[NetBehaviour] Code Is Not Literature

Rob Myers rob at robmyers.org
Mon Jan 27 03:55:53 CET 2014

On 26/01/14 06:11 PM, Pall Thayer wrote:
> A lot of this makes no sense to me. It sounds like people are taking
> things at face value without considering the multitude of scenarios.
> Paintbrushes, staples or nails are as likely to become significant
> elements of a work of art as a urinal(!),

My hedges!!1 ;-)

> depending on the artist's intent.

You'll need to talk to Alan about that...

> Trying to comment on any of these in a single sentence or even
> paragraph is absurd.

I've mentioned a couple of ways and examples that I believe code can be
(a medium for) literature, and literature or at least poetry can be (a
medium for) code, during this thread.

On 26/01/14 06:45 PM, Pall Thayer wrote:
> #!/usr/bin/perl
> package absurd;
> sub new {
>     $this = new absurd();
> }

Or we could declare absurd as a procedure that checks that the square
root of its argument can't be simplified, then declare $this to be 2.


- Rob.

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