Friday, October 29, 2004

Thinking Machine 4: Play the Game

Will I beat the turbulence chess engine or will I be distracted by the pretty lights.. damn, not fair!

strtran("Hunting", "H", "C")

Saw on the back of a little car driven by a fat man:

Hunting is natural! Even foxes do it!
Maybe: but they don't dress up in colourful furs, ride on genetically mutated badgers and drive packs of sharp-toothed vicious voles in pursuit of chickens.[Edit - this is obviously inspired by (i.e. plagiarising) Bill Bailey, though I didn't realise it at the time]

Hunting may be natural, but when one species is set onto another species for the entertainment of a third (who are riding on a fourth) then we have come a long way from nature. If we allow hunters to set their dogs onto foxes, why not allow them to set their dogs against a bear when they get home? Or make the dogs fight each other?

This is why the cruelty of foxhunting is irrelevant. If you really must hunt foxes with dogs, then don't make a fucking party out of it - make it a shit job done by smelly guys in dirty jackets.

Thursday, October 28, 2004