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Matthew Chartrand
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Posted: 24 June 2008 at 7:55pm | IP Logged | 1  

The problem is is that too many people start and stop their research with wikipedia. That is where my orwellien reference came from.
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DAMON KELLY
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Posted: 26 June 2008 at 12:00am | IP Logged | 2  

John Byrne: "Henceforth, it is the John Byrne Encyclopedia!"

<Insert impossibly corny joke here, 'cause its late and I'm tired>! HaHAH!

John Byrne: "(BTW --- THAT'S your first post??)"

As much as I wish to post my magnum opus (tm) that would launch a thousand ships, foment bittersweet heartbreak among millions of women across the globe,  and reduce this server to dust in a whirlwind of frenzied destruction inked by George Perez, I held back.  I'm a respectful guy.  I'm gonna start off slowly for a change.

As for Wikipedia being Orwellian, I can now see that aspect of the site.  Nowadays, there are square yards of elbow room at the local library branch (when it is open).  Lots of people will always go to fastest, easiest place to get (barely) plausible information.  Yesterday it was Millie the gossip, or shifty-eyed Jake in the corner of the locker room.  Today, it is Wikipedia.  Tomorrow, it'll be Olu'ah the hyper shock-jock in the stealth ship hanging across from Omicron Perseii VIII.
 I think the human race will survive in spite of the presence of Wikipedia.
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John Byrne
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Posted: 26 July 2008 at 7:13am | IP Logged | 3  

I think the human race will survive in spite of the presence of Wikipedia.

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Getting dumber, and dumber, and dumber. . .
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Brad Brickley
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Posted: 26 July 2008 at 1:45pm | IP Logged | 4  

Are we getting dumber or are there just more dumb people?  
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John Byrne
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Posted: 27 July 2008 at 8:19am | IP Logged | 5  

Amounts to the same thing. If the dumb people outnumber the smart (or at
least, not so dumb) people, it tips the balance.
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Bob Neill
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Posted: 27 July 2008 at 1:28pm | IP Logged | 6  

Semi-on topic, JB, have you seen the movie Idiocracy? It's a satire of a future society in which that balance has tipped.
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John Byrne
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Posted: 29 July 2008 at 5:27am | IP Logged | 7  

…have you seen the movie IDIOCRACY?

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Yes, several times.
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Michael Penn
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Posted: 31 July 2008 at 1:09pm | IP Logged | 8  

That movie scared me.

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Andrew Hess
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Posted: 02 August 2008 at 10:11pm | IP Logged | 9  

"Several times"?

Sounds like a recommendation to me; and since that's the second time it came up this week, it goes on the "reserve" list.

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John Byrne
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Posted: 14 August 2008 at 6:36am | IP Logged | 10  

I've been rereading THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY, by Erik Larsen, and
decided this morning to Google some of the key figures. Of course, the first
"hits" came up from Wikipedia, and immediately Wikipedia proved once
again its great value, its entry stating that H.H.Holmes, the titular "devil" of
the book was arrested in 1895 and hanged in 1886.
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Monte Gruhlke
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Posted: 14 August 2008 at 8:15am | IP Logged | 11  

Ahhh... so THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY is a time-travel piece...
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Kevin Hagerman
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Posted: 14 August 2008 at 1:30pm | IP Logged | 12  

Maybe it was an inquisition-type dealio, where they'd dig up corpses, charge them with heresey, and give 'em a good whippin'?
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