Absence makes the heart grow fonder. That’s a bogus expression. It creates worry, and doubt. That’s what a lot of people were feeling when Brian-Michel LaRue disappeared from online life he’d been immersed in most waking hours for the first 6 weeks during the RoboCon drama broke wide open in February.
Just so you guys know what the Miami weather situation is like…IN APRIL.
Days later, no one I knew who knew him online could reach him. He suffers from cancer, and had just had a painful surgery. Worry grew. A month passed.
Today, he’s back with this explanation. He’s also tweeted, from his now protected account some details that I don’t know if he wants widely shared yet, so I won’t comment here yet about them. It’s scary, from a political standpoint.
It’s going to take some time and evidence for me to feel comfortable trusting his information after these wildly inconvenient circumstances unfolded. His detractors will like that doubt he claims his absence they are responsible for, but it’s unavoidable at this stage. I know a lot of other people were worried about him though, so will be relieved he’s shown up again. The Conservatives, are probably not quite as relieved.
UPDATE: Some of his recent Twitter comments are gone, and the most recent indicates that his account was compromised and is being purged now. http://www.cdnpo.li is also down.
His original RoboCon blog is now down.
I suspect there’s a chilling effect from something. What a damn shame.
UPDATE 3: Yet again his blog is back, and so is his Twitter, the following day. What a rollercoaster. Who knows what is going on at this point? Change of heart? Change of mind? Impersonation? Who knows, but I’m bewildered.