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Saturday October 16, 2004
09:29 PM

Are you gay?

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Last night, I was asked the strangest question:

Are you gay?

This, I should note, was asked by the woman I'll be marrying in less than two months.

To be fair, there are a few times when that question is not entirely out of line. If, for example, you happened to be an exceptionally well-groomed metrosexual, and someone mistakes you for a gay man. Or if you know what's so funny about Homer Simpson citing the glory hole as one of the greatest accomplishments of humanity. Or if you get one too many of the inside references in Queer as Folk. All hypothetically speaking, of course.

And then there's the old standby -- just because a man is married, and fathered two children doesn't mean that he isn't gay.

That aside, the rest of the conversation went something like this:

What would make you say that?

Well, I saw you went browsing to this site -- Lambda the Ultimate .

Yeah? And?

Well, isn't Lambda a symbol of the gay community?

Lambda the Ultimate is about a different Lambda.

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  • Thank you for the best laugh I've had all night! Too bad I can't share this with anyone. All I'd get are blank stares.
  • Are you?!

    p.s. Scheme makes you gay.
  • This, I should note, was asked by the woman I'll be marrying in less than two months.
      To be fair, there are a few times when that question is not entirely out of line. ... And then there's the old standby -- just because a man is married, and fathered two children doesn't mean that he isn't gay.

    Better she ask two months before than two months after. I don't recommend anyone marry anyone they don't trust completely -- which includes trusting the beloved enough to tell the beloved everything.

    --
    Bill
    # I had a sig when sigs were cool
    use Sig;
    • IIRC, λ originally stood for LET in the lambda-calculus

      I don't think that is correct. According to Peter Norvig, Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming:

      The name lambda comes from the mathematician Alonzo Church's notation for functions (Church 1941). ... Lambda derives from the notation in Russell and Whitehead's Principia Mathematica, which used a caret over bound variables... Church wanted a one-dimensional string, so he moved the caret