"I've already told you my name, and it meant nothing to you. Or rather, it meant the wrong thing.

Names are tricky that way. The best way to know someone is to have a conversation with them."

--Enoch Root to Randy Waterhouse in Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon.

Ah, the #Cryptonomicon. Wonderful read.

It was an excellent exposition of one or more of the following: cryptography for the average guy, practical applications of Sun-Tzu's the Art of War in WWII... and the engineering marvels of breakfast cereal 😛

It also came up with cryptocurrency a decade before bitcoin was invented.


I appreciate it most, now, for being the lead-in to the Baroque Cycle, which helped break the part of my brain that thought about history in a much more European nation-state colonialist rut.

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