Linkblogging For 03/12/11

I’ve got three half-written posts that I’m hoping to get up today – a Who post for the Mindless, the next Doctor Watson chapter, and a post on the Doctor Who novel Who Killed Kennedy? as part of Bigger On The Outside – but given my lack of productivity this week, I’m posting some links just in case I don’t get any of them up…

Debi writes about the differences between New York and London vocabulary

Major Lib Dem victory – mobility allowance for people on DLA in care homes being kept. Of all the things that were suggested to cut in the Comprehensive Spending Review last year this is the one I was most concerned by, given that it would save a very small amount of money but cause a great deal of harm. Thankfully the Lib Dems have managed to stop this happening.

Millennium Elephant on the Prisoner episode Living In Harmony.

Jonathan Calder in defence of Jeremy Clarkson. I have no time at all for Jeremy “the driving man’s Mark Millar” Clarkson, but in this case he seems to have been making a truly innocent joke.

James Graham on the failures of the Yes2AV campaign

An interesting result – apparently serotonin and glutamate receptors can affect each other

And an interesting idea – a peer-to-peer, distributed, encrypted search engine. Once this gets some traction we might actually have a decent alternative to Google search. Unfortunately I get Java errors when I install the Debian package, but some of you might have better luck.

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2 Responses to Linkblogging For 03/12/11

  1. I disagree on the whole Clarkson thing and the way Jonathan interpreted the context. Yes he was sending up BBC balance, but by preceding the rant with an obviosly false “positve” comment.

    No one is denying that Clarkson was at some level being ironic, that he was literally calling for public executions. I know this isn’t what you and Jonathan are saying, but the calls from others of “It was a jooooke, get a sense of humour!” are both insulting to the inteligence of people who had a problem with the joke, and showing the ignorance of the person saying it.

    Yes it was a joke, but it was also offensive and (in my view) unfunny. It was the sort of borish ironic hyperbole you could just about get away with amoungst friends down the pub, not on live tea-time TV.

    PS hope you don’t mind the late comment- I have been busy with Uni assignments!

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      I’ve not seen the full video footage, but the impression I got was that Clarkson’s positive comment was meant semi-seriously – a lot of people *were* happy that the roads were clear and so on.

      I didn’t find Clarkson’s comment funny myself, no, and as for it being offensive, given that people did take offence obviously it was. But I don’t think it was something that should have led to people calling for his sacking.

      And of course I don’t mind comments on posts, however old. It’s good to think that these things have some value beyond the time they’re originally posted.

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