Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
"[Jimmy Wales] also announced a new project called Wikiversity. It will serve as an online center for the creation and use of free learning materials and activities. It will create and host a range of free content materials, multilingual learning materials, for all ages in all languages. It’ll host scholarly projects and communities to support these materials, and foster research based in part on existing resources in Wikiversity and other wikimedia projects. Launching in three languages, in a six-month beta, within a month."
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
"In the German system, any user will still be allowed to make edits to any article. Those edits won't show up in the live version of the site, though, until a registered user with a certain level of time and experience approves the changes. It's a simple change, but one that could prevent the most juvenile forms of vandalism from ever appearing on the main site, which should do much to remove the appeal of vandalizing articles."
So if this blog wasn't already enough of a pastiche of random information, I'm adding one more topic to the mix. Ruby on Rails. Ruby on Rails is an incredibly powerful something or other, that does this one thing really, really well. I don't know much about it, but I will say that I was immediately drawn to it. Why? Because it's Ruby on RAILS. RAILS! If it had been Ruby on Airwaves, then I wouldn't have much cared for it. But it's rails, baby. It conjures up images of a lovely train ride into the county, where you are never more than 3 feet off the ground.
Anyway, I'll likely be posting a few things for a class I'm taking this fall on Ruby.
Which, by the way, is the name of a horse that my sister-in-law just bought. And the horse is situated not 50 feet from a railroad track. But I have yet to make the obvious joke because a) nobdoy in my family is really into programming languages, and b) the image of her horse on a railroad track wouldn't be very funny to my sister-in-law, and I might get hit.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Well, last night I found a second such case. Naomi wrote and said that she too had a coconut explode in her house, and she was lucky not to have been around.
I suspect an epidemic. I think somebody somewhere is trying to disrupt our peaceful lives by selling us ticking coconuts.
So be warned, and stick with the flakes.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
So, I've finished my second book, Bullies in the Headlights. I also found myself a bit burned out by the end, so I switched audiences, and with the help of a brother and sister-in-law, started and finished a second book. It's a short one, only 6000 words, but I'm excited about it. My own children loved it.
Anyway, I will be spending the next month tweaking, cleaning, and adding a bit of depth to both books, and then will submit them to the publisher to see what they say. This is a painful time for an author. You've just gone through months of labor, delivered a brand new book, and now the cold, hard publishing world is going to examine it in depth, and let you know if your baby is 'worth' to be published.
There will be much weeping, wailing, and curling up in the fetal position before this is all over.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Education reduces poverty and other social ills. In an age where we can move information almost without cost, nobody should be denied the right to better themselves by becoming educated. The outdated corporate laws, er... copyright laws, need to be fixed.
I've posted this story to digg. If you can help push it to the front page by digging it, that would be just swell...
"Soon the thief's possible home address and phone number were made available (pretty scary), as well as the locations around the net of other photos published under his name. His Web site, Flickr account, and MySpace page were all either taken down or locked, all in a matter of hours. And sure enough, someone using the name of the thief eventually posted an apology.
"A lot of people were riled up about this whole thing, but I couldn't help but be anything but fascinated by the immense power of a closely networked community being demonstrated before my eyes. The blogmob has spoken and I will never doubt its power again."
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
I came across this article that discussed the recent prank attempted by Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert.
From the article:
"In an attempt to prove that Wikipedia's version of truth is flexible, Colbert recently told viewers to alter the Wikipedia page on "elephant" to state that the population of African elephants had tripled in the last decade.
"This is, of course, untrue. But as Colbert stated, if enough people alter the page on Wikipedia, it's fact. It should have been the biggest threat to the institution of Wikipedia to date...
"There was just one problem with the prank: Colbert was ultimately proven wrong."
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Kudos to the authors.
"As time and resources allow, we will be adding 9 more free textbooks to this site, and the material will always be accessible to even the slowest of Internet connections."