How do they do this? Can python?

Michael Hudson mwh at
Wed Aug 7 11:11:32 CEST 2002

Tim Daneliuk <tundra at> writes:

> <obscure and ancient Net Lore>
> Does anyone here remember Bimmler (aka Rob Pike) at AT&T labs?
> Bimmler was Pike's alter ego who "took over" net.suicide.
> (See
> In the beginning Pike did things manually, but eventually,
> he used some research on text processing they were doing at the Labs to
> automate the process.  As I recall, the software took the
> daily output of a variety of selected USENET groups, stirred it
> together and produced output that seemed like legitimate English
> syntax, but was absolute semantic gibberish much like the
> recent spammage.
> If you ever get a change to hear Pike tell the story, it is side-splittingly
> funny...
> </obscure etc.>

This is the same Rob Pike who wrote "The Practice Of Programming" with

I'm pretty sure there's a text dissociator as an example in that


  I sense much distrust in you.  Distrust leads to cynicism, cynicism
  leads to bitterness, bitterness leads to the Awareness Of True
  Reality which is referred to by those-who-lack-enlightenment as
  "paranoia".  I approve.    -- David P. Murphy, alt.sysadmin.recovery

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