What is the connection between badgers and webcams? If only I had known about the badger watch sooner, I would have had an effective and historically accurate retort to every person who questioned the entertainment value of webcams. Get your minds out of the gutter! I mean webcams circa 2000 - before countless entrepreneurs hit upon the "lonely mom, university student or flatmates with a cam" business model.
The sort of online camera where you could watch for hours without anything interesting happening.
Which sounds a lot like the hobby of badger watching, which apparently has some followers in Britain. Badger watching involves sitting very still for quite a long time, waiting for badgers to appear. And when they do appear, they may just rummage around for a few minutes and then return to their burrow.
And, yet, people will pay 10 Euros for a good night of badger watching. And there I was, criticized for running a cam window in the background during work hours. Sure, it was on dial-up with per-minute access charges, but it wasn't dirty!!
By the way. This just in from the "issues and activism for everyone" desk: there is quite a controversy about badgers brewing in Britain. It seems some cattle farmers claim badgers carry bovine tuberculosis. Problem is, badgers are a protected species. Here's one comment found at the end of a Telegraph story on the dispute:
"I do have a very easy solution to the badger problem, shoot them and distribute the meat free to the elderly. There that solving 2 problems. I'm sure [Gordon] Ramsey's Kitchen can come up with a Badger menu!!Posted by Tristian ry on October 29, 2007 6:15 PM
[tags] badger, cams, webcams, hoot, hooters, Gordon Ramsay, activism, British hobbies [/tags]