Look Ma, my first mention

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.

Occam’s Razor states “when you

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.

Holy. Cow. So the

Holy. Cow.

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.