The Disc Shop
This volume consists of invited papers written by eminent researchers working in the areas of theoretical computer science. The contents of the papers reflect the current trend of research being carried out in each of the areas. Some of the areas featured are petri-nets, distributed systems, map-generating systems, Lindenmayer systems, logic, cryptography, graph grammars, probabilistic automata, array grammars and pattern recognition. Many of these areas contain open problems and it is hoped that younger research workers will be motivated to work on them. In addition, some of the models designed, constructed and presented are suitable for practical applications such as in computer graphics, cryptography and distributed computing.
Welcome to a world where it's Halloween every day. Come in and meet some of the characters I bumped heads with when, out of the blue, I bought a pawnshop after an earlier career as a news and public relations writer, and ad agency owner. In a matter of days, it was as though I had purchased Pandora's Box, opened the lid, and let loose an array of odd, weird, peculiar, goofy, and sometimes drunk, drugged and crazy people . . . like the man who wanted to sell children; the woman who wanted a gun ?that shoots a lot of bullets fast:? the young man standing before me who pulled his own gold-crowned tooth to raise money, and sweet a little old lady named Marion who wept at the memory of the night she met and played in a band with music-legend Glenn Miller. And more . . . Murphy who shot the legs off a man in a botched hold up; the lady who chronicled her childhood incest in poetry and the young girl who stabbed her boyfriend in front of my shop late one night to mention a few more. The truth is, I had always wanted to own and operate a bank. But banks are expensive . . . really expensive! But then, in the middle of my search for a bank, a local pawnshop came on the market. It doesn't take much imagination to see how banks and pawnshops are related . . . both loan money and collect interest. In the end, what sets them apart is the gulf between them, a gulf peopled with an odd array of the hopeful and the hopeless.
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