The App of Power

Recently one of my friends, a computer wizard, visited me for dinner. Over a roaring hearth, I mentioned that I had recently installed the Facebook app on my smart phone.

To my astonishment he grabbed my phone and threw it into the fire.

Of course I was upset because the photo sharing had become precious to me. After letting it burn for a moment, he grabbed the tongs and pulled it out.

He told me, “Hold out your hand. I assure you, it’s quite cool.”

I held out my hand and he dropped the phone into my palm. It didn’t burn me.

He asked me, “What do you see?”

Phone appeared unharmed by the fire.

“Nothing” I replied. “Nothing.”

He sighed in relief.

“Wait” I said. “There are markings on the app. It’s some form of html. I can’t read it”

“There are few who can” he replied grimly. “The language is that of Zuckerberg, which I will not utter here.”

“Zuckerberg?” I said, looking at him.

“In the common tongue it says:

One app to rule them all
One app to find them
One app to bring them all
And in the darkness bind them!”



  1. I admit it, I pilfered this from an old version that poked fun at Bill Gates and Microsoft. It was titled “Bill Gates and the CD of Power.”

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