[vcf-midatlantic] Not quite so linked lists (of books)

Herb Johnson hjohnson at retrotechnology.info
Mon Sep 14 23:33:17 EDT 2020

>> I understand why you would choose not to participate

Adam, I'm *already participating*, because I gave you a response - just 
not the one you expected.

And: you *have* answered many of my questions. I won't go into detail. 
But thanks for being honest about what you are looking for, and modest 
about your results, and how others may benefit. Simply put: I wouldn't 
go about it in the way you are.  And I can't give you the responses you 
are looking for, because I disagree with your assumptions and process. 
But: we come from different places, so that happens.

I made my case, and it's your thread. If I continue, I'm hijacking your 
thread. So I'm out. Sorry I can't help you in your endeavor.

Regards, Herb Johnson

On 9/14/2020 7:16 PM, Adam Michlin wrote:
> Hi Herb,
> I'm afraid I do not have good answers to your good questions.
> My day job is as a teacher, so I spend most of my time trying to decide 
> how to introduce subjects to students who, by definition, lack 
> experience in the subject. What I've learned in decades of teaching is 
> that there really is no perfect way to introduce a subject and my way of 
> successfully introducing a subject might be very different that another 
> teacher's method.
> Such it is with any lists of books. There will never be a perfect list, 
> but maybe I can develop at least one so-so list. To me, the best way to 
> create such a list is to get recommendations from a wide variety of 
> sources and have a back and forth conversation, at least to some extent, 
> about why each person has selected their particular book and how it 
> might introduce a subject to someone new to vintage computing and what 
> our theoretical average person without experience might be interested in 
> learning. Quite selfishly, I also get recommendations for books for my 
> own personal education, but I can live with that because so does 
> everyone else reading this list.
> Alas, I well appreciate that no hobby will ever agree on one single 
> list. My list will be rudimentry and flawed, but will at least be an 
> attempt, ever so imperfectly, to answer the question of "OK, I'm 
> interested in vintage computing, whan can I read that will help me 
> decide what I want to learn more about?".
> Guilty as charged for the sin of being vague and not only do I 
> understand why you would choose not to participate, I think absolutely 
> nothing less of you for doing so.
> Best wishes,
>           -Adam 

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