[vcf-midatlantic] Ken Thompson video

Joshua Abraham jarvideo at gmail.com
Tue Nov 10 22:41:57 EST 2020

Ya know, reading through this thread, that started with bragging about a
talk recorded at East 2019, I can't help but be reminded of my experience
as a relatively new attendee/co-exhibitor that year.

That Friday, I made a personal recording of that day's talk since
Alexander, whom I co-exhibited with, was a member on that panel. Seemed
harmless enough.

Nevertheless, Evan felt it necessary to approach, if not confront, me that
evening about the recording and made it clear that the idea of posting said
recording online was highly frowned upon as VCF has their own social
media.  It seemed like to him it was more important that VCF got the
monopoly on the content of the event than it was that people could share
the experience in their own circles. As someone who was relatively new to
these events and only just barely acquainted with the showrunners, this
rubbed me the wrong way and left a very sour impression. It wasn't until
later I was told, what I assume is a common line, "That's just Evan." Not a
very good excuse im my opinion.

I'm glad to have discovered that the rest of the VCfed are generally very
respectful and open minded.

I probably wouldn't have brought this up but something something straw that
broke the camel's back.

Sorry in advance if I'm out of line guys,
Joshua "Singularity" Abraham.

On Tue, Nov 10, 2020 at 9:29 PM David Riley via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> On Nov 10, 2020, at 12:13 PM, Dave McGuire via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> >
> > On 11/10/20 11:52 AM, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> > > Last year I got Ken Thompson to come to VCF East and arranged for
> > > Brian to be there too.
> > >
> > > The video reached 100,000 views today: https://youtu.be/EY6q5dv_B-o
> > > ... no other VCF video is even close.
> >
> >  I'm quite certain that I'm not the only person who wants to say
> something negative about this post.  But, I'm honestly rather tired of
> being the guy who speaks up and says what everyone else is thinking, and
> gets a dozen or more private replies in agreement, but not a single public
> voice of agreement.  So, I will keep my mouth shut and let someone else
> perform the service.
> It's getting a bit old, yeah.
> Evan, everyone respects what you've done for the organization.  But at
> some point every organization grows too big for one person to manage and
> either it collapses under its own weight or that person needs to either
> delegate or hand off their responsibilities in their entirety.  It's not a
> fun process, and I don't envy your position.  But you made the decision to
> stomp out in a huff.  No one is going to blame you for that, but you can't
> expect things to go back to the way they were.
> Sometimes, things don't work out the way we'd like.  I've had PLENTY of
> that.  We all have.  The little digs at the current leadership aren't
> improving your position any.  It's OK to let some other folks take the
> wheel and guide the institution you built, and it's a lot less work!  Some
> times you gotta just let your baby grow and enjoy the results.
> - Dave

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