Randy McDonald (rfmcdpei) wrote,
Randy McDonald
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[BRIEF NOTE] Advanced technology, now quotidian

After dinner this evening, I happened to see djjo's loom, a table loom to be precise, something that could weave--as djjo told me--a piece of fabric up to 45 inches long. The sheer density of the fabric that could be weave brought to mind the card-programmable Jacquard loom, the machine that in turn was the direct ancestor of Charles Babbage's analytical engine, the prototypical computer. In textiles were prefigured the information age.
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