Paul L. Snyder on 13 Sep 2004 18:31:02 -0000

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RE: [PLUG] Interesting Article from eWeek

Quoting Howard Bloom <>:

> Save this one too:
> Never try to teach a pig to sing - it wastes your time and annoys
> the pig.
> -- unknown - maybe I invented it.

Then you must be SF grandmaster Robert Heinlein! ;)

Please read the rest of this message as addressed to the
entire list, as well as to Howard.

I think key to that quote is that continued effort "annoys
the pig", and should indeed be considered by anyone
contributing to this tangle of threads.  If anyone feels
someone else has reached the status of "pig", it is 
indeed time to turn mental and temporal cycles in more
productive directions.

Pansies or chrysanthemums, once you start wrestling in the
garden the result is going to be a muddy mess.  This is a
good thing if you prefer rolling in the mud to tending
the garden, I suppose.

While we're tossing quotes into the ring, here's one that I
think apropos.  It's from Heinlein's _Time Enough For Love_,
as is the above quotation:

  Moving parts in rubbing contact require lubrication to
  avoid excessive wear.  Honorifics and formal politeness
  provide lubrication where people rub together.  Often the
  very young, the untravelled, the naive, the unsophisticated
  deplore these formalities as "empty", "meaningless", or
  "dishonest", and scorn to use them.  No matter how "pure"
  their motives, they thereby throw sand into machinery that
  does not work too well at best.

Consider this a plea for netiquette when sending public
messages to PLUG.

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