All entries for Wednesday 13 April 2005
April 13, 2005
Writing about web page http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/hnryan/entry/vote_angst/have i offended EVERYONE?
…the pretensions of that rubbishy coffee shop in humanities at being a colonial malaysian restaurant. holly cruise, is this your doing?
…the huge difficulty which i face every time i try and commit the character '&' to paper.
lesson four will be centred mostly around the suckitude of claude monet.
monet's paintings look variously like my own vision of the world during a particularly severe migraine…
…and like a big old pile of puke…
tonight's homework is to determine which painting makes you feel more nauseous – monet's 'waterlilies' or van gogh's 'sunflowers.'
now, new topics are needed. i can't talk about revising for exams as i don't have any, which makes me feel like this…
…i can't talk about contemporary politics because i just don't have enough brains left over from my ridiculously intense dissertation.
so, instead, i think this blog should go back to fulfilling its old remit of light entertainment – and therefore i'd like to propose the new poll:
WHAT'S THE STUPIDEST THING THAT ANYONE'S EVER SAID TO YOU?
that's right, comment with your stupid quotes and the most nonsensical one will no doubt win some sort of prize.
come on kids!
Writing about web page every single blog in the world
okay, i know i said yesterday that i wasn't going to talk about this any more. but since then, it's become apparent that this debate is still raging, and my name is being bandied about a lot, being put into tandem with fascism in one article – the delicious irony (oh! oh!) of which is not lost on me as i have stood throughout this whole affair for freedom of speech, but the general misplaced outrage of which surprises me not at all.
in summary, then… i'm not chris carter and i tend towards a more democratic world view. the 'beige' debate is not one centring around different types of student; it's a more expansive bemoaning of the willingness of some people to fit into stereotypes – be they middle-class economics beigeniks or fauxhemian coffee-drinkers pretending they've read hegel. the levels of aggravation which these people inspire can only be compared to those associated with a sharp and pointy turd. i would not deign to criticise groups of people for their religion, or which course they study, or whatever. what does worry me is the potential of a situation in which a great deal of us are willing to conform to these stereotypes. when i'm on the bus listening to people talk about ginster's slices and KPMG i have huxley-esque visions of a terrifying faceless society. what i think we must rail against is the dragging of this supposedly liberal university into somewhere just right of the middle. that's what i mean by beige and that's what frightens me.
anyway, hopefully i've made some sort of lucid point here without aggravating anyone. but if i've offended you, why not unleash a barrage of criticism? for those of you spluttering in wordless outrage, i've written a few samples which you can copy and paste into the comments box.
"I am deeply offended by your continuous criticism of computer science students, even though you have not mentioned computer science students in this post or in fact at all."
"I am proud to be a Christian and I am deeply offended that you are suggesting that I give up my faith to conform to your dystopian leftist vision of the world."
"I am the President of the Warwick Sharp and Pointy Turd society and I am deeply offended by your derogatory comments about sharp and pointy turds. I myself was raised by a family of such turds and can only speak highly of them."
"Take the last train to Clarkesville and I'll meet you at the station."
"I am the President of the Warwick Society for Missing The Point and I would like to invite you to our next social."
"Shouldn't you be smoking pot somewhere in Nazi Germany, you hippy bastard?"
"I am the President of the Warwick Kablerkistan Society and I am deeply offended by your derogatory comments about the peace-loving Kablerkistan people. I have taken out a fatwa on your life and on those of all of your descendants."
"It's good to see that the beatnik spirit is still alive and kicking at Warwick. Ladies and gentlemen, your university's very own Jack Kerouac. Pity all these red scum are too lazy to do anything other than complain about something they can't really change."
"If I could only have predicted the offence I would have felt upon reading your comments, I would have travelled back in time and aborted myself in the womb."
as i am evidently descending into madness, let's hope that will be the end of that.
now can't we all just get along?