The Guide

When I look up at the night sky–
Well, there are trees, of course.  Mountains and clouds
And city lights
It’s not ideal.
But I can pretend I see, say, Vega, from the sidewalk just across the street–
And dozens of other nameless stars–
Nameless to me, I mean.
I have no doubt you could call them to you
If you wanted, you could call them to you like cats
Each name a warm and furry picture in your mind
(False color, if you were feeling frivolous.)
And they would answer, meekly, a purr or plaintive meow
As they twined their silken tails around your feet.

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Stephenson, Cryptonomicon

We’re all so used to working in a purely abstract realm that it seems almost bizarre to go out into the real world and physically do something.

Root just felt like talking about words. The SAS blokes refer to this kind of activity as wanking.

Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker’s game because they almost always turn out to be – or to be indistinguishable from – self-righteous sixteen-years-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time.

But this is a degenerate case, where “degenerate”, to a mathematician, means “annoyingly boring”.


Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker

“Dawn of the Seeker” is a Japanese CG-anime film set in Bioware’s Dragon Age universe. It takes place after the events of Dragon Age 2, and follows the adventures of the Templar Seeker, Cassandra Pentaghast (who we had the pleasure of meeting for the first time in Dragon Age 2), and her Mage sidekick, Galyan, as they strive to thwart a conspiracy against the Chantry.

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