Transcript and Dot Notation

Judy Perry jperryl at
Mon Feb 27 01:47:38 EST 2006

I have likewise refrained from even opening my computer (a laptop) to read
email until now, a good or nearly 24 hours after the initial
conflagration, in order to try to gain some balance and composure and

I've got a big mouth, by which I mean to convey that I am an opinionated
individual (D'oh..., right?).  I feel strongly, if not passionately, about
issues I espouse.  With rare exception, I grant the same to the opposing
party, assuming that they, too, feel passionate about their point of view.
If one does not respect the person with whom one is disagreeing, what is
the point of discourse?  Why discourse with those you do not respect?

But I NEVER wish to be guilty of character assasination of those with whom
I debate.  The issue is the issue, whatever it be: it is open to attack,
er, debate.  The person, however, is entirely another matter: the person
is to be respected.  Period.

And so I apologize to Dan for having offended him. Dot.syntax is
certainly fair game; Dan as a human being, however, is not.  I respect him
as an intelligent human being and as a long-standing champion of the
x-Talk family of languages.


On Sun, 26 Feb 2006, Dan Shafer wrote:

> I have slept on this. I have decided to take the advice of my wife and
> other sages whose wisdom I admire. It is better to be happy than
> right. This picture is not who I am or who I want to be, here or
> anywhere else.
> I sincerely apologize to Judy, and to any member of the list who was
> insulted by my comments in any way. This issue is not one about which
> I am emotional; I am sorry I let it become an emotional discussion.
> In the end, it not only doesn't matter to me whether or how RunRev
> implements objects, there isn't a single issue in the entire realm of
> Revolution worth personal insult and injury of any kind.

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