April 1, 2008

Moby Disk 1.1.1

by Nick Montfort · , 2:00 am
(Update: April Foolery!) Starting today, with this post, I’ll be making my new novel, Moby Disk, or the Worm available on Grand Text Auto in draft form. I’m definitely hoping to get your comments, but because of some difficulties with CommentPress, I’ve decided to go with the standard comment mechanism for the blog. Well, truth be told, there is only one long, long paragraph (most of them much longer than this) in each of the sections that I’ll be posting, so using CommentPress would make no sense. While the bit at the very end isn’t completely worked out yet, I do know that the book will have 550 sections. Since I’m posting a day at a time, it should take just over 18 months to post everything. I hope you enjoy reading this sort of fare over the next year and a half – intermixed, of course, with our usual posts.

Call me method. Through a Commodore VIC-20 of recirculation I wet the bed early for a long time. Motherboard died today. A screaming comes across this guy – the guy above the port who was the color of television, tuned. It was a nice and stormy dork. As Feature awoke one morning from disquieting dreams, he found himself transformed into a giant insect. It was a pleasure to burn, even at only 4x speed. Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting the disk to satisfy misses in the L2 cache which also could not be found in RAM. Dr. Seuss says I shud rite down what I think and evrey thing that happins to me from now on. The random access device (for so it will be convenient to speak of it) was expounding a recondite matter to us. Once upon a time the disk was round and you could go on it around and around. It was in those days that I wandered about hungry, encrypted. I would seek – seek unto death with that long agony; and when they at last unmounted me, and I was permitted to park, I felt that my sectors were leaving me. Night of my knife, fur of my lions. Every happy file system is alike. First post. You are about to begin executing Nick Montfort’s new novel, Moby Disk, or the Worm. It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone vibrating three times in the dead of night, and the voice on the other end saying “forty one.” The station wagons arrived at noon. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. If you’re going to, read this. It was the best of rhymes, it was repetition.