AUG
31
2006

The Dot once again reveals the icky among us

Why is it that whenever a Dot story features one of our female contributors, people feel the need to embarass themselves (and the rest of us) with pathetic and demeaning comments? Greg Meyer called it, it's really creepy, anti-social behavior.

A few days ago, I was going to blog here about my recent engagement, with pictures...but you know, I thought about previous instances of this happening, and I didn't particularly want to share the photos with the members of our community who make such comments. And that makes me sad: :(

Anway, things are moving slowly in KStars-land. Haven't been too motivated lately, and I haven't had much time anyway. We should be getting earth satellites sometime soon. I also was messing around a bit with QGraphicsView, but I am not sure if it will be worthwhile to extend that system to handle spherical projections. I don't think it would be faster than the system we already have in place. I should take another look at openGL at some point though.

Comments

Yeah, I saw the "nobody" comment late last night and almost replied but was tired and thought I probably wouldn't express the problem with that kind of comment very well and I also wanted to actually leave an *on* topic comment too after reading Celeste's start menu usability report. It's sad - you wouldn't go up to someone you don't know and make a comment like that so why do people do it online? It's not just the anonymity as the second poster demonstrated.


By jakamoko at Thu, 08/31/2006 - 10:23

I haven't had time to read the post, but I've been dealing with my own first weirdo... I used to love being a girl-geek, and I was always comfortable hanging out in irc n'stuff... lately it's not been so much fun. I find myself having to watch what I say again, which sucks.


By chani at Thu, 08/31/2006 - 21:43

Its hard being a guy.
We get weird thoughts and shit if we;re not properly attached to someone and it distorts our way of thinking. IMHO if guys start saying weird shit on the blogs after seeing a picture of a girl, it's probably because he hasn;t gotten any for a long time.

Just my $0.02,
Ben

PS. Girls don't seem to suffer from this... :-|


By bensch at Wed, 09/06/2006 - 17:21

People think all kinds of stuff. But they learn not to say them when it's inappropriate. It's silly to blame it on being male (as if women aren't sexually motivated as well and don't ever stay stupid things).

If I'm sitting in a meeting, bored and hungry and catch the smell coming from the pizza place next door I don't blurt out, "Damn, I'd like some pizza!" Why? Because it's inappropriate for the context. Saying, "Dude, but I haven't had food since yesterday!" won't make much of a difference. ;-)


By Scott Wheeler at Wed, 09/06/2006 - 21:42