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May 25, 2021

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Clam

To me, Dygert’s apology… lacks sincerity…

Lefties project.

Martin

this liking of a tweet is framed as,

an expression of the violent normality of anti-Black racism in the world.

Which is in no way hyperbolical or ludicrous, obviously.

These people are insane.

David

These people are insane.

Well, there is an air of unhappy monomania. The word “whiteness” is used nine times, and “white,” the go-to pejorative, a mere twenty-three. And given the wildness of the assertions, the reliance on operatic overstatement, and the apparent disregard for any sense of proportion, it’s hard to imagine how one might have an honest and realistic discussion with such a person. Our associate professor does seem lost in his own rather demented, self-ratcheting ideology.

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I suppose it’s not unlike if you’ve ever met someone who flares up with hair-trigger annoyance at the merest demurral, a behaviour that tends to repel criticism and serious engagement, and which is often deployed precisely because of that. By a certain kind of person.

In our associate professor’s case, it seems doubtful that his pronouncements meet with any serious challenge, at least not from his peers, even the few who may disagree, partly because realism and probity seem unlikely to play a significant part in any response, and instead a barrage of bald assertion would be more likely, along with the inevitable accusations of “whiteness” and so forth. It’s dishonest and tiresome, and a bitch to untangle, and if almost any testing interaction results in some variation of “You are white and therefore guilty,” then one tends to remember that life is short and there are better things to do.

Which may, of course, explain why such people flourish and multiply in their Clown Quarter fiefdom.

Louise

As almost everything does, and must, in the world of the woke, given the kinds of people involved and their most common motives.

That.

Tip jar pinged. :-)

John Lewis

https://babylonbee.com/news/grizzly-bear-shatters-pro-wrestling-records-after-identifying-as-a-human

Nothing to see here then.

David

Tip jar pinged. :-)

Bless you, madam. May your bathroom taps gleam at all times.

pst314

Cycling must reject interventions that continue to individualise anti-Black racism

"Individualize". Collective guilt of all white people? If anything can turn good, decent white people into racists, it's the conduct of "anti-racists".

pst314

I’m unfamiliar with Ms Dygert or her views, but the sole, supposedly damning, example of her “transphobia” is her liking of the statement “Men who identify as women are not actually women.”

Also the pro-Trump tweet: Here in America, the left routinely treats support for Trump as proof of racism, transphobia, etc. (Proof of the connection is established not with evidence but merely by endlessly repeating the claim.)

pst314

P. Khalil Saucier, an associate professor of Africana Studies

In other words, a person whose contributions to civilization are negative.

WTP

At first I was encouraged by this news. Cyclists have degenerated into assholery to the point that 20 years ago, as a casual triathlete, I gave up on cycling as exercise because I didn't want to be associated with the kind of obnoxious road behavior that was causing certain asshole drivers to run random cyclists off the road...something that I had already experienced twice.

Then I realized cyclists won't change. And most of them have the mentality of middle class white women or are MCWW themselves, so they're far more likely to join forces with the BLM types and become even bigger assholes. I should know and accept by now that there is no winning. I am kinda stupid that way. But I try...

John Lewis

One annoying consequence of lockdown has been the realisation by many cyclists of all ages that pavements are for their use, not for those annoying pedestrians. Ditto parks with “No Cycling” signs clearly posted at every entrance.

Y. Knott

Ping!

- Just HAD to find out what that button did...

anon a mouse

“You are white and therefore guilty,”
led me to clicky said prof's pic.

Dude is white.

Y'all crack me up. No, really.

David

Just HAD to find out what that button did...

Bless you, sir. May you be spared the thrill of steering a hamster away from the electrical cable on which it had been happily gnawing.

Sam Duncan

“To me, Dygert’s apology… lacks sincerity… ”.

To me, P.'s accusations lack sincerity.

If everything's relative, their side doesn't get to stand on absolutes either. And this nonsense only works if they do: “white privilege” is axiomatic; denial is, ipso facto, proof of guilt. I may have said before that if I'm ever confronted with one of these “check your privilege” questionnaires, I'll simply respond in the negative to every line then when challenged, ask if the inquisitor is questioning my “lived experience”.

Make them live by their own stupid rules.

