Download by the end of 2024 when the site goes offline, though!
My favorite so far is the Elements, by Aristotle…
My favorite has always been Poisoning the Pigeons in the Park. First heard it on the old Dr. Demento Show.
I always liked the new math … I knew pretty far into the base 8 verse by heart, but that was long ago, back in the the days of gnu.
Ah, new math… Time for a tangent!
Early in my high school years, my brother convinced me to switch to doing all my arithmetic in base 8, making the arithmetic simpler. As soon as I had switched, he changed his mind and started doing all his in hex because (let’s be honest) he was smarter than me. But I stuck with base 8. And I used my own glyphs for the numerals. I used the shapes of the glyphs as keys to reduce the number of arithmetic facts to recall.
I had a very tolerant math teacher that year. As long as I converted my answers back to base 10 for her to check, she accepted me showing all my work in my own glyphs in base 8.
I didn’t know much about computers at the time, but I clearly had one of the key virtues of a programmer even then: laziness. It’s amazing how much work we’ll do to avoid doing work!
Excuse me?! I’m a professional programmer, and definitely not lazy! How dare you
For anyone here who hasn’t seen it yet, the reference I was making was to the comment immortalized here: