April 06, 2003

A clarification

Sigh. As regards the hacking post, I would like to clarify a few things:

  1. I don't condone hacking.
  2. Laughing at something isn't condoning it; I disapprove in general with the act of hitting people over the head with a weighted sock, but it was funny when Homey the Clown did it.
  3. I was mainly inspired by the urge to make a pun with the title of that rather obscure David Bowie song. There are links to the entire lyrics plus the title in the original post, to help non-Bowie fans (non-fans of Bowie?) get my little inside joke.
  4. Number two is a reference to a recurring character on the defunct tv show In Living Color.
  5. I would not know how to hack a website, and wouldn't do it if I knew how.
  6. Yes, it would be very annoying if someone hacked my website. I might laugh, however, if it was an especially clever and funny hack; those are few and far between, though.
  7. (This one is for Steve H.) I am not sure that hacking constitutes "censorship" unless the government does it by official fiat. I think a better term for it is "vandalism." I prefer that term because, for one thing, censorship is not against the law (it can't be, since it is usually enacted by laws); vandalism, however, is.

I am only posting this because I have been getting some minor flack from a few people here and there, because I didn't put some sort of disclaimer in my post about how even though I think this is funny I think hackers should be fed while alive to rabid wolves. So here: I think that hackers should be fed, while still alive, to rabid wolves. Feet first. Is that better?

(Yes, I am in a rather bad mood. I am in no mood to coddle the sensibilities of "netizens." Well that is nothing new; but I have started and cancelled several posts on various subjects that were turning out too rancid for even my tastes, which is why you have not seen very many posts from me in the last few days. Consider yourselves lucky.)

Posted by Andrea Harris at April 6, 2003 11:53 AM

Hmmm. All this time I thought my laughing at Tom & Jerry cartoons meant I was in favor of mice feeding cats to angry bulldogs.

The things you learn...

Posted by: Kevin McGehee at April 6, 2003 at 02:14 PM

I cannot condone the feeding hackers, while still alive, to rabid wolves.

I could condone painting them in funny colors and forcing them to talk to work, naked. Is that okay?

All is (hopefully mutually) forgiven. Keep writing -- you're too valuable a Net resource to be bottled up by people who don't get the joke.

Posted by: *** Dave at April 6, 2003 at 02:51 PM

I'm sorry I missed the good stuff that you didn't publish. You write your best posts when you're seething.

Posted by: Acidman at April 6, 2003 at 08:05 PM

Nah -- the problem was I was so pissed I couldn't even think of anything to say. And then this weariness came over me... Well, we'll see if some boreblogging will get me over this hump. Heh heh...

Posted by: Andrea Harris at April 6, 2003 at 10:48 PM

Netizen, my bohunkus. Screw em. Funny is funny, and it's just frikkin' actors, anyway. You captured my thoughts on the matter perfectly. Shocking, that...

I can't tell you how thrilled I was to see "a nice cuppa STFU" used to such wonderful and appropriate effect, too.

Posted by: Scott Chaffin at April 6, 2003 at 11:59 PM