Coming soon… Mean Kids Anniversary News!

No subpoenas! No mental health diagnoses! Little character assassination and absolutely no death threats! Just plain old fun and good old rock ‘n roll!

a spear in the side and some balsamic vinegar on a sponge

[tags]kathy sierra, no hard feelings, defamation, deprivation of income, pain and suffering, steal your face, who’s your uncle[/tags]

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9 comments on “Coming soon… Mean Kids Anniversary News!
  1. jeneane says:

    Oh. Is it time to lift up our faces from the pall of shame ALREADY?

    Are we leaving our yards?

    Is the one-armed man still on the lose?

    Has it really been a year?

    holy heck. glad everyone’s ok. i’ve hardly written a controversial word since that little detour to hell and back. cough.

    Are we having a cake?

  2. it’s all about the cake! and a banana cream pie delivery…

  3. Well, I think “ever” might be too soon. As for “hard” feelings, I would like some clarification on your specific definition of “hard” in this case. I think Ms. Sierra certainly has some powerful friends in high places who have defended her passionately. While some mean-spirited people have insinuated that she is a mere puppet with what’s his name pulling the strings and fueling what they call her “paranoia”, I believe she is a strong creative woman who is an asset to the internet community, bringing cutting edge insight to any “conversation” and lighting up any room with her powerful presence upon entering. (Google some of her recent keynotes at conferences and you will see what I mean.)

    #1: Scoble, who had the gumption to stop blogging for one week in Mandela-like solidarity, taking a huge risk and bringing much disappointment to his fans. (OK, 3 days, but still.) He also experienced an epiphany of sorts, where he realised that women are discriminated against. That can’t be overlooked or minimised.

    #2: Hugh MacLeod of GapingVoid fame, who stepped up to Ms. Sierra’s defence by likening The Mean Kids to a bunch of “middle aged losers” who, while not exactly “raping the cheerleader”, I assume he meant Ms. Sierra, “were egging the rapist on”. For a short while he even refrained from making so many “pussy” cartoons. Quite noble of him, I think we can agree.

    #3: Tara from “Horse, Pig, Cow”, who, although flip-flopping a bit in the beginning of this unfortunate debacle, has come out like Joe Lewis defending Ms. Sierra in the end. No fool, Tara knows which side her bread is buttered upon, which is precisely what makes her the supreme diva of marketing that she is. She seems to be going from strength to super strength at an admirable pace.

    There are others, staunch supporters of Ms. Sierra, torches and pitchforks at the ready, too numerous to mention by name. Just look at her technorati standings despite the fact she hasn’t posted in God only knows how long. I think of her as the Oprah of the marketing / conference / semi-tech self-help world. The world needs more Americans like her as far as I’m concerned. I miss her thought provoking diagrams and her positivity. Leave Kathy Alone.

    To quote FSJ: “Negative people upset me”.

    I understand if you won’t post this, as it does not exactly bolster your agenda.

  4. Oliver, you surprise me. The thing about “what’s his name” pulling the strings is particularly odd. I assume you mean Tim O’Reilly who has a franchise on Web 2.0 and didn’t need to see a lot of criticism of his barkers and shills at that point in the trajectory of the brand. Now that cisco has bought into the shuck and jive, sticking their corporate neck out so far as too include Robert Scoble as a “true visionary and industry expert in the field of Web 2.0,” I’m guessing that neither Ms. Sierra and Mr. O’Reilly nor most of their industry peers are threatened by a little light hearted criticism.

    I learned some important lessons last year, and I think Kathy probably did too, although I haven’t heard from her more than once or twice since she moved to Santa Cruz. One of the most important things I learned is that many people don’t know the difference between a blog post and a comment! Another thing I learned is that at a certain level of social connectedness, agents qua bloggers can create a storm of confusion that has an avalanche effect in terms of public opinion (albeit the narrow “public” we are dealing with in the micro-climates of the blog world). I learned a lot, but one of the most important things I learned is that there is very little in the world of banal evil that can’t be cured by a banana cream pie.

    Regarding your request for clarification regarding “hard” feelings… think little blue pills. (How could I let that one go by?)

  5. jeneane says:

    I learned to leave my yard.

