The social skills of a thermonuclear device, part 2


I guess I'm living up to my reputation of having the social skills of a thermonuclear device:

From: <name withheld>

It'd be awful swell of you to add my blog to your blogroll. You don't know me, and I know you only by your superlative writings, but I'm a big fan.

http://<link withheld>

P.S. Would you like you home remortgaged? Are you in need of prescription drugs? Can you help me free up my Nigerian wealth?

My reply:

hey there - i actually am extremely selective about who goes on my blogroll. in fact I'm working on making it smaller, not bigger. sorry.

And the response:

From: <name withheld>

HOW RUDE!

Maybe the author of this cartoon was researching how to finish the story...

Comments (17)
  1. John H says:

    Hmm, I think your correspondent is more in the running for "a social skills of a thermonuclear device" award than you from that exchange. I’m impressed you actually found time to answer him.

    I would expect any blog that was at all popular to build it’s blog roll baed articles the author reads. Obviously the requester assumes I’m the minority. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind if  blog rolls vanished entirely. I’ve never been introduced to a blog I’ve read consistently via one. Linking to other people’s articles is a far more useful process, in my opinion.

  2. bramster says:

    "I would expect any blog that was at all popular to build it’s blog roll baed articles the author reads. Obviously the requester assumes I’m the minority. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind if  blog rolls vanished entirely. I’ve never been introduced to a blog I’ve read consistently via one. Linking to other people’s articles is a far more useful process, in my opinion."

    Au contraire.  Both the Daily WTF and Adam Felber’s Fanatical Apathy have contributed to my daily educational experience.

  3. BryanK says:

    The author of that cartoon did finish that story, though.  Check out the next two days:

    http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20060301

    http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20060302

    (Unless I’m misunderstanding what you’re saying…)

  4. Nish says:

    The P.S. leads me to believe that Raymond is just kidding us and that he made up the story :-)

  5. FelixTheCat says:

    Back in the late 90’s, there was a CSG guy working for Eric Engstrom nicknamed "Militia Joe" because of his excellent skills with firearms.  Joe put together a little plastic bag of ammonium nitrate as a joke and put a label inside that said, and I quote:

    "Enclosed you will find 1/4 pound of ammonium nitrate (N2H4O3).  When mixed with approximately (the actual amount I won’t disclose) of diesel, this common farm fertilizer could be made to explode with the force of several sticks of dynamite.  If the charge were properly placed in the ground it would probably make a hole large enough to bury a person, or two in the case of Raymond Chen."

    Since people have actually used you as the volumetric icon for the force of explosive power, I think your reputation must be well deserved.

  6. Matt Green says:

    The bloggers’s eloquent retort can only be from Stephanie Tanner. Because this is the case, I suggest you take her up on her opportunity. You may find yourself a minor character in an upcoming destined-for-Nick-at-Night-family-friendly sitcom, Raymond!

  7. Tim Dawson says:

    Does anyone else get irritated when they hear anybody refer to anyone as an "a-list" blogger? And doubly so when people refer to themselves as one?

  8. I don’t consider myself an anything-list blogger. I don’t even consider myself a blogger. I just have a web site that I update somewhat regularly.

  9. Darren Winsper says:

    Careful Raymond, lest Scoble sends you away for re-education ;)

  10. Sam says:

    aww, so you neither will link to my blog?

    You are *so* mean!

  11. FelixTheCat says:

    Raymond, you should apply at this startup:

    <a href="http://isolatr.com/">Isolatr</a&gt;

  12. C-list blogger says:

    This site is hereby:

    1. a blog.

    2. on the a-list.

    3. certified by me.

  13. Roger Clark says:

    Don’t you mean "thermonucular?"

  14. Vineet Reynolds says:

    I think the 419ers suddenly turned polite.

  15. Tim Dawson says:

    Sorry Raymond, I was referring to the cartoon, not to you.

  16. Raymond II says:

    Seems like a situation Jar Jar Binks would get himself into.

  17. Cooney says:

    Dare to dream

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