Tag Archive | Wikipedia

The Wikipedia game

Go to Wikipedia, click on Random Article, and then click the first link not in italics or parentheses. Follow it until you get to Philosophy, and then report the path you took.

Bobby Hogg – Association football – Team sport – Sport – Competition – Biology – Natural science – Science – Knowledge – Facts – Proof (truth) – Necessity and sufficiency – Logic – Philosophy
13 clicks

Colangelo – Family name – Personal name – Proper noun – Noun – Part of speech – Grammar – Linguistics – Science – Knowledge – Facts – Proof (truth) – Necessity and sufficiency – Logic – Philosophy
14 clicks

And so on :D

In other news, tomorrow I take my girlfriend home to meet my parents. Wish us luck!

A linguistics-lathered linkspam

A hacked list of millions of passwords reveals that people are wildly uncreative. (The top thirty include “12345”, “123456”, “1234567”, “12345678”, and “123456789”, as well as a bunch of names, including “nicole”, “daniel”, “jessica”, and “anthony”. No idea how “tigger” made it in there, but somehow it ranked.)

Google Responds To Privacy Concerns With Unsettlingly Specific Apology. I lol’d.

A history of attempts at American spelling reform, from the success of Noah Webster to the dismal failure of Teddy Roosevelt to the current trends in, yes, text messaging.

Encouraging contributions to the Swahili version of Wikipedia. The resource that in English stands out among other Internet venues mostly for its potential to be abused (see: Colbert, elephants) is, in some languages, the biggest and best free online repository of information in existence.

The power of word choice in its crazy, crazy action: Most people think “gay men & lesbians” should be allowed to serve in the military; however, when it comes to “homosexuals”, the numbers are split down the middle.

A rousing defense of scanlations, especially when it gets the industry to care more about accuracy. (This is one of the discussion threads spinning off of the ongoing plagiarism-of-Bleach scandal.)

Speaking of which: My Favorite Magma, or “the titles your grandmother would say if someone asked her what anime shows you were into.”

Plus, new manga – the original kind, even! – is now coming out of the United Arab Emirates. Cultural interchange FTW.

A meme I have been sitting on for months now

The Internet proudly presents: The Find Sherlock Holmes game!

1) Go to Wikipedia.
2) Click Random Article (on the left navigation bar)
3) From there, only using links in articles, navigate yourself to Holmes’s page
4) Post your path!

My path:
1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tracheal_branches_of_inferior_thyroid_artery
2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray%27s_Anatomy
3) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_language
4) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England
5) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_literature
6) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian_literature
7) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherlock_Holmes

Happy firework day!

As protests continue in Iran, and dramatic pictures keep flowing out, check out these pre-election images to get an idea of what the difference is: part one and part two. People go skiing, feed dolphins, catch trains, bowl, hang out on fast-food playsets, compete in chess tournaments…it’s all overwhelmingly normal. If you haven’t seen Jason Jones’ reports from the country, those, too, are well worth a watch.

Keeping the news of that kidnapped journalist off Wikipedia, in a very personal case of “freedom of information vs. security.”

For the GLBT(TSQQIAAXYZ) folks: a quick roundup of ways in which Jon Stewart is an awesome ally. (Although Stephen tweets that it wasn’t so bad before Stonewall.)

Speaking of Twitter, it’s apparently great for customer service.

White dad willing to put in hours of hair care for adopted black daughter. Probably ought to come standard, but doesn’t, so it’s good to read.

The Practical Guide to Help Spurned Political Wives Survive Old Problems in the Era of New Technology. More and more relevant these days.

News that sounds like an urban legend, but isn’t: one study found that gay men have, on averages, larger penises than straight men. (I know someone out there is thinking it: “And people wonder why straight women like slash.”)

A non-Green Revolution news roundup

The difference between liberals and conservatives, explained in terms of family dynamics. Or, in other words: Would you slap your father? If so, you’re a liberal.

A documentary about trans people in Iran. Homosexuality is outlawed, crossdressing is anti-Islamic, but sex changes? Completely legal.

And, while on the subject, a collection of links to fic about trans characters. Frequently updated, multifandom.

The shadowy cabal that moderates Wikipedia, and how they dealt with a fight over Scientology.

Gorgeous examples of lighting effects used in website design. The same source (Smashing magazine) also has a glossary of web design jargon, and a guide to using CSS3.

The need for better accomodation for people with disabilities, illustrated by a seven-year-old girl just trying to take ballet.

From the Onion: Reclusive J. D. Salinger brought out of hiding by the new Terminator movie.

John Hodgman plays to the President with analysis of the rise of nerd culture vs. jock culture. (Of course he knows the three types of hobbits.)

Links, links, and more links

Jon Stewart to make history special. (When I saw the headline, I thought, “Aww, hasn’t he already made history special?”)

(In other news: friends and readers, please remember that I am getting TCR the day after it broadcasts, so put any OMG DID YOU SEE WHAT HE DID IN IRAQ flail on a 24-hour time delay. Much appreciated.)

A space shuttle and the Hubble Telescope transit in front of the Sun. This is huge and beautiful.

A sociology student pulls a fast one on sloppy newspaper researchers using Wikipedia.

Poll on languages and fandom. (English is far and away out front. But then, the poll is in English…)

Garry Trudeau (of Doonesbury) talks about the new craze for Twittering among journalists. “Look, all of us are narcissists to some degree, but most find it embarrassing enough to at least try to hide it.”

Sir Ken Robinson talks about how modern-day schools kill creativity. (Video, and well worth the watch.)

And Neil Gaiman talks about entitlement issues regarding writers. I would kind of like to wallpaper my house with this one.