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From: Kieran Mullen <kieran@phyast.nhn.ou.edu>
Subject: (whorl) Re: Digest whorl.v010.n101
Date: Sun, 9 Apr 2000 15:12:58 

> From whorl-errors@lists.best.com Sun Apr  9 13:19:29 CDT 2000
> --------------- MESSAGE whorl.v010.n101.3 ---------------
> From: "Timothy Reilly" <treilly@ozemail.com.au>
> Subject: April Fool's Day posts

> _Fascinating_ idea to start TBLS in Vol 3.  Maybe if I had I would've
> enjoyed it more.  On the other hand maybe it's just hard for Australians to
> enjoy a series where a murderously malevolent goddess is named after a cute
> little marsupial like an echidna.  (For those who don't know  - or possess
> Lexicon Urthus - an echidna is similar to a big hedgehog, and even more
> harmless).  It's as if the gods are named Pas, Scylla, Goofy, Tartarous...

> Tim

   No doubt half a hundred people will write to you that the definition of 
   echidna \E*chid"na\, n. [L., a viper, adder, Gr. ?.] 1. (Gr. Myth.) A 
monster, half maid and half serpent.
   (Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary)
Is probably the one you want.  Unless of course Wolfe meant:

   Echidna:  Constraint logic programming embedded in an object-oriented 
language. The syntax is an extension of Edinburgh Prolog.

  ["Hierarchical Arc Consistency Applied to Numeric Processing in Constraint 
Logic Programming", G. Sidebottom et al, TR-91-06, CSS-IS, Simon Fraser U, and 
Comp Intell 8(4) (1992)].
since she *is* a computer construct...  Nah... ;-).

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