All that needs to be said about jokes


Quote of the day:

Anybody who can write a sentence like that wouldn’t recognise a joke if it was rolled very thinly and shoved up their nose. Jokes are innocent, airy little things. They don’t deserve to be jumped up and down on with hobnailed boots like that.

Actually I withdraw that last remark. The best line I ever read about jokes came from a sacked BBC scriptwriter: “Jokes are evil, nasty and subversive. That’s why people like them.” That’s all that needs to be said about jokes. A.K. Grant.

(Though when I read it again I noticed the font changed for the last paragraph so maybe it’s also Stephen Stratford commenting on Grant. You can get the context and work it out at Quote Unquote).

Irony by candle light


Just as I suspected when I suggested earth hour is greenwash,   the attempts to reduce carbon emissions may in fact increase them.

Several comments left on that post are worth highlighting:

From Pointer 2:

From The Courier Timaru edition 26 March p5 “Woodbury event to mark Earth Hour” (not online)

“At 8.30 we will switch off the lights and gather around a bonfire. There will be time for discussion and reflection and maybe a bit of singing,” Mr Polman said.

“we’re asking people to bring a torch, storm lantern or a tealight in a glass jar, and to switch off the lights and appliances before they leave home.”

Totally bizarre isn’t it! Carbon emissions from bonfire? Industrial pollutants from batteries? I’m not even going to comment on the noise pollution from many verses of Kumbayah. None of this seems to count as much as the futile gesture of switching off relatively clean electrical incandescent bulbs and bathing in the glow of self-righteousness instead. No wonder the Green party keeps exceeding 5%.

From Stephen Stratford:

Where I live people throughout the region are being encouraged to support Earth Hour by attending Nightglow, an event at Waikato University. The promotional material says that the main carpark has 5000 spaces, and there are two other carparks for when it is full. What a great way to reduce emissions.

He carried the story from The Age  on Quote Unquote about businesses which supported earth hour last year increasing their carbon emissions since then.

From Mr Dennis:

Modern candles are made from parrafin wax – ie oil. It is quite laughable all these greenies giving up their clean hydro-electricity to burn oil to save the planet.

And they’re mainly made in China. What’s the bet the same people who would be right behind protectionist “Buy NZ Made” campaigns are the ones pushing for people to give up their NZ made electricity to burn Chinese candles tonight?

He has more on his blog.

Irony by candle light, assisted by battery powered torches and transported by cars.

If only the people promoting the greenwash could see the humour in this they’d smile enough to brighten their Saturday in an appropriately carbon neutral manner.

Goers and stayers


I read with regret what seemed to be the last post for NZBC – It’s goodnight from him and goodbye from me.

But I’m delighted that my interpretation of that post was wrong.  NZBC has more than one contributer, so the blog is continuing  and Stephen Stratford who wrote the goodbye post has started a blog of his own – Quote Unquote.

I wasn’t alone in thinking NZBC was going, Not PC did too and wrote a post (since updated to explain it’s staying) in which he opines on why some bloggers persist and others don’t.

If you don’t have a selfish reason for blogging, then you ain’t gonna sustain the time and effort required.  It’s not primarily about having hundreds of readers –- although that’s great if you can pull that off — it’s about having to say something and maintaining a forum in which to say it.

Over at Something Should Go Here, Scrubone is mulling over blog rankings and the possible manipulation of stats.

Everyone has different reasons for blogging and while a high ranking may be flattering, it’s irrelevant unless you’re trying to make money from advertising.

Some blogs are boutiques, some are department stores, some are warehouses, some go for quality, some go for quantity, a few manage both and which is which is subjective.

Those that endure are more likely to be the ones where the blogger enjoys it and while visitors and comments are part of the fun, the stats are only one measure of success.

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