Why not Ruby?

Tim Greer tim at burlyhost.com
Fri Jan 2 00:24:44 CET 2009

Richard Riley wrote:

> Jason Rumney <jasonrumney at gmail.com> writes:
>> On Jan 1, 3:12 pm, r <rt8... at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> The man lives in a world driven by common sense
>> "Common" sense suggests that his views are shared among the general
>> populace. I don't see much evidence of that in the sometimes never-
>> ending threads that frequently follow his postings. But it is good to
>> start debates about making changes to the status quo, often the
>> debates will result in worthwhile changes, even if those changes are
>> not what he proposed. I just wish he would choose his venue a little
>> more carefully sometimes.
> I find that with Xah's posts people argue the man and not his
> points. And they argue the man because he refuses to be brow beaten by
> those who do not like to be criticised or are too think skinned. I
> rarely find his posts controversial but always interesting. His ELisp
> tutorial is far and away better than anything else out there for the
> programmer moving to Elisp IMO. He backs up his points with reasons
> and supportive evidence and rarely with "because I'm experienced and
> thats the way it is" - something not every one takes the time to do.
> He is clearly intelligent, thoughtful and experienced if a little
> lacking in finesse at times. The world needs more Xah lees.

You say he's intelligent and interesting, others see it as the opposite. 
If you want to read his rants, by all means.  However, there have been
many, many posts there this poster was proven wrong. That is when the
poster become more belligerent, off topic, and vulgar.  That is not the
actions of an intelligent person that's staying on topic or providing
anything interesting.  The only thing I find interesting, is two
anonymous posters from gmail.com rushing to his defense, especially in
light of the fact that few people share your version of this person's
talents.  I'm not trying to be mean, but the guy is what people call a
usenet troll.  By all means, be his fan, but don't encourage his cross
posting trolling as a means to provoke interesting, intelligent
debating (because he's not and it's absolutely not his intention). 
Believe what you want, though, and I'll believe what I know.
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