Things I’ve written that have amused other people, Episode 3


In an internal discussion of the women blogger conference known as BlogHer, somebody asked, "Why isn't there a BlogHim?" I replied,

Isn't that the plural of the word "blog" in Hebrew?

This got quite an amused response from the Hebrew-speaking (or at least vaguely Hebrew-aware) members of the mailing list.

Not bad for having studied Hebrew for about ten seconds. (Apparently a better spelling of the plural would be "blogim" or "bloggim". But it wouldn't have been as funny.)

Comments (9)
  1. jeffdav says:

    Language geekery–providing endless opportunities for cleverness.  This is why learning new languages is fun.

    I finally got to use my knowledge of hebrew while watching that Tomb o’ Jesus show on discovery the other night.  I was able to say, "wow, that really is some bad handwriting."

  2. ::Wendy:: says:

    why have gender as a defining property of a conference around a new technology?  That strikes me as devisive,  responding with a male equivalent is also discriminatory and devisive.  Why not have a single event based on quality where gender is irrelevant.  

    That the context for Raymonds unquestionable humour arose,  is disappointing in a company that should be forward thinking on diversity and technology.

  3. Gabe says:

    Does anybody know if BlogHer discriminates based on sex, or only on gender?

  4. lol

    In hebrew it will be "blogim" or:

    בלוגים

  5. Steve says:

    @GABE -> A more relevant question would be, does anyone care?

    @WENDY -> MS does lots of gender and race specific stuff in the name of inclusion, and fairness. The outcome of which is really exclusion and preferential treatment, a fact that seems totally lost on it’s internal PC culture.

  6. Erzengel says:

    @ Raymond: Soooooo…. why isn’t there a BlogHim?

    Also, appologies for political discussion in your comments.

    @ Steve: That’s true of pretty much any "politically correct" culture. Affirmative action? Scholarships for women, ‘latinos’, africans, etc… but if there’s one for white males there’s suddenly a swarming pack of screaming banshees assaulting it.

    We won’t be equal until we can remove gender, race, and ethnicity from consideration for anything, not just remove white males from consideration.

    Instead, we celebrate the women who have chosen to blog; while pointing out that "men don’t need celebration" because "men are so much cooler than us" or something. It seems that PC people are simply sexist/racist at heart and think that, essentially, we women are inferior to men and need to be celebrated when we try not to be. Great…

    Again, I’d like to take this moment to apologize to Raymond. I am sorry for posting political arguments in your blog comments.

  7. Eric TF Bat says:

    That’s two articles in a row touching on Jewish issues.  Now I’m waiting for the storm of comments asserting that Microsoft is a front for Zionist something-or-other. It’d be no less logical than some of the nitpicks you get ’round here…

  8. Craig says:

    Erzengel, you raise a good point. As a guy who’s friends with a lot of top-notch technologists, many of whom are women, I often feel like they’re being looked down upon, albeit unintentionally. It seems to propagate the idea that women in technology is unnatural, and that the women need special attention because they’re not smart enough to do it on their own. Good intentions, but bad results…IMHO.

  9. Anarchist Geek says:

    A conference for women bloggers? Wow, next thing you know they’re going to be asking for the right to vote… (/snark)

    Why do they need to do one of those? I don’t know, maybe they’re going to be talking about issues that are specifically of interest to women bloggers, just like some would make conferences for issues pertinent to political bloggers or technology bloggers or science bloggers. Ever think of that?

    As for the interests of male bloggers, that’s what ALL the other conferences are basically defaulting to ANYWAY. Who needs BlogHim? Every other blog conference is a BlogHim.

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