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Disagree, but do it politely

Disagree, but do it politely

Rules are important, but they’re temporary and they’re always supposed to be changed.

John Lydon

These rules are as much for me as for you

This blog is my online patio. You’re invited, but if you want to stay, please obey the rules. My replies to comments will be vigorous, but infrequent.

  1. I moderate comments.
  2. When you comment, don’t be contrary, boring, or a cheerleader—add something to the conversation.
  3. Feel free to disagree, but stay near the top of Paul Graham’s Hierarchy of Disagreement.
  4. I don’t coddle, chide, or caution. Threats, trolling, and racist, sexist, misogynistic, homophobic, and transphobic comments, crap ideas, ad hominem argument, flaming, doxing, and general asshattery will be immediately immured.
  5. Further attempts to comment are auto-flagged and deleted.
  6. You misapprehend the right to free expression/free speech, so no, rules four and five don’t impinge on those rights.
  7. Links to, or promotion of, goods or services I didn’t create or don’t use are forbidden without pre-approval.
  8. Religion is a good or service.
  9. You are taking offence where none is given.
  10. Sincere suggestions that don’t violate rules 1 to 9 on ways to improve this blog are welcome.


All material, unless otherwise noted, Copyright © Todd Besant. All rights reserved.

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Of average vanity

Todd Besant is a publisher, editor, reader, writer, occasional author, introvert, secret blogger, stargazer, freethinker, powerlifter, kitchen dancer, podcast enthusiast, and car singer.

He is overly fond of fine pencils, cool notebooks, pocket knives, waxed canvas shoulder bags, Moscot eyeglasses, coffee, bourbon, flat caps, clothing for shorter men, manipedis, and men’s grooming products–especially pomades, face balms, and under eye treatments. Todd is of average vanity, that is, very.

Todd is taller online, inordinately puzzled, comprehensively skeptical, increasingly alarmed, and as analogue as possible under the circumstances. His creativity is informed and driven by an avalanche of failure. Todd’s favourite words are louche, bare, frowsy, oubliette, chemise, thicket, snug, bristle, mound, abandon, frisson, and restraint.

He is the descendant of colonialist settlers and lives on Turtle Island on Treaty 1 Land that is the territories of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Lakota, Inuit, and Dene Peoples, and on the Traditional Homeland of the Métis Nation, in Winnipeg, MB, an inflexible colonial city mired in the still damp clay bed of a proglacial lake created during the Holocene Glacial Retreat.


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This blog is written and produced on Turtle Island in Winnipeg, MB, on Treaty 1 Land that is the territories of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Lakota, Inuit, and Dene peoples, and is the Traditional Homeland of the Métis Nation. All material, unless otherwise noted, Copyright © Todd Besant. All rights reserved. Header photo credit: darkday. on
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