The twin-headed dragon of Post-Ximian-Release blues and a
weekend of Mundie bashing had Michael Hall in the doldrums until he
sat up and took inventory. In his most brazen attempt to keep
things positive yet, he presents a list of some Good Things that
happened during the Mardi Gras of Malice that was Mundie
"By Friday afternoon, I swam in a sea of Microsoft. If
you get it in your head to search for 'Mundie' on LinuxToday, you
get 31 results, only two of which predate what I'm going to start
calling "Mundie Thursday," which, not unlike a similar-sounding
religious day, often involves the use of whistles and noisemakers
to call the faithful to service, since the more staid bells are
silenced during that period.
Since I'm leaving myself open to all sorts of abuse for having
my cake (by indulging in Mundie Madness by posting the stuff) and
eating it too (by sniffing at the out-and-out Mardis Gras of
Microsoft bashing it provoked), I'll just grant the point and admit
to anyone who hasn't figured it out yet that I can be a very weak
man. For what it's worth, having spent a week of processing
reactions to and pretty much living with Mr. Mundie, readers may
take comfort in knowing that I flinch when I hear his name.
I'll also point to Brian Proffitt's column from earlier this
week as saying about all I could ever want to on the matter.
The side effect of coping with Craig was a level of near-total
misery where everything else was concerned. Sure, I had Ximian
GNOME to play with on a couple of machines and I was making peace
with Mozilla after a nightly build had lost the ability to do POST
operations on a few web pages, but there was something missing: a
sense that the fun was slowly going out of playing around with my
computer when I wasn't working, and that whatever came down the
pike wouldn't be particularly interesting or worthwhile. It was
post Ximian release depression, coupled with chronic Craig fatigue
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