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Quick Bits for April 10

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  • Congratulations to my buddy Jeff Newberry on the birth of his new son, Ben. Ben entered this world on April 9 and immediately rolled off an impassioned version of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s cover of “Little Wing” on the miniature Stratocaster Jeff paid dearly to have the doctors insert into his wife’s womb. I hear tell she was not happy about that procedure, and less happy to have to birth the guitar as well as her son, but obviously all worked out well in the end. Congrats, Jeff and Heather, and welcome to the world, Ben!
  • Superhappy 38th to Tim “Timmy B.” Bishop, who carries in his head the entirety of the info what can be found at allmusic.com and then some. Only 731 more days until we get into whatever debauchery you decide is appropriate for your 40th, homes. You’d best get to plannin’.
  • Want some help reading your way through the interwebs more quickly? Check out Spreeder, a handy little tool which scrolls chunks of text by your eyes at whatever size and speed feels comfortable to you. They’ve also got a handy bookmarklet so you can select a hunk of text, click the link and go straight to reading said hunk at speeds heretofore undreamed of by man. Or at, like, 500 words per minute, anyway.
  • Next time I need a lawyer, I know exactly who I’m hiring to represent me: Lawyerbear.  Let’s just see the judge try to haul me off for contempt of court next time!  Ha!  Not with Lawyerbear on my side!
  • I’m not sure I have much to add to the Kathy Sierra conversation that hasn’t been said to death already, but there’s one big question that’s been bugging me: why her? What about Kathy’s site — one which existed only to help its readers, to inspire them and help them create products that would work better for their users — could inspire the hatred and death threats that ended up directed toward her? She doesn’t seem to be a particularly controversial figure and didn’t put forth the kinds of vitriolic political screeds which engender flame wars, even modest ones — especially not when compared with so many other prominent bloggers toward whom these hateful people could have targeted their bile. I haven’t read enough on the topic yet, and I’ll admit that I don’t know all sides of the story (though the pro-death-threat side would have to work awfully hard to convince me of their rightness), so please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong here. But from what I know of the situation, the answer seems to be: these people essentially destroyed a meaningful chunk of Kathy Sierra’s life because she’s a woman, and because they could. That sickens me. (I’m feeling a larger First Amendment post brewing. Stay tuned.)
  • On a directly related note: The Blogger’s Code of Conduct? Yeah, good luck with that.  Getting more than a couple of bloggers to agree on anything is like counting grains of sand in the Sahara — practically impossible and ultimately futile.
  • Also, this seems like a great time to link to one of the most insightful and profound Penny Arcade strips ever.

Written by Allen

April 10th, 2007 at 10:18 pm

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  1. Re: the Kathy Sierra thing – it’s all part and parcel of being a female blogger. I’ve had the same thing. Worse, in fact – people posting my physical address and encouraging people to go do stuff to me. (Thankfully, that was two houses ago.)

    Honestly, I’m surprised at the reaction this is getting… because it happens every day. Not that it should rate as normal…. but, sadly, it does.

    'song

    10 Apr 07 at 10:48 pm

  2. I think the only reason this has gotten as much attention as it has is because Kathy’s a prominent blogger. Female bloggers who have to deal with this shit all the time don’t get the media play, but maybe they should.

    I get the desire some people have to be complete jackoffs to other people on the Internet, but I just don’t get that need to take that farther, to try to hurt someone in real life (for whatever value of “hurt” you want to include there). I don’t understand it. Even with the vilest of people I’ve encountered on the ‘net, the idea that I should try to do something to hurt that person in real life has simply never occurred to me, and even if it did, I wouldn’t actually do it.

    I’m sorry you’ve had to deal with similar stuff in the past, and I sincerely hope you never have to again.

    Allen

    11 Apr 07 at 9:43 am

  3. Thanks for the birthday shout-out! And hopefully I’ll be getting some of the more useless factoids outta my head on the (mostly daily) Hello Cleveland.

    Timmy B.

    11 Apr 07 at 10:22 pm

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