The Library Of Babel

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  1. ToroidalBoat

    ToroidalBoat "Modernly Tech Savvy"

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    The Library of Babel was conceived as an immense library that contains every possible combination of certain characters that can fit in eighty columns in forty lines in a four hundred and ten page book. Some guy made a website based on that concept.

    This post is quoted on page 360 of eycuzetf.ijglri,axabnsuf, which is the 3rd volume on shelf 1, wall 2, of hexagon:

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  2. Scalar

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    Cool. So, what do we do with this? Do we do our own version of this, or...?
     
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  3. ToroidalBoat

    ToroidalBoat "Modernly Tech Savvy"

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    Post about it on the CWCki Club?

    Every post that has ever been and ever will be posted on CWCki Club would be quoted somewhere in the vast sea of gibberish.
     
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    It is very interesting, I will admit. I'll look into this a bit more.
     
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    ToroidalBoat "Modernly Tech Savvy"

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    The original story is pretty fascinating too. Borges conceived of the library being the only thing in a universe populated by librarians. The way he describes it, it sounds like a hell.
     
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    That is an interesting concept and it's even more fascinating someone made a website dedicated to the concept
     
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    ICanFeelTheCosmos0704 Condemned to HELL by Brad Watson

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    I've never read Borges, but he sounds interesting, and I've heard of the Library of Babel, only it was described as a library that contains a copy of every book in every language ever published.

    Fun fact - one of my goals in life is to start a public library. Other than a little free library unfortunately that's out of reach for me.
     
  8. ToroidalBoat

    ToroidalBoat "Modernly Tech Savvy"

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    The idea is every possible combination of text (within certain restrictions) so the text of every book ever published can be present among the collection. A collection of "blind pages" of mostly gibberish.

    Like this insightful passage from tig .xsw:
     
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    I wonder how much data is used on all that information that's more or less a thought experiment?

    Edit: so somewhere in the library there is a string of text that questioned the reason for the library's existence?
     
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    ToroidalBoat "Modernly Tech Savvy"

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    Not much. It's pretty much just an algorithm with "random number generator" and "seed." If the library were real, the number of books within would be vastly greater than all the elementary particles in the visible universe of real life.

    Yep.

    - page 386, uejl,vpkjsd, volume 29, shelf 2, wall 3, hexagon:

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  11. king kong... with wings?

    king kong... with wings? Snek doesn't like being manhandled

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    it would be a googolplex books basically? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Googolplex
     
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    I think it was bigger than a googol, but much smaller than a googolplex.
     
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