Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Wikipedia Blackout Puts A Stop To My World Of Free Knowledge

I have now experienced the pain of the Wikipedia blackout.

I read in one of my online news sources that workers working on widening the Panama Canal are striking, due to being way underpaid.

I did not know the Panama Canal was being widened and was curious as to what level of involvement America still has in the Panama Canal.

So, as I often do when I seek info, I Googled and clicked on the Wikipedia link. The Panama Canal article popped up, quickly followed by the message you see above. asking us to "Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge."

Okay, I tried, but I can't imagine what I'm being asked to imagine.

I can easily imagine a world without stupid people. That would be a nice world.

Near as I can tell, this Wikipedia blackout is being caused by too many stupid people sending too many stupid people to Washington, D.C. to represent them, where they've stupidly come up with some stupid legislation that, like I said, near as I can tell, is an American world wide assault on Freedom of Speech.

That really sounds terribly un-American to me.


Gar said...

It actually says, "Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge".

Durango said...

Thanks, Garbo. Wasn't I just discussing with you, yesterday, my ever worse typo problem?

Gar said...

Yes you did. And I perceived it as you just trying to make me feel better for my transgression.

My sordid neurotic mind is still not convinced that you, perhaps, didn't commit this typo just to prove a demented point.

Durango said...

Garbo, I'm not smart enough to be that demented.

Gar said...

When you get to a wiki page, you may notice it "flashes" to the blackout page.

This is because it's loading a JavaScript to display the World Without Free Knowledge page.

If you hit ESC before it loads the JavaScript, you can still read your Wiki pages.

Alternatively, you could just turn JavaScript off for the next 20 hours or so :).

Just don't tell the feds.

CatsPaw said...

Personally, I think it's helpful to keep one's sordidness sorted, otherwise it's just a big ball of bad.

Durango said...

CatsPaw, from my limited observation of Gar the Texan's sordidness, he does a fairly good job of keeping it well sorted. And you are so right, when the sordidness is not well-sorted a big ball of bad is the result. Like the time Gar the Texan married a German girl 30 years his junior who could not speak English.

Gar said...

And that was a sordid affair.