Everybody Needs A Hobby of the Day

justin knapp,one million edits,wikipedia
- -

One man, 1,000,000 edits: Justin Knapp, a 30-year-old Wikipedia editor from Indiana, has spent the bulk of his free time since 2003 giving the open-source encyclopedia the ol' spit-and-polish, and he's finally hit seven digits. And that's easier said than done, considering the site is the sixth most-visited in the world.

Among his crowning achievements on the site is the bibliography on the George Orwell entry, the most comprehensive of its kind in the world; it took Knapp more than 100 hours to complete. He also has tasked himself with keeping the site's information on music albums up-to-date. And all for what?

"I've never accepted any restitution for my work on Wikipedia -- it's purely voluntary. ... Far be it for me to say that it's an act of love to edit Wikipedia. But I really do feel like it helps other human beings. That makes me feel good -- knowing that somehow I can be a small part of helping someone who I'll never know."


End Of An Era of the Day

Encyclopaedia Britannica,End Of An Era,sign of the times,wikipedia
- -

End Of An Era of the Day: Encyclopaedia Britannica, the mother of all alphabetized knowledge, will be putting its 244-year-old print business out to pasture effective immediately.

This makes the august encyclopedia publisher's 32-volume 2010 edition the last of its kind.

"Some people will feel sad about it and nostalgic about it. But we have a better tool now," said Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. president Jorge Cauz. "But we have a better tool now. The Web site is continuously updated, it’s much more expansive and it has multimedia."

Indeed, over the last decade, Encyclopaedia Britannica has seen online rival Wikipedia slowly eat away at its market share, with its high-minded notions of free information for all by all.

By comparison, a complete set of Encyclopaedia Britannica books will set you back a cool $1,395. Additionally, dead-tree tomes lack the self-correction and expansion features that come standard with Wikipedia, and are increasingly necessary in today's fast-paced world of the 24-hour news cycle.

Curriculum products for schools have been Encyclopaedia Britannica primary source of revenue since encyclopedia sales peaked at 120,000 in 1990. According to the company, nearly all the other money it makes comes from subscriptions to its website. Print encyclopedias make up less than 1 percent its profits.


A Taste Of Thing To Come? of the Day

internet blackout,jimmy wales,PIPA,SOPA,wikipedia
- -

A Taste Of Thing To Come? of the Day: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has just announces via Twitter that he will be joining the anti-SOPA blackout planned for this Wednesday, January 18th.

Starting at midnight EST, the English version of Wikipedia will go dark for 24 hours, crippling student reports everywhere, and hopefully bringing much-needed attention to the I

Infographic of the Day: A History of the World in 100 Seconds

- -

Infographic of the Day: Gareth Lloyd and Tom Martin mapped out the coordinates they found in 15,500 Wikipedia pages of historic events, and visualized them as occurring over time "to create a dynamic visualization of Wikipedia's view of world history."

Process info and datasets can be found here.


By The People of the Day

- -

By The People of the Day: A Wonkette reader who recently visited the Louisiana State Capitol building in Baton Rouge made a rather disconcerting discovery: The biography of Louisiana's first governor, William C. C. Claiborne -- which is situated on a pedestal by his statue -- is naught more than a two