"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."

-- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene 2

Back before you were born, I was looking for a name for a little C library that I had written to support neural network research. I chose the name GNARL, for General Neural ARchitecture Library. But my friend Asim used this amazing new thing called a "Search Engine" to find out that that name had already been taken, by a guy named Sevan, a grad student at Brandeis who was doing some really amazing neural-net work. So I changed the name to SNARL, applied to Brandeis, got my Ph.D. there, then came here, and tried to put SNARL up on Sourceforge. Turns out that name was already taken by another project. So after thinking it over very carefully for a few seconds, I added an 'I', and they let me use that name.

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