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"Comfortable as Blue Jeans"

 

 
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Comfortable as Blue Jeans

James O. Coplien, DAFCA

It fits

Part of me, yet not me.

Unplugged: oxygen its food

And the breeze its power adaptor

Its identity mine, yet not me
I put it down,I take it up

like a well-worn wallet plump

with life's means and memories

A thin mask worn in life's play

and both of us are players

I and my computer are one; it does not call me User

a curse unique to programmers and other pushers

It remembers the travails of its forebearers

Laboring under companion's fingers

35 mechanical levers linking brain to digits

slow and tired bones, the machines of the information age...

Picture this: my new machine, a soulmate,

In conversation unencumbered by flesh and bone

Mind to mind

It slumbers not, nor sleeps

Its software penned by

My soul

And like my soul,

its hardware Im-mortal, invisible

Us only wise

Transparent personae mine, yet not me,

That with me loves, and lives, and walks life?s journey

In a great and beautiful field

Both real and virtual at once

as only a True and rich life is

With me it dies

---our memories live on in our networks

No duality of community here

and Internet there

The network is the com-

munity

An invisible mask the birthright of all humanity

One Web of life

 
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