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Familiar Diversions

I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.

Currently reading

An Extraordinary Union
Alyssa Cole
Progress: 108/258 pages
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World
Abigail Revasch, Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Tara Sands, Listening Library
Progress: 190/473 minutes
The Mystic Marriage
Heather Rose Jones
Progress: 302/426 pages
Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
Kazuto Tatsuta
Progress: 448/553 pages
The Naked Sun
Isaac Asimov
Progress: 20/187 pages
Fluency
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Progress: 58/367 pages

Reading progress update: I've listened 192 out of 555 minutes.

The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer - Paul Michael Garcia, David Leavitt

I remember when I was a kid and my mom would tell me that I needed to do something at a later time, or remember something. She got in the habit of forcing me to repeat whatever she'd just said, because otherwise I'd probably forget it a few minutes later.

 

This audiobook is all the talking, with none of the actions (repetitions or note-taking) on my part to make sure I remember. I have a feeling the original book had a LOT of diagrams and equations, and I'd probably be making better sense of them if I could see them.

 

I think I'm still getting stuff out of this, although I've probably mixed up a lot of the details in my head. I can see the start of computer programming in Turing's ideas about machines that take a set of instructions and do various things. It's kind of breathtaking that we've gone from the simple theoretical machines he envisioned to the computer I'm now typing on.