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I borrowed the new book by Stephenson, Anathem, from the library, and it's due tomorrow. I went online to renew it, and I got a "renewal failed" message, because apparently someone else has requested it. WTF, I haven't even gotten through a quarter of it yet!! This is Neal fucking Stephenson, who writes dense, weighty tomes that take weeks to get through! He invented another language and inserted some words randomly! It has math in it! And I'm only just now getting out of the explanatory and into the interesting bits!

Well, damn. I have a conundrum. There is no way, even if I stayed up all night, for two or three nights even, that I'd be able to finish it. I read fast, but this is Stephenson. I really didn't want to buy it in hardcover, hence the library. It looks like there's a reserve queue for it, so once I turn it in, I won't get access to it again in a hurry. Shit. I wish I had started reading it as soon as I got it, but I thought I'd be able to renew.

Speaking of books, here's a book meme:




You're Watership Down!

by Richard Adams

Though many think of you as a bit young, even childish, you're
actually incredibly deep and complex. You show people the need to rethink their
assumptions, and confront them on everything from how they think to where they
build their houses. You might be one of the greatest people of all time. You'd
be recognized as such if you weren't always talking about talking rabbits.




Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.





Well, yeah. Rather obvious.

Date: 2008-10-13 12:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ouatic-7.livejournal.com
The husband, who does proofs for fun, is also reading Anathem and was pissed off because the proof drawings didn't have the perpendiculars marked.

Date: 2008-10-13 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zarzal.livejournal.com
I have no idea what that means. *needs a praxic to english dictionary* How is he liking it so far?

My husband has suggested that I just keep the book out and pay the late fine...but I don't know how long I'm going to keep it out. I'm only on page 243!

Date: 2008-10-13 01:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ouatic-7.livejournal.com
The proof he mentioned to me was missing the little right angle markings:

http://www.mathsisfun.com/rightangle.html

Date: 2008-10-13 01:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zarzal.livejournal.com
Maybe I haven't got to it yet. There seem to be a bunch of diagrams at the back of the book, but I haven't looked at them.

I should bookmark that site, in case I ever need math help. (I have not retained anything from college algebra or geometry, let alone high school.)

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