03/15/2012 01:55 pm ET

The Disappearance Of One Of The World's Most Beloved Computer Programmers

In March 2009, Golan Levin, the director of Carnegie Mellon University's interdisciplinary STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, invited an enigmatic and famed computer programmer known to the virtual world only as "Why the Lucky Stiff" or  "_why"--no, not a typo--to speak at a CMU conference called Art && Code--also not a typo--an event where artsy nerds and nerdy artists gather to talk shop.

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