Thursday, December 30, 2004

Wikiwiki/God Bless You

Wikiwiki/God Bless You

I installed the new version of trillian the other day and found out what most folks have found out about this new version. It has, embedded, deep within its bowels, a wiki lookup feature. As you type instant messages to unsuspecting passers-by, it highlights, in pretty green underlinings, words that it finds in the wikipedia.

At first read, you might think, "yah, so what?" but you should think again. This feature is both the most annoying thing I have ever seen in my entire life as well as the most addictive. It's so distracting, it's driving me crazy yet somehow I'm drawn to it like a hooker to a cheap suit. I feel the collective IQs of myself and all my IM buddies who've upgraded to the newest version leaping up by at least 20 points a day. At least, it goes without saying, we'd all now be mighty bad ass at trivial pursuit.

Did you know that Haggard was a metal band as well as the name of a movie produced by MTV's Bam Margera? Did you know that AH is the navy designation for a floating hospital as well as the designation for an Arabian calendar? Did you know that Everything was the name of a jam band? You would if you used the new Trillian. Arg. (And, no, I don't want to type that word into trillian to find out what it says.)

This entire upgrade has led me to ask the question, "what would I do without the wikiwiki web?" I don't even want to think about it, despite the fact that, everytime I hear the word "wiki," I want to say, "God Bless You!"

And, in other news falling under the category of "stuff I don't want to think about/God Bless You!" one of my favorite actors has passed on. Jerry Orbach, from The Fantasticks and Law & Order fame has taken up a new residence in the great Paramount Theater in the sky. Sadly, yesterday he lost his battle with cancer. He will be missed. Somewhere, in a small dusty theater in the Heavens, he's going over lines with the likes of Marlon Brando, Katherine Hepburn, and all the other stage and screen greats who have passed before him. Hey Jerry, keep playing it to the cheap seats, Law & Order just won't be the same without you.

Somebody needs to update the wikiwiki with news of his passing. I'd do it except for the fact that my brain is now officially full.

Until next time...

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