Something less serious

After my last post, here’s a sample of how I stay amused… I haven’t removed myself from these debate groups precisely because of this kind of bizarre post.

Sorry I can’t fit the whole thing in so well, and I’m really not interested in zooming in on the details of this tree. (You can though. I’ll link it to the Facebook status and you can take a look if you really want to.) But what amuses me is that trees are indeed a feature in programming, my line of work. Trees are fascinating things. Every node in a tree is itself a tree because it can have any number of child nodes, which themselves can have children, etc. Trees can get very complicated very quickly and that’s why, as a software developer I hate them. I can not emphasize this enough: Fuck trees!

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But one thing I do know is that trees are an interesting abstraction. One that I happen to hate, but still. You also have trees in the Bible. Not the same kind of tree – the similarity ends at the coincidence of us using the same word in the English language.

But Joe here claims the Biblical trees are actually not literal. Then he climbs (down?) that analogy further until Nod means a different root node. (Again the similarity in words is down to English, never mind what language the Bible was written in or what words were used in the original.) Strange use of the tree abstraction really…It makes more sense to grow new branches than to change the root node, which would involve rebuilding the whole tree, but then Joe uses different kind of logic to the rest of us.

I especially like the bit about Spiritual Circumcision, although I’m somewhat disappointed he didn’t think of mixing metaphors and connect it to pruning somehow. Come on Joe! You can do better…

I’d love to know how Joe’s mind works and connects those dots though.

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