The Digital Clocktower

Welcome to the official site for
"A Grandchild's Guide to Using Grandpa's Computer"

also known as "If Dr. Seuss was a Technical Writer",
"When a Packet hits a pocket" and several other unauthorized titles.


"Will you walk into my parlor?", said the spider to the fly, "Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlor is up a winding stair, and I have many curious things to show you when you are there".
~Mary Howitt 1829, founder of pre-digital world wide web

Grandchild's Guide
Information Highwayman
Packet Pocket Story
Oh the Links you can Link
Professor Random
Caribu Barbie
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  • "A Grandchild's Guide to Using Grandpa's Computer" is a very popular, often published, and frequently stolen poem written in classical Dr. Seuss, Cat-In-Hat style. The poem has a colorful history of both pain and pleasure for the author. Persistently viral since 1994. Read and enjoy, but don't steal.
  • "Hang the Information Highwayman!" is a poetic appeal for respect for another's written words, provoked by abuses of "Grandchild's Guide". This one has been adopted by various writing programs and teachers groups around the world to teach internet publishing ethics.
  • The Packet Pocket Story: read about the remarkable viral history of these two poems.
  • Oh the Links you can Link! :-) The World Wide Web has given the us new meaning for words like surfing, and linking. You are limited only by your imagination.
  • Simion! :-) If you are a computer/net/web junkie looking for a unique career opportunity, look no farther. Simion is a tale of the evils of technology carried to extremes.
  • Travelogs A collection of newspaper column-like stories about adventures on the road, spiced with off-beat and often humorous perceptions. These are the kind of stories that get better with each telling.

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