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Lausanne... Jealous? (26 Aug 2009 at 23:12)
Lausanne... Jealous?
Lausanne... Jealous? by Sick Ridiculous & etc.  Photo Marcus S.


A few weeks ago our friend Donna successfully defended her thesis and threw a party, even waiting until a Tuesday night so that Nels and I could play at that nice party, so of course we wrote a song for the gig. It is called Lausanne... Jealous? because Donna is about to take a post-doctoral position at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. More than usual—which is saying a lot—this song is loaded with detailed in-jokes and difficult puns. I will provide some hints, since we received positive feedback about the fact that we did this before playing the song at her party. There are three national languages in Switzerland: (Swiss) German, French, and Italian. The Swiss invented the Swatch watch, which you are encouraged to wear multiple of on your arm, for fashion. (Nels and I predict a Swatch fashion resurgence, soon.) They also invented the Swiss Army knife and cheese. Donna always serves mostly cheese at her parties because she has a gluten-free diet. Donna's dissertation is about some objected oriented programming stuff. At EPFL she'll work on Scala, a maximalist language which combines all known programming ideas into one Java-like syntax. It was made by Martin Odersky, who also made a Java extension once called Pizza. That's probably enough to get you started.

Still in queue: ICFP contest report (very soon I'll even be able to include the final results, heh), new T7ES song, Pac Tom update, pics from various events. Shame.
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Cortney (c-69-137-229-153.hsd1.dc.comcast.net) – 08.27.09 08:42:27
West coast travel update as well?
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Nels (gs5048.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 08.27.09 09:13:27
Scala really is Maximalist, lol. Although Java-like syntax? Sort of, but most people think the greatest thing about Scala is that its syntax is nowhere near as verbose.

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Tom 7 (63.161.156.66.customer.sprintlink.com) – 08.27.09 10:45:38
Oh yeah, travel stories! Crowd favorite!
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Adam (bering.isr.cs.cmu.edu) – 08.27.09 13:31:46
You forgot Romansh!
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Adam (bering.isr.cs.cmu.edu) – 08.27.09 13:33:52
Also, you forgot Internet Time
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