"Be This Guy"
ray at linkit.com
Sat Oct 12 14:56:59 EDT 2013
I don't know Richmond - I kind of disagree with you, albeit respectfully
so. You've apparently taken some time to write down your concerns here
and that's to be respected. I'd just create a junk mail filter and be
done with it.
Actually, I'd kind of like to see the masses get into scripting more.
I've always found it fascinating and I don't view myself as a brain at
all. I don't even know what the word prognathous means :-)
Best wishes and please stay with the community as it changes along with
the relentless passage of time.
On 10/12/2013 2:49 PM, Richmond wrote:
> Why do I feel that RunRev have been scraping the barrel recently?
> I wonder if the, unintended, result of their open source initiative is
> that their income has
> dropped considerably; hence the rather childish adverts.
> My e-mail inboxes (I have 2 e-mail addresses that are personal and one
> for my Devawriter)
> seem to get at least one RunRev advert a day, and, as such, I don't
> mind that.
> But there is something I don't like; the implication of these adverts
> seems to be that any old moron
> can write computer programs ; something that is palpably not true. And
> my ego feels bruised by
> the corollary that if any old moron can write computer programs with
> Livecode then I must be any old moron (and I'm not; I'm a special type
> of moron in a category of my own).
> Certainly that "BE THIS GUY" (Who would you rather be? and the answer
> is 'anybody else') advert does not
> do RunRev many favours; it comes out of the British 'dumb everything
> down to the stage where its just simply insulting' school of thought
> that seems to be pretty well all pervasive throughout the British Isles.
> This started with the slightly prognathous girl on the new RunRev
> website who is spacing out with her
> mall-rat friends (Scottish valley girls; the open sewer that runs
> between Edinburgh and Glasgow, starting
> with Westerhailes [heroin capital of the world] and moving through
> Hamilton [Buckfast tonic wine capital
> of the world]; 2 national disgraces and social bombsites whichever way
> you look at them) and has moved slowly down-market from there ("'down
> market' from Westerhailes" I hear you ask; well, I did see somebody
> injecting themselves with heroin in a carpark right smackdown by the
> river Tay in Dundee in 2003; so, if one thinks about parts of Lochee
> and Hilltown, it is just about possible).
> As somebody who has learnt about 9 programming languages (and most of
> the people on the RunRev use-list will better me there), I am well
> aware that learning to program is NOT for any old moron, and to imply so
> with "Tracy Beaker on Speed" types of adverts is disingenuous insofar
> as it gives any moronic programmer wannabees out there a distinctly
> wrong impression, and it will drive away more intelligent and
> motivated typoes towards programming languages/IDEs/packages that
> don't promote themselves through kiddy-crap.
> The whole thing reminds me of a Steve Martin film called "The Jerk",
> where, at one point, Steve Martin, playing the epynomous lead
> character, is drinking some multicolored cocktail out of a glass with
> a paper umbrella in
> it, and pointing at an advert the same cocktail saying "be somebody".
> "With 8 x 1 hour long lessons and a 1 hour 1-1 Skype Session and a
> Live Q&A Session every week you could produce the #1 selling app."
> Possibly; but not if you are a person who wants to "be somebody" in
> the way the advert presents things.
> RunRev produce a fantastic product; a product that can produce simple
> Powerpoint-like slideshows to incredibly complicated stuff (my
> Devawriter being about 25% along that line); so advertising Livecode like
> this is just doing RunRev a disservice.
> Jump on me.
> BUT; Please, don't keep quiet. I do feel that as parts of what RunRev
> choose to call a 'community' and
> like to tell us that we have some sort of say and input on what their
> company does, we should voice our opinions in this respect (as well as
> all the others).
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