Haiku and koans for a techno-age

Gary Handman (ghandman@library.berkeley.edu)
Mon, 4 May 1998 09:51:12 -0700 (PDT)

I usually am not a big fan of forwarded cute-mail, but I DO love the
following stuff sent to me by a colleague...

Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
510-643-8566
ghandman@library.berkeley.edu

"You are looking into the mind of home video. It is innocent, it is aimless,
it is determined, it is real" --Don DeLillo, Underworld

Thought you might enjoy the poenmbelow...

> From: John Unsworth <jmu2m@virginia.edu>
> Subject: Re: damage greater than suspected
>
>[Recently a change in servers at Virginia resulted in a temporary loss of
>the Humanist archives. They are now restored. An unexpected benefit came
>to me in a message from John Unsworth, namely the following poetic
>meditations on loss and the grief we computing humanists so often suffer.
>--WM]
>
>*********************
>
>A file that big?
>
>It might be very useful.
>
>But now it is gone.
>
>- - - - - - - - - - - -
>
>The Web site you seek
>
>cannot be located but
>
>endless others exist
>
>- - - - - - - - - - - -
>
>Chaos reigns within.
>
>Reflect, repent, and reboot.
>
>Order shall return.
>
>- - - - - - - - - - - -
>
>ABORTED effort:
>
>Close all that you have.
>
>You ask way too much.
>
>- - - - - - - - - - - -
>
>First snow, then silence.
>
>This thousand dollar screen dies
>
>so beautifully.
>
>- - - - - - - - - - - -
>
>With searching comes loss
>
>and the presence of absence:
>
>"My Novel" not found.
>
>- - - - - - - - - - - -
>
>The Tao that is seen
>
>Is not the true Tao, until
>
>You bring fresh toner.
>
>- - - - - - - - - - - -
>
>Windows NT crashed.
>
>I am the Blue Screen of Death.
>
>No one hears your screams.
>
>- - - - - - - - - - - -
>
>Stay the patient course
>
>Of little worth is your ire
>
>The network is down
>
>- - - - - - - - - - - -
>
>A crash reduces
>
>your expensive computer
>
>to a simple stone.
>
>- - - - - - - - - - - -
>
>Yesterday it worked
>
>Today it is not working
>
>Windows is like that
>
>- - - - - - - - - - - -
>
>Three things are certain:
>
>Death, taxes, and lost data.
>
>Guess which has occurred.
>
>- - - - - - - - - - - -
>
>You step in the stream,
>
>but the water has moved on.
>
>This page is not here.
>
>- - - - - - - - - - - -
>
>Out of memory.
>
>We wish to hold the whole sky,
>
>But we never will.
>
>- - - - - - - - - - - -
>
>Having been erased,
>
>The document you're seeking
>
>Must now be retyped.
>
>- - - - - - - - - - - -
>
>Rather than a beep
>
>Or a rude error message,
>
>These words: "File not found."
>
>- - - - - - - - - - - -
>
>Serious error.
>
>All shortcuts have disappeared.
>
>Screen. Mind. Both are blank.
>
>
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