It was many moons ago that awesome team of Fabulous Francie and Professor Ignatius Gonad IV were called upon by a member of the liaty to answer one of their problems. Sadly the domain is no longer active ... it is a long story which I may be allowed to tell some day when they lift the court orders. However the questioner got around this knowing that I was a close friend of Ignatius Gonad and knew I that would be able to contact him and sent me the email and I am very glad to be able to reproduce the email and the Professors reply here in the august pages of DominoYesMaybe
Dear Professor and Fabulous:
First, let me convey my deep condolences for the
cancellation of your
"Troubled Geek" show. Initially, the loss of this bastion
of comfort in a
cold, cold world saddened me nearly to the point of doing
myself harm! But
then I took a nap and felt much, much better. I do hope to
see you back on
the air again soon.
Now, to my question. While investigating some of the
detailed behavior of
"garbage collection" in the "Java" programming language, I
decided to put
some background music on in my "office". I chose to loop
the Ping Floyd
song "Wish You Were Here", as it seemed appropriate for
when the "Java" "Garbage Collector" (why do they call it
Seems a bit supercilious, no?) removes bits of memory that
I really did not
want it to.
Here's the problem: My son, who is not a fan of Pink
Floyd, wandered by and
criticized my choice of "entertainment". He claims that
the Beatles song
"Everybody's Got Something To Hide (Except for Me and My
Monkey)" is far
more appropriate, as (in his explication) the "Monkey" in
represents my missing heap storage, and that, beyond
simply stating the
problem, the song also provides useful "advice" (i.e.,
"Take it easy").
I, however, claim that "Take it easy" actually refers to
implemented by the "Garbage Collector", by which the
so-called "garbage" is
Who is right, he or I?
Thank you for your adjudication!
and the reply ...
Since Fabulous Francie as at this time deep in her research program
the effect of suntan oil on the defrag time of AIX servers I will
Alas and alack, TheTroubledGeek.com is as you have found no more
due to an unfortunate incident with some Pirate Rum, an unripe
and a goat about which I can say no more other than the nun now has
a restraining order.
I believe you problem lies not in the choice of music but in your
urges with respect to Java! In their seminal work "Javaphiliacs, the
deviants" by Weisenberg, Smith and Widdle 2002 the abnormalities
lie deep in the psyche of those that dabble in the deep murky stack
can be traced back to incidents in early childhood that involve
(I believe you americans call then gumboots), wheelbarrows and an
to eat icecream with a spoon.
You son's perspicacious grasp of the situation is laudable however
he too may be suffering from C++osopatheticsonolasitis, which is in
a perpondersance to see more meaning the the words of messieurs
and McCartney than in fact is actually there.
So in effect what I am saying is you are both wrong and should
repair to Itoons and purchase "We're Only in It For the Money"
by Frank Zappa
and the Mothers the only album to play when considering anything to
Java and it makes about as much sense!
Much Love and Hedgehogs!
Professor Gonad wishes me to make known to the world at large that the authorities are quite happy for him to answer any and all of your queries using the good offices of DominoYesMaybe as an intermediary. The Prof is also a great believer in collaboration and invites not only your problems but your input in the comments section of any posts he may receive and reply to
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