A couple of weeks ago I was having a conversation with my brother. He was telling me about how he was helping record data for online experiments and he referred to himself as a “citizen scientist.” Maybe it’s just how he talks, but I laughed out loud and then mercilessly made fun of him to no end. I was going to make him a t-shirt that said “citizen scientist” and I wasn’t going to let it die. This was funny stuff!
Tonight, with my first free night in quite a while, I’m spending these fresh, new hours by indexing the 1940 Census via Family Search…and it occurred to me, who’s the dork now? Not very different from what my brother is doing; he’s charting stars, I’m charting people. Citizen Genealogist.
Nope, citizen scientist is funnier.