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  • That's right, new Macs are based on Darwinism!

    You know, I remember using my old Black and White Mac Plus for a Junior High project on evolution. When our biology class started our unit on evolution, our teacher commented that while our book taught evolution as a fact, in our class it would be treated as a theory. For better or for worse, though, that was the six weeks the teacher decided to take it easy^W^W^Whave students make presentations on the material from the book, I guess so we could learn a little bit about public speaking and cramming to prepare at the last minute after idly watching deadlines approach for two weeks. So, everyone pretty much just echoed the book, which meant all that stuff about evolution being taught as a theory was just so much hot air.

    My group was the set of computer guys, so of course we chose to make our presentation with HyperCard. (Remember HyperCard?) And, since I didn't (and still don't) accept evolution, and since I've always been an overly-legal minded guy (I was typing copyright statements and license agreements into assignments I turned in in eighth grade computer programming class!), our presentation began with a legal disclaimer to the effect that the opinions expressed where not necessarily those of the presenters. Along the way, I managed to produce a spinning image of Charles Darwin which I thought was uproariously funny. So Darwin was on my Macintosh way back there! :)

    Of course, when I grew up, I learned to express myself without mocking people who disagreed with me. It's a shame so many people on both sides of this issue never got that.

    Our assigned portion of the chapter was how the discovery of the age of the earth supported evolution, since evolution requires a much larger timescale than previously accepted. We had a nice artist's conception in our book of a prehistoric earth with lava flows and a volcanic eruption. I scanned the picture and doctored several versions of it until I had an incredible black and white animation of the ground cracking and then erupting with lava. Pretty good for a little m68k chip.

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    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers