Goodbye Ruby - Hello Earth


#1

Hello Fellow Humans,

I want to keep this short, but I could write a
book if I wanted to. I am the author of DRP
a relatively unpopular and decaying GEM.

I am not a very frequent poster to the list
and not a particularly vocal member of the
community. I have however been enjoying Ruby
for the past 8 years of my life. In fact I
would call Ruby one of the loves of my life.

I am writing today to say my goodbyes to Ruby
but also to computers and everything else which
we know is destroying our planet, yet which we
continue doing in our denial and madness towards
inevitable annihilation.

This is not a suicide letter, I am going to study
permaculture which I think is one of the few chances
we still have. I am going to try to make a small dint,
but it is only in mass that we will succeed. This is
the endgame.

Some of you will have a very strong and angry reaction
to this email. Please try to reflect on why you might be
quite so angry.

In any case, please take my word that this is
a sincere and heartfelt farewell. If any of you
who are watching the world unfold and are experiencing
similar feelings, or are starting to feel cracks in
your shells, please feel free to contact me privately,
and I will be glad to speak with you. I am not a
psychotherapist but I may have something to contribute,
besides we have Ruby at least in common.

Goodbye Ruby my Dear,
Christophe


#2

From: “Christophe M.” removed_email_address@domain.invalid

I am writing today to say my goodbyes to Ruby
but also to computers and everything else which
we know is destroying our planet, yet which we
continue doing in our denial and madness towards
inevitable annihilation.

We are toast in a billion years if we don’t get off this planet.

http://www.universetoday.com/2008/01/31/will-earth-survive-when-the-sun-becomes-a-red-giant/

Regards,

Bill


#3

On Apr 8, 2009, at 3:34 PM, Bill K. wrote:

We are toast in a billion years if we don’t get off this planet.

Yum, toast!

I, for one, will be holding aloft a vanilla-bean crème brûlée so that
I may greet our kind and gentle red giant master with a perfectly
caramelized sugar crust.


#4

Christophe M. wrote:

I am not a very frequent poster to the list
and not a particularly vocal member of the
community. I have however been enjoying Ruby
for the past 8 years of my life. In fact I
would call Ruby one of the loves of my life.

I am writing today to say my goodbyes to Ruby
but also to computers and everything else which
we know is destroying our planet, yet which we
continue doing in our denial and madness towards
inevitable annihilation.

i am too… that sitting down at the desk for 10 to 12 hours a day, not
exercising my body very much… so i wanted to do something more active
every day, like teaching kids how to swim or something.

even a lamp can be bad for us as we use it to stay up late and research
showed that if we sleep after 11pm it hurts our liver and recovery
system for the body.

but then, maybe computer, tv, lamp are just tools… like a knife… if
we use it a little or wisely, then it can be to our advantage. if we
use it way too much, then it can hurt us.


#5

Christophe M. wrote:

I am writing today to say my goodbyes to Ruby
but also to computers and everything else which
we know is destroying our planet, yet which we
continue doing in our denial and madness towards
inevitable annihilation.

You must do whatever makes you happy. If you are not having fun, then
you are
not doing anyone, anywhere, any good.

And always remember: If you are not part of the problem, then you are
part of
the solution!


#6

On 9/4/09 6:25 AM, Christophe M. wrote:

Christophe

Farewell and good luck!

Mark


#7

Christophe M. wrote:

computers …we know is destroying our planet>

Call me naive but I can’t quite see why computers are causing damage. Au
contraire, I would have thought.


#8

On 8 Apr 2009, at 23:42, SpringFlowers AutumnMoon wrote:

even a lamp can be bad for us as we use it to stay up late and
research
showed that if we sleep after 11pm it hurts our liver and recovery
system for the body.

oh dear, on that basis I’m screwed then :frowning:

Ellie

Eleanor McHugh
Games With Brains
http://slides.games-with-brains.net

raise ArgumentError unless @reality.responds_to? :reason


#9

On Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 12:34 AM, Bill K. removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

http://www.universetoday.com/2008/01/31/will-earth-survive-when-the-sun-becomes-a-red-giant/

Regards,

Bill

I agree with what Phlip said, you have to do what you think is right for
you.
And to Bill: I dunno; it seems a little bit more reasonable to handle
the problems of the next century (if not decade) than those of the
next two billion years LOL.

