one wiser than myself might call this insanity

how the hell do i link to my other pages with this theme

29 Jun
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The first illegal prime number (1401 digits) discovered in 2001. 

An illegal prime is a prime number that represents information that it is forbidden to possess or distribute. One of the first illegal primes was discovered in 2001. When interpreted in a particular way, it describes a computer program that bypasses the digital rights management scheme used on DVDs. Distribution of such a program in the United States is illegal under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

I’m so baffled and amazed by this. Fuck DRM. Numbers are an abstract concept, not creative property and they existed before (and will continue to exist after) humans. This is like trying to claim ownership of a vowel sound. 

(via coreymarie)

29 Jun

Let us now praise prime numbers
With our fathers who begat us:
The power, the peculiar glory of prime numbers
Is that nothing begat them,
No ancestors, no factors,
Adams among the multiplied generations.

None can foretell their coming.
Among the ordinal numbers
They do not reserve their seats, arrive unexpected.
Along the lines of cardinals
They rise like surprising pontiffs,
Each absolute, inscrutable, self-elected.

In the beginning where chaos
Ends and zero resolves,
They crowd the foreground prodigal as forest,
But middle distance thins them,
Far distance to infinity
Yields them rare as unreturning comets.

O prime improbable numbers,
Long may formula-hunters
Steam in abstraction, waste to skeleton patience:
Stay non-conformist, nuisance,
Phenomena irreducible
To system, sequence, pattern or explanation.

Let Us Now Praise Prime Numbers by Helen Spalding (via rachlovesmoony)