Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Speaking rubbish with authority

  • Random lyric I heard last night: "With a monkey that looks like Elvis"

  • My co-worker and I today were discussing my wife's observation that because of my television/radio background I have a capacity to say things with a certain voice of authority, even when I clearly do not know what I'm talking about. I don't do this intentionally, it just happens that way (Dave, if this ever happens to you please back me up).
    People who have spent some amount of their career focusing on their voice, and even those who have spent some amount of their career telling reporters and anchors what to do (I have done both) are just more comfortable in their speech. That comfort is often confused for authority and knowledge on the part of a listener. As such, no one called me on it when I falsely claimed today that Monaco is located on the African continent.
    "Wait," I said after about two seconds. "That's wrong."
    A second later, Google confirmed that I had confused Monaco with Morocco.
    "What did we do before Google?" my co-worker asked.
    "Well, I know that I certainly talked a lot more shit.*"
    The end result of this is that the technology exists and I think it's time some company (Google?) put everything together and made an actual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It would be a sort of palm computer that linked to a massive and constantly updated database that offered everything from articles on the Peace of Westphalia to the best Indian food in the LL22 postcode.

  • Why am I so skeptical of this?

  • Avast thar, I wish my university student government had been this interesting.

  • Crime runs rampant in Omaha.

  • Angela Broussard is easily moved.

    *I once told Esther that the "I" in "I-94" stands for "Ike." She was suffering extreme womanly pains at the moment and chose to ignore me.

    Dave Morris said...

    Oh, it happens to me. My wife observes the same trait in me.

    Catch 22 man. You win a lot of arguments because you sound like you know what you're talking about. But when your ignorance is discovered, your status drops further than Scott Peterson will drop into hell.

    So Monaco is NOT on the African continent???

    Anonymous said...

    Wikpedia. The accumulated half-right knowledge of an entire world, open for editing and revision. It's almost a good idea (but also a hell of a lot closer to the Hitchhiker's Guide than we were ten years ago).

    Greg said...

    trust me, our student government is not at all that interesting. it's a random act by a guy who is trying to highlight the problems in student government. somehow, he thinks acting like a pirate will alleviate those problems. if he wins the runoff and takes office and reverts to using his real name and drops the charade, nothing is going to change.

    on a side note, i was running an unofficial campaign as a ninja, since everyone knows that ninja > pirate.

    Christopher Phin said...

    Wikipedia is indeed astonishing. Best of all, because it's governed by GNU, people can do some interesting stuff with it. Hence the existence of which can be accessed from any GPRS-capable mobile phone, so it's even closer to your linked PDA idea.

    OldHorsetailSnake said...

    I have a skullcap on eBay that could have been worn by Pope John Paul. Wasn't, but could have been. Bidding is brisk.

    Chris Cope said...

    Gnu? I'm not sure that having information governed by a large African antelope makes it all the more valuable (yes, I'm a dork).

    Cheekysquirrel said...

    What did we do before Google?


    *missing the rhetorical question completely*