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Astrid Bowlby opens the black box

To consider "Everything," the new installation by artist Astrid Bowlby, consider what we know about the sausage maker.
Drawing encyclopedia
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 01, 2013

After I Wikipedia'ed Uganda ...

Overheard at the Common the other day
By KARL STEVENS  |  March 23, 2012

The Big Hurt: The miracle of Japanese Wikipedia

In a break from my usual bad-jokes format, I bring you something so strange and wonderful that I just had to share it with the world.    
The miracle of Japanese
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 10, 2012
Wilfred good weird dog

Review: Wilfred

It's hard to say what's more surprising about Wilfred , FX's new comedy — adapted from an Australian series — about a depressed ex-lawyer (Elijah Wood) and his friend Wilfred, who he thinks is a man in a dog suit but who is, in actuality, a dog. Is it
Good dog
By RYAN STEWART  |  July 01, 2011

Learning lost

I read Deirdre Fulton's recent article in the Phoenix about the impact of technology and "learner-centered" education on the college experience with a mixture of admiration, because I think she got most things correct, and dread, because I think she
Letters to the Portland Editor, September 10, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 10, 2010

Interview: Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit

In 2008, Passion Pit won Best New Artist in our Best Music Poll.
Cleaning up with this year's BMP winners

More thoughts on the NYT's Rohde cover-up

Writes a commenter of my defense of the NYT's/Wikipedia's handling of the David Rohde situation:I'd ...
By Adam Reilly  |  June 29, 2009
Defending Wikipedia (and the NYT)--updated!

Defending Wikipedia (and the NYT)--updated!

  Richard Perez-Pena reports today that his employer, the New York Times, sought and recei...
By Adam Reilly  |  June 29, 2009
Scientology Back in the News - This Time Banned from Wikipedia

Scientology Back in the News - This Time Banned from Wikipedia

 I'm not generally prone to blindly push along potential rumors (even if they're probably true)...
By Chris Faraone  |  June 01, 2009

Fabulous fakes

The e-mail from "Craig Cook" arrived on March 2. It directed me to a Facebook page pretending to be Greg Cook's, and a YouTube video. I was busy, so I watched only the beginning of the latter.
'Me' and the Miracle 5
By GREG COOK  |  April 10, 2009

The kult of Al Kaprielian

It's the coldest day of the winter so far and Al Kaprielian is excited.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 04, 2009


Wikipedia rules

The ancient Library at Alexandria, once the largest on Earth, housed perhaps 500,000 volumes.
Wikipedia doubled its number of articles in just 18 months. But who are the “Wikipediots” writing them? And why do they do it?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 12, 2007