Richard Stallman's rider

posted by Jason Kottke Oct 26, 2011

The "info packet" that Richard Stallman sends out in advance of his talks is crazy and amazing. It's cramazing! And long. And really specific.

If you can find a host for me that has a friendly parrot, I will be very very glad. If you can find someone who has a friendly parrot I can visit with, that will be nice too.

DON'T buy a parrot figuring that it will be a fun surprise for me. To acquire a parrot is a major decision: it is likely to outlive you. If you don't know how to treat the parrot, it could be emotionally scarred and spend many decades feeling frightened and unhappy. If you buy a captured wild parrot, you will promote a cruel and devastating practice, and the parrot will be emotionally scarred before you get it. Meeting that sad animal is not an agreeable surprise.

That's right up there with Van Halen's brown-free bowl of M&Ms and Lady Gaga's Cockney-speaking staff. (via ★precipice)