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2 Nov 2000 (updated 10 Jan 2001 at 12:59 UTC) »
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... to your external extensible universe.


A universe:
About which I knew almost nothing;
About which I had almost everything
to learn.
First to crystalise into place
was the grammatical structure
by which you phrase things;
And that now enables me to do so too.
It kept me sane while all was
foreign and in pieces around me.
It helped me know
what I was missing.
And I was missing a lot back then:
I had almost no experience
of the things and actions about
which I had started to read.
I just couldn't get it.

30 Oct 2000 (updated 6 Nov 2000 at 15:08 UTC) »
...Browsing.

Reading
source code
was second nature to me:
there was
no great barrier
to understanding.
I had
direct experience
about what had been written.
I could
if I wanted
implement each verb;
manipulate each noun;
attribute each adjective.

Even the lines
that weren't clear
I found neatly delimited by
certain sequences of symbols.

Those lines
required me
to improvise
my interpretive mode;
to relax my guard;
to let words mean less
and yet mean more:
less precision,
fewer words,
encompassing more.

I crossed a bridge
composed of comments
passing from
my internal world
to your external
extensible universe.
...Feeding an imagination

Reading between the lines;
between the sheets;
joining the dots;
filling the gaps;

Finishing other peoples
sentences.

Freed from the
compulsion for
everything.
Choosing what
and what not
to read.

Browsing.
...from which in good time I'd emerge

When I first began
reading I needed
a physical crutch:
I had to follow
the control flow
of a program text:
I had no idea of what
it would mean until I'd
explored every loop and branch.
Like a blind mouse wandering
through a labyrinth
to its very end.

Later on I
coped on less;
and less meant more:
Each unvisited branch
- a virtual limb -
not absent
yet not present:
Feeding an imagination.
... I got hooked, once and for all,
on the narrative thread.

I just couldn't let go;
Each lexical morsel
led inexorably to another;
in sequence
as nonsense
made sense
As Clotho spun
my first worldy garment
a cocoon from which
in good time
I'd emerge .
I am seeking ...
Light - my cave is dark;

Unable
to unpeel myself;
to reveal myself;
inside;

I am seeking ...
Proof - that I work;
a
zero
knowledge
proof - of my private interface.
3 Oct 2000 (updated 4 Oct 2000 at 09:57 UTC) »

In my beginning is my end:

    stopping only to start
    a new chapter
    - of a book
    never to be completely read;
    ink from a well
    - never to run dry;
Travelling:
    1001 winters' nights - through
    4 quartets - on
    3 slices of magic pudding;
    2 fishes with bread; and
    1 golden egg;
A correct use of soap:
    No yellow fog - dogging
    No machine - logging
    No middle ground - hogging
2 Oct 2000 (updated 12 Dec 2000 at 07:37 UTC) »
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  • 27 Sep 2000 (updated 27 Sep 2000 at 12:49 UTC) »
    Out of:
    • Out of place
        Out of grace
          Out of hand
            Out of band
    • Out of favor
        Out of funds
          Out of money
            Out of luck
              Out of pocket
                Out of interest
    • Out of respect
        Out of affection
          Out of hate
            Out of concern
    • Out of circulation
        Out of breath
          Out of fashion
            Out of africa
              Out of the frying pan
    • Into the pale fire.
    26 Sep 2000 (updated 27 Sep 2000 at 12:33 UTC) »
    Out of:
    • Out of tune
        Out of town
          Out of bounds
            Out of season
              Out of reason
    • Out of synchrony
        Out of sympathy
          Out of action
            Out of time
              Out of ones mind...

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