From: William Benzon (email@example.com)
Date: Fri 27 Jan 2006 - 08:49:00 GMT
Thanks Ted. If you don't mind, I'm going to post this to the xanadu
discussion over at the Valve.
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on 1/26/06 11:05 PM, Keith Henson at firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> At 09:59 PM 1/25/2006 -0500, Bill B wrote:
> Keith wrote:
>>> Fascinating article Bill, especially to one of the last two people who
>>> worked on the Xanadu (hypertext) code.
>>> Besides making several of the top spots on the first page, xanadu "Ted
>>> Nelson" accounts for about 5% of the total hits on Xanadu.
>>> I think I have a current email contact for Ted. He may not remember, but I
>>> can ask him why he called the project Xanadu if you like.
>> Sure, Keith, give it a try. The more the merrier.
> Heh. Of course he would remember. I clipped the personal stuff.
> I chose "Xanadu" because
> 1. "Kubla Khan" is the most romantic poem in English and I loved it;
> 2. The backstory-- that he was interrupted in his reverie by the dreaded
> Person from Porlock and lost much of the poem-- represents the
> hazards of the creative process.
> Which I hoped to eliminate.
> Thus I always thought of the system as "The magic place of literary
> memory, where nothing is lost."
> I have always resented people who speak of it as "technology."
> The technology follows the idea and not vice versa: it is an idea
> for which a variety of mechanisms have been found. Or, as Hume
> said, " The Reason is, and by rights ought to be, slave to the emotions."
> And, incidentally, I say "idea," not "meme." Ideas matter, memes
> are ideas gone bad.
> Ted Nelson
> [I might argue about the words with Ted in email or perhaps I can get him
> to wonder in her for a bit. Keith Henson]
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