Thursday, October 25, 2007

Tidbits from Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a great resource. But, occasionally, its democratic editing methods lead to some rather humorous entries. Like this one on Marty Stouffer, (revision from 15:00 Oct 23 2007) host of the 1980's PBS documentary Wild America:
The lives of Marty Stouffer, and his brothers, Mark and Marshall, in rural Arkansas were captured in the 1997 movie, Wild America. Headlined by the effete child actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas, the movie related how the boys became intrigued with the production of wild life documentaries. In an interview for Royal Beardsman Magazine Mart [sic] remarked that the film "is the singlemost greatest masterpiece that modern cinema has bestowed upon the world and all its people. I have been devoured by my own greatness." The adventure movie has a wilder flavor to it than the Wild America PBS program. Both Mark and Marshall are filmmakers as well. Their upcoming film will be a summer blockbuster depicting the great woodchuck famine of 1991. Jonathan Taylor Thomas will play the lead woodchuck role. (emph. added)

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Ubuntu 7.10 released

Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) was released today. After having some not-quite-ready-for-prime-time tech support issues with upgrades to Feisty the last time around, it's probably worth waiting a week or so before upgrading. If you're setting up a new system on Ubuntu, though, it's probably the way to go.

But, here's something interesting. The front page of the Ubuntu website has a picture that looks like a dictionary defining the term “Ubuntu 7.10”. The pronunciation key says the pronunciation is “\oo-boon-too\”. I always thought it was pronounced “oo-bun-too”. You learn something new every day. (You learn more quickly if you read the FAQ. Real nerds don't read manuals? :-) ) It's not quite as earth-shattering as learning that the “i” in “Linux” is a short vowel (unless you're Linus Torvalds himself, who pronounces it as “ee”).

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