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I seem to remember once sitting in a software project meeting where the following discussion took place…

‘What day of the month is it?’ he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his pocket, and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then, and holding it to his ear.

Alice considered a little, and then said ‘The fourth.’

‘Two days wrong!’ sighed the Hatter. ‘I told you butter wouldn’t suit the works!’ he added looking angrily at the March Hare.

‘It was the best butter,’ the March Hare meekly replied.

‘Yes, but some crumbs must have got in as well,’ the Hatter grumbled: ‘you shouldn’t have put it in with the bread-knife.’ †

Then again, perhaps it was a dream because I can’t remember if everybody was standing up or not.

Besides… in this new hyperreality it all would have been tweets and there’d be no watch and nobody watching - just a handful of autonomous iPhones tweeting away whilst their owners slept. Roomba style.

In this new hyperreality there are nine thousand eminently usable ways to do useless things and no usable ways to do anything useful. I’m not sure whether that matters though because at some point “usable” will become heterological.

If nobody knows how to write or design software there are at least two options:

  1. Stare at our navels and argue over a neologism for "poison the language."

  2. Repurpose some old software. That may be all we could do regardless because really, there are probably only five different possible software applications, just like there are only seven plots and eskimos have... what was it at last count?... nine thousand words for snow.

  3. Going back to that first scene though. If it were, in fact, a dream then in the next sequence I begin to describe the latest poster child of this trend before quickly being interrupted by a network execubot: > Silence hack! We've been monitoring our Nielsen families carefully and during the 12 seconds ... was on screen, viewer eyeball focus was up 90%.‡ I find it encouraging that everybody is getting better at inventing value from these things. Perhaps the web really is ready to supplant *all* aspects of television. If questioned, I will claim that this post *may* be either the [Eraserhead](http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074486/) of posts on this blog or the [ Plan 9](http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052077/). -- † Of course, the quote is actually from Alice in Wonderland
    ‡ This one from Futurama Episode 5-15.


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