BEFOREHAND: close door, each window & exit; wait until time. open spellbook, study, read (scan, select, tell us); write it, print the hex while each watches, reverse its length, write again; kill spiders, pop them, chop, split, kill them. unlink arms, shift, wait & listen (listening, wait), sort the flock (then, warn the "goats" & kill the "sheep");
Source vs. Binary Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.- Buddha
Code vs. Data The progression of the Lisp programmer: the newbie realizes that the difference between code and data is trivial. The expert realizes that all code is data. And the true master realizes that all data is code.- Unknown
Polyglot The Tao gave birth to machine language. Machine language gave birth to the assembler. The assembler gave birth to the compiler. Now there are ten thousand languages.Each language has its purpose, however humble. Each language expresses the Yin and Yang of software. Each language has its place within the Tao. But do not program in COBOL if you can avoid it.- The Tao of Programming
The Temporal Dimension The authenticity of a thing is the essence of all that is transmissible from its beginning, ranging from its substative duration to its testimony to the history which it has experienced. - Walter Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction"
Integrating Copies Even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space, its unique existence at the place where it happens to be.- Walter Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction"
Multiple Representations Q: If only you and dead people understand hexidecimal, how many people understand hexidecimal?A: 57006.
Backporting Software is like sex; make one mistake, and you'll be supporting it for the next 18 years.- Unknown
Levels of Abstraction William James, father of American psychology, tells of meeting an old lady who told him the Earth rested on the back of a huge turtle. "But, my dear lady", Professor James asked, as politely as possible, "what holds up the turtle?" "Ah", she said, "that's easy. He is standing on the back of another turtle." "Oh, I see", said Professor James, still being polite. "But would you be so good as to tell me what holds up the second turtle?" "It's no use, Professor", said the old lady, realizing he was trying to lead her into a logical trap. "It's turtles-turtles-turtles, all the way!"- Prometheus Rising
Software as a crisis of literacy
an aside to the aside:
Crisis - A point of great tension in a narrative that determines how the action will come out.