I think it's pretty safe to say people love why the lucky stiff. He's funny, provocative, mysterious, strange, smart, creative... how could anyone _not_ want to see him back? We need more men & women in the world like _why.
In other words, to be more accepting and appreciate of each others' quirks and differences.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
Although sometimes ignoring comes later, or being ignored is winning.
Yes, seeing others shake off the naysayers as they blaze a path of genuine individualism and (positive) weirdness is encouraging, but surely this isn't a binary situation where we can only have one or the other.
If someone threatens that safe zone at our club, I remove them. We simply do not tolerate people who are disrespectful to others. That doesn't mean we agree on everything (in fact we argue all the time!) but as long as things remain respectful, and apologies are publicly made when the line is crossed, our club remains healthy.
Smaller communities are, IMHO, the best way to foster growth in those of us with fears about being different.
While it's important for communities to be accepting, I also think it's up to individuals to grow a tougher skin. Chuck Swindoll does the best job I've heard to describe this http://www.insightforliving.ca/broadcast/lifetrac/thick-skin
What makes this line of thinking so utterly useless is that you can't force someone to "toughen up" versus bullies/assholes if they lack the capacity at a particular point in time. The attitude only empowers the bullies and assholes.
Eventually, I find this site to be too much to waste time on, and simply left. (I doubt this account will last more than a day anyway.)
This site has a narrow minded and intolerant culture. (And those who are within the range of whats "Acceptable" think that its quite the opposite so they never see it.) This culture knows that it can call people names, attack them personally, dig up private information and harass them and get away with it because there will be no punishment-- since they all vote each other up in their game of "smear the queer".
This is, of course, why they do it. Hounding those who are different into leaving until you have an ideologically pure little "community".
Meanwhile the moderators of this site hellban people for the "crime" of linking to a scientific paper that disagrees with global warming (since this is a leftist site, obviously, if you disagree with global warming you're not part of the realm of people where "tolerance" applies.)
And so the people who are different leave, the "community" sits around and congratulates itself on how tolerant it is, never recognizing how completely homogenous it is.
Hellbans are not always moderator implemented. Usually hellbans are the result of people downvoting. Since climate change denialism is usually bullshit I can understand why that kind of link gets many down votes.
The other stuff sounds horrible, and surprising, and I'm sad if your account of it is accurate. For what it's worth I've seen personal attacks heavily downvoted, and I've seen homosexual-positive comments upvoted.
This site has a narrow minded and intolerant culture.
HN is probably too large of a community to improve the vitriol that sometimes flows here. I like what http://lobste.rs is trying to do, where you need a recommend to submit and post.
Don't let the haters win! Let's keep trying.
Everyone else is just as afraid as you are. They're just better practiced at not making decisions based on fear.
Decision making & your emotions are always at odds. Learn to make decisions based on reality instead of the way you feel, and you'll start to see the world in a very different light.
Who's this guy _why? (also known as why the lucky stiff):
The site http://whytheluckystiff.net is being hosted on GitHub under this account:
The git repo for the site has seen activity today, and has sparked conversation:
The site is serving up files in PCL:
Here are the contents of these files converted from PCL into images:
The post also links to an updated PDF compendium of all _why's recent documents. All rotated and in the correct order (maybe). Bursting with _whyness.
Yes please :)
Was there an "exile" event that I am not aware of? Or does anyone know what he's talking about?
Hpricot in particular was under heavy assault. I'll be the first to say that maybe it wasn't always the most performant solution, but for a long time it was the only good solution (and I tried a few). So when people are ripping your libraries left and right, forgetting to pay a little bit of respect to how big an impact he had on the community, then yeah...I could see how he'd feel the need for a self-imposed exile.
Why (not his real name!) became famous for his work's weirdness. And his "enemies" disliked how capricious and weird his work was, not the sort of thing to build a Real Serious Business on. and he fled from the public eye into self-imposed exile when people started piercing his intentional veil of anonymity.
Like X only betterer is the ghetto of the technically talented but uncreative.
Some people are still understandably mad at him for taking down his repos when he disappeared. He probably feels a bit like a pariah, even though his actions were of his own choice.
There is a long history of the phrase "self-imposed exile". It's even the example for the word self-imposed in the American Heritage Dictionary
Also, if you take _why as being separate from the human being who played him ("Subject" is the best I've got), Subject could have imposed exile upon _why, because they're not the same person. http://words.steveklabnik.com/why-is-a-role-not-a-person
No. He left of his own accord. Read it as "self-imposed exile" or something.
"This printer queue is going down for MAINTENANCE but will shortly return for a day I believe it will be on the day of April the 19th from like four o'clock to let's say twelve."
For everyone else, _why made some videos before, here is my favorite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXZ_htL1rOI
So far I've discovered I can go to http://whytheluckystiff.net/SPOOL/TRUMPETS for example to download a file. Trying to figure out how to read the format at the moment.
Looks like it is PCL format. I'm trying to find a decent Mac OS X program for converting PCL to image.
Managed to generate this: http://i.imgur.com/AL9mSLr.jpg The quality is horrible though. I see now that some other people have already linked rendered versions in high quality, though.
It was fun trying to figure it out though. :)
And then presumably also some people who always thought his whimsy was a detriment to the ruby community (by making it seem less professional or something).
(Not my opinions, just information)
"At my local Barnes and Noble, there is a huge wall of Java books just waiting to tip over and crush me one day. And one day it will. At the rate things are going, one day that bookcase will be tall enough to crush us all. It might even loop the world several times, crushing previous editions of the same Java books over and over again."
"What I’m Going to Do With the Massive Proceeds from this Book
Anyone who’s written a book can tell you how easily an author is distracted by visions of grandeur. In my experience, I stop twice for each paragraph, and four times for each panel of a comic, just to envision the wealth and prosperity that this book will procure for my lifestyle. I fear that the writing of this book will halt altogether to make way for the armada of SUVs and luxury town cars that are blazing away in my head."
(This is a completely free book)
Just wonderfully absurd.
I started working with Latex again not long ago, so I'll maybe improve it soon, too.
PDF version here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/135658986/-why-Homework
(I've rotated the PDF 180 degrees; the original PCL is upside down)
Converted to PDF from PCL here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/135653743/-why-Caprice
a refreshing sense of adventure. crossing boundaries
Edit: added imgur album.
I don't have any pcl to image tools so I can't check what it is.
PDF of LEVELS: http://www.scribd.com/doc/136676459/LEVELS
GitHub Repo: https://github.com/cwales/cwales.github.com
PCL Converter: http://www.columbia.edu/~em36/pcltopdf.html
Sorry, best I could do:
TL;DR a prolific pseudonymous rubyist who was very active in the ruby and rails community. Noted for his particularly whimsical (and/or arful) style of approaching problems and communication. Probably best known for "why's poignant guide to ruby", currently mirrored here: http://mislav.uniqpath.com/poignant-guide/book/chapter-1.htm...
Domain Name: WHYTHELUCKYSTIFF.NET
Created on..............: 03-JAN-2002
Expires on..............: 03-JAN-2014
Record last updated on..: 13-DEC-2012
$ file DESOLEE
DESOLEE: HP PCL printer data
$ whatis -s 1 file
file (1) - determine file type
$ file DESOLEE
DESOLEE: HP PCL printer data