Brickbat: Though This Be Madness

Mark Forsyth was working in the British Library and wanted to check a line from “Hamlet.” However, when he tried to access an online version of the play, the library's wi-fi system blocked it because of its violent content. Library officials say they have received complaints about other sites that have been improperly blocked and are working on the issue.

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  • Dave Krueger||

    Hopefully they blocked the Bible, too. Very gruesome.

  • sarcasmic||

    Know what the most stolen book is in the US? That's right. The Bible.

  • ||

    I just steal it for the articles

  • SugarFree||

    It's only because the paper is thin enough to be used to roll joints.

  • sarcasmic||

    I actually tried that once. Didn't work as well as advertized.

  • Swiss Servator - past LTC(ret)||

    The Gideons are on to you!

  • sarcasmic||

    I'm scared.

  • SugarFree||

    Did you trim off the gilt edges? Because that's the part that gets you like all, whoa dude.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Library officials say they have received complaints about other sites that have been improperly blocked and are working on the issue.

    They've sealed up the slot on the complaint box.

  • MappRapp||

    Joe Darn Diddy is not gonna like that.

    www.World-Privacy.com

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous surveillance, or to take up arms against a sea of spammage, and by opposing, block them...

  • ||

    Get thee to a nunnery

  • UnCivilServant||

    I discovered that they were still gender segregated, and they tried to send me to a monastary. I didn't have the heart to tell them I wasn't there to join the church.

  • John C. Randolph||

    First thing we do, is kill all the spammers.

    -jcr

  • Almanian!||

    Out, out damned Bot!

  • Mainer2||

    I el-oh-el'd

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    +1

  • UnCivilServant||

    I would be annoyed, but I stopped going to the local library when it started resembling a coffee shop. Oh, and when they got rid of the interesting books in favor of tripe.

  • ||

    What, frighted with false firewall?

  • SugarFree||

    I have heard of your trollings too, well enough; Google
    has given you one email address, and you make yourselves
    another: you whine, you grief, and you sockpupp't, and
    nick-name Matt's creatures, and make your partisan-ness
    your ignorance. Go to, I'll no more on't; it hath
    made u mad bro. I say, we will have no more redefined marriages:
    those that are redefined already, all but one, shall
    be banned; the rest shall keep as they are. To a
    beautiful bean footage, go.

  • ||

    Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Though this be madness, yet there is trolling in it.

  • Swiss Servator - past LTC(ret)||

    *begins standing ovation*

  • SugarFree||

    My absent editor forces me to amend the last lines to:

    To the
    beautiful bean footage, roll.

    [grumble]

  • Gozer the Gozerian||

    How all libraries do inform against me...

  • Geoff Nathan||

    You guys oughta be working for TheOnion or something--it's rare you can all make me giggle at 10 in the morning.
    Well played!

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    The last time the British Library gave unrestricted access, Marx wrote *Das Kapital."

    He mostly spent his time looking up *Fanny Hill,* *Saucy Wench Quarterly,* and Jane Austen's often-overlooked *Mr. Darcy and Emma's Spanfest.*

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Spankfest

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Also, Bourgeois Babes in Bondage.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    And The Coming of the Proletarians - With the Assistance of the Vanguard

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