Tuesday, November 22, 2005
After mentioning the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in my last post and linking it to Wikipedia as I often do, I happened upon a link to another "wiki" which is called h2g2 (one of the several extant abbreviations of Douglas Adams' best-known title). This one is hosted by the BBC and purports to be "the unconventional Guide to Life, the Universe and Everything," with user posts on a variety of subjects. The difference from the rawther serious Wikipedia is what seems to be a certain humorous or sarcastic spin to many of the entries (based on quick visits to a few pages). See for example cockpit, flight simulators, and Obstacles to Manned Space Exploration: Part I - Propulsion (including the sub-section "solutions to getting it up"), and Exactly 100 things to do with a towel.