Photo: Flickr user lifeontheedge

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Wikimedia WYSIWYG interface by August 4th? (Update: nope. But it's coming.)

Apparently, Wikia (Wales's wiki company) is throwing a lot of money at getting a WYSIWYG interface into mediawiki, and they want to unveil a demo at the beginning of August, at Wikimania.

The "sort of" is tacked on because (1) it's just a demo and (2) I'm taking Ender's word.

(Just FYI: I'll be at Wikimania, which will be awesome. I have enough frequent flier miles accumulated from bi-annual childhood trips to my grandparents' in Melbourne to land a free ticket to Boston. I'll be blogging. Also, I designed the Wikimania logo. If you like it, tell Wikimania to get around to putting it in the bloody corner.)

Friday, July 07, 2006

Newspapers have been complaining about wikipedia's coverage of Ken Lay's death. Specifically, there was a period of 6 minutes (the time the story was breaking) during which the w'pedia entry's "cause of death" sentence transmogrified through various rumours into fact (including an incident of vandalism that lasted less than a minute).

So it was refreshing to see the readers of a Chicago Tribune blog rise up en mass and argue the blogger down.

(I used to have to do that kind of thing myself =P )

Followup: How I learned to stop worrying and love the wiki.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

If it's a crime for a man to love his country then I'm guilty of that. And if it's a crime to steal a trillion dollars, well, then I'm guilty of that, too! (See also: Fake denominations of United States currency.)

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Jimmy Wales's open letter to the political blogosphere. "I am launching today a new Wikia website aimed at being a central meeting ground for people on all sides of the political spectrum who think that it is time for politics to become more participatory, and more intelligent."

Amazing photo of MLK's march on washington.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Category Tree is a cool Thingy that lets you browse wikipedia categories hierarchically. For example: Military Conflicts (which contains Wars and Battles and Fictional WWI Characters, among other things), or Cheeses (which is a part of Dairy products which is a part of Foods which is a part of Food and drink which is a part of Personal life).