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Re: VMs: I have stunned myself

Seth sethm@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote

> Jeff,
> First, I want to encourage you in your work, you seem to making some
> sort of progress.  In what direction exactly, I cannot say.  But I'm
> glad to see you have such enthusiasm for it, and perhaps something great
> will come of it soon enough.
> However, I would also like to offer some gently guiding criticism, not
> meant to detract from what you're doing, but hopefully to help you
> toward greater success.
> I understand your desire to give the list some examples of what you've
> been discovering  in order to get quick feedback, but I think you're
> going about it in the wrong way.  You've never actually explained your
> methods in detail, or how you hope to accomplish further progress.
> Instead you give us puzzling snippets that may or may not be meaningful,
> and ask us to see whether they make sense.  It feels random to me, and
> I'm not good at proceeding this way.  I appreciate the desire to look
> for patterns, but it doesn't seem very helpful to keep giving us
> snippets of "plaintext" without explaining how you derived them.  It
> would be most helpful if you could summarize what you're doing, how
> you're going about it, and especially if you could note what folio and
> what lines you're working from.  What is your source material?  What
> transcription are you working from?  What method are you using?  I think
> others would be better able to help you if you would offer more
> illumination of your ways.
> Again, I certainly do not mean to discourage what you're doing, whatever
> it is -- it seems, at least from first glance, that it may have promise,
> and that's exciting!  Please, please continue.  But I do wish you would
> help fill in the blanks a little more, and perhaps do a little less
> posting of preliminary results that may or may not mean anything.  It's
> like casting a net into unknown waters and hoping you catch a fish.  The
> more we work together, the faster we can make progress.  Others have
> failed or given up because of their isolation from each other, and for
> the first time in history the Internet is giving us the tools we need to
> collaborate at any distance, almost instantly.  It would be a pity if
> you were so close to an answer and just happened to miss it by chance,
> when a fresh pair of eyes may have caught the error or inconsistency in
> your methods.
> -Seth

Don't worry seth I will soon be posting something that will knock your socks
off. I have a few more gaps to fill in and then you can all have it.

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