Philosophy

Doing Windows, Part 1: MS-DOS and Its Discontents

Has any successful piece of software ever deserved its success less than the benighted, unloved exercise in minimalism that was MS-DOS? The program that started its life as a stopgap under the name of “The Quick and Dirty Operating System” at a tiny, long-forgotten hardware maker called Seattle Computer Products remained a stopgap when it was purchased by Bill Gates of Microsoft and hastily licensed to IBM for their new

The Religious Experience of Philip K. Dick

If you haven’t heard of Philip K. Dick’s exegesis, it was a self-reported religious experience that inspired Philip K. Dick to write his “VALIS” series, as well as his remaining novels. Which is, arguably, of a much more spiritual quality than his previous works, and albeit a bit more out there I think they’re some of his most profound writing. In summation, when Dick was at home sick, he was

Randomness: the Ghost in the Machine? (2014)

In his classic short story The Lottery in Babylon, Borges invites us to imagine a culture that valorizes randomness, institutionalizing it in an official lottery that entangles itself with every aspect of life, and even non-life. By situating this culture in Babylon, Borges frees himself to conjure up an alien way of life. And yet, as with all great speculative fiction, Borges also seems to be holding a mirror up to