One wonderful aspect of the Incredible String Band fanzine site was the occasional appearance of “trees” (this is pasted from a message I left elsewhere):
“Despite my love of “Garden of Jane Trelawny” and “On the shore”, this is not about the band, but rather a plea in favour of that horticultural compromise between vines and weeds.
Most of what happens here is vines, although the odd weed does spring up now and again. Vines are as fast as a Wild West gun duel, and always a lottery, and weeds are a sort of audio promiscuity.
Can I suggest, please, that we start using trees here as a norm? I freely admit at the outset that I have an interest here as I am on of the sad burnerless few, and would not know what to do with SHN.
For the unitiated, this is how a tree works:
- Root has an audio CD of a show, wish he or she wishes to promulgate. Root announces planting of tree by message in Group. Message invites responses by email within a given period, typically 2 weeks from date of message. Form is stipulated for any such email: must have very specific header, and message must be in format: name, country, email address, trade/b&p.
- Anyone interested duly responds. Those with burners and trade lists respond as “trade”; the rest as “b&p” (blanks and postage).
- At the end of the stipulated period, root correlates responses and works out tree structure. ASAP afterwards, root posts message in group publishing tree structure. This is done on a country by country basis. For each country there will be one or more branches. A branch is a person who responded as “trade” and with whom the root has arranged a conventional trade, and who will therefore be sent a copy of the CD by the root. To each branch are assigned 3 or 4 leaves. A leaf is anyone who has responded who is not a branch. The structure gives the email addresses of all the branches and leaves, and stipulates that it is the responsibility of each leaf to establish email communication with his or her branch. Once a leaf knows his or her branch’s snailmail address, leaf sends to branch a stamped SAE and a blank CD. Upon receipt, branch duly copies and sends.
Thus, everyone who wants one gets a copy within a few weeks, and in a relaxed, efficient, disciplined and equitable manner.
What say you all?”