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Erik Naggum (1965 – 2009)


Lisp programmer.
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Contrary to the foolish notion that syntax is immaterial, people optimize the way they express themselves, and so express themselves differently with different syntaxes.
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I believe that structure is a product, not a process.
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C is not clean the language has many gotchas and traps, and although its semantics are simple in some sense, it is not any cleaner than the assembly-language design it is based on.




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Would you buy a book proudly stating on the cover that its reader is a dummy? Or would you think "of course it's ironic"?
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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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Let's just hope that all the world is run by Bill Gates before the Perl hackers can destroy it.
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C++ is a language strongly optimized for liars and people who go by guesswork and ignorance.
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Well, I think comparing Common Lisp to Scheme is prima facie evidence of ill will, even if Common Lisp wins. It is somewhat like a supposed compliment like "man, you are even smarter than George W. Bush".
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The fundamental deficiency in HTML is that it reduces hypertext and the intertwinedness of human communication to a question of how it is rendered and what happens when you click on it. HTML is to the browser what PostScript is to the laser printer.
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Constructing a social system that tends to those who agree with it is a piece of cake compared to constructing one that makes those who disagree with it want to obey its principles.
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If you want to know why Lisp doesn't win around you, find a mirror.




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The currency in the developer community is enthusiasm.
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When all actions are used for feedback, the consequence of making mistakes will be a corrective and appropriate response, because everything everybody does matters. The more selective you are in the feedback you accept, the more insane your reasoning will become as you will necessarily reject corrective feedback that would have led to better reasoning.
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Ignoring for a moment the power of the American Medical Association, we still wouldn't see a huge amount of books on neurosurgery for dummies in 21 days or whatever. It's just plain inappropriate, and it's intentionally out of people's reach.
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Structure is nothing if it is all you got. Skeletons spook people if they try to walk around on their own. I really wonder why XML does not.
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I have argued that a religion or a philosophy cannot speak about facts of the world if it does, it is now or will eventually be wrong but it can and should speak about the relevance and ranking of facts and observations.
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Travel is a meat thing.
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If you are concerned about netiquette, you are either concerned about your own and follow good netiquette, or you are concerned about others and violate good netiquette by bothering people with your "concern", as the only netiquette you can actually affect is your own.
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They are not identical. The aspects you are willing to ignore are more important than the aspects you are willing to accept. Robbery is not just another way of making a living, rape is not just another way of satisfying basic human needs, torture is not just another way of interrogation. And XML is not just another way of writing S-exps. There are some things in life that you do not do if you want to be a moral being and feel proud of what you have accomplished.
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I guess there are some things that are so gross you just have to forget, or it'll destroy something within you. Perl is the first such thing I have known.


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