15.11.2004 kl. 01:44

Yay! I received another donation for my software, bringing the grand total up to $60 over a period of roughly 6 months. Profitable work, this free software development business. It would be suitably ironic to invest this money in a "Getting Rich for Dummies" handbook.

Well, I'm not in the gutter so no complaints.

Speaking of the gutter, I am reminded of a story of Diogenes of Sinope, recounted by the greek historian Plutarchus in his Life of Alexander. Diogenes was a Cynic philosopher in the 4th century B.C. It is said that an interview took place between him and Alexander the Great (which, incidentally, they are now making another horrible Hollywood film about) in the city of Corinth. At this time, Diogenes was living in his infamous "tub", and as one of the city's better known characters, he was counted missing in attendance of the great conqueror. Alexander went with his retinue to find this man of such remarkably brave and independent spirit, and finally found Diogenes sitting in his tub in the sun.

"I am Alexander the Great," he said, "ruler of the known world".

"And I am Diogenes the Cynic" replied the philosopher.

"I have heard you are a man of great wisdom. I am willing to grant you any wish that is within my considerable power." Alexander said.

Diogenes then replied: "Would you kindly step back. You're blocking the sun".

Alexander, impressed by the reply, said to his friends, who were ridiculing the whimsicality of the philosopher, "If I were not Alexander, I should wish to be Diogenes."

I don't know how much credibility we can ascribe to this little anecdote, but it amusing nevertheless. Personally, I'd have asked for wealth, power and women ;). I suppose that's the reason why I don't live in a tub.