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Jerry Stratton writes at Mimsy Were the Borogoves on politics, technology, and programming for all.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cornell University and studied guitar at the Musicians Institute of Technology in Hollywood, California.

He has appeared in at least one bad movie from the eighties and participated in at least one ill-fated pre-Internet hypermedia startup.

He is the author of The Dream of Poor Bazin and 42 Astoundingly Useful Scripts and Automations for the Macintosh.
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Jerry Stratton I’ve been researching computer culture in the late seventies/early eighties, and reading a lot of old BASIC books. There were so many collections like…moreI’ve been researching computer culture in the late seventies/early eighties, and reading a lot of old BASIC books. There were so many collections like “BASIC Computer Games” and “24 Tested, Ready-to-Run Programs in BASIC” and “57 Practical Programs & Games in BASIC”. I wanted to read such a book today, using modern scripting languages and the advanced abilities of the Macintosh. Since the book I wanted to read didn’t exist, I wrote it.(less)
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