APR
14
2004

aseigo. blog("kdedevelopers.org"). stop();

my words have gotten me into trouble (some would say, "again"). apparently some people are truly offended because of the content of my blog. i can't rectify that now, nor can i fix other people's way of approaching the Universe. all the same, i don't want my personal thoughts to cast a pall of negative consequences upon KDE or any other Free Software project; so this will be my last blog entry on kdevelopers.org. i'll leave with some quotes that i found online while looking for some external wisdom on things. some i feel apply to me or to this situation. some are just interesting, or even funny. enjoy.

"To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing."
Elbert Hubbard

"People ask for criticism, but they only want praise."
W. Somerset Maugham

"Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"I have never found in a long experience of politics that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance."
Harold Macmillan

"Observance of customs and laws can very easily be a cloak for a lie so subtle that our fellow human beings are unable to detect it. It may help us to escape all criticism, we may even be able to deceive ourselves in the belief of our obvious righteousness. But deep down, below the surface of the average man's conscience, he hears a voice whispering, 'There is something not right,' no matter how much his rightness is supported by public opinion or by the moral code."
Carl G. Jung

"Ours is an age of criticism, to which everything must be subjected. The sacredness of religion, and the authority of legislation, are by many regarded as grounds for exemption from the examination by this tribunal, But, if they are exempted, and cannot lay claim to sincere respect, which reason accords only to that which has stood the test of a free and public examination."
Immanuel Kant

"It is strange that we do not temper our resentment of criticism with a thought for our many faults which have escaped us."
Author Unknown

"I'm deeply tired of the divisions within the larger Free Software community: invisible lines through which we dare not walk for fear of political reprisal."
Me.

"To err is human, to forgive divine."
Alexander Pope

Comments

I have a couple more quotes that I'd add -- gleaned from KSig:

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.
--Richard Feynman

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.
--Bertrand Russell

Anyone who has begun to think, places some portion of the world in jeopardy.
-John Dewey

Peace and humptiness forever.
--Digital Underground

Uhm, yeah. Anyway -- I think the very nature of a blog is for airing thoughts rather than well reasoned conclusions. People who fail to grasp that are likely just sifting through looking for propaganda to feed the flames on slashdot and such. And well, they'll have no trouble finding it -- with or without your posts.

You're of course free to stop posting, but I'd say that's a premature reaction. Of course stuff from here will get twisted from time to time. On the other hand it lets people into what's going on in the heads of KDE folks from time to time, which I think outweighs the occasional post that we may in hindsight think better to have left in the big drafts folder in the sky...


By Scott Wheeler at Wed, 04/14/2004 - 23:58

This is a joke, right? Icecream offends people? Well, I hate refined sugar as much as the next guy, but still I don't get it.

I find it much more offensive you would up and go at a drop of a pin like that. Weak. ;)

(Edit: The reference to icecream is due to the confusing output I got in Konqueror when clicking on http://www.kdedevelopers.org/user/view/5 ... my bad. I still don't get it though.)

(Edit2: I've gone back and started reading your blog entries now that I've figured out how. :) They seem pretty cool. What's the problem? I guess the joke is on me.)


By Navindra Umanee at Thu, 04/15/2004 - 01:49

by blogs here then they are idiots...
the reason for this site, is for developers to be able to speak there minds. if they cannot do this then i might as well go into the server room and pull the plug.


By Ian Reinhart Geiser at Thu, 04/15/2004 - 03:21

Full ack. Especially considering there's absolutely nothing in asiego's blogs to be offended by. I just don't get it (TM).

Don't go, Aaron.
--
KStars: A desktop planetarium for KDE


By Jason Harris at Thu, 04/15/2004 - 04:13

Hey Aaron, please please put some spaces into your unbreakable "aseigo.blog("kdedevelopers.org").stop();", it makes the boxes on the dot look, uhm, fat and unbalanced. :P Other than that keep posting, we need more posts, then we will have less offended people per post. ;)

EDIT: Thanks ;)


By Na at Thu, 04/15/2004 - 03:24

right it is basic math, we just need to get the silent majority to be a bit more vocal in their support of open minds...

"Joke 'em if they can't take a fsck."

/me


By rabbit at Mon, 04/19/2004 - 22:45

I thought this was another 'aseigo moving to Gnome' thing, until I realised it wasn't actually April 1st again so soon. How the hell can anyone be offended by anything that Aaron has wrote - ever? I may not agree with some of the things he has written (not much though ;)), but some of his forthright comments are the height of coolness (including his rather annoying dislike of capital letters :)). aseigo rules!

my words have gotten me into trouble (some would say, “again").

Who the hell with? My response to this would probably be a word ending in 'off', but then I am a rather no-nonsense person from the North of England - maybe I'm missing something with the rest of the world.

“I’m deeply tired of the divisions within the larger Free Software community: invisible lines through which we dare not walk for fear of political reprisal.


By segedunum at Thu, 04/15/2004 - 19:20

Hi Aaron. You don't imagine haw many fans you have spread over the whole globe! You're an example for the community and you inspire many others following your way (I have done the konqueror's noflicker patches for -usability-, to help your work)
I don't remember having seen something against your work. Maybe, as the community is growing, some kids start some nonsense complaining, but you know it's hard to prevent them from doint it.. so just ignore it!
If you need, ignore this comments, ignore #kde or change nick, but keep up and **enjoy** your work ^_^


By Enrico Ros at Thu, 04/15/2004 - 23:28