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Togo of Grand Smials [userpic]
12 years ago ... fully 12 years ...

Mulling over how things grow and blossom, or not.
Any true competitor knows that even slight praise for another player's work can set off a meme ... and it's a zero-sum game, right? So silence is the order of the day, unless one's skillful enough to pull of "damned with faint praise", which isn't that easy. (Far more likely is a "left-handed compliment", what Atisha's lojong ("mind-training") refers to as "talking with a twist".)

Here's what got me thinking.
Look at the right sidebar on http://robingood.typepad.com/ ... a nice selection, right?

Ok, now imagine a resource page with those links, where the description is expanded a bit, and the whole block for each site is completed with a screen-shot.
Ok, now look at the list on http://bentrem.sycks.net/gff/gff_comp.html ...
... that's what I had done.

For each item in that list I had created a text block, description, c/w screen-grab.

That's just one item that was blown away by the SysAdmin at St Mary's University when it de-funded the International Education Center.
That's the sort of thing that nobody defended.
That's the sort of thing that nobody valued, inside or outside.

Nobody scolded me for creating such a list. (The "Green Future Foundation" is what I was trying to launch.) Very likely administration called it "Nice" at some point.
But in the end it was blown away.

Months of work ...
... 12 years ago.


1995 ... The People's Summit ... not a bad page for 13 years ago!
2002 ... I created the prototype for an update, in time for the G8 Finance Ministers' Meeting.
Faint praise.

The chill of repeated cold-shoulders.

The A-list players fuck me over while "nice" people damn me with their mealy-mouthed self-serving hypocrisy.

It's been a looooooooooooooooooooong road.