Did you know there was an infinite library, and somewhere within that library, there’s a book with your name on it? There is.
To get an idea of how it works:
- Go to: https://libraryofbabel.info/
- Click Browse
- Under hex name, type in any random string of characters (alphanumeric, punctuation, but no uppercase etc). Your character string can be any length up to 3260 characters long.
- Hit enter
A view of a randomly chosen ‘hex’ in the library…
- Click a wall
- Click a shelf
- Click a volume
- Each volume has 410 pages. Choose a page…
NOW, are you ready to find the book with your name on it? The one that exists by the sheer force of permutation and infinity? It’s out there…
From the main portal, choose Search.
Type your name in the next space. For instance: Julius Caesar
On the following page of results, scroll to the bottom and under where it says ‘title search,’ click on the location link.
You are now looking the inevitable book in an infinite series of every permutation which happens to have that name.
Not exactly ‘Gaul is divided into three parts’…
On the right-hand sidebar, click ‘Anglishize.’ This will highlight any word-like strings in the noise. These are your magic words.
This thread is dedicated to the exploration, discovery, and interpretation of magic words. They’re your magic words, because they are in your book (although they may also be in other books…hmmm). Perhaps you place special meaning on the very first word on the first page. Or perhaps the last word? Something beautiful and mysterious hiding inbetween?
What do you think it means, or is it gibberish? If you google that word, what do you find? Maybe you find a few real words. Maybe you need a name for a land or a tribe or a type of weapon in your story…these words can be your inspiration. How else can the Library of Babel be used? Who knows what you might find in those pages…an errant quip of Shakespeare…or perhaps an alien Bard from across the universe…
Please also feel free to post links to other mind-bending websites you find out there (as long as they are not offensive), and how you use them to explore, discover, interpret, and assist in your writing. Slowly, through our discussions of these words, we may build toward a new book, a ‘Lexicon Magicae’ – a book that, of course, already exists within true non-repeating infinity!
Some notable logophiles and erudite polymaths who might find this adventure of interest: