Nick Black

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An outpost of literacy from the southeast, putting Atlanta on the Goodreads map.

I dig exposure to a broad swath of new material, and add pretty much anyone who seems interesting. What's in it for you? Prolixness? Old-school Southern charm? More blindingly-obscure scientific esoterica puked into your mailbox than you can shake a pointed stick at? Irregular bursts of punchy reviews by the dozen, marked by general irreverence and oft-breathtaking ignorance? Yes, Faithful Reader, all this and more can be had within.

I am lettered in Latin of the rhetorical era, and can fumble my way through Ancient Greek; I also try to mangle some Spanish, German and Russian whenever I can. Expect the abuse of UTF-8.

I'm a senior systems engineer at Google NYC fo
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the finest machine (Nonfiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Dec 30, 2011 08:18PM
Description: Table of Contents for my forthcoming book, "the finest machine". http://dank.qemfd.net/dankwiki/index.php/Book_ideas#The_finest_machine
15 Favorite Networking Books (Professional & Technical)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:34PM
Description: On our (<a href="http://www.securecomputing.com">Secure Computing</a> Applied Research)'s internal mailing list came up the proposition: list one's favorite networking books. Here we go...
Sometimes the right choice isn't obvious (Entertainment)
1 chapters   —   updated Oct 23, 2009 06:37AM
Description: how droll!
Disarmingly Forthright MSCS Advice (Computers & Internet)
1 chapters   —   updated Aug 15, 2009 12:42AM
Description: Wednesday 2009-08-12, I did Orientation for new GT MSCS students. The prior evening, I wrote out what advice I'd have most appreciated, were it offered unfettered...here you go.
worksong for plasma physics, spring 2009 (Professional & Technical)
2 chapters   —   updated Jul 26, 2009 10:08AM
Description: silly adaptation of M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" thrown onto my IM away status yesterday. people liked the R. Kelly "Fission (Ignition)" some time ago, so enjoy.
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Nick Black is on page 160 of 448 of Until the End of Time: really enjoying this so far, but interested readers ought walk not run to Scott Aaronson's "The Ghost in the Quantum Machine" https://arxiv.org/abs/1306.0159
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"Are you the type of person who gets teary eyed from thinking about a cosmos studded with stars that are constantly engaged in thermonuclear bickering with a relentless gravitational crush? Well, hold on, I’ve got something in my eye. Have you ever, a" Read more of this review »
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my best friend Twitch gave me this at trivia 2010-12-26. i promptly brought it home and read, enthralled, until 0545 or so. my date was pissed off, but Mssr. Garner and I danced the night away. every true pedant ought acquire and become intimate with ...more
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pretty solid. i look forward to diving more deeply into mr. whitehead's oeuvre. if you're looking to read some books by/about black people this year, i highly recommend this over charlatans and frauds like Robin DiAngelo and her White Fragility or ...more
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“...if you aren't, at any given time, scandalized by code you wrote five or even three years ago, you're not learning anywhere near enough”
Nick Black

“Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

“The inevitable effect of a biographer's hindsight is to belittle the subject's foresight.”
Clive James, Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts

“He was a big, rather clumsy man, with a substantial bay window that started in the middle of the chest. I should guess that he was less muscular than at first sight he looked. He had large staring blue eyes and a damp and pendulous lower lip. He didn't look in the least like an intellectual. Creative people of his abundant kind never do, of course, but all the talk of Rutherford looking like a farmer was unperceptive nonsense. His was really the kind of face and physique that often goes with great weight of character and gifts. It could easily have been the soma of a great writer. As he talked to his companions in the streets, his voice was three times as loud as any of theirs, and his accent was bizarre…. It was part of his nature that, stupendous as his work was, he should consider it 10 per cent more so. It was also part of his nature that, quite without acting, he should behave constantly as though he were 10 per cent larger than life. Worldly success? He loved every minute of it: flattery, titles, the company of the high official world...But there was that mysterious diffidence behind it all. He hated the faintest suspicion of being patronized, even when he was a world figure.

Archbishop Lang was once tactless enough to suggest that he supposed a famous scientist had no time for reading. Rutherford immediately felt that he was being regarded as an ignorant roughneck. He produced a formidable list of his last month’s reading. Then, half innocently, half malevolently: "And what do you manage to read, your Grice?"

I am afraid", said the Archbishop, somewhat out of his depth, "that a man in my position doesn't really have the leisure..."

Ah yes, your Grice," said Rutherford in triumph, "it must be a dog's life! It must be a dog's life!”
C.P. Snow

“History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.”
James Joyce, Ulysses

“There is no scorn more profound, or on the whole more justifiable, than that of the men who make for the men who explain.”
G. H. Hardy, A Mathematician's Apology

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message 68: by K R N

K R N 1000 books read!


message 67: by Nick (last edited Apr 22, 2012 04:56PM)

Nick Black hey goodreads peeps! if you've enjoyed reading my reviews, maybe you'd enjoy reading my book, The Finest Machine. and if you think that's plausible, perhaps you'd even like to fund my writing of that book:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/n...

help me become a Goodreads Author so i can start spamming people with friend requests etc! any contribution is appreciated. thanks homies!


message 66: by Jen

Jen Goodreads must have the date wrong...silly Goodreads, always having glitches, right? right?!?

