I heartily second the call for seriousness and focus of attention. There are entirely too many posts to this list that HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO RELEVANCE TO ME PERSONALLY!!! How dare people clutter up my invaluable time with their own petty concerns? Do these inconsiderate posters realize how incredibly difficult and time-consuming it is to skip over, skim, or delete an irrelevant message? Frankly, I'm contemplating making a request: let's change this list to nctm-l.mike.goldenberg and restrict discussion solely to matters either about me or that pertain to areas of my interest. I realize that some of you may consider such a shift insufficiently focused; after all, I'm well known to have eclectic pursuits. Perhaps this problem can be circumvented by having a series of sub-lists: e.g., nctm-l.mike.goldenberg.family, nctm-l.mike.goldenberg.pets, nctm-l.mike.goldenberg.dissertation. . . the possibilities are endless!
For those of you who have difficulty with this plan (though I can't imagine why anyone would object to such an obviously wise course of action), perhaps you can sponsor your own lists which focus on precisely those things that rock YOUR world.
[Although I would hope it superfluous to do so, I point out that the above paragraphs are intended as satire. However, given the unpredictable nature of written communication. . . .]