September 4, 2006

untitled pyramid


[Cartoon inspired by this doozie. Man, and you thought A-Listers were up their own ass...]

[Thanks, Kai, for the link.]

Posted by hugh macleod at September 4, 2006 4:55 PM | TrackBack

i put forth my favourite question:

how many third graders (9 year old children) would it take to kick your ass?

i doubt those brainiacs will see the deeper meaning (humility and ego) of my conundrum.

Posted by: AndrewH at September 4, 2006 6:45 PM

What's higher up the ass: trying to initiate worldwide discussion about social change, or continue worldwide discussion about the changing of geeks' social lives by technological "inventions" and the version numbers involved?

Posted by: Niko at September 4, 2006 8:37 PM

I'd give them some questions to answer!!

Posted by: John Dodds at September 4, 2006 8:42 PM

You aren't indirectly referring to Jason Fried, are you?

Posted by: WhyBasecampSux at September 4, 2006 10:19 PM

In Comoros you are favourite blog, I like comic books and rude words. Shaum

Posted by: Shaum Bubblewink at September 4, 2006 10:53 PM

Did you see the questions that are vying to by asked to the so-called Great Minds? This is one of them:

"How do we reduce the elitism of knowledge such as your event? Why do the masses ask you and not the other way around? Can you not ask questions of us and allow us to answer. Cartainly we have better answers being more minds than you."
(By Peter Timusk, 46, Ottawa, Canada)

That sounds like the Cluetrain pulling into Eliteville station...

Posted by: Chris at September 4, 2006 11:57 PM

never liked direct selling

Posted by: jon at September 5, 2006 12:25 PM

I hate to be the one liking the droppingknowledge concept.. but anyway, if you read further than the pyramid, the point of the round table event is to *start* a discussion, which should be had between people, not the great minds.

Not everything has to start with humble geeks blogging away 3 years, hoping to make the a-list. Some things can be started with a big bang. How effective the "big bang" approach is, is debatable. But creating a big attention bang doesn't automatically mean the people involved are up their asses.

Posted by: Niko at September 5, 2006 12:42 PM

Big attention bang? What big attention bang?

Posted by: Hugh MacLeod at September 6, 2006 6:56 AM

As said, "how effective the big bang approach is, is debatable". But they are free to try, and I argue this trying still keeps their heads below the ass level. Let's wait and see what the graph looks like next week.

Posted by: Niko at September 6, 2006 8:32 AM

Ow that site is pretentious!

It seems very left-wing but I love the irony that they've been given chauffeur-driven Mercedes to "ride around Berlin in".

These folks never heard of public transport, or, God forbid, walking?

Posted by: Dan G at September 6, 2006 1:19 PM

Disagree, Niko.

One of the most effective ways of keeping one's head up one's ass is to shroud it all up in good intentions. And if you can tie your own puny, portentous agenda to something of global import, even better.

Just my opinion.

Posted by: Hugh MacLeod at September 6, 2006 1:32 PM

Gotta love a forever cynic. If nothing comes out of the event, at least it shows no mortal should try to make the world a better place without approval from the blog elite.


Posted by: Niko at September 6, 2006 4:09 PM

Niko- you learn fast ;-)

Posted by: Hugh MacLeod at September 6, 2006 4:13 PM


How come when I put a pyramid on my blog, everyone freaks out and tells me about fifty different ways that the blogosphere is in no way a pyramid.

But when you put one up on yours, nobody bats an eyelash?


Posted by: David Armano at September 6, 2006 9:35 PM

David Armano, pyramids freak people out. I blame John Calvin.

Posted by: Hugh MacLeod at September 7, 2006 9:31 AM

"the public identified 500 questions as those most likely to initate open dialog"

um... i don't think "initate" is a word.

apparently there aren't many copy editors that high up in the ass.

Posted by: Kynthia at September 8, 2006 12:51 PM

That was terrible! I mean, forget about if it was arrogant or whatever, it was just plain boring!

Posted by: Stephen Hamilton at September 23, 2006 2:45 PM

Im probably an idiot, but that wasn't at all funny.

Posted by: Anonymous at February 15, 2007 11:09 AM