More random thoughts

Courtesy of Slashdot, here’s a link to Rob Brown’s insightful analysis of how the wisdom of crowds helps illuminate the process of natural selection and the consequent evolution of populations.

Rob uses Wikipedia to illustrate how the open-content encyclopedia has become a source about as accurate as any other despite the observation that at smaller scales (i.e. individuals), its model breaks down. It’s a fascinating read, and won’t help me make my case for Wikipedia as a valid source with the editors of certain magazines I work for.

That’s odd, since last year I checked an article on Wikipedia and how it’s as accurate as any other encyclopedia for that same certain magazine.

Also on Slashdot I found the heartwarming tale of outlaw Mona “The Hammer” Shaw, who escalated customer dissatisfaction to a level most of us only dream about.

Have I mentioned that I’m still waiting for Dell to replace the power cord it recalled, nearly nine months after asking for one?

Bonus rumination on casting:

What if Lee Pace (“Pushing Daisies”) and Jimmy Fallon Zach Levi (“Chuck”) had switched roles? Both shows would have improved, I think. Levi slots better into the quirkier role of “Pushing Daisies” and Pace seems a tad lost, which would work better in “Chuck”. How about a little Peterson/Kekich action here?

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