Scripting News for 3/15/2006

Unfortunately, there’s another controversy with Rogers Cadenhead. He asked to handle this matter privately and using attorneys, both of which I agreed to. Then he apparently changed his mind, and published my attorney’s letter to him. 

Grazr is a Javascript-based OPML browser that can be included dynamically in web pages. 

Marc Canter says “aggregate.” 

People have pointed out that there’s more than one level of irony in yesterday’s post about Identity Woman.  

Retirement roundup 

Since I’ve been at a conference the last two days, I haven’t had enough time to follow all the discussion about my decision to stop blogging. This morning I got up very early, ready to fly back to the Bay Area, and had some time to wade through the commentary and had some comments, since I am still blogging.

Several essays stood out as thoughtful, interesting, original, and had elements of truth to them, imho, that were unique.

Nick Carr: Once upon a time in the west.

I’ve never seen Shane, but I will. I like the imagery. Even now some friends send me emails saying I should fight. I thought I said pretty clearly that I’m not fighting. You want a fight, you do it. I gave at the office.

Some people have characterized my post as a suicide note, and that’s correct, it is a suicide note. Let me explain. There’s a virtual Dave and a real one. Here, you’re reading the virtual one. Some people hate this guy, some people love him. Lots of people invent new features of this guy, that are so different from the real guy that if the real guy met the other people’s version of the virtual guy, he would line up to punch him in the nose too.

Over time, this duality has gotten further off track to the point where people come up to the real guy in restaurants and shake the virtual guy’s hand. People threaten to hurt the virtual guy, and mistakenly hit the real guy. The real guy has serious health issues and has to take care of himself, and everyone who reads this blog knows this, yet they still create huge battles with the guy, and otherwise considerate people stand by and watch and do nothing.

Eventually the real guy decided enough of this bullshit. I just want to be the real guy.

When I started blogging it was all about creating a platform for people to be real. Well if I have to live up to your fantasies to be able to blog, I quit.

Maybe there’s still some life left in the real guy.

This is not meant to make you feel sad, or guilty or miss me or anything else. This isn’t about you. It never was about you. When you read other people’s blogs, think about that. They’re not writing about you, they’re writing about them.

The real Dave won’t stop writing, btw. The virtual Dave is going to stop. Bye-bye. See y’all later.

So Nick, I’ll watch Shane, for sure, but another movie whose plot may be like this story is Heaven Can Wait. If you like reading the real Dave, be prepared to play the role Julie Christie played. If a stranger walks up to you and asks to buy you a cup of coffee, you might want to say yes. :-)

11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Colin Lankshear on March 15, 2006 at 6:20 am

    I just want to thank the Virtual Dave for everything he has been, and to thank the Real Dave for making that possible. You have been an inspiration, you have always kept the faith, you have made amazing material contributions to the virtual world and, through that, to the material quality of life to folks who rub up against anything ‘cyberial’. And you have made unique intellectual and moral contributions as well, in a space that often badly needs them. We’ll look for Real Dave’s writing wherever we may find it. Meanwhile, enjoy your peace, and thank you for all the good fights you have fought — because they were big ones, and they had to be fought. Thank you very much for the contributions you have made to helping my life become rather more than it would otherwise have been. By the way, it’s black, no sugar.

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  2. Posted by Jimmi Johnson on March 15, 2006 at 7:23 am

    What a run!

    >>Maybe there’s still some life left in the real guy.

    Yes and may that life be wonderful and continually miraculous as it has been.

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  3. Posted by Tim Kelly on March 15, 2006 at 7:48 am

    Hey,

    Just wanted to say hello and let you know how much I’ve enjoyed your site. I don’t always agree but that’s not a bad thing.

    Your comment in Retirement Roundup that This isn’t about you reminded me of this quote (as well as sums up my philosphy of parenting, but that’s another subject). Good luck with your new adventures.

    People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway.
    If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.
    If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Be successful anyway.
    If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.
    What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.
    If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway.
    The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.
    Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
    You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; it never was between you and them anyway.

    This was supposedly written by Mother Teresa on the wall of her room.

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  4. Wow Dave,

    Thanks for the 20-some years that I have known you. You and the products and technology that you developed are a real inspiration.

    Best of luck in the world of the new real you.

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  5. Posted by Uncle Fudd on March 15, 2006 at 8:26 am

    Sounds great, Dave. Now enough with dragging this thing out. When is the final day?

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  6. What would be interesting is if Dave wrote a blog under a pseudonym and see how popular it became.
    So, the irony would be that he would have to pretend to be someone else in order top get treated like himself.
    Trippy.

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  7. So Dave, (the real one), who had his attorney write this letter to Rogers ? Was it you or the virtual you? What is your side of the story? What is the virtual you’s side of the story?

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  8. Posted by Ross on March 15, 2006 at 12:39 pm

    “There’s a virtual Dave and a real one. ”

    Which is the one that sends out lawsuits to people who thought they were friends?

    It must be terrible to be the friend of either dave, especially if your surname begins with C.

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  9. Posted by Required Name on March 15, 2006 at 6:30 pm

    If you want to stop blogging, just stop blogging. There’s plenty of other link farms out there that do it better (some use real audience participation to boot!) and plenty of other places where tired ideas are touted as new.

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  10. hey dave,

    this is my first post in a while but dont worry i have been reading non stop.

    i dont think you should stop blogging. i think you should stop reading your comments.

    i work in the domain name and hosting industry and your site is a good source of info for me. technology wise it is mostly over my head, but business wise your posts are invaluable.

    this current row with rogers c is quite obsurd on rogers’ part. first of all he verbally agreed to sign your agreement, then he verbally agreed to have your attoreys talk. so far he is 0-2 in keeping his verbal agreements.

    i do not know programming but i do have a descent grasp of the business world. the first rule of business is that you keep your word. the second rule is that you have a good attorney.

    for all the highly mature name callers i have this:
    ‘any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do. -Dale Carnegie’

    rock on dave, and please dont stop posting.

    roger

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