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T-shirt of the week: Recursion

Forget the sound of one hand clapping or a tree falling in an uninhabited forest. This little coder's mantra is the ultimate Web 2.0 zen kata.

Recursion definedForget the sound of one hand clapping or a tree falling in an uninhabited forest. This little coder's mantra is the ultimate Web 2.0 zen koan.

The next time some code-ignorant management type gets all uppity about your mad tech-fu and asks "what makes programmers so special?" counter with this t-shirt, which understates the advanced philosophical concepts that separate the engineers from the end-users. Plus, it serves as a gateway pun for all those closed-source serfs who long to know what's so funny about the acronym GNU, or why this highly self-referential (on many levels) roleplaying comic is so freakin' funny.

About Jay Garmon

Jay Garmon has a vast and terrifying knowledge of all things obscure, obtuse, and irrelevant. One day, he hopes to write science fiction, but for now he'll settle for something stranger — amusing and abusing IT pros. Read his full profile. You can a...

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