The Longest Now


Wikiphilia trumps party identity, says new PLoS study
Thursday April 04th 2013, 5:02 pm
Filed under: knowledge,Uncategorized,wikipedia

We haven’t resolved systemic biases yet, but this is one sign of the value of focusing on neutrality and a common goal:

Being ‘Wikipedian’ trumps party affiliation, study finds

The study results were discussed among researchers back in November.
the L.A.Times



Annotation Hacks: Hypothesis XXX begins to converge
Thursday March 28th 2013, 1:12 pm
Filed under: international,knowledge,popular demand,Uncategorized,wikipedia

The various threads around Hypothes.is, the Open Annotation spec, and the campus-wide annotation projects at MIT, Yale, and Harvard are starting to converge. It’s nice to see a future pillar of the global web take shape – with no less friction but a more diverse audience than gathered to create the early Internet specs.

I’m at the Convergence Workshop at Harvard on the topic today, and will be at the iAnnotate workshop in San Francisco in 3 weeks. Consolidating notes on a “Hypothesis XXX” hackpad. [Btw: We dearly need a fully open hackpad equivalent with more reliable uptime than piratepad et al.! I default to HP when I have a doc that needs to sustain heavy editing and be guaranteed available during a narrow window of time at a conference… but I would much rather use a Wikimedia or similarly hosted service, with a more explicit guarantee of ongoing availability, at no cost ever.]



Wikimedia Executive Sue Gardner to seek successor
Wednesday March 27th 2013, 6:15 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized,wikipedia

Sue Gardner, the Wikimedia Foundation’s amazing Executive Director, recently announced plans to step down later this year, and has launched a search for her successor. She is one of the most insightful and collaborative voices in the movement, and a good friend. And she has led some of our most ambitious organizational and financial shifts: our focus on individual fundraising, the transition to a community-led funds dissemination process, and a growing attention to grantmaking. It is hard to imagine the Foundation without her…!!

We have been discussing this internally among the Board for a month now; and the transition planned is gradual: the search is expected to take til the end of this year. But I am still getting used to the idea; it has been a long and wonderful road we have travelled during her tenure. We are also reaching the end of our first round of long-term planning, so this year and next will be a good time for a new ED to help shape the Foundation’s future and how we frame our work.

A rundown of outside news coverage:

Chronicle of Philanthropy – Head of Wikimedia’s Foundation Stepping Down
Heise (Germany) – Wikimedia braucht neue Führung
Frankfurter Allgemeine (Germany) – Wikipedia-Chefin tritt zurück
Handelsblatt (Germany) – Wikimedia-Stiftung braucht neuen Chef
Wirtschafte Woche (Germany) – Wikimedia-Stiftung braucht neuen Chef
RP Online (Germany) – Wikipedia braucht eine neue Führung
Future Zone (Austria) – Wikimedia-Stiftung braucht neue Führung
Basler Zeitung (Switzerland) – Wiki und die starke Frau


Sin Identidad – tumbling one man’s favorite writers of color
Wednesday March 13th 2013, 9:46 pm
Filed under: Blogroll,chain-gang,Uncategorized

SinIdentidades Tumblr.

sebastianM. Popova



[Value NaN] Vignettes of pricelessness in everyday science
Thursday January 31st 2013, 8:42 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

There’s a certain quality to discovery, exploration, and discussion of priceless things.
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Exploring science in ten hundred words or less, and similar gems
Tuesday January 29th 2013, 6:27 pm
Filed under: chain-gang,citation needed,indescribable,knowledge,meta,poetic justice,Uncategorized

try and grok science
try and make a gun
try Sheldrake’s homing dove thought experiments

For dessert, some fraud:
listed, retracted, pharmed, 11-jigen (x6),
chilled(snapshot, comments).



Mystery Hunting, 2013: Pulling off an epic Coin Heist
Friday January 25th 2013, 7:50 pm
Filed under: Aasw,chain-gang,indescribable,knowledge,meta,Uncategorized,zyzzlvaria

Mystery Hunt 2013 pitted teams against Enigma Valley to rescue the Hunt coins from a vault.

