The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Monday, December 15, 2008

A computer password like no other.

It is the little things that we do, that reveal, at times, the complexities of what goes on within us. There are signs and signals of inner life, in the merest of things that we do.

Today, I found out something quite curious. Ainan has his own laptop computer, which he rather enjoys surfing the internet on, or, indeed, playing computer games with, usually in the company of his brother, Fintan. Today, Ainan thought to show me his password. It was 48 characters long, consisting of a seemingly random assortment of letters and numbers. It was not a word. It was not any recognizable set of was just a long string of unexpectedness.

Now, I found myself somewhat amused that he should choose such a long character string for his computer. He had done so, partly, as a game with his brother Fintan. Up until a couple of days ago, Fintan had known the password to Ainan's computer (only 12 digits long)...but, as a bit of fun, Ainan decided to change it to something that Fintan, five, would not be likely to follow. Hence the string of letters and digits of no sense at all. Ainan saw a certain hilarity in it.

The funny thing is, of course, not the joke that Ainan himself perceives - but that Ainan finds it no trouble to recall such a long string of alphanumeric rubbish.

Now, if there were only a use in this world, for the memory of alphanumeric rubbish...apart from unbreakable passwords, of course!

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