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1 An anomalous end-maker conversation: 41, 21, 18, 13 or 8 years computing the humanities Willard McCarty Centre for Computing in the Humanities King’s College London

2 2 1.The problem 2.Evidence from the real world 3.Personal computing, 1960s-1980s 4.Teaching and questioning 5.Words to remember and the places to which they lead

3 3 74. Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to see it as a soap bubble?

4 4 John Stevens and Judy Trogadis (Toronto), Scanning electron micrograph of a neuronal circuit grown in tissue culture on a Motorola microprocessor, early 1980s

5 5 1.The problem 2.Evidence from the real world 3.Personal computing, 1960s-1980s 4.Teaching and questioning 5.Words to remember and the places to which they lead

6 6 Snow The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was Spawning snow and pink roses against it Soundlessly collateral and incompatible: World is suddener than we fancy it. World is crazier and more of it than we think, Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portion A tangerine and spit the pips and feel The drunkenness of things being various. And the fire flames with a bubbling sound for world Is more spiteful and gay than one supposes - On the tongue on the eyes on the ears in the palms of one's hands - There is more than glass between the snow and the huge roses. Louis MacNeice (January 1935)

7 7 Snow The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was Spawning snow and pink roses against it Soundlessly collateral and incompatible: World is suddener than we fancy it. World is crazier and more of it than we think, Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portion A tangerine and spit the pips and feel The drunkenness of things being various. And the fire flames with a bubbling sound for world Is more spiteful and gay than one supposes - On the tongue on the eyes on the ears in the palms of one's hands - There is more than glass between the snow and the huge roses. Louis MacNeice (January 1935)

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12 12 Der liebe Gott lebt im Detail!

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15 15 1.The problem 2.Evidence from the real world 3.Personal computing, 1960s-1980s 4.Teaching and questioning 5.Words to remember and the places to which they lead

16 16 IBM 704

17 17 IBM 7094

18 18 CDC6600

19 19 Osborne, IBM PC and Macintosh

20 20 1.The problem 2.Evidence from the real world 3.Personal computing, 1960s-1980s 4.Teaching and questioning 5.Words to remember and the places to which they lead

21 21 What if the point were not trying to bridge that gap but to feed off and develop it? Jerome McGann, Radiant Textuality: Literature after the World Wide Web (New York: Palgrave, 2001): 103

22 22 Some men went fishing in the sea with a net, and upon examining what they caught they concluded that there was a minimum size to the fish in the sea. R.W. Hamming, “The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics”, American Mathematical Monthly 87.2 (Feb 1980): 89 [JSTOR]

23 23 Jukebox or toolbox?

24 24 1.The problem 2.Evidence from the real world 3.Personal computing, 1960s-1980s 4.Teaching and questioning 5.Words to remember and the places to which they lead

25 25 Anomalous (what we value) End-maker (what we are) Conversation (what we do)

26 26 Gary Larson, The Far Side Gallery (New York: Andrews and McMeel, 1984)

27 27 James Cook’s landing in Poverty Bay, NZ, 1769

28 28 Willard McCarty, Humanities Computing (New York: Palgrave, 2005): 119

29 29 It is thus that the helmsman pits his cunning against the wind so as to bring the ship safely to harbour despite it. Victory over a shifting reality whose continuous metamorphoses make it almost impossible to grasp can only be won through a greater degree of mobility, an even greater power of transformation. Marcel Detienne and Jean-Pierre Vernant, Cunning Intelligence in Greek Culture and Society (Chicago, 1978): 20; Les Ruses d’intelligence: La Mètis des grecs (Paris, 1974)

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