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Today, I apparently sold the first copy of my Web English!

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Video games for the people
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Every selling game has a No 1. The first real sale for real money! And this was my day to get her agreement. The actual sale and delivery of goods will happen next week or the week after. But the commitment seemed to be there.

That is always satisfying especially when I had to struggle to get this version of my course ware completed. It is now 96% complete. I have done it on my own, with sidesteps via Joomla et al. But here I am with a course developed using It’s a winnah!

Yes, I am struggling with this startup in China! Where I go from sale No 1 is not obvious tonight, but the future looms, especially in this country of undeniable big numbers.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/12/05 at 04:51

Why I have to learn to treat Wikipedia info with care!

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John Seigenthaler Sr. has described Wikipedia ...

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A direct quote from an article in Technology Review:

According to Wikipedia‘s entry on the subject, “the term has no single definition about which the majority of professional philosophers and scholars agree.” But in practice, Wikipedia’s standard for inclusion has become its de facto standard for truth, and since Wikipedia is the most widely read online reference on the planet, it’s the standard of truth that most people are implicitly using when they type a search term into Google or Yahoo. On Wikipedia, truth is received truth: the consensus view of a subject.

That standard is simple: something is true if it was published in a newspaper article, a magazine or journal, or a book published by a university press–or if it appeared on Dr. Who.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/10/23 at 08:55

I am a wannabe intellectual or …

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California Institute of Technology

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This sounds too good to be true or sounds like something that could get my attention.

I am revisiting this post after listening to the BBC interview of Chris Hitchens. After listening for about 10 minutes I could not push back the surge of emotion and welling up of tears. This polemicist, intellectual gadabout is just to principled to be believed, especially in this world of malleable celebrity. He never gives a inch, he is true to himself even as he stares death down, even if that were possible! Of course it’s not. But he won’t give an inch to all the mothafucks who throw Pascal’s gambit at him. Whatta an independent man!

So here’s to Chris in the twilight of his time on this miserable planet!

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Toward a New Compendium of Knowledge

1. Thinkers of the world, start imagining.

There are tens of millions of intellectuals online today. What is possible with tens of millions of intellectuals working together on educational and reference projects? The very thought of that makes me literally quiver with excitement. I am amazed that we, educated people throughout the world, have barely begun to imagine what new reference and educational materials could come into being, if we pool our efforts in the open, collaborative ways demonstrated by open source software hackers. Even less have we begun to take such possibilities really seriously, or actually get to work on them.

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