[R] How are R version types named ? Any convention (like Hurricanes etc)

Jim Lemon jim at bitwrit.com.au
Thu Apr 25 13:23:51 CEST 2013

On 04/25/2013 07:46 PM, Ajay Ohri wrote:
> With reference to R News
> News:
> R version 3.0.0 (Masked Marvel) has been released on 2013-04-03.
> R version 2.15.3 (Security Blanket) has been released on 2013-03-01
> R version 2.15.2 (Trick or Treat) ....
> R version 2.15.1 ("Roasted Marshmallows") ...
> R version 2.15.0 ("Easter Beagle")
> R version 2.14.0 ("Great Pumpkin")
> Dear R help List,
> How are these version types named? Masked Marvel comes after Security
> Blanket comes after Trick or Treat comes after Roasted Marshmallows.
> Is it some convention like that for Hurricanes in the West.
> It is totally incomprehensible to me as I am in India.
Hi Ajay,
My guess is that these correspond roughly to the levels of enlightenment 
that can be attained by mortals. We begin with the being having no 
concept of enlightenment. A pumpkin, however great, is as Freud might 
have said, only a pumpkin. A beagle, despite its lowly concept of 
nirvana, which it considers to be a place full of bones and interesting 
things to sniff, has begun to climb that long, long ladder. At first we 
might think of a marshmallow as a step backward on the road to supernal 
knowledge, but if we consider it as the plight of a being impaled upon a 
black birch twig, its essence floating upward with the smoke from the 
campfire, it is easy to see that this spasm of suffering is the prelude 
to its own spiritual ascent. Trick or treat signifies the problem of the 
initiate. So many ways are open, so many promises made. Which way leads 
to the goal? The seeker may cast about for a Security Blanket, some 
apparently firm basis upon which to regain one's bearings. The Masked 
Marvel is the true way, always concealed from all but those who have 
cast off the earthly delights of black box statistical packages and 
devoted their lives to the study of R. In future versions, we will no 
doubt see further occult signs that will lead us in the right direction 
if only we remain true to our noble and transcendent mission.

Okay, I think they are mostly from comic book characters.


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