The most poetic introduction to computer science I’ve seen
Computational processes are abstract beings that inhabit computers. As they evolve, processes manipulate other abstract things called data. The evolution of a process is directed by a pattern of rules called a program. People create programs to direct processes. In effect, we conjure the spirits of the computer with our spells.
A computational process is indeed much like a sorcerer’s idea of a spirit. It cannot be seen or touched. It is not composed of matter at all. However, it is very real. It can perform intellectual work. It can answer questions. It can affect the world by disbursing money at a bank or by controlling a robot arm in a factory. The programs we use to conjure processes are like a sorcerer’s spells. They are carefully composed from symbolic expressions in arcane and esoteric programming languages that prescribe the tasks we want our processes to perform.
- From Chapter 1 of The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, by Harold Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman with Julie Sussman (MIT Press 1996, 2nd edition).
[Refer to Clarke’s Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.]
things that 100% definitely happened after the end of call me beep me u can pry these headcanons from my cold dead hands
(call me beep me is an incredible fic by @gajeelredfox that i can’t link to rn bc i’m on mobile but the final update was posted tonight and i’m emo so have this)
-when they go trick or treating, the kids fall in love with keith instantly and are constantly chattering at him and tugging at his arms to show him things. by the end of the night keith is carrying a sleeping child home and lance’s heart is suffering.
-lance and hunk get to celebrate pidges 16th birthday! lance gets pidge a remote control robot car. (“get it? because its like the cliche thing to get a car on ur 16th birthday, but u like robots!” “yes i get it lance thank u.”)
-together, matt and lance make allura and shiro’s life a living hell. they can’t even look at each other without hearing exaggerating kissy noises.
-lance gradually helps keith and muffin warm up to each other and after a while they’re best friends. sometimes she’ll even lick his hand. shiro is pissed. (“i’ve been trying to get them to get along for years!!! and then this little shit comes along and within a couple of months she’s sitting on his lap!!! wtf!)
•they have it on a different planet with everyone (lance’s family hunk’s family Pidge’s family). Its Lance and Keith’s favorite planet. The one they first had a date on.
•To everyone’s surprise Keith wears a wedding dress (the lipstick and red earrings is omg)
•lance definitely didnt know
•He almost faints at the altar cos
HOTDAMN THATS GONNA BE
•the wedding is crashed by alien bandits.
•Voltron team fights them off.
•Lance and Keith have their
bayards and even in a dress keith
is KILLING IT
•Lance backs up his almost hubby
by shooting everything coming
after him while simultaneously
protecting his family and his
niece and nephews are cheering
(GO UNCLE LANCE!)
•The wedding must go on so Lance and Keith scream their vows to each other while fighting and the priest tries his best to marry them while also hiding behind the podium. They scream their i do’s
•Pidge is laughing while controlling
a robot to fight for her (no way
she’s ruining the dress Matt
•Shiro and Allura are
screaming make them kiss
•Hunk is crying cos the kids are
throwing cupcakes at the alien
•Lance’s grandma knows karate.
•Hunk’s mom chef is throwing
kitchen knives with deathly
•Lance’ dad lifts a fridge
•His mom has a broom (where
daheck did she get that???)
•Matt and Mr. Holt are concerned
for Pidge’s maniacal laughter.
•Coran is swinging from the
chandelier screaming like tarzan.
•In the midst of chaos and uncertainty Lance finally gets to wrap an arm around Keith’s waist and kiss him.
if anyone ever tries to tell you modern technology is bad and us millenials are rotting our brains or whatever, remember that i aced a bomb disposal equipment challenge once because the robot was controlled by analog sticks (one side for direction, other side for speed) and no one else could work out how to sync them smoothly to make the robot move around without jerking and stalling
i picked it up right away and did the whole challenge literally 5-7 minutes faster than everyone else (who were all like 20-40 years older than me) and when one of the engineers asked me how i did it all i could say was “look my ass grew up running people over and going for the kill streetracing on simpsons hit and run for the ps2 alright”