The forkbomb.pl program is silly, but it does actually touch on an esthetic I have always found myself attracted to - generative art; where the artist defines the limits within which action should occur, and then sets a system or set of performers free to do what they want within that framework.
Perl would seem to be a great language for this kind of thing; being able to specify a set of actions or limits as classes, which can be set loose as indiividual processes to output music.
Alphabet Soup is an exercise in generative fonts in Python -- letterforms are deconstructed and reassembled to make new legible/illegible fonts. Time for us to get into the act, and not with forkbombs. Sheesh.