Knight's Inn. Where did you find
>> the $45/night rate? I'm pulling up $54/night. I'll be driving.
>>
>> Pati
>>
>> Machele Cable wrote:
>>
>>> Any PIRA people staying at the Knight's Inn in Madison???
>>>
>>> Chele
>>>
>>
>

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From gnunes@mailaps.org Wed May 28 22:54:41 2003
Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 22:59:27 -0400
From: gnunes
Subject: Re: File Compare Utility for TeX Files
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"George M. Caplan" wrote:
>
> I have been looking for a program to compare
> tex files and to tell me the differences.

Bad news here. diff programs are all line oriented, since 99.99% of
customers are programers looking for changed lines. Change one word in
your tex file and the whole paragraph becomes a changed line....

-Geoff Nunes
From gnunes@mailaps.org Wed May 28 22:58:43 2003
Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 23:04:14 -0400
From: gnunes
Subject: Re: Faster-than-light coaxial cable
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Richard Berg wrote:
>
> Hey, folks,
>
> So below is an "announcement" regarding a "faster-than-light transmission
> line. Has anyone/everyone else received this thing?
>

Sigh.

A deep understanding of the difference between phase velocity and group
velocity should be a graduation requirement for all science journalists.

-GN
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