The Field Guide to Userland

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You might have wondered whether this or that part of the story is real. Can you really make a Fair Coin out of an Unfair Coin? Can you really use ants to find shorter paths? Yes, you can do both—and a lot more besides. In this guide, you’ll find out how some of the places, people, and things Laurie encounters in Userland connect with our own world.

Chapter 0: Mostly Lost


In the real world, jargon doesn’t look like a mouse-dog, or even a dog-mouse; it looks just like an ordinary word! Computer scientists (and really, all scientists) love inventing new words. We call these specialized words jargon or argot. Jargon can ...

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