I was re-reading Robin Sloan's short story Mr Penumbra's Twenty-Four-Hour Book Store on my iPhone last night, and came across this quote again, which I just love.
Since the iPhone Kindle app doesn't allow copy-and-paste (for who knows what sort of dastardly bootlegging would occur should that be permitted), I instead screen-captured the page, then trimmed it in Photoshop Mobile. Suck it, intellectual property overlords!
(Of course, since Robin's story is CC licensed, this is perfectly legal!)
Let's take a moment to celebrate Dustin "Petey" Pedroia, who won the 2008 AL MVP award today. For two years in the major leagues, this list of achievements from his Wikipedia page is damned impressive.
Shout out too to Youk, for coming in third in MVP voting.
Tool to find astroturfing on Wikipedia. Sadly, the site that powered this article is overloaded and down currently.
“A Schroedinbug is a bug that manifests itself apparently only after the software is used in an unusual way or seemingly at the point in time that a programmer reading the source code notices that the program should never have worked in the first place, at which point the program stops working entirely until the mysteriously now non-functioning code is repaired.” I’ve coded a few of these in my time.
Colbert defends Wikipedia as a great bastion of Truthiness — So long as a majority of people believe it, you can include it as “fact” in Wikipedia. Currently, about 20 elephant-related articles are locked down!
At the time of writing, this has 202 up-votes on Reddit. Hooray for democratized media.
Best! Wikipedia category! Evah! Everything you need to know about Bat Bombs, Anti-tank Dogs and the Oregon Exploding Whale. Suck it, Brittanica!
Great post by danah boyd about what Wikipedia is and isn’t good for — Make sure and read Jimmy Wales’s steak-knife metaphor. My equation: Full correct information > incomplete information > incorrect information > no information. Wikipedia is nowhere near perfect, but as a free resource it’s fucking amazing. And I’ve read it more than I ever touched the full Britannica collection my parents had when I was a kid.
Nature magazine performed a blind peer-review of several science topics in Wikipedia and EncyclopÃ¦dia Britannica. Perhaps surprisingly, the number and type of errors in both were very similar, although the experts found the writing in Wikipedia to be considerably worse.
“Warnock’s Dilemma”, named for its progenitor Bryan Warnock, points out that a lack of response to a posting on a mailing list, Usenet newsgroup, or Web forum does not necessarily imply that no one is interested in the topic.
This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.