September 2009

The Good Badger Video

There are very few unanimous facts in this world:

1) Chicago Style Pizza > NY Pizza

2) Kanye West has no conscience

3) Every good website needs its own self promoting video

# 3 is the result of this post

Thanks to Mike Kozar for his assistance in writing such a heavy script.

The Death of Wayfarer


I figured if Jay-Z had the authority to kill off autotune, then someone of my stature surely could do the same for the most over-abused trend since the Livestrong bracelet.  Judging by your superior ability to read titles, you likely already know that I’m referring to the Ray-Ban (or replicated rip-off) wayferer sunglasses.  You know what I’m talking about. I know you do. You’ve seen it a thousand times (assuming you’ve only seen 1,400 people in the last two years). Read more

Wikipedia is Awesome

Wikipedia is awesome.  Arguing against this is like trying to convince someone to take a tropical vacation to Antarctica (note to future readers: this was written in 2009 when Antarctica was still somewhat frozen).

Wikipedia is responsible for 13 MILLION articles.  What’s even more amazing – this is a collaborative project worked on by volunteer workers (aka nerds with too much time).  Its top competition (if you can consider a non-profit lead by volunteers to be “competing”) Britannica, is considered to be no more accurate than Wikipedia (source: Wikipedia).

School projects involving lower levels of research will never be the same (time consuming).  You’ve got a presentation due on King Henry the VIII?  What used to involve a trip to the library, scouring the archives for the correct edition, and manually writing notes has been reduced to typing “King Henry VIII” into a Google search bar, clicking the first link, then “File: Print”.  Making a bowl of cereal involves more effort.

However, allowing anyone to make changes creates a double edged sword.  On one end, you can’t accumulate 13 million articles by making an exclusive encyclopedia nerd club responsible for all of the content.  On the other end, here’s what I stumbled upon today (not to be confused with StumbleUpon):


You learn something new every day.