THUS SPOKE FRED: Mneumonic Man (Chapter 16)

An old programmer told me before he died,

That his core memory was strung so wide,

His algorithms could not be satisfied.

So he built a machine, a computing machine.

Amazingly fast, dynamic memory to glean,

The answers to problems never before seen.

Round and round went the calculations,

Floating point and theoretical relations,

Without a pulley or other machinations.

“Compare “A” to “B” and register 5 to 3,

Oh holy computer you are not fooling me,”

Thus spoke the old programmer, in his ego and glee.

“IF this equals that, THEN divide by four,

ELSE multiply by 2, then set ceiling and floor,

For parametric limits, nothing less, nothing more.”

“When you are through show the answer only to me,

And divide by zero, for self destruction, don’t you see?

That I, as high priest, will be glorious and free.”

I alone will have answers to the programs that I write,

I will hide them to myself, resulting in power and might,

As an antisocial programmer it is my God given right.

Thus Spoke Fred


About Waldo "Wally" Tomosky

I am proud of my work life (not the jobs, just the work).  Bait monger  Lawn mower  Paper boy  Windshield cleaner in a drive-in theater (if you don't know what a drive-in theater is there is no sense in you reading any farther)  Snack shack janitor in a drive in theater (ditto for drive-in theater)  Milling machine clean-up boy in a tool and die shop  Plastic injection press operator  Centurion in the US Army  Factory hand  Apprentice boy  Tool and die maker  Software user manual writer  Computer programmer  Ex-patriate par excellence  Engineering manager  Software test manager  Retiree  University administrator  System analyst  Retiree (2nd try)  Licensed amateur paleontologist  Retiree (3rd try)  Shovel bum (archaeology)  Retiree (4th try)  Delivery driver  Retiree (5th try)  Graduate student (skipped AA and BA due to the level of difficulty)  Retiree (finally got the drift of it) I have been writing for fourteen years and have fifteen books on Amazon/Kindle. Some horror, some twisted, some experimental, some essay and a few historical. I think that now I will really, really, really retire and just write. Lets see if I can do retirement correctly this time!
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