Subject: Re: Difference between LISP and C++
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 30 Oct 2002 23:07:15 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Thomas Stegen
| I wonder if you actually know what you are doing?

  Please do not spoil the fun.  Len Charest is the kind of person who has
  no long-term planning ability and finds his enjoyment in the immediate
  present.  I know what his behavior will do to him later, as many before
  him have discovered much too late, followed by hectic activity to cancel
  posts and have google and others remove them.  That is when I have my
  fun.  I have heard from several employers who have decided not to employ
  people based on their immature behavior in conflicts of their own making
  with me.  Let Len Charest have his fun today when his lack of propensity
  for delayed gratification is at its prime.  I can wait for my share of
  the fun.  When someone seriously asks Len Charest why he did what he did
  and implies judgment of his character, I often get to hear about it.  One
  particular employer let me know that he had seen a direct connection
  between immature behavior on the Net, and "fights" with me in particular,
  and having to fire people for various forms of disrespect for authority,
  from stealing office supplies via incompetence and lying about their
  skills to insubordination.  I must admit to taking immense pleasure in
  hearing about such incidents.  In some respects, I am very impatient, but
  in others I have nothing but patience.  I have even said explicitly what
  my goal with continuing the charade is: That Len Charest self-destruct.

  Have you ever wondered why you /never/ hear from some of the worst people
  on the Net again, why there are no archives of any activity with their
  name attached to it, no trace of them in phone directories a few years
  after their worst episodes?  How can people simply /vanish/ without a
  trace?  The grim realization is that people behave that way when there is
  no /point/ to long-term planning, because there will be /nothing/ to plan
  for.  Now, how can you possibly deny someone who is not going to be
  around in a short while his last laugh?  Remember, you get only one
  chance to give a last impression.  Check back in 2005 to see what Len
  Charest has done since his thread in this newsgroup.  I predict that the
  last thing you will find is precisely this thread in this newsgroup.  He
  will not be the first and not the last to fulfill this prediction.

  Note that these people can hardly blame me for their own undoing.  In
  virtually every message, I tell them to think and to pull themselves
  together.  That they think this is some stupid game is precisely my
  point: You have to be a terminal basket case to enter into this kind of
  game to begin with.  I do not even push them over the edge -- they had to
  have jumped long /before/ they started their stunts on the Net.

  So have no sympathy or concern for Len Charest.  In a short while, he
  will only be remembered for his last impression here, anyway.

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.