Today’s xkcd is about using rocks for cellular automata. The alt text is “I call Rule 34 on Wolfram’s Rule 34.” You can look up either term, but the great glory comes from Google trends, where “wolfram rule 34” has jumped to the #5 hot search trend, with a ridiculously massive spike within minutes of midnight EST. (It is still losing to “miley cyrus dead” (she’s not).) As I write this, the top search results for “Wolfram’s Rule 34” are from people who monitor search engines, wondering why everyone is Googling “Wolfram’s Rule 34.”
And now I am part of the feedback loop. It is a warm and cozy loop.