Sam's notebook

Penguin Classics portal on Wikisource April 12th, 2016, 5PM

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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 Sparql newbie, so perhaps this could’ve been done in a single query. However, I’m doing […]

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Penguin Classics on Wikisource March 14th, 2016, 3PM

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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 by Penguin, their date of original publication, and whether there’s an Index page on Wikisource […]

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Melbourne and Mars, by Joseph Fraser April 4th, 2015, 12PM

Reading

Melbourne and Mars, by Joseph Fraser. You cannot go twenty miles in any direction without finding an electric fountain, free to the public, from which the accumulators of any travelling machine can be instantly recharged. …indeed, we have no wilful lawbreakers anywhere. We have no hunting of wild beasts; they have all been exterminated long […]

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History of West Australia (proofread) October 5th, 2013, 6PM

Reading

I have finished proofreading Mister Kimberly’s 1897 History of West Australia, or at least the first twenty-one main chapters. I fixed up a couple of hundred typographical errors in the Wikisource text. There really wasn’t much wrong, just small stuff. I was repeatedly amazed at the high quality of the proofreading and typesetting of Hesperian […]

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Urbex Preservationism September 21st, 2013, 5PM

Exploring

I have a new name for my hobby… Then there are the self-styled “guerilla preservationists”, deep into heritage theory, and genuinely committed to creating a coherent photographic and textual record of buildings that would otherwise crumble unnoticed until a developer arrived to raze all trace of them. —The strange world of urban exploration, Robert Macfarlane, […]

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