Thursday, October 16, 2008

I'd like to be less selfish, except that I can't really see any immediate benefits to it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

I find myself referencing Wikipedia in my day-to-day conversations more often than I care to admit.

Whenever I share what I've learned from reading Wikipedia I'm usually careful to preface it with a qualifying statement along the lines of, "According to Wikipedia..." or, "I read on Wikipedia that...". I figure that's a sufficient means of safeguarding my reputation as someone who is wise and knowledgeable.

You know- it keeps me from looking like a complete fool if I were to say something like, "Did you know that Kevin Bacon, the famous actor, was a former principal of Weber High School in Pleasant View, Utah?", because, when someone points out that such a statement is demonstrably false, I can just pass the buck by replying that it was only something I read on Wikipedia. Thus, my reputation as a sage of wisdom and knowledge remains intact.

(Someday some do-gooder will fix that link and it won't be funny anymore. So, in the spirit of preserving important pieces of history for our posterity, I've included a screenshot of the article right here.)