Subject: Re: Simple newbie list processing troubble
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 02 Oct 2002 23:05:16 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Dorai Sitaram
| I didn't understand your motivation for this example,
| but converting the example itself seems a lost cause.

  If so, it would also be impossible to execute.  Is it?

| Your only way out is to follow the Paul Graham tack of scrupulously
| abstaining from the ability to use the same symbol as both operator name
| and non-operator variable.

  I think you should say "my only way out" when that is what you mean.

| You are writing as a Lisp1er (eg, Schemer) would, except that, unlike
| them, you are still saddled with the funcall/#' machinery even though it
| isn't buying you anything in an informational sense.

  I think products and vendors should be judged by the intelligence of
  their marketing.  So Scheme must be the choice of the pretty dumb.

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.