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<> Translated from the Memoirs of
<> Jean Turing-VonNeuman
<> A minor 19th century post-impressionist programmer
<> I will never forget that Spring, that day. Paris had an air of
<> revolution. The week before an exhibition of Seurat's listings had
<> caused a sensation. In his unrelenting quest for simplicity he had
<> reduced all of programming to three machine instructions. The
<> resulting 6,000 line bubble sort had shocked the critics.
<> My own recent efforts had been received poorly. I had cut and
<> slashed through my programs, juxtaposing blocks of code in a way
<> that exposed the underlying intensity of the algorithm without
<> regard to convention or syntax.
<> "But it doesn't compile," they complained.
<> As if programming was about adhering to their primitive language
<> As if it was my duty to live within the limits of their antiquated
<> and ordinary compilers.
<> So it was that I came that day to La Boite Bleue, seeking solace
<> and companionship.
<> La Boite Bleue was where we gathered in those days. The wine there
<> was cheap, the tables were large and they kept a complete set of
<> language manuals behind the bar.
<> As I entered I heard Henri's measured accents above the din.
<> "...that complexity is not the salient characteristic of exemplary
<> Toulouse-Lautrec was seated at a table spread with greenbar.
<> Manet, redfaced, loomed over him.
<> "Damm your recursion, Henri. Iteration, however complex, is always
<> more efficient."
<> Manet stormed away from the table in the direction of the bar. He
<> always seemed angry at that time. Partly because his refusal to
<> write in anything but FORTRAN isolated him from the rest of the
<> Avant-Guarde, partly because people kept confusing him with Monet.
<> Henri motioned to me to join him at the table.
<> "Have you heard from Vincent recently?"
<> We were all concerned about Van Gogh. Only a few days before he
<> had completed an order in sorting routine that required no
<> additional memory.
<> Unfortunately, because he had written it in C and refused, on
<> principle, to comment his code, no one had understood a line of it.
<> He had not taken it well.
<> "No. Why?", I replied.
<> "He and Gaugin had a violent argument last night over whether a
<> side effect should be considered output and he hasn't been seen
<> since. I fear he may have done something ... rash."
<> We were suddenly interrupted by the waitress's terrified scream. I
<> turned in time to see something fall from the open envelope she
<> held in her hand. Stooping to retrieve it, I was seized by a wave
<> of revulsion as I recognized that the object in my hand, bestially
<> torn from its accustomed place, was the mouse from Van Gogh's
<> workstation. The waitress, who had fainted, lay in an unnoticed
<> heap beside me.
<> By the evening, the incident had become the talk of Paris.
Gilad Ben-Yossef <gby@...>
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