[SATLUG] Apologies and olive branches.

Ernest De Leon edeleonjr at gmail.com
Fri Mar 21 20:47:35 CDT 2008

I wouldn't worry about it Ed.  This happens every so often on this list and
it eventually dies out.  People just get worked up because someone says
something that they don't agree with (passionately) or that they
(passionately) believe should not be on this list.  Every time this happens,
I remember the phrase (and I'm paraphrasing loosely) 'True genius is the
ability to hold two conflicting ideas in your mind at the same time without
imploding.'  This, increasingly, has become the problem with America today.
The day that the majority of people can hold multiple seemingly conflicting
points of view and do so without mental turpitude, we will have reached the
peak of human civilization.  Unfortunately, the world chooses to yield to
cognitive dissonance instead.  I have no shame in saying that this is
largely due to universities becoming businesses rather than places of true
meaningful education.  I frequently tell people that, in retrospect, my
undergraduate (and even more so graduate) degree was a waste of time and
money.  Had I known then what I know now...


On Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 6:31 PM, ed <horned0wl93 at gmail.com> wrote:

> What started as a Puppy thread, and got expanded into robotics, a la
> BigDog, is now drowning in multi-threaded muck.  There's now more being
> said about what can or should, cannot or should not, be said in the list
> than there is about any particular topic, on-, loosely- or off-topic.
> I've checked, and I've either taken the lead, of provided first support
> for each of the four major divergences from the original topic.  For
> those, I apologize, and ask that we reign-in what looks to become a
> genuine, list-splitting flame war real soon.  Help?
> I think the suggestion of marking a topic [OT] at the beginning of a
> divergence, with a (was ""), is probably a good idea.  Thereby allowing
> those who wish to pursue it, while those who don't, including list
> "purists," can either race by or filter it out.  Can we get a consensus
> here?  Please?
> Cheers;
> Ed
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Ernest de Leon

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety." - A common 18th Century sentiment
voiced by Benjamin Franklin

"A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his
government." - Edward Abbey

"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." -
Edmund Burke, English statesman and political philosopher (1729-1797)

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