Here’s an interesting exercise while the blog’s proprietors try to keep afloat during the academic silly season: come up with one time that you have been completely, embarrassingly wrong about something. Ironic evasion, e.g. “I was arong to give Bush the benefit of the doubt” won’t cut it unless you really did and you were next to insufferable about it.
For me the first thing that comes to mind was my reaction to the tragic shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes in London. Call me gullible to take the original police report at face value, on top of which I was in a super-cranky mood that morning and feeling unusally sympathetic to authority so I forgot to even hedge my condemnation with the usual qualifications and disclaimers. Eesh. I don’t know how the opinion certification board let me go on blog commenting after that.
New rule for this thread only – commenters have to lead off with a suitably embarrassing goof of his or her own. Then you’re free to mock me, John, each other or chat about the day’s news. Should be entertaining.