I've been falling behind in my email, but received a very interesting note from a Blogography reader "Jim" who ran across some of my entries that had been reproduced on another blog. My words had been changed around and the images cropped and scaled, but there was no doubt that I had been plagiarized. At first Jim thought that perhaps I had a second blog, and was re-posting content there. He did a search to see if I claimed this other blog, but instead found out something even more puzzling...
Some OTHER guy has decided to "claim" the word "blogography" and use it as some kind of bizarre definition for blogs he thinks are "anti-Christian" or something...
I mean, wow. Where do I start?
First of all, I don't even understand what in the heck this nut-job is trying to say. His flowery text is a valiant attempt to sound literate, but is ultimately incomprehensible. All this talk about "base desires for man praise and tickling" sounds like gay-fetish porn or something.
But wait! It gets even better! The above "claim" to the word "blogography was written in an entry dated July 12th, 2005. But, in order to make it look like he thought it up last year, he decided to retroactively "define" the word 8 months earlier on November 12, 2004... even though he just started his "Anti Blog" blog on July 9th!
And it just gets more bizarre and freaky the more you read. Apparently, he really hates blogs... he finds them a "sinful desire to make a name for ourselves" and that they are "mediocrity clothed as creativity" and "sacrificing more important reading for the hot topic of the moment."
And how does he decide to address these horrific blasphemies? He starts a blog!!
Conclusion: What a tool.
When days start out this weird, things are bound to only get worse.
UPDATE: Oooh. He responds. And then goes on to read the sarcastic description of my blog to prove his point. Apparently I'm not as tongue-in-cheek funny as I think I am, because he thinks I am being serious. Oh the humility.
Well, not really. The relevant portion of my response:
I am Buddhist, so your condemnation of me as a blogger is inoffensive, but I have studied The Bible more than most Christians, and must ask you if you have read Luke 6: 27-38? It amazes me how Christians are always so happy to overlook this passage when judging others.
I love comments! However, all comments are moderated, and won't appear until approved. Are you an abusive troll with nothing to contribute? Don't bother. Selling something? Don't bother. Spam linking? Don't bother.
Now that’s just freaking crazy. I almost can’t take these people seriously. It has to be fake, right? If not, how do they make it through the day? It has to be fake.
That’s crazy. The endless limits of what crazy people do on the internet for attention.
I’m curious Dave, why not… “Blography”?
Tony Kummer is scary, I’m going into hiding they have a blog police now!!!!
Dave when I got these kind of comments and e-mails a while back I took it as flattery, people wouldn’t be talking about you if they weren’t jealous. Keep the thoughts coming and use this man as an energy boost. Just make sure he can’t gather personal information about you online, that was my mistake ;-(
So who has been plagiarizing you? Some people are so dumb!
For the record, you are much, much cooler than this man will ever be.
Dude, the response is even better than the original. Kummer can bring it! Internet jokers rejoice! Thy master is among thee, and his name is Tony Kummer.
Uh oh. Jerz has been converted. There is no hope for the rest of us.
The plaigerism thing is kind of working itself out. The guy wrote back and claimed he was simply “collecting stories” and wasn’t stealing at all. I then brought up the point that he did not credit me as the original source, as required by my Creative Commons license. He failed to graps that changing a few words around makes no difference. Even if it is a (loosely) derivative work, credit must be given.
Eventually, he took the site down, so I have no idea if he’s planning on taking from somebody else… or has just given up.
He’s completely incoherent. I read that page four times and I still can’t figure out what he meant.
What a nutjob.
Seeing the comment count of each of those entries, I don’t feel so bad. Obviously no one is reading this crap, and if they are they are so unimpressed that writing any type of retort is just a waste of time. What a tool is right!!
My head hurts when I read that blog.
It seems that someone deleted the blog. I get the “blogger” not found page.