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 […]
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 point in the sky. But the important thing is the still small quiet that can […]
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 […]
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 […]
I wanted to be able to browse validated works on Wikisource by category, rather than just alphabetically, so I cobbled together this: static.samwilson.id.au/2014/ws (moved to tools.wmflabs.org/ws-cat-browser/).
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 serious literary thing or a pulpy time-passer or an old forgotten once-loved. It’s probably good […]
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.)
Linux Voice has reached their target, and so shall be published! Hooray!
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 […]
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, […]