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Re: Re: (sidenote) Apparent Inconsistencies in Perl Function Naming

by merlyn (Sage)
on Nov 29, 2000 at 03:14 UTC ( #43793=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: (sidenote) Apparent Inconsistencies in Perl Function Naming
in thread Apparent Inconsistencies in Perl Function Naming

I think that was my point. Facts as I know them:

  • There is a force that causes large bodies to take on a direction, like hurricanes and other weather systems, as you point out, called the Coriolis effect.
  • Some scientists (or maybe just backyard scientists) applied this to smaller items, and concluded that a bathtub drain would drain in a particular direction. I heard this repeatedly as a kid, from different sources. (I studied "popular science" way back when.)
  • When carefully examined, random perturbations in initial turbulence, friction, etc etc all far outweigh the Coriolis effect at the scale of the bathroom tub, so this effect could never have been seen.
That's what I was talking about when I said "some scientists". It was those "backyard scientists".

-- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker


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Re: Re: Re: (sidenote) Apparent Inconsistencies in Perl Function Naming
by el-moe (Scribe) on Nov 29, 2000 at 06:50 UTC
    Whenever drain direction it comes up I tell people my right shoe wears out faster than my left ;)

    Some people are so gullible...

    To get back on topic... Perl being intuitive... I can hardly believe how cool some of the things I come up with are to me. I am still a fool but I do things now that I never thought were possible. I have yet to generate any complaint about the language or the community.

    Prost,
    Moe

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