Date: 1996-01-05
From: John
Subject: Alexander Revisted

My Dear Mr. Duk:

I'm sending this to your MSN account because the automatically generated return addess at Microsoft looked a little suspicious. What is your proper work address?

Hmmm. There is probably *some* kind of upper bound other than the total number of cells in the map. I will indeed put on my thinking cap, if I can ever find it again (I seem to have misplaced it about a year ago). Your final suggestion about pulling any spark instead of the final spark seems OK to me - I don't believe that it matters and it's certainly easy enough to test.

I have become more convinced than ever that we need to assign an elevation to each cell. This could either be done by a minor modification to the existing algorithm (early sparks are high, later sparks are low) or by scrapping the algorithm altogether and using a more traditional fractal approach (which I don't know how to do at this point).

Is your note an abberation or the opening move of a new resurgence of Alexander activity?

Job is going well so far. Am impressed with VB 4.0. More on tape (as soon as it arrives). Please give my best to Suzanne.

Yours in haste,