One of my star editors, Loki the Tortie, favors a workstation with instant access to the keyboard and the monitor. Please note that this strategic location also includes a cardboard box of suitable size and, as cat fanatics know well, an empty box is filled with a cat in the earliest possible nanosecond. She puts in long hours, so a workplace with good ergonomics contributes to overall productivity.
Loki possesses some skills that make her work remarkable:
- The ability to patiently ponder interwoven nexi of data trails, this requires deep concentration.
- A studied demeanor of sustained mindful concentration.
- A profound autonomic snore and schnark.
- Sustained purring: a low vibratory murmur punctuated with sudden twitches of inexplicable insight.
I have recorded the intervals of Loki’s breathing/purring, using a set of statistical measures: each calculated, graphed and annotated in apocryphal lab notebooks in a carrel deep within the bowels of a hypothetical library at an unknown university, one where my research is not conducted.
Let us now proceed to Loki’s most recent research. Least, but for from first, Loki issues discrete keystrokes — typically in the range of 0.75 to 0.85 seconds with a stroke of a paw or claw trail.
Here is a link to some signature work recently keyed in 0.732 seconds:
A cursory glance suggests that Loki needed to urinate: 2p. The semicolons may be delimiters, some code or an urgency to cover the distance to the litter box — perhaps indicating 3 sets of paws (3×2=6 semicolons). In this vein, it is interesting to speculate on that missing “i” from an expected “loki”. Clearly, more research is needed.
These eleven (11) characters are as compact as any regular expression I’ve ever seen, they recall the intense memory restrictions of mid 20th Century computers such as Eniac. Coding in those days placed enormous restraints on code size at the machine level, so rapid nimble paw and claw strokes are a tribute to Loki’s computational genius and the elegance of her code.
Right now Loki the Tortie is in the middle of a mind meld with a couch cushion. I eagerly await the results of that meld 🙂
Meanwhile I want to read up on the work of Marc-Antoine Fardin, winner of the Ig® Nobel Prize for 2017:
PHYSICS PRIZE [FRANCE, SINGAPORE, USA] — Marc-Antoine Fardin, for using fluid dynamics to probe the question “Can a Cat Be Both a Solid and a Liquid?”
Thanks for reading.