Wednesday, January 18, 2006



Hmm. This blog is officially a year old today, although in spirit it's probably only 2 or 3 months. It's taken me a while to adjust to it as a channel for blether. Still, worth a wee boogie I think.

To stop this being a self indulgent blog post about blog posts, have a couple of news links too. First up, the Lords gave the ID cards bill a bit of a hammering. Good stuff. If we're going to have an archaic institution like the House of Lords it's good to see them doing something sensible. I feel they made the right decision for the wrong reason, but making the right decision is a good step.

Next up, drunken idiots post hamster. This made me angry for a couple of reasons. The first is obvious I hope, they posted a hamster; poor wee thing. That in itself probably wouldn't have caught my attention sufficiently to post it here; I don't mean to be cruel, but there are worse things happening in the world. This is here because of a personal foible. I got annoyed by the quote from someone defending them, "These two young men are clearly very intelligent and have made a very foolish and stupid error."

I'm just going to repeat that with a look of astonishment on my face. They are "clearly very intelligent". Good grief, what terrifically low standards she has. I realise they managed to get into a good university but that just means they're educated. That's different.

I shouldn't let it bother me really; intelligence doesn't exist. It's a hypothetical contruct used to describe something that we want to measure in order to understand ourselves, so maybe she's quite right to call them intelligent... if it doesn't exist we can define the term how we like.

My definition varies somewhat.

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I'd have thought being "very intelligent" should count against them.
"M'lud, my client is as thick as a concrete girder and does not comprehend that hamsters need air and water" would make far more sense...
I think that this blog rules!!!

What where they trying to accomplish? They are university people, don't they know they need a stanp on post?! And more according to weight! alest 30P!!
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