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Re: TMTOWTDI Puzzle: Generating a range of numbers

by VSarkiss (Monsignor)
on Dec 19, 2001 at 09:00 UTC ( #133020=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to TMTOWTDI Puzzle: Generating a range of numbers

Ovid's comment above on "Writing without the letter E" made me think of the Oulipo, a French group that does lots of word and language play. One of the games is a "snowball sentence", in which each word is one letter longer than the last. This one, which goes all the way to 20, is by Dmitri Borgmann, in Language on Vacation.

my @snowball = qw( I do not know where family doctors acquired illegibly perplexing handwriting; nevertheless, extraordinary pharmaceutical intellectuality, counterbalancing indecipherability, transcendentalizes intercommunications' incomprehensibleness. ); s/\W// foreach @snowball; # punctuation doesn't count ;-) my @answer = map { length } @snowball;

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Oulipo and Perl
by robin (Chaplain) on Dec 19, 2001 at 18:14 UTC
    I once gave a talk to my local Perl Mongers group about the Oulipo, and ways that we could use their ideas in Perl. The slides from that talk are here.

    The Oulipo Compendium is a wonderful book, for anyone who's even vaguely interested in Oulipian ideas. (BooK is also interested in the Oulipo.)

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