June 1st, 2010


Good bookery.

I haven't used this space publicly in a while, mostly because I haven't had a lot of things I want to talk about publicly. My life is mostly a train wreck, if you're curious. I had a job, was fired, am facing financial doom.

My grandfather passed away.

There are the quiet good moments of course, but in general....as my mate says, when one is fighting to survive, all else tends to be put on hold.

Anyways. Bookery.

It's been a very long time since I've picked up a book and read it one sitting. But I did just that for the past 4 hours (in which i read a 330 pg paperback). www:wake by Robert J. Sawyer. It was a fantastic read. I've never heard of the author before, but according to his bio he's been around a while and very accomplished in yonder writing world, so I shall be looking up more of his work in the near future. It was riveting sci-fi, to me, with some very interesting science thrown in and linked together in ways that make me wish I could be getting paid to do 'stuff like that'. Lots of information theory and linguistics and math that's simple to understand conceptually (though I'd wager the math behind it? not so simple) and the idea of what the world would be like to a 'blind' person transitioning to sighted...good stuff all.

Random note: each of his chapter headings had a binary string under them, as far as i can tell, the same one each time. You'd think it'd translate into something, but I can't get it to do so. String as follows below. Oddly, I couldn't find any mention of it on the intrawebs, which leads me to believe it's just some 'artistic' nonsense. But still. I am at heart a geek.

As a number it's very large (2^78), and amusingly, I don't have access to my ti85's anymore, I don't currently have a calculator on this pc capable of it, and all the converters I try online run into the fact that this number is so big. In that vein, I no longer have a space to do coding of my own, and I don't want to do it by hand. =)

All that also being said, I'm sure I'm missing some blindingly simple way to do this. :P Sometimes I miss being smart.

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