You have to give him credit for sheer spirit.
And I think everybody knows the Rails community isn't what the Ruby community is.
But beating the crap out of somebody in real life is just a lot more interesting than blogging about the idea of beating the crap out of somebody. All you got to do is suprise him at RubyConf.
I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.
-Hunter S. Thompson
Just kidding. But just in case Zed is reading this, here's the real problem with Zed Shaw: chronic anger is an unbelievably strong predictor of heart disease. Seriously. Wherever you point the finger of blame doesn't matter that much. If people rub you the wrong way like that, you just need to be someplace else.
The other problem, of course, is this: what kind of martial artist attacks in anger - even verbally? You destroy, you dominate, or you forgive. Anything else is wasted effort.