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4 GiB of REM, a.k.a. "blink once for yes and don't for no" × 2³²

and now I'm getting sucked into "Moby-Dick", help

read "Bartleby, the Scrivener". what a strange, unsettling story, almost a horror story. I kind of like the view that it's mostly about the narrator and his character, and yet---how can you not wonder about Bartleby, he's so uncanny. (I think the first reference I ever saw to this story was describing some kind of Marxist interpretation where Bartleby represented the working man alienated from the products of his labor. but I can't see the story as being about that at all.)

why is the API for this brain so poorly documented

replace "real"→"royal" everywhere. hyperroyal numbers. functions of a royal variable. royal-analyticity.

the terrible online reader interface strikes again...

why are image files generally bigger than text files? there are surely various ways to answer this but the explanation I like (because it's flippant and sounds obviously wrong) is "there are a lot more image files than there are text files, so we need more bits to index them with".

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i already knew that TeX packages are big but this is rediculous

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Endre Szemerédi looks exactly like how I picture an aged Odysseus, or maybe the Ancient Mariner: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia

I thought I was going to have to swallow my pride and read this textbook through a terrible online portal but it turns out the author hosts a recent pdf for free on his website!

also "'til" as in "until" should be spelled with one "l" and probably an apostrophe, fight me

what I'm reading:
- Little Dorrit (Dickens)
- The Will to Battle (Palmer)
- Philosophy as Social Hope (Rorty)
- and might dip into Till We Have Faces (Lewis)
recommendations always welcome

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damn, Richard Rorty is a good writer

idk anything about set theory really but this paper is way cool: arxiv.org/abs/1612.07830

trying to retrieve my grades for the semester when suddenly
"An exception occurred in history_semester.jsp.
class java.lang.NullPointerException: null"

possible counterargument: precisely because of this contention problem it makes sense to let the physical stacks be devoted mostly to obscure stuff and focus on increasing access to the most popular texts by providing digital versions, which are indeed often available. I guess I'm just annoyed because I don't own an e-reader and don't care for reading things on my laptop, so access to paper books is somewhat important to me

like it's definitely very Aesthetic to have stacks full of obscure rarely-used books but I'm getting the feeling that the current attempt to achieve balance between "the great majority of interest is concentrated on a small subset of books" and "a university library should provide for the frequent need of academics to consult obscure books in their fields" skews too far in the latter direction

this spitballing brought to you by finding that over half of the last ~8 books I've been interested in have been checked out (including both "Homage to Catalonia" and a biophysics textbook). meanwhile the median book in the stacks is probably consulted about once per 10 years

current mood: university libraries (okay, /my/ university library) should cull the least-frequently-consulted 20% of their holdings and spend the freed space/money on multiple copies of the most-frequently-used 5% or 10%, to decrease contention