|The Dependency Principle
||[Sep. 20th, 2007|05:58 pm]
One of the interesting things about information is that it's totally dependent on a medium of representation for it to exist. Sure, one could argue about whether patterns exist in the abstract, but fundamentally, if anything interesting is going to happen with information, it requires an underlying medium of support.|
Which brings us to Permutation City, which I went ahead and finished and then promptly tossed against the wall. It was a toss rather than a hurl; I certainly wouldn't recommend it, but I don't regret the time invested either. It was okay. (Although it got some extra oomph in the throw for also misspelling "balk" as "baulk.") It does have some interesting thoughts about identity mixed in, but mostly revolves around these issues of patterns and information and medium and whatnot and quite frankly I think that Iain M. Banks dealt with the whole topic much better in four pages of exposition in the middle of Excession. (p. 152-155, just in case anyone ever needs to look it up.)
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All of which is a very roundabout way of bringing up the fact that the power went out at work today, and I can't do anything productive without my computer. ANYTHING.
So I came home and got a haircut.
(Plus, they didn't want people in the building without the lights and fire alarms working. But still! No work!)