“If anything can turn good, decent white people into racists, it's the conduct of "anti-racists".”

I believe that's the idea, yes.

Y. Knott

"May you be spared the thrill of steering a hamster away from the electrical cable on which it had been happily gnawing."

- Impending karma; what's not to like? ;)

David

The article quoted above is, I’m guessing, a taste of Professor Saucier’s forthcoming book, Black Frames: (Anti)Blackness and the Sport of Cycling, the content of which will presumably be comparable in its rigour, realism, and honesty.

pst314

“If anything can turn good, decent white people into racists, it's the conduct of "anti-racists".”

I believe that's the idea, yes.

More precisely, I believe the idea is to turn whites into self-hating, submissive slaves, with the proviso that radicalizing them into hatred of blacks is almost as desirable because revolutionaries (whether they be black racists or Marxists or fascists) always seek to destroy the moderate, peaceful middle.

Benny

Most of the cyclists in a Tour de France are domestiques, water carriers and working horses who exhaust themselves every day in order for their team leaders to emerge from their slipstream and claim the glory.

It's historically a job for stolid Flemish farmboys accustomed to a day's physical work. But by not recruiting Africans as domestiques, we're missing out on so many racial Conversations. The ugly racial trope of Blacks as domestic servants; white glorification built on the invisible labor of Black Bodies; the rolling turns at the front of a bunch symbolically reenacting plantation work crews, etc, etc.

aelfheld

For one of the 'woke' to say something 'lacks sincerity' could be seen as psychological projection if it didn't just reek of hypocrisy.

aelfheld
[...] someone who flares up with hair-trigger annoyance at the merest demurral [...]

A trait prominent in Karl Marx if reports are true.

David

A trait prominent in Karl Marx if reports are true.

See, for instance, the chapter on Marx in Paul Johnson’s Intellectuals. Also, if memory serves, Thomas Sowell’s essay Marx, the Man.

Nunya Bidness

Does anybody know if Herr Doctor Doctor Professor Saucier can even ride a bike?

Jen

Instalanche!

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/452040/

David

Instalanche!

Breath mints, everyone.

Tmitsss

Cyclist Marshall Taylor was the first Black American to win a World Championship

PhilB

"I find your lack of sincerity...troubling."

Dr. Chaotica

The author of the piece quoted above is P. Khalil Saucier, an associate professor of Africana Studies at Bucknell University.

So: a person I've never heard of, who is an associate professor of a subject I've never heard of at a university I've never heard of, has opinions. I will, of course, drop everything I was doing and pay rapt attention to whatever this person has to say.

Oh, it's about “the power of whiteness within cycling”? I might possibly care about that if I cared at all about cycling. Guess what: I don't. Not even a little bit. So I'm going to finish loading my dishwasher now.

Major Taylor

Bicycling has been an awful, irrelevant rag since Rodale purchased the title. Prior to that, it was merely subpar. This reads like the last gasp of a dying business. Even money the title folds altogether within a year.

Arkadiy

So: a person I've never heard of, who is an associate professor of a subject I've never heard of at a university I've never heard of, has opinions.

What I find interesting is the level of fear. It is so high that apparently any goat can waltz into a magazine, an online forum, an open source project. Bleat "Racism!" loudly and you're given a soap box for a good struggle session. No requirements for any relevant experience, gravitas or popularity as long as the "Racism!" shouting is loud enough.

L.

Not that it's directly relevant to this article, but within the last 12 months another "niche sport" magazine, the 60-year old "Surfer Magazine" went bankrupt.

Their audience voted with its pocketbook after the editorial staff decided to publish article after article about how surfers were either guilty of White Privilege, were closeted homosexuals or, alternately violent homophobes, and vicious bigots.

One hopes the future of Bicycling.com follows the same trajectory, followed swiftly by our University system.

JuliaM

Cyclists vs black power advocates. Could they be a stronger case for ‘Can’t they both lose?’, I wonder?

anon a mouse

a person I've never heard of, who is an associate professor of a subject I've never heard of at a university I've never heard of, has opinions

Which you must acknowledge, as he is properly credentialed as a member of the mandarin class, bearing patents of nobility...

