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Matchstick Cats 210: Sleeping on It

The cats attempt to analyse the current BBC Newsnight controversy over shortcomings in their investigative reporting, along with the aftermath of the paedophile allegations against the late TV presenter and DJ Jimmy Saville, culminating in today’s resignation of the corporation’s Director General George Entwistle.

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IYH BLOG: Interpreting History through Parrots

I assume that parrots are unable to hear their own squawking. I base this on the fact that I (thankfully) have never come across a parrot stuck in an infinite feedback loop.

As a Podcaster, I find that I cannot perform unless I can hear my own voice in the headphones. I can therefore only assume that before these gadgets were invented, humans were just spouting random noises, except for an occasional, and obviously very rare, “thousand monkeys on thousand typewriters” creation, which would have to have been unsophisticated enough not to necessitate infinite time.

Therefore we cannot, when assessing history, rely on any audio recordings made before the invention of the personal earphone.

As I type this I’m listening to Bowsy II purring in my left ear and Leo Laporte on “This Week in Tech” in my right. Yet how can I trust my own brain to accurately “listen” to these sounds if I don’t even have to hand a veterinary stethoscope?

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Image: Gamma Goblin

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