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Friday, April 07, 2006

Ode to Wikipedia

Remember the good days when Mom and Dad saved up enough dough to get you that brand new beautiful World Book Encyclopedia (not the stupid Encyclopedia Britannica! That's like choosing a PC over a Mac! Sheesh!) set for your 10th birthday?

And you were so excited and felt like a grown up with all the information in the world at your fingertips!
Well those days are soooooo gone.
Now you can get all that jazz for free!
Can you believe it?

I recall not too long ago when I would be searching for let's say info on Jeremy Piven's hairplugs and 4 listings down, I see this thing called Jeremy Piven- Wikipedia, the FREE! encyclopedia (!)

What is this, I ask?
I click on it and low and behold, I find out information on this Jewish American boy who WAS LUCKY with "Entourage" and now acts like he's the shit because he plays a character who thinks he's the shit and who's got AWFUL HAIRPLUGS!

But getting back on subject...
What is this Wikipedia? I'm intrigued...

Wikipedia was launched in 2001 by a man affectionaly known as Jimbo (Jimmy Wales). "Wiki" is known as a website that allows collaborative editing of its content and structure by its users- which is exactly what Wikipedia does. Members can upload, edit, or delete info on Wikipedia entries.
Wikipedia is a non-profit site that is one of many websites under Jimbo's foundation Wikimedia. There is Wiktionary, Wikispecies, Wikibooks (open source text books for kids), Wikiquote, Wikisource, and a couple of more wikis.
I like that word. Wikis. Say that ten times fast. It's fun. Wikis, wikis, wikis, wikis...

Some trivia:
-Wikipedia cost $321,000 in 4th quarter of 2005. Wikimedia receives funding from who knows what.
-Wikipedia has over 3 million entries in over 100 different languages. Way to go Jimbo!
-Tens of thousands of members edit information on the website monthly.
-A parody website spoofing Wikipedia was created called the "Uncyclopedia- the content-free website anyone can edit!"
-Critcism plagues the site because of the public's ability to edit the site. Often incorrect or inappropiate info is put on there. Really? I never would have guess that could happen...

Ok, I'm bored writing this.
Bottom line is, fuck the World Book Encyclopedia.
Wikipedia is awesome!
(btw all the info above is from Wikipeding "wikipedia")


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