February 1, 2008
#378: Real Programmers
[[A man sits at a computer, programming. Another man behind him looks over his shoulder.]]
Man: nano? REAL programmers use Emacs.
[[A dark haired woman appears behind him.]]
Woman: Hey. REAL programmers use Vim.
[[Another man appears behind her.]]
Man: Well, REAL programmers use ed.
[[Another man appears behind him.]]
Man: No, REAL programmers use cat.
[[A woman with a bun appears behind him.]]
Woman: REAL programmers use a magnetized needle and a steady hand.
[[A man enters, facing them all.]]
Man: Excuse me, but REAL programmers use butterflies.
[[Holding out a butterfly in front of the computer.]]
Man: They open their hands and let the delicate wings flap once.
[[Diagrams of flowing currents.]]
Man: The disturbances ripple outward, changing the flow of the Eddy currents in the upper atmosphere.
These cause momentary pockets of higher-pressure air to form, …
Man: Which act as lenses that deflect incoming cosmic rays, focusing them to strike the drive platter and flip the desired bit.
Emacs User: Nice. ‘Course, there’s an Emacs command to do that.
cat User: Oh yeah! Good ol’ C-x M-c M-butterfly…
[[Butterfly man slaps forehead.]]
Butterfly man: Dammit, Emacs.