1. Outsider Contributions

    When I make a substantive contribution to Wikipedia, I tend to edit "off-line" until I'm satisfied with the text, and then post it in a single chunk. While I am only a WikiGnome in any case, the typical Wikipedia metric of "edit counts" would underestimate the contribution made by people …

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  2. The method of haiku

    A Zen-inspired aesthetic of haiku is sabi: an insightful appreciation of the "suchness" of ordinary objects and daily events. Hass (1994:xiv) writes of this as a "quality of actuality, of the moment seized on and rendered purely." This pureness of vision led Barthes (1983:60) to claim that haiku's …

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  3. Recommending readings

    As a student this time around -- more so than my experiences in computer science and policy -- I find that the process of getting feedback includes a deluge of references. In my present interdisciplinary domain of humanities and social science it seems there are many traditions making a claim upon a …

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  4. Wikipedia History Scraping

    To confirm the power law in Wikipedia edits (many doing a little, a few doing much) this regular expression and Python code parses a Wikipedia history fairly well:

    history_regex = r""".*?oldid=(\d+).*(\d\d:\d\d.*?\d\d\d\d)</a>.*<span class='history-user'>.*?>(.*?)</a>.*(?:<span class='comment'>(.*?)</span>)?</li …
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