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My Great Novel with Numbers

By James Yu
I’ve recently been getting really into table tennis, a sport I’ve played for most of my life,
but never seriously. My father taught me when I was just tall enough to reach the table,
and I was hooked ever since.

As I began to study table tennis (or more casually, ping pong) in depth, I realized it’s one
of the best sports for hackers. Here’s why.

1. Table tennis is easy to install in any office

Just order a table, some balls, and few paddles and you’re in business. No complicated
setup is necessary.

2. Table tennis exercises the brain

A simple game of table tennis works wonders for the reflexes and brain. The ball moves
fast, and studies have shown that the game keeps your brain sharp. It’s also especially
refreshing to play a fast reaction after a complex coding session, and can get your mind to
drift off of a problem long enough to work out the solution.

3. Table tennis is strategy

Table tennis is one of the few sports that has a wide variety of play styles. Just like
programmers have various languages to choose from, there is a multitude of table tennis
playing styles. And, just like programming languages, these styles are continuously
evolving. Throughout the decades, many styles of play have had their moment in the
limelight.

It’s really up to you how you’d like to play. Maybe you’re an aggressive player that uses
the handshake grip. Or, maybe you’re an attacker that uses the Japanese penhold grip,
utilizing extremely fast footwork. Or, maybe you’re a defensive lobber (a ra

Some numbers!

2134 324 3 43 2 42 3 4 34 3 2 34 3 24 3 24 234


2134 324 3 43 2 42 3 4 34 3 2 34 3 24 3 24 234

2134 324 3 43 2 42 3 4 34 3 2 34 3 24 3 24 234


2134 324 3 43 2 42 3 4 34 3 2 34 3 24 3 24 234
2134 324 3 43 2 42 3 4 34 3 2 34 3 24 3 24 234
2134 324 3 43 2 42 3 4 34 3 2 34 3 24 3 24 234

2134 324 3 43 2 42 3 4 34 3 2 34 3 24 3 24 234


I’ve recently been getting really into table tennis, a sport I’ve played for most of my life,
but never seriously. My father taught me when I was just tall enough to reach the table,
and I was hooked ever since.

As I began to study table tennis (or more casually, ping pong) in depth, I realized it’s one
of the best sports for hackers. Here’s why.

1. Table tennis is easy to install in any office

Just order a table, some balls, and few paddles and you’re in business. No complicated
setup is necessary.

2. Table tennis exercises the brain

A simple game of table tennis works wonders for the reflexes and brain. The ball moves
fast, and studies have shown that the game keeps your brain sharp. It’s also especially
refreshing to play a fast reaction after a complex coding session, and can get your mind to
drift off of a problem long enough to work out the solution.

3. Table tennis is strategy

Table tennis is one of the few sports that has a wide variety of play styles. Just like
programmers have various languages to choose from, there is a multitude of table tennis
playing styles. And, just like programming languages, these styles are continuously
evolving. Throughout the decades, many styles of play have had their moment in the
limelight.

It’s really up to you how you’d like to play. Maybe you’re an aggressive player that uses
the handshake grip. Or, maybe you’re an attacker that uses the Japanese penhold grip,
utilizing extremely fast footwork. Or, maybe you’re a defensive lobber (a ra

Some numbers!

2134 324 3 43 2 42 3 4 34 3 2 34 3 24 3 24 234


2134 324 3 43 2 42 3 4 34 3 2 34 3 24 3 24 234

2134 324 3 43 2 42 3 4 34 3 2 34 3 24 3 24 234


2134 324 3 43 2 42 3 4 34 3 2 34 3 24 3 24 234
2134 324 3 43 2 42 3 4 34 3 2 34 3 24 3 24 234
2134 324 3 43 2 42 3 4 34 3 2 34 3 24 3 24 234

2134 324 3 43 2 42 3 4 34 3 2 34 3 24 3 24 234


I’ve recently been getting really into table tennis, a sport I’ve played for most of my life,
but never seriously. My father taught me when I was just tall enough to reach the table,
and I was hooked ever since.

As I began to study table tennis (or more casually, ping pong) in depth, I realized it’s one
of the best sports for hackers. Here’s why.

1. Table tennis is easy to install in any office

Just order a table, some balls, and few paddles and you’re in business. No complicated
setup is necessary.

2. Table tennis exercises the brain

A simple game of table tennis works wonders for the reflexes and brain. The ball moves
fast, and studies have shown that the game keeps your brain sharp. It’s also especially
refreshing to play a fast reaction after a complex coding session, and can get your mind to
drift off of a problem long enough to work out the solution.

3. Table tennis is strategy

Table tennis is one of the few sports that has a wide variety of play styles. Just like
programmers have various languages to choose from, there is a multitude of table tennis
playing styles. And, just like programming languages, these styles are continuously
evolving. Throughout the decades, many styles of play have had their moment in the
limelight.

It’s really up to you how you’d like to play. Maybe you’re an aggressive player that uses
the handshake grip. Or, maybe you’re an attacker that uses the Japanese penhold grip,
utilizing extremely fast footwork. Or, maybe you’re a defensive lobber (a ra

Some numbers!

2134 324 3 43 2 42 3 4 34 3 2 34 3 24 3 24 234


2134 324 3 43 2 42 3 4 34 3 2 34 3 24 3 24 234

2134 324 3 43 2 42 3 4 34 3 2 34 3 24 3 24 234


2134 324 3 43 2 42 3 4 34 3 2 34 3 24 3 24 234
2134 324 3 43 2 42 3 4 34 3 2 34 3 24 3 24 234
2134 324 3 43 2 42 3 4 34 3 2 34 3 24 3 24 234

2134 324 3 43 2 42 3 4 34 3 2 34 3 24 3 24 234