What lasts?

Interesting article about a bookbinder.

http://boingboing.net/2011/10/16/bookbinding-in-the-digital-age-an-interview-with-michael-greer.html

There are two aspects to Michael Greer’s work that catch the attention.  The first is his work doing leather bindings/rebindings for books.  The other is a specific book that he created, namely Genesis in “binary.” I wondered when I first read the article, ASCII,  EBCDIC or something else?  Binary is a system for representing numbers, not letters, so you have to have another layer of interpretation.  The comments cleared that up (it’s ASCII).

Greer said, “I liked the irony, but I also liked what it said about the longevity of a book as a repository of information. ”  So really it’s a hardcopy backup of a text, that, given the lack of people who can sight-read binary-encoded ASCII, would have to be scanned (or typed) into a computer system in order to display it as English.

Why not? In some far off time when quantum computers are the only kind around, it could turn into a Rosetta stone that allows the walk between Roman letters and stored bits found in old media archives.  And it’s prettier than punched cards.

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