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* How To Edit Wikipedia
Darren Logan et al | PLoS | 30 September 2010
Concise note explaining to scientists how and why they should publish
accurate information to a wider audience via Wikipedia. And thus a
useful crib-sheet for anyone else. Rule one: register an account
* Machine-Translation Of Poetry
Dmitriy Genzel et al | Google | 7 October 2010
Elegant if technical paper (PDF) worthy of attention from anyone with a
wonkish interest in poetry, computing, artificial intelligence.
Encouragingly imaginative, rather than reductivist
* "Secretariat" Introduced To New Generation
Andrew Beyer | WP | 6 October 2010
Veteran sports writer recalls Secretariat, racehorse for the ages,
subject of new film. If it were fiction, viewers might scoff at almost
unimaginable margin of his victories. We haven't seen his like since
Jennifer Ackerman | B&N/Salon | 5 October 2010
Anatomy of common cold. Causes, symptoms, (absence of) cures. More than
200 types of cold virus. Collect them all. Runny noses etc. caused not
by virus, but by immune system fighting back. Best palliative: sleep
* Sentenced To Life
Kenneth Harman | Utne/Notre Dame | 7 October 2010
Despairing essay by prisoner serving life sentence, approaching old age.
"Immeasurably wiser, and indeed better, the me of today recalls the wild
man of his youth as a sort of fictional character"
Topic: Invented Languages
From Na'avi and Klingon to Esperanto and Pascal, by way of Polari and
gender-neutral pronouns. Most... Continue reading...
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