Saturday, 1 Jul 2006
Massachusetts is known for using the word “wicked” to mean “really” or “very.” I haven’t used it much since the ’80s when “Wicked Awesome” was in vogue, but it still lingers around in some circles. It seemed appropos to use it to describe Wikipedia (you can search the Wikipedia for “Wicked” and see what I mean).
The Wikipedia is basically a living online encyclopedia. You can contribute to it, edit it, or just browse the massive amounts of information included within. It is a community written, edited, and maintained reference source. I wouldn’t recommended it as a definitive source of information, but it’s a great place to learn more about a particular topic, particularly in the technology world. You’ll see that I often include a Wikipedia as a reference for information I share. It’s not necessarily where I learned whatever I’m talking about, but it frequently is the most comprehensive and clear resource available.
If you want to visit the Wikipedia, but don’t have something specific to search for, here are some ideas:
- the year you were born – it will list people who were born or died that year, as well as a whole calendar of globally noteworthy events
- your hometown – more than you ever wanted to know!
- your favorite band, movie, or book
If you can’t find what you’re looking for you can simply add it yourself!