[FoRK] Calling [redacted] and all the ships at sea.

Dave Long <dave.long at bluewin.ch> on Thu May 3 10:47:40 PDT 2007

> Makes a nice flag..fly it

Hofstadter's aperiodic crystals indicate that messages need framing for  
recognition: deciphering messages requires first spotting them.   
Steganography confuses the framing; valid esoteric readings are rare.  I'd  
once thought there might be some information carried in the Tao Te Ching  
arrangement[0].  But it was just rewritten to make "lucky numbers".   
Damn.  Bitless.

Error correction is also problematic: hidden messages corrupt rather  
easily, because surface corrections mess them up. (redundancy helps?) The  
saying "every jot and tittle" betrays esoteric fussiness[1].  Why worry  
about hidden textual meanings if a creator makes physical laws plain?    
Why ask for written, not empirical, messages?  Look for semper, ubique.

"Fire burns, here and in Persia" is more than one says for holy books.   
(which book, even?)  Still, people enjoy hiding things.  So maybe they  
hide messages that gods would leave in sight.  Do angels bother with  
hiding content, or is it a folly of mortals?  Adam Smith rewrote Daniel to  
invisible *economic* hand.  That hand, having writ[2]...


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[0] Some chinese framing is interesting. When using hanzi, patterns line  
up.  Someday I'd like to try recomposing the Tao, but explicitly using  

[1] Verse has redundancy over prose.  Meter and rhyme aid error  
correction.  (even Homer nods!)  Programmers have other pattern  
encodings.  (we check ourselves with test suites)

[2] _Huckleberry Finn_ said not to look for symbolism.  But just like  
Homer's structures, searching finds it.  The Dead used to play, so they,  
not publishing executives, got paid.  Did buggy whip manufacturers try to  
coerce legislative rents, too, once the autos started taking over?

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