Oh well.


Happy Birthday/unbirthday.


message 65: by Rakhi

Rakhi Dalal Thanks for the invite:).....Your profile is quite interesting !


message 64: by Jen

Jen Um, that book about Napoleon's Russian Campaign is only a buck fifty used, so come October, I'll be needing your address. For gifting purposes. Of course.

Well. Maybe. I might also ask math questions.


They'll look like Algebra III. I've got everything before that covered.


message 63: by Megha

Megha Nick, look at the last quote on this page.
This character could easily be based on you.


message 62: by Nick

Nick Black Elizabeth wrote: "Excuse me, sir, but have you seen this? http://ulyssesseen.com/"

i had not. some wanks at my beloved Georgia Tech of all places tweeted it once or something. ugh it depresses me to think about.


message 61: by Eric

Eric Impersonation was spot-on! Every paragraph should suggest, permit glimpses of, motion towards a hundred other stories.


Joshua Nomen-Mutatio Yes, I did see that. Good fun.

Did you get the Wallace thesis? I hadn't seen your e-mail address posted in response way back in November 2010 until today.


message 59: by Nick

Nick Black MyFleshSingsOut wrote: ""she-blinded-me-with-science" and "stupidly-expensive" are both great shelf names.

Incidentally, I've recently begun using "blinded with science" as a euphemism for smoking weed. A friend bought a..."


heh, i hope you've been to my profile and seen the FEATURED "covers are for proles" shelf.


Joshua Nomen-Mutatio "she-blinded-me-with-science" and "stupidly-expensive" are both great shelf names.

Incidentally, I've recently begun using "blinded with science" as a euphemism for smoking weed. A friend bought a slightly unusual toking apparatus that he dubbed the "science pipe". Hence...


message 57: by Michael

Michael Economy Nick wrote: "muh wa ahahahahahahaha i have Featured my unstoppable juggernaut of a COVER IMAGE NOT ON HAND SHELF, and it looks marvelous!



awesome"

love it


message 56: by Conrad

Conrad Just saw your kind note of a few months ago - I disabled all my notifications at some point, not realizing that included profile notes and comments and stuff. Anyway, salve Nick, and valete yourself. Hope all's well.


message 55: by Nick

Nick Black muh wa ahahahahahahaha i have Featured my unstoppable juggernaut of a COVER IMAGE NOT ON HAND SHELF, and it looks marvelous!



awesome


message 54: by brian

brian   thank you nick, you evil genius, you!


message 53: by karen

karen ah, i see. if there is, i do not know it. that might be one of the things they teach you upon graduation from library school, or when you first start working in one, i don't know. i may have someone i can ask, if you like...


message 52: by Nick

Nick Black karen wrote: "hmm - are you looking for some sort of visual shelving unit graphic?? or are you asking for shelving standards and practices?? i'm not sure i am following you"

so i want to make a nice legend/pictomap of the information provided in comment #32 here: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/4...

if you're doing, say, a process flowchart or an entity-relationship diagram or street signage, there are standard designs. does any such thing apply to library/book maps? grok? xoxo


message 51: by karen

karen hmm - are you looking for some sort of visual shelving unit graphic?? or are you asking for shelving standards and practices?? i'm not sure i am following you


message 50: by karen

karen /

it is math AND christmas


message 49: by Nick

Nick Black woohoo, finally started my nanowrimo!

http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/716506


message 48: by Nick

Nick Black MyFleshSingsOut wrote: "Never mind. I see you already added it to your "to-read" list. I have a pdf copy of the original if you want it. Just send me an e-mail address."

dank@qemfd.net if you'd please!


Joshua Nomen-Mutatio Never mind. I see you already added it to your "to-read" list. I have a pdf copy of the original if you want it. Just send me an e-mail address.


message 45: by Dick (last edited Oct 11, 2010 11:40AM)

Dick Sorry I missed you yesterday, Dank, happy belated. 30 years, and at the very least least one faithful devout. You've got ~three more to catch Jesus.


message 44: by Dick (last edited Aug 28, 2010 03:10PM)

Dick I've attempted delving into Ulysses several times now, to no great avail. But I'm moving back up to school today, selecting which books to use as antidote to what the "humanities" professors will try to impress upon me (before I am to attempt my fate-entwined jump across the chasm into the sciences, إن شاء الل), opened the opus to a random page and was instantaneously and wildly consumed by laughter of a most uproarious nature; and I was by no means even processing the text thoroughly! I was just enraptured by laughter. Urrrrghhhh, I lost the page. But just thought if anybody would be able to grok with me on this lil anecdote here, it'd be you ;).


message 43: by karen

karen weren't you supposed to come visit in july?? did you stand me up?


message 42: by Megha (last edited Jul 29, 2010 08:45PM)

Megha Happy 10,890th day alive!