  6. I learned that pie throwing is a good level on which to confront the banality of weevils.

  7. Tree Shapiro says:

    Some of my best friends are Piebald.

    I “like” Kathy. She reminds me of this sassy broad I used to know, dealer down Foxwoods. Some of the guys called her Hands McGee. She was F. A. S. T. fast and had a mouth on her like a fucking sailor.

    When a wiseguy would try and put the make on she could shut ’em down with just one look, snap of her gum like a slap in the face. They would be out of there on the double, tail between their legs like a wounded dingo.

    She’s my kind of babe, spunky. Knows what she wants and knows how to get it. If I still had my little black book, I would put S.L. by her name: Sexy Librarian, Sultry Lady…. I’m sure you can think of some others.

    Put it this way: I wouldn’t say no to a few hands of poker with Kathy Sierra. Gentlemen’s rules.

  8. Aunt Hentic says:

    Brrrrrrrrrr! It’s a cold one up here in Ekalaka this morning! Thermometer on the porch reads 21°, but it feels more like 10 with the wind (which is coming in from the North East according to the rainbow wind sock my daughter made me for xmas). Good morning everyone! I am back inside after venturing down to the coop to collect the morning’s eggs. That Peg is the best layer I have ever had. She must produce 3 times as many eggs as the others. If I could only figure out why I’d be a millionaire. 🙂

    Yes Tree, I love Piebalds too. We have two Paints named Lacy and Tobacco. (I love Lacy and could never give up Tobacco, I always joke.) We are quite active in our (un-official) local APHA meet-ups where we exchange ideas on artificial insemination and look forward to the Snaffle Bit every year. I, like so many other little girls, wanted to be a vet when I was little. But, God laughs when you’re making plans as they say… not that I don’t love my life as it is, but sometimes, you know, you just can’t help wondering what if. What if I did go to Butte or Sioux City instead of staying here in Ekalaka. You know, silly thoughts like those. Anywho.

    Warbonnet Stew

    Also known as “Wahoo” and “Rock Mountain” stews.

    15 lbs stewing beef
    ½ cup flour
    1 tall can evaporated milk
    3 or 4 onions, thinly sliced
    Dumplings as made with 10 cups flour

    Cut beef into 2″ cubes. Dust with flour, pepper and fry, actually sear it, slowly in a Dutch oven, or in Bourgeat’s 8.5 qt. copper and stainless casserole pan, letting it form its own grease. After 15 to 20 minutes add water to almost cover it, cover with lid and move to a low heat. Allow it to cook for about 3 hours. Remove the meat to another pan to keep warm.

    Blend the flour with the canned milk and add it to the liquid in the first pan. You should now have about 4″ light gravy. Season the gravy to taste.

    Add the onions and allow them to cook for a few minutes while the dumplings are being mixed. (Dumpling dough should be very pasty.)

    When dumplings are mixed, dip a large spoon in the hot gravy and with the gravy covered spoon cut a generous portion of the dough with it and immerse the spoon in the gravy pan. Tap the laden spoon on the bottom of the gravy pan until the dumpling is released. Repeat the process, dipping the spoon each time and immersing the dough into the pan again. When the pot seems full of dumplings, go ahead and poke the spoon through to the bottom and keep it up until the dough is all used. Cover and steam slowly for 15 minutes. The dumplings will rise very high and quite likely push up the lid of the pan. You will now have a pot full of dumplings top to bottom, all gravy disappeared!

    Some old-time camp cooks attribute the name “Warbonnet Stew” to the bursting spread of dumplings which could be likened to an Indian’s headdress, but one said this was too fanciful, that it was merely a favorite recipe of a cook working on the old Warbonnet ranch in Montana’s Little Rockies. Men in the southern ranges called it “Rocky Mountain” because it was a favorite in the northern mountain regions; “Wahoo”, apparently a cowboy’s expression of pure delight. A large helping of the beef stew with a dumpling on top, big as two fists, was as good a dish as a cook wagon ever offered.

    Camp Dumplings for Warbonnet Stew

    Self-rising flour

    The common quick camp dumplings are made without shortening. Merely mix water with the self-rising flour to form a sticky dough and spoon this into the boiling gravy.

    Have a good one! 🙂

  9. madame l says:

    Seen. And raise you one “I’m afraid to leave my Yardie“.



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