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Secular Clisp

Posted 05-13-2010 at 07:44 PM by entz
Tags clisp, lisp, secular

Hello Folks,

some of you might be lispers (lisp programmers) , i'd bet you prefer clisp , indeed it's a great implementation of common lisp.

strangely however its original authors decided to incorporate jewish religious imagery into the software , which takes the shape of a menorah.on further inspection of this under GNU released software i discovered a rather odd piece of code that provides an interesting insight into the religious zealot of the authors as well as the length to which they are willing to go to demonstrate this to the public.

it's basically a feature that changes the ascii banner , lighting up a candle on each of the eight days of the jewish ceremony known as the "hanukkah", if i'm not mistaken it took them appr 260 lines of C code in order to achieve that , i'd say quite alot for some non-technical bogus purpose....but more on that later.

as a secular humanist , unspiritual atheist and most importantly a goyim (non-jew) who doesn't believe in judiasm, i find it quite obnoxious and silly to abuse such a fantastic software as a vehicle for religious propaganda!

but hey don't get me wrong , i'm not against judiasm , jews or any other fill-in-the-blanks religion . the case is that i just don't like it when pious men (or women but mostly men) make unsolicited advertisements AKA spam for pretty much anything but especially not if the purpose is to push for some mystical mambo jambo !
again and for the record, i'm not against people clinging to mambo jambo , i just don't like it when it gets flashed in my face every time i fire up my system!

at this point I sincerly would like to apologize for my intolerance *sarcasm* XD

so there were 2 choices , the first being putting up with it and shutting up and the second being not using clisp at all.
so i went for the third option which is taking things into my own hands , grabbing the source and changing the damn thing!
sadly however i couldn't find a substitute logo therefore i left the ascii banner clean only with the word "CLISP" , btw don't they say less is more ?
eitherway if you wanna suggest a logo , design one or whatever , make sure you drop me a note

Oh before i forget , do you remember that spiritual 260-lines-worth of code that i mentioned earlier ?
well i gotta admit that i had a heavenly experience backspacing it ...LOL

okay , let's now get real..
below i've a link to a secular religion/superstition/bullshit-free version of the latest clisp release (2.48 as of writing this) , i'll also be providing secular versions of every upcoming stable release.
MD5: 702163F367BE20615BDC03B2D81F4C68

and i shall dedicate this to all my fellow lispers who would appreciate a common lisp session without getting bothered by bronze age myths and/or its symbolism .

in that sense , i wish you all happy lisping!

glory may lie just a hack away
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