A while back I had a phone call from a woman with an eastern European accent wondering if I would be willing to take a survey. I'm usually an instant no to queries like this but she knew my Achilles heel:
"Participants get $50 Amazon Gift Certificate"
So a few days ago my inbox chimed with an email with the gift certificate in tow. I didn't hesitate with my purchase of David Flanagan's Ruby book.
As an aside, it seems that Flanagan got some flack from a Gilles Bowkett on not being a bona fide Ruby person. If Flanagan isn't cultured enough to do Ruby, I'm in trouble...
... but I've been in trouble most of my short puff anyway.
On a serious note: the "up in the club" attitude of some (okay, mostly Rails) Ruby people is what is driving a backlash against Rails and Ruby in general.