Selected Visitor Comments (2000)

Here’s a “greatest hits” collection of e-mail from years past. Click on the “e-mail” heading above right to send mail to us!
Note: Our latest threads for the year 2005 and beyond are now in our Blog.

Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2000 10:10 AM
To: Brent Wilhite
Subject: RE: “Useless e-mail chatter”

Yes, Brent, the Germans in America made quite an impact. We Wilhites could be considered a “rare breed” literally—if you can stomach placing Wilhites in the context of slavery. But most of us can’t. So let’s not. I will say that I am quite a rare brother Wilhite, having both Das Boot and Shaft in my DVD collection!

BTW: By my definition, your email is not “useless chatter” as it was addressed directly to me. Take care.

Bryan Wilhite, Songhay System

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Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2000 21:33:06 -0800
Name: Ian W Halliday

Loved your page on IT fundamentalism. You missed (unless I missed it) a key problem: the estimate. It runs like this:

Manager: Have look at this spec and let me know how long it will take.

Analyst/Programmer: (takes it away and studies it carefully for a couple of hours and then returns saying) It will take approximately 10 days to write this (shows estimate, with time for coding, testing, all the other stuff an estimate has)

Manager: Ten days for that! Bullshit! Five days will be plenty for this. Five days! Are we agreed? (Keeps going until he gets the answer yes…)

Analyst/Programmer thinks… if you weren’t going to accept my serious estimate, why did you waste my time asking me to give an estimate? Or worse, next time offers 20 days so that when it's halved, it becomes closer to the real figure he had in mind…

Visited you as a result of link at; my site is at; happy holidays and happy new year—Ian.


Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 15:42:11 -0500 (EST)
From: Brent Wilhite
Subject: “Useless e-mail chatter”

Bryan Wilhite,

This is BRENT Wilhite. Sorry for the “useless e-mail chatter” you referred to in “An IT Fundamentalist Speaks.”

At least now I know who is hoarding all those “bwilhite” login names on the Internet.

I thought Wilhites’ were a rare breed.



Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 10:17 AM
Subject: RE: visitor space mail

Thanks for your input! I will happily post it in my “kinte threads” section soon! I am trying very hard to get back in the contracting game. All my headhunters keep coming up with are perm spots!

As a contractor I don’t have to care about “the big picture”—and just focus on the job given to me. When there’s no work for me I just leave—and come back when needed. As an employee one is often obliged to sit in a slot and drift along between tasks. The traffic here in L.A. is too merciless to just show up at job and do nothing (or do something that can be done at home).


Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2000 09:32:07 -0800
From: (Michael ramsey)
Subject: visitor space mail

Name: Michael ramsey


Just connected to your site through

Loved your IT article. I ask the same questions, notice the same things and love how management looks at you when you point out some of these issues. I actually have fun pointing these things out and watching the panic that happens when it hits the fan because they have ignored me. I have come to the realizations:

1. It is not my company or money. Unless you work for someone or something you really believe in (a charity, a non profit, something trying to make this a better world) don’t lose sleep over there problems.

2. Since that is the case I can only tell management that there is a problem, as management they must give the go ahead to fix it. If they do not deem it is a problem, so be it.

3. Always put it in writing (e-mail) and save it. That way when “it hits the fan” you can just pull the memo mentioning the problem up. They won’t like you but when they try and lie and say they were never informed they are going to be quite embarrassed. It won’t save your job either but at least you will look like a professional.

4. At the end of the day, at the end of your career, when you retire, you are going to be left with just yourself. Don’t do anything for money that you can not live with, or that makes you feel ashamed. Once you do that they truly own you.

5. You can always find another job. And if you are a person of color, you are a survivor and will do whatever is necessary to bring you through a dark period. You probably been there before (but see #4).

Best of luck and I will continue to read.


From: monalisawhitaker []
Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2000 6:35 PM
Subject: visitor space mail

I just finished reading your piece on the Constitution. I found it to be succinct yet detailed—I hope those who read this piece will use your biblio and endnotes as a beginning to learning more than they currently know about the subject. I am also pleased to know that someone (besides myself) has an interest in researching what is being (or has been) given to us in terms of education about how the U.S.was initially founded. I remember being in elementary school and first reading the Constitution—I can clearly remember wondering why they left out certain words, but it wasn’t until college that I really found out why! Imagine my initial shock that the educational system I had so much faith in was so corrupt and evil! I hope that this essay will reach many young people so they will find out before I did. Keep up the excellent work!


From: [Shirley]
Sent: Monday, November 27, 2000 12:46 PM
Subject: visitor space mail

I always find brain food to nibble at your site. Today, I took a big bite of Olga’s poem, “A Poor Peoples’ Poem.” This poem had me talking out loud! Yes! It’s kickass! It filled me emotionally, and with pride. I love it. Wish I wrote it! <sigh> Sylvia’s (Brandon) work is always a welcome sight, as is a few others. This place is just like… home. Thanks for the invite. I will return—again, and again—my appetite seldom gets filled.

Peace & one love


From: Rick Anderson []
Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2000 6:44 AM
Subject: visitor space mail

Dear Editor and Chief

The RARA Foundation (a non-profit organization) has established a web site of minority role models from different ethnic groups and professions. Visit the site at I need your help in informing the minority community that the website is available. It is my belief that by showing examples of real people living positive lives to our youth, many of them will view success in a different light. This type of illustration has a long-term positive effect on many of our youth, especially our young men. Many people listed on the web site are an inspiration too.