*yeah, I know - I'm mixing cultures. The result however, is the same - the rise of a credentialed class, able to influence (and order) the commoners*

Governor Squid

Professor Saucier’s forthcoming book

Assuming the professor teaches two sections with 16 students each, one estimates that sales of the new book will plateau somewhere around 25...

Daniel Ream

an open source project

The source code hosting site github recently decided to change the default branch in every single customer repository it hosts (hundreds of thousands) from 'master' to 'main'. Although they stopped short of forcing this on existing repositories, this has completely hosed an entire ecosystem of tools which all assume that the default branch will be 'master', as it has been for over ten years.

I know of two different developers who have quit their jobs after being asked to make this change for entirely internal git repositories that no one outside their group will ever see (for those not familiar, this is a huge undertaking that can potentially mess up software delivery for months if not done perfectly the first time).

David

Our associate professor informs us,

Cycling must reject interventions that continue to individualise anti-Black racism, and work to break down the structures that allow whiteness to retain power in the sport.

Which prompts someone in the comments at Instapundit to attempt a translation:

That is to say, we can’t find any examples of actual specific cyclists being awful to black people, so we’re going to pretend there’s an invisible system that does it instead.

Sounds about right. When race hustlers deploy the words “systemic” and “structural,” and indeed “whiteness,” the odds are good that what follows will be dubious, and quite often horseshit.

ruralcounsel

Bucknell? How does some whack job like this, in a whackjob major (Africana Studies?) exist in the middle of rural central Pennsylvania? Is this for the affirmative action students from the urban Philadelphia or Pittsburgh? Something without intellectual standards that will get them a diploma without undue effort or exchange of anything beyond student loan proceeds?

NTSOG

WTP: "Cyclists have degenerated into assholery ..."

I tend to agree. I raced on the road for some 16 years, starting at a time before triathlons became the rage. The behaviour of traditional racing cyclists in training bunches was always pretty good on the road and young lads were kept in check by older riders. There were certain traditions and codes in what was, around the world, originally a sport of the working man. That didn't stop occasional car drivers playing dangerous games by cutting off riders, especially in the US where the car is king. When triathlons became popular a different social group - affluent, ambitious middle and upper class athletes - began riding their expensive bikes. They were often very fit and aggressive, but couldn't ride in a bunch at speed with any safety. When they joined in long Sunday morning training rides they were watched very closely because they were considered dangerous. Often the ordinary road-racing cyclists would sit well back from the triathlete lads waiting for the inevitable crash as they over-lapped wheels. The tri-boys were super competitive and often 'half-wheeled' when taking a pull at the front, i.e. leading the bunch. That is, they kept increasing pace when the training purpose of the bunch was to set a strong, steady pace. In short with the entry of triathletes into cycling the culture changed and all rides turned into races. Increasingly road rules were disregarded. I and other riders I knew stopped riding in popular Sunday morning training rides so as to avoid the tri boys and because we wanted to train, not race. [Usually we had raced on Saturday.] Traditional racing cycling was a minor sport with its own codes. It changed in the 1980s and triathlons were partly responsible for that change as a different class of people joined the sport and made it more popular. However there is now an aggressive attitude and an assumption by affluent, fit fools that they own the roads and can do what they want. That didn't exist before triathlons became the rage.

Fred the Fourth

Ntsog,
Take heart, there is hope yet.
I'm my area, serious cyclists got their start at Cupertino Bike Shop, first in a garage in a private home, eventually occupying a large store at a prime location, and currently relegated to a shabby building well off main street. This spanned 50 years.
Eventually I may find myself back on that front lawn with a handful of riders, waiting for the shop guy to finish his lunch.

pst314

I tend to agree. I raced on the road for some 16 years, starting at a time before triathlons became the rage...

About when did triathlons become a thing?

Thanks for the info: this is stuff I don't know about.

ComputerLabRat

Assuming the professor teaches two sections with 16 students each, one estimates that sales of the new book will plateau somewhere around 25...

Possibly, but there's probably still a market left in people who need some virtue signaling books to put in bookcases in the background for their Zoom meetings.

Guy's a white as I am but his name is suitably "brown" so he passes muster with the BIPOC BAME worshipping crowd.

WTP

About when did triathlons become a thing?

