Richard Stallman makes his living giving talks about how people shouldn’t make money writing software. If you’d like to hire him, just read down the page a little for his modest modest (laundry) list of conditions that need to be met for him to give his talk.
A few gems include:
“If you buy bus or train tickets for me, do not give my name! Big Brother has no right to know where I travel”
Private companies have every right to ask for that information if they choose since it may be to protect their business. Don’t like it, walk. Besides, buses and trains don’t usually ask for a name. Funny that he has no issue with airlines requiring his name.
“If you are not paying me a speaking fee, but you are paying for the airline tickets, I must insist that you cover the costs if I have to replace a lost ticket, the fee for changing the ticket if I miss a flight, or any other surprise expenses associated with my travel to and from your location.”
Richard wants you to know that while software developers can’t make money, he certainly can make money off his own negligence.
“In some hotels with central air conditioning, it simply does not work very well: it can make a room less hot, but can’t make it cool. Before using a hotel that has central air conditioning, find out what temperature it can actually lower a room to, during the relevant dates.”
So room temperature is an issue? I don’t know what hotels he’s stayed at, but I’ve never been in one that couldn’t be made less than teeth-chatteringly cold. I imagine it has something to do with keeping his toe cheese from spoiling.
“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.”
Is he trying to be “delightfully quirky” or something?
“Please don’t be surprised if I pull out my computer at dinner and begin handling some of my email. I have difficulty hearing when there is noise; at dinner, when people are speaking to each other, I usually cannot hear their words. Rather than feel bored, or impose on everyone by asking them to speak slowly at me, I do some work.”
And he plummets from quirky and annoying to downright rude. What a class-act.