Friday, August 3, 2007

Six Degrees of Wikipedia

I am in love with Google and Wikipedia. I use Google for virtually any info I need: Phone numbers, how-to information, and just fun. And hasn't everybody googled their own name to see what comes up?

I like Wikipedia... though I am suspicious of it being super-accurate, so I take everything I read there with a grain of salt. After reading Tracey's blog and seeing cyclone Tracy mentioned... I decided to do a google search to learn more about the event that inspired songs and even a band name. I read up on Cyclone Tracy and, being the ever-curious person that I am clicked on Tojo -- an article about the WWII Japanese leader -- which had me clicking on light rail transportation -- which lead to more clicking for an article about Bordeaux France and ended 15 minutes later with a click to read about a Roman emporor named Gallineus.... and had me thinking.... "How on earth did a google search for Cyclone Tracy end with Gallineus? I think one Wikipedia Search (and many months of reading) could take you through every article posted on Wikipedia without you every having to start a completely new search.

Most of my google/Wikipedia searches end this way.... and I think... Poor Rob. What must it be like being married to a person with the attention-span of a Hummingbird? And he wonders why he can never find the hairbrush or nail clippers when he needs them. Hmmmm.... I'm off to google hummingbirds.... and who knows where that will lead.

4 comments:

crafty said...

So? What is a hummingbird's attention span?

tracey petersen said...

Fancy! all because my Pete likes to think the 'our song' is one that begins with the lines
Tracey, Tracey was angry, a bad mood, a bad mood

Aunty Evil said...

You aren't alone.

The other day, I started out looking for a phone number, and before I knew it (although it was actually 2 hours later) I was printing off casserole recipes by the dozen. I don't even remember who's phone number it was now.

Don't ask me...

Fairlie said...

I can wander quite happily through the degrees of wikipedia separation!

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