Subject: Re: Apprenticeship [was Re: So, where's the "Javadoc" for COMMON Lisp?]
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Sun, 05 Aug 2001 19:01:31 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* Kent M Pitman <>
> p.s. I feel like Sylvester Stallone in "Demolition Man" for asking, but...
>      "what are the three slashes for?"

  It is supposed to be a stylized "E" (actually "EN", but that is not quite
  evident until you see the six-stroke variation).

>      Is this some promotional deal you did with Jurassic Park III where
>      suddenly, in mid-post, you appear to be clawed away by some
>      prehistoric monster who leaves only slash marks behind?

  :D  Several other people have commented similarly, but I invented this
  long before the dinosaurs were even contemplated.  I signed off on notes
  with three slashes many years ago.  It seemed appropriate to revive it.
  (All puns intended.)

>      Or is it just, as in Lisp, that you feel somehow when you get to the
>      end of your post, you've left your values far behind?  ;-)

  Haha!  Excellent!   ///