Get used to asking why. Consider it empowering. From the historical perspective of hired labor, it is. Asking why is moot when the answer is “survival until tomorrow.” We descendants of farmers are privileged to fear becoming mere functionaries in an economy that feels less survivalist than Sisyphian.

As Doctor Gonzo reminds us, Sisyphus never thought much about that rock because “when you’re locked into that kind do-or-die gig, you keep pushing and ask questions later.” Our happiness is up to us, Camus argues, to realize by defining the experience. Today we have more tools for defining than we ever imagined possible. An answer to why pseudocode: to understand what is revealed in the attempt to give things definition.

Yet, and still, why psuedocode is unanswered if the question is why this site is named “pseudocode.” Therein the ambiguity of the title’s question becomes evident, and therein is another hint. That this may all seem like metaphysics and pedantry is itself revealing. Communication is a mess. Another reason for this site is to investigate the chaos inherent in sharing ideas.

“Code is language in debt,” wrote Franco Berardi. This an attempt to owe less. To do so requires necessitates contemplation and improvement of the trip to practical reality from actionable notation, to actional notation from abstract design, to abstract design from a nascent idea—all of this through transformations by divergent people and invisible machines.