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Re: E-books that might be of interest to others

Postby Té Rowan » Wed Dec 30, 2020 6:24 am

https://archive.org/details/jstor-40667579 — "A Cipher Code for Astronomical Messages" by Edward S. Holden (pub. 1896).
This is a code for moving astronomical messages over the commercial telegraph network.

https://archive.org/details/scienceobserverc13chanrich — "The Science Observer Code"
Referred to in the paper above. Lots of small print; gunna look like it was set in 2-pt Flyspeck on small screens.
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Re: E-books that might be of interest to others

Postby Té Rowan » Sun Feb 14, 2021 1:51 pm

https://archive.org/details/Astounding_v44n04_1949-12_cape1736 — "The Witches of Karres" in Astounding SF, December 1949.
Haven't read it yet, but it may help with reading dogbertcarroll's "Harry Potter and the Egger Route".
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Re: E-books that might be of interest to others

Postby Ellen Kuhfeld » Sun Feb 14, 2021 4:54 pm

I enjoyed The Witches of Karres. It's ideal for a Harry Potter crossover, because the governments in both series are net drags on everything. (I'm extrapolating here. There are four Karres books, but James H. Schmitz was only involved with the first one.)

Another book you might enjoy is The New Hacker's Dictionary. It can be downloaded from the net. Available as HTML, on the Wayback Machine (apparently not downloadable), in a number of formats at Manybooks. (They also have the first edition.) I appreciate the book, because I was there during its formative years. I visited the Tech Model Railroad Club. I programmed the IBM 704. I played the original Spacewar on the PDP-1, and when I graduated and went to the University of Minnesota, I rewrote it from scratch to run on the CDC-3100. Then I sold the article to John W. Campbell.

Note that this book was assembled by the folk process, with the folk in question being hackers. As Eric Raymond said:

"This document (The Hacker's Dictionary) is in the public domain, to be freely used, shared, and modified. There are (by intention) no legal restraints on what you can do with it, but there are traditions about its proper use to which many hackers are quite strongly attached. Please extend the courtesy of proper citation when you quote the File, ideally with a version number, as it will change and grow over time. (Examples of appropriate citation form: "Hacker's Dictionary 4.3.0" or "The on-line Hacker's Dictionary, version 4.3.0, 30 APR 2001".) "

Or, if you feel like it, you can buy it at Amazon, or some other book store.
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Re: E-books that might be of interest to others

Postby Té Rowan » Mon Feb 15, 2021 4:46 am

The latest version of the Jargon File that I know of is 4.4.7 (dated 2003-12-29) at http://catb.org/jargon/. The front page shows 4.4.8 as revision code dated 2004-10-01, but that is the only change I have seen. Anyway, 4.4.7 is downloadable from there, both as text and as an HTML tarball.

Mind, ESR had the bogus habit of deleting entries he considered obsolete, possibly to keep the filesize down.
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Re: E-books that might be of interest to others

Postby Spica75 » Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:49 pm

Té Rowan wrote:https://archive.org/details/Astounding_v44n04_1949-12_cape1736 — "The Witches of Karres" in Astounding SF, December 1949.
Haven't read it yet, but it may help with reading dogbertcarroll's "Harry Potter and the Egger Route".


I had never ever heard of it before reading dogbertc's fic...
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Re: E-books that might be of interest to others

Postby Té Rowan » Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:18 am

https://archive.org/details/ost-geography-atlasofancientcl00 — "Atlas of ancient and classical geography"
Who knows… it might help in fleshing out a story.
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Re: E-books that might be of interest to others

Postby Ellen Kuhfeld » Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:27 am

Té Rowan wrote:https://archive.org/details/ost-geography-atlasofancientcl00 — "Atlas of ancient and classical geography"
Who knows… it might help in fleshing out a story.

Whoa! This is one of those books that would take a 60-inch 4k screen to do it justice. :shock: It's good to have it available, but no way do I download it. I know people who would, though.
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Re: E-books that might be of interest to others

Postby Té Rowan » Sat Feb 20, 2021 6:20 pm

https://archive.org/details/TheMeaningOfTingoAndOtherExtraordinaryWordsFromAroundTheWorld
… to which I would add: Imbakassi = imbecile box = television set.
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