The Sport of Kings

January 10, 2009 at 11:08 pm 3 comments

Perhaps you’ve heard of Wikiball; it’s a game where you try to chart a course between two completely unrelated Wikipedia articles, using nothing but in-article links to navigate. In the interest of science I’ve decided to give this game a try and reproduce the results for you here. I’ll be trying to get from an article on Woody Guthrie (today’s Featured Article) to an article on court reporters, which I picked using the Random Article button.

1) Folk musician Woody Guthrie has several songs archived in the Library of Congress.

2) After much of it’s collection was destroyed in the War of 1812, the Library of Congress received 6487 books from Thomas Jefferson.

3) Thomas Jefferson believed that separation of church and state was guaranteed under the First Amendment.

4) Cases pertaining to the First Amendment are often heard by the Supreme Court of the United States. (In retrospect, I could have gotten here straight from the Jefferson article).

5) The Supreme Court is one of many Constitutional Courts.

6) Constitutional Courts are one of the many types of court systems….

7) …that make up Courts of Law, which regularly employ court reporting.

8) This court reporting is done by court reporters.

There we go. Success in eight steps. What have we learned from this, dear readers?

We’ve learned that Wikiball is actually kind of boring.

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  • 1. Ben  |  January 11, 2009 at 12:57 am

    I much prefer just starting somewhere, then following links, until i look up from my computer to find it dark outside and realize I’ve made my way from Spring Heeled Jack to Neutron Stars with little recollection of the time between…. Also my pants are missing.

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  • 2. jon  |  January 11, 2009 at 2:27 am

    wikipedia raped you Ben. Also, don’t you have more productive things to do Jacob?

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  • 3. Dani  |  January 11, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    That does sound rather dull…
    I think the only Wiki article I’ve ever read all the way through is the one on Freddie Mercury.

    Reply

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