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Ahhh, that's better. This week's QI didn't have Johnny Vegas (or Pam Ayres) on it. And the extended version (available on iPlayer in the UK) was 45 minutes. Hurrah! And involved Andre the Giant, and the Princess Bride, and Stephen Fry saying YAY and OMG and LOL, and also axolotls:


Want. (More about axolotls, and yeah, you can keep them as exotic pets.)

Some links, for I have many.

Hal Duncan talks about Narnia: why Edmund Must Die, but the Story (or the narrativium) undermines the Message. (As always: sweary, longwinded, probably offensive, and utterly awesome.)

What is a deep-fried pizza? In case you're unaware of this, er, delicacy.

80 million tiny images - "a visualization of all the nouns in the English language arranged by semantic meaning."

Neil Gaiman explains why buttons aren't scary. No, really. Not even a little bit freaky. Honestly.

Inauguration via Twitter - a flowing global map of the Twitters about the inauguration, over time.

And if you haven't read it already, nextian's Whose stories are they? - a personal essay about Judaism. Whatever your religious views, you should read this. It's important, especially for us outspoken atheists who nevertheless try to avoid at least inadvertent offence. Next time you're throwing stones at Christianity, make sure you're not hitting Judaism with rocks instead.


Jan. 25th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
Heheheh, oh dear. I thought the QI elves were in the higher echelons of researchers, but perhaps not. Wonder if they'll mention it on the DVD commentaries...in about 2012 when it comes out.

Really? I thought The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe was a pretty obvious allegory - the Christian symbolism and stories aren't in there by accident, certainly. The Magician's Nephew seems less so (or maybe just less obnoxiously so) (actually, now that I think about it...) (Never mind.) :D Must check out the Caspian and Dawn Treader. Hmm.

Oh, I'm not saying I find the religious aspects of Judaism any less barmy than Christianity, but it's Christianity (and Islam) I find myself arguing about over and over again, and it's nice to be aware when I'm actually insulting someone else without really meaning to.
Jan. 25th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
An allegory is a specific thing; a story where all or most elements have a one to one correspondence with elements in another narrative (usually a real-life one, or a facsimile thereof). Now, the TLTWATW does indeed have Christian symbolism, and it was expressly intended, but Lewis emphatically denied that it was an allegory, and indeed it can easily be shown it was not; if Aslan = Jesus (which he clearly does), then who = Pilate, who = the Sanhedrin, who the crowd that calls for his death? And who does Edmund =, exactly? He could be Judas, but Judas betrayed Jesus, not his fellow apostles, and Judas did not repent, and Jesus did not offer to take Judas' place on the cross; Jesus is supposed to have died for the sins of all mankind, not one individual. The Magician's Nephew can be read as an allegory for Genesis, and The Last Battle for Revelation, but there are too many points of variance between Wardrobe and the crucifixion story for it to work as an allegory. This article explains it quite well.
Jan. 25th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, and if the QI elves were that good, they'd have stopped Fry claiming that woodlice are arachnids (although to be fair they did pull him up when he claimed marsupials aren't mammals).


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