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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

Authority: A Novel
Jeff VanderMeer
Progress: 90/340 pages
Let's Talk About Love
Claire Kann
Progress: 66/277 pages
Princess Prince
Tomoko Taniguchi
Progress: 310/336 pages
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
Peter Godfrey-Smith
Progress: 41/255 pages
A Rational Arrangement
Rowyn Ashby
Progress: 89/537 pages
FREE: Locke & Key
Tatiana Maslany, Audible Studios, Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez, Kate Mulgrew, Haley Joel Osment, Full Cast
Progress: 91/806 minutes

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.