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On most of the intarweb, I am cognominal.

Super Dupont is not Saddam Hussein. SD guards us against the AntiFrance

We must make clear to the Germans that the wrong for which their fallen leaders are on trial is not that they lost the war, but that they started it. And we must not allow ourselves to be drawn into a trial of the causes of the war, for our position is that no grievances or policies will justify resort to aggressive war. It is utterly renounced and condemned as an instrument of policy. --Supreme Court Justice Robert L. Jackson, U.S. Representative to the International Conference on Military Trials, August 12, 1945

There is no way in which a country can satisfy the craving for absolute security, but it can bankrupt itself morally and economically in attempting to reach that illusory goal through arms alone. -- Dwight D. Eisenhower.

But things are not that simple:

With DARPA, if you advance the field of security research by developing along an angle the proposal reviewers thought was interesting, it is enough to get the funding. It is easy to think that private industry is sufficiently well motivated to fund long-term research, but unfortunately long-term research tends to benefit a lot more than just its creators and funders, and only the government funds work whose benefits will be mostly diffused throughout society. -- Hans Reiser interview in slashdot.

cool tools, chosen for power, lightness and/or security: socat, strace, lsof, ion, vtun, nmap, eukleides, screen, chroot, jail, TeXmacs
A glossary to help understand that APEC, GATT, WTO are for a better world we will enter willingly. executive summary. the Stanford prison experiment. About Milgram
The Perl6 designers. What they believe in. Larry: Natural Language Principles in Perl -- Damian: Human factors in programming languages.
my nodes sorted per rep -- XP changes -- scratchpad -- what is perl? -- TeXmacs wiki
Thanks to wayback (that uses unices and perl) and for a good laugh see how limux myths FUD scales with time.
MathWorld is back -- Le mot et la chose -- To keep my love alive -- Semiotics for Beginners, part of the media and communication studies site, both content and hub -- Max Weber, compare his view of organisation and economy with the digital world of Internet, P2p and Open Source!! -- -- A History of Mathematical Notations -- UNICEF estimated an excess 500,000 Iraqi children had died since sanctions began. It is worth it! -- WTC: 4000 deaths -- macroscopic entropy: non sense? -- Chronicle of a massacre -- Chomsky: necessary illusions, the new war against terror (html), ( streaming) -- Prototypes in Perl -- got that story from sentient antipodian meat -- linus: linux software as semi-random evolution!! It's "directed mutation" on a microscopic level, but there is very little macroscopic direction. (..) you have to have a development group that is fairly strange and random. -- <a P2P memebag -- Street Performer Protocol -- peer reviewed internet journal: First Monday -- Is noogenesis progressing? -- browser test suite -- logophilia -- computer history -- <img src=""> -- endgame -- transnational -- When elephants dance -- digital speech -- Dan Gilmor columns -- Why are you allowed to age
Strange fruit

Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black body swinging in the Southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scene of the gallant South.
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh,
And the sudden smell of burning flesh!

Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for a tree to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.

written by M. Meeropol (pen name: Lewis Allen), immortalized by Lady Day. Meeropol adopted the sons of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg
Strange Fruit : The Biography of a Song by David Margolick

My first computer and some wandering in computer languages

<img src=""> Playing golf with the HP25 was not a sport but a necessity to fit programs in the 49 allowed steps!! My first significant program computed continued fractions.

I have yet to see a computer with a look so sexy. I was so entranced by my HP25 that I was using it even when bathing. One day, I accidentally dropped it in my bath. After a few days of letting it to dry, it was operational again. Someone in the "Mongeurs de Perl" reported dropping an HP41 from the fourth floor without injuring it!!

So I started with a postfixed language, later I used other postfixed languages like Forth and PostS‎crip‎t. I came to know PostS‎crip‎t from the long defunct NeWS, the Network extensible Window system wich was the first WS I know supporting non rectangular windows. Indeed windows were implemented as PostS‎crip‎t devices called canvases. The shape of canvases could be any PostS‎crip‎t path!! NeWS never took off. This had many causes: bad font implementation including the lack of characters with diacritical signs. Also few programmers wanted to write in a postfixed language (a OO version of PostS‎crip‎t ). Circa 1991 I wrote my first significant perl program (semi-fonctional) browser under NeWS of PostS‎crip‎t documents generated by FrameMaker. I even bragged about it in comp.lang.perl. The most popular internal NeWS application was pizzatool to order pizza.

