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Mon Apr 24 09:59:43 UTC 2017

On 24.04.2017 10:26, Andrew Dinn wrote:
> Ah, bike-shedding!
> Personally, I much prefer isAbsent() to isNotPresent(), presence and
> absence being a historically well-sanctioned English language pairing.
> [n.b. I'll grant that my preference for C18th literature over Comp Sci
> argot might have swayed my judgement in this matter so I'll leave it to
> others to sanction or reject that suggestion via a conformantly aligned,
> textually rendered act of pollification (i.e. go on, post yer +/-1
> follow-ups)]

If we're going with fine aged literature references for naming things, 
then isBarren() might signify appealing, yet slightly terrifying 
existential emptiness. [0] [1]

dalibor topic

[0] 'The Draculas were, says Arminius, a great and noble race, though 
now and again were scions who were held by their coevals to have had 
dealings with the Evil One. They learned his secrets in the Scholomance, 
amongst the mountains over Lake Hermanstadt, where the devil claims the 
tenth scholar as his due. In the records are such words as 
‘stregoica’—witch, ‘ordog,’ and ‘pokol’—Satan and hell; and in one 
manuscript this very Dracula is spoken of as ‘wampyr,’ which we all 
understand too well. There have been from the loins of this very one 
great men and good women, and their graves make sacred the earth where 
alone this foulness can dwell. For it is not the least of its terrors 
that this evil thing is rooted deep in all good; in soil barren of holy 
memories it cannot rest.”'

[1] "I desired that I might pass my life on that barren rock, wearily, 
it is true, but uninterrupted by any sudden shock of misery. If I 
returned, it was to be sacrificed or to see those whom I most loved die 
under the grasp of a daemon whom I had myself created."

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