If vientology is a science, then a real vientologist adds value to the discussion, with new information and real insights.
If the Internet is just a closed system, with everyone copying each other’s work, then it would be like the Earth with no Sun, no external energy source. The Second Law of Thermodynamics says that everything would eventually become the same temperature (“heat death”) and that would be the end of it. (Same thing will happen to our universe.)
So for vientology to grow, that means people have to step away from their computer, find out new facts, and then type them in.
For me, the vientological mecca is the Hubert Kamms Map Library at UAB, with general reference down the hall, and government documents right next door. This is like Hooters with maps (and without waitresses or beer). Seriously, I could hang out a long time here.
Highway Inventory Logs are indispensable to vientology. These show the exact locations and lengths of Alabama highways. The only sticking point is that most of these are hardcopy only, and don’t circulate. Here’s a scan from the I-459 page:
And you can pull out old maps dating back to the 1920s:
Those two together, and your laptop with Google Earth, and my friend you are in highway heaven.
I’ll be going back there and digging up more info (especially about I-220 in the north end) and I’ll have some photos as well.
Carl Rogers (wwtl.com) got 60,000 hits in May (I’m pretty sure; he posted when he was close, but didn’t post the final numbers). That’s pretty impressive. I’d like to get to that point, but I know it will take time. WordPress has some stats for this site, but the numbers are low since I’m just starting out.
Carl should get one of those hit-counter things that looks like an odometer. Like this:
That would be cool, and appropriate for a vientology site.