On Fri, Jul 04, 2008 at 01:50:20AM -0700, Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:
> 
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> > [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Behalf Of Steve Franks
> > Sent: Monday, June 30, 2008 1:49 PM
> > To: FreeBSD Mailing List
> > Subject: OT: anyone been crazy enough to mirror wikipedia?
> > 
> > 
> > So call me a sociopath, but times are a bit scary.  I'd like to do the
> > 2000's equivalent of the 1960's bomb shelter, and have my very own
> > snapshot in case of major local/regional internet disruption, etc.
> > 
> 
> This is not a silly idea.  For many many years people would spend
> hundreds of dollars on a complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica
> or World Book encyclopedia to have it sit on their shelf gathering
> dust (until their kids used it for school, etc.)
> 
> The fact that your even asking the question and wanting to do
> it is to your credit.
> 
> I really feel the big value of doing something like this is to
> be able to go back to it, years later, and compare the old
> entries on a topic with the current entries on a topic to
> see how they have changed.
> 
> I also think that solving the technical problems and learning
> how to create a wikipedia mirror would be a great learning
> experience for anyone.
> 
> But, as for the practical value, I would encourage you to read
> Asimov's Foundation series to really understand that any attempt
> to catagorize and store the world's accumulated knowledge in a
> storage medium in a single location is ultimately an exercise in
> futility.  Asimov
> made the valid point that book knowledge of facts must work hand
> in hand with experience to be useful, and experience isn't documentable.
> Terminus itself, the entire planet and everyone on it, was the
> encyclopedia - the actual encyclopedia that the encyclopediests
> were working on, was nothing more than a sham.
> 


        Thanks for thi, Ted.  

        While this is going even further off-topi, I would like to see a '
        (non-scholarly) wiki for just about every topic you can think of.  By
        wiki, i mean, in wiki format.  over time it could have citations and
        beome a research tool.   On the BSD kernel prio scheduler, for one
        example.  This mighht grow into a wiki-web for unix nerds; or art 
history
        buffs, etv.

        I've got one questioon that I have been meaning to ask for years, but
        haven't due to the yelps....  II've asked some  off-the-wall here on
        -questions simply because this is the most intelligent group|list of 
people
        I've found.   Is there a more appropriate place to ask miscelllaneous
        questions?  [I know about some and will hold my tongue!]  Be nice to 
ask,
        e.g, why homes are not required to have R-50 in the wall;   R-90 attics.
        --I'd ask here, but not only would someone toss a fit, but I doubt that
        even gven our level of xpertness, no one would know.  ---Anyway,
        apologies for this quasi-ramble and completely OT post.  

        have a good 4th/july,

        gary
> Ted
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