No, I am your father, Chris!

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2012/01/12 07:21 -05:00, original URI:

The date was September 19, 2006.

The time was 1:56am.

The mail said:

Obi Wan Kaplanoibi,

There must be a way to force Windows to render Tahoma at 8pt whenever it wants to render it at 9pt - systemwide?

You're my only hope.


A mere 32 hours later, it turned into Shrink that font -- automatically?.

Things were a bit more "rough and ready" in those early days!

Now I doubt I ever even set eyes on the email since that time.

Until last night.

You see, last night I was looking for a different email from around that time.

And I saw the original email address.of Chris.

It was

Call me crazy, but I'm reasonably certain that was (is?) Chris Pirillo.

Nw if you look back in the Wayback Machine at you see that the site first started in 1998. he had just graduated recently from the University of Northern Iowa.

When he wrote to me originally? He was a student there. It may have even been related to a homework assignment!

The relstive speed of my response was obviated by the fact that I never replied directly to him and didn't answer the question, choosing to tell a story his mail reminded me of, instead!

I had never met him in person until just a few years ago - a friend of Ellen's.

But y then I certainly knew who he was!

Now I can mostly blame the Star Warsiasn feel of what popped in my head when I saw this on his "Obi Wan" reference.

But what I imagined was him saying to me was (in a mechanically modified James Earl Jones voice):

"I've been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner; now *I* am the master."

And of course the quote in the title.

Now I'm not gonna call Chris evil, but he did move over mostly to Apple stuff years back. So it's a relative thing... :-)

cron22 on 12 Jan 2012 10:15 AM:

Now that is just awesome.  I like perosing

JamesNT on 14 Jan 2012 7:49 AM:

Apple *is* evil.  :)


cron22 on 14 Jan 2012 11:01 PM:

Apple's only a problem when you switch all the way over to them.  I can't say that they're evil all the way though because I own and love my iPod touch.  But don't you just love a trip down memory lane and then old and forgotten email messages pop up in your email client?  You then say, oh no, I can't delete this, so you save it on a drive with tons of other archived data.  I do it all the time.  Nothing that amazing though has happened to me yet.  Darn ... Oh well.  It will happen if it is going to, right?

Michael S. Kaplan on 16 Jan 2012 6:20 AM:

Just because something is evil doesn't keep people from loving it; phrases like "ugly as sin" ignore the fact that it is the attractiveness of sin that leads people to do it!

So deggree of love an iPod Touch and degree of evility of Apple are semi-independent issues!

cron22 on 17 Jan 2012 11:01 PM:

Thanks for the reminder LOL.  I still feel that Apple tend to put more restrictions on their dev community than you guys do, hence why I have been following the activities of Microsoft for so many years.  

Please consider a donation to keep this archive running, maintained and free of advertising.
Donate €20 or more to receive an offline copy of the whole archive including all images.

go to newer or older post, or back to index or month or day