Hacker Tarot Cards

by Bard Bloom
The FOOL:  A manager using a SPARCStation 413,1432 to run a screensaver.

The MAGICIAN:  A hacker with a Mac, a Pentium box, a Sparc, and a Cray on the
table in front of him - all running the same program with the same GUI.
An infinity sign is over his head.

The HIGH PRIESTESS:  A woman holding the ocumentation, closed and concealed.
The crescent moon is showing on an Indigo behind her.

The EMPEROR:  Steve Jobs sitting on a NeXT cube, holding an optical disk
vertically in his hand.

The EMPRESS:  A secretary with a NeXT Machine.

The HEIROPHANT:  Bill Gates with two flunkies kneeling before him, their faces
averted, offering him floppy disks. He wears a laptop computer on his head.

The LOVERS:  A PowerMAC and an IBM Power PC exchanging software as an
angel bathed in glory regards them.

The CHARIOT:  A man in a chariot, hurtling up an exponential curve, drawn
by the twin sphinxes of Technology (black) and Culture (white).

STRENGTH:  A woman holding the entire design and implementation of Microsoft Excel
in her mind as she corrects the final error. An infinity sign is over her head.

The HERMIT: An old hacker, white-bearded, burns the midnight oil; its
Star-of-David flame illuminates his keyboard.

The WHEEL OF FORTUNE:  A rotating wheel. Cray is on the side going down,
despite its good technology; Smalltalk is opposite it, and C++ is sitting on top.
Four winged beings -- a mouse, a turtle, a dog-cow, and a human -- look on.

JUSTICE:  A cold-faced woman holds a calculator in one hand and a delete-key in the other.

The HANGED MAN:  A programmer is tied by his ankle to a cable duct.  His phase
is completely shifted: he awakens at sunset, he sleeps at dawn.  His monitor is
reverse-video. He programs on, flawlessly, oblivious to his circumstances.

DEATH: A skeleton wielding a scythe surveys a field, on which are scattered PDP-11s,
Apple ]['s, IBM 360/91's, Xerox Alto's, and many other machines.

TEMPERANCE:  An angel stands with one foot on her chair and one on the floor,
as she copies files from one disk to another. A cursor blinks from her chest.

The DEVIL:  The goat-headed Lord of the Pit stands on a pile of Windows manuals, holding
an inverted torch in one hand. Two humans, male and female, are in chains at his feet.

The TOWER:  An ivory tower is struck by a bolt of lightning. Two robed figures,
denied tenure, are hurtled to the ground.

The STAR:  A Mac is running its `warp' screen saver, in a transient
fragile moment of peace.

The MOON:  A wolf and a jackal are typing at two PC's.  A crayfish crawls
out of a pool, offering suggestions that may ultimately prove deadly.
The moon shines through a window.

The SUN:  A naked child riding a winged rocking horse programs
clever applications on a high-quality workstation.

JUDGMENT:  An angel blows a trumpet; all over the net, web pages arise,
to be rated Cool or not.

The WORLD:   A woman dances on the clouds, unclothed, unencumbered, in a
ring of clouds, a 3-d mouse in each hand. The four winged beings from the
Wheel of Fortune surround her.
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