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Every file has an origin. The search for Human origins is priority number one: it doesn't do for educated men to get lost in the contemplation of a navel or variously shaped bits of coloured cloth. Mathematicians, like an unwanted Queen, wait their turn in vain to use the word origin.

Files, if they are assumed to have a shape, must be flatter than screens. To check that something is flat is a matter of sighting it sideways. Thus we conclude that to say that file has a shape is ridiculous.

But files do have a shape, for such is format.

Assessing a file's format-shape is as easy as making a routine to categorize shapes in general: we are fortunate in South Africa, because we are apt to forget what a bicycle looks like, or a pedestrian crossing, so that we rejoice whenever we're given the opportunity to identify such dinosaurs.

Living a double life, I know that some files are given to mathematicians to contemplate as shapes. The double life comes about because of these: if a float doesn't please us, we start seeing double and recalling Pipe Dreams.

Broken by design: digital fountains of youth.

Cthugha was an app which provided the first instance, in my knowledge, of the creative visualization of sound. Like the phoenix this returned to us without the creative name, and in a form suitable for the workplace. There's nothing wrong with inspiration for children. Complex matrices aren't actually Satanic. I think.

In the meantime, however, we know, as we know double, that someone who wants to contemplate sound as a shape, for example, waves away the origin of the file in the same manner as they will assure us that a file is only a sequence. In the same manner we might say that sound as a shape is as old as music made by a cam.

But now we've got our back against the wall: who is going to look at format-shapes?

Starting with files which have explicit arbitrary bit sequences, we might build a large database of these sequences, which would get us half way to the automatic determination of format. The other half, however, would not just be looking to us, it would be talking to us. Are we going to attempt the automatic determination of language?

If we guess the format wrong, and write to a file, corruption ensues. So as not to get involved in the black magic that every lib must use to prevent this happening, it is best policy to hand a file to one lib after the other until such time as one of them takes responsibility. Libs that build memory structures from files most often treat them sequentially, so as to be able to receive data from the network. This does mean that the sender of a file aught to take the responsibility of declaring the format. For our purposes, we simply need to tell our hotel guest that our pencils respond to the magic word_identifier, locate_origin.

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