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Re: GSBN:Re: Proposal
Offlist comments. I don't participate much on the GSBN (or anywhere else,
listwise) these days; I suspect most of the oldsters have forgotten that
I'm lurking, and most of the rest have no idea who I am or why I'd be here.
Since I'm not much of a player, I don't feel like my opinions even deserve
the be aired. But that won't stop me from talking to you.
Kent surely is interested - but not an appropriate candidate, I think. I
don't believe he'd be able to contribute from a reasonable threshold of
experience to the desired standard of high-level discussion among the
movers-n-shakers. The kinds of questions and comments he makes on the other
lists indicate that he's still working through some fairly basic stuff -
though he does generally seem to grasp things quickly. I fear that he'd try
to engage folks on this list in ways that many of them don't have the time
or inclination to be engaged (which is why most of them aren't on the other
lists). GSBN is archived, yes?; so anyone can follow along.
The question of Hank is less clear. Obviously he's a busy and dedicated
person with the best intentions, but he scares me in the same way that a
certain couple of guys in Minnesota used to scare me. (You'll recall that
one of their projects - a very well-intended but excruciatingly-flawed SB
house built in south Minneapolis - ended up torn down a couple years later
because of moisture problems. They ignored hard-won consensus- and
experience-derived wisdom and best practices of the SB community,
preferring to "pioneer" techniques and designs that relied on flawed
assumptions and poor judgement. Eventually they posted a message on their
website saying that they didn't have anything to do with strawbale anymore;
and now their website appears to be gone completely.) While I can't deny
that Hank is moving and shaking, I'm not comfortable that he's not a bull
in a china shop. Where SB is concerned, when having a vision blurs with
solipsism, I cringe. But then again, maybe his apparent belligerence would
be tempered in the presence of the august GSBNers. If it comes down to a
choice between RT and him, I'd choose RT in a heartbeat.
So did J9 send Frank's CD to the Car Talk people?