The peacock’s tail

Well it’s not that beautiful, but then lots of bird’s tails are not that beautiful. But make a few simple evolutionary rules and somewhere amazing things happen.  Like this website on accommodation in Chester that thinks that if it republishes Paul Frijter’s post on engineering solutions to climate change, that it will (presumably) work it’s way up Google’s rankings.  Presumably there’s some method in it. Anyway, it even acknowledges where it plagiarised the content so I guess you can’t complain.

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14 years ago

Speaking of the Peacock’s Tail theory (which always struck me as a ponderous evolutionary biology version of Stephen Potter’s oneupmanship) has it occurred to anyone the real reason for such a display was that so they would be fed and protected by primates looking for nice oneupmanship lawn decorations?

Tony Shaffer (who wrote The Wicker Man and Sleuth) and Diane Cilento used to keep a bunch of ’em at their FNQ estate Karnak.

When I asked Tony why, he said “Well it’s not for their singing.” Now that’s oneupmanship.

As is this comment.

14 years ago

Of course someone has to nitpick. If they acknowledged the source then it can’t be plagiarised by definition.

Copyright license is quite another matter again, the “Noncommercial” clause could indeed also sting Troppo because of the occasional advertisements that pop up here now and then (difficult to draw a clean line on commercial / noncommercial activity).