As addition, not replacement. Store value.
A book or index of glyph assignments and control flows.
The Self-Governing. Who names. Of finite domain, efficacity within these bounds.
Bound under Rules.
The Crown Jewels.
I read the part last night where the hobbits encounter Tom Bombadil in the Fellowship of the Rings. Awesome.
And it got me to wondering the age old question that has plagued philosophers for centuries: why wasn’t Tom Bombadil affected by the Ring?
I found various theories:
And none of them really satisfied.
I think the thing that’s great about reading Tolkien is that the intuition of why gives flight to it making sense in the story and feeling right in that moment. To hear other people try to put it into words or frame it into some weird theory just makes it sound cheap.
Better to live with the mystery of knowing.
The above is my “experimental” work-station. It is an evolving system combining a Macbook Pro with an external split keyboard, a cheap USB number pad, a Korg Nanokeys MIDI keyboard at left and a Novation Launchpad Mini at top (another MIDI controller).
The number pad and MIDI boards are dedicated triggers for key combos and macros. It probably looks crazy, but it’s kind of become my hobby and it supplements really well my work (I work in web technology–surprise).
Anyway, it’s been gnawing at me for some time now, this idea of being “digital.” Like in the dual sense of digits for numbers but also fingers (from Wiktionary):
A unit of length notionally based upon the width of an adult human finger
Or from the sense in which we use digital clock:
Property of representing values as discrete, usually binary, numbers rather than a continuous spectrum.
There’s something to me here with playing music as well–since two of the boards I’m working with as trigger banks are actually intended for musical performance…
More specifically: is someone who is very “digital” someone with a high-degree of control over their fingers? Someone very dexterous?
Anyway, this has been kicking around in my thought-stream for a while so I wanted to exteriorize this placeholder.
I had made these probably late 2014 before I knew about the Novation Launchpad. They were designed to be sort of emotional control pads for robots/automation of simple communication.
They are also inspired by the 1980’s Big Trak toy which I remember playing with in some computer class as a kid:
Or some variation of that, which emulated the turtle moves in LOGO.