The Independent has a sort-of interesting article about PR firms altering Wikipedia entries. Does that surprise anyone?

Almost all of what we “know” in daily life is a consensus agreement between gatekeepers of one sort or another. I don’t necessarily have a problem with that. Much as I’d like to, I am not able to empirically verify all of the information I depend upon; I don’t have the math chops for physics or the memory for biology, so I rely on trusted sources to tell me the truth. If I doubt the information they’re giving me, I can dig in and research/test that information. Same with Wikipedia. Trust, but verify and don’t believe everything you think and be open to the possibility that your sources are wrong.

11:01 AM | Thought | permalink | No Comments

Retouching is the Right Thing to Do

Interesting take on the ethics of retouching.

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Blogs are Yucky

“I hate blogs. I even hate the word blog. It’s ugly in print and it’s ugly rolling off the tongue. And, as a class, the content in them is just as bad. Simplistic, repetitive, puerile, self-indulgent twaddle that nine times out of 10 I’m almost embarrassed to look at (and I avoid looking as much as possible). A serious waste of bandwidth and a club with which I do not wish to be associated, thank you very much.”  —Ctein in the comments at

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Roger Ebert Finally Reviews “Expelled”

and it’s the best-written review I’ve read all year.

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