The author fails at analogies

Debunking TMR can’t cook!

In one of his recent posts entitled “Where to, guvnor?” (“Guvnor” is a term used in Britain by certain people who think that their customers are totally superior or of a higher class to them)

Whilst that may have been true previously it’s now just as likely to be employed sarcastically for example when dealing with an arrogant, pompous moron who wrongly believes they deserve that kind of deference. In the particular case referred to by the author however, it was merely a parody of his post title.

TMR, the blogger behind “C64 Crap Debunk” mentioned that he can’t cook, or hardly at all. […] This is an amazing revelation! Now we can assume from this that C64 programmers are not only excellent at maths, but we can look into this new revelation that they can’t cook either!

This is the author’s standard method of operation once more dear reader; he starts with an incorrect generalisation and then “builds” on that shaky foundation to produce a tottering mess of an “argument” which collapses under its own weight when even given a cursory examination. We can’t assume that, just because your correspondent does or doesn’t do something, that this applies to every C64 programmer and the author is an imbecile to claim otherwise. Your correspondent also hates sweetcorn and doesn’t drive[1], but neither of these attributes can be automatically applied to any other C64 programmer any more than being arrogant or slow witted can be assumed of those who can’t program merely because the author is.

We’ll also pause to note that, although your correspondent has said on countless occasions that he isn’t “excellent at maths” by any reasonable stretch of the imagination whatsoever, the author contines to lie to his readers with the false statements such as the one above.

Jo Grant […] started off by telling the Doctor that she’d taken an ‘A’ Level in science, but then later admitted “I never said I passed!” This was so The Doctor would have to explain things to her to help the audience understand the technical terms The Doctor was talking about.

This analogy fails because, as the author himself notes, Jo Grant is there primarily to ask the questions that the audience would want answered rather than coming up with her own solutions; that character was never meant to teach her own lessons as the author tries but fails to do, merely to force other characters into explaining themselves in a way that she and therefore the audience would understand.

What this means is that while TMR is just showing off as a know it all about programming the Commodore 64, I’m telling the vast majority of people how they might be able to learn to program it to do simple things, in spite of the shitty Commodore manuals.

This is demonstrably a false statement on the author’s part dear reader; the demos that your correspondent has been releasing under the C64CD “brand” are based on programs that people from the 1980s actually wrote rather than the ones the author erroneously believes they wanted to write; if there was actually a demand for what he’s rather poorly “teaching” then there would after thirty plus years be a significant number of user-developed programs archived already doing something similar, but that clearly isn’t the case.

So is your correspondent “just showing off”? Not in context dear reader, remember that, despite the author’s bragging about cookery skills or learning a foreign language, we’re meant to be dealing with matters of programming so demonstrating a practial working knowledge of the topic at hand is far more pertinent to the discussion.

As for me, before the Commodore 64 came out, I was already cooking fried chicken breasts and baking cakes, so this explains why my brain wasn’t capable of programming the Commodore 64 in BASIC V2. […] This means I have no chance of ever coding a C64 demo, so I could only do the graphics, the music and cook the coders some of the dishes mentioned above so they don’t have to live on fast food while coding!

The author is just showing off as a know-it-all about cookery dear reader and rather amusingly hypocritical to boot for doing so!

Again, this rather childlike “logic” relies on false assumptions; it doesn’t explain why the author’s brain wasn’t capable of learning to program (being able to learn one subject doesn’t automatically preclude learning others) and he also can’t demonstrate that said programmers would be interested in the his contributions to their demos in the first place or, as noted above, assume that they’re incapable of cooking for themselves to the same or a better standard.

But here’s the amusing part dear reader, the author just has shown that he put time and effort into learning to cook but expected to learn programming without the same kind of investment!

TMR has spent quite a lot of time recently posting about C64 demos, but during my time as a Commodore 64 owner, I never heard about any demos at all, so I certainly wasn’t planning to create any.

That is, of course, irrelevant dear reader; your correspondent is concentrating on demos because they were written by amateur programmers who had exactly the same resources available to them as the author whilst learning; these releases add to the massive pile of evidence that further debunks his bogus arguments regardless of if he personally was aware of demos personally or had any intention of becoming involved with their development.

As to if the author’s graphical or musical abilities would have been considered by others for use in their demos, we’ve yet to see the author demonstrate any aptitude in those fields.

A further revelation about this was recently made by TMR, when it turned out that the first demos he ever saw weren’t actually released until 1986. This means that he never saw any demos during the period of time when I owned a C64.

The people behind the demos we’ve been examining for the Code Notes series didn’t magically pick up their knowledge overnight and it’s a very safe assumption that any demo written in 1986 (and in some cases, even 1987) was developed by people who started learning during the period of time when the author owned a C64.

[1] Let’s see if the author is paying attention for a change dear reader; your correpondent said that he “doesn’t drive” but not that he couldn’t…

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