July 29, 2004

Dave Winer's Got Questions, We've Got Answers

Deceiving Appearances:
"I am not a Kapor, I am a Winer!"


Behind the scenes in the press filing room at the DNC. There's a point to these pictures. How different do these people look from people you'd meet at a blogger's conference? They have a passion for information, take pride in their craft, are competitive, and are always trying to do better. They laugh at the same kinds of jokes we do. Like the bloggers at the DNC, these tend to be the good ones, the ones who care.
To which a friend of ours, wise in the ways of the Web ( and with a good deal more web cred than Dave has even in his own imagination) replies via email:
"Uh, no, Dave. These people bathe, know how to operate a toothbrush, can hold a 15-minute conversation without resorting to an acronym, and actually spend time writing about their assigment, as opposed to the 12 other bloggers they've meant today and their trip to the toilet.
Did I say Winer was unconfined to a mental institution? I'm sorry, he is, indeed at the Democratic Convention in Boston. What happens after today is not known.

Posted by Vanderleun at July 29, 2004 2:47 PM
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GvdL, who the hell IS this Whiner guy? Is he in any way important, or just another asshole eating up bandwidth?

Posted by: slimedog at July 29, 2004 3:16 PM

Mr. Winer is known for: 'I invented blogging, dammit!; "My web pages hold the most complete collection of outlining software from the 1980s, damnit"; "I recently decided to kill 3,000 weblogs without warning to those that made them, damnit!;" "I invented RSS, worship me of be damned,damnit!;" "Apache, used to be c'est moi, damnit!;" "This is my 4,52nd day of not smoking, damnit;" and "Le tout blogdom c'est moi, zoot!" He recently announced that he would move to a swing state so his vote mattered, but Massachusetts has not yet seen the last of him.

He may be found at http;//scriptingnews.com.

As you may have gathered he is one of my unhealthy obsessions and, except for taunting email from the evil one, I can quit anytime.

And yes he does consume more bandwidth than is healthy for the web.

Of course, that's just my opinion. I could be right.

Posted by: Gerard Van der Leun at July 29, 2004 3:38 PM

Blog, blog! What is blog!? -- a misquote from a Star Trek Episode.

Posted by: Stephen at July 29, 2004 3:41 PM

Short answer: bandwidth-eating asshole. As with the crazed Andrew Sullivan and Bill "Jackass" O'Reilly, I spurn him with my mouse. May his hit counter slow to zero.

Posted by: slimedog at July 29, 2004 7:43 PM

You'v got that right. Rarely has an opportunity been squandered more consistently than by O Reilly.

Posted by: Gerard Van der Leun at July 29, 2004 9:06 PM