Steve and Dave are Canadian bloggers hosted right here on the friendly, welcoming, and inclusive TypePad community. In their latest podcast - and once again, I'm surprised at how well some Canadians have mastered the English language - they have some things to say about the friendly, welcoming, and inclusive TypePad community. Specifically, (EDIT) they Steve believes we are "lifeless, agoraphobic, fuckfaces." [Note: If you lose track of who is who during the >1 hour podcast: Steve is the one dropping the F-bombs, Dave is the more Canadian of the two. When Dave gets upset, he gets slightly less polite.]
For the first part of this installment (Episode 21: Mr. Vasey Goes to Town Hall), the Steve-Dave entity speak about this love-hate relationship with TypePadders. Mostly they love me and hate you. They love me because I comment and reply to their comments. They hate you because you don't respond when they "reach oot" to you.
Some things I wanted clarify for Steve-Dave:
- Yes, almost all the TypePadders are in San Francisco. Not only that, most of us are in the same room here at Six Apart. The first three hours of every work day, we sit in our largest conference room for the mandatory Favoriting Time. Our New York office is primarily responsible for commenting, although they haven't been doing much of that lately, as they are still re-deploying the servers previously dedicated to covering "Lost."
- Nima has an inordinate number of followers, yes. This seems inexplicable until you understand that he worked on the Fake Friend AI Project* here at Six Apart for over a year. He came out of it with no official results but an inexplicable number of people following his blog about cloud computing and triathlons. Think about it: how could there possibly be any overlap in those groups?
I'm sure the rest of the podcast was great, but after talking about me, they started talking about "Parliament" - this seems to be some adorable form of government - and then on to a bit called "What's New and Interesting." That's where I got bored and tuned out. There were a few bits of note, though. For example, I love when someone with a podcast over an hour long complains that "Unbreakable" was long and boring. I'm assuming Steve might have pulled his irony muscle just then. Maybe 68 minutes goes faster under the metric system.
I'd also humbly suggest Steve drop the phrase "that's gay" from his repertoire. Since all TypePadders are in San Francisco, and everyone in San Francisco has been gay at one time or another, saying "that's gay" isn't as descriptive as you might think.
Steve-Dave also asked - or threatened - to visit a random TypePadder if they could find out where we live. Well, I personally invite you to visit us here in San Francisco. We can show the blinking lights on the very server that powers your blog, and also introduce you to some of the agoraphobics around the office (we call them "programmers").
* Please note, the Fake Friend AI is not a real project. I asked about it, and the conversation went like this:
"Oh, no, there really are nearly 150 people very, very interested in your comic book blog. Really."
"Then why did your eyes just do that?"
"Shut the hell up and get back to favoriting."
"Yes, Mr. Trott."