Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Internets

The wiki. The information.
The best of Internet Phenomenons.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Jumping the Shark

Jumping the shark is a metaphor that was originally used to denote the tipping point at which a TV series is deemed to have passed its peak, or has introduced plot twists that are illogical in terms of everything that has preceded them. Once a show has "jumped the shark", fans sense a noticeable decline in quality or feel the show has undergone too many changes to retain its original charm. The term has also evolved to describe other areas of pop culture, including movie series, music, acting celebrities, or authors for whom a drastic change was seen as the beginning of the end. These changes are often attempts to attract their fans' waning attention with over-the-top statements or increasingly overt appeals to sex or violence. Some have broadened its use to simply describe any decline in appeal for the subject in question, without requiring a significant "jump the shark" moment as justification.
Jump-the-shark moments are typically scenes that finally convince viewers that the show has fundamentally and permanently strayed from its original premise. In these cases, they are viewed as a desperate and futile attempt to keep a series fresh in the face of a decline in ratings. In other cases, the departure or replacement of a main cast member or character or a significant change in setting changes a critical dynamic of the show.

Came across this one while watching a bad episode of Enterprise. Having come in half way through I decided to wiki rather than memory alpha the episode in question ("One Night in Sickbay"). It was said to be the episode where Enterprise jumped the shark.

What I find most interesting about the term is that Ive never heard it, even though having recognised several of wiki's examples of it in popular culture.

Friday, January 26, 2007

You have two cows

Wiki : You have two cows. Because the article says so.
Google : You have two cows and twenty custom ads offering you cows, cow related items and ad space on cows.
This blog : I havent two cows and not nearly enough humour to pull the joke off.

Really this is a double link, to both the Two Cows article and to Wiki's evil little brother, Uncyclopedia for the Two Cows jokes.

Sooner or later when you are online you will run into the joke or the format. If you havent yet, now is your chance.

Thursday, January 25, 2007


I thought this was a very interesting first pick for me. As a future Anthropologist I enjoy reading about cultures and people long gone. Though I must say the name is sort of...lame. I would be interested in finding out what they called themselves. Though I suppose Sinagua is better than what any enemy may have called them. As so many native names are known today. This was sort of a short article. So not much else to say. It was insightful, but tragically short.

It can be found here

The Idea

Boredom happens to us all. So what do I do when I get bored? Browse Wikipedia of course. It is after all one of the best things on the internet. Now I shall expand that some more, and make a blog about the article I read. I've not yet decided on all the details but more will come to me, I hope.