Word of the Day: wiki-fact

wiki-fact (noun): Something as portrayed as fact by someone who’s sole source is the online encyclopædia, wikipedia. Earliest known usage: Jorge Cham during a lecture at the University of Cambridge, October 2007. The relationship between the variables p (probability that a wiki-fact is true), and b (the number of Internet users who believe the wiki-fact to be true) is an area of open research.

Aside: Jorge Cham is the creator and author of the popular web comic, “Piled Higher and Deeper“, sometimes described as “The Dilbert of Academia”. His talk in Cambridge was very funny although almost entirely based on the material in his comic which was a bit disappointing since I was hoping to hear more about the “inside story” on his characters. Two things he did let slip: the character of Cecilia is based on a former girlfriend and the inspiration for “Nameless Guy” is Jorge himself. After the talk Jorge signed books (which I’ve never seen on sale in this country so I was very pleased to be able to buy one) but sadly I had to rush off so wasn’t able to wait in the large queue to have it signed.

Cucumber sandwiches, dear?

The Rough Guide recommends afternoon tea as one of the essential London experiences and The Athenaeum Hotel is a lovely venue. After selecting our choice of tea leaves from the extensive menu, we were served posh finger sandwiches and then warm scones with gorgeous jam. After the scones it was time to select some cake from the trolley and then in case we weren’t already full, there were crumpets and tea cakes to finish. Definitely recommended.

Eating Out in Budapest

  • Café Gerbeaud: This Grand European café is the perfect place to watch the world go by while enjoying mouth-wateringly delicious cake and excellent coffee.
  • Menza: Sublime traditional Hungarian food is served in a popular restaurant with chic retro decor. The house wine is recommended too.
  • Rézkakas, 1053 Budapest, Veres Paine u.3: Traditional setting with live “gypsy” band. Classy service and excellent traditional Hungarian food and wine. Lots of locals dining which is always a good sign.
  • Vapiano: Traditional Hungarian food is a very balanced diet of protein and carbohydrate, so if you’re feeling like something a bit different this “pasta and pizza” place is superb. You order your food at a counter where they cook it fresh in front of you. Fantastic salads make wonderful complements to your main, or by themselves as a light meal.
  • Tom George, V. Október 6 utca 8: A wide variety of “international” food is on offer, and the steak I had was melt-in-the-mouth good.