Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Well, I'm not sure about the "powered by squawk box tv" thing -- it doesn't seem to be working. Oh well -- blogging more later, I suppose. Oh -- and memo to all -- the WIkipedia is no longer one of my recommended sites. It's a great concept -- an open content encyclopedia. However, there is a great tendency for people with expertise in a subject to be "shouted down" by people who know "the Truth". More importantly, there are articles on the site that might be age-inappropriate for kids -- or that one might feel uncomfortable if one's parents were to stumble across. A debate is currently raging over whether to put a neutral advisory on the site's main page, and the "all information is equal and advisories are a form of censorship" brigade looks to be winning. Mrs. Thatcher once said there was no such thing as society. The Wikipedia seems bound and determined to prove her right and 4500 years of human history wrong. Bastards.

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

I have blogged since last week -- really! Something went very wrong, though on my post on the new weird Matrix Reloaded links to Michael Baigent's Holy Blood, Holy Grail by way of a character called The Merovingian. I have to say, this is too odd -- except, of course that it's almost commonplace these days. After all, you can find out about this particular esoteric conspiracy theory (Merovingians, Jesus, and the Templars) via Sierra's Gabriel Knight 3:Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned. Or, you can read Katherine Kurtz's fantasy novels about modern Templars, or her "how the Templars and the Loch Ness Monster put the Bruce on the Scottish throne" books. Great fun, but then, I don't believe in any conspiracy theories except the one where historians are kept from teaching History because a Vast Government Conspiracy wants to keep the same old folks in power by convincing the public that History isn't important. Give me a full-time (or even tenure-track) job, and maybe I'll stop believing this!

Oh -- I'm trying a New comment thingie. 'Scuse, please, if it takes a bit to work out the bugs!