Saturday, September 17, 2005

Wilderness fiction

While researching wilderness fiction for my grad class, Research to Text, I have come across several interesing volumes.

Not the least of which is Mrgaret Atwood's short stories in Wilderness Tips.

However, it is the humor that delights me most. Try out these two items:

"Real Programmers don't play tennis, or any sport that requires you to
change clothes. Mountain climbing is OK, and real programmers always
wear their climbing boots to work in case a mountain should suddenly
spring up in the middle of a machine room."

from: "Real programmers don't write specs" in
%A George S. Almasi
%A Allan Gottlieb
%T Highly Parallel Computing

and


Dear Mr. Wilcox:

We have received your extraordinary letter regarding the plans
for your record-breaking efforts this year [1967] on Mt. McKinley.
I have answered hundreds of queries over a long period of time,
but have never before answered one quite like this. In fact, I am
amazed that the National Park Service would grant a permit for
such a weird undertaking.
...[Significant history removed]
-- not just sleeping their way into headlines!

For your information, according to our records, McKinley
has not yet been climbed blindfolded or backwards, nor has the
same party of nine yet fallen simultaneously into the same
crevasse. We hope that you may wish to rise to one of these
compelling challenges.
Very truly yours,
Bradford Washburn, Director
Museum of Science and Hayden Planetarium

Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!