Re: Come in rec.kites, your time is up? (Gaffer MIA)
|Subject||Re: Come in rec.kites, your time is up? (Gaffer MIA)|
|From||Andrew Beattie <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date||Sun, 19 Apr 1998 10:39:50 +0100|
Andy Wardley told me about this thread, so yesterday I dropped in to have a browse. Much of what Andy guesses is very accurate, but I feel that I should answer the general question in my own words.
So: Why isn't Gaffer posting to rec.kites these days?
Well, it's a combination of things. None are the whole reason, my absence is as a result of the combination.
- I've moved job. My old job was unchallenging. I looked for
technical challenge and stimulation outside my work, and found it
in kite flying. I would work on kite-related stuff on the train
on the way to work, on the train on the way home, at home, over
the weekend, and I'd be thinking about kites most of the day at
work as well. In contrast, my new job now occupies most of my
time and attention. Typically, I'm out of the house (wearing
suit and tie...) before 6am and won't be back before 7pm. Since
I'll be in bed shortly after 9pm ready for an early start the next
day, that doesn't leave much time for rec.kites... I don't have
the time or enthusiasm left to deal with my Email. Even important
issues like Peter Hugger's kite and Ted's missing Tshirt don't
get their proper attention (now both being addressed).
- The S/N of rec.kites. There are two sides to Andy's "Sweetcorn"
image. He is correct that it is less and less worth trawling through
the crap to find the occasional nugget of corn, but that is the view
of an information consumer. Consider the point of view of a
provider: A good posting takes an hour or two to write, sometimes
more. There is very little incentive to craft a good article, just
to chuck it in amongst the crap. It used to be the case that when you
met rec.kiter's in the field, that everyone had read the same stuff.
It actualy made things difficult for me - everything useful I might
talk about, I had already written about, and everyone had read it.
That time has gone - no-one is reading it all any more. The people
I want to write for arn't here any more. Near the end of 1994,
Micheal Graves held a vote to find the 10 most valuable contributors
to rec.kites, to receive a special silver-coloured version of the
rec.kites pin. They were:
- Marty Sasaki
- Ron Reich
- Simo Salanne
- Andrew Beattie
- Bernhard Malle
- Peter Ulfheden
- Anne Rock
- Bert Tanaka
- Brooks Leffler
- Dan Rubesh
- I've not been flying. I've not flown my own kites since BBT3.
Hopefully I'll be flying again soon, but with the core flying
missing, the writing dries up. You may care to contrast this with
the drivel of Frank Kenisky. Frank writes about rules and politics,
he insults people and drags them down, he writes about other great
kite fliers in order to bask in their reflected glory, but in all
his exensive writing, I don't recall him ever writing about
kite flying. Nothing about the experience of flying, nothing about
techniques or tricks, nothing about kites he flies. Correct me if
I'm wrong, but from the evidence I see, the very person who in my
opinion does the most damage to kite flying, the AKA and rec.kites
is not even a kite flier.
- I am working on a new (non-kite) project. It is still in the
development stage and it is too early to announce it publicly,
but I'm very excited about it, and working hard towards it.
- I don't have a Unix newsreader at the moment. Netscape is newbie
friendly, but it is expert hostile. It slows me down considerably,
which doesn't help.
- I've achieved my target in traction kite development. The Chevron does everything I hoped and more. To take traction kite development further, I would have to set my sights on the Lynn N-Gen, and I just don't have the experience or education to tackle that (let alone the time...).
But, all is not lost, I may well be back at some time in the future to tackle something new...
Finally a word of advice. Before you post to rec.kites, ask yourself the following question of your posting: Is it worth reading ?
Think about that question...
-- Due to a hardware problem, I have had to reply to this using a particularly crap mailer with important features missing, a dreadful editor and a ponderous user interface. Sorry if it is delayed or if it it not up to my usual standard - Andrew