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Post by jon_jones_mke » January 3rd, 2019, 10:18 pm

I'd like to read section 20 on locks and ciphers. Babbage has an unexpectedly smooth style.

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Post by Lynnet » January 3rd, 2019, 10:34 pm

jon_jones_mke wrote:
January 3rd, 2019, 10:18 pm
I'd like to read section 20 on locks and ciphers. Babbage has an unexpectedly smooth style.

Thanks,
Jon
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Post by jon_jones_mke » January 4th, 2019, 5:17 pm

Section 20: Picking Locks and Deciphering
https://librivox.org/uploads/lynnet/lifeofaphilosopher_20_babbage_128kb.mp3 (17:31)

For some reason, I got in my head it was section 22 and had to replace the start and end. Sadly, they don't have the same tone as the rest.

You'll find some extra verbiage when it gets to the tables and such in the deciphering section, trying to make them comprehensible to the ear. Let me know if it describes things okay, or if you want a different approach.

And HOLY CRAP, he invented database table indexes in the deciphering section!

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Post by jon_jones_mke » January 4th, 2019, 11:49 pm

Also, I'd like to claim the next two sections, 21 and the real 22, if I might.

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Post by Lynnet » January 5th, 2019, 8:57 am

jon_jones_mke wrote:
January 4th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Section 20: Picking Locks and Deciphering
https://librivox.org/uploads/lynnet/lifeofaphilosopher_20_babbage_128kb.mp3 (17:31)

For some reason, I got in my head it was section 22 and had to replace the start and end. Sadly, they don't have the same tone as the rest.

You'll find some extra verbiage when it gets to the tables and such in the deciphering section, trying to make them comprehensible to the ear. Let me know if it describes things okay, or if you want a different approach.

And HOLY CRAP, he invented database table indexes in the deciphering section!

Jon
Thank you. I knew that was pretty much what he was famous for... being married to a mathematician hasn’t been a total waste :lol: :lol:
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Post by jon_jones_mke » January 5th, 2019, 10:09 am

Lynnet wrote:
January 5th, 2019, 8:57 am

I knew that was pretty much what he was famous for... being married to a mathematician hasn’t been a total waste :lol: :lol:
I knew of Babbage more as a (theoretical) hardware guy and though of Ada Lovelace as more the programmer sort. But neither as database folk. The things you learn :D

In a graduate computer science class 35 years ago, after I switched over from mathematics, we implemented a computer language compiler named "Babbage." It was at the time that the language "Ada" had been defined and designated as the eventual language of the US government, but before there were any efficient implementations. The two names just sorta went together. And now, after retirement, I've gone back to math. :)
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Post by jon_jones_mke » January 5th, 2019, 1:19 pm

Section 21: Experience in St. Giles's

https://librivox.org/uploads/lynnet/lifeofaphilosopher_21_babbage_128kb.mp3 (16:34)

Hard to say the n-word even in context and passing.

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Post by Lynnet » January 5th, 2019, 4:47 pm

jon_jones_mke wrote:
January 5th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Section 21: Experience in St. Giles's

https://librivox.org/uploads/lynnet/lifeofaphilosopher_21_babbage_128kb.mp3 (16:34)

Hard to say the n-word even in context and passing.

Jon
It is LV policy to read as-is, without censorship. I can add a note to the info at the beginning, though. If you find a section with language (or subject matter) you just can’t read, feel free to relinquish it and choose a different section 8-)
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Post by jon_jones_mke » January 5th, 2019, 5:10 pm

Lynnet wrote:
January 5th, 2019, 4:47 pm
It is LV policy to read as-is, without censorship. I can add a note to the info at the beginning, though. If you find a section with language (or subject matter) you just can’t read, feel free to relinquish it and choose a different section 8-)
It's a good policy. Just something I hadn't expected in this particular reading. And not surprising at the time it was written, but unexpected as I read along. If it were Huck Finn it wouldn't have surprised me. Here's it's a single use when talking about the West Indies.

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Post by jon_jones_mke » January 7th, 2019, 2:33 pm

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Post by Lynnet » January 7th, 2019, 3:13 pm

jon_jones_mke wrote:
January 7th, 2019, 2:33 pm
Section 22: Theatrical Experiences

https://librivox.org/uploads/lynnet/lifeofaphilosopher_22_babbage_128kb.mp3 (15:06)
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Post by ClaudiaSterngucker » January 9th, 2019, 10:26 am

Could I read section 31 "Miracles", please? :D

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Post by Lynnet » January 9th, 2019, 3:35 pm

ClaudiaSterngucker wrote:
January 9th, 2019, 10:26 am
Could I read section 31 "Miracles", please? :D

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Post by afutterer » January 9th, 2019, 3:44 pm

PL NOTES:

SECTIONS 20, 21, 22

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Post by afutterer » January 11th, 2019, 1:44 pm

PL NOTES:

SECTIONS 29 & 39

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