Don't Be a Dick

I'm probably about the last person with an interest in such things to get around to watching Phil Plait's (in)famous "Don't Be a Dick" speech, but I finally got around to it, and it's really excellent:

Phil Plait - Don't Be A Dick from JREF on Vimeo.

Phil has posted about the speech itself, online reactions to it, and the in-person response after the talk. His thoughts are well worth reading, to put the whole thing it better context.

I really don't have anything to add, which is fine, because I should spend less time typing blog stuff anyway.

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