FIXED: A late 20th century grimoire?

30 March 2007

This is one of the neatest art hacks I've seen in a while. Let me explain:

Books are ultimately tools for storing information in a non-volatile manner for ease of transportation and reference. They're a relatively low bandwidth medium, limited by how fast the reader can turn the pages and the rate at which the visual cortex processes the characters, but are remarkably stable. Diskettes, on the other hand, are a more informationally dense storage medium, weigh less, and take up less space. They are more vulnerable to mistreatment, however: A fingerprint in the wrong place can wipe out large quantities of data by corrupting the file system, and they are sensitive to forces in the environment (such as magnetism) that the printed word ignores.

Somebody named James Downey figured that the best of both worlds would be a book that contains a diskette drive and floppy disk, and so combined the two. The 5.25 inch floppy drive he used is fully operational, it only needs to be connected to a computer, and the disk is capable of storing data.

Maybe I'm just being parochial, but this sort of thing brings a smile to my face.