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Wikipedia Forever, make a donation

I recently donated €10 EUR ($15 USD) to the Wikimedia foundation.

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It might not be much, but it's something, and if everyone gives a little it will eventually make the difference. The English Wikipedia has 11,023,443 registered users, 157,937 of which are active users (users who have performed an action in the last 30 days).

The 2009 goal for Wikipedia is $7.5M USD. If all the registered users were to donate $15 USD, as I did, it would make $165M USD, 22 times the amount. But that's a bit too utopian. A more realistic approach would be to consider all the active registered users in all wikis (circa 600K people) would make ~$9M USD, which is more than we need.

Looking at the history of contribution and comments, it's about one donation per minute. It should be more than

From the shared stories:

I can only hope that Wikipedia perpetuates forever and is available, for FREE, to anybody who wants to learn...and that experts in every field continue to share their knowledge with humankind. I urge ANYONE who can make a donation to the Wikimedia Foundation to do so. Donating allows everyone with an Internet connection to continue a cycle of learning that will elevate mankind and bring all of us closer by perpetuation of valuable knowledge.

Please, consider making a donation to the project. :)

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Blog Action Day 2009: Climate Change

The blogosphere is a complex organism which evolves rapidly in an ever-increasing motion. Discussions, philosophical insights, political commentaries, idiotic videos and lolcats cross each other in an apparently incoherent flow of information, unstoppable and uncontrollable. Then suddenly something extraordinary happens. On October 15 of each year the minds and hearts of the bloggers and internauts are captured by one word. Since its first edition in 2007 Blog Action Day has gathered the attention of thousands of bloggers, who were able to then reach millions of people. The idea is very simple as well as effective:

One issue, one day, thousands of voices

Global issues like poverty are extremely complex. There is no simple, clear answer. By asking thousands of different people to give their viewpoints and opinions, Blog Action Day creates an extraordinary lens through which to view these issues. Each blogger brings their own perspective and ideas. Each blogger posts relating to their own blog topic. And each blogger engages their audience differently.

I participated in both the events and gave my contribution. In the October 15 post "Blog Action Day - Zero Waste" with a post about the environment, I presented a series posters which encouraged people to recycle materials, which could then be used for future products, instead of considering them just waste. Recycling is of course just the last link of the chain, as people should first reduce and then reuse materials as much as possible. The cycle of production, consumption and disposal is a fairly complex issue, and it can't be explained in a few paragraphs, and many organisations have tied to find viable solutions to solve this problem. As far as I could tell, one organisation above all has its ideas and projects very clear and effective: the Zero Waste International Alliance. They have projects, publications, as well as real life case studies. So, what does the environment and the production of materials have to do with climate change? Quite a lot. What we decide to buy inevitably has an impact on the planet. Things are very much connected, soil degradation and the destruction of biodiversity do not allow plant to flourish, which cannot then absorb CO2, nor purify water, nor provide oxygen and nutrients for the organisms that need it.

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NIN releases 400GB of free HD concert footage via torrents

Trent Reznor never ceases to amaze me. Today he posted on the new NIN website:

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1.7.09: your gift!
The internet is full of surprises these days.
I was contacted by a mysterious, shadowy group of subversives who SOMEHOW managed to film a substantial amount (over 400 GB!) of raw, unedited HD footage from three separate complete shows of our Lights in the Sky tour. Security must have been lacking at these shows because the quality of the footage is excellent.

If any of you could find a LINK to that footage I'll bet some enterprising fans could assemble something pretty cool.

Oh yeah, you didn't hear this from me.


posted by trent reznor

A few minutes later Rob Sheridan in person adds:

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Zeitgeist: Addendum - Watch it online for free

I present you Zeitgeist Addendum, the second film of Peter Joseph, the creator of the groundbreaking Zeitgesit, The Movie.



Stay tuned for a high quality download, subtitles and a personal commentary.

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