A German-based group called PediaPress is trying to raise enough money to make a print copy of all of Wikipedia. That's right, Wikipedia, the ever-evolving, always-changing, inherently digital encyclopedia of information gathered by contributors all over the world. To say this would be a massive project is an understatement.
Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 10:57 am
An earthquake shook part of Southern California Friday night, breaking water pipes and rattling nerves with aftershocks that went on into the night. The 5.1-magnitude quake hit at a shallow depth about 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
While the quake didn't inflict severe damage in the area around its epicenter, it caused many problems, from water main breaks to a rockslide. Thousands of people felt its effects; there haven't been reports of serious injuries.
Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 2:31 am
Washington state, with its many steep slopes, streams and rivers and some of the heaviest annual rainfall in the country, is a mudslide waiting to happen. Add in soil erosion from logging, as was reportedly the case near the community of Oso before last week's tragedy, and the probability of such an event increases.
In this season of Lent, a few thoughts you might ponder in 140 characters or less: We all need to improve to change for the better. Lent helps us fight against our faults. And this one: May we learn to say thank you to God and to one another. We teach children to do it, and then we forget to do it ourselves.
Those pithy offerings are tweets from Pope Francis, who has almost four million followers on his English-language Twitter feed. A few keystrokes away, you can also find the Latin.