For myself: I still believe that we can survive with whales, tigers,
gorillas, lots of rain forrest and maybe without major wars and
terrorism without giving up technical achievment, the problem is
rather human nature itself :(.

We will see, good luck in any way.

Robert


#10

2009/4/9 Mike S. removed_email_address@domain.invalid:

Too much of anything is bad. You probably needed a balance between
your job/career and other stuff. As far as health is concerned, I
think that most of us on this list are screwed. Little or late sleep,
poor diet, hours in front of monitors. RSI and back pain…

… but I love it!


John M.
07739 171 531
MSc (DIC)

Timezone: GMT


#11

On Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 5:02 AM, Eleanor McHugh
removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

oh dear, on that basis I’m screwed then :frowning:
Ahem, you mean doomed, right?
Robert


#12

2009/4/9 Robert D. removed_email_address@domain.invalid:

long for the endless immensity of the sea.
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

No. She’s a lightbulb. Not a bayonet fitting one mind.


#13

On 9 Apr 2009, at 09:49, Robert D. wrote:

On Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 5:02 AM, Eleanor McHugh
removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

oh dear, on that basis I’m screwed then :frowning:
Ahem, you mean doomed, right?

Call me an optimist, but to quote Buffy: “there’s always another
apocalypse” :slight_smile:

Ellie

Eleanor McHugh
Games With Brains
http://slides.games-with-brains.net

raise ArgumentError unless @reality.responds_to? :reason


#14

Mike S. wrote:

Christophe M. wrote:

computers …we know is destroying our planet>

Call me naive but I can’t quite see why computers are causing damage. Au
contraire, I would have thought.

Our worst general global problem is lobbyists and corruption, and the
second
worst is the oil companies.

Way down on the list is the toxic cadmium and mercury compounds used in
most
computers. Look up OLPC - I suspect you could grind one up and eat it
and not
get sick.


#15

No. She’s a lightbulb. Not a bayonet fitting one mind.
Now I can see clearer, obviously she is switched on!
Hmm poor OP we are wasting ( I am wasting CO2 ) for stupid word games.
R.


#16

john maclean wrote:

Too much of anything is bad. You probably needed a balance between
your job/career and other stuff. As far as health is concerned, I
think that most of us on this list are screwed. Little or late sleep,
poor diet, hours in front of monitors. RSI and back pain…

Google “sustainable pace” or “energetic work”.


#17

Christophe M. wrote:

Hello Fellow Humans,

Am I the only one who, upon reading the subject line, thought that Earth
was a new programming language?


#18

On Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 2:25 PM, Phlip removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

worst is the oil companies.

Way down on the list is the toxic cadmium and mercury compounds used in most
computers. Look up OLPC - I suspect you could grind one up and eat it and
not get sick.

Sure enough I agree with this assessment. I however suspect that
Christophe has made his choice either because he sees some connections
between the way he can use computers, oil companies and other human
aberrations, which indeed might exist or spring into existence soon.
Or maybe it is just a personal choice to do what he thinks best for
him.
I suspect that he might as well feel happy enough with our responses
that he presents his POV on that.

Open Source however really seems to do the contrary, or am I too naïve
here too?

Cheers
Robert


#19

Am I the only one who, upon reading the subject line, thought that
Earth was a new programming language?

At last - a way to bridge the distance between software engineers and
activist hippie chicks!

http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3138


#20

On Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 9:35 AM, Phlip removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

Am I the only one who, upon reading the subject line, thought that Earth
was a new programming language?

At last - a way to bridge the distance between software engineers and
activist hippie chicks!

http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3138

Reminds me of an old engineering joke (forgive the masculine slant,
ladies).

At the dorms…

Geek 1: Dude! You’ll never believe what happened to me just now! I
was walking back from class and this girl biked up to me, jumped off,
stripped naked right there on the sidewalk!

Geek 2: Wow! What did you do?

Geek 1: I jumped on the bike and took off.

Geek 2: Why did you do that?

Geek 1: Uh, duh. The clothes wouldn’t fit.