Subject: Re: some stuff about the 2002 International Lisp Conference in SF
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 09 Nov 2002 16:58:58 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Andre van Meulebrouck
| You lost me there.  I have no idea what you're talking about.

  I find it rather alarming that you first realize this but then blithely
  assume that you understood my second point, which was evidently even more
  lost on you than the first.

| You don't want to STAND OUT; you want to FIT IN, GET ON BOARD, and play
| ball with the neighborhood kids.
| You do not want to be a LISP snob or a prima Dona!

  I now realize that you have been hurt in some way that is orthogonal to
  any programming language issues and that your personal fear of being
  different is underlying your decisions.  I have absolutely no such fear
  and I cannot even relate to the experience.  Life is not some democratic
  experiment where people agree to go and die if they are voted down, and
  neither is it the converse: You do not tell other people to go and die if
  they disagree with you.  But this will probably also be lost on you, given
  the frantic tone of your response, so I have no intention of changing your
  mind on this.  (Which reminds me that I should finish that response to
  Pascal Costanza...)

  Anyway, who else have succeeded, using your proposed methodology of
  letting somebody else take all your important decisions?

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.

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