[sdiy] Programming Language Recommendation

Donald Tillman don at till.com
Wed Dec 9 04:31:31 CET 2020

On Dec 8, 2020, at 10:52 AM, Ingo Debus <igg.debus at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Am 07.12.2020 um 21:46 schrieb Michael E Caloroso <mec.forumreader at gmail.com>:
>> Error messages... don't get me started.
>> My major beef with most object oriented languages are error messages
>> ranging from very misleading to completely useless.

My friend Bernie Greenberg was responsible for the infamous error message in latin; "HODIE NATUS EST RADICI FRATER".

Details here:

> Hehe, one day a colleague of mine (and computer nerd) had an error message that said something like „…says Evelyn, the modified dog“. He had no clue what that was referring to.
> As far as I remember, this was from CodeBlocks/SDCC.

That's a Frank Zappa song, "Evelyn, a Modified Dog".


The lyrics are:


   Evelyn, a modified dog
   Viewed the quivering fringe of a special doily
   Draped across the piano with some surprise.

   In the darkened room where the chairs dismayed
   And the horrible curtains muffled the rain
   She could hardly believe her eyes

   A curious breeze, a garlic breath
   Which sounded like a snore

   Somewhere near the Steinway (or even from within)
   Had caused the doily fringe to waft & tremble in the gloom

   Evelyn, a dog, having undergone further modification
   Pondered the significance of short-person behavior
     in pedal-depressed panchromatic resonance
     and other highly ambient domains...

   "Arf" she said.


Crazy, huh?  Well...  it's actually a pretty good description of a recording technique he invented.  For the album "Lumpy Gravy", Frank set up a grand piano, with a brick on the sustain pedal so the strings would resonate, a couple mics inside, and a blanket over the top.  He some folks to poke their heads inside the piano and ramble incoherently on various topics that he would suggest.  He then edited it down and used it as interstitial material between orchestral pieces he had written.



  -- Don
Donald Tillman, Palo Alto, California

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