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Simon Cozens on "Why did I really quit Perl?".
Alternate analysis: Simon's perception of the group's nitwittery was just projection of his own latent nitwittery, possibly mixed with some amount of "those other people are trusted and listen to (and paid!), but why aren't I? That's not fair! I wish everyone would just shut up and listen to all the brilliant things I'm saying!". (For "trust", freely substitute its fightin'-words version, "cult of personality".)
When all you've got is bile-colored glasses...
Random idea: free psychoanalysis for Open Source programmers -- so that people can get sessions with a therapist/analyst/etc who can teach them to relate to others non-dysfunctionally, without expecting every interaction to reinforce their messiah/persecution complex.
Universities have this, except they call it "conflict resolution" to make it less threatening. It's basically therapists who spend all their time doing damage control on all the loonies in academia. "Now, Professor Shreck, Dr Kang told me you said some very confrontational things about him in that faculty meeting, accusing him of making up his data. Is that what you said?" "Yes!" "Do you know for a fact that he is making up his data?" "I have a hunch he is!" "Just a hunch?" "What, I need more? I'm a genius!" "Oy. Now, Professor Shreck, we've talking about this before; you really can't say things like that without support. Now, I'm going to give you a special yellow pad you can write these things on before you say them, and then once they're written, you have to check off the boxes that say 'I have support for this' and 'I'm sure that this isn't just me being out of my mind and playing status games.' Can you do that for me, Professor Schreck?" Etc. etc.
Alternate approach: free drugs. Or hell, let's just cut to the chase and make ESR a crack-head. Might be good for a larf.
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What's he talking about here? I make comments on use.perl for the same reason that I write my name in the toilet water when I'm urinating - I'm bored and I don't have a life.
That's a different kind of hubris. There's hubris for yourself and hubris for the sake of the attention of others. Three guesses as to which is the good kind...
Hangon. That's two options and you're giving me three attempts to make the correct choice?
I'd have to be really really Homer Simpson to lose. Even Bart would be smart enough to use "none of the above" for his third attempt. :-)
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