Who Killed the Encyclopedia? is the latest topic on Tedium. Remember Encyclopedias? They were mostly on their way out when I was a kid, but I fondly remember Encarta ‘95 (it came with our Windows 95 family computer). It even had a wacky adventure-game-like thing (called MindMaze) where you answered trivia questions to progress.
As a side note, I recently discovered Tedium and I’m loving it so far. Very interesting deep dives into topics that on the surface don’t seem very interesting. Like the other day’s issue on lint — that issue’s sponsor, Space on Earth III, by the way, led me to discover ambient music and how great it is to listen to while programming.