The important thing is not what they make of us…

«The important thing is not what they make of us, but what we make ourselves of what they make of us.»

Jean-Paul Sartre


Thank you for giving me this opportunity to be completely ridiculous…

Hey! I’ve just realized it is my second time on France 5 (well, it was called “La Cinquième” at that time) in 2000 in “les mots des maths” with Gilles Dowek and Philippe Flajolet…, edited by the talented Alexandre Besson.

The whole program is here:

Le Vinvinteur n°25

Coincidence?… This program brings a new perspective to the remarks I made to the French Senate, fourteen years ago (and yes, in 1999, our currency was still French Francs).

Le Vinvinteur 25 par levinvinteur

The Shakespeare Programming Language

Thanks to Christophe, I have just discovered the great work of Karl Hasselström and Jon Åslund. Here is an extract:


(This is the contents of the file primes.spl.)

Prime Number Computation in Copenhagen.

Romeo, a young man of Verona.
Juliet, a young woman.
Hamlet, a temporary variable from Denmark.
The Ghost, a limiting factor (and by a remarkable coincidence also
        Hamlet's father).

                    Act I: Interview with the other side.

                    Scene I: At the last hour before dawn.

[Enter the Ghost and Juliet]

The Ghost:
 You pretty little warm thing! Thou art as prompt as the difference
 between the square of thyself and your golden hair. Speak your mind.

 Listen to your heart!

[Exit the Ghost]

[Enter Romeo]

 Thou art as sweet as a sunny summer's day!

                    Act II: Determining divisibility.

                    Scene I: A private conversation.

 Art thou more cunning than the Ghost?

 If so, let us proceed to scene V.

[Exit Romeo]

[Enter Hamlet]

 You are as villainous as the square root of Romeo!

 You are as lovely as a red rose.

                    Scene II: Questions and the consequences thereof.

 Am I better than you?

 If so, let us proceed to scene III.

 Is the remainder of the quotient between Romeo and me as good as

 If so, let us proceed to scene IV.
 Thou art as bold as the sum of thyself and a roman.

 Let us return to scene II.

                    Scene III: Romeo must die!

[Exit Hamlet]

[Enter Romeo]

 Open your heart.

[Exit Juliet]

[Enter Hamlet]

 Thou art as rotten as the difference between nothing and the sum of a
 snotty stinking half-witted hog and a small toad!
 Speak your mind!

[Exit Romeo]

[Enter Juliet]

                    Scene IV: One small dog at a time.

[Exit Hamlet]

[Enter Romeo]

 Thou art as handsome as the sum of thyself and my chihuahua!
 Let us return to scene I.

                    Scene V: Fin.


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