Look Ma, my first mention in the New York Times! I’ll probably be as giddy as a schoolgirl tomorrow when I actually see it in print, even though it’s a very small mention. I know it’s nothing, but after spending two days cruising the harsh wastelands that craigslist, monster, and dice have become, I’ll take almost anything as a reason to smile these days.
I was happy to see the work of everyone on MetaFilter get recognized. I think the writer did a good job describing how everyone worked together to build up clues and solve the case. I hoped that the message of the piece would be that a group of users can accomplish more together than individuals can by themselves. Pre-internet this couldn’t happen, but it happened on MetaFilter.
“Is this Matt?”
“What’s the deal?”
“It was a joke. The server was getting pummeled, so I put that up until I could work on it tonight.”
“So the person at MIT wasn’t lying to me that there really is no Dr. Lieke?”
Skepticism is a virtue indeed.
Occam’s Razor states “when you have two competing theories which make exactly the same predictions, the one that is simpler is the better.”
What’s weird is that faced with the choice that a story was real, and maybe some of the details were sketchy, and the story was an elaborate hoax involving hundreds of emails, dozens of phone calls, hundreds and hundreds of hours of time spent sending instant messages, and megabytes of written text, the one that was much more work seems to be true.
The hooting and hollering woke us up shortly after 8. Fifty feet away, the Bay to Breakers is going by. As I sit here, I can see thousands of runners flow by, some in drag, some dressed as Santa Claus, some as fictional characters.
Oh, and there just went a naked guy, flopping past.
So the Kaycee blog was not written by a dying leukemia patient, but by someone else, the identity of which will probably never be known. A lot of what you see and read on the web requires trust on the part of the reader, and when someone betrays that trust, every reader that bought into the story loses something.
Thanks “Debbie” for making me a little more cynical than I was yesterday.
So the 2nd annual $30 (this year $50) contest has passed at MetaFilter (thanks Jeremy) and this year’s lot turned up a bunch of great stuff. If I had to pick a favorite, I’d say the Life of Christ Cat plate is easily my favorite.
It’s my favorite because the artist did not just one edgy thing, but two amazing things.
Jason proves mob rule works! (and quickly)
I’m surprised zealots haven’t abused this before. If your group got coverage for some sort of demonstration, you could easily peg it as the #1 most popular item, forcing others to see it.