Links within links within links…

The end of the workday couldn’t get here fast enough for me.  Nothing against work, but I really wanted to be home.  And now I am, and now it’s Friday night, and now I have to face a 5-mile race in the morning.  If I can treat it like a regular workout, I should be fine.  I just don’t want to finish last.  Please don’t let me be last.

You know how when you look something up in wikipedia, you end up clicking this link, then that link, then this one over here, and back to this one, until you end up reading an article that has NOTHING to do with the first one you read?  (I know you do.)  That doesn’t happen to me as much out of wikipedia, for some reason.  I tend not to click through, or at least not through as many layers, on other websites.  I wonder why.  Well, I don’t, for whatever reason, but I did today, and I found this blog post about an old Newsweek article from 1995 about how the internet won’t last.

How did I get there?

I’m glad you asked.

I started at the latest post on John Scalzi’s blog, Whatever, and clicked on the link there to an article from Laptop Magazine where he was quoted about what technology he uses now that  makes him feel like he’s living in the future.  That article links to the Three Word Chant blog post that found the 1995 Newsweek article (and makes fun of it).  It’s this last link (or the first one, several paragraphs up) that I want you to read, but the Laptop Magazine article is interesting, and Whatever can be entertaining.  Have I mentioned that I love John Scalzi’s science fiction?  I’ve read Old Man’s War and The Android’s Dream, and I really liked them both.  Wish I had another of his books to read now that I’ve finished Ender in Exile


  1. BridgetC

    I like to use Wikipedia as a form of meditation, which seems like something I should try to make a modern cult out of.

  2. momma betty

    I love it. Just posted the link to my blog in Blackboard so students could read it. The article from Newsweek, I mean.

  3. Zannah

    A cult where you never need to meet the other members since everything is done online, there is no leader, there is no purpose, and the members eventually find themselves ostracized by society for spouting wikipedia “facts” as truths and corrupting the education of all children they come in contact with. That might already be happening.

  4. mel

    Yes, it is happening with every college student saying, “I found it on the internet so it must be true.”
    Slightly off subject, Mark keeps trying to tell me the major science fiction writers and we get to Isaac Asimov (I typed Ass first and should have left it, damn editing instincts) and a couple others, but I keep trying to tell him there was a Robert somebody that you used to read who should be included. Help?

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