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Sweet Jane

Is it wrong to reread a book when there are so so many books I haven't read yet? Lately I have been in the mood for some Jane but have been resisting, telling myself that there are only so many reading hours in my life so I should be spending them on something new to me. But, what the hell? Maybe I should be spending them based on current whim, regardless of whether it is new or old. Actually, I feel no qualms about rereading if I am doing it aloud to someone else, but that doesn't come up much these days, sadly.

I started thinking about this again today since, during the free association that goes on during my lengthy drive in to work, I drew a blank on the title of Emma (and the name of the title character, too, obviously ;-) ), which bugged me. Of course, I was coming at it from a strange direction (Kate Beckinsdale), but still.


Dec. 13th, 2004 04:52 pm (UTC)
If I am ever to reduce my material possessions to where they fit in a minivan or pickup truck, I will have to donate away all books that are not deep enough to be worth rereading.

[Not true right now. But, in this materialistic age, it's a good starting target.]
Dec. 13th, 2004 05:25 pm (UTC)
There is a way you can cheat a bit (and tinyfellow may want to stop reading at this point ;-) )...

For a number of years, I had to keep all my books boxed up and in storage elsewhere (for reasons too boring to go into). As temporary replacements, I got text file and html versions of all the ones I cared about from Usenet (alt.binaries.e-book and some other similar groups). The whole shebang easily fits on one DVD.

It is definitely more pleasant to read the physical copies (and sometimes the OCRing is subpar), but having these available was great for that period where the physical ones were in captivity. They still come in handy occasionally since I can grep them for quotations and so on.
Dec. 13th, 2004 06:54 pm (UTC)
I have had this idea in another context.

Namely, troubleshooting the Moravec equation family that autogenerates Victor Vinge's Singularity. The 1999 sketch is woefully floppy. However, hyperbolic cultural information growth happening with only a quadratic equation is promising for the whole idea.

Note that the master site linked to by the second link has a moderate case of link rot. It was last updated in mid-2001.
Dec. 14th, 2004 05:21 am (UTC)
I had read about Vinge's Singularitry before (and agreed that IA seems a lot more likely than AI), but hadn't seen that attempt to predict it. I'll have to bookmark that for after-work perusal.