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  1. My Wikimania 2014 talks

    Primarily what I did during Wikimania was chew on pens. However, I also gave some talks. The first one was on Creative Commons 4.0, with Kat Walsh. While targeted at Wikimedians, this may be of interest to others who want to learn about CC 4.0 as well. Second one was on Open Source Hygiene, with…

  2. Wikimania 2014 Notes – very miscellaneous

    A collection of semi-random notes from Wikimania London, published very late: The conference generally Tone: Overall tone of the conference was very positive. It is possibly just small sample size—any one person can only talk to a small number of the few thousand at the conference—but seemed more upbeat/positive than last year. Tone, 2: The one…

  3. Final(?) Wikimania 2013 idea and notes dump

    Luis at Victoria Peak, the morning after

    More random, more-or-less stream-of-(un)consciousness notes on the last few days of Wikimania: The cab driver who got me to the airport had (at least) five cellphones. Two were mounted on each side of the steering wheel, and then a fifth appeared from somewhere else half-way through our drive to the airport. Two were Android(-ish?) smartphones,…

  4. Random notes on Wikimania, Day 2

    I’m pretty sure this is a cold, not jet lag. Not sure which would be better/worse. More notes: Continue to hear Wikidata licensing concerns; need to work on communicating about that. Multimedia round-table is well-attended (to the point of people sitting on the floor), even as someone points out that the day when “multimedia” was…

  5. Notes on day 1 of my first Wikimania

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    Collected bullet points from day 1 of my first Wikimania: Hong Kong is intense. I am used to, and like, big cities, but HK feels like a scale different even from, say, Cairo, New York, Delhi, or Bangalore. Had great fun last night walking around with a few friends, ended up at Temple Spice Crab…

  6. At the Wikimedia Foundation (for, um, three months now)

    Wikimania 2012 Group Photograph, by Helpameout, under CC-BY-SA 3.0, available from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimania_2012_Group_Photograph-0001.jpg

    Since it was founded 12 years ago this week, Wikipedia has become an indispensable part of the world’s information infrastructure. It’s a kind of public utility: You turn on the faucet and water comes out; you do an Internet search and Wikipedia answers your question. People don’t think much about who creates it, but you…

  7. Information diet weekend

    "Two young children picket for the ILGWU carrying placards including 'I Need a Healthy Diet!' outside the Kolodney and Myers Employment Office" by the Kheel Center at Cornell University, used under CC-BY 2.0.

    As a slight sequel to my “feed reading is an open web problem” post, so far this weekend I have taken the following information diet steps: RSS feeds: 610→339 (and counting). Based on Google’s stats, I’d probably read about a million feed items in Reader. This is just too much. The complaints about attention span in…

  8. A note on 2011

    The best thing I did for myself in 2011 was to get back on a bicycle after not being on one for 15+ years, and after never actually being comfortable on one. I’m not going to be racing any time soon, but I now really look forward to a bike ride as part of the…

  9. San Francisco Recommended Reading

    When I moved into San Francisco, I asked some folks about books I should read to get a sense of the history of the city. Here’s a sampling of the books that I’ve read since then, gathered in one place for the next time someone asks me the question. I’m still open to more suggestions,…

  10. Donated to the Ada Initiative

    I’m excited to say that (with Krissa’s support and approval) I donated today to the Ada Initiative’s Seed 100 Campaign. Free and open software and culture have been very good to me, and I’m glad that the Mary and Val (and hopefully soon a fleet of others) will be working to make it more accessible…