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18 November 2004 @ 03:48 pm
I'm telling you - a genius  
iceowl is a genius. Spend some time reading his writeups if you feel like reading some truly beautiful stuff.
Oυτιςerragal on November 19th, 2004 01:19 pm (UTC)
Those are better articles. The story about the secret transmitter was amusing and the arctic packing was enjoyable. I don't think he's left hyperbole entirely behind him though. When he waxes poetic about neckless men and gods of lightning he's left his plainspeak elsewhere. To me his writing seems like macho geek elitism patting itself on the back. That's fine, Neal Stepheson is largely in the same geek ideal sphere, and that's cool. It's when you step out and tell people absolutely how things are that causes conflict.

Iceowl specifically made his "Things I need to tell my teenaged daughters about boys" article exportable, going so far as trying to make it appliable even if a father is missing, but doesn't constrain his advice to circumstance at all. He wants to help but also to perpetuate his mindset. His advice isn't as universally applicable as it would claim to be. Those answers aren't always the true or best answers. It usually sets off alarms in people when a point of view conflicts with their experience and reality. Any generalization averages out a number of facts.

If by genius you mean a particular aptitude or an influence among people then perhaps in that sense he could be a genius. By my standards he falls a little short.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on November 19th, 2004 01:49 pm (UTC)
No advice is as univerally applicable as it claims - advice is now, and always will be, re-painted memories.