[NetBehaviour] Abacus: The Pale

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Thu Dec 1 14:03:00 CET 2005

Abacus: The Pale

The abacus is generally divided into two sections - above and below the line. 
Below, each bead or token represents one unit. above, each token represents 
five units. Consider the units above indexical: the _position_ of the token 
represents either naught or five. But the units below are doubly coded: as 
ikonic, they not only represent one; they _are_ one. But in terms of position, 
the one is counted and accountable, or uncounted and unaccountable. Think on 

found this older bookmark file - most of the links are gone - there's a lot of 
net history here - might be of interest - alan


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