## Very difficult to read
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carlafischerAuthoress · System Programmer
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Some insight into my everyday life. Not as difficult as it seems to be---so I hope. :)

## Very difficult to read

by carlafischer

"Assembly is obscure to many of today’s programmers—

it’s very difficult to read, intended to be easily understood by computers, not humans. For the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC), MIT programmers wrote ...

... thousands of lines of that esoteric code."

http://journalofscience.tumblr.com/post/147551618866/the-code-that-took-americas-apollo-11-to-the

Huh?—Esoteric? Assembly is clear as day!

So either I am as obscure—or not human. :D (Or simply out of time?)

I guess many things went wrong with me.

All my flaws aside, I was probably even born at the wrong time. They had assembly and that was normal and now this is called esoteric.

And I am sitting here, reviving that wonderful flower ...

... while others delve in JavaScript for the truth of our era.

I am hopelessly hooked on the wrong tune. :(

(Or heading 200 km/h in the wrong lane.)

$THINK_ABOUT_IT: MOV CX, 2 LOOP $THINK_ABOUT_IT

## OK, this was bad.

CLC $THINK_ABOUT_IT: JNC $THINK_ABOUT_IT

## OK, worse.

$THINK_ABOUT_IT: JMP $THINK_ABOUT_IT

## Hmmm ... :?

Yo, then—three types of characters inside of me, eh?

1: It is the active manipulation to stay inside the loop ...

... that makes the crank, this ingenious deed that simply turns out to be that endless blunder created under the illusion of a masterplan: It looks fantastic—but it's a mess!

2: Just a careless thing done *before* stepping ...

... into the process, a thing of that kind like: "I have put everything in readiness, now on to it!"—but something is still missing.

3: Just bold doing without thinking, altogether:

Simply thinking to think and relying on that does not make a thought.

OK, I admit:

That *is* esoteric. :)))

— Carla Fischer, “From My Pencil Case” http://carlafischer.de/en/

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carlafischerBronze CommaAuthoress · System Programmer
a year agoReply
@bernardtwindwil :') -- -- It is a privilege writing for you!

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@carlafischer By reading your addendums, i have found you are even more real and amazing than I first thought.

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a year agoReply
@bernardtwindwil Awww, thank you so much! <3

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Oh, just two little amendments: (1) The "esoteric" assembly code on slide 3 is from the original Apollo 11 Guidance Computer (AGC) source code for the Lunar Module, namely an excerpt from code module AGC_BLOCK_TWO_SELF_CHECK.agc, see: https://github.com/chrisl... (2) The "eerie" assembly code on slide 4 is from an FDD boot sector loader program featuring a mini-FAT driver, all fitting into 496 bytes, which brings a ROM image loader program of arbitrary size into memory at IPL time. And, yes---I did it. :D

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This was superb. It was pretty logical (get it?). I loved the way you worked the way of making poetry today into the ancient poetry that is less esoteric. That was an excellent poem.