Re: The CFP for Space & Culture

Steve Finley (Finley@TTDCE1.COED.TTU.EDU)
Fri, 11 Oct 1996 12:21:38 +0000

Hey, Ian Roderick--

Not wanting to be chicken**** myself, I'm out from the baseboard to
claim the word but not the application. That is, I'm the guy what
said it, but I ain't callin' YOU yella. And I ain't comin' out to
the street to get shot, neither.

The fact is, every time I see such language, I never know whether I'm
just too ignorant to understand something that is in fact
well-described in language appropriate to the task but
incomprehensible to me, or whether it's obfuscating crap from
chick--I mean, cowardly people who will disavow their attempt to
exclude the unwashed. So, in any particular case, I might just be
kinda stupid. But when you see it all over the place all the time,
you start thinking at least some of it has to be that latter thing.
But NOT necessarily yours. So stop shooting--I'm unarmed.

Anyhow, I don't necessarily concur in many of the sensibilities you
stated in your post, but I'll bet you're not losing sleep over that.
Point is, I understood what you were saying a lot better here than
there. (But again, maybe it's just me.)