Yayy for your large book collection!!

You OWN SIX high-power computers?!?!


message 41: by karen

karen explain yourself while i go fetch the mistletoe


message 40: by Natalie

Natalie I should clean out my bookmarks more often... I just found this, which is a "sequel" to American Psycho that BEE wrote via email subscription right before the film was released.


message 39: by Nick

Nick Black Natalie wrote: "I found this when I toured the remains of my ghost-town MySpace.

An American Psycho Christmas."


that was pretty outstanding right thar. thanks, dear!


message 38: by Natalie

Natalie I found this when I toured the remains of my ghost-town MySpace.

An American Psycho Christmas.


message 37: by Nick

Nick Black Conrad wrote: "Iowa. Iowa!"

you son of a bitch!


message 36: by Conrad

Conrad Iowa. Iowa!


message 35: by karen

karen holy cow!!

but what's this about "tweaking"?? is this going to end up like e.t.-with-walkie-talkies??

do they need writers? where is that list??


message 34: by Natalie

Natalie true Southerners are well aware of Florida's at-best-pretender status.


I get a pass... I was born in the Midwest. ;)

Yes, Florida is basically a dick-shaped Bible with a pair of Mickey Mouse ears.

*searching frantically for her turtleneck*



message 33: by Nick

Nick Black Natalie wrote: ""No matter what, don't live in the South. Southerners rarely qualify as geniuses..."

Oh hey, we're BOTH fucked! "


true Southerners are well aware of Florida's at-best-pretender status. retired jooz and micky mouse do not a Confederacy make!

christ i can't believe i'm typing this garbage. i'm really trying to live some kind of sick defender-of-the-One-True-South facade here, aren't i. for chrissakes i write UNIX code and fuck girls in turtlenecks.


message 32: by Natalie

Natalie "No matter what, don't live in the South. Southerners rarely qualify as geniuses..."

Oh hey, we're BOTH fucked!


message 31: by Nick

Nick Black Natalie wrote: "Publicized, indeed! Thanks, dear Harold Bloom of mine!"

of course, the MacArthur Foundation continues their bewildering farce. WHERE IS MY PRIZE MOTHERFUCKERS C'MON I EVEN LOOK HISPANIC

http://www.slate.com/id/2174676/


message 30: by Natalie

Natalie Publicized, indeed! Thanks, dear Harold Bloom of mine!


message 29: by Nick

Nick Black Nick wrote: "Daniel wrote: "Isn't that still only one ho, Karen? 1^3 would still be 1, so wouldn't ho^3 still be ho?"

daniel, you goddamned idiot, the point of it being a variable instead of a constant is we d..."


seriously, this kind of specious nonsensical argument leaves upon my tongue a taste most distaff and womanly. know your role, jabronie, lest i drop a People's Elbow!


message 28: by Nick (last edited Dec 26, 2009 05:48PM)

Nick Black Nick wrote: "Daniel wrote: "Isn't that still only one ho, Karen? 1^3 would still be 1, so wouldn't ho^3 still be ho?"

daniel, you goddamned idiot, the point of it being a variable instead of a constant is we d..."


though, point of fact, when i first saw the image i thought "isn't it technically ho, ho, ho!? in that case, we need $((ho)^3)!$ but if it's ho!, ho!, ho! that's right out."


message 27: by Nick

Nick Black Daniel wrote: "Isn't that still only one ho, Karen? 1^3 would still be 1, so wouldn't ho^3 still be ho?"

daniel, you goddamned idiot, the point of it being a variable instead of a constant is we don't know what it is.

if it was 0, it wouldn't be any hoes at all!

karen, thank you for your gracious comment. i will be touring northeastern graduate schools of repute this spring, and do hope i can drop in on you or something.


message 26: by karen

karen you know more about hos than i do. please educate.


message 25: by Daniel

Daniel Isn't that still only one ho, Karen? 1^3 would still be 1, so wouldn't ho^3 still be ho?


message 24: by karen

karen



math!


message 23: by Natalie

Natalie I don't know what's hotter in that picture... you or the bong. ;)


message 22: by karen

karen that is a beautiful vase, nick!


message 21: by Natalie

Natalie So this arrived today... it's what I did with the gift card code you were kind enough to pass my way. *mwah* A thousand thanks, fair Nicholas. :)


message 20: by Natalie

Natalie Suffering Christ. More than twenty years later, and the Rock-afire band still makes me want to run screaming for my mommy. Something about anthropomorphic animatronics unleashes the Uncanny Valley effect and makes me want to curl into the fetal position.


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