16 October 2009

Mea Culpa

Filed under: Reflections — ktismatics @ 9:16 am

I confess: I have violated my own self-proclaimed unforgivable sin. I revealed information obtained in private correspondence to a third party. Now I didn’t publish this information on my blog — if I had I’d have been forced to delete my own blog from my blogroll, which I suppose is kind of like dividing by zero. I don’t believe that the revelation was particularly consequential to the person who told me about it or to those toward whom the information points. Further, I have no way of knowing that the information I leaked is even true. And I thought at the time that the leak would be personally helpful to someone else.

Regardless of all these caveats, I fucked up. I acted hypocritically. I apologize for my lapse, and I’ll try not to do it again. As a self-imposed penance I will abstain from writing new blog posts for a week.



  1. So now everybody who’s ever emailed me anything is going to wonder: Is it me? What did I tell him? Trust me, whoever is reading this: it’s not about you (except maybe for one of you…).


    Comment by john doyle — 16 October 2009 @ 11:51 am

  2. …or, now that I think about it, perhaps two. Or three… See, this is the problem with self-report: one tends to minimize one’s faults and maximize one’s virtues. When as a lad I used to go to confession I would prepare a standard litany of sins to recite to the priest: I disobeyed my parents x times, I swore y times, etc. This seemed to placate the priest, who pretty much always assigned the same penance: three Our Fathers and three Hail Marys. Once, after I’d confessed, the priest asked me what I wanted him to do about it. I was stumped. Give me forgiveness I guess, was the gist of my reply. Very well, said the priest, and we finished the ritual without further incident. A couple of years later this guy left the priesthood.


    Comment by john doyle — 16 October 2009 @ 12:43 pm

    • I just don’t get it. You did the right thing, and it went NO further. I just don’t get it. There are always exceptions, what are you trying to do, pass a catechism test?


      Comment by anonymous — 16 October 2009 @ 1:06 pm

  3. Yes, I think you’re right, anonymous: there are exceptions. I think I did the right thing; you think so too. Okay, you’re right: I’m NOT heartily sorry, I DON’T dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell. Hell, it’s not even a violation if it’s the right thing. The fucking rule is the violation! It’s the spirit not the letter.

    Okay, anonymous, you’ve done excellent priestly work here. Does this mean I have to start writing posts again before next Friday? I was kind of settling in to my abstinence program.


    Comment by john doyle — 16 October 2009 @ 1:22 pm

    • No, man, you are our THIRD STAR now. I think we both love you.


      Comment by anonymous — 16 October 2009 @ 2:12 pm

  4. Meanwhile, kvond deleted my comment on his latest post (actually he’s added a new one now). I guess this is my punishment for deleting one of his comments recently, or perhaps it’s an expression of his general disdain for my civility principle. I merely asked him if he’d read The Philosophy of Time Travel by Roberta Sparrow. After he responded to that amusing remark I was going to ask him if the artwork on that post depicts a Hostess Cupcake from the future. Maybe someone else can ask him for me.


    Comment by john doyle — 16 October 2009 @ 1:27 pm

  5. The Temptress doesn’t need other humans because she is a self-sustaining hermaphroditic system; her Tentacles provide for everything, including, you know.


    Comment by parodijski sturm und drang — 17 October 2009 @ 9:24 am

    • I presume this comment refers to a discussion on the Appliance Attachment post. Sentence 1 could be construed as complimentary; sentence 2 has been expunged for civiity’s sake.


      Comment by john doyle — 17 October 2009 @ 9:58 am

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