December 19th, 2005


Tycho on Wikipedia, and various stuff.

I found Tycho's Friday newspost on Penny Arcade both amusing and ultimately correct. In my opinion. He discusses Wikipedia, and the problems inherent in the "anybody can edit" philosophy. The comic is also excellent, but I like this quote the best:

The second response [to criticism of Wikipedia] is: the collaborative nature of the apparatus means that the right data tends to emerge, ultimately, even if there is turmoil temporarily as dichotomous viewpoints violently intersect. To which I reply: that does not inspire confidence. In fact, it makes the whole effort even more ridiculous. What you've proposed is a kind of quantum encyclopedia, where genuine data both exists and doesn't exist depending on the precise moment I rely upon your discordant fucking mob for my information.

In other news, the conclusion to Scatterplot continues to unfold. I'm not sure what next week's update schedule will be like, what with me going home for Christmas (yay!), but I'll have my laptop with me, so it's not unreasonable to hope that I can find a scanner and get some comics done.

And on that note, I will be in Ann Arbor from late (as in too late to do anything but go home) Friday night through Thursday afternoon. Sunday is obviously out, and I'll be busy most of Wednesday and most of Saturday, but that leaves Monday, Tuesday, and part of Thursday to see people. Leave a comment (or contact me some other way) if you're interested in getting together at some point....

Finally, I know at least a couple of you are interested in the last part of the novel I was writing. I'll try to get that up tonight. A warning, though - the story's not finished, and I'll be hacking large parts out of it whenever I do get back to the story, a few months from now perhaps.