Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862):
A Bio Page for students, with some nice quotes

Sometimes, in a summer morning, having taken my accustomed bath, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise to noon, rapt in revery, amidst the pines and hickories and sumachs, while the birds sang or flitted noiseless through the house until by sun falling in at my west window, or the noise of some traveller’ s wagon on the distant highway, I was reminded of the lapse of time. I grew in those seasons like corn in the night, and they were far better than any of the work of the hands would have been. They were not time subtracted from my life, but so much over and above my usual allowance. I realized what the Orientals mean by contemplation and the forsaking of works.’ – ‘Sounds,’ Walden

I notced the link and was drawn to it as I am reading “World’s End” – The Lanny Budd series by Upton Sinclair. (see next entry) People like Thoreau come up and hundreds of others. It’s is history in easy doses. I will keep linking various people as I read, we will get through the whole of the last century that way.


Wikipedia, Identity and Whuffie

Why Wikipedia Must Jettison Its Anti-Elitism Having started to contribute – immediately I have a nose for the meta discussion – and here is one excellent article. It all makes sense and having a peer-reviewed section on Wikipedia makes sense to me but hell! What is a peer? A reputation system might be one way – but there is the problem with popularity based systems. There is a complex reputation system inherent in academia – but it is also fraught. A combination might be good. Accredited university tenure might contribute to the but not contribute it all. Identity management must be in place first… I wonder how close that is?

I will learn more about this I am sure if I pursue my participation – which I am intending to do – and will though it may take me years to do a little.

Later: This is a good link to more of the same memoir from Larry Sanger.


How to create a library using flickr

How would one set up a new library? Set up a flickr site.  Thats it.  Put up a flick of each book. Perhaps you could even add the isdn # in the comment or whatever (Dewey?) but the readers would do it from there on.  They would manage everything else, sets, comments, tags.

Has it been done yet? Let me check.

Not yet in my Google search. What about a wikilibrary.  A sort of amazon flickr 43 things  wikipedia that has every book in the world, tagged, with a discussion group and so on.  Then a physical library could add they have it, that is it!  They could use it for their checkout system. 

And what is a physical library?  I would add my books happily, borrow by email.


Deleting AdSubtract

Firefox versus AdSubtract: How Not to Compete with Open Source Have had AdSubtract working for years – and it has done me well. My web experience is totally different from peo,le who do not block ads. I am just unable to browse on other peoples machines if they don’t block ads. I have an ad phobia – can’t watch TV – hate billboards – arrive at the movies late to miss ads. I would make all ads illegal. We don’t need them! I am about to try some of the solutions mentioned in this article. Adsubtract has not been working well lately.