We considered ourselves to be a humorous people

In 1990, Sandia National Laboratories convened an expert panel to make recommendations on the design of markers for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, a deep geological repository for storing radioactive waste. The recommendations of the A team have become famous due to their stark and alien nature.

Sometimes code is radioactive waste.

Perhaps we can take comfort in the panel’s observation: "Beauty is conserved, ugliness discarded".