Thus is written on Volume 16 on Shelf 2 of Wall 2 (of a numbered Hexagon), at page 115 (of 410 —all volumes have equal length). And thus is written there and has always been written since the beginning of time. For such is the Library of Babel. Of course, such discourse hath a Web URL: http://libraryofbabel.info/bookmark.cgi?thearticlethatwasnot
It occurs to me to have another try, this time searching for something classical:
[The book you were reading was Volume 19 on Shelf 2 of Wall 2 of Hexagon …. (page 115)]
But Dante could not know —nor conceive that I would (750 years after his birth) modify just the last word of each of the first five verses. What if this work too was already writ in stone (or in software)??
Poor Dante, this is sacrilege. But here, in this url will your soul find such apocryphal verse: http://libraryofbabel.info/bookmark.cgi?nelmezzo2 which thou can find in Volume 29 (Page 31), on Shelf 3, in Wall 4 of (some) Hexagon.
El universo (que otros llaman la Biblioteca) se compone de un número indefinido, y tal vez infinito, de galerías hexagonales.The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite, perhaps infinite number of hexagonal galleries.–Jorge Luis Borges
This thoughts have been inspired by an article appeared on The Guardian (4 May 2015): Virtual Library of Babel makes Borges’s infinite store of books a reality – almost, by Alison Flood.
“To take a recent example, the confidential documents leaked by Edward Snowden … will be there somewhere. It’s only a matter of knowing where to look for them.”
The article itself, written 74 years later than Borges’ tale, is of course on the Virtual Library of Babel, http://libraryofbabel.info/bookmark.cgi?virtual_library_of_babel_makes), while The Tale that spun off everything is at http://libraryofbabel.info/bookmark.cgi?la_biblioteca_de_babel
libraryofbabel.info is the creation of Jonathan Basile, along with the help of many friends and family. I was drawn to the idea by an interest in literature and iterability, which I suppose I might as well call iterature. I hope you find the library aids your meditations, and please let me know via the forum or email (jonathan [dot] e [dot] basile [at] gmail [dot] com) what thoughts it brings. Building the library has given me a great desire to permute, and I continue to seek other venues in which to undermine rational discourse, such as the Permuda Triangle.
“If completed, the Library of Babel would contain every possible combination of 1,312,000 characters, including lower case letters, space, comma, and period. Thus, it would contain every book that ever has been written, and every book that ever could be – including every play, every song, every scientific paper, every legal decision, every constitution, every piece of scripture, and so on. At present it contains all possible pages of 3200 characters, about 104677 books.”
Which one wouldn’t hope to finish reading before the sun eats the Earth.