Mining the Hive Mind, Wikipedia-style
May 10, 2005 1:22 PM   Subscribe

OK - a quote from the main page of the "Omnipelagos" page...

* George Burns
[Life] Burns had been lifelong friends with Jack Benny and Benny was originally slated to make the film
* Jack Benny
Benny was an influential comedy innovator, a major architect of the modern forms of standup comedy and situation comedy
* Stand-up comedy
Stand-up expanded from nightclubs and theaters to major concerts in sports arenas. Richard Pryor and George Carlin
* Richard Pryor
On June 1, 1980, Pryor set himself on fire while free-basing cocaine. This was a suicide attempt
* Cocaine
* George Bush

WTF? Is this supposed to be satire? Humour?

Kinda interesting, but of limited use IMO...
posted by Chunder at 1:33 PM on May 10, 2005

Omnipelagos not omphaloskepsis?
(All seas?)
posted by klangklangston at 1:35 PM on May 10, 2005

Six degrees of Wikipedia. Neat.

I hadn't seen wikiwax either. Double Neat.

Great post.
posted by gwint at 1:48 PM on May 10, 2005

[Cultural significance] It is frequently claimed by genealogists that all people with European ancestry alive today are probably descended from Charlemagne
[Modern research] Theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) includes the practice of baptism for the dead, an
Baptism for the dead
[Holocaust Victim Controversy] Menachem Begin, Irving Berlin, Marc Chagall, and Gilda Radner. Some permissions may have been obtained
Gilda Radner
Even with the support of her second husband, actor Gene Wilder, (she had previously been married to Saturday Night Live band leader G.E. Smith,)
Gene Wilder

Ooo. This is fun!
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 2:00 PM on May 10, 2005

WTF? Is this supposed to be satire? Humour?

Can't it just be fun?

As a pony, though, I'd like to see the option to exclude specific entries for a search. For example, the matches (with the default settings) for Pope Benedict XVI -> Calvin and Hobbes all go through either John Calvin or Thomas Hobbes. OK, not all that surprising, but what if I want a path that doesn't go through either of those? In this case, you can find such a path by choosing "Look for more obscure, but longer paths" under the Search Strategy option, but it would be nice to be able to exclude specific entries.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 2:03 PM on May 10, 2005

Monkey beans!
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 2:08 PM on May 10, 2005

No connections were found between "String theory" and "Bong".

posted by Mach5 at 2:13 PM on May 10, 2005

Lee Harvey Oswald
[The attempted assassination of General Walker] Oswald began to put Walker under surveillance, taking pictures of Walker's home and nearby railroad tracks
[Impact of surveillance] This is primarily a means of monitoring the activities of staff and for controlling public relations
Public relations
[Methods, Tools and Tactics / Entertainment and Celebrity] Chicago, and singer Britney Spears opened an ill-fated eatery in New York which closed a few months later.
Britney Spears
posted by Armitage Shanks at 2:22 PM on May 10, 2005

This nicely illustrates exactly why hermeneutic projects such as Cyc are reifiically doomed in their attempt to simulate human "intelligence:.
posted by meehawl at 2:22 PM on May 10, 2005 [1 favorite]

Or should that be to "create" human intelligence. Simulation is, of course, possible. Cue the zombies.
posted by meehawl at 2:25 PM on May 10, 2005

So far, Armitage has the brass ring.
posted by lodurr at 2:40 PM on May 10, 2005

He became famous as a model for romance novel covers, the first of which was Hearts Aflame in 1987
Romance novel
[Genre slang / Single title romances] fake rake - a man whom everybody presumes to be promiscuous (a rake), but who is not.
Alessandro Cagliostro
where he distributed various magical elixirs and charms, at one time even being recommended as a physician to Benjamin Franklin during a stay in Paris
Benjamin Franklin
posted by pardonyou? at 2:41 PM on May 10, 2005

Nambla - George Bush

North American Man-Boy Love Association
NAMBLA has also taken an active stance against corporal punishment, rape, and kidnapping
See also humiliation, Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse, Nanjing Massacre
Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse
some took the Bush administration to task and demanded the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
George Bush
posted by meehawl at 2:44 PM on May 10, 2005

Nah, nah, nah, Armitage still has it: Fewer steps, and even Fabio isn't as ridiculous as Britney Spears.

on preview: OK, GWB to NAMBLA -- now *that's* a good one....
posted by lodurr at 2:45 PM on May 10, 2005

Paris Hilton
[Paris Hilton as sex symbol] It has also been rumored that there exists a video featuring Paris in a lesbian sex romp with her friend
[Etymology] The word "lesbian" originally referred to an inhabitant of the island of Lesbos, in ancient Greece.
it was home to the poets Sappho and Alcaeus. Aristotle and Epicurus both also spent some time there.

Come on -- give it up! Paris Hilton to Aristotle in four steps -- with a detour through Lesbos, to boot!
posted by pardonyou? at 2:51 PM on May 10, 2005

hive mind. heh. wikipedia is the hiveosphere?
posted by quonsar at 2:54 PM on May 10, 2005

meehawl: To put it simply, you are full of shit. Omnipelagos is a basic set of Tinker-Toys compared to an actual hermeneutic project.
posted by mischief at 2:54 PM on May 10, 2005

you are full of shit

And you, sir, are of a particularly vain, jealous and quarrelsome sort.

