TITLE: My First Blog Rant AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: October 30, 2004 11:33 AM DESC: I've joined the blogosphere. I may as well join the rantosphere, too. ----- BODY: Okay, I don't think I've ever blogged just to vent my frustration with people in this world. The blogosphere is full of blogs that are nothing but. They wear thin really quickly. But if you ask my wife, she'll tell you that I save my rants for her weary ears. Here is my first rant blog: People, turn your #$!@%#^@*&$#*^@# cell phones off when you enter a public space. I have had students' cell phones go off in my class, and I've been patient and generous in my assessment of the situation. They meant to turn them off, surely, or thought they had. I've heard them in theaters and in churches and at public talks. Each time, I wonder about the rudeness or inflated sense of importance that makes people think that they can impose on everyone else around them. The final straws fell last week at OOPSLA when a cell phone went off during Alan Kay's keynote address -- and then twice during his Turing Award lecture! How rude, self-important, or utterly stupid do you have to be to let your phone be the second to ring during a historic lecture? And what's worse, two of those people took the calls before leaving the room. Amazing. I know that this rant is cliché these days. Everyone complains about cell phone users. I've been muttering about them under my breath for a while myself. But each man has his breaking point, and I'm at mine. The people whose phones interrupted Alan Kay's talks last week are lucky that the only thing broken was my temper, and not their phones. Okay, I feel better now. -----