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The Library Of Babel

Discussion in 'Internet Fiction/Fanfiction' started by ToroidalBoat, Oct 14, 1970.

  1. Cyan

    Cyan #00FFFF Staff Member B& AF, Fam Moderator

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    Yes. Soudewanai. Totally written out with abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.
     
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  2. ToroidalBoat

    ToroidalBoat wat

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    此消息不是

    ("cǐ xiāo xí bùshì" uses accented letters when "romanized")
     
  3. Cyan

    Cyan #00FFFF Staff Member B& AF, Fam Moderator

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    Why do we need this Library of Babel to do what a keyboard can do simpler?
     
  4. ToroidalBoat

    ToroidalBoat wat

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    A Library of Babel with books of only hànzì (漢字, simplified: 汉字) would be much, much bigger. But since a hànzì is an entire word, there'd be no typical gibberish like in a Library of Babel that uses Latin letters. It'd usually be gibberish of random whole words instead. Also hànzì can be used to pronounce foreign words when strung together, so could also be used to sound out English. But like I said, because it'd be thousands of characters instead of a mere couple dozen, such a 巴別图书馆 ("Bābié túshū guǎn") would be much, much bigger.
     
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  5. Cyan

    Cyan #00FFFF Staff Member B& AF, Fam Moderator

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    Alright so then just one of these.

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  6. ToroidalBoat

    ToroidalBoat wat

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  7. One Too Many

    One Too Many Sexual Orientation: Heavy Metal

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    Try and put this symbol on a keyboard:
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  8. ToroidalBoat

    ToroidalBoat wat

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    *o-
     
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  9. One Too Many

    One Too Many Sexual Orientation: Heavy Metal

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    Checkmate
     
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  10. ToroidalBoat

    ToroidalBoat wat

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    From what I can see, it's N^S = C.

    N = number of different characters
    S = space or how many characters there's room for in a thing
    C = number of possible combinations of the thing

    So for example, if there's a paper with a 10x10 grid on it and one is working with 26 letters and a space per grid square, there's 27^100* different combinations that can be written down.

    *(that's 1.368915e+143 BTW)
     
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  11. Skeletor

    Skeletor Skellington Justice Warrior

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    Hell yeah, Jorge Luis Borges is the shit. I have a collection of his short stories, they rock.
     
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  12. Skeletor

    Skeletor Skellington Justice Warrior

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    En la biblioteca de Babel hay muchos libros.
     
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  13. ToroidalBoat

    ToroidalBoat wat

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    And yet it seems the vast majority of the books are full of gibberish.

    Just like the vast majority of possible images and sounds are statics.