Archive for October, 2013

Enlightened self-interest

Posted: 29 October 2013 in Personal
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I often think I should see more of London, seeing as it is literally on my doorstep, but often don’t.

I must admit that I am using Wikivoyage for my own selfish reasons.  Editing Wikivoyage gives me an excuse to actually do things that I’ve often thought of doing anyway.  Having a specific, concrete ulterior motive seems to help.  At least, a specific goal, rather than the nebulous “see more things”, allows me to focus and actually get around to seeing those things, which I have otherwise put off until now.


Tired of life

Posted: 29 October 2013 in Admin

“Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”

—That notorious brainbox, Samuel Johnson

I’m a moderately experienced Wikimedian but I’ve only recently started dabbling with Wikivoyage, the travel guide that was adopted into the same family as Wikipedia, Wikisource, Commons et al.  I thought it might be amusing to record and narrate some of my fumblings.

A major drawback here is that I can’t really afford to travel much, hence “wikistaycation”.  Luckily, I live in London, so I don’t necessarily need to travel in order to still have a fair amount to do.  (See Johnson’s quote, above.)

I might include some local wiki stuff here as well, if it fits, but this is mostly intended for Wikivoyaging.