Wiki Wiki Wiki Wiki!

Monday, March 3rd, 2008, 2:01 am

I’ve long dreamed of finding a way to attain some measure of immortality. Once upon a time I thought I would take the literary route to everlasting fame–I would write the Great American Novel…and then the Great Canadian Novel…and then, just to show off, write the Great Honduran Novel. But what with American Idol and internet porn no one reads anymore, so that avenue is closed off. I thought about following the route so many non-actors and non-athletes have taken–some manner of hostage situation, with the news helicopters and SWAT teams and a private jet to take me to Cuba. But these days? Yawn. That ain’t even getting on CNN.

So I’m changing my strategy. Instead of One Big Thing to be remembered for I’m going for A Whole Buncha Little Things. Number 8 on my Immortality To-Do list is this: Have an entry on Wikipedia. If I complete the first seven items on my list I feel confident that I’ll qualify for my own article in the free online encyclopedia…though I’ll probably have to move to a country that doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the United States. Sigh, achieving fame when you aren’t especially pretty or talented is rough these days.

Anyway, I’m not yet listed in Wikipedia. But as I looked over my blog stats tonight I saw that I got a hit from there. I clicked the link and found that the article was William E. Baxter Jr. vs. the United States of America. The entry was just created today and discusses the lawsuit Billy Baxter filed back in 1986 that argued professional gamblers won money because of their skill, not from luck. The last paragraph of the article says this:

The case of William E. Baxter Jr. vs. the United States is currently being cited by opponents of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Opponents of the UIGEA believe that since poker is a game of skill that the act does not apply to online poker sites.[4]

See that little [4]? That footnote leads you to the authority the writer cites supporting that last sentence. And that authority, dear readers, is me. Yes, a post I wrote last year has now been used as supporting documentation in Wikipedia. Oh, happy day! I for one am geeked that I am now, officially (or Wikificially) an "opponent of the UIGEA". And that’s for the record, people!

This honor is touched with a bit of irony, alas. In that post I slagged an article written by Arizona Senator Jon Kyl (I’m always hungry for low-hanging fruit). Over the course of 850 words I took Senator Kyl’s arguments and shredded them into brightly-colored confetti. Thing is, the name "Billy Baxter" didn’t appear in my post, nor a peep about his lawsuit. It was actually two commenters (BigSlickNuts and Haley Hintze) who reminded me of the case and how it instantly rendered much of Kyl’s argument moot. In other words, I’m getting credit (and being treated as something of an authority) for something I didn’t write. Gotta love the internet.

Haley was also cited in the Wikipedia article (for a piece she wrote for PokerNews), but they misspelled her name as "Hanley". Oh well, you can’t expect an encyclopedia to spell every name right. And sometimes they’re gonna give credit to someone who really doesn’t deserve it. I can live with that. Especially when my name is listed as an authority alongside Doyle Brunson and Mike Sexton. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m gonna re-read that entry for the 20th time and giggle a bit.

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2 Responses to “Wiki Wiki Wiki Wiki!”

  1. Darcy Says:

    That is so cool! Go, Gene!

  2. Haley Says:

    LOL Hanley. I just did my second-ever Wiki edit.

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