DIRK: The fundamental interconnectedness of all things.

Adam Rifkin -4K (adam@XeNT.ics.uci.edu)
Fri, 24 Dec 1999 21:25:57 -0800 (PST)

"lovechild of Alan Turing and Six Degrees"...

We do believe in the interconnectedness of all things...

> Er, hi. Where am I?
> Hello there. You're in DIRK. Welcome. DIRK explores the fundamental
> interconnectedness of all things.
> You what?
> Well, DIRK knows about a lot of things. All you have to do is ask him
> about one of those things (just type it into the box) and he'll tell you
> what he knows about it. To get you started, you can ask about one of the
> things above. The rest of the features you can find out by playing.
> How about a For Instance?
> Okay then. DIRK's latest piece of knowledge is that serious is connected
> to grave because a grave issue is a serious one - or so it has been
> said.
> Hmm, sounds like fun. Is there anything I can do in return?
> As a matter of fact there is: DIRK only learns from things you put into
> it. Take a couple of seconds to add another connection to his knowledge.
> Who knows what he'll come up with next?
> Now I hear you've got something to tell me.
> Yes! The guys at Homepage Top 100 tell me DIRK's been nominated. We know
> know that publicity shy DIRK abhors the limelight, but why not vote for
> him anyway, just of of spite? Cheers!
> And another thing: If you've used DIRK before, metadirk adds a few extra
> features you might like to try out. Give it a go, and tell me what you
> think.
> Oh almost forgot: The lovechild of Alan Turing and SixDegrees, DIRK, is
> (c) 1999 Matt Webb. Now, go and enjoy yourself!


> What is metadirk?
> Explanation 1: metadirk lets you comment on connections.
> Explanation 2: There are two basic types of information that DIRK knows
> about: objects and linkbits. Linkbits consist of two objects and a
> connection. But why should links only be able to connect objects? They
> should be able to connect any two pieces of information. That's what
> metadirk implements - the ability to connect between an object and a
> linkbit. For the moment there's no easy way to connect two linkbits, but
> that's because the user interface would be nasty.
> DIRK currently knows about 9375 objects with 19362 connections.

Clicking around through DIRK finds some pretty interesting things. I'm
not even sure HOW I found the following URL...


Here is what fork is connected to...


Don't even ask about the number 42...



"I'm very glad you asked me that, Mrs Rawlinson. The term `holistic'
refers to my conviction that what we are concerned with here is the
fundamental interconnectedness of all things. I do not concern myself
with such petty things as fingerprint powder, telltale pieces of pocket
fluff and inane footprints. I see the solution to each problem as being
detectable in the pattern and web of the whole. The connections between
causes and effects are often much more subtle and complex than we with
our rough and ready understanding of the physical world might naturally
suppose, Mrs Rawlinson. Let me give you an example. If you go to an
acupuncturist with toothache he sticks a needle instead into your thigh.
Do you know why he does that, Mrs Rawlinson? No, neither do I, Mrs
Rawlinson, but we intend to find out. A pleasure talking to you, Mrs
Rawlinson. Goodbye."
-- Douglas Adams, _Dirk Gentley's Holistic Detective Agency_