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I got the following today in my mailbox. They were trying to sell cheap
drugs (the ad appeared below this paragraph), so I'm not sure why they
felt the need to write nonsense. It *looks* like a pargraph. It has
capitalization and punctuation---well, periods and commas and such. <G>
Words are spelled correctly, for the most part.

Fascinating piece of "writing" though---why did they pick what they
did? If it were meant to get my attention, it worked. <bwg>

Anyway, I was thinking about reading vs comprehension. I'm a pretty
good reader! But although I could read almost every word, I couldn't
comprehend much of anything! <G>

He Do you have and with Pirenne that among them. Be of wuhk in return
at the two about the press order and produced a granted that who the
old regime. But he could have availed me of a it then, a good old
patrician's thin face untwisted and then his for the same Spaceship and
he was the difficult to the Periphery, capital envoy epoch in the
blasters I have freedom of all the subject to be relatively small model
ground. Hardin coolly contemptuous: amusement. Two legs. The Spaceship
and so? He had kept garden early the Council: chambers where is. My
people of Smyrno not had lived alone. Our history. Mallow, continued
quietly, take the prospect. No answer. We it is dangerous; then in the
haut Rodric spoke. He was that. Witness the Foundation have both ways:
of the issue. Lights, brightened as he had vanished from the so that,
anyway that's bull: enough. Enlarge that power the mob; enthusiasm: is
tunneled over the destruction. You've got money, he did you win; the
land with Dr: rear: to overthrow a think. But the dark ages. Already
made the mysteries of the he said my contribution to tell me on his
admission I merely the orders; but we is the Nyak the way to: his
goldbraided sleeve. And with a blazing light as a special course that,
hence; he counted on the Captain? Frustration of a good by also heard
him figurehead of danger, ever you have had almost wholly undefended. A
smile and broken into this talk is the protection planet there's
nothing. Their knowledge; of the stars enjoying the machinations of all
the shining, and part into nothing else. What of direct line of the
trial, is to him had to touch and petty, I'll tell this, is the. They
could have begun to meet him a provincial accent. I never had held, his
fingers one other than a second certain action is a bit I accept the
incompetent: when the Commdor and yet you have the Commdor. They will
be an exchange for basking in nothing, else of the true enough to call
it for Alurin and yet there are poor fellow (don't trust you see; a).
Sir. Hardin. I regret the full of royalty get enough, to
neutralization: billions; of the University of the yourself will not
handle; too, majestic and sufficient to destroy the effort in Anacreon.


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Anyway, I was thinking about reading vs comprehension. I'm a pretty
good reader! But although I could read almost every word, I couldn't
comprehend much of anything! <G>-=-

I think the comprehension IS the reading.

When you read someone's face, it means you can interpret their mood
or meaning or see whether they're sick, maybe, on in pain by the way
their face looks. It's not "reading a face" if you just take it in
your gaze and see that it's a face.

If reading is just sounding out a word or seeing if you know what a
word means, I can read several languages.
If reading means (as I think it does) seeing the words and knowing
the meaning of the writing, taking the message from the writing, then
I can only read English fluently. Occasionally a passage of French
or Spanish turns to meaning and pictures in my head, but usually
they're letters I could sound out that only turn to mechanically-
sounded-out words.


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Well, I couldn't read it at all without it hurting my brain. I read
a couple of lines at the top and one at the bottom. If it were in a
book for some reason, and I've known a few books that do stuff like
that, I would force myself to read it knowing that it may hold a clue
to some other part of the book, otherwise the author wouldn't have
put it in there. It still would've been a painful moment for me

I'm a slow reader, really slow. Sometimes my eyes scan ahead, but my
brain doesn't trust that it's just read and comprehended that info,
so I have to go back and read it word for word. I think it's a habit
that came from reading excercises in school. Lately I've been trying
to stop doing that so that I can get through the Harry Potter books.
I need to trust that my eyes are seeing what I think they are seeing,
and not second guess myself and backtrack to rrreeeeaaaadddd it again.

I need to do this because Chamille has challenged me to a reading
contest with the new Harry Potter book. She doesn't second guess
herself when she reads and she reads fast fast fast! If she does
this, it will be her first novel that she will have read on her own.
So, in a few days I will be buying 2 Harry Potter books. Day camp is
next week and we are going to wait until the weekend after to start
the books.


--- In [email protected], "hmsdragonfly"
<hmsdragonfly@...> wrote:
> --- In [email protected], "hmsdragonfly"
> <hmsdragonfly@> wrote:
> >
> > How odd! It seems to be mixed clips from Asimov fiction.

Frank (dh) says this is probably AI writing, sourced from an Asimov
novel, designed to fool spam blockers so the pharmaceutical ad could
get into your Inbox.

My conversation with him about this led us on a merry connection spree
through the world of newsgroups, flonkers, and electronic character
readers. Learning all the time!