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>Dear Dennis,

Thank you for your reply on SEOC.  We have a similiar thing in Australia
called the Institution of Engineers.  You will not find them on the internet
or I canna till yet.

The quote is from Richter in his seminal text.  I think of it when ever
people refer to impossible to use standards that are so technical even the
experts have problems with them.  The current Austrailian Standard fro Steel
is possibly a typcal example.

There is another one by a famous immigrant to the US along similair lines
you might like:

Unsitte vieler Stationen, die Diagramme nach den Laufzeitkurven zu bearbeiten.
I had written to here when I got your dinner comments so I added 

Your comments on the dinner last night are interesting and It was another
famous American who gave the definitive reply to such people


Come on lets see how good you Yanks are who said it and when and to whom?

>A famous Californian once said
>::There is little to justify the common tacit assumption that the strongest
>shaking known to have affected a given point in the past will not be
>exceeded there.

>And in the same reference provided this story.
>In 1918 an astronomer, who had entered military service, was stationed at an
>army post where the customary cannon was fired at noon.  Professional
>interest lead the astronomer to inquire of the officer in charge where he
>got his time; it transpired that the source was a clock in the jeweller's
>window in the nearby town , where the Officer regularily set his watch.  The
>next logical(sic) step was to interview the jeweler.  Result:"Oh, yes; they
>fire a cannon at the fort every day at noon, and I set my clock by that."
>My bet is that one of you three will know the answer without looking it up
>and can tell me before 24 hours is up.  Starting 5 pm mountain time on the
>10 March.