I had a long rambling, boomer generation and beyond damning reply to NTSOG that I probably best not post...so to say something on topic nice-ish... I became aware of the trend in the early 80's when a cross country runner friend who had gotten into biking started asking me about swimming technique. Now that I'm typing this out and thinking...the running culture of the 70's glorified the marathon event. So to go beyond that, in Hawaii they started an Ironman Triathlon competition in 1978. Only 15 people entered the 2.4 mike swim/112 mike bike/26.2 mile run race. As not many people who aren't Rangers or Seals would be able to do such a thing at that time, smaller distance events (I once did a Tinman which is half those distances...then decided relays were my better option) were created that did more to popularize the concept.

NTSOG

Fred TF: It's interesting that there are bike shops for buying clothes and equipment, having bikes serviced and then there are bike shops where cyclists go to meet. When I lived in Harrisonburg, Va. there were two bike shops. One was a really professional operation, but it was not the one where cyclists went to meet with other cyclists. Now I live in a large town in rural Victoria. Cycling is a serious past time and the National Road titles are held there annually. There are at least 5 bike shops in the town, but there is only one where cyclists go to meet. It's run by an ex-pro who raced in Europe as did his son. There's nothing wrong with the other shops; it's just that they are not for [real] cyclists who know the sport, its culture and ride, i.e. train and race, with each other.

pst314: If my aging memory is correct triathlons started to become popular first in the USA with the Ironman in Hawaii in the late 1970s and that popularity was given a boost by the exploits of John Howard who was an Olympic racer, won the 1981 Ironman and set a cycling land speed [motor paced] record of 152.2 mph. Howard's exploits were widely reported and I believe he helped promote the triathlon 'movement' around the world. As I suggested in my first post there was antipathy towards triathletes coming into traditional road cycling circles. For example I was out training one evening and caught up with an older rider of about 50 who was a professional racer. This was in about 1983 when there were still amateurs and professionals racing in separate series. At one point during our ride he commented that I was obviously a real cyclist. I asked what he meant. He stated I didn't dress like those 'flash'' triathletes with their expensive bikes and fancy lycra jerseys. I was wearing an old woolen jersey and woolen cycling shorts - lycra was very new and most of us still wore woolen cycling clothing. [In fact there were holes in my jersey from a crash a few months previously and I did not look at all 'flash' or upmarket.] As I said cycling, historically, was a blue collar or working man's sport in England, Europe and around the world.

Deserttrek

Bicycling went left long ago. Didn't renew my subscription, told them why.

Jay Guevara

It’s time for cycling to think beyond white fragility, white privilege, implicit bias, and microaggressions

Let's see, remind me, which race is always whining about not being successful, and constantly needing help for even the most basic things (such as feeding their own children)? That sounds like fragility to me. Which race gets its way by threatening to riot if it doesn't? That sounds like privilege to me. Which race asserts that all members of the other race are intrinsically evil? That sounds like implicit bias to me. And for which race is the leading cause of death amongst males 15-35 homicide by other members of the same race? Homicide sounds to me like a rather large microaggression.

I denounce myself, of course.

Jay Guevara

WTP: "Cyclists have degenerated into assholery ..."

Most definitely. I have a road bike I used to love to ride bike touring. I don't ride it anymore, because I don't want to be taken for a cycling asshole, a demographic that is all too common here in SoCal, where cyclists routinely blow through stop signs, red lights, etc. and get pissed (American sense) when motorists don't defer to them.

NTSOG

@ J. G. : "... where cyclists routinely blow through stop signs, red lights, etc. and get pissed (American sense) when motorists don't defer to them."

It's the same in many places where arrogant groups of aggressive fools acting in a totally uncivil manner wreck cycling for the rest of us. In Melbourne [Victoria] the Police have been known to pull over and book whole groups of such louts for traffic offences - as they should.

Daniel Ream

In Melbourne [Victoria] the Police have been known to pull over and book whole groups of such louts for traffic offences - as they should.

The university town I grew up in had quite a collection of militant leftist cyclists who would occasionally get it into their heads that cyclists were quite oppressed, and decide to mob ride slowly from the university to city hall, occupying the main north-south interior road.

