Subject: Re: Why I can't use Lisp.
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 03 Aug 2002 20:41:40 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* Andreas Bogk
| Gwydion Dylan [...]

  I went to my local bookstore the other day.  I wanted to give a beautifully
  bound Bible to a Christian friend of mine.  Suddenly, I felt space around me
  warp and I was in USENET space.  People from comp.lang.scheme offered me a
  beutifully bound Torah.  People from comp.lang.dylan offered me a beautifully
  bound Koran.  People from elsewhere on the Net offered me beautifully bound
  copies of The Lord of the Rings, Atlas Shrugged, A New Kind of Science, and
  then other people chimed in with suggestions for Gray's Anatomy, The Chicago
  Manual of Style, and the 25-year anniversary edition of Gödel, Escher, Bach,
  all of them arguing that if I wanted the most important book, I would want
  their suggestions.  I scremed, "Enough!", and space just as suddenly warped
  back to the bookstore and the very helpful young Muslim woman behind the
  counter went to find a soft-leather-bound Bible with gold edges on the India
  paper, just like I had wanted and asked for, without unwelcome suggestions or
  anyone pretending to know better than me.  It was so respectful I almost got
  religion, myself.

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder.
Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder.