Sorry I've started going to the pub, but I wanted to educate myself. Less people are going to libraries, so the goverment is suggesting that they move the books to places people actually go, like supermarkets. And pubs. The problem is, I don't really go to pubs much. Is the the government's idea of what ordinary people do? I supposed we should be pleased that they didn't suggest the dog track and the jellied eel stand. It Is What It Is is not intending to suggest that the goverment things that all ordinary people are Cockneys. If it comes across that way it's merely a byproduct of the incoherence of its views.
Do you remember Harry Parch, the World War One veteran who died last year aged one hundred and eleven? I was moved by the way he spoke of the futility of war. But I was even more impressed to hear on the radio this morning that despite being one hundred and twelve and dead he was tipped to win a horse race. Sure, it's not by any means of as much import, but it is more remarkable. It's sad when people who do some quite impressive stuff in their lifetime have it eclipsed by some rather more trivial business afterwards. Take Englebert Humperdinck, the German composer who died in 1921, now best remembered for his 1967 hit Release Me. I don't think Harry has too much to worry about though, I think he will be better remembered for his life than for his posthumous equine career.
And in today's geek news we have just switched to Beta 4 of Firefox 4.0 as our browser. It has a new thing for managing tabs which is looking pretty good so far. For some of us here at It Is What It Is Towers this is the most exciting thing to happen since we found out how to fiddle about with Firefox 4.0 Beta 1 so only half of everything was broken. The rest of us have lives. But if you're not that geeky we don't recommend the beta versions of Firefox 4.0 as it contains some of the biggest changes for a while and more things will break than you expect even if you're used to running Firefox beta versions.
You know, humans often get a bum rap for what's not just a human thing. It's not fair. For instance, if Walt Disney gets his head frozen with the hope of being brought back to life later with future tech, people say "Bah! Typical hume, trying to cheat death! The arrogance of it!" So explain this story I just saw about coral doing the same thing, eh? They don't even have a central nervous system, let alone a brain. Doesn't look like such a typical human thing now, does it? you might as well say "Oh, being made up of cells, how typically human!" So leave those humans alone. Fish would probably be filling the news with so-called reality TV kayfabe and devising revolting limited edition crisp flavours if they had the chance.
So, think on. Before you go a-condemning all around, just think - other species would probably be worse, if they got the chance, so everything's alright.
Mind how you go.
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