New: Tech-Brain Candy

When I commute to work, I change buses close to the San Francisco main library. Tonight, I took advantage of this. During the ride from Mountain View to San Francisco, I'd been reading Managing Gigabytes, wrapping my head around algorithms for efficiently implementing an index for a full-text-search system.

My brain was full.

So it was nice to stop in at the library and pick up The Turk, a little volume about a mysterious fake chess-playing automaton. When 20th century* tech is too much to take, it's nice to just jump back a couple of hundred years.

* Yes, I know this is the 21st century, but the book was written in 1994, so back off.


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Posted 2005-01-27