"Did you tell the computer to do that?" We follow the blip richocheting about the screen. I want to say, "Behind the ball is no human juggler who comprehends its path, sees in the mind the unbroken line it travels, feels the weight and soft elasticity of rubber. : velocity, x-y coordinates, pseudo- random number generator, conditionals that step control exactly where it needs to be for every combination of parameters: the magician's hand, flipping a playing card out of and into existence: no flash, no sudden intuition, merely a series of practiced moves that get the job done." the magician raps his knuckles against, feels and hears the wholeness of the curtained box, wonders at his knowledge of the subtleties that are the walls, that make the solid wood magic but here is only silicon, as unaware in this machine as when it wound (organic in yielding undulation, yet always cold and hard or hot and hard to soles or back) along some coast, between the rocks and the water I say, "It was nothing."