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steampunkgrrrl
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Icon 1 posted May 10, 2011 09:01      Profile for steampunkgrrrl   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
If any of you have not caught this show, I suggest you do so. The seasons are divided by letters, which control the theme of the show, i.e., series "A" will have shows centered around something that begins with the letter "A."

You can type this into YouTube search engines and end up with hilarious results.

[Big Grin]

P.S., this is what a MENSA meeting looks like. [Razz]

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Icon 1 posted May 10, 2011 13:11      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Fun show, but don't assume the 'facts' they present are reliable, I've picked them up on a few errors.

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Icon 1 posted May 10, 2011 23:13      Profile for Ashitaka     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I like that show, but being a TV show, they are not always correct.

Not to say they don'tr have sources for every fact that S.F. gives out. You can look up their sources.

I did once and I found some of the sources they use to be unreliable.

I would love to give an expample, but I think this was a book about facts they quoted on the show that I was reading at a bookstore, and didn't end up buying, so, that would make this post unreliable.


but,

really, BEWARE its a TV show and not a peer revied journal. They don't even look for two sources as a newspaper would do.

They have made some really unsubstantiated claims.

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Icon 1 posted May 11, 2011 02:48      Profile for steampunkgrrrl   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Yikes...I wasn't posting it as a source for research, just for fun...I would hope that no one actually used it as a source in a paper or such. I can see it now: "Carvaggio didn't try to murder him, he was trying to cut off his balls." (Fry)

But, I agree with the above posts. If you're going to use a source for research, don't rely on any TV show unless you know for sure that it's a documentary type (History Channel, Science Channel, etc.) and that they did their research first.

And for chrissake's, don't use Wikipedia. *rolling eyes* It can be good in some cases, but remember, ANYONE can go in there and change something around, as long as they seem to know what they're talking about.

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quote:
Originally posted by steampunkgrrrl:
And for chrissake's, don't use Wikipedia. *rolling eyes* It can be good in some cases, but remember, ANYONE can go in there and change something around, as long as they seem to know what they're talking about.

Wiki does have it's uses, but you need to take it with the pinch of salt you're describing. I usually chase Wiki's references if it's important.

Ha, I mark for a degree-level course, and always tell the students not to use Wiki as a sole source, let alone copy directly from there. Regardless, I've lost count of the number of "I didn't plagiarize" arguments I've got into over finding intact hyperlinks, or on three occasions "[citation needed]", in the middle of their work...

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Right / wrong -- who cares. It's a fun show and Stephen Fry is an awesome nerd-o-phile celeb who makes geeky things seem interesting to a general audience... for which we should be thankful, as it make nerds look cool... sorta.
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quote:
Originally posted by Stibbons:
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Originally posted by steampunkgrrrl:
And for chrissake's, don't use Wikipedia. *rolling eyes* It can be good in some cases, but remember, ANYONE can go in there and change something around, as long as they seem to know what they're talking about.

Wiki does have it's uses, but you need to take it with the pinch of salt you're describing. I usually chase Wiki's references if it's important.

Ha, I mark for a degree-level course, and always tell the students not to use Wiki as a sole source, let alone copy directly from there. Regardless, I've lost count of the number of "I didn't plagiarize" arguments I've got into over finding intact hyperlinks, or on three occasions "[citation needed]", in the middle of their work...

/me just had a horrible idea - tweak the article after using it...
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