Monday, 11 June 2001

Entry #183

Listening to:
Berlioz, Requiem. I have this on loan from a lab colleague who has been recommending it to me for ages. I'm onto my second complete listening. I think it's a pretty good recording, featuring the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Charles Dutoit. It seems pretty good, but it will take more exposure before I rank it up there with the Mozart or the Brahms, or Beethoven's Missa Solemnis (which isn't a requiem, but which I consider the best analogue).
Now reading:
Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli's mandolin. This is the first time in a while that I haven't finished a book over the weekend in which I started it. But this novel is a deal longer than most of the things I've been reading recently.
A few weeks back, I started something on Sunday afternoon precisely so that I would be able to report having read something for my web-log. Is that sad or what? If I hadn't at least started the book, I would have had to invent a new caption, something like ``Still to read next:'' perhaps. Having started whatever it was, I could at least use my standard ``Now reading:'' tag. Just as sad though is the implicit habit of not generally reading on Sunday afternoon.

Work today is going to involve an analysis of a formalisation of UDP (one of the Internet Protocols). Thought you might like to know that.

Perhaps you're more impressed by the fact that mathematicians calculating pi to lots of decimal places are almost certainly breaking innumerable laws, all at once. Check this Risks Digest extract for the gory details. Personally, I steer well clear of those irrational numbers.