The Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure [PDF, there is a Word file direct from the DoD]
is 167 pages of stories of elaborate frauds, scams, and abuses of power in the US government. Interestingly, the sarcasm-filled document is also published by the US government, to help illustrate how government workers get in trouble. Freakonomics radio has a amusing and interesting discussion
with the Encyclopedia
's editor and founding editor [link goes to transcript]. [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah
on Jul 18, 2013 -
Do you like integer sequences? Do you like poking around in the The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences
? Do you think, whoa, wait, okay, actually I like integer sequences but the OEIS is a goddam intractable maze of numbers? Do you think, man, what I wish is that someone would make an accessible blog that discusses some of the interesting entries in the OEIS for the casual fan of integer sequences? Well, that's an amazing coincidence; you should take a look at The On-Line Blog of Integer Sequences
, by our very own Plutor
posted by cortex
on May 5, 2011 -
Here’s what we think the Editor Trends Study tells us: Between 2005 and 2007, newbies started having real trouble successfully joining the Wikimedia community. Before 2005 in the English Wikipedia, nearly 40% of new editors would still be active a year after their first edit. After 2007, only about 12-15% of new editors were still active a year after their first edit. Post-2007, lots of people were still trying to become Wikipedia editors. What had changed, though, is that they were increasingly failing to integrate into the Wikipedia community, and failing increasingly quickly. The Wikimedia community had become too hard to penetrate.
- The Wikimedia Strategy March 2011 Update
discusses wikipedia's declining ability to retain new editors. Meanwhile the case of the deletion (and restoration)
of the article on the remarkably notable Old Man Murray
highlights the bad decisions that can occur when insular admins and editors favor deletionist sentiment and bureaucratic rule-waving over the input of outsiders and a basic level of research.
posted by Artw
on Mar 11, 2011 -
Everybody knows TVTropes
is the best and most time
way to learn about the clichés and archetypes that permeate modern media. But dear reader, there is so much more
. Enter Useful Notes
. Originally created as a place for tropers to pool factual information as a writing aid, the subsite has quietly grown into a small wiki of its own -- a compendium of crowdsourced wisdom on a staggering array of topics, all written in the site's signature brand of lighthearted snark. Though it reads like an irreverent and informal Wikipedia, its articles act as genuinely useful primers to complex and obscure topics alike, all in service of the project's five goals: "To debunk common media stereotypes; to help you understand some media better; to educate, inform and sometimes entertain; to promote peace and understanding (maybe); and... to facilitate world domination." Sounds about right. Click inside for bountiful highlights... if you dare. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Dec 26, 2010 -
Snippets of poetry from the Imperium; a sample folk tale from the Oral History; brief biographies of over a dozen Duncan Idahos; two differing approaches to Paul Muad'Dib himself and to his son Leto II; Fremen recipes; Fremen history; secrets of the Bene Gesserit; the songs of Gurney Halleck -- these are just some of the treasures found when an earthmover fell into the God Emperor's no-room at Dar-es-Balat.
Out of print for more than two decades, disavowed by Frank Herbert's estate, and highly sought-after by fans, the legendary Dune Encyclopedia
is now available online as a fully illustrated and searchable PDF [direct link]
. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Sep 1, 2010 -
is a user-editable relational database that aspires to list, categorize, and describe every non profit and civil society organization on Earth. It currently includes 104
which can be viewed by name
, or areas of focus
. You can perform complex searches
. You can post (or search) jobs
, and resources
. You can discuss areas of focus, such as Urban Forestry
, Evolutionary Ecology
, or government oversight and reform
. You can also visualize the networks
connecting these areas of focus and the various organizations
posted by alms
on May 9, 2007 -
Pliny's Natural History, the first encyclopedia.
Featuring chapters like "Other wonderful things related to dolphins"
and one mentioning the lynx and the sphinx in a single passage.
Obviously he got a lot very wrong
, but it launched a tradition of authoritative encyclopedias. More recently, you hopefully know that the forty-four million word eleventh (1911) edition of Encyclopedia Britannica
is online, later volumes are not, but you can still find elsewhere Trotsky's article on Lenin
, Freud's on psychoanalysis
, Houdini on conjuring
, or Lawrence of Arabia on guerillas
. Britannica also offers a series of articles from its archives
showing how views on Mars
or the debate in 1768 over whether California was an island
. Other fascinating encyclopedias online include the 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia
and the 1908 Catholic Encyclopedia
, and the Encyclopedia Mythica
posted by blahblahblah
on Jul 5, 2005 -
is a thesis project
created by Limor Garcia (NYU). It's a cell phone application that allows to send and receive encyclopedia-type inquiries through Text messaging. A user will be able to get all the information they need – from “how old is the queen of England?” to “how many miles is the Brooklyn Bridge?” – through a real-time social network, while walking in the street.
posted by stbalbach
on May 3, 2005 -
The Jewish Encyclopaedia.
'This website contains the complete contents of the 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia, which was originally published between 1901-1906. The Jewish Encyclopedia, which recently became part of the public domain, contains over 15,000 articles and illustrations.'
posted by plep
on Jul 4, 2004 -
has proven to be a fun distraction from human-based work today. Not too many places keep so much info on bugs handy and updated. Mostly a page of links to off-site content, yet it keeps drawing me back for more. Everything from the Social Wasps of Siberia to Live Beecams can be found here.
posted by salsamander
on Mar 1, 2004 -
The Encyclopedia of Arda
A reference guide to Tolkien-can't tell an orc from a Uruk-hai? Stumped at what the three kinds of hobbits are? This website has the answers. Nicely laid out site, too.
posted by konolia
on Jan 4, 2004 -
The 1911 Encyclopedia,
or the LoveToKnow Free Online Encyclopedia, is advertised as "what many consider to be the best encyclopedia ever written. As a research tool, this 1911 encyclopedia edition is unparalleled - even today." But what about the definition for Negro
? It reads in part: "A dark skin, varying from dark brown, reddish-brown, or chocolate to nearly black; dark tightly curled hair, flat in transverse section,1 of the 'woolly' or the 'frizzly' type; a greater or less tendency to prognathism; eyes dark brown with yellowish cornea; nose more or less broad and flat; and large teeth." Can an encyclopedia with definitions like these be considered useful at all?
posted by josephtate
on Nov 24, 2003 -
Can you stump the Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences?
Every identifiable sequence known to man, including:
Name: Busy Beaver problem: maximal number of steps that an n-state Turing machine can make on an initially blank tape before eventually halting.
Comment: The sequence grows faster than any computable function of n, and so is non-computable.
If your sequence does not appear there, you might want to try the Super Seeker
posted by vacapinta
on Apr 15, 2002 -