IJMC - Built-in Orderly Organized Knowledge
Oi. Scully's going to be on Late Night with David Letterman in a minute.
Just as soon as they get that Rikki Lake off of the screen. Just
remember, the X-Files season premere is this Friday night at 9pm Eastern
Standard Time (GMT -5:00). Watch it. Love it. Be it. Let me find a pillow
with much haste. -dave
A new aid to rapid--almost magical--learning has made its appearance.
Indications are that if it catches on all the electronic gadgets will
be so much junk.
The new device is known as Built-in Orderly Organized Knowledge. The
makers generally call it by its initials, BOOK.
Many advantages are claimed over the old-style learning and teaching
aids on which most people are brought up nowadays. It has no wires, no
electric circuit to break down. No connection is needed to an
electricity power point. It is made entirely without mechanical parts
to go wrong or need replacement.
Anyone can use BOOK, even children, and it fits comfortably into the
hands. It can be conveniently used sitting in an armchair by the fire.
How does this revoluntionary, unbelievably easy invention work?
Basically BOOK consists only of a large number of paper sheets. These
may run to hundreds where BOOK covers a lengthy programme of
information. Each sheet bears a number in sequence, so that the sheets
cannot be used in the wrong order.
To make it even easier for the user to keep the sheets in the proper
order they are held firmly in place by a special locking device called
Each sheet of paper presents the user with an information sequence in
the form of symbols, which he absorbs optically for automatic
registration on the brain. When one sheet has been assimilated a flick
of the finger turns it over and further information is found on the
By using both sides of each sheet in this way a great economy is
effected, thus reducing both the size and cost of BOOK. No buttons
need to be pressed to move from one sheet to another, to open or close
BOOK, or to start it working.
BOOK may be taken up at any time and used by merely opening it.
Instantly it is ready for use. Nothing has to be connected up or
switched on. The user may turn at will to any sheet, going backwards
or forwards as he pleases. A sheet is provided near the beginnning
as a location finder for any required information sequence.
A small accessory, available at trifling extra cost, is the BOOKmark.
This enables the user to pick up his programme where he left off on
the previous learning session. BOOKmark is versatile and may be used
in any BOOK.
The initial cost varies with the size and subject matter. Already a
vast range of BOOKs are available, covering every conceivable subject
and adjusted to different levels of aptitude. One BOOK, small enough
to be held in the hands, may contain an entire learning schedule.
Once purchased, BOOK requires no further upkeep cost; no batteries or
wires are needed, since the motive power, thanks to an ingenious
device patented by the makers, is supplied by the brain of the user.
BOOKs may be stored on handy shelves and for ease of reference the
programme schedule is normally indicated on the back of the binding.
Altogether the Built-in Orderly Organized Knowledge seems to have
great advantages with no drawbacks. We predict a big future for it.
A Boss' response:
BOOK* does not, in spite of the claims, seem "to have great advantages
with no drawbacks". Soon, it probably won't even be legal. Consider:
"It can be conveniently used sitting in an armchair by the fire."
Being paper, it might burn in the fire. Probably fire laws in most
locations wouldn't allow its use there. Worse, such a device, which
encourages close proximity of the user to fire, will be outlawed by
"Each sheet bears a number in sequence, so that the sheets cannot be
used in the wrong order." How quaint; to think that the programmer
(author) would be allowed to turn over such an important task to the
user! "cannot" is clearly misuse; any user could incorrectly turn to
the wrong page. A proper user interface might correct that, of
course, such as requiring that each sheet be torn off to expose the
next. This is a clear conflict with "The user may turn at will to any
sheet, going backwards or forwards as he pleases."
"BOOKs may be stored on handy shelves and for ease of reference". The
user interface obviously needs more work before such a system can be
"the motive power -- is supplied by the brain of the user". Clearly,
the inventors have not examined recent trends. No serious person
would suggest even expecting a "user" to have a brain present, much
less to use it so continuously.
I'd suggest the inventors return to their consoles and do a thorough
associative search of various data banks, like the rest of us, and
forget this nonsense.