Hermeneutics - Shit

In a triumph of early modern hermeneutics, the Italian humanist Lorenzo Valla proved in 1440 that the "Donation of Constantine" was a forgery
Lorenzo Valla
in which the most virulent and obscene language was employed. He appears, however, as a vain, jealous and quarrelsome man
Seven dirty words
posted by meehawl at 3:03 PM on May 10, 2005

posted by Specklet at 3:14 PM on May 10, 2005

Slashdot subculture
[Recurring jokes / Business plans] This pokes fun at the general lack of a sensible business plan by dot-com era companies, who often came up with an interesting idea
[Thinning the herd] after having burnt through their venture capital, often without ever making a gross profit, thereby becoming

There's not supposed to be a step two!!
posted by tss at 4:38 PM on May 10, 2005 [1 favorite]

i wouldn't expect a bunch of non-wikipedian's to know this, but Kate's six degrees of wikipedia is way better and has been around for a long time.
posted by reflection at 4:56 PM on May 10, 2005

Matthew Haughey
Pyra Labs and helped code early versions of Blogger. Today he is Creative Director at Creative Commons
Creative Commons
[Projects and works using Creative Commons licenses] The Wired CD; created by Creative Commons in cooperation with Wired Magazine, the Beastie Boys, Brazilian Minister of Culture
The Wired CD
[Songs] Beastie Boys, "Now Get Busy"
Beastie Boys
[Licensed to Ill - 1984-1988] (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)" reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was later named one of
Billboard Hot 100
Rhythmic songs. Recently, pop star Kelly Clarkson hit the top spot with "Since U Been Gone
Kelly Clarkson
posted by eamondaly at 4:56 PM on May 10, 2005

yeah, just checking up on it, Kate's finds a shorter path almost every time. works in realtime too.
posted by reflection at 5:01 PM on May 10, 2005

Ann Coulter
[Quotations / On law and order] "I have to say I'm all for public flogging. One type of criminal that a public humiliation might work particularly well with are the
[See also / Slavery] Corporal punishment
Corporal punishment
[See also] Keelhauling
resulting in death by drowning. Often the ropes caught and dragged on barnacles on the ship's hull
posted by longsleeves at 5:04 PM on May 10, 2005

For Matt to Kelly, Kate's gives me Matt -> 2004 -> April 28 -> Kelly, which is somewhat lacking in creativity.
posted by eamondaly at 5:16 PM on May 10, 2005

The proper thing to do now for the party of Government is to call for a Motion of Confidence. Otherwise you just look shifty and weak.
posted by meehawl at 6:15 PM on May 10, 2005

Sorry, wrong window!
posted by meehawl at 6:16 PM on May 10, 2005

... yes, but it has a certain obscurantist appeal, nonetheless.
posted by lodurr at 6:43 PM on May 10, 2005

.... Oh, and:
[Thinning the herd] after having burnt through their venture capital, often without ever making a gross profit, thereby becoming

(... never having been a part of the slashdot subculture, but having been a part of the dotcom...)
posted by lodurr at 6:50 PM on May 10, 2005

[Content / NewsFilter] MeFi members in February 2003 found a clear tendency to the Left on economic issues and to liberalism on social issues
[Liberalism and related ideologies / Liberalism vs. social democracy] lies in their views regarding the role of the state in the economy. Social democracy seeks to achieve a certain extent of equality of outcomes
Equality of outcome
In theory, equality of outcome can be contrasted with equal opportunity
Equal opportunity
Social groupings generally emphasized in such a way are those delineated by aspects of gender, race

Gee, just like college -- dropping by women's studies forums to pick up chicks. High-minded, aren't we?

[Community] Metafilter was founded by Matthew Haughey in 1999. From its humble beginnings as a gathering spot for webloggers to trade links
Matthew Haughey
Matthew Haughey (born October 10, 1972) is the founder of the community weblog MetaFilter, where he is known as
[History / Blogging goes mainstream] Glenn Reynolds and Markos Moulitsas ZĂșniga appear on the radio, and Ana Marie Cox, better known as Wonkette
Ana Marie Cox
the site and its author have gained notoriety in the political world for publicizing the story of Jessica Cutler
Jessica Cutler
(Republican - Ohio), including sleeping with a high-level Republican who she claims paid her $400 for sex.

Now that's more like it. But does Matt need to blog it?

Once again: Wikipedians on MeFi are invited to check in.
posted by dhartung at 8:46 PM on May 10, 2005

From MetaFilter to Pancake:

[Community] Metafilter was founded by Matthew Haughey in 1999. From its humble beginnings as a gathering spot for webloggers to trade links

Matthew Haughey
Matthew Haughey (born October 10, 1972) is the founder of the community weblog MetaFilter, where he is known as
Such a website would typically be accessible to any Internet user. "Weblog" is a portmanteau of "web" and "log".
[Methods of forming] The beginning of one word is prepended to the end of the other, e.g., breakfast + lunch = brunch.
[North America] eggs, bacon, ham, sausages, pancakes, waffles, French toast, pastries such as croissants, doughnuts
posted by dejah420 at 9:29 PM on May 11, 2005

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