Sunday, November 11, 2007

Why I'm an odd duck...

Well, one reason anyway...
Most people tend to kill time at work on any number of random websites, most commonly news or sports webpages. I, on the other hand, go wiki-tripping.
For those of you who have never spent a significant amount of time at Wikipedia, each entry has a series of hyperlinked words that will take you to another entry (like the one above, for Wikipedia! Ironical...). I'll jump on there, pick a topic, and start the journey.
Example: I started with the main page, which had a little blurb about the Space Shuttle Discovery. I checked it out, and went to the spacecraft entry, scrolled down to the "furthest spacecraft from earth" entry, hit up Voyager (or V-ger, for you Star Trek nerds out there), checked out the Golden Record (totally different from the "Golden Ticket," you dirtball), saw photos of most of the planets in the galaxy, found out what the heliosphere is, read about solid rocket boosters, the Prandtl-Glauert Singularity (too cool), explosive bolts, Soviet/Chinese/European spacecraft, NASA, the ESA, and on and on and on. I didn't even know I was interested in space tonight! I do this for HOURS. Were it not for the fact that I had to sleep/eat/raise a kid/go to school/etc., I'd embark on a wiki-trip that would last for eternity. I recommend it. Click on either of the hyperlinks above and start reading. THe most important part of it all is to move on as SOON as anything peaks your interest.

Enjoy your trip...Wavy Gravy is here for ground control if things get too intense...

3 comments:

H-Bomb said...

You're not the only one!

Here ya go:

http://xkcd.com/214/

Oh, also, that Wavy gravy link is busted.

Emily said...

personally, i'm a fan of the 'random article' feature on wikipedia. also, another fun (and completely inappropriate website for work) that's based on the wiki format is http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/... do the random article thing there too and sometimes you'll laugh til you cry, and other times you'll cry til you vomit.

i love the money pit.

H-Bomb said...

Hey I thought you might be interested in this post from a blog called, "Song, By Toad"

http://songbytoad.com/2007/11/14/historical-ignorance-and-demagoguery/#comments