Thought of the Day

June 2, 2006 8:54 am

by Erick · 29 comments

Just want to let you know that if I were using a false name, I would create something much catchier than “Mike Hassinger.

Chris June 2, 2006 at 9:24 am

Nice Redeye. I’m sure it will just re-enforce the notion we are all evil……

Nice meeting ya’ll.

Maurice Atkinson June 2, 2006 at 9:35 am

That’s a frightening bunch of people.

Rusty June 2, 2006 at 10:11 am

LOL Maurice

I wanted to attend, as Twain’s is walking distance from my place, but had a scheduling conflict.

It’s too bad, because that may have been my last chance to proselytize to Bill Simon in person about the evils of astroturfing.

chrisishardcore June 2, 2006 at 10:15 am

How much did you guys pay that girl to get in the picture?

Clayton June 2, 2006 at 10:27 am

That’s Mary Katherine Ham of – her visit to Atlanta was the genesis of this little gathering. (only because I knew others would ask)…

GAWire June 2, 2006 at 10:31 am

Chris, You know what they say about politics being hollywood for the ugly :)

Sorry I couldn’t make it – also had scheduling issues. Maybe we can do s/t in N. Atlanta next time, so I don’t have to request permission from OPEC to use that much gas!

jacewalden June 2, 2006 at 10:35 am


Now, for those of us who did not attend, could someone please tell us who each of the people in that photo are?

Bill Simon June 2, 2006 at 10:39 am

If we have another one, more females either have to show-up, or we just grab them from the bar. Because, it kinda, sorta, ALMOST felt like the typical geek-meeting I used to go to in my 20s to chat about DOS and AutoMenu…

Amber June 2, 2006 at 10:55 am

Whoa. Bill. A little scary there, man.

“Grab them from the bar”… that sounds a little too much like grabbing them by their hair and slinging them over your shoulder while wielding a large club for my taste. What? Women have agency? Oh, go on!

And certainly no woman would ever be interested in discussing “geeky” topics. No, never… oh wait

Bill Simon June 2, 2006 at 12:24 pm


No, I am not the type of man who hunts women the way we used to hunt animals (at least, for those of us who DO believe in evolution theory).

But, more to the point, where were you last night, Amber? Clayton and Chris Farris are geek wizards on computer and Web stuff, so, you coulda swapped stories on coding and stuff.

Emily June 2, 2006 at 1:13 pm

Will ya’ll please do this again? I want to come. (And I’m a girl!)

Clayton June 2, 2006 at 2:06 pm

Absolutely! I think a regular meetup like this is a great idea. Expect more in the near future.

jacewalden June 2, 2006 at 2:29 pm

And it needs to be closer to Blue Ridge.

Bill Simon June 2, 2006 at 3:14 pm

Emily…since you fell-off the Earth right after the Morton Brilliant scandal, I kinda figured you were…actually…Morton Brilliant signing things as “Emily” all these months.

In fact, unless/until I see you show-up at a blog event and tell me you’re “Emily”, I’m going to still suspect that you ARE Morton, who just happens to be re-visiting the blog trying to screw with us. :-)

Emily June 2, 2006 at 3:39 pm


I am definitely NOT Morton Brilliant. Maybe you are thinking of another “Emily” because I have never posted anything before.

But, if proving my innocence is what you require, set a date…and you will see that I am just a girl…named Emily…not the scandalous Mr. Brilliant. ;)

Erick June 2, 2006 at 5:52 pm

This Emily is definitely not Morton.

Bill Simon June 2, 2006 at 7:04 pm

Erick…how can a new person steal the logon name of a logon name of ANOTHER person??? I know there was a blogger on here named “Emily” who was a big supporter of Cathy Cox.

I be so confuzed…

jacewalden June 2, 2006 at 7:30 pm

Emily isn’t morton.

Bill Simon June 2, 2006 at 7:48 pm

But, is “Emily” of today the same “Emily” of a month ago???

Bill Simon June 2, 2006 at 9:34 pm

“just a girl…named “Emily”…sounds quite mysterious, Emily. :-)

Erick June 2, 2006 at 10:24 pm

The old Emily hasn’t been around in a long time and the new Emily is actually “EmilyE”. The new Emily registered an account today and is a real person as opposed to a pseudonym.

Bill Simon June 3, 2006 at 2:34 am

Ah-sooooo. Thank you for clearing that up, Erick.

Mike Hassinger June 3, 2006 at 7:49 am

I just wanted to say thanks to everybody who showed up, and to Erick/Clayton/Mary Katherine/Will for putting it all together. Good work. And thank-you, RedState.

I think the picture looks like a 21st-century Algonquin Roundtable, and I look forward to more if you make it reular thing.

And here’s a helpful tool for anyone who wants to post under a fake name:

Andre in Atlanta June 4, 2006 at 7:10 am

All I’m going to say (quite facetiously of course) is that y’all need a little more color in that group, and I’m tired of being the “token black blogger.”


Bill Simon June 4, 2006 at 8:50 am

I understand the facetious remarks, Andre, and can appreciate the humor.

But, just like in golf with Tiger Woods, there really is no “white man keeping the black man down” in the blogging world.

By the by, I hear you’re blogging from a foreign state these days…Iowa, is it?

buzzbrockway June 5, 2006 at 9:18 am


I tried out the link you provided and it told me that Buzz Brockway translates to the porn star name of “Foster Thong.” Which name would you go with?

jacewalden June 5, 2006 at 2:21 pm

Ooooooh…I got “Bone Church” for my porn name. That is awesome.

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