From: glen mccready
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Sun, 15 Oct 1995 10:12:56 +0000
Forwarded-by: David Holland <email@example.com> Forwarded-by: Janet Rosenbaum <firstname.lastname@example.org> Forwarded-by: Soren Dayton <email@example.com> From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Craig R. Hilsenbeck) Subject: New Unix utility PSHIFT(1) USER COMMANDS PSHIFT(1) NAME pshift - paradigm shift utility SYNOPSIS pshift [-zzeitgeist] [-rragelev] [-v] [-c] [-wn] [+|-n] DESCRIPTION The pshift operator performs a paradigm shift on its input stream within the context of the current or specified zeitgeist. OPTIONS -z Specify the zeitgeist context. May be specified here or from the environment variable $ZEITGEIST. Supported values of zeitgeist are judeo_christian (default), postcommunist, new_age, and when_god_was_a_woman. -r Specify rage level. Acceptable values of ragelev are ennui (default), deep_seated, and consuming. -v Set to verbose mode. Normally pshift operates silently; in verbose mode it publishes a 500+ page bestseller entitled "Rethinking [input stream] in the [zeitgeist] Age", and then begins soliciting honoraria until the operator types ctrl-c. On some systems it runs for Congress. -c Set to collective IO. Normally pshift takes its input from stdin and outputs to stdout; in collective mode it takes its input from the Collective Unconscious and writes to the Body Politic. -wn Specify first, second, third or fourth wave. Acceptable values for n are 0,1,2 or 3, with 2 (third wave) being the default. [On Sun systems, the logical waves are 0,3,2,1, which map to physical waves 0,1,2,3; see Sun Technical Manual for details.] +|-n Specifies the number of times to prepend 'post' to the zeitgeist context, if positive, or 'pre' if negative. The default is 11. EXAMPLES source $DEITY | pshift -zpostcommunist -rdeep_seated -v +1 On most systems, the above command will output a hardcover volume called "Rethinking God in the Post-Postcommunist Era", in which the irrelevence of erstwhile religious concepts is seen to have triggered a global, deep-seated rage vis-a-vis traditional sociopolitical norms leading to a premature breakdown of emerging postsoviet infrastructure. pshift -znew_age -rennui The above command produces no output, but privately processes a vague discontent which it will share if its space is honored. May be redirected to /dev/null. pshift -c -w3 -1 Taking its input from the collective unconscious, the above command rejects the failed socioeconomic policies of the last thirty years and replaces them with a futurist, fourth wave polemic of traditional values, the two-parent family, and the supremacy of the private sector that was the foundation of the American utopia of the 1950s. Use a prepend value of -2 to restore the American utopia of the early Industrial Age, a value of -3 to restore the European utopia of the Enlightenment, -4 for catholic hegemony, etc. (note: Requires grass root permission. In verbose mode, it may also require a $4 million advance.) SEE ALSO backlash(1) BUGS You must have root permission to use consuming rage. AUTHOR Robert Drucker (email@example.com) copyright 1995 Robert Drucker. Robert Drucker is a trademark of Robert Drucker.