29 November 2005

Wikipedia

My favorite new website is Wikipedia. There is seemingly no topic obscure enough to not be authoritatively discussed here. In the last few years it has become a very useful and comprehensive encyclopedia created entirely by volunteers…in fact anyone can add, edit, delete, or revert content at any time (even anonymously.) You would think that this would result in absolute chaos, but in most cases, “the wisdom of the masses” eventually wins out. On controversial topics, there are sometimes interesting “edit wars”—just read the “discussion” pages on some of these! In any case, I succumbed to the temptation and am putting my two cents worth in on several topics. I even created two new entries: Multiline Optical Character Readers and, my favorite video podcast: Tiki Bar TV. I know Micah is going to find some typos, but the great thing about Wikipedia is that it is never a finished project; eventually someone will come by and add/correct content—hopefully making it a little bit better every time.

Update: Check it out, I got a comment from everyone's favourite bartender—Johnny Johnny! If you don't know what I'm talking about, you have got to download and watch an episode of Tiki Bar TV (I recommend episode 8 or 9.) I'm telling you, this is the coolest thing on the web!

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