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June 20, 2004
If it takes 45 seconds to heat a cup of coffee in a microwave, will it take 22.5 seconds to heat a half-cup? What about a quarter cup? Is the time needed proportional to the volume of liquid in the cup? See, this is the kind of thinking that begins if you fall into the digital way of thinking. Is it really better, this splitting of electronic hairs, than simply waiting, watching the little brown bubbles texture the surface of coffee warming in a sauce pan on the stove, and judging done by sight, sound, smell instead of fractionated seconds?