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@Read Pdf Ö Microserfs ï Narrated in the form of a Powerbook entry by Dan Underwood, a computer programmer for Microsoft, this state of the art novel about life in the s follows the adventures of six code crunching computer whizzes Known as microserfs, they spend upward ofhours a day coding writing software as they eat flat foods such as Kraft singles, which can be passed underneath closed doors and fearfully scan the company email to see what the great Bill might be thinking and whether he is going to flame one of them Seizing the chance to be innovators instead of cogs in the Microsoft machine, this intrepid bunch strike out on their own to form a high tech start up company named Oop in Silicon Valley Living together in a sort of digital flophouse Our House of Wayward Mobility they desperately try to cultivate well rounded lives and find love amid the dislocated, subhuman whir and buzz of their computer driven worldFunny, illuminating and ultimately touching, Microserfs is the story of one generation s very strange and claustrophobic coming of age For Microserfs, I am straddling these two reader type extremes those who know nothing about geektech culture, and those who 100% techie, geeky nerds I am in between I feel this is the right place to be, because the book evoked lots of Yeahit really IS that way, isn t it and Oh those geeks Yet I m not so into the culture that I feel it was misrepresented I can t ever seem to attempt to write an approximation of some sort of objective review lulz so I ll just leave you with my idi For Microserfs, I am straddling these two reader type extremes those who know nothing about geektech culture, and those who 100% techie, geeky nerds I am in between I feel this is the right place to be, because the book evoked lots of Yeahit really IS that way, isn t it and Oh those geeks Yet I m not so into the culture that I feel it was misrepresented I can t ever seem to attempt to write an approximation of some sort of objective review lulz so I ll just leave you with my idiosyncratic impressions 1 I felt computer programmers in Silicon Valley in the 90 s were really like how they were portrayed in the novel, and that made me happy and a little bit jealous that I was born in 1988, because the culture was presented so well Almost like an ethnography 2 Character Michael s short monologues were my favorite part, but looking back they were just simple summaries of theories I m reading about all the time I guess I liked ID ing with someone so much My other favorite moments were catching obscure references, though I know I didn t understand about 66 percent of them 3 It may just be that I read this in San Diego, but this is what I would define as my perfect beach book Juuuust the right about of thinking required.I also met a 30ish security guard who had just worked ComicCon, who showed me his 3 foot animatronic Lego robot, pictures of the garage he lives in at his parents , drawings of his comic future videogame storyboard, etc etc etc and I mentioned this book and he FLIPPED OUT I had just started the book, so our conversation was a total emotional and contextual amplifier for my Microserfs experience I d pay for that kind of thing to happen during every book I m reading I just chose this as my favorite book in the 30 Days Book Challenge on Facebook, so I might as well review it, even though favorite book is a nebulous distinction at best and what s your favorite book is a stupid fucking question and I am afraid this might be a sentimental favoritethan anything else.So yeah, I read this when I was 14 or 15 I bought it because it had a neat mirror cover with a Lego man I didn t know Douglas Coupland was the voice of a generation, and anyway, it wasn I just chose this as my favorite book in the 30 Days Book Challenge on Facebook, so I might as well review it, even though favorite book is a nebulous distinction at best and what s your favorite book is a stupid fucking question and I am afraid this might be a sentimental favoritethan anything else.So yeah, I read this when I was 14 or 15 I bought it because it had a neat mirror cover with a Lego man I didn t know Douglas Coupland was the voice of a generation, and anyway, it wasn t even MY generation I was a dorky high school kid, but not dorky in any way much connected to computer programming, so there was no reason for me fall for a book about a bunch of cynical Microsoft employees living in pre tech boom Silicon Valley.But I loved it I read and re read it through high school and college It is a super dated 90s time capsule now, but it felt entirely new and fresh to me back then, and in many ways, it predicted how technology and the internet would explode all over our lives