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February

Greetings! The main new essay in this batch is Negative Digits. I thought it was going to be short and silly, but then later I realized there was a real case to be made.

I'm really pleased with the figure in Logarithmic Forms, and the text isn't half bad either. The essay Duodecimal is nice too.

If you're not interested in numbers, I don't have any new essays for you, sorry, but I do have some excellent new ways to get at the old essays. One is a list of my favorite things. The other is a set of three index pages that you can use to jump to other pages at random.

Random
Random (2)
Random (3)

In the first, the pages aren't in random order in the random-permutation sense, but they're pretty well mixed up. I figured that that would provide the best access to strange new things, so that's the one I mentioned on the root page. In the other two, the pages aren't in random order at all! In the second they're in numerical order, which is roughly the order I wrote them in, while in the third they're in the order determined by the table of contents (depth first, preorder), which is nicely displayed in the hierarchical index. So, if you want to use one of them to jump to a page at random, the randomness has to come from you. The book analogy from Navigation is perfect here: the pages in a book are arranged in a meaningful order, but so what, you can still open the book wherever you want and flip through the pages.

I also have an unusual event to report. Five years ago I made an extremely minor discovery related to the Game of Life that I'm going to write up any day now, really. When I do, I'm going to need to refer to certain works and actors, and one of those actors is a friend of mine. Since the same friend gave me the push that led to Negative Digits, I thought I'd go ahead and remove the anonymity now. Hi Dave! Dave is also the one who thought of sharps and flats. We've had many enjoyable discussions on many different subjects, so there are probably other things he's responsible for too.

 

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