RMS, Minsky, and the Search for Truth (2019/09/21)
Richard Stallman stepped down from the FSF recently. I don’t think it was necessarily 100% voluntary. This came about in part because of a highly critical article about his behavior, pointing out ways in which he has behaved poorly.
One of the complaints people have had persistently about his behavior is a tendency to offer what seem to be defenses of extremely bad behavior. In recognition of his influential leadership in the field of self-referential acronyms (e.g., “GNU’s Not Unix”), I’m going to write a perhaps self-referential piece in which I argue that the actual behavior he engaged in is not necessarily the same as the behavior he is accused of. But because I have studied and considered human emotions and behavior, I’m also going to try to do a better job of clarifying what I am defending, and also what I am not defending. [read more...]
The Zak Update (2019/02/14)
So, just a followup, since people probably wonder: Yeah, I saw the Zak thing, in which Mandy Morbid, his erstwhile girlfriend, accuses him of long-term abuse. Yes, I believe it. Ironically, I was told repeatedly during the drama that Mandy was a bad person and I shouldn’t believe her accusations, but you know what? Fuck those people. The accusations are credible. During the whole thing, and thereafter, I talked to Zak a fair bit in email. [read more...]
New blog (2019/02/13)
For reasons, I got frustrated with maintaining a blog software to interact with, so I stopped. I exported old posts, added aliases for them, but this is now a static page, for reasons. Using Hugo.
The end of my Mac era (2016/11/29)
I first used MacOS X in 1988. No, that’s not a typo. See, MacOS X is really, under the hood, an older operating system called NeXTStep, which I started using in 1988. [read more...]
Video games, art, and passion (2015/04/25)
So, I wrote about my distress over the very disappointing Angry Birds Epic game. And since then, I’ve seen a couple of things that I think make a good contrast with it. [read more...]
Angry Birds Epic: This could have been a great game (2014/12/05)
I keep thinking about this, and then not doing it, and then thinking about it more. [read more...]
Consultancygate: An Overview (2014/08/10)
UPDATE: New data showed up, and I’ve changed my conclusions on some aspects of this. Most noticably, Mandy Morbid has accused Zak of abusing her, and I have posted some initial thoughts on that, but suffice it to say, I do at this point think I have credible evidence that Zak is in fact abusive in serious and important ways.
So, I wrote a really long thing about this, but it is as noted really long. This article is intended to be a better-structured guide to what happened, and why I think that the attacks on Zak and Pundit are basically dishonest and without merit. This article does not attempt to include all, or even many, of the examples. I am not implying that the things I don’t address are true, or even plausible; I’m just picking the examples I think are the clearest and easiest to understand without a ton of extra research. I looked into a lot more of them, and kept reaching the same conclusions. [read more...]
D&D Hatchet Job, Part 2 (2014/08/06)
UPDATE: New data showed up, and I've changed my conclusions on some aspects of this. Most noticably, Mandy Morbid has accused Zak of abusing her, and I have [posted some initial thoughts on that](/log/post/2019/02/14/the-zak-update/), but suffice it to say, I do at this point think I have credible evidence that Zak is in fact abusive in serious and important ways. [read more...]