mean

People who post mean comments need to get some help

If there’s a dark side to writing books and having a website that gets millions of views, it’s that people who seem to have a lot of angst think it’s okay to leave mean-spirited comments on the website. I moderate all the comments, so outside people never see them, but I’m amazed at some of the angry posts people write. Part of me would like to reply, “Sorry, I didn’t write Unix, Java, Scala, Gimp, etc., I just try to explain how they work,” but instead I just delete their comments (because they never leave a name or email address).

My guess is that the people who write these things are angry at something else and for whatever reason that leads them to think that they can post a mean comment here anonymously, but yeesh, every once in a while the haterade gets to me and I just turn off the ability to comment completely for days or weeks. To the people that post mean-spirited comments like that, you need to take responsibility for your own life and/or get some help.

I’m surprised when functional programmers say bad things about Scala

I’m surprised when many functional programmers feel the need to say something bad about Scala. As a community, that makes them seem like a bunch of people who aren’t very nice. There are things I don’t like about Haskell, F#, Lisp, Scala, Kotlin, Go, Perl, PHP, Python, C, C++, etc., but I don’t feel the need to take pot shots at any languages or individuals.

Karma goes on for generations

I don’t know how my father was raised, but at times he could be domineering, mean, and negative. That has created a “cause and effect” karmic ripple that continues to influence people generations later, and long after his death.

(To be clear, he wasn’t all bad.)

Some people are hard to love

Thought of the day: Some people are hard to love. I’m sure there are more categories than this, but the people I’m thinking of today are either mean, negative, self-pitying, or in other cases, they just don’t give you anything to love.

An important part of this thought for me is that none of this has to do with what a person looks like, it’s all about their attitude.