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The Week in Links


For the engineer that prefers applied math, there's this guide to cracking Master Locks, which explains some of the math behind how Master Lock chooses combinations as well as some hands-on technique for getting the last number in the combination. You should be able to narrow the number of possible combinations down to 100 for any particular lock. For the "I'm a Ph.D mathematician, applied stuff is for wusses," there is the McNugget number, which (I hope) is keeping some theoretical math major busy somewhere (and safely off the streets).

In the world of architecture, the Torres de Calatrava look pretty cool (gallery 1, gallery 2). Not having seen Calatrava-style skyscrapers before, I wonder what Calatrava's New York City might have looked like, in comparison to the imagined NYC's of Norman Foster, Gaudi, and Spielberg.

There were a bunch of historical links this week. In light of current dollar/yen investment issues, let us harken back to the day of the One Yen bill, facilitated by this nice overlay of Tokyo in 1948 and 1992. For those of you who prefer historical comparisons via sequential art, this tour of Batman logos over the years shows some of the 20th century's best and worst graphic design, but which one did the caped crusader battle under when he made his greatest boner?

Staying in the 1940s, we can look at these World War 2 color photos. They could add even more photos to the collection using this really interesting colorization technique for black and white photos/video that only requires some scribbled color hints (I wonder if the technique would work on these 1910 Paris flood photos).

Book: Catch-22


I was feeling like a cretin b/c I had read so few entries on the top 100 list (American or British). I've decided to try and knock off a couple to improve my score, which would still make me a cretin, but I'd be a cretin who's read a bunch of entries on top 100 lists.

I started off with Catch-22, which has turned out to be a really good choice. I started marking the pages that had something I thought were hilarious, and from the extended entry you can see that I pretty much marked up the entire book.

I would have really enjoyed using the search inside feature of Amazon on this book, but it appears that they don't have the rights to. Heller's non-linear story construction is an ideal candidate for searching. I found myself two-hundred pages into the book, thinking, "Now that sounds familiar. I feel like I'm having deja vu." It would be very nice to have the search inside feature, because then I could find out if it was deja vu, or jamais vu, or presque vu. Instead, I've transcribed an outline/favorite quotes in the extended entry. I'll give my usual disclaimer, which is: if you haven't read the book, read no further, it won't be interesting to you. I can't even guarantee that any part of this entry is interesting to those that have read the entry.