System Failure

I’d like to replace my heart
the latest model available
using dials and numbers
cogs and wires

a cold calculating machine
unable to penetrate
the reality of me

>input received:
you’re sweet
1000110101
<false>
::reroute, continue course of action::

>internal diagnostic:
worthless piece of shit
1001111001
<true>
::rewrite, rewire, reboot::

>input received:
be someone else
00101101
<false>
::continue course of action::

>input received:
you aren’t enough
01111011001
<true>
::reroute, rewrite, reboot::

>internal diagnostic:
disappointed disgrace
1101100110
<true>
::rewire, reroute, continue::

>input received:
you’re beautiful
010100101100
<true/false>
::rewire, continue::

>input received
I think you’re great
I want you
110100011001
>>error, please wait…
>>please wait…
<<recommend system restart>>

>input received:
I love you
100111..1..0….2
<<system failure>>


©️tara caribou – 2018

24 thoughts on “System Failure

  1. 😉 01001001 00100000 01100011 01100001 01101110 00100000 01110011 01110000 01100101 01100001 01101011 00100000 01101001 01101110 00100000 01100010 01101001 01101110 01100001 01110010 01111001 00100000 01100001 01101110 01100100 00100000 01101111 01110100 01101000 01100101 01110010 00100000 01101100 01100001 01101110 01100111 01110101 01100001 01100111 01100101 01110011 00101110 00100000 00111010 00101001 I can speak in binary and other languages 😉 lol

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      1. It’s creative, I like what you did there 🙂 I haven’t written software on a regular basis since the 90s while I was in law school lol… finished my JD, went back into tech but moved away from programming, except the occasional script or shell/bat programs.

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  2. “::rewrite, rewire, reboot::”

    I remember fondly the days of wire-wrap, entering my code using cards or paper tape, memory on real core, ceramic hard drive platters a centimetre thick, printers, bursters, decolators …

    rewire is fine, but don’t let anyone do it for you.

    reboot when you are ready.

    rewrite it yourself. compile it yourself, from a compiler you compiled yourself …

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  3. Alright, first off, I’m mad because I didn’t think of this scheme first.

    Second, I’m in love with this piece. Especially with regards to the diagnostic prompts triggering true or false values (not counting the paradox value there, it can’t be either/or, it has to be one, so nice touch there) and finally the system reaching the next stage, the “2”, something beyond just binary, beyond just basic construct of finite combinations, to something else and the system can’t take it.

    Wow. Seriously.

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    1. Yes! I’m quite the nerd, I know. But I love maths, and numbers, and statistics, and maybe coding a bit. It’s sexy. There was a time when just for fun I would write if/then stories on my graphing calculator and do calculus.
      So I guess it follows, what if I could replace my heart with the cold, calm reasoning of the computer? I worked through it in my mind, and I reasoned that, knowing me, this would be the logical conclusion of my own heart.

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