|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.