> However, as a figure with a high public profile in the open
> source movement, he is not at liberty to link his hobby
> with Linux or the open source movement.
Well it's certainly legitimate - because it's true - for ESR to say "I dig open-source software, and at the same time, I love guns." It would deserve all kinds of recrimination if ESR were to publicly assert, for example, "Most if not all Linux-heads dig guns; it's inherent in the deep philosophy of open-source to wanna shoot things. So, general public, whenever you hear 'Linux,' think 'small-arms fire.'" But has ESR ever tried to equate Linux with gun-nuttery? That's the question. I haven't ever read anything like that, which is why I simply ignore ESR's amusingly cranky gun mania.
Anyway I can understand and to a degree sympathize with ESR, I've shot off a gun a few times myself in the woods. The BANG was good. Real good. I blush to realize what a trad Freudian, accurately alas, deduces from that bare confession, but documentary honesty compels me. Anyway, bang or no bang, due to the fatal danger to distant strangers that inheres in firing off supersonic bullets into the random dark, after reflection for fun I prefer fireworks. Do you know that it's harder to get a pack of firecrackers in this damn state than it is to get a gun? In fact, in order to get some with the intent, say, to celebrate as a True American the birthday of our country, you have to lie. To want firecrackers for that's illegal, so instead you fill out a form saying you plan to use them for agriculture, you know, scare off birds.
The result of all this (no, really, that's an exaggeration and a false cause, the real reason is they're stupid) is that in Miami every year this neat thing happens. New Year rolls around and everyone wants to make merry. This seems natural and expectable. In a faroff more sober culture, as Dog wanes and Dragon waxes, laughing kids and greybeards too, gravely or festively (depends upon how you think about "next year") fire off sticks of firecrackers to celebrate. Same here except instead, as our clock ticks down and over, hordes of firecracker-deprived yet enthusiasm-filled Miamians run out on their back porches and fire their handguns and rifles into the air. Well we're all amateur physicists here and we know what goes up must come down. Pretty damn fast too, when it's lead with a spin on it. Miami's dense with people, and no kidding, every single God damn year - straight down out of the sky, anonymous - somebody else gets hit and killed.
Yours WDK - WKiernan@concentric.net
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