Erotic Computing

Webster's Weekly, February 24, 1995

by Douglas Davis, Ph.D.

Purple Footprints

A week into my HyperSyllabus project, a student came to ask a question on behalf of a friend too shy to appear in person -- something about being "afraid you won't think he's serious."

The question: "Do we have to read everything on the syllabus?"

"Everything?" I asked, feeling the possibilities open before me.

That has to mean everything you, Doug, put there: all that wordy stuff about Freud -- kids in meadows and male pregnancy fantasies and how the father's death frees the Oedipal energy and ...


"Well, there's that psychology page ..."

But that's an entry to the Psychology resources of the Internet!

"And there was something about your wife, and Moroccan rugs ..."


The result was some reassuring spoken prose apologizing for my geekiness and admiting I wanted people to sense the wealth and variety of information around the academic turf of the HyperSyllabus. Then, a day or so later, an addendum to the second paragraph of the course homepage, asking students to "open this HyperSyllabus at least once before each class, click on each unexplored link, and read the relevant materials."

And now I wonder where the purple footprints might in fact lead . . .

Where is the Gamma Quadrant, anyway?

Do I really care about Star Trek Generations? ... The link's not opening up, must be a lot of commercial hoopla.


Is it something like the Apple II game: setting quadrants and targetting photon torpedos on Kligons -- waiting for the "burp" "burp" "burp" sound of their approaching torpedo ... No, must be MUDish role-playing stuff ...

Turns out to be a large poster graphic with logos of some of the galactic players, familiar JPEGs a level or two in.

But I do like the sound of the name Brigitte Jellinek.

She knows what web client I'm using? Is that all she knows? Who is she?

And then, of course, there are the Pictures. Has this all been about Marina Sirtis, unclothed?

Go Home.

Next week: the Psych 109g final.

Douglas Davis, Ph.D. <>

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