The Longest Now


Making volunteering abroad useful
Sunday February 28th 2010, 6:31 am
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My first work in education and international development was a volunteering program overseas, carried out by a typically ineffective program. It wasted funds, was more tourism than productive work, and despite being replicated in dozens of countries had no capacity to learn from experiences and mistakes over time.

Daniela Papi offers a thorough take on the subject: the dangers of voluntourism.



Ebert profile
Sunday February 28th 2010, 1:53 am
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Brilliant and unexpected.



Valuing the free and universal
Thursday February 25th 2010, 5:51 pm
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Nathan  Myrhvold points out the extraordinary value of Wikipedia, and how hard it is to assign value to something priceless, in this chat with Bill Gates.  We should take care not to undervalue the results of our concerted work — it is much greater than a few hundred thousand hours of intelligent effort, or a few million pages of printed informational text (both of which are, for most jobs or publications, not universally available at negligible transaction cost).



!*&@$%# again!
Friday February 12th 2010, 9:05 pm
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Via languagelog. (thanks, Lucien)



Update your WikiReader
Friday February 12th 2010, 2:26 pm
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Spring 2010 update : 4.6GB in all. And worth every bit.



New solution for the info-lustig
Thursday February 11th 2010, 10:08 am
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Have a trivia question you need answered in a jiffy? Now there’s a new solution.

No, not Wikipedia. Just Ask SJ.  Text your questions to 66746, and include the keyword AskSJ in your first query.  Correct answers in a jiffy, or double your money back!




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