Jason (jcreed) wrote,

Spent many hours at Hillman reading and nosing around the reference shelves on the first floor and the good ol' library-of-congress P section on the fourth. Checked out George Steiner's "After Babel", because of way too much synchronicity going on with it being mentioned in several other things I was reading.

I'm reminded, as corny as it is, just how much I really do love books and libraries and old-book smell and quiet but sunny corners of dreary, institutional buildings -- and streaming through it all the astonishing and bewildering variety of human experience, the terrifying beauty of the multiplicity of languages in the world, (how much I want to hear and speak and understand them all, but how I know I can't even come close) the joyful obsessiveness of dictionaries (milanese-italian and italian-milanese, in two volumes) and concordances (everything Ovid in one book... but easily twelve inches from cover to cover) and encyclopedic lists of obscure things, but such things as are dearly cherished or fretted about by at least some few scattered souls, to be certain.

Made a couple more escape levels, "Herringbone" and "The Wheels on the Bus". Both are a little bit tedious to solve, "Herringbone" certainly the tediouser of the two, clocking in at around 950 moves for my solution. The other level is based on an observation of combinator's that in a straightforward generalization of the game "Lunar Lockout", (aka "the UFO puzzle") the number of configurations of the game is not bounded by any function of the number of pieces. The content of the proof gives the solution to the main puzzle in "The Wheels on the Bus".
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