As we did last year, we are working from a remix of the Velveteen Rabbi’s Haggadah (now v. 7.1) – with some quotes, songs, and anecdotes of our own. We will endeavour to live up to Hezekiah’s standard for a memorable feast.
Wikimedia Commons: Happy 10 Millionth!
Commons hits eight figures of media. The WMF blog post about it is lovely.
Commons growth continues to be geometric and visually stunning. And the extra horsepower running it (and making regular dumps!) marks a great improvement from last year. Now we need to help the community there keep up with its popularity!
BFF you make me LOL
Rebecca Black: How could you fail to love such a sincere meme machine?
Update: Her latest video, Which seat should I take, is hard to beat.
Boston Book Festival this year – dinner and a date
Save the date
: the Boston Book Festival
is set for Saturday, October 15 this year on Copley Plaza. It’s a lot of fun, and you may get to meet some of your literary heroes
I have gone to the BBF the past two years and loved it; it makes me regret not becoming a writer. Last year I volunteered at the event, helping set up their public wifi; they’ve also held a tent for OLPC for the past two years, where we’ve recruited a few great collaborators. It is a literary bazaar, warmly supportive of local authors and businesses — with hints of festival, conference, and educational showcase. All of the events are free, but it was hard to get into the most popular author presentations — seating was packed, and nobody wanted to leave when sessions ended!
The festival is supported by the Boston community, and this year they’re hosting a fundraising dinner
for the festival, as part of a fundraiser for the event. (It’s nice to see Cambridge helping out its big brother.) They are also reserving seats at the big events for donors, with VIP passes. Please consider volunteering for the event or coming to this dinner to support and learn about it.
BBF dinner invitation: April 28th at the MIT Media Lab
How American slavery really ended
Compelling, specific, incisive: NYT Mag’s Adam Goodheart traces a central decision at the heart of the emancipation of slaves in the US. Textbook writers, take notice.