I am happy this week for how it was possible to attend Wikidatacon
remotely. Most importantly, there were great livestreams from three
parallel sessions. The videos from those were made available for watching
again in a very short time (never longer than an hour, usually within
minutes). There was a telegram group for the conference you could join, and
notes for the sessions were taken in etherpads. The hashtag on twitter was
really active which made it easier to find the highlights. A volunteer
setup a Discord channel so a number of us participating remotely could
voice chat in the breaks of the sessions as well.

Thanks to everyone who made it possible.

Jan Ainali

Den sön 27 okt. 2019 kl 08:03 skrev Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com>:

> Halloween fun
> * Image 1
> <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anime_North_2019_C_IMG_0404.jpg>:
> A walking plant was seen at the Anime North
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anime_North> 2019 convention. 31 October is
> Halloween <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween>, and the primary
> author
> of this publication <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Pine> generally
> likes plants.
> * Image 2
> <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mission_impossible_cast_1970.JPG
> >:
> Cast members of the television show Mission: Impossible for the production
> season that started in 1970. A Halloween-ish music video that features
> Lindsey
> Sterling <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindsey_Sterling> and The Piano
> Guys
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Piano_Guys> playing the theme music
> from
> the show is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p0BqUcQ7i0. I like the
> video with the exception of the ending.
> Donation of 2000 medical images
> User:Netha Hussain <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Netha_Hussain>
> announced
> <
> https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-medicine/2019-October/000404.html
> >
> that Dr. Yale Rosen, a pathologist <
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pathology>,
> agreed to donate his entire collection of approximately 2000 pathology
> images to Wikimedia Commons
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Commons>.
> New affiliate recognition from the Affiliations Committee
> Community Wikimedia User Group Haïti
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Wikimedia_User_Group_Ha%C3%AFti
> >
> Project milestone for Italian Wiktionary
> Italian Wiktionary <https://it.wiktionary.org> has passed 500,000 entries.
> Also, see this page on stats.wikimedia.org
> <
> https://stats.wikimedia.org/v2/#/it.wiktionary.org/content/pages-to-date/normal%7Cline%7C2-year%7Cpage_type~content%7Cmonthly
> >
> which shows a significant increase in Italian Wiktionary content pages
> during the year 2019.
> English Wiktionary Word of the Day for October 14
> "Woozle effect <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Woozle_effect>: The
> phenomenon whereby frequent citation of earlier publications leads to a
> mistaken public belief in something for which there is no evidence, giving
> rise to an urban myth." Regarding the etymology for this term, Wiktionary
> says in part: "A reference to the book Winnie-the-Pooh (1926)
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnie-the-Pooh_(book)> by English author
> A.
> A. Milne <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._A._Milne> (1882–1956), in which
> the characters Winnie-the-Pooh
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnie-the-Pooh> and Piglet
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piglet> follow their own tracks in the
> snow,
> believing them to be the tracks of the imaginary "Woozle"."
> Survival and adventure in Watership Down
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watership_Down>
> As described in the English Wikipedia article for the book Watership Down
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watership_Down>, it "is a survival
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survival_fiction> and adventure novel
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adventure_novel> by English author Richard
> Adams <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Adams>, published by Rex
> Collings Ltd <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rex_Collings_Ltd> of London in
> 1972. Set in southern England, around Hampshire
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hampshire>, the story features a small
> group
> of rabbits. Although they live in their natural wild environment, with
> burrows <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burrow>, they are anthropomorphised
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropomorphism>, possessing their own
> culture <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture>, language
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lapine_language>, proverbs
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proverb>, poetry
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poetry>, and mythology
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mythology>. Evoking epic
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epic_poetry> themes, the novel follows the
> rabbits as they escape the destruction of their warren
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burrow> and seek a place to establish a new
