1. 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,…

  2. Wikimania, Day 3

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    Soooo much. As with the first two days, these are fragmentary notes as much for my benefit as for anyone else’s, so take with bullet points of salt: The lion dance in the opening ceremony was exactly as advertised – a good way to wake up. It was nice to hear the French issue called…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. San Francisco News

    When I wrote about cutting back on national news, and trying to get more serious about local news in SF, a few people asked that I share my sources of SF news. Here’s a first cut, in alphabetical order: Bay Nature – Bay-area nature-related news and events Burrito Justice – hard to summarize, but city…

  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…