A question and a comment on this topic:
(1) For kernel version designations, if the first number is the "major" number, the second is the "minor", and the third is the "release" number, what's the fourth number called? For example, in 188.8.131.52, what do we call the position that the "12" is in?
(2) In the changelog recently, I was amused to see PV delicately refer to these 2.6.11.x releases as "sucker kernels". Now I know PV is just a mere mortal (as underscored by the events of last winter), but I suppose his comment did make me less enthusiastic about compiling and installing every one of these 2.6.11.ad.infinitum jobs that shows up at www.kernel.org
-- at least not without finding a compelling reason to do so.
I used to change the oil in my car a lot more frequently than I do now, too. And I also used to clean up my espresso machine after each use (now it looks like it belongs more in a gas station than in a yuppie's kitchen). I still try to tell my wife I love her at least once a day, though. Otherwise, she'd start getting jealous of all the time I spend with Slackware.