Does anyone know how to get in contact and speak with the kami of objects? I have the rather unusual wish to speak to the spirits of old Silicon Graphics workstations.
"Japanese industrialists believe that there is a god concealed within each product of technology, making it autonomous and infusing it with its own inner spirit" Did Baudrillard pull this out of his ass? Is is true that japanese regard computers as having a kami?
You need another computer for it to talk to, one that likes you. Most computers are very shy around people. Connect them via lan and run the same program on both computers. Leave them isolated (preferably in the dark) for at least 3 hours. If you let them talk any more than 6 hours they will get hungry, so it would be polite to bring in a platter with the appropriate ram and ranch or cheese dip at the halfway point. Not all computers get along, so even if everything goes right it may not work.
If you succeed you will find a log in C:\Windows of your friendly computer with the details of the conversation.
From here you can add questions (one per line with a semicolon after) at the end of the log and your computer will ask those next time it talks to the other computer.
Congrats, you are now a technomancer
You mean the spirit of the object? Telepathy works just fine.
But be aware that not all objects have spirits, they have to be made personal in some way first. Like a pair of shoes need to be worn a while before they fit right, that's when the spirit enters.
If you build a computer the spirit will enter once you make it into a functional system. When I put together my old comp from second hand parts I made sure to create a good atmosphere to get a good spirit. Lighting a candle can be a good idea. I felt it happen once I connected the hard drive.
Tried to install some more RAM but then it wouldn't boot. The spirit then told me the last RAM cart was incompatible, I removed it and the computer booted again.
If it was in a workplace it may not have gone throught the initiation necessary for it to have a spirit, it was just part of the company.
Also if it was abandoned by the previous owner and left in a storage it may have "died" and that means it's just parts again. Fix it up and install the things you want on it and will have a new life and a new spirit.
I'm pretty sure most workstations of the time had an assigned user, and it was often an animator, CAD-artist or programmer. How would the spirit be then? And if the spirit is dead, does different hardware create different spirits?
The brand and other kinds of symbolism can matter. For example I used a Crane box simply because it looks better. One with the Vice label would possible attract a nasty.
Also look at the HD and other components. Got one Barracuda, it worked well for the purpose of that machine.
You must first PRAISE and VENERATE the Omnissiah before speaking with a Machine Spirit!