> In short, I wouldn't look at either the Ruby language or the Ruby
> world as a minefield of clever but shallow features and/or people.

I did not intend to suggest this. However coming from a background of 
Pascal-like languages, Ruby strikes me as extremely powerful and 
feature-rich, but correspondingly dangerous. The variable scope rules, 
for example, do seem to be conceived by someone with a sadistic turn of 
mind. Matz might see it as a medium of natural expression but maybe not 
everyone has his IQ.
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