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Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Groundhog Day -vvw

Here's an entry on what I got when I let my mind wander aimlessly.

As I was trying to fall asleep yesterday night, I wondered what I would do if I were to live the same day over and over again, like in the movie Groundhog Day. What would happen if the same day repeated infinitely?

First, I thought, if I can live infinitely long and could not die, I would probably be so knowledgeable that I would be able to somehow break the cycle eventually, whatever the cause of it. Extending it further, if I can gain infinite knowledge, would I not become a god? Of course, there is the possibility I will go insane first.

But what if my memory is limited? In that case, I would only remember experiences from a finite number of days before. Most likely, in this infinitely long chain of repeating days, I will forget my life before the repetition started.

Then I thought, how can one entertain himself in such a scenario? Computer games was my first answer. Unfortunately, you can't save the game to continue the next day. Or can you? How much information is there really in a saved game? If I were to compress the string of bits in the file, is it possible to organize the data in a way that I can remember the whole thing and reproduce it easily the next day so I can continue my game? It seems possible but I was too tired to do the calculations.

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