Where is Virgil Griffith from and What’s a Wiki Scanner?


You’ve probably read about Wiki Scanner, the new software that exposes just who is editing Wiki. Beyond the fact that it is the coolest software to come out this month, Wiki Scanner is a real eye-opener. It reveals the fact that many corporate entries are edited by corporate employees. The scanner is the brain child of CalTech grad student Virgil (David) Griffith.

Yeah, I know his real name. See, Virg was a high school undergrad of my daughter’s at the very prestigious Alabama School of Math and Science. ASMS nurtures some of the brightest minds in the country. Virg is yet one more in a growing line of super-nerds being birthed in Alabama. Y’all think we’re all ‘possum-eaten rednecks, but we got game, Bubba.

Her memories of him are “twitchy and nervous.” Apparently, he was the South Park Tweak of his high school class.

Raise a glass to Virgil, Wiki, Alabama, and South Park. Dear God, that was a strange toast to make. But any excuse for a drink is better than none.

I almost forgot to mention that Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is from Alabama, too. Boo Yea! In your face Massachusetts.

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  1. Pish posh. I wasn’t that twitchy — just eccentric.

    -V

  2. OK. I can shut down the old blog now. A comment from Virgil is as close to fame as I’ll ever get. Thanks for popping in V.

  3. It’s true. He wasn’t perpetually twitching. Sometimes he could be quite suave, in a twitchy sort of way.

  4. What’s next to come outta the great state of Alabama?

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