A Completely Innocuous Post for April 1

You can’t write anything on the Internet on April 1 without someone assuming it is some kind of April Fools’ Day joke. If it is good news, no one will believe you. If it is bad news, everyone will assume it is an April Fools’ Day joke. I am therefore going to write a completely innocuous post with not much to challenge in it. It turns out this is a good thing, since I woke up with no good ideas for a post anyway. Here are a few innocuous things that come to mind:

  • We were supposed to go to the beach today but the weather isn’t cooperating so it looks like we will be going tomorrow instead.
  • I am making my way slowly through Gödel, Escher, Bach but have to take it in small chunks because it takes up a lot of brain power.
  • Because of that, I ended up reading Brian Kernighan’s 2019 book, Unix: A History and a Memoir which turned out to be one of the best books I’ve read this year.
  • After reading another tough chapter in GEB last night, I am now taking a break by reading RIchard Rhodes’s Dark Sun. I am actually alternating between the two books.
  • I got an email from the aforementioned Brian Kernighan yesterday after I sent him a fan message telling him how much I enjoyed his book.
  • I spent part of yesterday evening writing a Python script in an attempt to solve the MU puzzle presented in GEB.

I’ll mostly be off the Internet today since you can’t trust anything you read. Already I’ve seen half a dozen eye-rolling announcements.

I apologize for this brief, and completely innocuous post here on April 1, but wouldn’t want to add to your burdens today.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

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