As usual, it was full of some of the best puzzle ideas in the world.   (more…)



Max Kennerly’s vote for doing something about Aaron Swartz’s death
Thursday January 24th 2013, 5:28 pm
Filed under: knowledge,null,Uncategorized

The National Criminal Justice Commission Act (NCJCA) Spearheaded by Jim Webb (D-VA) is a first step towards high-level reform of our benchmarks for criminal justice – what is considerd acceptable, and what our justice system should be for in the first place. Most observers agree the system is broken in fundamental ways. It’s not clear to me why a review is controversial; but this act got only 57/100 votes in the Senate in 2011 and was filibustered. (The bill was Tracked over its history by the BulletPath Legislation Channel.)

Max Kennerly, one of the more level-headed critics of Aaron’s legal prosecution last year and this, suggests supporting the NCJCA this term. It was already very close to being passed.

Want to do something right now? Call up your Senators and Representative and tell them you’d like them to start moving again on the National Criminal Justice Commission Act. It failed in the Senate in late 2011, but it’s still bouncing around. Get it on Congress’ radar again.

Max’s Blog



Babbage on Aaron, in this week’s Economist, with love and regret
Tuesday January 15th 2013, 1:17 am
Filed under: Aasw,poetic justice,Rogue content editor,Uncategorized

Remembering his own past correspondence with Aaron:

On hearing of his death Babbage (G.F.) reviewed a number of e-mails he exchanged with Mr Swartz in 2000-01. The boy was in his mid-teens but his prose, taut and to the point, was as mature as his precocious mind. He wanted to know where your correspondent obtained book data for a price-comparison site. He even suggested a collaboration, regretfully unconsummated, that later became the nucleus of the Open Library.



Aaron’s first wiki concept: TheInfo, circa 1999
Monday January 14th 2013, 10:43 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

This is the project with which Aaron became a finalist in the ArsDigita Prize contest when he was 13:

Swartz’s contending creation was The Info Network  www.theinfo.org), an ever-growing encyclopedia-like site filled with “a vast repository of human knowledge” focused on content — real information for people to use, as he calls it.

The site works like this: Anyone can submit information about what they know in a totally open environment, which means they can add to the information freely.

“In the style of the popular GNU/Linux operating system,”Swartz added.

Users are allowed to edit another’s submission, but the program will always copy any original material so as not to permanently overwrite any copy.

Swartz’ online encyclopedia include sections on art, with subsections on rubber stamping and square dancing; a section on science, with subsections on treating burns and finding out what a palindrome is; and a chapter on life, with subsections on genealogy and religion.

It was two summers ago that Swartz starting toying with the idea of building such a site.

“I spent my days typing away at the keyboard, bringing my ideas into action,” he said.

Swartz said the kicker was when he realized (although it may have been easy for him) that it was really hard for people to post information online. “You have to set up a server, find a place to host it, learn HTML, or learn to use a Web editing program,” he said.

from the Chicago Tribune, June 23, 2000

Of all of the encyclopedia projects covered in Mako’s recent overview (there were almost a dozen in the years just before and after Wikipedia’s founding), this was closest in spirit and inspiration.



Sixth Sun, Happiness. Stephen Fry’s note to future civilization.
Friday December 21st 2012, 3:41 pm
Filed under: Glory, glory, glory,Seraphic,Uncategorized



Architecturale: Chile’s stunning exhibit (Venice Biennale)
Monday December 17th 2012, 12:10 pm
Filed under: Glory, glory, glory,international,Seraphic,Uncategorized

The Chilean national architectural exhibit, showcasing the country’s work at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Designed by my brother:



Saying No To School
Tuesday December 04th 2012, 9:15 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

A few cheap vignettes never hurt anybody.



For Blue: W00 in Space
Friday November 30th 2012, 9:59 am
Filed under: fly-by-wire,Glory, glory, glory,international,Uncategorized

Spaaaaaaa-aaaaace



Two more for Michael, preserved for eternity (more ComicJK)
Thursday November 29th 2012, 7:00 pm
Filed under: Glory, glory, glory,indescribable,Uncategorized




Best Comic Ever? XKCD has a friend named Comic JK
Wednesday November 28th 2012, 6:22 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized


When a date starts to go like this…



Some will say this violates Occam’s razor…



Take the World’s Smallest (and first two-dimensional!) Political Quiz
Friday November 16th 2012, 8:12 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

by David Nolan, in 1969; via Jenn Pahlka.

 




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