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July 6, 2001

In regard to Exact Change "The Greatest Band You Have Never Heard!":

HI.....THIS IS DOUG FROM THE BAND EXACT CHANGE.... WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE VISIT TO THE WEBSITE AND YOUR KIND INTEREST IN OUR GROUP...THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR KIND WORDS ABOUT OUR MUSIC AND THEY DO NOT FALL ON DEAF EARS......THANKS AGAIN!!!!!

DOUG....(LEAD GUITAR)


July 10, 2001

In regard to Hairstory Part 1:

I read your "hairstory" with much interest, and while as a white male of middle age I can't relate to you particular incident, I have found that hair issues transcend, gender, race, and age. I started loosing my hair while I was in my early twenties. At that time the Sixties were in full bloom and long hair was a prerequisite for any aspiring counter-culturalist. I tried different ways to hide my thinning hair: combing-over, I even had a long ponytail from the hair on the front and sides of my head pulled back over the baldspot on my crown. Eventually I had to accept the prospect of being bald in an age when hair styles were both a political and social statement.

In all this time I've had to wonder what is it about hair that makes it such a problematic issue. The answer is multifaceted, but let me try and explain a couple of reasons I think are important. First, hair is dead. It is dead material that shoots out of our heads like a maccironi spirit released. We have to deal with this dead weight; we have to make it look good; we have to groom it into life and shape it so that this mantle of old cells adds to our attractiveness.

If we were still dependent on hair for what it was intended--wrmth and protection-- I suppose that bald individuals would eventually die off and not pass our bald genes on to opur offspring. But here's the irony: we don't need hair any more because we have evolved as a species to invent technologies such as clothmaking for hats, and central heating units, that allow even the hairless to survive in the most harshest of evironments. But as our species overcame the need for hair through advanced thought, we developed abstract aesthetic criteria for what we choose to be desirable asppects of a mate.

So, alas, we the hairless will once again be left to the whims of selection--not as natural as the 10,000 years ago, but just as devestating to our chances at reprodution. If there is any consolation for being without hair, it may be that we the hairless represent the beginning of the next step of evolution when everyone--not just us-- will be without hair. The more humans rely on technology to kepp them safe from the elements, the less need we will have for hair-- nappy, straight, thin, long, or little.

Charles Mason

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Thank you for your letter Charles, and thank you for sharing your experience with us. It is somehow comforting to me to find similarities within our differences. You a white male and I a black female have both had very real and life-changing experiences with something so seemingly trite as our hair. I am glad for the reminder that these things do transcend race and gender.

Thanks so much,

Kaya Casper


August 21, 2001

In regard to HTML Frames:

Help...I am a web designer in desperate need of some help! I am trying to use your copy (from outside linking article). Our site uses a four frame frameset. We have pages within the frameset that need to be linked to (from outside of our website and outside of our frameset). I think this code is perfect for my situation, but do not understand how to alter this code to fit our page! I have inserted your code into the page I need to be forced into the frame set, but I am not sure which information I need to change.

Please help a webmaster in need!

Mike M.

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Hello Mike,

Glad our article has helped you(somewhat)!

The only thing you need to change in the JavaScript is this line: (self.parent.frames.length!=3)

For your situation it should be: (self.parent.frames.length!=4)

You also need to copy the code from the article into a php file called frameSetFile.php, and then FTP that script to your site. What that script really is is your frameset, with the <?$filename?> variable coming from the JavaScript. You would alter that file to reflect your four frames as opposed to the three we are using. If you need help altering that code, just let me know.

Kaya Casper

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September 9, 2001

Thanks a lot for the fantastic information about opening links while using framesets. I used your html-code in a slightly changed form to open pagename.html instead of body_pagename.html. This works perfectly...

Thanks,
Boris Roesler

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Happy to help Boris! Glad our code worked for you.

Kaya Casper


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