Thursday, 31 January 2008

Chicken vs egg

I'm just doing some reading for my computer-mediated communication module (which I will no doubt go on about as I love it a little bit) and the authors refer to "the problem of the chicken and the egg". Which reminded me...

Is it only me that puts into practice her knowledge of once being a small child and visiting a farm? 'Cause as far as I remember, eggs hatch because a chicken lays them and then keeps them warm by effectively sitting on them in the nest. So unless you're telling me they had infra-red heaters back in the beginning of time, I'd said you kinda need some chickens to hatch those eggs! Therefore...the chicken wins.

Or, of course, you can look at it biblically (shock horror for the scientists!) and believe that it makes more sense that God really did put a bunch of animals on the earth than him putting down a bunch of unhatched chicken eggs or whatever. I mean, really.

Either way, the chicken wins it!

Monday, 14 January 2008

Rapists do read, right?

So...I got to this article in the Guardian from The F-Word and couldn't help being slightly amused. The concept is that police in rape cases are planning on using a controversial new technique (borrowed from the US) to catch the perpetrators. Victims are asked to make a phone call or send a text message - such as "how could you do this to me?" to the accused rapist, in the hope of getting a response that amounts to an admission of guilt.

It's an interesting idea, and I really hope it helps, because I think we can all agree that more approaches to solving rape cases are needed. But for me, the story does beg the question...what if the aforementioned rapist reads the Guardian?

That might sound flippant, but how do you know?!