Infinite Summer

Formed in the summer of 2009 to read David Foster Wallace's masterwork "Infinite Jest".
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The Inficratic Oath: first, post no spoilers. Limit your I.J. discussion to only those events that take place on or before the page 981 (100%).



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 Post subject: The schedule in percentage
PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 11:44 pm 
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So I'm reading the Kindle version of Infinite Jest (which I HIGHLY recommend). The footnotes start at 86%.

Does the schedule posted here factor in that one reads the footnotes as one goes along? I don't think so. And if not, does that mean anyone
who is reading this way is really 14% ahead of schedule?

Sorry if this has been discussed previously.


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 Post subject: Re: The schedule in percentage
PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:37 am 
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Anybody?
Ferris.
Ferris.
Ferris.
Ferris...


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 Post subject: Re: The schedule in percentage
PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:43 am 
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Simple arithmetic dictates that the percentage does not include the footnotes. I don't think you can factor in footnote-length into the percentage complete, because their implicit length is embedded within the text.


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 Post subject: Re: The schedule in percentage
PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:53 am 
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alpelican wrote:
Simple arithmetic dictates that the percentage does not include the footnotes. I don't think you can factor in footnote-length into the percentage complete, because their implicit length is embedded within the text.


Ah. So everyone who is at 70% at this point is really at like 84%.
Like daylight savings or something.
Unless the time allowed decreases logarithmically from here on out.


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 Post subject: Re: The schedule in percentage
PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:57 am 
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If you take a look at the suggested schedule the organizers put up on the IS site at http://infinitesummer.org/archives/168 , you will see that the basic design is that it is the main text that determined the landmarks, with the footnotes being a variable extra number of pages per week. Of course, it's just a guideline, but if you are trying to figure out where the site is getting its percentages and how it is determining spoiler lines, that is the reference. I suppose the bookmark (http://miklb.com/infinite-summer-bookmarks ) isn't that helpful on the kindle, but the guy who made it did a good job, so you could do worse if you needed a reference for pagination that you could scribble your latest paranoid musings about the entertainment on.


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 Post subject: Re: The schedule in percentage
PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 9:08 am 
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Woo-Hoo!
84%!


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