ANN: Capon 0.1 - a software build framework

Brad Clements bkc at
Tue Apr 15 15:18:20 CEST 2003

"David LeBlanc" <whisper at> wrote in message
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> > -----Original Message-----

> > >    aahz> So how does Capon differ from SCons?
> > >
> > >Well, the name has funnier connotations, for one.   :)
> >
> > You deserve to be roasted for that comment.

> A fate of many capons ;)
> First they have "the" operation, then they grow up and get put on a spit
> thence over a slow fire. Life as a chicken is hell ;)

My neighbhor, a 70+ year old former federal meat inspector (before that he
was a Vet for the Italian Cavalry ) raises and does his own capons.

He showed me how to do "the operation".  Quite amazing to see him slice open
a rooster's behind and reach right in. This one was a bit large, so he had
to "go in from behind" instead of under the wing as he usually does. Then he
just sews them up with dental floss. No antiseptic! he says chickens don't
get staph infections. He says when he learned how to do "the operation" he
killed 5 of them right off. Apparently there's a nack to not cutting some
important arteries.

He says at a store it's hard to find real capons. Back in the 70s they used
estrogen to make capons, but that turned out to give people cancer.  The FDA
banned that practice, however many "unscrupulous" poultry plants continue to
use estrogen, but they also cut the rooster to give it "the scar".. So meat
inspectors look, think the operation has been done, but it really hasn't.


(btw, home grown capons are yummy!)

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