What are computers good for?

TVs introduced a really new thing to this world when they first appeared, that is the illusion of moving pictures.

Computers made this invention only more flexible by removing the “footage” component from the equation. This opened the doors for a wider concept of moving images, the simulation.

Ideas can be simulated, worlds can be built, and it all can be done cheaply, making this a (musical) “instrument for ideas.”

Pythagorean proof simulation
(There are better simulations out there, will have to come back and to replace this one)

Now, they’re still there

In the back of my head is this recurring thought, that all this here is temporary. There will come a day when the bodies, those beautiful bundles of joy, around us will breathe no more.

As with anything, you will cope with it, you will even cope with going into a lifeless stage yourself but the thought remains. Everything is in a state of flow, and I do not know what is meaningful to do.

“Move the program, not the data”

Computer-man

I cannot say for sure when I started programming but it has to be around the age of 11-13 because at 15 years, I already started selling a small piece of software that I ripped off from a hacker in the middleast.

At the time, I was interested in computer games and I was surprised how my hack worked. It was not a feeling of arrogance that I had but a sheer feeling of luck, for what allowed this to work was a stupid mistake of the hacker who originally wrote the software that I cracked.

In high-school I finished the final exam (a Hamstersimulator program) in 15-20 minutes, instead of the 90 minutes that were allotted to it.

This is nothing to brag about but it shows how early my identity as a computer-man was formed and the kind of thinking habits that I must have developed while coping to such a complex environment.

On not getting paid

Companies, small and large, have gotten away far too often with not paying independent contractors or even their own employees.

This is so commonly happening, that we all can tell a personal story or two with a discouraging effect. Men are not saved by faith but by the lack of it, at least in this world, Benjamin Franklin noted.

Before establishing any legal contract, one must find ways that allow for exerting enormous amounts of pressure on the partnering party. In the end, this will let both of you converse in a friendly manner while smacking their head against the wall.

Let ‘feel’ follow a candid word.