Re: Lisp, the secret weapon.

From: Rodent of Unusual Size (Ken.Coar@Golux.Com)
Date: Tue May 01 2001 - 04:55:03 PDT

As long as we are being silly (ref. George Carlin),
allow me to offer this hoary old chestnut up to the
The following poem appeared recently in INFOCUS magazine. The original
authors were Fred Bremmer and Steve Kroese of Calvin College & Seminary
of Grand Rapids, MI.

A poll conducted among INFOCUS readers had established "waka" as the
proper pronunciation for the angle-bracket characters <> and , though
some readers held out resolutely for "norkies."

The text of the poem follows:

        <> !*''#
        %*<> ~#4
        |{,,SYSTEM HALTED

The poem can only be appreciated by reading it aloud, to wit:

         Waka waka bang splat tick tick hash,
         Caret quote back-tick dollar dollar dash,
         Bang splat equal at dollar under-score,
         Percent splat waka waka tilde number four,
         Ampersand bracket bracket dot dot slash,
         Vertical-bar curly-bracket comma comma CRASH.
Of course, it falls short in several Hackish ways ('hash'
instead of 'octothorpe,' for instance), and is even
internally inconsistent ('hash' and 'number' for '#'),
but it is not bad for a freshman effort. Maybe someday
I will make the appropriate adjustments to make it a
true encoded Hackish work that scans..

#ken    P-)}

Ken Coar <http://Golux.Com/coar/> Apache Software Foundation <> "Apache Server for Dummies" <http://Apache-Server.Com/> "Apache Server Unleashed" <http://ApacheUnleashed.Com/>

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