... but people are weird.
I get some of the seriously weirdest comments. For example, take this one that I have heard more than once,
"You think just because you won a world judo championships, that means you know about judo."
Why, yes, in fact, I do. Now, if those people said that I thought I knew more about judo than anyone else in the world, maybe making that statement would have made some sort of sense, although they would have been wrong (I can name several people who I think know more than me - Ron Angus, Jim Pedro, Sr. and Hayward Nishioka jump to mind in a second.)
I have no idea where those people are coming from, in general. A couple of specific people have said to me,
"You may know how to throw and arm bar people but you have no idea of Jigoro Kano's The WAY of judo as Jigoro Kano defined it."
(For the uninitiated, Jigoro Kano founded judo in 1882.)
These people always remind me of the time I was at a judo seminar and some guy went on and on about how all of us there sucked because KANO didn't want judo to be like this and KANO wouldn't allow these grips and KANO ...
... when the judo coach for the Puerto Rican team leaned over to me and said,
"That guy keeps bringing up Kano. Do you think he knows he's dead?"
Then there are the people who say to me,
"You think you're smart just because you have a Ph.D. Having a Ph.D. doesn't make you smart."
Well, having a Ph.D. sure as hell doesn't make you dumb. I got my Ph.D. from the University of California, not Joe's Clown College, and I worked my way through school from my freshman year of college, so, yeah, I think it does make me smart.
The even weirder people say,
"You think just because you have a Ph.D., you are smarter than me."
I don't even KNOW you , random Bob on the internet, but based on the sole fact I have about you that you have nothing better to do than post on my blog which I just took a break from PHP scripting to post, well, now I think I'm smarter than you, sure.
The weirdest people have to be the ones who come to my blog and then post how much they don't like it. I might understand this once - okay, you came, you did not find it sufficiently enlightening. Fine. You can go read my other blog where I write about stuff like the parallel analysis criterion for determining the number of factors in a factor analysis. (Yes, I have a day job.)
What I don't get is the people who come here repeatedly and post comments about how dumb my blog is. So, don't read it. It's not homework.
Do they think that because they post something I will say to myself,
"Gee, for the last nine years, when I felt like taking a break from writing software I have just gotten on blogspot and posted whatever random stuff I felt about rambling on about today but now random Bob from Moose's Elbow, Iowa doesn't like it so I guess I will quit blogging."
By the way, Iowa, moose don't have elbows.