Mystery Speaker, Part 2: Mystery Resolved

Roderick in dunce cap


Well, embarrassingly enough, it turns out that last March I did receive, and accept, an invitation to speak at ISIL’s upcoming January conference.

I guess my financial crisis over the summer completely blew it out of my memory, and so I most unfairly took the fault to lie with ISIL rather than with your humble correspondent.

Well, I’m glad I noticed the announcement on the website, or I wouldn’t have made plans to attend! Now I will.

And at least now you know I haven’t been kidding about my conical hat….

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17 Responses to Mystery Speaker, Part 2: Mystery Resolved

  1. Anon73 October 25, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    You look oddly like Bakunin in that picture… coincidence?

    • Roderick October 25, 2009 at 4:51 pm #

      No, it’s not a coincidence — Bakunin is based on me.

  2. Anonymo October 25, 2009 at 4:15 pm #

    I always assumed your conical hat was like that of a wizard. You should have let us persist in that assumption.

  3. Tracy Saboe October 25, 2009 at 4:52 pm #


  4. Danny October 25, 2009 at 5:43 pm #

    Man…and all this time I thought your conical hat was a Vietnamese non la; I figured it was some sort of obtuse reference to leftism -> communism -> Vietnam! I guess I deserve a conical hat of my own 😀

    • Danny October 25, 2009 at 5:46 pm #

      Hmm…that shouldn’t be “obtuse”…I’m not sure what word I was looking for; maybe “esoteric”?

      • Roderick October 26, 2009 at 11:00 am #

        I think you’re looking for “abstruse.”

    • Roderick October 26, 2009 at 11:02 am #

      I actually intended it to be ambiguous between wizard’s hat and dunce cap (depending on whether I’m thinking well or badly on any given day).

      • Danny October 27, 2009 at 2:38 pm #

        Haha either way, I was way off.

        But you’re right; it was abstruse. Thanks!

  5. Kevin Carson October 25, 2009 at 11:25 pm #

    Give ’em hell, Roderick. In, you know, a really awkward and sheepish kind of way.

  6. Thomas L. Knapp October 25, 2009 at 11:50 pm #

    Hey, it’s better than getting a puzzled “um … where are you?” call on the day of the speech!

  7. Neil October 26, 2009 at 1:47 pm #

    Thank god for humility. It’s a trait too many of us severely lack.

    • Roderick October 26, 2009 at 7:51 pm #

      I am the humblest goddamn person on earth, so eat it, all you wannabes.

      • Brian N. October 28, 2009 at 7:12 pm #

        You just made a grown man giggle.

  8. MBrown October 26, 2009 at 1:49 pm #

    Good thing all was worked out.

    I had a similiar experience about a year ago in a group I’m in. Got the schedule of the workshops at an upcoming event (which I was attending and giving some sessions), and saw a session I would have figured I would give. But there was no info as to who was doing what session.

    So I was a little annoyed that someone was doing a session I could (or probably should) be doing. (its a topic I doubt most anyone else in the org could really do).

    Then I get contacted about a week out, and it was mentioned I was doing that session. Uh… except no one told me. So I had to scramble to put stuff together to do the session. Could have been worse. Could have found out when I got to the event that I was supposed to do a session…

  9. Mike Gogulski October 26, 2009 at 4:49 pm #

    I can relate to this 🙂


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