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    Delengroth
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    Something I’ve been doing lately is using the Library to read today’s “newspaper” in a sense. It’s fun to try and compare what shows up in the book, and compare it to what actually happened in current events. The method can be used to also read newspapers from the past and future! Here’s how it goes:

    For the hex, format the current month/day/year like “m#d#y#”. Today would be “m5d31y2017” or “m05d31y2017”

    For the wall, pick the quarter of the year that the current month falls into. May is in Q2, so that would be wall #2.

    For the shelf, pick the one that corresponds to the number of the month within that quarter. May is the 1st month in Q2, so pick shelf #1. Unfortunately, this will mean that shelves #4 and #5 are always left out.

    Lastly, for the volume, pick the current day of the month. Again, book #32 will always be left out. Today is the 31st, so pick book #31.

    All together, today’s “newspaper” can be found at:
    https://libraryofbabel.info/book.cgi?m05d31y2017-w2-s1-v31:1

    It’d be quite interesting if one of these specific books could predict a future event. Not only would the event have been predicted, but the location would describe the exact day it would occur on, and the location can only be in a single spot – or three, depending on how you write it!

    #16414 Reply

    messiah

    interesting idea. how sad it remains (with an overwhelming probability) a mere thought experiment pretty much like all of the ideas popping up here over and over again. don’t forget to inform us in the case you find something!

    #16426 Reply

    Amesjlay

    I really like this idea, but I just wish more Librarians knew of this. It could be interesting to see different illiterations of this method. Maybe organized word searching? It would make sense in the sense that if the hex name is similar to the names that were agreed upon to search with, the book would be pretty credible, given that the searchers would be in the browse option. I don’t know, still thought that the newspaper idea was cool.

    #16452 Reply

    Delengroth
    Participant

    Thanks! I realized a mistake in the number of newspapers possible. Rather than up to three, you can have from 1 to 4 newspapers. For example, Christmas will always be “m12d25…”, but the first day of the year could be:
    “m1d1…”
    “m01d1…”
    “m1d01…”
    “m01d01…”

    Still, it’s a narrow window of books to search through. And yes, while it’s still a thought experiment like any other proposals here, you can extract some meaningful information by reading between the lines, so to speak. I’ve written a guide on how to do so in another thread. You’ll just have to remember, due to the vastness of the Library, while you can find something entirely true, you can equally find complete lies buried within.

    #22608 Reply

    Delengroth
    Participant

    For anyone who actually likes using this method of reading the Library, I was bored the other day and made a script that you can use as a bookmark that will take you to the current day’s “newspaper”. Just copy the code and paste it into a new bookmark as the location/URL, then just click it to read! It will take you to the Anglishized version, to save you a click, but you can always just change the URL in the code to go to the single page version.

    https://pastebin.com/cC8qij06

    #22620 Reply

    ForReal?

    Hi,

    How to use your script please ? I’m a noob i know..

    #22625 Reply

    Delengroth
    Participant

    @ForReal?:

    On Firefox
    1) Copy ALL of the raw code: https://pastebin.com/raw/cC8qij06
    2) Open your bookmarks (Ctrl + Shift + B)
    3) On the upper left, click Organize > New Bookmark…
    4) Paste it in Location
    5) Give it a name, like “Library of Babel Daily Newspaper” and save it where you want
    6) Click the Bookmark to go to the daily “newspaper”

    On Chrome
    1) Copy ALL of the raw code: https://pastebin.com/raw/cC8qij06
    2) Open your bookmarks (Ctrl + Shift + O)
    3) At the top, click Organize > Add Page…
    4) Paste it in URL
    5) Give it a name, like “Library of Babel Daily Newspaper” and save it where you want
    6) Click the Bookmark to go to the daily “newspaper”

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