February 11th, 2011

happy

Further to yesterday's Twitter joke thing

Yesterday there was a short discussion on Twitter, which sort of tied into what I'd posted about yesterday morning. It was about members of a minority being able to take a joke about themselves and how this relates to equality.

My perspective on this is that if someone is the butt of your joke and they are offended by your joke, then it's a fair indication that your joke is probably offensive. I don't believe that a person is under obligation to laugh at an offensive joke. Another viewpoint was that being offended gives the joke power and that being unaffected by it is the only way to disempower it and thus attain equality.

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tl;dr LET ME TELL YOU INTERNETS, IT'S SO TOUGH BEING FIVE!
shaun

And on a lighter note

I've been saying this for years, but it's nice to have validation. Also, it's a question people often ask me:

How smart are sheep? - An article about specific cognitive tests done on sheep and their surprising results.

The answer is smarter than most folks give them credit for - a summary of all sorts of interesting information about sheep behaviour.

In the first article up there, their intelligence is compared with that of monkeys and the sheep come out favourably. I keep saying, the number of times I've seen sheep get the better of people and people still think they're dumb - What does that say about people?