September 23, 2004
Let's Fork SBCL To Create the "Waterman Gentleman" Edition

substrate, by jared tarbell
Jared Tarbell, Substrate

Lisp (well, emacs Lisp) is part of Neal Stephenson's, uh, baroque publishing process [via Markus Fix]:

The manuscript of The Baroque Cycle was written by hand on 100% cotton paper using three different fountain pens: a Waterman Gentleman, a Rotring, and a Jorg Hysek. It was then transcribed, edited, formatted and printed using emacs and TeX. When it was totally finished, the TeX version of of the ms. was converted to Quark XPress format using an emacs LISP program written by the author. Some share of credit thus goes to the people who made the GNU/Linux operating system and to the originators of LISP.

Neal: The spelling “LISP” has been passé for over 10 years now. I'm just saying.

Posted by jjwiseman at September 23, 2004 11:30 AM


Posted by: Neal Stephenson's 10 headed finger puppet of wrath on September 23, 2004 12:51 PM

re: " 'LISP' is passe "

Steven Slade (author of Object Oriented Common LISP, in 1998) didn't think so.

Posted by: Larry Clapp on September 23, 2004 01:57 PM

And Stephen Slade's view on the spelling of LISP approximately matches his view on the language: more like 1988 than 1998.

Posted by: Christophe Rhodes on September 23, 2004 11:36 PM

Common Lisp has been passť for well over 10 years, yet people still keep beating that dead horse. Just a nit pick.

Posted by: David Jameson on September 24, 2004 09:15 PM

> Common Lisp has been passť for well over 10 years

Damn. Yeah. You're absolutely right - how did I not notice for all this time?

Posted by: Daniel Barlow on September 25, 2004 02:52 PM
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