Software Stories

1
Notes for an Essay on Microsoft Word
Damn the paperclip to hell.
Saturday, February 5, 2000
2
Amiga 1000
A love letter to a little white box.
Wednesday, February 2, 2000
3
Software Story
Visions of Photoshop, visions of PowerPoint.
Monday, June 16, 2003
4
Seeing Sound/Synthesis
I was losing my mind thinking about sine waves.
Sunday, December 28, 1997
5
Geek Rhapsody
Laboring under the mysterious watchful eye of the Guru Meditation error.
Monday, December 8, 1997
6
More and More Like the Machine
Some miscellaneous thoughts on software and soul, which I will try to focus on forthcoming Mondays.
Monday, January 27, 2003
7
Getting Close to the Machine
A collection of quotes from a book by Ellen Ullman, prefaced by some good-natured technical meandering.
Thursday, January 30, 2003
8
Like Ezra Said
Notes from the night out.
Thursday, May 15, 2003
9
Processing Processing
Late night thoughts on little computer languages, the web as a form, and my own ignorance.
Tuesday, September 2, 2003
10
Experiments in Processing

Exploring the small computer language Processing.
2 sections.
11
Internet Culture Review
A reply to Thomas Frank's One Market Under God. A quick explanation of how Cyberculture transformed into the New Economy, and then into - poof! “TV news can be safely ignored forever.”
Tuesday, February 27, 2001
12
Followup/Distraction
There are two kinds of distraction, at least.
Friday, October 14, 2005


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