Subject: Re: Impressing colleagues with Lisp - looking for stories from the trenches
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Fri, 03 May 2002 03:36:00 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Bruce Hoult
| I didn't miss it, and your story is valuable, but even more valuable 
| would be stories that don't depend on ignorance on the part of the 
| sysadmin but that rather show capabilities only Lisp has, rather than 
| something convenient in Lisp but also convenient in the scripting 
| languages already installed on the machine.

  Ignorance?  Are you for real?  (Well, I know you are not.)

  The difference between a story of a solution and a blabbering idiot is
  that the solution has actually been demonstrated, whereas the blabbering
  idiot only talks about some hypothetical world in which he _could_ have
  done it, but has yet to do it.  Anybody can take a prism and produce a
  color spectrum today, but Isaac Newton was the first to do it.  I imagine
  you being the unimpressed idiot who said "I could do have done that" --
  of course you could -- after the fact.  The point is that nobody had done
  this, yet.  But you probably do not understand this, considering that
  Dylan is reinvention incarnate.

  If you would not have been convinced, fine.  If you are not happy that
  someone else was convinced, fuck you.  If you think you are my target
  audience for anything, you are not.  If you continue to parade your
  ignorant destructiveness, you show the world who Dylan is for and why you
  post in comp.lang.lisp to get an audience.  Get lost, whining loser.
  In a fight against something, the fight has value, victory has none.
  In a fight for something, the fight is a loss, victory merely relief.

  70 percent of American adults do not understand the scientific process.