Let’s start with a song: Ringo Starr’s “Octopus’s Garden.”
The first thing that occurred to me when I saw the prompt was octal, i.e. base 8 that was used on computers before we went to hexadecimal, i.e. base 16. But I can hear you yawn already, so I won’t.
(I’m writing this at 3:30 on Friday afternoon for release Saturday morning at 7:00, yet I can stll hear you yawn. That’s some kind of psychic, huh?)
I also thought of the Oculus Rift, which I’ve heard about but hadn’t the slightest clue what it was. I looked it up, and learned that it’s a virtual-reality headset, and that Oculus VR is a division of Facebook. That’s all I needed to learn about it: it’s owned by Facebook, ergo it’s evil and must be destroyed.
I know, I’m not being fair, but if I want to live in an alternate reality, I’ll read a book.
Finally, there’s this, a limerick attributed to Edward Lear that I read years ago and it’s stayed with me…
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