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3 Surprising Ways Wikipedia Can Help Improve Your Vocabulary

If Wikipedia were printed on paper, you’d need an aircraft hangar to contain it. The English Wikipedia alone is currently equivalent to 2,570 volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica. Wouldn’t it be great if you could use its 3.5 billion words...Show More Summary

Criticism In The Age Of Crowdsourced Opinion

4 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"The predominance of singular authority has diminished. Wikipedia has replaced Encyclopedia Britannica. With rising healthcare costs, many only consult a doctor after they’ve tried to diagnose and treat themselves via WebMD. And when we have a question, all we need to do is ask the Facebook hive mind. For better or worse, technology has given […]

Minimalist Emotional Color-Based Photos Blending the Desert Lake and Landscape

Australian artist Murray Fredericks’ new Vanity series is set at Lake Eyre. At its fullest, the lake contains the same amount of salt as the sea. From Encyclopedia Britannica: Evidence from the western side of Lake Eyre strongly suggests that the present saline depression resulted from a downfaulting in Earth’s surface about 30,000 years ago, […]

Here Is What Tax Reform We Actually Need Would Look Like

At 75,000 pages and 2.4 million words, the U.S. tax code is twice the size of Encyclopedia Britannica and nearly 200 times longer than it was a century ago. According to the latest report from our National Taxpayer Advocate at the IRS...Show More Summary

1946 short film about despotism

last yearHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Encyclopedia Britannica made this 10 minute video about how a country slides into despotism.

Debate Commission Chief: Moderators Shouldn't Serve As 'Encyclopedia Britannica'

The executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates apparently doesn't think the moderators should do their jobs and fact-check the candidates. We all know exactly who this benefits, don't we? CNN: Debate commission chief:...Show More Summary

4 Reasons to Not Give Your Child a Smartphone

I'm absolutely pro-technology, and I was one of the lucky ones who grew up in the romantic era of receiving hand-written letters by snail mail and using Britannica Encyclopedia for my English papers.

The explainable

2 years agoMedia / New Media : Rough Type

Signature has an interview with Denis Boyles about his new book on the eleventh edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, Everything Explained That Is Explainable. The title of Boyles’s book was one of the marketing slogans used to sell the encyclopedia when it went on sale in 1910 and 1911. In the interview, Boyles talks about how the work […]

Bovids Of The World

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, there are 143 species of bovids. The Animal Diversity Web is a bit less precise, indicating that there are “more than 140 extant and 300 extinct species.” That second number is highly questionable because today there exist sister species that are so similar I doubt they could be told apart…

In Praise of My Smart Phone

Dear little smart phone, my little, 2- x 4-inch, constant companion. How can such a small thing sitting in my pocket replace an eighteen-volume encyclopedia Britannica as well as a shelf with phone directories, dictionaries, a thesaurus, and grammar, foreign-language, and medical reference books? You truly are a wonder and never cease to amaze me. Show More Summary

Beyond Narrative: The Future of the Feature Film

Editor's Note: is proud to reprint Roger Ebert's 1978 entry from the Encyclopedia Britannica publication "The Great Ideas Today," part of "The Great Books of the Western World." Reprinted with permission from The Great...Show More Summary

Collective Memory: RK Laxman, 1921-2015

Commentary and reaction around the Internet to the passing of the cartoonist RK Laxman. Institutional Encyclopedia Britannica Wikipedia Entry Miscellaneous Posted In Memory Twitter Work By Laxman

Odilo Allows Libraries to Sell eBooks

3 years agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Library eBook distribution services firm Odilo has unveiled OdiloPlace a digital content marketplace. OdiloPlace launches with more than 60,000 title from publishers including: Diversion Books, Encyclopedia Britannica, HarperCollins Publishers,Macmillan, Open Road Media, Simon & Schuster, among others. Show More Summary

Cheap oil could be a Trojan horse for America

“Subversion introduced from the outside.” That’s part of Encyclopedia Britannica’s definition for a Trojan horse, the hollow structure that allowed Greek soldiers to penetrate the city of Troy and win

Encyclopedia Britannica

3 years agoHumor : Happy Place

Encyclopedia Britannica is a compendium of reference books containing the most up-to-date information about the U.S.S.R.

A Baby Named Encyclopedia Britannica?

Back in 1814, a New York baby was named Encyclopedia Britannica. Her siblings also had distinctive names... more

Why Do People Trust Wikipedia? Because An Argument Is Better Than A Lecture

4 years agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

I've never really understood the debate about how trustworthy Wikipedia is compared with once-printed, more "official" encyclopedia volumes, like the old Encyclopedia Britannica. What rarely made sense to me was the constant assertions...Show More Summary

Jim Goulka tried to save Encyclopedia Britannica, sold a company to Steve Jobs (Video)

J im Goulka’s life has taken some interesting twists, from trying to save Encyclopedia Britannica from digital extinction to selling a software company to Steve Jobs and leading the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. As head of the Arizona...Show More Summary

Excuse Me, Could I Interest You In A Thousand-Volume Set Of Encyclopedias?

4 years agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It's hard to believe that it was only two years ago that Techdirt reported that Encyclopaedia Britannica had stopped publishing its printed version after a run of 244 years; it seems like a report from another time. The idea of printing 32 volumes that supposedly summarize most of the key ideas of human civilization is plainly absurd. Show More Summary

Guy Laramée Carves a Majestic Lifelike Mountain Range Out of an Encyclopedia Britannica Set

Using similar techniques applied to previous sculptures, such as The Great Wall and Guan Yin, the artist created an entire mountain range inspired by his travels to South America. The majestic landscape was created by carving, slicing, gluing, stacking and

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