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Conway's Kindergarten talk

by TheoPetersen (Priest)
on Aug 15, 2001 at 18:17 UTC ( #105050=monkdiscuss: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

Should you be looking for yet another commentary on good behavior in an on-line community, I recommend Conway's lightning talk on the subject.

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Re: Conway's Kindergarten talk
by mirod (Canon) on Aug 15, 2001 at 19:12 UTC

    By the way, that was not a talk. It was a song!

      What was the tune? Gilbert and Sullivan's patter song "I am the very model of a modern major-general"?

      If so, did he try singing it at speed?

      (For those who don't know, G&S were noted for their patter songs. They were very lighthearted songs that were meant to be sung extremely fast which practically trip over themselves. They are infamous for exercising your enunciation...)

      UPDATE
      Oops, premchai21 corrected me on the title.

        A decade ago I heard Stan Kelly Bootle do that to "Software Pirates of Pizants (sp?)". Great song.

        The patter is actually 'opera'. :) In case anyone is particularly interested, the song is from the light (comic) opera "Pirates of Penzance", and its original lyrics go along the following lines:

        GENERAL: I am the very model of a modern Major-General,
                 I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral,
                 I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical
                 From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical;
                 I'm very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical,
                 I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical,
                 About binomial theorem I'm teeming with a lot o' news,
                 With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse.
        
        ALL:      With many cheerful facts, etc. etc. etc.
        
        GENERAL: I'm very good at integral and differential calculus;
                 I know the scientific names of beings animalculus:
                 In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral,
                 I am the very model of a modern Major-General.
        

        Three guesses why it appeals to geeks. :)

        Not quite at speed. Maybe 2/3 speed. It was still impressive.

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