Sunday, September 13, 2009

Historical Conundrums

These are the questions that have been keeping me awake this week:

1: Did anyone hate technology before the heyday of Ned Ludd?  If so, what were these people called?

2: If you lived before before 500 AD and wanted to get medieval on someone's ass, how would you do it?

3: Were antiquated thoughts and actions called antediluvian before the Great Flood?  And why is "antediluvian" so pejorative?   After all, one of the greatest antediluvian ideas was Noah's* brainwave about building an ark.

4: I have a friend who has a Very Important Job, and her email footer warns that the contents of her emails are subject to the jurisdiction of section 70 of the Crimes Act 1914.  Does the Crimes Act of 1914 really have provision to protect emails?  Were lawyers puzzled by the clause until the invention of the internet some decades later gave it some clarity?  And are our dinner arrangements really worth that level of protection?

*although he doesn't claim all the credit for the idea.

1 comment:

  1. 1. Dead, frequently. Or witch-burners. Depended on whether they were in the majority.

    2. I think at that point it was getting neandertal on someone's arse.

    3. Yes, because they were talking about the Babylonians.

    4. You can never be too careful of dinner arrangments.


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