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QOTD - Holm, 5/26/99

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"You are your own best computer -- stark naked. You do not require
 electricity, only an occasional pork chop or a love affair, or a
 scratch behind the ears. Your hard drive is always intact and you
 already own the necessary software. If you don't think this is true,
 ask a neighborhood farmer about his quarter-million-dollar combine that
 will revolutionize agriculture, then look at the rotting ghosts of old
 combines in the grove behind his barn. If you know how to do everything
 a computer can do, and can afford one, it might save you some time on
 menial tasks. Then again, it might not. The information highway leads
 down from the cerebellum to the spinal cord, and to the hands, and back
 up, passing through the deluxe non-electric blood pump into your
 personal ingrown Apple. Bill Gates makes tools, probably not as useful
 to humanity in the long run as a socket wrench; something else made you
 - your mother and father. You are nature's perfect information system."

 - Bill Holm, a professor of English at Southwest State University in
   Marshall, Minnesota.  He is the author of Coming Home Crazy and
   Eccentric Islands.  Prof. Holm gave the above commencement address at
   Rainy River Community College in International Falls, Minnesota, on
   May 26, 1999.  (

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