Conference-DVDs arrived

Kay C Lan lan.kc.macmail at
Fri Feb 26 21:28:52 EST 2010

Sorry Richmond, I have since caught up with some other List posts and
see that you have apologised to Kevin.

There was no need for this extra post of mine.

As you said, on both a professional and personal level, lets hope the
rest of 2010 brings about an improvement over earlier events.

All the best.

On Sat, Feb 27, 2010 at 10:21 AM, Kay C Lan <lan.kc.macmail at> wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 2:53 PM, Richmond Mathewson
> <richmondmathewson at> wrote:
>> All things are a matter of degree. Carrying anything to its reductio ad
>> absurdam
>> will show its silly side.
> Richmond, there was nothing absurd about my son's example, it was a
> real life situation. The other example was hyperthetical, but I said
> 'might die', not that they did.
>> What I learnt is that, if at all possible, one should not let personal
>> problems get in the way;
> But that is not what you wrote. I believe it was you who capitalized
> the never, multiple times, in your post, not your professor.
> But this is all beating around in circles. What I think I really found
> objectionable about your post was that you were fully aware that Kevin
> had suffered the loss of two family* members and therefore if you
> consider my sons' story reductio ad absurdam, then how could you
> possibly type out a sentence suggesting personal problems should NEVER
> NEVER interfere, and then, as if to rub salt into the wound, compare
> it to turning up to work with the flu and a cup of Lemsip.
> Sorry, I just found it ALL VERY INSENSITIVE.
> * I don't actually know how many employees work for RunRev, but I'm
> guessing there are less of them than in my own family, so in such a
> small work environment, I consider that everyone at RunRev was deeply
> effected by the passing of Bill Marriott to the extent that it was
> similar to the death of a relative.

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