What usually happens is the cops show up while they're still gathering in the university parking lot, and make it painfully clear that the second any bicycle touches a public road, the rider will be ticketed for every single violation of the Highway Traffic Act presented. Given that the HTA requires a functioning bell, rearview mirrors and multiple types of lights - each representing a $75 fine if not present - the protest usually stops before it begins.

NTSOG

Khalil Saucier: "The whiteness of cycling, in part, is the ability to reduce anti-Black racism to a misunderstanding that can simply be overcome by introspection."

Word soup? In my time teaching primary English Expression I read and corrected some interesting collections of words lumped together by students hoping that they would pass muster as English. I don't think I ever received an essay including such a 'sentence' from a grade 6 child. To read such waffle from a man who claims to be a university professor begs belief, but I do note his PhD is in sociology.

David

Word soup?

If the conclusion - Bad Whitey - is inevitable and predestined, then I suppose the argument used to get there doesn’t need to be load-bearing or particularly coherent. You can invoke terribly oppressive structures and systems that are never quite defined, and for which no credible evidence is offered, and whose supposedly crushing effects are never established or even clearly articulated. Attempts at realism and clarity, even basic honesty, seem likely to hinder the process, which would explain their rarity in arguments of this kind.

And this is the typical standard for our intersectional clowns. This is regarded as good enough, the basis of an academic career. Because, given sufficient prompting, sufficient repetition, the students – the kinds of students who think Angry Studies is a good use of time and money - will believe it anyway. Because they’ll want to believe it. Which is to say, if your students are already invested in victimhood, in pretensions of being oppressed, then they’re unlikely to be too picky when you affirm those pretensions. Any half-baked tat will do.

Burnsie

WTP: "Cyclists have degenerated into assholery ..."

Ah yes, that charming blend of arrogance, entitlement and belligerence. Luckily, they all self-identify with their silly spandex riding tights.

Man-spandex is almost never a good look.

David

Man-spandex is almost never a good look.

[ Hurriedly throws on overcoat. ]

Mark Matis

Blacks know how to deal with Whites on bicycles. Never forget Reginald Denny!!!

NTSOG

Man-spandex is almost never a good look.

Don't forget that it is required that one shaves one's legs for racing. It was not discretionary, but for reasons of first aid and hygiene in the case of a bad fall leading to massive abrasion of skin caused by sliding down the bitumen. In fact the adoption of lycra fabric for cycling jerseys and knicks has lead to nastier injuries in my experience. When cyclists wore pure wool jerseys and knicks the natural fabric gave more protection. Modern synthetics literally melt onto the skin when one falls and slides.

Kneale

As a once proud citizen of Austin, Texas I see the bicycle wars first hand. On the white power side are the loud cyclists who have the ear of the city council. They have convinced city hall that ridding their two wheeler modes of transportation deserve two full lanes of major streets for their commute. Try that commute in July and watch your fellow workers practice social distancing, plus.
The other end of the bicycle spectrum are the homeless that find stealing bikes to be a lucrative occupation. Drive by any of the homeless camps and count the bicycle wheels and divide by two.

Forbes

Seems that guy, Martin Luther King, Jr., was on to something regarding the content of one's character, after all...

Felicity

Man-spandex is almost never a good look

Man-spandex is almost never a good look, overcoat or no overcoat.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Rather explains it all.

Clio

This is about this.

WTP

No, Farnsworth, that may explain a lot but what Clio posted explains it all. Especially why I no longer have faith nor trust in anyone I know. I can't think of a single person, with the exception of my wife, who would not go along with the Narrative in that story.

Peter J
And this is the typical standard for our intersectional clowns. This is regarded as good enough, the basis of an academic career. Because, given sufficient prompting, sufficient repetition, the students – the kinds of students who think Angry Studies is a good use of time and money - will believe it anyway. Because they’ll want to believe it. Which is to say, if your students are already invested in victimhood, in pretensions of being oppressed, then they’re unlikely to be too picky when you affirm those pretensions. Any half-baked tat will do.

That.

PeterJ

P.S. Ping!

David

Ping!

Bless you, sir. May your YouTube recommendations be surprising and intriguing, not repetitive and irrelevant.

David

That.

It’s also rather telling that our associate professor assumes that the average reader of Bicycling, a publication for cycling enthusiasts, will be familiar with notions of “whiteness” and “white fragility,” as if these pernicious niche conceits were somehow self-evident, and self-evidently bad, and required no explanation or example. No proof whatsoever.

