cyberspacial musings
bits about the real and virtual worlds

24 Mar

Odd Thoughts

I’ve been porting some code over to Linux and in the process I’ve discovered what slow really is. I tend to work on only one computer system, my PowerBook G4, so I loaded up SuSE 8.2 Linux into Virtual PC. I’m not sure I understood what slow really is until now. It’s painfully slow, compared to running Windows XP on Virtual PC. I suspect that what’s really going on is the lack of optimization for Linux and a really slow gcc compiler. Ah, well — the price one pays for carrying around a single computer.

On another note, I’ve started reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. It’s been on my reading list for a long time, but I had never gotten around to it. I picked it up at the urging of a friend who said that the book was “me”. Well, as a motorcyclist (HD Road King), I could definitely relate to much of what Pirsig says is the beauty of motorcycling. One quote I just read really stood out to me:

The number of rational hypotheses that can explain any given phenomenon is infinite.

I’ve been rolling that around in my head for the last few hours since I first read it and it’s just a fascinating statement. I’d love to say something about it, but you know, there’s just nothing to add. Just enjoy it.

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