My Brainf Quine

A quine, a program that’s output is it’s own exact input is a rite-of-passage for an engineering afficianado. For those that consider ourselves one level above afficianado we always are looking to up the ante. I took two years off after high school, and remember them fondly. I could read wikipedia all day, program anything I wanted, explore freely.

It’s a magical place to be in, when you any path seems possible and nothing seems mandatory. It’s a time when our world-view is fully open, and interesting possibilities seem everywhere. It’s a time before we get overwhelmed by so many obligatory minutiae (cable bill, health insurance, change my oil, arrange my 401k, excercise more, sleep more, read more, relax more, pickup groceries, return that item, answer those emails to those family members) that we find ourselves overwhelmed and instead of branching out we try to reduce our world. It’s a time before we filter our world into a functional place of checklists and routines to optimize staying afloat, a time when we are so unencumbered that we needn’t even ration our attention or time, and thus can float through the trivial obstacles (traffic, distractions, unforeseen obligations) of life with an interest in these new challenges rather than a resentment at a ceaseless set of obligations.

Anyways, I reminisce. But back in that era, one thing my friends and I would do is make coding challenges for each other. After a friend introduced me to “brainfuck,” a language with only 6 commands all represented as single characters, I challenged him to write a quine in brainfuck. I can see by googling that many other people like us are out there, who, like us, have been to that place where we are hungry for the next challenge to create for ourselves.

Recently I found my quine from back then it brought back memories.




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