by the end of that decade It s also basically like reading someone s LiveJournal or blog the book takes the form of a digital journal kept by the narrator which wasn t something you could just do back then It isn t just the diary entries that tell the story, it s the everything else run downs of dream Jeopardy categories for all of the characters, musings on pop culture minutia like the sociological messages communicated by various cereal mascots Cap n Crunch Reasons this cereal is decadent a Colonialist exploiter pursues naive Crunchberry cultures to plunder b Drunkenness, torture and debauchery implicit in long ocean cruises Lots of lists Lots of navel gazing.It was what I imagined being an adult would be like working at a job you felt ambivalent about with a bunch of people who became your closest friends, sharing inside jokes and slowly gathering the wisdom that comes with age I was too introverted in college and made the mistake of living alone, and I would read this and yearn for that kind of connection and camaraderie Sappy, I know.I haven t read it since at least 2005, right after I picked up a paperback to replace the hardcover copy that I had read into tatters the only book I have ever done that for I have fond memories of the characters, I remember the whole plot, I still reference sections randomly most often this part about how different parts of your body store emotional pain I kind of never want to read it again I might hate it I certainly haven t read a Coupland book since that was a quarter as endearing and I read a lot of them before I realized I was chasing the dragon It is self conscious and twee and post modern and has a bunch of different fonts and, like, entire pages filled with a single word or random nonsense or ones and zeroes or no vowels, followed by all vowels It is big and sloppy and emotional and I don t know if I am still big and sloppy and emotional enough to love it liked I used to.Sure, favorite book Why not Facebook 30 Day Book Challenge Day 1 Favorite book. Edited to includeflat foods at the request of an obsessive nerdy friend.Highly amusing little book of coders all aged 32, mentally if not in years, being obsessed with programming and living their messy student type lives shaped by this consuming passion.The idea of flat foods that can be slipped under a door for theirAsperger s type friend who cannot leave his room until all the code is written is funny Kraft cheese slicesFruit leatherMelted icecream does this count Melba toastSa Edited to includeflat foods at the request of an obsessive nerdy friend.Highly amusing little book of coders all aged 32, mentally if not in years, being obsessed with programming and living their messy student type lives shaped by this consuming passion.The idea of flat foods that can be slipped under a door for theirAsperger s type friend who cannot leave his room until all the code is written is funny Kraft cheese slicesFruit leatherMelted icecream does this count Melba toastSaltinesCucumber slicesPastrami slicesPizza trianglesPumpernickel breadOk bored now I m sure there are a lotthat would be quite sustaining for any obsessive AS coder Reasons why I love both this book and Douglas Coupland 1 I sandpapered the roof of my mouth with three bowls of Cap n Crunch had raw gobbets of mouth beef dangling onto my tongue all day Who hasn t had that happen to them And yet, nobody could have said it awesomer 2 I learned 1410 C the melting point of silicon.3 This book is totally the original Big Bang Theory.4 Dated references to things like Doom and Myst.5 I enjoy reading nerdy lists of things, like which school is the nerdi Reasons why I love both this book and Douglas Coupland 1 I sandpapered the roof of my mouth with three bowls of Cap n Crunch had raw gobbets of mouth beef dangling onto my tongue all day Who hasn t had that happen to them And yet, nobody could have said it awesomer 2 I learned 1410 C the melting point of silicon.3 This book is totally the original Big Bang Theory.4 Dated references to things like Doom and Myst.5 I enjoy reading nerdy lists of things, like which school is the nerdiest answer view spoiler Caltech hide spoiler or what cereal is the most decadent answer view spoiler NOT Count Chocula, because he is gay for Frankenberry and pro bringing down the ruling class hide spoiler.6 I enjoy reading references to places I ve been, like the Westin Bayshore, because I know exactly what it looks llike 7 There s a two page discussion of tampons and a reference to Summer s Eve p 286 for the curious.And here s onelist for the road If this book were featured on jeopardy its categories would be NerderyApple vs MicrosoftBooks With No ConflictSappy but Cute MomentsCliches and StereotypesPage FillerDated 90 s Pop Culture