E-mail is a wonderful thing for people
whose role in life is to be on top of things.
But not for me; my role is to be on the
bottom of things. What I do takes long
hours of studying and uninterruptible
concentration. I try to learn certain areas
of computer science exhaustively; then I
try to digest that knowledge into a form
that is accessible to people who don't have
time for such study.
Knuth also cites a remark by Umberto Eco
in the New Yorker:
I don't even have an e-mail address. I
have reached an age where my main
purpose is not to receive messages.
Given the rate at which spam is increasing
on the Net, the rest of us may soon be
voicing the same sentiments.
Batman and Robin: Bat Signal
replaced by Internet Explorer logo;
. Speed 2: Cruise Control: Diba's belly-button Internet appliance worn by Sandra Bullock;
. The Lost World: Microsoft pays to have Jeff Goldblum eaten by T.Rex while waiting for PowerBook to boot;
. Titanic: IBM's Deep Blue supercomputer predicts path of icebergs; ship changes course; and they all live happily ever after;
. Men in Black: Will Smith replaces CPU in alien mothership with flawed Pentium II; ship misses Earth, crashes into Venus instead;
. Apple puts all its summer marketing money into product placement in the guaranteed mega-smash, Free Willy III (targeting the wealthy 8-10-year-old, computer-buying demographic);
. Mortal Kombat II: Annihilation: free AOL CD-ROMs used as deadly throwing stars;
. Air Force One: Harrison Ford launches thermonuclear attack on Seattle with brand-new Oracle Network Computer; Larry Ellison in cameo as Secretary of Defense.
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