Claude Shannon

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Today I learned that quickreading scientific text isn’t all that quick at all. I have a theoretical exam on information theory on Tuesday and to start off the studying I wanted to read Shannon’s original paper on the topic, all 55 pages of it.

Seeming as how quickreading is a little bit like opening a broadband pipeline from the text right into my brain … well turns out quickreading 55 pages liberally sprinkled with mathematical formula takes just over an hour. And I don’t feel like I’ve gotten much out of reading the thing, certainly nothing more than I already had a grasp of studying for the practical part of the exam.

At least it was an interesting read.

Another thing I discovered today is that with the addition of a wireless keyboard, the iPad is in fact a useful device. Shocker!

After my laptop keyboard started spazzing out following the August Spill, I fired up Pages on the iPad and was well on the way … except for the special Slovene letters because the iPad is oh so clever and you can’t tell it to use a keyboard layout different than what the keyboard considers native.

Silly thing.

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