Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Rapture for the Geeks

I recommend Richard Dooling's Rapture for the Geeks as a beach read this summer. He covers the theme of this blog much better than I ever could with a lot more wit too. I laughed out loud time and time again while reading it. You know Richard, you've got a bit of Kurt Vonnegut in you.

Oh BTW (I'm practicing for the Singularity) I put Emily's poem into this post using a text editor, not a word processor.

The brain is wider than the sky,
For, put them side by side,
The one the other will contain
With ease, and you beside.

The brain is deeper than the sea,
For, hold them, blue to blue,
The one the other will absorb,
As sponges, buckets do.

The brain is just the weight of God,
For, heft them, pound for pound,
And they will differ, if the do,
As syllable from sound.

- Emily Dickinson

I wonder if the machines of the future will have an Emily Dickinson poem to calm us whenever we get thinking about who is in control?

LOOK back on time with kindly eyes,
He doubtless did his best;
How softly sinks his trembling sun
In human nature’s west!

- Emily Dickinson

Richard, if you're out there and by chance reading this, I've finished your book. Do I have permission to give it to my friend to read without erasing my mind (although old age is slowly doing that - if this is good enough for you)?

1 comment:

Amy said...

How glad the life of little stone
rolling in the road alone
whose coat of elemental brown
a passing world put on

I forget the rest, but this is my mother's favorite Emily Dickinson and she is a connoisseur.