For those who have, another book to read is The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel.
It definitely confirms my suspicion that sometimes Borges wrote horror stories for anyone who touches combinations.
Original text, translated into English:
I'm still amazed at the project, thank you
Sure "1" and "2" are pretty short. And even "57834573495879436129386943" is pretty short.
But the average link would have so many digits, I couldn't post it in this comment.
Thank you for the excellent suggestion.
However, I notice that the site routinely locks up my Chrome browser. What client-side processing is it doing that causes everything to freeze?
I'm the programmer of libraryofbabel.info - thanks for letting me know about this. Which pages is it happening on?
Second, maybe it would be worth adding ability to flag pages/books but also include a flag that signifies that there is nothing really worth reading there. :)This way you could have people flag content that does not make sense in any known human language.
As for the second idea, the forum exists for librarians to share any sorts of discoveries they make in or thoughts they have about the library. But I would never say there could be a page with nothing interesting on it! After staring at these pages for a possibly unhealthy length of time, I can tell you that there's something interesting to be found in all of them.
and keep in mind what Borges said: "In truth, the Library includes all verbal structures, all variations permitted by the twenty-five orthographical symbols, but not a single example of absolute nonsense. It is useless to observe that the best volume of the many hexagons under my administration is entitled The Combed Thunderclap and another The Plaster Cramp and another Axaxaxas mlö. These phrases, at first glance incoherent, can no doubt be justified in a cryptographical or allegorical manner; such a justification is verbal and, ex hypothesi, already figures in the Library. I cannot combine some characters - dhcmrlchtdj - which the divine Library has not foreseen and which in one of its secret tongues do not contain a terrible meaning. No one can articulate a syllable which is not filled with tenderness and fear, which is not, in one of these languages, the powerful name of a god."
If you're worried that somebody will do something malicious... what is there that one could maliciously do? As long as you don't have, for example, credit cards on there, not much to steal then.
Perhaps somebody is malicious enough to decide to take down your website for their perverse pleasure, in that case anybody can have their own, local copy of the library in case the internet-facing one goes down.
EDIT: What I meant and managed to completely fail to convey well in the first paragraph is that by obscuring the code, the vulnerabilities that you're afraid of people finding don't go away. And people can find them nonetheless. By opening the code, other people can fix vulnerabilities, etc. But keeping this paragraph in mind, to relate it to the others, seeing as how your library still exists, nobody seems to have bothered to try to destroy the library in the first place using their own means, so what difference will putting the source up make? :)
tl;dr: Security by obscurity? For shame. Put the source on GitHub! There's nothing to lose, and everything to gain. :)
As to your other question, I'd say 1)The library undermines the integrity of rational thought or endeavor, and thus teaches us to reconfigure our thought to do without purpose. 2)On the other hand, when decontextualized pieces of language can take on new, unforeseen meanings - they can become more meaningful, not less.
The library is a paradoxical place. It's up to us to do what we will with it.
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lcnjgtsufin the beginning god created the
heaven and the earthhu
But when I go directly there using browse, it doesn't seem to be the same text.
Thanks for this. The Library of Babel was one of those ideas that first got me thinking deeply about the nature of knowledge as a kid.