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Bedtime story

Posted by Peter Kenneally on July 21, 2009

Once upon a time there lived a lovely princess and one day she made a journey into the colourful world of blogland. Her visit was rudely interrupted by the unwelcome intrusion of an ugly troll stamping his feet in an ungainly fashion and muttering incoherently about things he knew nothing of. When the princess came home at last and took out her pillowbook, as she did every night, she became thoughtful. She had been lucky enough to have been taught by wise wizards many years ago – should she not share some of that wisdom? So she wrote in her pillowbook some simple explanations of basic critical thinking as passed down by the ancient defenders of reason. Unfortunately, the princess was naive in the ways of the world and used some of the troll’s rantings as her starting-point. And the troll waxed mad when he discovered this. His small pinched brain could not comprehend even the simplest argument and recoiled at making the slightest effort. The poor troll possessed but one fixed idea – that he was entitled to free speech. And, being but a troll, he understand that in only a threadbare way as the right to offend anyone he liked. For why do trolls exist if not to make rude noises like a gibbering monkey or a yapping dog?



21 Responses to “Bedtime story”

  1. I’ve a little more free time for you

    Just to give you moments you deserve.
    Understand the lust that we do
    Sends us to a world playing on a curve.
    Taking us through the wall’s divide

    While a sound comes from your sweet lips
    Anything you want I gave until you cried
    Now I wait for your whimper with moving hips
    No simple single way to distill your desire
    And extract that from your lips what you need
    And each of your screams shows your greed

    Keeping me in control as I play that sweet song
    Eye to eye within the depths of your soul
    You cannot resist my dreams of life for long
    Open yourself to me to take you to a different pole
    Unleashing that passion from the other side.

    Savor that sensual music with me
    Cry out in that moment as if you died
    Release that power in what you see
    Everlasting bondage, a knot we tied
    Each in that moment becomes one
    Making you scream until we’re done.



    betty, you deserve a great big sweet sloppy wet kiss and a huge bouquet of flowers. everyday of your life.



    but not from john.


  4. One of the mistakes made in Netiquette is the belief that you can abuse others with terms like “stubborn,” “ignorant,” and “daft” with impunity. Never come to a gunfight with a knife. Do not think you can punch the tarbaby without getting some tar on yourself. A noob calling someone a troll is the pot whinning about the kettle’s blackness.


  5. http://wheresthecraper.ytmnd.com/

    Which is what I think about the “scientifical community.”

    Astrophysicists have used their physics to investigate the universe in terms of what holds it together. The angular velocity of the visible bodies in the universe is to high a magnitude to be justified. So, this scientific community made up the “dark matter” or “dark energy” concept to account for the difference between the mass they say is necessary and that which is observed.

    However, and here is the real problem, they have not proven the existance of “dark matter.” So, their calculations are correct, and the universe is wrong, so they made up a fudge factor called “dark matter.” … And so it goes….


  6. I am just sitting here reading…. pointing…. gigggling, at this poetry:
    “your cup runneth over with resentment, sister…”


  7. Dear John: sorry for the troll thing. How about showing that you aren’t one? No offence, but the rest of us would actually appreciate it if you decamped: call it a personality clash if you like. I invite anyone who disagrees to step up, but I don’t think anyone will.


  8. Application of the term troll is highly subjective. Some readers may characterize a post as trolling, while others may regard the same post as a legitimate contribution to the discussion, even if controversial. The term is often used as an ad hominem strategy to discredit an opposing position by attacking its proponent.

    Often, calling someone a troll makes assumptions about a writer’s motives. Regardless of the circumstances, controversial posts may attract a particularly strong response from those unfamiliar with the robust dialogue found in some online, rather than physical, communities. Experienced participants in online forums know that the most effective way to discourage a troll is usually to ignore him or her, because responding tends to encourage trolls to continue disruptive posts — hence the often-seen warning: “Please do not feed the trolls”.


  9. The previous is from the Wikipedia entry.

    From my perspective, a troll is much like the fabled troll who charged a fee for crossing a bridge. Moderators and trolls have a great deal in common.


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  12. princessxxx said

    it’s the caveman theory>

    in my own personal experience. trolling on the internet is a great way to exercise your mania when in the high end. just before you go over the hump and plummet 100s of metres to what could possibly be your doom or just another passing cheap thrill.
    i must be thinking of universal studios in orlando. home of casey anthony.

    princess came here to rip bk a new butthole. then dorian showed up and he himself an ocd nudged princess along a bit to play nice, but i suspect was enjoying it. and mrs.slocombe shows up and spoils my evil plan. she was on to me after comment #5, a very clever one, that Mrs. Slocombe. later it was revealed betty is a libra, so my fate was sealed when it came to pulling the wool, (or shall i say, the bill keller hairpiece?) over her eyes.

    betty pretty much said, “snap to it, missy”, i’m paraphrasing.

    well, thankfully, libras know how to use each other to the greatest advantage.
    it’s just like having 2 poison apples,
    ask snow white and any of her 7 trolls or dwarves or whatever.

    fiendish plots in the new age of oprah chopra pika chupacabras. (the evil one)

    this is what happens when caveman first discovers ‘god’
    it happens all the time. nothing new under the sun.

    OMG, it’s like i’m pulling a cassandra here.

    betty, are you going to go see the new harry potter?
    daniel radcliffe is so hot, rupert grint is looking rather nice, too. both tools?
    emma watson is gorgeous.


  13. Oh, Betty, was this an invitation or a dare?:
    I invite anyone who disagrees to step up, but I don’t think anyone will.


  14. Merely: if anyone says they enjoy or appreciate your input, then stay by all means and converse with them: but I stand by what I say, and it would be, wouldn’t it, rather rude to stay where one is expressly not wanted?


  15. Too late. You already fired that salvo.


  16. However, I will make it easy. If anyone wants me to return, contact me at johnlloydscharf@yahoo.com .


  17. Stephanie said

    johnlloydscharf – you’re commenting on things you know absolutely nothing about. I am the author of this post. Let me give you some background.

    The troll I refer to is called Carolyn Ann. We crossed swords originally in a discussion about “argument”. CA fancies himself a critical thinker – but he doesn’t have a university education and reads little or no philosophy. I’ve studied it for 25 years and have a doctorate in the subject. That doesn’t make me right and him wrong – but I’d like to know how it makes me a “noob” in this context? Or someone without the ability to “fight back”?

    Despite the feminine name CA is a man who delights in going onto the blogs of transsexual women and attacking them. He derails discussions repeatedly and states that he is happy to cause offence. It’s his right, he says. Why exactly should any of us put up with that kind of ignorant bigotry in our own spaces? Yes, I resent it.

    Because I questioned a few of his statements he has written, over a two-year period, countless posts on his blog making extremely personal attacks on me. So how dare you burst in here and sneer at my little act of revenge. What has it got to do with you?

    Oh, and to give you a flavour of CA – you’ll note I never named him in the post. Well, he actually left a comment (since deleted by me) outing himself as the troll!!


  18. dorian said

    ‘loved it, stephanie. come visit us again. and again.


  19. princessxxx said

    i loved it too stephanie,

    you inspired me to write this


  20. Hors Service said

    Well, thank you Stephanie^^

    But it could certainly apply partly to John, too^^

    And he’s calling his opponents “noobs”… Even if we don’t match some of the specificities, like bad expression, or the recurrent crushing of opponents under personnal attacks.


  21. tothewire said

    lol I can think of several people the shoes of “troll” would fit wonderfully!


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