August 16, 2004
Broadening the mind, learning something new

Always eager to keep learning new stuff, I find Wikipedia to be a treasure trove of new tidbits to learn. Quality controlled through the communal wiki process, one is never guaranteed that everything is always right, but the contents are comprehensive and generally very well researched.

Tidbits from random reading the last weeks:

Dual gauge railways
allowing railway tracks of different gauges to share the same alignment, costs can seemingly be reduced. Dual gauge can take the place of two separate sets of tracks (having two rails each), and replace it with one set of track, with 3 rails. This allows one rail less for the stretch of the dual gauge line, however, there are other complications and costs, which usually offset any savings.
Icarus
In Greek mythology, the son of Daedalus, who built wings of feather and wax to escape emprisonment on Crete.
IATA 3 Letter Airport Codes
Did you know? "The codes are not quite unique: 323 of these possible 17,576 codes are used by more than one airport."
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Why English upper class people are so pontsy. Did you know that the ranks of the peerage are Duke, Marquess, Earl, Viscount, and Baron? I didn't. Anyway. Now you know...
:-)

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Excellent - I love the Wikipedia and try to teach my students about it. I also have started putting together notes for corporate use of wiki technology. But for many, the concept of communal writing seems hard to catch.

Posted by: Espen on August 16, 2004 08:44 PM

Just started using Wikipedia lately and I find it fantastic as well.

BTW..great minds think alike...I just posted a blog post about Wikipedia 1 hour ago :)

Posted by: Espen Antonsen on August 16, 2004 08:59 PM

I wonder how many times the redundant IATA 3 Letter Airport Codes caused people to purchase the wrong tickets.

Posted by: entertainment news on August 17, 2004 07:16 AM
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