2016-01-08 Fri


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The Toronto Public Library continues to honour its Holds system, turning the 100 branches into a vast distributed warehousing system from my point of view.

Books are stored in a hundred buildings across the city and are trucked to MY local library where I pick them up.

The Christmas Break saw me in the Yorkville branch collecting the day’s haul.

Three books weighing eight-and-a-half pounds.

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I had not anticipated Steven Wolfram’s book to be a five-and-a-half pound monster and tongue-in-cheek complained to the librarian that my shopping trip for potatoes and onions was now rendered impossible.

The Wolfram book makes for fascinating reading because:-

(1) Wolfram sets aside sixteen pages to describe why he adopted a particular writing style for THIS book.

(2) Only the first 850 pages of the 1,200 are devoted to a new kind of science, so it isn’t as heavy a read as it might first seem.

(3) Wolfram develops his ideas from cellular Automaton machines which we played with back in the early 70’s at SDC

(4) In particular two chunks are devoted to Turing machines in which I immersed myself early last year.


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No; I haven’t turned into a dirty old man hanging around washrooms for titillation.

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Here is the door to the ladies washroom; the gents washroom door from the preceding photograph is further down the hallway.

I am puzzled that women are singled out as needing to be warned to Open This Door Slowly.

Presumably the legal staff of Northam Holdings (Bell Trinity Square) feared a lawsuit after a woman faced a face-shattering incident one day – so let’s put up a notice then it’s not our fault.

But are women the only one’s with the pressure of a full bladder? Don’t we men sometimes feel the urgent rush to relieve ourselves.