On 11 Aug., 22:35, Gregory Brown <gregory.t.br... / gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Friends,
>
> I have received an ominous message from the future. =A0We should take
> this seriously, as it could determine the fate of our Ruby lives as we
> know them! =A0Decrypted future-message below:
>
> ---
>
> The evil #COBOTS have taken over the programming world and aim to rule
> it with an iron fist.
>
> The #COBOTS started by capturing all of the world's rubies, sucking
> the life force out of YARV, MRI, Rubinius, and even their former
> enterprise ally JRuby. Soon after this initial attack on pleasant
> coding, all dynamic languages fell to a similar fate.
>
> As their lust for CPU cycles deepened, the #COBOTS took away the
> parentheses from Lispers in their ivory towers, and even shattered the
> beloved curly braces of the mighty C hackers. =A0With all other
> languages crushed under their robotic corporate might, the #COBOTS
> seemingly had thrust the world into yet another dark age of COBOL
> programming.
>
> That was, until the Ruby Resistance began to form. =A0Hiding beneath a
> fallen code block, heroic and daring Matz was able to escape from the
> initial strike. Taking life one object at a time, he began to rebuild
> his community by teaching them the forgotten language of the elders.
> Soon after, brave men and women of all ages began to re-learn what it
> meant to be a Rubyist, and together, became the Ruby Resistance.
>
> The call to action is simple: =A0Commandeer as many evil #COBOTS as
> possible, re-program them, and take back the world's rubies. =A0It is
> the only way to ensure programmer happiness for ourselves and the
> generations of hackers to come. Will you rise to the challenge?

I removed all the parentheses keys from my keyboard and locked them in
a PO box. Whoever will read this thread in the future: You will find
parens, braces and brackets in box #1011 /you will know where to
look/!
-- Frank