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My first piece of hate mail

Received my first piece of hate mail this evening. Maybe hate is too strong of a word…maybe I should use ‘critical feedback’ mail.

In the email, the author called me ‘very pompose and very proud of what little you have accomplished’ (I assume they meant ‘pompous’ instead of ‘pompose’). I’d like to think that I’m not pompous but what do I know. Plus….everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

I guess its flattering to have enough readers to actually get something like this. At least I’m getting feedback…or at least noticed on the web. :)

About Eric D. Brown, D.Sc.

Eric D. Brown, D.Sc. is a data scientist, technology consultant and entrepreneur with an interest in using data and technology to solve problems. When not building cool things, Eric can be found outside with his camera(s) taking photographs of landscapes, nature and wildlife.
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Craig Brown (no relation!)

yeah – some blogger recently (can’t remember who) said you shuld either be loved or hated. Anything else is mediocrity.

Fight the good fight.

16 years ago

Hey Eric – sounds like you fired some one up and caused a big enough ripple to get a, uhm, passionate email. At least you got “a” reaction, albiet not the kind we bloggers crave.

Love the new look of your site, by the way. Did you ditch the suit and go polo to look less pompose?

Eric Brown
16 years ago

Thanks Raven.

I had been planning on ditching the suit for a while but couldn’t find a good picture to replace it. My wife snapped a good picture of me over the weekend so I thought it was the perfect time to change it…thankfully it was ‘before’ the pompous comment but perhaps the suit led to the comment :)

Michael Schaffner
16 years ago


It was probably anonymous too – those kind of personal attacks usually are. Take it for what is worth – someone just trying to get some attention.

If they by chance did have some valid observations it is okay to disagree. Conversations where everyone is in complete agreement are, well, boring and unnecessary.

Keep up the good work.


Eric Brown
16 years ago

Mike – Thanks for the comment.

The email was anonymous from a brand new email address with yahoo. I don’t mind criticism (I actually welcome it) but at least have the courtesy to let me know who’s criticizing me.

Thanks for the compliment too.