Tag Archives: books

WikiCite 2017

(Firefox asked me to rate it this morning, with a little picture of a broken heart and five stars to select from. I gave it five (’cause it’s brilliant) and then it sent me to a survey on mozilla.com titled … Continue reading

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Penguin Classics portal on Wikisource

I’ve made a start of a system to pull data from Wikidata and generate a portal for the Penguin Classics, with appropriate links for those that are on Wikisource or are ready to be transcribed. I’m a bit of a … Continue reading

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Reading, quietly

There is something exquisite in the act of sitting still in a comfortable place, reading, with a nice view. Writing sometimes, to note down the habits of passing sheep. And sometimes drinking, perhaps, once the sun has dropped to that … Continue reading

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Penguin Classics on Wikisource

As a way of learning Sparql and more about Wikidata, I’m trying to make a list of which pre-1924 Penguin Classics are on Wikisource. Penguin lists their books at penguin.com.au/browse/by-imprint/penguin-classics. The following Wikidata Query Service query lists all editions published … Continue reading

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What to do (in life)

I’ve been reading Quiet by Susan Cain, and her three steps (p. 218) to figuring out what one should do in life resonated with me: What you loved to do as a child; The work you gravitate to; and What you … Continue reading

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Where to work on ebooks? Wikisource vs GITenberg

This morning I’m at Parlapa, the lovely little caffe opposite the town hall. It’s a good place to be sat, with a slight hangover, with some nice small WordPress code to be working on, and of course with a coffee. … Continue reading

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Publisher-provided metadata

Reading on an ereader, I seem to lose all of the “publisher’s metadata”: there is no longer any hint of what type of book this is — no cover to judge, no binding, no typography to tell if it’s a … Continue reading

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Off the Map by Alastair Bonnett.

The danger is that we are becoming ever more disconnected from place: “Most modern intellectuals and scientists,” he tells us, “have hardly any interest in place, for they consider their theories to be applicable everywhere.” This, of course, isn’t true… … Continue reading

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LibraryThing for one’s book list

I use LibraryThing to keep track my book collection and reading. It’s great! (Hullo LT Matt! This post is to confirm that I am me.)

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