Sometimes I come across something so utterly ill-conceived and fundamentally wrongheaded that I have to lay waste to it in public. Harsh medicine, true, but medicine needed nonetheless.
This was a post on RAIF, by someone whose name I’ll omit out of kindness:
> It’s that time again. We’ll be having our monthly meetup at 6:30 on
> Monday, July 26, at the MIT campus in 14N-233. See our website for
> more details about the group. On the agenda so far we have:
> * Talk about how Zarf’s Readercon talk went and what we might want
> to do regarding other local conventions.
> * Take a look at some of the IntroComp games.
> * Talk about what we might want to do for PAX East 2011 (it’s been
> confirmed for Boston for the next 3 years).
> * Watch the latest Gameshelf episode! We’ll be watching the
> YouTube-sized Gameshelf #8: Modern Interactive Fiction.
> As usual, we’ll head to Cambridge Brewing Company afterwards (usually
> around 8:00 or 8:30) for food and/or drink and more informal
> And as always, everyone is welcome, even if you don’t know anything
> about interactive fiction and just want to sit and observe.
This was my response:
Now, now. You can’t have a “people’s republic” of anything without the show-trials, the secret police, and millions of dead bodies. I know, I know. The longest journey begins with but a single step. Someday, you will have bodies piled as high as skyscrapers and your own front organizations all over the world. Long live the people’s republic of…oh, I can’t even type it.
I think that was pithy.
Hmm. I posted this once already and then it went back into draft mode without me sending it there. Odd.