Saturday, March 24, 2007

Everything Old Is New Again

Rails is the new HTML.
Merb is the new Camping.
DHH is the new Marc Andressen.
Seaside is the new Rails.
The Newton is the new Amiga.
Terrorists are the new drug dealers.
(Drug dealers were the new Russians.)
Arnold Schwarzenegger is the new Ronald Reagan.
George Bush is the new George Bush.
Iraq is the new Vietnam.
Ecstasy is the new acid.
Google is the new Microsoft.
Microsoft is the new IBM.
Haskell is the new Lisp.
lambda {|a|a+1} is the new print "Hello World";.
BitTorrent is the new Napster.
Mexicans are the new Irish.
(The Irish were the new Italians.)
Detroit is the new Mexico.
New Mexico is the new Nevada.
Vancouver is the new Amsterdam.
(Amsterdam was the new Tijuana.)
Sean Parker is the new Jim Clark. (Not really.)
Rap is the new country.
LEDs are the new Lava Lamps. is the new Wired.
ActiveRecord is the new garbage collection.
Myspace is the new clubbing.
John Woo is the new Raymond Chandler.
Parkour is the new Hong Kong.
Katamari Damacy is the new REM (pre-fame).
Digg is the new Slashdot.
Lightning In A Bottle is the new Xara Dulzura.


  1. I'd say "cocaine is the new ecstasy" instead.

    Ecstasy replaced acid in the 90s, but has been more or less replaced by cocaine usage.

  2. Surely

    lambda {|a| lambda {a += 1}} is the new print "Howdy, world\n"

    Bloody comment box, won't let me use tt, code or pre to present that code right.

  3. @engtech -- well, these things change, but technically cocaine can't be the new ecstasy, although acid could be the new cocaine, depending on cocaine's history. I'm not up on my drug lore, actually, but I'm fairly certain cocaine's been around for a while. ecstasy and acid were both discovered by chemists, were both used initially for therapeutic and research purposes only, and both became massively popular and generation-defining leisure drugs. I know cocaine was around in Freud's day, because he used it recreationally, so it has a different history and doesn't really fit the pattern.

    (but, you know, it's really a matter of opinion more than anything else.)

    @piers -- actually it should really be a generic operation-executor where a number is passed in as a variable, and an operator as well, to truly fit the source (the SICP book), but somebody else said it, not me, so I wanted to preserve the original phrasing.

    I'm reading a lot into the comments today.

    sorry about the comment box. Blogger sucks but I initially wasn't taking this blogging thing hugely seriously and I haven't had time to do the whole upgrade thing. my bad.

  4. heh agree with giles. In a lot of places speed or painkillers are the new ecstasy, but here cocaine came back with a vengeance recently. oh and sean parker IS the new jim clark damnit

  5. It's funny, I was worried about the political statements, but figured I could get away with a few drug references.

    I think the path from chemist to therapist to partier that both acid and ecstasy have followed make them an unusual subcategory of drugs in general. I'm not actually qualified to tell you what drugs are popular at the moment. I was referring to the patterns of their discovery and dissemination, not their fashionable or unfashionable status at any given moment.

  6. Ah, makes perfect sense. I was thinking of it from the POV of popularity and current fad vs old fad.


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