Apologies in advance for a topic 'non-mathematical', but this is one of the few mailing lists to which I subscribe.
How would you like to write to an Aussie? If you do - well, they will write back!
I am leading an Introduction to the Internet course starting Tuesday, October 17. The course will run each Tuesday for four weeks, from 4 pm to 6pm. In each session, the students will have time to read and respond to email.
So, if you are willing to write a short letter about yourself, and how you use the Internet (or whatever), one of the students will write back to you. You can continue the correspondence for up to four weeks, if you wish.
The last time I did this, I asked folks to pick a teacher at random, and write. It worked ok, except that some students had three keypals, and some had none. To alleviate this, I would ask that, if you wish to get involved, you send your letter to my email address, using a generic greeting like "Hi from the Cornmeal State" or something even more clever.
I will then re-direct the email so that every student has at least one keypal. Being a bit of a sticky beak, I'll read all of the mail, so if you prefer someone that is short, squat and geeky (for example), put that into a covering letter, and I'll do my best to match you up.
Some quite interesting exchanges resulted the last time I did this. Some folks kept writing via snail mail when the course was over. Is it worth a few minutes of your time?
Rex --- Rex Boggs | High above the hushed crowd, email@example.com | Rex tried to remain focused. | Still, he couldn't shake one Glenmore High School | nagging thought: He was an Rockhampton, Queensland | old dog and this was a new Australia | trick - Gary Larson