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Ross Rambles: Not quite useless information

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Some reporters would not report the fact that the newspaper is getting new email addresses before actually knowing what the new addresses are. I don't let such petty details deter me.

Not having the new email addresses does limit my ability to advise people where to send emails, so I'll just have to be satisfied with telling people where not to send emails.

Actually, emails will be forwarded from our old addresses to new addresses for about a month after the conversion, so listing the current addresses falls under the category of almost, but not quite, useless information.

Our "general email address" currently listed in our masthead on the bottom left of page 2 every day is ckedt@ncn.net. From there, the email will be forwarded to wherever it needs to go, if it needs to go somewhere else. Actually, email sent to any of the addresses will be forwarded to the appropriate recipient, which is fine unless the material is very time sensitive, then perhaps the email should go directly to the ultimate recipient.

Advertising, including legal notices, should go to the general address listed. Sports information or anything specifically for Paul Struck should be sent to pstruck@ncn.net. Social news, such as weddings, engagements, births, anniversaries and calendar items should go to nannelson@ncn.net. General news press releases, letters to the editor and anything specifically for me should be sent to cteditor@ncn.net. Anything specifically for Dan Whitney should be sent to ctente@ncn.net. Anything specifically for Troy Valentine (except ad materials as mentioned previously) should be sent to tvalent@ncn.net.

The amount of junk email that comes to a newspaper office is massive. Changing our Internet service, and therefore our addresses, should alleviate that problem, at least for awhile, although that is not the primary reason we're changing our Internet provider.

Some email may seem to provide useful information that turns out not to be that useful after all. For example, those devices that supposedly enlarge a certain part of the anatomy do not actually work as advertised.

At least I've been told they don't work as advertised. I do not have any direct experience with such devices, so I would not be able to say from experience whether such devices actually work or not.

I want it to be perfectly clear that I am in NO position to personally verify or dispute any claims made on the Internet about enlargement devices of any kind for any part of anybody's anatomy.

There may occasionally be some information that we will lose because information providers will not be able to locate us. For example, without being on a certain emailing list, we might have been unaware for some time that Charles B. Nemeroff has stepped down as editor of the Neuropsychopharmacology Journal.

I was amazed that such a revelation generated little interest in this office.

"Am I the only person here who reads the Neuropsychopharmacology Journal?" I asked incredulously to a office full of exasperatingly indifferent people.

Well, some information is more important to some people than others.

And about the topic of enlargement devices, maybe it's best not to think about the fact that I brought it up.