I'm trying to track down the source of a quote that's been sitting in my memory for years. It's all rotted away now, but there were two parts to it, something like:

"We wrote spells, carved them into a single crystal of silicon, and sliced it with a diamond saw".

This was essentially a very poetic description of computer programming / semiconductor manufacture.

The other quote was something about

"LEDs winking love poetry to each other after the lights go out."

I've Googled both of these phrases, and variations of them, but no luck. Does anyone recognize them?

  • how many years? the led winking to each other bit might be talking about fiber optics. – Dreamwalker Jul 23 '14 at 11:49
  • I always imagined it was the referring to the network traffic indicators. – Rocketmagnet Jul 23 '14 at 16:59
  • Sounds like a line from the Technomages of Babylon 5 or Crusade. – Covertwalrus May 15 '15 at 11:46
  • Nothing about spells or programming, but in this John Orne Green story about cyber girl/boyfriends: "When the lights go out, I watch the orange and red LED's winking softly on the sides of her satin-finish ebony unit rising and falling at her center." – shoover Jan 10 '16 at 3:50
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    In Darwin among the Machines there is: Diamond saw blades slice these crystals into wafers on which spells are cast by ultraviolet light. No mention of love, poetry or LEDs, though. – LSerni Mar 14 '16 at 12:35

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