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Thursday, January 20, 2011
Running theme of Cryptonomicon
Shaftoe's first haiku (December 1940) was a quick and dirty adaptation of the Marine Creed
In '27 he got shipped off to Shanghai on very short notice, and no doubt had to display some adaptability
The development of an offshoot of the species characterized by densely bearded males is an adaptive response to cold climates
...and so all physical adaptations to it must be placed in the same category
"The bombes were adapted, by Turing and Welchman and others, from a design dreamed up by Polish cryptanalysts"
Out of its handy pouch comes one Mark II fragmentation grenade, a.k.a. pineapple, and with a bit more groping he's got the Grenade Projection Adapter, M1. (Grenade Projection Adapter x3)
"a small mammal...admired and even emulated by Qwghlmians for its hardiness and adaptability."
Inside, a tiny anteroom is dominated by a sculpture: two nymphets in diaphanous veils kicking the crap out of a scurrying hag, entitled Fortitude and Adaptability Driving Out Adversity.
Pekka ended up scoring a pretty nice nineteen-inch high-res multisync monitor perfectly adequate for his adaptable twenty-four-year-old eyes.
Q.E.D. My thing about black stockings was a highly rational adaptation
..., we spent a whole week moving in a world that was perfectly adapted to stockings
But this ROV carries its own power source-an oxygen/natural gas swash-plate motor, adapted from torpedo technology, and part of our peace dividend"
Not only that, he has any number of peculiar ideas adapted from the Bavarian Illuminati, and is groping for some way to tie these in with higher mathematics
Pigs adapt by fighting their way to perimeter of cage & hanging ear/heat exchangers out over the side to flap in the wind of the truck's motion
It is a world, and a situation, to which Shaftoe and a lot of other people are perfectly adapted
"Display some fucking adaptability," Shaftoe says
So I displayed adaptability
They were, in other words, capable of displaying adaptability
Finally he starts to come around, starts to display adaptability again
--you could adapt those same protocols to card games
He happens to have a twelve-volt adapter for the laptop
That these Jovian info-bolts are visible and moving is a visual cue that his radio adapter has managed to patch itself into the packet radio network
"But Filipinos are highly adaptable."
"So come up with another fucking way! Show some fucking adaptability!"
"I see that you and yours have displayed adaptability and that is good"
"Yes. The whole plan is ruined. Ah well, it was a nice conspiracy while it lasted. Perhaps Enoch Root will display some adaptability."