Instead of a rant I have a story for you.

I was browsing my emails and eminently pissed off, as I usually am. Came across an email from

and thought "fuck this guy and his adverspam!"

Because whats more rational than hating someone you don't know, over something they didn't do, because of something completely unrelated to them of which they have no control?

Totally human.

The email looked like this

"I have some fantastic news for you:
Clean Components will be released again on April 21!

With a "🎉" emoji. I'm in a more vile mood than usual today.

It goes on.

"Even better, I'm significantly dropping the price, so you'll definitely want to pick it up!"

How presumptuous.

I fire off a quick reply.

"What a bunch of bullshit.
I decide to change careers and a month later, just like in 2008, this fucking pandemic happens and the economy and hiring
Starts collapsing.

And here I am getting sent this bullshit.

I had to rewrite and shitcan the response a few times for civility. I guess this is me being polite, but I was suddenly compelled to vent to this total stranger over what in all likelihood was an *automated* email.

Six and a half hours later I got a reply.

"Hey James, I'm sorry this pandemic has been rough on you.

I hope things turn around for you soon.

If it would help, I'd give you the course for free, but if you've switched careers I'm not sure it's relevant any more?


My god. A lone voice of calm in a wasteland of 24/7 bad and worsening news. Sometimes simplicity is the soul of class.

Hes got it in spades.

And here I was thinking "today might be the day. Thank god for giant bottles of hydrocodone."

It's not true that all gingers are soulless demons.
Some of them are angels in problem glasses.

No but seriously, hes a cool guy in my book.

Check out his site if you're interested in Vue at


  • 3

    I'm fucking dying. I wish I had thought of that! "If only he wrote react."

    Would have made the post 100% better.

    But legit, I was kinda blown away. If anyone using Vue sees this, send some love his way.
  • 5
    He's Canadian makes sense.
  • 2
    Crazy how few words can change a lot, eh
  • 0
    His name sounded familiar! (Worked with Vue)
    Lovely story!
  • 3
    ++ for rewriting to be more polite
  • 2
    @Stuxnet From experience with Canadians I can confirm.
  • 0

    You're almost as cynical as I am. Almost.
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