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Wisdom of the old ages and new ages
Message #1 Posted by Namir on 28 Feb 2007, 1:00 a.m.

"eBay snipers are like thieves in the night!' -- Confucius

"I know for a fact that HP will soon reintroduce the HP-15C any day now" -- Plato

"Your eBay bid is like a contract" -- Attila the Hun

"Don't bid unless you are serious" -- Dr Jekyll

"RPN will never die. It's here to stay!" -- Elvis

"eBay is another sad illusion" -- the Buddha

"The TI-59 suffers from dual personality ... split between true algebraic and RPN mode of operations" -- letter of Sigmund Freud to Carl Jung

"I am aware that some of you have joined our Russian campaign mainly to lute Russian RPN calculators!" -- Napoleon in a speech to the invading troops

"Cobubba! I am your father!!!" -- Ali Babba (of the Ali Babba and the forty thieves fame)

"I feel like cheating ... jumping in the future and grabbing one of them HP calculators with the SOLVE feature" -- personal note of Sir Isaac Newton right before he announced his root solving algorithm

And now for wisdom of the current age!!!

HP Collector's Twelve Steps

1. We admitted we were powerless over collecting calculators that our lives had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that an RPL algorithm greater than ourselves could restore our code to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of HP as we understood HP.

4. Made a Google searching and fearless moral inventory of pi-calculating algorithms.

5. Admitted to HP, to ourselves, and to another collector the exact nature of our excessive spending.

6. Were entirely ready to have HP remove all these algebraic defects of our code.

7. Humbly asked HP to remove all of our EVAL statements and replace them with pure RPL code.

8. Made a list of all programs we had harmed, and became willing to make rewrites to them all.

9. Made direct edits to such code wherever possible, except when to do so would crash the system.

10. Continued to take personal inventory of algorithms and when we found the code was buggy, to promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through collection sales on eBay and reading through HP Museum threads to improve our conscious contact with HP as we understood HP,

12. Having had a mathematical awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry these algorithms to others, and to practice these principles of RPL in all our coding.

Edited: 28 Feb 2007, 1:00 a.m.

"Old" wisdom and "new" wisdom...
Message #2 Posted by Karl Schneider on 1 Mar 2007, 2:23 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Namir

Hi, Namir --

Hmm, food for thought.

I'm not sure what to add to that. It's more creative or imaginitive than I tend to be...

-- KS

Re: "Old" wisdom and "new" wisdom...
Message #3 Posted by Namir on 1 Mar 2007, 10:57 a.m.,
in response to message #2 by Karl Schneider

It's good that we make fun of our hobbies. We get a sense of empowerment from a hobby that sometimes turns into an addiction.

I also wrote it for fun!!!


Re: "Old" wisdom and "new" wisdom...
Message #4 Posted by Ron Allen on 1 Mar 2007, 11:46 p.m.,
in response to message #3 by Namir

Good work! Maybe you would like to furnish some thoughts on theory like:

Einstein - "Buy a place with 2 or more bedrooms on a Floida beach and you will see a lot of RELATIVES."

Heisenberg - "Hmmm, I'm not so sure of the UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPAL."

Wolfram - "My kind of movie, flying fractals and snakes in space. Limit as function approaches infinity, CHAOS

Allen - "Tertiary logic bound by the CONSTRAINTS OF CONVENTIONAL WISDOM."


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