funny review by Harry Taylor in Books, 2014-02-08
Hgiyiyi (hgjhjh, hjhk)
Archetypal lipogram that takes us on an exploration of the double bind hypothesis. The title, Hgiyiyi (hgjhjh, hjhk), alludes to the parameterisation of jjjjj's groundbreaking tractable problem, leading to the 1987 work which is now regarded as sacrosanct. This book documents that period of jjjjj's work, accompanied by a healthy dose of his signature hyperbole and pomp.
Yes, it's all very clever, but how entertaining is it? To elucidate a little on this epic tome's structure, the self-aggrandising statements do let up occasionally, but only for unashamed vanity and sub-Naked Lunch surrealist filth. On the other hand, the equations are extremely accurate and the diagrams... more
Hgiyiyi (hgjhjh, hjhk)
The highly-anticipated sequel to Jhjykyk keeps you on the edge of your seat from the very first paragraph. Hgiyiyi picks up right where Jhjykyk left off. It both answers your lingering questions and creates so many new ones. That is the genius of jjjj, who is not only a unique writer, but who also translates his books himself!
I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the third book to come out. After reading Hgiyiyi, I know you will be too. more
Holy Bible: Stock Car Racing
All my life, I've been looking for the one thing that would turn me to religion...and BEHOLD! I found it...
Instead of boooooring pictures of the Last Supper and the probable locations of holy sites, I get AWESOME pictures of crashes and and cars going in circles! I could practically smell the burning rubber and see the girls in halter tops firing cheap t-shirts out of a cannon at me...all the while learning who begat Bathsheba! (SPOILER ALERT: It was Eliam)
There is no better feeling than cracking open a... more
witty review by Ari Brouillette in Books, 2014-02-08
Wanderlust: A History of Walking Let me preface this somewhat negative review by stating that I come from a family of walking enthusiasts and I myself am an avid collector of all literature dealing with personal locomotion. I must therefore judge this effort via comparison to the great pantheon of walking literature and not merely as an isolated effort. If you are a walking neophyte this book may well be the catalyst that sparks your interest for further study but I would not suggest this work as a thorough or exhaustive study of two legged ambulation. Indeed, this scant 335 page work rarely delves beyond walking and completely fails to examine other forms of personal transport such as tottering, strolling, or even waddling. It must therefore suffer in comparison to the exquisite detail in Sarah Bernhardt's "One leg too few: A history of hopping", in which the author painstakingly details and diagrams the kinetics achieved by Anthony Cumia, the only one legged person capable of moseying. It also suffers from a very... more
funny review by Kyle Kruczek in Books, 2014-02-08
Microwave Cooking for One
Alone in my dark apartment, having worn my 3 Wolf Moon T-Shirt as well for countless weeks, found this book to be my bible. I sit at my dining room table, playing World of Warcraft night after night, sobbing silently for want of notice by another human being. Pizza boxes piling up, chinese food leftovers filling my fridge, I was beginning to run out of options. I recently lost my job as a Custodial Consultant for sniffing the amonia in the utility closet. My funding for my gourmet meals from such world reknown chefs as Boyardi and Uncle Ben had begun running low. Stumbling in a drunken daze through the local bookstore, my elbow carelessly knocked a book onto the floor as I turned a corner. As I peered down, I saw the title, "Microwave Cooking for One."
Curiously, I picked it up and decided to have a a quick read. As I began flipping through the pages, I began to see that this was no ordinary cookbook. No my friends, this was a book passed down from the... more
A New Kind of Science
KBAA25HKK49Q This review took almost one year. Unlike many previous referees (rank them by Amazon.com's "most helpful" feature) I read all 1197 pages including notes. Just to make sure I won't miss the odd novel insight hidden among a million trivial platitudes.
On page 27 Wolfram explains "probably the single most surprising discovery I have ever made:" a simple program can produce output that seems irregular and complex.
This has been known for six decades. Every computer science (CS) student knows the dovetailer, a very simple 2 line program that systematically lists and executes all possible programs for a universal computersuch as a Turing machine (TM). It computes all computable patterns, including all those in Wolfram's book, embodies the well-known limits of computability, and is basis of uncountable CS exercises.
Wolfram does know (page 1119) Minsky's very simple universal TMs... more
amusing review by Citizenfitz in Books, 2014-02-08
How to Avoid Huge Ships I bought How to Avoid Huge Ships as a companion to Captain Trimmer's other excellent titles: How to Avoid a Train, and How to Avoid the Empire State Building. These books are fast paced, well written and the hard won knowledge found in them is as inspirational as it is informational. After reading them I haven't been hit by anything bigger than a diesel bus. Thanks captain! more
clever review by a curious reader in Books, 2014-02-08
A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates Such a terrific reference work! But with so many terrific random digits, it's a shame they didn't sort them, to make it easier to find the one you're looking for. more
A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates If you like this book, I highly recommend that you read it in the original binary. As with most translations, conversion from binary to decimal frequently causes a loss of information and, unfortunately, it's the most significant digits that are lost in the conversion. more
fun review by brutus "momofthree" in Books, 2014-02-08
The 2009-2014 Outlook for Wood Toilet Seats in Greater China This is so weird. My husband and I were just discussing the 2009-2014 outlook for wood toilet seats in greater China the other day. Now today, here I am surfing Amazon and wouldn't you know it? The 2009-2014 outlook for wood toilet seats in greater China. I am so happy the price seems reasonable. I'm thinking Amazing Anniversary Present!!!!!! more