It suggests a certain parochialism, an insularity.

WTP

set a cycling land speed [motor paced] record of 152.2 mph

Reading that I thought surely it's a typo. I had memories of people going 60, 70 mph behind a car but 152? So I looked it up and as soon as I saw the picture of the rig and pace car it came flooding back to me, conversations I had with my buddy the biker/triathlete. Odd.

Not being a serious biker, I never rode with a group. Always solo and out in the country or less travelled roads or back roads that paralleled main highways. Usually on Sundays, when in Summer often in the evenings after dinner for 2-3 hours at a time, when I had the time. Usually at least one leg down a beach road, sometimes stopping at the beach to chill and check out the ladies. I miss that solitude, the cooling breeze even if it was a hot day.

Natalie

Bicycling Editors to the Author: "We said we wanted a piece on parity, not parody!"

Farnsworth M Muldoon

It’s also rather telling that our associate professor assumes that the average reader of Bicycling, a publication for cycling enthusiasts, will be familiar with notions of “whiteness” and “white fragility,”...

Truth be told, probably a fair assumption given the leanings of the bike putzes generally to be raging leftists.

a different james

Man-spandex is almost never a good look, overcoat or no overcoat.

And yet most middle-aged, portly gentleman cyclists are drawn to it like moths to a flame.

As a middle-aged, portly gentleman commuting cyclist myself, I would rather abandon my bike than wear lycra.

I think, in behaving thus, that I am improving the commuting experience of those I encounter.

pst314

pst314: If my aging memory is correct triathlons started to become popular first in the USA with the Ironman in Hawaii in the late 1970s...

Thanks. I always enjoy learning something new.

pst314

Man-spandex is almost never a good look.

[ Hurriedly throws on overcoat. ]

I always usually enjoy learning something new. :-D

Lancastrian Oik

The source code hosting site github recently decided to change the default branch in every single customer repository it hosts (hundreds of thousands) from 'master' to 'main'. Although they stopped short of forcing this on existing repositories, this has completely hosed an entire ecosystem of tools which all assume that the default branch will be 'master', as it has been for over ten years.

I know of two different developers who have quit their jobs after being asked to make this change for entirely internal git repositories that no one outside their group will ever see (for those not familiar, this is a huge undertaking that can potentially mess up software delivery for months if not done perfectly the first time).

OK- I know that there are a lot of very clever people who cross the gangplank...

I eventually understood why "Gamergate" was utterly horrible, for instance, but it took quite a bit of reading in between the lines to get to the nub of the "thing".

The motley crew, and habitués of "The Leaky Barge" seem to be united in our dislike of *ahem* bollocks. It's why we frequent the place, surely?

But, if I can be a little bit awkward here:

"Can you put that in plain honest-to-goodness English, please?"

I'm sure it's a really bad idea. I just don't understand why. I've got letters after my name and everything, but all I know about computers is how to switch them on and use that HTML grammar thing which, after much training and in a Pavlovian way, prevents our host from shouting at me about "italics", and explains why I'm the shabby old man in the corner by the fireplace who is nursing that killer pint of créme de menthe/Night Nurse/"knock-off" stout and struggling with a rudimentary sudoku whilst his strange, wild-eyed dog growls at everybody.*

Thank you for your patience.

*"An American Werewolf In London"- you think that was fiction?

pst314

The source code hosting site github recently decided to change the default branch in every single customer repository it hosts (hundreds of thousands) from 'master' to 'main'.

I'll leave it to someone more familiar with Git and other software repository apps to explain in detail, but:
(1) Git is an application to store software source in a database.
(2) Imagine a tree, where each branch is a version of that software.
(3) The trunk is the start of the development of the software.
(4) Each new version is a new branch, and that version branches off the branch that it is based upon.
(5) Thus, developers can be working on Version 4 at the same time that maintenance programmers fix bugs in Version 3. (And those bug fixes become a new branch off of the Version 3 branch.)
(6) When a programmer makes changes to a source file, and saves the file (to the proper branch), Git does not save the entire file. Instead, Git only saves "deltas", which are the differences between the new version and the version already in the database.
(7) There are many software applications that use Git. Developer workbenches, for instance--integrated tools to do software development. Tools to do automatic builds of a software product whose source is in that Git database. And so on. All these tools are coded or configured, in one way or another, to look for specific names for branches in that Git database tree. If the name of the trunk changes, then every such cod/configuration must be fixed. Hence the anger at the woke asswipes who changed every "master" to "main".

pst314

The above is very slapdash, inexact, etc. But I hope it gives you the basic idea.

