Version 1.5.9e last one standing

Referent: gratefulfrog


I started hacking, while a child, on a DEC PDP-8. My first hack was a directory listing program that was more efficient than the one provided with the system. I then spent a lot of time trying to make music with the 128 character "line-printer" and spinning the big mag-tape drives with the hope that they would fly off. At the same time, I played with solid fuel rockets and gas-engine planes. Having somehow survived that and building and flying a bamboo and plastic hang-glider (with no metal parts), then called a "Bat-Glider" when I was 12, I went on to live through many things.

One day I learned LISP and nothing was ever the same. For those who understand Lisp, no explanation is needed; for those who don't, no amount of explanation would be enough.

Then GNU and Open Source came along and life got really interesting & fun, especially for those of us living on the long tail. I guess Internet helped, too.

Now I mainly spend my time helping Sea Shepherd, hacking, off-piste skiing and trying to play the guitar without much success.

Marcel Pagnol summarized my approach to life: “Il n'est pas besoin d'espérer pour entreprendre ni de réussir pour persévérer.” (see for help with the French).

Please don't take any of this too seriously.