Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong (shadesong) wrote,
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Library-related miscellany

Just finished Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge, which is excellent. This prompted the following confession from Adam:

Adam: "I never knew that Vernor Vinge and Joan Vinge used to be married."
Me: *blink* *blink*
Adam: "What? How was I supposed to know?"
Me: "Two science fiction authors with the same, highly uncommon, last name, and you never thought they might be related?"
Adam: "Well, Greg Bear and Elizabeth Bear aren't related."
Me: "That's not an highly uncommon last name."
Adam: "...well, Vernor is a foreign name, so I thought -"
Me: "No, Werner is a foreign name."
Adam: "What's the difference?"
Me: *spells Werner* "Anyway, so?"
Adam: "So I though he was foreign. I never realized he was American."

I gave up there, without debating points such as lack of American birth not precluding marriage to an American and anyway, doesn't matter. I'm just amused. I love my husband.

The last two library books I've read, this and Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder by David Weinberger, were out on Adam's card. This is the first time since I moved here that I haven't had books out from the library, and that I haven't had any of Adam's you-gotta-read-this books on my library to-read shelf. This is quite deliberate. Y'see, we've been accumulating new books at just a hair below our usual insane rate.... but since our library books have always been due Real Soon Now, we never get around to reading them. I am now making time to do so, since frankly I have no more room to store the wavering stacks of unread books.

I have been reading a lot of information theory this year. That and physics. I have a bunch of physics books in that to-be-read pile, but very few information theory books. Must rectify that.

...quantum physics and information theory have a lot in common. Hell, I think they're headed in similar directions.
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