I'm still working my way through Ten Cent Plague. The parts about religious leaders to educators to lawmakers all playing a part in trying to get rid of comics makes me wonder if they were all genuine in their concerns or just busy bodies.The open letters they'd write, appeals to reason and moral decency, the book burnings and pledges to boycott, the censor boards, all of it strikes me as quaint and naive and if it wasn't real history, I'd think it'd all be satire. Maybe it's a hindsight is 20/20 kind of thing, but the while ordeal just seems silly.

I just finished Louis L'Amour's The Quick and the Dead. It's the second time I've read it and its better than the first time around. I think I'm gonna give this copy to a friend who I think might appreciate it.

I think I'll open up some Bret Harte next. I know Mark Twain thought of him as dishonest, but I don't care. He knows how to tell some good stories.


I'm slowly reading Scott Aaronson's 'Quantumn Computing Since Democritus'. It's good armchair computer science--not an easy read, but not something so complicated you need to take notes just to follow along.

An excerpt: "The key point is that, while this is a very large buttload of variables and relations, it's still only a polynomial buttload."

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