If it's an earthshaking announcement, and it's being given at a TeX users group conference, then surely it must be off-topic.
On the other hand when you get to be old emeritus, you're entitled to do barmy things.
W. Joe Smith
Joined: Feb 10, 2009
Ernest Friedman-Hill wrote:Today at the TeX User's Group 2010 conference in San Francisco, Don Knuth is delivering a speech entitled "An Earthshaking Announcement" . What do y'all think it's going to be?
It is going to be the fact you only need to reach 85 MPH in order for the flux capacitor to enable time travel. Also, it only requires 1.19 "jigawatts".
When I die, I want people to look at me and say "Yeah, he might have been crazy, but that was one zarkin frood that knew where his towel was."
It's probably as Earthshaking as anything at a TeX conference is likely to be.
Joined: Mar 22, 2005
fred rosenberger wrote:I really don't see this as "earthshaking".
Maybe in the context of a TeX user group it is. IMO it's anyway only certain niches that still have a need for (or are accustomed to) the TeX ecosystem, everyone else is well served by standard word processors and layout/design apps.