austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

We're here with our tongues in cheek

Some chatter on a mailing list I'm on discovered that a wikipedia entry relies pretty heavily on a FAQ I wrote ages ago. I've looked it over since hearing about it, and ... I don't think they actually use anything specific that I certainly wrote. There are some phrases that sound familiar, possibly from earlier versions of the FAQ (which I don't happen to have, but could dig out of Google if I were that worked up), although they're natural phrases to use for the topic. There is a table taken right from my writing, but it was just information I gathered and I certainly don't have any claim to originality in making a table from it.

I have to admit I'm fascinated by wikipedia as a concept, particularly as a way of quickly getting detailed information about anything that gets fanboys excited, like this decade's implosion and rebooting of the DC comics universe continuity. I'm tempted to join in the project, since I seem to have the basic requirements of varying levels of expertise in a nearly random set of topics, the infallible conviction that I know what I'm blathering about, the eagerness to type at great length and no pay on most any topic, and a pretty good attitude about being edited. I'm not sure why I'm holding back, past a vague understanding that I don't have the time for more commitments, and a sense that I should wait to see how liability is assigned when the first couple rounds of libel lawsuits get settled. I'm kind of tired of ``Wiki'' as affixed syllables, too.

Trivia: In 1925 Atlantic City, New Jersey, had three airports: one for land-planes and two for sea-planes. Source: Boardwalk Empire, Nelson Johnson.

Currently Reading: A Crack in the Edge of the World, Simon Winchester. I got the book at Kinokuniya, which puts most all its books in plastic wrapping. That's fine despite what it does to casual browsing and I appreciate how it protects the book jackets (which, if one thinks too much about it, is silly). But this book -- as I found out when I sat down to dinner to start reading -- wasn't just plastic-wrapped. There was also a cross of clear packaging tape around, making the book virtually proof against opening. I eventually beat it, but it was ugly; I'm amazed I didn't rip the book jacket on the tape.


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