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March 05, 2014


Steve 2: Steveageddon

He didn't have a leg to stand on.


"Unfortunately, this is just the latest in a series of teachers showing students porn by mistake. There have also been incidents in Italy, the Philippines, and the U.S., though the amputee aspect does seem to be a first."

I think Rule 34 applies here.


According to the Independent,

The “popular” veteran teacher was in the middle of a lecture at a Zurich business school when he started watching a video on the Pornhub website. He apparently didn’t realise his laptop was still plugged into the projector, meaning the images were broadcast onto a huge whiteboard. The students also saw that he had been searching for images of naked amputee women.

You’d think that delivering a business studies lecture while ogling Ballardian erotica would be a tricky thing to pull off. As it were.


Maybe he'd a got away with it if it wasn't for you pesky kids if he'd used a Trigger Warning?



Oh, c'mon. It was a class on "niche" marketing.


[Writes down "Ballardian erotica".]

Steve 2: Steveageddon

I'd like to see trigger warnings in STEM lectures.

Warning: astrophysics contains frank discussions on black holes, dark matter, and brown dwarfs. May offend the racially hypersensitive.

Warning: biology contains graphic depictions of binary sexual differentation. Your 50 different Facebook gender options, while amusing to us, will not be reflected in the syllabus.

Warning: Maths is really, really hard and involves definite right and wrong answers. Your experiences of structured patriarchal colonialism as a genderqueer deaf transperson of colour will not be considered relevant in either coursework or examinations, and no marks will be awarded for telling us how algebraic topology or stochastic modelling makes you feel.


@ftumch, we really are raising a generation of weak-willed, unable to face adversity, sensitive flowers, aren't we?


In a similar vein it seems the lesson from this incident is that black people are so weak and feeble and inferior that they must be protected from fancy dress costumes?



the school’s chairman, Rolf Butz, said the behaviour was “unacceptable”,

Icing, cake, etc.


Amputee porn? C'mon, that's 'pretty armless'.


"May offend the racially hypersensitive"

Yes. I've already reported you to the proper authorities, Steve. They say that your reeducation sessions will begin on Monday.


In related news, the Grauniad reports that some disability activists want the government to provide prostitutes for the disabled while others disagree and want society to start seeing severely disabled people as sexually desirable. I'm not sure how long it will be until everyone lusts after paraplegics--probably when Greeks count time by the Kalends--but your professor might be the start of a trend. Sadly, J G Ballard was not available for comment. :-)


"Amputee porn? C'mon, that's 'pretty armless'."

Some misguided fools say that, but they do not have a leg to stand on. (ducks)


I have heard of bored students surfing the web during lectures, but this is the first time that I've heard of a lecturer so bored by himself that he did so.

Chris S.

Trigger warnings are a clear indicator that the person who used it *cares*, and wants to be seen doing so. I mean, it's right there next to the title of the article. It's like having it printed on watermarked paper that reads, "I care more than you". Are there people who benefit from the warnings? That's not entirely clear, but it's not really about *them* is it.

Hell, it's practically a numerical grading system. "My article has 20 trigger warnings", "Only 20? Mine has 25. Why don't you care about X, you monster?"

Kevin Perez

I was doing some searching on Bing for some Male XXX in the image search and was satisfied with the results....until I stumbled upon a picture of amputated prostitute and others like it. Where was my trigger warning? I'm innocently browsing the web for gay porn and I got amputee porn instead. Now I'm fretting to put the Safe Search on or moderate my searches



but it's not really about *them* is it?


Steve 2: Steveageddon

pst314 - RE-education you say? Good luck with that. I'm regularly foxed by childproof caps on cough medicine. I told my wife I don't use Facebook because I'm a secret agent, but I think she suspects it's because I have no idea how to Facebook.

Once I took a kettle back to the shop because it leaked and the shop assistant jokingly pointed at the spout and said "no wonder it leaks, it has a big hole in it", to which I angrily replied "DO YOU TAKE ME FOR AN IDIOT OR SOMETHING????".

When my son was three weeks old and wouldn't stop crying I tried offering him all the money in my wallet to stop.

Just yesterday I was outwitted by the vending machine in the staff canteen after the can of Red Bull I wanted got stuck and the two cans of Pepsi and bottle of Highland Spring I bought to try and dislodge it also got stuck. Then the machine flashed "NO CHANGE". I was seven pounds out of pocket and too embarrassed to get the little goblin guy who lives in the janitors closet to fix it.

My wife and I were reading our Kindles in bed the other day. "What are you reading, stinkyblossom?" I asked. She told me it was something by Chekhov, and before I could ask my follow up question she told me no, not the guy from Star Trek. Then she asked me what I was reading. "It's a book about an evil car", I told her. I think the smile on her face as she turned and patted my head was a smile of admiration.

We were watching a nature programme and I pointed to the TV and asked "what kind of dog is that?". "That", she told me, "is a panda".

If it weren't for my incredible good looks and the kindness of strangers I'd probably be the sexiest homeless guy ever.

Nik White

Apparently stoicism is no longer considered a virtue.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha, oh my good Lord never was a truer word said.


"That", she told me, "is a panda".


Have you heard this one?

Man walking along a road in the countryside comes across a shepherd and a huge flock of sheep. Tells the shepherd, "I will bet you $100 against one of your sheep that I can tell you the exact number in this flock." The shepherd thinks it over; it's a big flock so he takes the bet. "973," says the man. The shepherd is astonished, because that is exactly right. Says "OK, I'm a man of my word, take an animal." Man picks one up and begins to walk away.

"Wait," cries the shepherd, "Let me have a chance to get even. Double or nothing that I can guess your exact occupation." Man says sure. "You are an economist for a government think tank," says the shepherd. "Amazing!" responds the man, "You are exactly right! But tell me, how did you deduce that?"

"Well," says the shepherd, "put down my dog and I will tell you."


"pst314 - RE-education you say?"

Have you ever read The Good Soldier Svejk, by Jaroslav Hasek? It's a comedy about a dim-witted Czech drafted into the Austro-Hungarian Army during WWI. Being extremely dim-witted, he is constantly messing up by taking orders too literally or by "thinking" too much about what the orders really mean. But is he really dim-witted, or is he pretending to be in order to escape death at the front? It's an hilarious book, and has been made into a movie several times.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Speaking of porn and absurdity:

Canadian TV regulator says porn channels may need more Canadian content

Steve 2: Steveageddon

pst314 - :) is it bad that it took me a while to realise why he was holding a dog?

I hadn't heard of The Good Soldier Svejk but I will check it out and read that next if I can get it on Kindle. It sounds a bit like Catch 22 or A Confederacy of Dunces, maybe with a hint of Journey to the End of the Night - which can't be a bad thing. I'm still reading the book about the evil car in the meantime. It's called NOS4R2 and it's about a vintage Rolls Royce that is evil and steals children. Sort of like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but evil.

Ted S. - I love that story. The Canadian porn industry could do with the assistance. I have already outlined a script that begins with a husky young Mountie ringing the doorbell of a bored, scantily clad Canadian housewife.

"Hello, I am here to fix your refridgerator. Bonjour, je suis ici pour reparer votre refridgerateur"

The working title is Canuck Canuck Bang Bang. It will include an extended scene inspired by 9 1/2 Weeks where they erotically slather each other in maple syrup.


Sometimes I read the New York Post's ever amusing Police Blotter while waiting for participants to enter a Go To Meeting I run, but that's about it.

This guy, like one too many Swiss people I've met, is a freak.

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