A Helix Christmas Carol
24 December 2004At this time of year, we go up into attics, or down into basements, drag the holiday stuff from its year long cocoon, dust it off and put it up. Every once in a while, you dust off some gem you haven't seen in ages. In this season's sorting through the electronic archives and virtual flotilla of Helix debris that has accumulated since its early days, just such an ancient gem emerged.
Twelve years ago, a group of Helix developers and friends were attempting to create a group holiday message. Someone in the group found a computer-age fable called The Night Before Crisis on a bulletin board. It was a take off on the holiday favorite, 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, originally thought to have been written by Clement Clarke Moore, but later discovered to have really been called Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas and written by Major Henry Livingston Jr. (1748-1828).
By updating the language a bit, changing some of its thoroughly PC-based argot to something more familiar to our own Helix users and rearranging some of the stanzas, we believed we had it.
We tried to find the authors of the original fable to give credit where credit was due, but were unable--now and even in 1992--to locate them. If any of you can point us in the right direction, we will be happy to append that credit to this page.
If we have infringed in any way upon the author's rights, we will prostrate ourselves before them and beg forgiveness, in the spirit of the season...;^)
Happy holidays to all our users and friends.
The Helix Recovery Team
T'was the night before crisis,
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