4. Older readers will know of R. Lawrence Clark’s response
to Dijskstra’s letter: the infamous COME FROM con-
struct (Datamation, December 1973). What started as a
spoof became a serious joke involving programs running backwards; http://www.fortran.com/come_from.
5. Watson, D. E. 1992. Solomon Reversed on Appeal;
6. For some genuine Schopenhauerian quotes and
insights, see The Consolations of Philosophy, Alain de
Botton, Penguin, 2001. Schopenhauer’s own opinions
were even stronger than Nabokov’s or Dijkstra’s. Thus:
“If only I could get rid of the illusion of regarding the
generation of vipers and toads as my equals, it would
be a great help to me” (op. cit., 176).
7. The Bootle-Boole family connection has now been verified at Disney’s GenomeLand. The T-gene mutation can
be dated to the Irish potato famine, compounded with
spelling errors by a Lincoln Registrar.
8. You’ll share my relief that cosmological eschatologists
have extended the cosmic lifespan to 300 trillion years.
Make them all count! Start running that NP program
9. Readers are invited to coin a more precise word than
rebus for the simpler set of phonograms used in text-speak ( 1 = won; 4 = for; 6 = sex; 8 = ate; Gr86 = great
sex; G! = gangbang; more). No doubt the new mobile
phones, as pocket servers/workstations/satnavs/tv studios, can handle the full range of graphic rebuses.
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mathematics at Cambridge in the 1950s before tackling the
impurities of computer science on the pioneering EDSAC I.
His many books include The Devil” ’s DP Dictionary (McGraw-
Hill, 1981), Understanding Unix (Sybex, 1994), and the
recent e-book Computer Language—The Stan Kelly-Bootle
Reader. Software Development Magazine has named him
as the first recipient of the new annual Stan Kelly-Bootle
Eclectech Award for his “lifetime achievements in technology
and letters.” Neither Nobel nor Turing achieved such prized
eponymous recognition. Under his nom-de-folk, Stan Kelly,
he has enjoyed a parallel career as a singer and songwriter.
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