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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • It [simon-cozens.org] all seems to boil down to "being around those Perl nitwits made me a nitwit; so now I'm going to go away and be a rebel, and I'm gonna keep it real, and people can't handle that!". A very tired Western trope. You'd think the appeal of that riff would have worn off somewhere around the billionth time it was used.

    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.