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

When I was little. my brother used to bicycle from our home “town,”, Fort Hood, Texas, to Ding Dong, Texas, and back (about 10 miles round trip, if I remember right). He grew up to bicycle across whole states. He is not now and never has been woke. So if any of you non-leftist cyclists are lonely, you have at least one kindred spirit out there!

Daniel Ream

"Can you put that in plain honest-to-goodness English, please?"

pst314 has pretty much summed it up. If you aren't doing modern programming, the best analogy I can think of is Ford suddenly and spontaneously deciding to switch all screws, nuts, bolts, and so on from imperial to metric because racism. You can imagine the havoc this would cause for every garage and private mechanic, not to mention every Pep Boys and AutoZone.

WTP

Sooo...traveling otherwise I’d have a loooong rant on the Git BS (count your blessings) but the obvious question that I have had regarding this freak out about the word “master” started a couple years ago...when are these geniuses going to do something about their “Masters” degrees? Again, tell me this world is real. Feels like I’m living in a lame joke.

Daniel Ream

My concern is that Microsoft bought out github a few years ago, and this wouldn't be happening without their blessing. Microsoft has gone all in on Azure and open source of late, and they've hired a huge number of twenty-something hipsters and forty-something fatbeards. The inevitable result of that is a massive shift in corporate culture away from MAKE MONEY to catering to whatever asinine activism has recently flitted through the autistic brains of the aforementioned cohort.

Richard Cranium

*Cracks knuckles* Don't read this while driving. Don't read this if you are remotely suicidal. No, really. It'll be boring. OTOH, @WTP may one up me after reading this.

Ahem.

So, there's git and there is GitHub.

"git" is a piece of software that allows you to track changes in files within a given directory. There's been a long history of software that do that type of thing. A REALLY long history of that stuff. SCCS, CVS, Bzr, Fossil, Clearcase, and Arch come to mind (and that's not even close to an exhaustive list).

"git" is a distributed version control system (DVCS); there's no One True Copy of the stuff you are tracking. Your copy of the stuff you are tracking is put in a "repository" that you can expose if you want to. If you expose your repository, other people can create a clone of it, make local changes, and tell you that you might want to incorporate those changes.

The benefit of a DVCS is that anyone who has made a clone of your repository have essentially made a backup of your work as it was when they cloned it. (If you've cloned a repository, you can pull updates from the original as you wish.) The drawback to a DVCS is that there is no default One True Copy.

GitHub was/is a "free" (like GMail and such) git repository that people could agree to consider as the One True Copy of their git stuff. GitHub provides other goodies that git itself doesn't, such as means to notify other places of changes in a given GitHub repository.

Well, if you change software source code, then you'd probably like that source code to be built into whatever it is that ends up on a computer, smart phone, or smart thingy. GitHub's notification goody allows you to tell some server somewhere that something changed and you should build a new build thingy.

I'll leave it up to @WTP (assuming that anyone has read this far) to describe software branching strategies. I'll just mention that software weasels will pounce upon shiny ideas about their code and even they realized that putting all of those shiny ideas in the same code base at the same time results in an incoherent and probably broken pile of dung. So, software weasels wanted a way to segregate sets of changes in a more-or-less understandable way; that way in git is called a "branch".

So now, which branch of code is the one that describes what you want to publish/use? git doesn't care. GitHub shouldn't really care to be honest. The server that gets the notification that it should build new thingies due to changed code in GitHub really cares about the branch name.

For a long time, the default behavior was that anything pushed to the branch named "master" was code considered to be the stuff that you want the world to use. For a long time, when you created a new repository in GitHub, it would exist with a default branch named "master". The new default branch name in GitHub is now "main".

For those of you still breathing at this point, https://github.com/Richard-Cranium is my stuff.

ComputerLabRat

If you expose your repository, other people can create a clone of it

And you said it was going to be boring...

