The nature of magic

kylie.preisig at kylie.preisig at
Mon Jan 8 03:24:59 EST 2001

Yes!  I've been meaning to post saying that I think my magic would by like
programming.  And every programmer has their own style.  

It would be interesting to have a system of magic like that.  You'd have
quick and dirty spelly knocked up for one use, then you'd have big projects
with deadlines and lots of programmers... er, magicians... working together.


>-----Original Message-----
>From: alexandra.bolintineanu at
>[mailto:alexandra.bolintineanu at]
>Sent: Monday, 8 January 2001 12:02
>To: dwj at
>Subject: Re: The nature of magic
>Ooh, Elise, the magical origamis sound absolutely fantastic.
>Personal anecdote:  I've kept myself sane--er, functional 
>rather-- through
>my first (and very much introductory) year of computer science 
>because I
>realized that programming is magic:  spiritual [intellectual,
>non-physical] reality, through specific words, directly 
>affects physical
>reality.  There are non-conversational languages for this kind 
>of magic.
>There are complicated rules for putting spells together.  Attention and
>logic are required, and disasters may ensue.  For a while now I've been
>toying with the idea of writing a story in which magic works 
>like computer
>programming, only much more complicatedly.  In that context, for
>instance, infinite loops in one's spells may cause hordes and hordes of
>white rabbits to issue forth from the given hat. :)
>I find that idea of magic amusing, but not 100% aesthetically 
>I prefer magic acts being more physical, more bodily--like
>folding origamis, or waving one's hands, or playing the 
>cwidder.  But the
>"mental" magic would have the advantage of bypassing 
>clumsiness...  Bah,
>wishful thinking.
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