I am Stéphane Payrard and I am just another Paris Perl mongueur. Our main page is
With other fella like the infamous BooK, I write short obfuscations as a way to learn the many perl features. The goal is to do twisted but functionnal equivalent of $A++(imitation of waving goodbye in French: A plus). Some I posted to Perlmonks (1),(2), (3). I was ranked best creative obfuscator at the third TPJ contest. This was part of a dubious european success that did not stay unnoticed by NTK. My personality type according to the Myers-Brigg test is INTP, that is a thinker, which is pretty common among programmers. Larry is INFP, aka an idealist.

My very own favorite nodes:

About form and content

Wolfram of Mathematica fame, is critical about graphical notations: Mathematical notation, past and future:
if one looks at all of notational history, essentially every piece of graphical notation that anyone's ever tried to invent for anything seems to have had the same (as Frege semi-graphical notations) problem of being hard to understand..
I found this essay when answering a thread about litterate programming. Note that if Mathematica is pretty expensive, all the documentation is online. And there is a mathreader for Mathematica juste like there is an acrobat reader for pdf.

The list of French mongeurs waterholes is growing:

I once compiled the list of paris monks from A more up to date and more general list that includes all known francophones monks is maintained by BooK at this pseudo user mongueurs

  • grinder: David Landgren our Czar. From the layout of his nodelet, I can safely infer that is a reader of NTK
  • BooK: Phillipe Bruhat.. Like a degenerate monk from the name of the rose, he speaks many languages at once
  • darobin: Robin Berjon.
  • echo: Eric Cholet does not waste time forking perl processes when doing CGI because he is a mod_perl wizard.
  • happy: Fabien Penso of linuxfr fame
  • mirod: When Michel Rodriguez goes somewhere, he splatters tags and displays his attributes. What can you expect from a XML addict
  • OeufMayo: Briac Pilpre. He spends way too much time here
  • sniper
  • stefp: I, ego, ich, je
  • tortue is Kai Carver
  • zejames: Julien Bordet in real life The oldie URL redirects to The creator of is mirod. Besides many XML packages in CPAN, he is the author of the Perl Geek Code. Here is mine

-----BEGIN PERL GEEK CODE BLOCK----- Version: 0.01 P+++>++++(++)@c+>++(+++)P6++>+++@R+++M+ O++MA+++E+++PU BD++C+D++++S--X+>+++WP MO+PP!n!CO->+PO--o++++G++A+OLC+OLCC--OL J--OLP+OLR-OLCO---OLS--OLL--OLA--Ee Ev+uL++w-m! ------END PERL GEEK CODE BLOCK------

Books and authors

I will not talk of geek books cuz diversity is good.

Name of the rose

Very fitting here because it is about a monastery and the tension between of closed source and open source. I recently reread this book by Umberto Eco. This semantician is interested in religion; check out his opinion about the old holy war between dos and Mac. Also an interesting interview with him about abondance of information.

A history of French Passions

Theodore Zeldin is the best author I have read about french mentality even if this book is only about the period 1848-1945. A must read especially for Frenchs. By the same author read also "An intimate history of humanity". This author focuses on everyday life. Very different from I was taught in school: historical persons and events.


Chomsky is an activist and a linguist. Not easy reading. his activist books, (both theorical and factuals) are necessary reading to counter the constant brainwashing by media. This is not a conspiracy but the very nature of the media as said by Chomsky himself and explained by Mac Luhan (1), (2).

He is best known in France as a supporter of revisionism because it defended Faurisson right to be published but certainly not his thesis. Just like, more recently defender of freedom on the net were (deliberatly) confused with pornographs.

I think the real reason is that Chomsky has to pay for his professionnalism. He rightly has a poor opinion about most French intellectuals who are unable to write books with an index and a list of sources but prefer write cheesy editorials in news magazines

A recurrent scandal are books (often ghost-written) from politicians promoted with the complicity of French mass-media and the parisian "intelligentia". Their authors cite without attribution materials from academics who do the tedious search of original material.

Usually these books are about great figures of past French history, mostly kings, politicians and writers. Very typical is Attali. You can guess from his site that these kind of guys prefer form over substance, apparence over reality. His site, which content is purely textual, is Flash based so it cannot be even indexed.

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Good Multimedia

a <blink>blink</blink> at Julia Kristeva, intertextuality at work:
All your base are belong to us -- s/base/tourist/ -- Mr T. -- -- AD 2001 war was beginning
Braingirl and the Pod People
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