“It was an experience of water and interconnection. I was with my grandparents in a rowboat in Chicago, so I must have been five years old and I was trailing my hand in the river.
And I thought about how the water was moving around my fingers, opening on one side and closing on the other, and that changing system of relationships where everything was kind of similar, kind of the same and yet different.”
“And… so interconnection and expressing that interconnection has been the center of all my thinking and all my computer work has been about expressing and representing and showing interconnection among writings especially.”
“And writing is the process of reducing a tapestry of interconnection to a narrow sequence. And in a sense this is illicit. this is a wrongful compression of what should spread out. And today’s computers they’ve betrayed that because there’s no system of decent cut and paste and they’ve changed the meaning of the words “cut and paste” and pretended it was the same thing. So a guy named Larry Tesler changed those words and I consider that to be a crime against humanity and he doesn’t understand why. Because humanity has no decent writing tools. In any case, this is the problem: interconnection and representation and sequentialization all… similar to the issue of water.”