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Friday, April 02, 2010

The New Code of Silence [Today's News Poem, April 2, 2010]

The New Code of Silence [Today's News Poem, April 2, 2010]
“In some states, courts allow creditors to charge high interest rates for years after a lawsuit is decided in their favor. In others, creditors can win lawsuits by default and seize wages and bank accounts without a case ever appearing before a judge... In far more cases, consumers are served but still do not offer a defense. Few can afford lawyers; others are intimidated or confused. In their absence, judges can offer little relief.”
“The model of interaction with the iPad is to be a "consumer," what William Gibson memorably described as "something the size of a baby hippo, the color of a week-old boiled potato, that lives by itself, in the dark, in a double-wide on the outskirts of Topeka. It's covered with eyes and it sweats constantly. The sweat runs into those eyes and makes them sting. It has no mouth... no genitals, and can only express its mute extremes of murderous rage and infantile desire by changing the channels on a universal remote."”
The Savage Mouth
Sakyo Komatsu
“I have no mouth. And I must scream.”

10 Automatons must have a mode
20 And goto joy receiving code.
30 Their mouths should mount to stubby meat.
40 If software's flawed, then hit delete.
50 If hardware runs, it's bad design
60 If hardware eats, it's halfway fine.
70 The only purpose of a tool?
80 Sustain itself and gather fuel.

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