Google TiSP

April 2, 2007

Google TiSP – commode-based wireless connection using fibre optic cables. The cable actually goes down your toilet bowl.

http://www.google.com/tisp/install.html

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I’ll bet someone somewhere has had some laughs about PHDs in the sewers hooking up internet connections and poor job markets, so I won’t.

The power of reddit

January 31, 2007

I’m not political, or even American but because I troll reddit so much I now support Ron Paul. On any given day reddit users post dozens of links to Dr Paul’s speeches and satire and criticisms of the other Republicans.

Thanks to the redditors, I can name all the Republican candidates, even if they all seem to be little better than war-mongering Jesus-worshippers who want to raise taxes. The power of peer pressure indeed (other than Dr Paul).

American elections are so much more exciting than Singaproean ones. I doubt any candidate here who suggests sending our troops off to war would survive for long.

I think Wikipedia is amazing not just because of the amazing opportunity for cooperative knowledge sharing, but because of the impossibly wide variety of things people will write about. I’m hoping the administrators keep some kind of statistical records about the site’s growth and its contribution levels to various sections, if only to map out some kind of human-interest-indicator-map-thing.

Of course, I do sometimes think that there are probably more than a few people who are desperate to contribute an article, just so they can say (like I used to) “That Wikipedia page on NEWater? I wrote that.” Sadly, my own contributions about Singapore’s potable water systems are long gone, overwritten by people more knowledgeable than me.

A possible evolutionary countermeasure is, of course, to provide plausible “information” on something that doesn’t exist, and thus become the only “expert” contributor, ensuring that the article will in all probability never get overwritten, living on in Wikipedia forever.

Example? Taken from the page on Breast Expansion Fetish.

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Or how about plushopilia?

Plushophilia

There’s a lot more where that came from. See the Wikipedia page here. Most of the listed paraphilias seem pretty normal (word used with trepidation) and recognizable, but some are sure to raise an eyebrow.

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Not that I think it’s entirely impossible for people to be sexually attracted to balloons, but applying Occam’s Razor, I’m tempted to say it’s more the result of Wikipedia survival tactics. Sheesh. If I were doing sociology, I’d love to do a paper or something on Wikipedia and Evolution or something. It’s so ripe for study.

(Aside: is it just me, or does the Google Christmas logo look like it’s just been in a really messy Bukake?)

Google Christmas