With his nose to the zeitgeist, the author of Generation X again examines the angst of the white-collar, under set in this entertaining tale of computer techies . They are Microserfs—six code-crunching computer whizzes who spend upward of sixteen hours a day “coding” and eating “flat” foods (food which, like Kraft. Microserfs. Seven Days in the Life of Young Microsoft. Maybe the search for the next great compelling application is really the search for human.
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Loads of people, for whom it was not part of their morning childhood routine, that’s who. Dan and his colleagues would understand that desire as they ventured from their innominate apartments into the suburban night, probably stopping at agrabbing mjcroserfs to eat, and talking about where to go next. I enjoy reading nerdy lists of things, like which school is the nerdiest answer: The story of several software developers in the middle 90s who form a kind of surrogate family and look for meaning in their lives is far from the experiences with which I was familiar, but the milieu is the same.
I bought it couplland it had a neat mirror cover micdoserfs a Lego man. Pepperwings Mar 20, It seems everyone is grasping onto the Captain Crunch scene as the one really well written half paragraph in the whole damn book. The abridged audiobook for Microserfs was read by Matthew Perry. I read and re-read it through high school and college.
Microserfs · Douglas Coupland
The TimesJune 24, In it was a humorous examination of current Silicon Valley culture; now, inthis book is a detailed document of the beginning of this new historical epoch which we are living in. Dated references to things like Doom and Myst.
Or, again, so it seems to me. In “Microserfs,” characters bond through their efforts to find a meaningful purpose in life beyond the realms of Microsoft, while the characters if “JPod” immerse themselves in their technology-focused jobs to escape the reality of their lives in which they struggle to communicate their feelings and deal with their pasts.
It’s also got plenty of computer talk: Yet for an author of books in which technology regularly takes center stage, Coupland isn’t particularly interested in it from a practical point of view. Coupland revisited many of the ideas in Microserfs in his novel JPodwhich has been labeled ” Microserfs for the Google generation “. Life at the campus feels like a feudalistic society, with Bill Gates as the lord, and the employees the serfs.
I first read and loved it inshortly after moving to Silicon Valley myself, so rereading it was strongly nostalgic of both the era and my younger self. Known as “microserfs,” they spend upward of 16 hours a day “coding” writing software as they eat “flat” foods such as Kraft singles, which can be passed undernea 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 ’90s follows the adventures of six code-crunching computer whizzes.
Douglas Coupland is what I think of as a zeitgeist writer.
Douglas Coupland has been a keen observer of technology’s impact on society for almost two decades. Nothing too unusual,” he tells Silicon.
The American Experience doupland Fiction There are many like it, but this one is mine.
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My computer is my best friend. This was a surprise. The characters’ lives change drastically once they leave the limited sphere of the Microsoft campus and enter the world of “One-Point-Oh”. In some ways, they detest their own lego-ization, they fear the duality that seems to divide their minds and their bodies, they struggle with what a prism identity is becoming, and fight to assert their true selves in tandem with technology.
This struck me as very one point oh, so here it is. Ya quiero leerme el resto de libros de Coupland! We are masters of our enemy. Edited to include more flat foods at the request of an obsessive nerdy friend. 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? This book miicroserfs nerds and geeks thinking, talking about many things, out loud, and I am a nerd and a geek myself, and I don’t have friends except one who listens to me when I am in my “Philosophical Mode” and I just crave having friends like Dan’s, all of whom will tolerate – no, join – me in talking I was just sucked right into it.
Microserfs by Douglas Coupland
This time around, I wondered how many of the now-familiar technical and cultural references were meaningless to me back then. Dec 16, Bryan rated it really liked it Shelves: They bond over Star Trek references and analyze the fact they all buy their clothes at The Gap. Is this book appropriate content and reading level wise for a middle school audience?
Daniel’s foundations are shaken when his father, a longtime employee of IBMis laid off. Sitting in a cave and bitching is neither noble nor romantic. He has written and performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, England, and in resumed his practice as a visual artist, with exhibitions in spaces in North America, Europe and Asia.
The TimesJuly 24, It’s amazing how much one can learn from a work of fiction so cleverly crafted and so loyal to the culture it intends to explore.
Exclamation points at the end of paragraphs, of course! But it’s not bad, absolutely not! This book is one of my all-time favorites, a bildungsroman of the techie world set between its two s axes: Coupland explores this world with such specific detail that you feel like you feel like you are a part of it.