Yeah, that is... troubling.
I met Sal at WWDC '99. (Or was it '98? Brad, you were there...) At the time, he was THE man in industry for automation.
Since then, however, Mac OS became macOS by way of OS X, and AppleScript is no longer the single automation mechanism. Now we have a plethora of Unix based systems to choose from.
But yes. Troubling.
My other brain is hung like a horse too.
#IRC isn't old school.
Old school is being able to say 'finger me' with a straight face.