[plt-scheme] A literary metaphor for Scheme

From: Matthias Felleisen (matthias at ccs.neu.edu)
Date: Sun Nov 6 20:09:48 EST 2005

On Nov 6, 2005, at 7:39 PM, jerzy.karczmarczuk at info.unicaen.fr wrote:

> Matthias Felleisen writes:
>> On Nov 6, 2005, at 6:36 PM, Prabhakar Ragde wrote:
>>> If Scheme were a literary figure, who would it be?
>> I don't know about Scheme but I do know about myself and possibly 
>> others
>> who are spreading the work:
>> -- Sisyphus, ...
>> -- Wilhelm Tell, shooting arrows at the apple on his son's head (well,
>> sometimes I think I am the son)
>> -- Pyrrhus, ...
>> -- Don Quixote, as many of you know from my home page
>> -- Götz von Berlichingen, a Goethe character of the 30-year war and is
>> extremely well-known in Germany.
> Now, Mathias, I would disagree. Scheme is FUN.
> Personages you mention are not so joyful.

Hey, re-read my message: It's not what Scheme is but how maintainers of 
Scheme systems feel about others, outsiders.

-- Matthias

> BTW. the old von Berlichingen was a true person, as you know well. 
> Let's
> forget that a SS division was named after him, since he wouldn't agree 
> to
> this, nor to the usage of his prosthetic iron hand as its symbol.

P.S. Sadly enough, the Hitlerites abused a lot more than just 
historical figures that became Goethe legends. But perhaps the name of 
division was the military feelings about Hitler expressed in an 
indirect manner. 

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