On January 15, 2001, Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger launched the free, web-based encyclopedia known as Wikipedia. Wikipedia is collaborative and open-source, meaning that anyone can add and edit material on the site. Since this launch, there have been 20 million articles written by volunteers around the world. These volunteers are not paid. Nonetheless there [...]
When studying for the 2006 U.S.A. Memory Championship, journalist and mnemonics enthusiast Joshua Foer utilized a bizarrely simple technique taught to him by his mentor, Ed Cooke, in order to win it all. Foer explains in his book Moonwalking with Einstein that all human beings have an incredible memory for space and that memory champions [...]
I was scanning through pictures of the Occupy Wall Street protest this week, trying to put this new movement in perspective, when two pictures caught my eye. The first was a Japanese man wearing a mask over his mouth with 99% on the front – a reference to the unofficial slogan of the Occupy movement [...]
Matt Helms is graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary and is currently working as a pastoral resident at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. He is an active blogger and a fan of all things writing.