We have hundreds of positive feedback from single parents, administration, educators, and others from cities across America. While we may not be able to steer every young person on the right course, we can surely try.

Our goal is to supply schools in need of computers with one and replace old outdated computers with new ones.

It is not fair our minority youth to have a narrow focus on hoping to one day be a professional athlete or entertainer. If only we could channel that desire to make the team and receive that multimillion-dollar contract to owning the team and write the multimillion-dollar check.

Rick Anderson


Sent: Friday, September 22, 2000 4:24 PM
Subject: Re: Welcome to the kinte space!


I have no idea how I got on your mailing list, but please do not remove me. It could have been from the poetry webring, or another site (I’ve seen and admired the goddess series of photographs before.)

I’m looking forward to exploring the site further. I just finished listening to “Captain’s Blues”—definitely one of my favorite forms of music/expression.

So—thank you for your kindly worded email. I look forward to more.


I write poetry, though not as much as when I was younger. My older son writes as well, usually lyrics for his songs.

I am a white human, age 51. My older son (29) is black—mixed, but black by choice. My younger son(26) is white, his wife (also 26) is black/Japanese. My grandson (4). In a way your poetry and your site help me understand a side of my older son and daughter-in-law that I do


From: tim_wood []
Sent: Sunday, September 17, 2000 9:26 AM
Subject: Re: Welcome to the kinte space!


Great email. Hell, it got me to go check out the website. Good website. I’m going to dredge more. Me like. Anyway, returning the favor, I actually run a couple of domains of various shades & flavors: (personal, still in development) (me as geek for hire) (arts mag for the DFW area)

Love the poetry, but missed the ‘what do I do if want a shot at slinging words here’ link… Also, are you still doing flash/streaming poems?

Tim Wood


From: Spijder []
Sent: Saturday, September 16, 2000 8:11 PM
Subject: Re: Welcome to the kinte space!

Very kewl email, caught my attention big time as I’m irrestitably intrequed by enigmatic and/or ironic things and while your email wasn’t ironic it was definately enigmatic. Extremely kewl site that URL linked me to, I was really impressed by the writing on it as well. The poetry is fantastic! I’m honored to be on your mailing list, you’ve done a kick ass job on your site and with your words.

Is it it because we think it, or do we think it because it is?

~Spijder’s Weavings~
~Spijder’s Weavings Store; Pagan art and more~


Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2000 2:50 PM
Subject: Re: Welcome to the kinte space!

I was O.K. with you until the “A’ght” nonsense. Speak English! Hip-hop slang cuts no ice with me. So ………unsubscribe.



EDITOR’S NOTE: Sometimes our electronic mail goes to the wrong people. This person is looking for an ice cutter. We do not have an ice cutter.


From: Tom Rubenoff []
Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2000 4:33 AM
Subject: visitor space mail

Honored to be on your mailing list. Send more stream-of-consciousness anytime.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ah, this is more like it! Thanks!


From: tim bartlett []
Sent: Tuesday, September 05, 2000 9:21 PM
Subject: yes

I got your mailing list mail and normally delete it but you seem like you have your groove on. My poetry site’s here:

It’s all about how pornography is 60% of internet commerce and how those so disabused can be beautiful too.

Love Timothy Bartlett

EDITOR’S NOTE: Honesty does not go unappreciated. Keep on deleting and reading.


Name: Lisa Diane Wedgeworth
Email: Not available
Date: Sun, 14 May 2000 04:00:29 -0700 (PDT)


Finally, an opportunity to check out our collaboration.


Thanx for the space, your skills and your ability to work under pressure (not to mention allowing me to bombard your residence at my demand!)!

More photographic masterpieces coming your way.

Mucho amor y respecto,

Lisa Diane


[02/16/2000 11:16:00 PM]
To: “rasx”
Subject: viewer email

I just wanted to thank you for your link and your support via radio. I also wanted to say that it’s great to see another who is completely one with his art. It’s rare.

Unfortunately, all but three of my songs are on the site now—they finally found out about the samples in my work. Lawyers. They don’t seem to understand the importance of stream-of-consciousness work—what goes in, goes in.

Anyway, I wanted to let you know that Tuki Hairo can now be found also at, with all new songs, and EVERY CD on my site is absolutely free. Hope you can check it out: I think I’ve finally mastered simplicity. And if you enjoy the new Tuki stuff, please spread the word.

Tug Haines
“DJ Tuki Hairo”


[01/19/2000 1:07:00 PM]
From: (Don Barbera)
Subject: visitor space mail

Dropped past and checked it out. Sumthin! I plan on visiting regularly. If you have a chance drop by Just getting up and running. Planning on a Spring Issue--collecting work now. Stay On.

Don B.


From: (David Pittard)
Subject: visitor space mail
Date: Sun, 02 Jan 2000 15:44:23 PS

However I stumbled upon your pages like slipping into an abandoned house and finding treasure spilling from cardboard boxes in the attic, knowing except for me the bulldozers or some arsonist would come I am pleased as my mother at a garage sale -- compliments, I hope. You might think me stuffy, but see

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