29 Mar 2003
In computer science there is a type of program called a daemon that usually sits idle, monitoring conditions, and occasionally springs into action, when needed. These kind of programs got their name from the mythological idea of demons, as in the classic imagery of a red devil sitting on your shoulder, whispering temptations and picking fights. I have a friend who says she never imagines a demon or an angel on her shoulder, but a tiny little Edge instead, like her own personal rock-star conscience. Personally, I’ve never imagined either the Devil or the Edge on my shoulder, but I do conceive of my mind as having daemon processes, little sub-scos with their own personalities and agendas, who are occasionally spawned and interact with the main process.