As an inveterate nerd, I am always interested in learning new things. I don't always understand all of it, but like pst314, I like learning.

I still don't understand the whole "master" word freakout - the word has other meanings besides the slave connotation. I'm working my way through old British mystery novels and in them, paid servants (the butler, parlourmaid, cook, scullery maid, etc) all refer to the owner of the house as The Master. And even with the slave connotation, many cultures and peoples have enslaved and been enslaved over the millennia of human history - it is not unique to "Black" people, or "White" people for that matter.

And like WTP said - are they gonna freak out about their Master's degrees? Ye gods this is worse than your most Puritanical religious person pursing their lips and getting the vapors at the mere mention of a word that might be considered sexual.

Do these people realize they are exactly what they hate about Christianity (what their idea of it is, anyways)?

Richard Cranium

@ComputerLabRat sez

I still don't understand the whole "master" word freakout - the word has other meanings besides the slave connotation.

I know that and you know that.

The ninnyhammers at GitHub know nothing other than postering.

R

I'll mention that calling a young boy "Master " versus "Mister " had actual meaning.

Richard Cranium

sigh

Mr. Thompson? "R" in the above post is me.

I honestly detest Macbooks, but I detest Windows machines even more. ATM, I am posting from the former. I only run the latter to play games.

ComputerLabRat

I'll mention that calling a young boy "Master " versus "Mister " had actual meaning.

I wonder if Geoffrey's intonation of "Master William" should be censored now in re-runs of Fresh Prince.

Of course with all this GitHub and webhosting talk, the old Seinfeld joke about being "master of one's domain" takes on a different level of meaning. Or not - this censorious posturing is all just a lot of Woke wankery.

Richard Cranium

There has been earlier whining about master/slave terminology in protocols. As far as I know, the last slave born in the US would have been 156 years old now. If you assume 20 year generations, that would be almost 8 generations ago.

Well, those that whine aren't the same as those who benefit in this context.

pst314

Git was created by Linus Torvalds, who has a reputation for being a...difficult person::

Torvalds sarcastically quipped about the name git (which means "unpleasant person" in British English slang): "I'm an egotistical bastard, and I name all my projects after myself. First 'Linux', now 'git'."

I'm not sure, however, if Linus is Snivelling Little Rat Faced Git or Dirty Lying Little Two-faced Git.

Richard Cranium

Gazes upon the alias that I use here.

Ahem

Well, Linus Torvalds is ethnically Finnish. I do remember reading some lines in a novel named "Fire in a Faraway Place"...

Several kilometers back down the trail, Miinalainen, perched in a tree, effortlessly hoisted his big 88mm recoilless gun and carefully sighted through a gap in the forest canopy created by a fallen tree. "So many of them, and so few of us," he murmured, making a very Finnish kind of joke, "how are we ever going to bury them all?"

pst314

"how are we ever going to bury them all?"

"Oh, bother," said Pooh, as he started the excavator.

Michael H Anderson

I recently read a FB post (or rather, repost) where some loathsome sock puppet declared, no word of a lie, that the term "master bedroom" is racist and should be abolished.

I couldn't help it: got out my bullwhip and started working in the leather conditioner. Very therapeutic, that.

WTP

I recently read a FB post (or rather, repost) where some loathsome sock puppet declared, no word of a lie, that the term "master bedroom" is racist and should be abolished.

Dude, that has been going on for at least a year now, possibly 10. The woke term is "owner's suite" or "owner's retreat" or apparently from this article, "primary bedroom". Get with the program or get your real estate license cancelled.

https://realestate.usnews.com/real-estate/articles/what-should-you-call-a-master-bedroom-instead

Rxc

One could easily take this article and replace all the references to bicycling and bicycles with the appropriate words for ANY human endeavor, and it would be just as cogent. I think that this whole woke fad is about providing jobs for the oversupply of social science types, who cannot do anything useful. Other associate professors write the same article about other subjects (math, the printing press, talk buildings, growing food, breathing) in the hope that they will stir up the deplorables and get a job with tenure at a university, or a management/HR consulting gig with a government agency or contractor. It is all about padding resumes in a field where nothing useful can ever be accomplished. Poetry also comes to mind.

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