Saturday, August 4, 2007

Moaning and wikigroaning

Back in June, Something Awful had an article about something they call Wikigroaning:
The premise is quite simple. First, find a useful Wikipedia article that normal people might read. For example, the article called "Knight." Then, find a somehow similar article that is longer, but at the same time, useless to a very large fraction of the population. In this case, we'll go with "Jedi Knight." Open both of the links and compare the lengths of the two articles. Compare not only that, but how well concepts are explored, and the greater professionalism with which the longer article was likely created.

I don't read SA often and I never read their message board, so I'm not sure if this has been covered (probably has), but here's a topical Wikigroan for you -

Hermione, the daughter of Menelaus and Helen of Troy (Greek mythology).
Hermione Granger, witch (Harry Potter).

Sunday, July 29, 2007

On the lips of emptiness, a kiss

Clammy, gray, and warm, the mist hung over the empty streets. The normal bustle of foot to concrete, of tires grinding on pavement, of babbling voices flowing between the brick and mortar were vacant. A simple chirp of a bird would echo down the canyons and reverberate down lost avenues. It was 10:30 on a Sunday morning, and the sixth most populous city in America was as void of life as one-stoplight country town. Where were all the people? Certainly not in church. Were they depressed? Tired? Hungover? Forlorn? Well cheer up, Philadelphia, and let amusement be thy companion: