Thursday 25 November 2004 — This is over 18 years old. Be careful.
Frink is a programming language by Alan Eliasen. It is really good at dealing with physical matters, tracking units along with numbers, so that physical calculations are really simple.
For example, how many gallons of gasoline have as much energy as a teaspoon of water (according to Einstein)? A line of Frink prints the answer:
teaspoon water c^2 -> "gallons gasoline"
3164209.862836101 gallons gasoline
The Sample Calculations are a hoot, ranging from frat-house liquor calculations to fart jokes to spam-debunking. And of course, the name of the language is from every geek’s favorite Simpson’s character. Frink will be the topic of one of the talks at the Lightweight Languages 2004 forum.
Scientist: How much time do we have professor?
Frink: Well according to my calculations, the robots won't go berserk for at least 24 hours.
(The robots go berserk.)
Frink: Oh, I forgot to er, carry the one.
- All political discussions will decompose into one or more parties accusing each other of being "Hitler"
- All technical discussions will decompose into hurling Simpson's quotes at each other.
- The entire Internet will eventually decompose into its lowest energy state: Pornography.
I just dug up the full Frink quote. I wasn't hurling it back at you.
Godwin's Law states that "you can tell when a USENET discussion is getting old when one of the participants drags out Hitler and the Nazis".
Frink, the language, seems kinda cool. In what must be as mandatory as showing that your programming language can produce "Hello World", Frink can do web programs as "Frink Server Pages". Joy.
I was also going to make a gratuitous reference to http://www.internotes.lotus.com to prove item three in my above post.
Anyway, to keep the Simpsons streamroller going, I will do some non-Frink Thanksgiving (food) references:
Moe: We'll have your best dish, stuffed with your second best.
Waiter: Very good sir, lobster stuffed with tacos.
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