Time for a Fresh Scheme Standard: Say Goodbye to the RnRS Relic
erik at naggum.net
Sat Dec 22 14:58:58 CET 2001
* Erik Naggum
> Look, Tengwar is more widely used than Scheme these days.
* Hirotaka Yamamoto
| Prove it by examples, please.
I am glad you asked. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,
has premiered recently all over the world. Tengwar is a writing system
devised by J.R.R.Tolkien in this monumental work. Millions of people all
over the world have taken a renewed interest in his works, including his
new languages and writing systems, because of this movie. I venture a
guess that more people were fluent in Tengwar than in Scheme before this
movie was announced, as well, but I am certain that the number has
exceeded Scheme fluency because of the movie. I certainly reread LotR
and took up my old calligraphic Tengwar skills in joyful anticipation of
the movie, and I did not reread RnRS nor take up my old Scheme skills in
anticipation of, um, anything. Q.E.D.
Note: Despite the fictitious "please", I consider the brevity, style, and
substance of your request to communicate hostility. Requests for proof
or references are never constructive on USENET, just mere tactics in a
rhetorical game. I have responded with ridicule. Please be pleased with
the results. Thank you and goodbye.
The past is not more important than the future, despite what your culture
has taught you. Your future observations, conclusions, and beliefs are
more important to you than those in your past ever will be. The world is
changing so fast the balance between the past and the future has shifted.
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