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Or vi and EMACS… That’s a classic one.
Religion is a hot topic in my current office, as everyone but me and another are Ultra-Orthodox Jews, but it’s not controversial since they all mostly agree, just debate some of the finer, technical points of observance or philosophy.
The one raving, ultra-right political nut just quit at Thanksgiving. That’s calmed things down a bit. He used to go on and on about his favorite political topics, and simply yell insults louder than anyone else to win arguments.
Simple, just tell them to talk to you when their ideas don’t sound stupid. That should get the argument either riled up in another direction (like how do you consider them dumb) or might downright offend them they walk away. Either way, it is probably bound to change the subject. Mostly they will be on the defense on behalf of intelligence. Sometimes when someone tries to argue with me, I play a game to see how many times I can get them to change the subject they argue about. One time I was creatively manipulating a person in the argument that got them to stand behind the exact opposite of the idea they were arguing for, just to defend their flip-side when they realized they just supported the opposition. It’s hilarious seeing the look on their face when they realized they just backed something they were totally against. It’s a win-win on that.
vi vs. EMACS pretty much assumes a *n*x OS. Just going to prove that whenever there is agreement in principal, there will be disagreement in the details – just like your Ultra-Orthodox Jewish colleagues.
Regardless of the subject, I seem to end up on the less popular side as I get older. I try not to discuss that stuff in person, that’s what Facebook and the
‘un-friend’ button is for. 😉 I’m way out numbered at work as 99.99% are far to the right,
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