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.
Labels: book, programming