Life's better without braces

Thomas A. Bryan tbryan at
Mon Feb 21 18:14:32 EST 2000

"Andrew M. Kuchling" wrote:
> "Thomas A. Bryan" <tbryan at> writes:
> > Gerrit, this is the strangest thing I've ever seen.  I sure hope that
> > it's just getting late, and you're being silly.  You didn't really
> > rip keys off of your keyboard, did you?
> This is probably just a _jeu d'esprit_, done less out of seriousness
> than out of curiosity 

Well, you never know when Gerrit's speaking. ;-)
> [1] Greg Ward just observed that it's possible to boot Linux and pass
> it "init=/usr/bin/emacs", to run Emacs as the single process on the
> system.  The return of the Lisp Machine!

Wow.  That's a dangerous thing to tell someone who's typing this on 
Linux and does *all* of his coding inside of Emacs.
> [2] I occasionally think about this problem.  The setup: GvR was far
> too profligate in adding functions to bltinmodule.c that could have
> been written in pure Python instead. 
> def hasattr(obj, name):
>     s = 'obj.' + name
>     try:
>         exec s
>         return 1
>     except AttributeError:
>         return 0

Wow.  That's sick!  No wonder my boss is pushing me more towards 
a software/process engineering role.  I'm not twisted enough to 
be a true geek. ;-)

only-twisted-enough-to-translate-perl-to-python-for-fun-ly yours

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