Trust and asking

When I was young, I would find it very difficult to ask anyone for help. I remember many stalemates with my father, where I would stubbornly not ask, and he would stubbornly not offer. A university job cold soliciting advertising for the student newspaper helped immensely! Not asking for help is a meanness of spirit,… Continue reading Trust and asking

South Africa slumps in the 2013 World Press Freedom Index.

The 2013 World Press Freedom Index came out recently, and sadly, South Africa has slid alarmingly since I last blogged about it in 2007, and even more so when compared with its peak rating in 2003. Note that a lower score is better. Year Score Ranking 2013 24.56 (-12.56) 52 (-10) 2012 12 (0) 42… Continue reading South Africa slumps in the 2013 World Press Freedom Index.

April 2012 African language Wikipedia update

It’s been about five months since I last looked in detail at the South African language Wikipedias, and there’s been significant progress in three of the languages. South African Language Wikipedias Language 1/10/2007 30/5/2010 19/11/2011 13/4/2012 Afrikaans 8374 15260 20042 22115 Northern Sotho** 0 540* 557 566 Tswana 40 103 240 490 Zulu 107 195… Continue reading April 2012 African language Wikipedia update

Inside Job, ideology and regulatory contradictions

I’ve just finished watching Inside Job, the award-winning documentary showing at the Encounters Film Festival. It’s a good documentary, part-comedy as well the way some of the interviews with the bank executives and consultants have been edited. It got a round of applause at the end, and is worth seeing. I want to note two… Continue reading Inside Job, ideology and regulatory contradictions

African language Wiktionary Update

Wikipedia never ceases to amaze me. I remember meeting a teenage Alaskan editing on the Malagasy Wikipedia. Thanks perhaps to those long wintery nights, he was learning languages like some collect stamps, and Malagasy, being an interesting language, had attracted his attention. Updating sports results as quickly as possible seems to be as popular as… Continue reading African language Wiktionary Update