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Microserfs

Narrated in the form of a Powerbook entry by Dan Underwood, a computer programmer for Microsoft, this state-of-the-art novel about life in the ’90s follows the adventures of six code-crunching computer whizzes. Known as “microserfs,” they spend upward of 16 hours a day “coding” (writing software) as they eat “flat” foods (such as Kraft singles, which can be passed undernea
Petra X

Nov 27, 2014

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Edited to include more flat foods at the request of an obsessive nerdy friend.

Highly amusing little book of coders all aged 32, mentally if not in years, being obsessed with programming and living their messy student-type lives shaped by this consuming passion.

The idea of flat foods that can be slipped under a door for their more Asperger’s type friend who cannot leave his room until all the code is written is funny.
Kraft cheese slices
Fruit leather
Melted icecream (does this count?)
Melba toast
Sa

Highly amusing little book of coders all aged 32, mentally if not in years, being obsessed with programming and living their messy student-type lives shaped by this consuming passion.

The idea of flat foods that can be slipped under a door for their more Asperger’s type friend who cannot leave his room until all the code is written is funny.
Kraft cheese slices
Fruit leather
Melted icecream (does this count?)
Melba toast
Saltines
Cucumber slices
Pastrami slices
Pizza triangles
Pumpernickel bread
Ok bored now… I’m sure there are a lot more that would be quite sustaining for any obsessive AS coder!


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Jayme

Reasons why I love both this book and Douglas Coupland:

1. “I sandpapered the roof of my mouth with three bowls of Cap’n Crunch–had raw gobbets of mouth-beef dangling onto my tongue all day.” (Who hasn’t had that happen to them? And yet, nobody could have said it awesomer.)

2. I learned 1410 *C = the melting point of silicon.

3. This book is totally the original Big Bang Theory.

4. Dated references to things like Doom and Myst.

5. I enjoy reading nerdy lists of things, like which school is the nerdi

1. “I sandpapered the roof of my mouth with three bowls of Cap’n Crunch–had raw gobbets of mouth-beef dangling onto my tongue all day.” (Who hasn’t had that happen to them? And yet, nobody could have said it awesomer.)

2. I learned 1410 *C = the melting point of silicon.

3. This book is totally the original Big Bang Theory.

4. Dated references to things like Doom and Myst.

5. I enjoy reading nerdy lists of things, like which school is the nerdiest (answer: (view spoiler)) or what cereal is the most decadent (answer: (view spoiler)).

6. I enjoy reading references to places I’ve been, like the Westin Bayshore, because I know exactly what it looks llike!

7. There’s a two page discussion of tampons and a reference to Summer’s Eve (p. 286 for the curious).

And here’s one more list for the road. If this book were featured on jeopardy its categories would be:

Nerdery
Apple vs. Microsoft
Books With No Conflict
Sappy but Cute Moments
Cliches and Stereotypes
Page Filler
Dated 90’s Pop Culture


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