> home (the hill of Watership Down
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watership_Down,_Hampshire>), encountering
> perils and temptations along the way."
> I first learned of these Watership Down quotes from User:OohBunnies!
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:OohBunnies!>:
> "All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies. And
> whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first, they must catch
> you; digger, listener, runner, Prince with the swift warning. Be cunning,
> and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed."
> "Look. Look. That's the place for us. High, lonely hills, where the wind
> and the sound carry, and the ground's as dry as straw in a barn. That's
> where we ought to be. That's where we have to get to."
> "The Sound of Her Voice"
> Many relationships in the Wikiverse involve remote communication. Someone
> who influenced my early days in the Wikiverse was User:Sonia
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Sonia>, who graciously took me under
> her wing. I remember her as being intelligent and kind. She left the
> Wikiverse years ago, and I miss her. As far as I know, Sonia is alive and
> well, somewhere in the world. I wish that I could have met her in person.
> Mindful of Sonia and the many other people that I know through remote
> communications, I am sharing a video clip from the Star Trek: Deep Space
> Nine <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_Deep_Space_Nine> episode
> "The
> Sound of Her Voice <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sound_of_Her_Voice
> >".
> Some background information is necessary here. This contains plot spoilers
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spoiler_(media)>. (For a more thorough
> summary of the episode and a commentary by Michelle Erica Green, see
> https://www.trektoday.com/reviews/ds9/the_sound_of_her_voice.shtml.) In
> this episode, Captain Benjamin Sisko
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Sisko> and the crew of the USS
> Defiant (NX-74205) <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Defiant> receive a
> distress call from Captain Lisa Cusak, who is the sole survivor of the
> destruction of her ship. The Defiant begins a six day journey to rescue
> Captain Cusak. The Defiant's crew members have voice conversations with
> Cusak during their journey, and the crew members form friendships with her.
> Unfortunately, when the Defiant arrives at Cusak's location, she is
> deceased. The video clip that I link below shows the end of the episode.
> Sisko and the crew of the Defiant have an Irish wake
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_wake> for their friend. Chief O'Brien
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miles_O%27Brien_(Star_Trek)> shares
> reflections that I think are applicable to many friendships, especially
> friendships across long distances like many of us have in the Wikiverse.
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yryqc8RETgE
> WMYHTW reflections
> I am glad that generally people like these WMYHTW emails and I appreciate
> the positive feedback about them. I think that these emails encourage a
> collegial environment in Wikimedia-l, and I hope that they are good for
> morale. However, they are time consuming to write. I have a backlog of
> Wikimedia emails that I have not read, I want to complete a few of my long
> delayed Wikimedia video tutorials, and I have many off wiki demands on my
> time. As I wrote in September, I need to reduce the amount of time that I
> spend writing these pieces. Perhaps shorter contributions from me to WMYHTW
> will lead to other people feeling that there is more space for them to make
> their own WMYHTW contributions.
> WMYHTW should not be about me, but I will say that of the projects that I
> could do for the community, this has become one of my favorites. Before I
> started writing WMHYTW emails, I spent a lot of my time being vigilant for
> problems and wondering what would go wrong next. The habit of writing these
> pieces has slowly changed how I think. I am thankful for the community
> members who accept and encourage the WMYHTW initiative, and the Wikimedians
> on Facebook who gave me the idea for this practice.
> Off wiki
> * From the Mozilla Blog: "Examining AI’s Effect on Media and Truth"
> <
> https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2019/09/17/examining-ais-effect-on-media-and-truth/
> >
> * From the BBC: "What Japan can teach us about cleanliness"
> <
> https://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20191006-what-japan-can-teach-us-about-cleanliness
> >
> * From the BBC: "The beautiful ways different cultures sign emails"
> <
> https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20190508-why-the-way-you-close-your-emails-is-causing-confusion
> >
> Closing comments
> Additional translations of the subject line of this email would be
> appreciated on Meta
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine/WMYHTW_translations>.
> Thanks to User:Neetha
> Hussain <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Netha_Hussain> for the
> Malayalam translation.
> What’s making you happy this week? You are welcome to write in any
> language. You are also welcome to start a WMYHTW thread next week.
> Pine
> ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
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