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09:52 pm - on Wørds and Wisdom... (and a little about Women at the end)

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on Wørds and Wisdom... (and a little about Women at the end) - graffiti.maverick

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[User Picture]From: max1975 Date: May 15th, 2006 - 03:00 am (Link)
I love wikipedia. Even if the information in the article is completely wrong, there's always a huge argument about it on the discussion page, where you can figure out what the truth is by who's making the fewest spelling errors.

Actually I find the articles themselves remarkably good, all things considered.

And more often than not, I'm not really seeking truth or accuracy. When I'm browsing Wikipedia (which I actually do fairly often) what I'm looking for is information. Bits of Knowledge(TM) to jam into my head, mix with other things, turn into ridiculous story ideas like the Pangboche Hand being the hand of Jesus, who lost it in a fight with a yeti during his "missing years" in the orient. The story's called The Hand of God and it will be huge, just like the Da Vinci Code. With Jimmy Stewart!

And if I really need the truth, I can see whether there's any disagreement on the discussion page, and do further research with google.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 15th, 2006 - 11:44 am (Link)
ok... I was gonna say, that the problem was that info that you find in wikipedia might not be there the next time you read, because I didn't see anything about Jesus in the Pangboche Hand article. It took me til the 3rd time I read this to realize that you were saying that you came up with the idea that it was jesus's hand, and not that that was an actual theory that I'd never heard.
[User Picture]From: max1975 Date: May 15th, 2006 - 01:13 pm (Link)
Yeah, the Wikipedia people could never have figured this out. It takes an uncommon mind to think of these things.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 15th, 2006 - 01:26 pm (Link)
clearly you should add it, so that future students can partake of your knowledge.
[User Picture]From: max1975 Date: May 15th, 2006 - 01:42 pm (Link)
No, Dan Brown would just steal my idea.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 15th, 2006 - 01:54 pm (Link)
see... that's the problem. You're greedy. It used to be about the wiki!
[User Picture]From: max1975 Date: May 15th, 2006 - 02:36 pm (Link)
I'm not being greedy. Half the fun is figuring out for yourself why the Jesuits and Amish are breeding competing lake monsters in Vermont. I wouldn't wanna deprive the kids of that.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 15th, 2006 - 02:59 pm (Link)
but what about the poor unimaginative kids who never learn of such wonders?
[User Picture]From: max1975 Date: May 15th, 2006 - 07:22 pm (Link)
They can watch TV.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 15th, 2006 - 07:43 pm (Link)
right... but say they're watching TV. And they notice something on TV like the manner in which Detective John Munch is on Law and Order: SVU and had a cameo in Arrested Development. So they start to wonder how a character from an NBC show could end up on a Fox show. Then they will go look it up on Wikipedia and discover that Munch actually comes from Homicide: Life on the Streets and not either of those other shows at all. And if one absorbs that, one will eventually make his way to the Tommy Westphall Universe and essentially learn that 90% of American Televsion series all take place in the same universe. And think of the possibilities that lends!
[User Picture]From: max1975 Date: May 15th, 2006 - 11:48 pm (Link)
Reading the Tommy Westphall discussion reminds me of the other reason not to put my Jesus v. Yeti theory up there. No Original Research. They explicitly disallow ideas like mine, regardless of how brilliant or obviously true.

And I refuse to believe that This is Spinal Tap takes place in the same universe as Alf.
[User Picture]From: marmal8 Date: May 15th, 2006 - 11:35 pm (Link)

I recently finished Foucault's Pendulum.

Dan Brown isn't fit to wipe Umberto Eco's dog's behind.
[User Picture]From: max1975 Date: May 15th, 2006 - 11:39 pm (Link)

Re: I recently finished Foucault's Pendulum.

I've never read Dan Brown, but I am nonetheless inclined to agree.
[User Picture]From: marmal8 Date: May 15th, 2006 - 11:57 pm (Link)
I haven't read Dan either, but why do I need to? There's wikipedia!
 

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