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January 25th, 2007

The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson [Jan. 25th, 2007|08:40 pm]
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I'm reading this book now. I just started it. It's book number 4 on my 50 book goal this year. It was recommended to me 15 years ago by T, the math genius in Chicago. Miss M (my once and present co-worker) gave me a copy and insisted I read it. I should be doing homework, but I'm eating stir-fried vegetables and tofu Eric made and poking around on the computer here -- which has been giving me some trouble with the html. I may have a professional look at it. They can help me set up the printer while they're at it. Work, school and technophobia have been such that I don't even have it set up yet. But back to the book: DO NOT READ FURTHER IF YOU PLAN TO READ THE DIAMOND AGE AND DON'T LIKE SPOILERS...

In the beginning (where I am), they speak of the dog pods: barriers to different phyles. How do you picture them? Hexagonal shape vertical or horizontal? Like walls with space under that would allow the proverbial cat but not the proverbial dog? Do you see them as columns of tear-drop shaped clear...thingies?  My friend T in Chicago is baffled that I can't see them in my head. He said it seemed obvious to him what they would look like. Duh, math genius bastard. He's curious about how I see them. I told him I would draw a picture of what's in my head and send it. Do things like this happen to you? What seems obvious to others throws you for a loop? T was nice and is curious that I can't see what the author means. I feel like a dumbass. That said, it's an alright sort of cyberpunk thing. I really want to yawn at the Victorian stuff. Some of the descriptions are impressive but long winded. My favorite characters so far? Bud (who just died) and Nell. Yeah. Nell kicks much butt. Gotta love that little girl...
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