okay, so it's been a while.. I finally finished reading _Cryptonomicon_ and found it to be a wonderfully written story.. very interesting and enjoyable.. I liked it greatly.. I've even gone to the extent of getting a deck of cards and toying with the solitaire algorithm detailed in the appendex.. it's a lot easier than I thought it would be..
it's at http://www.counterpane.com/solitaire.html for those unfamiliar with the novel..
yes, okay, I'm an addict.. I just finished having my computer download all of them in the large size.. gah.. now I just need to find the time to watch them all..