The Mask

Posted by Orville Bennett on July 22, 2008
Read time: about 2 minutes

I remember when I was in college, around either amaroK 1.2 or 1.3 release time, when I first found out about (and was invited to) the amarok dev channel. I don’t remember exactlty why, but muesli let me in on the secret. Maybe it was because I was helping out with the docs, or maybe he just wanted to talk about music without the constant distraction of user questions interrupting us :-) Ah yes, good times back then. He turned me on to the awesomeness of Daft Punk and Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s “Baby I Got Your Money” if I recall correctly. The latter by way of his Last.fm (then audioscrobbler.com) personal radio stream.

I also recall a conversation w/ someone (eann?) about being a developer a me vehemently avoiding having said title foisted upon me. Amarok 1.3 (think it was 1.3) got released, I quietly retreated back into userland and soon even forgot how to get back to the dev channel; or maybe they used that mindwipe thing from M.I.B. Can never be too sure with these fellows.

Fast forward to a few months ago and eean again chooses to refer to me as a developer and again I run away from the title. Personally I prefer the the mac guy title. Makes it far easier to make the bold (if untrue) claim that I AM the Amarok mac team. Hell, I am the Amarok mac team. Ok, not really. But anyways, one of the SOCers (summer of coders) was in the dev channel asking for an IRC mask and I quickly jumped at the chance to get a new one for myself. The old konversation/user/ mask hadn’t been valid in a while and likely wouldn’t be again ever so I figured an amarok mask was a good substitute. Markey then chimed the that with great masks comes great responsibility or something like that. Immediately I was reminded why I didn’t want a “developer” title all those years ago. The responsibility.

While markey was making IMO a quite funny nerd joke (eean thought it was lame, big meany!) the words still rang true. As Eminem says, much truth is said in jest, or something like that. So now I’ll have to be a responsible member of the community and avoid some of my more annoying (yet infinitely fun) tendencies. On the plus side all those bans my konversation/user/ mask racked up in #kde from canllaith aren’t valid anymore :-D Sigh Being diplomatic is such a bore. I wonder how Nightrose does it, and does it so well …

So yeah, now introducing (finally) your Amarok on KDE/Mac dev: illogic-al, aka illogical, aka illogic, aka illogica, aka illogic-a, aka []illogic-al, aka [x]illogic-al, aka orville, also known as … wait for it…
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Ahem. Sorry about that. I get carried away sometimes. Good thing no one actually knows about this site.