Monthly Archives: February 2016

Wikidata Anomalies

I’ve found some interesting anomalies in the latest wikidata dump (from 2016-02-15). There are two properties referenced by objects that are not defined. The numbers in parentheses are the line numbers of the objects in the dump that reference the … Continue reading

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Wikidata Extraction Tool on GitHub

I just pushed the first bit of a tool for extracting information from wikidata.org. See my previous article for a description of the dump format. The tool can be found here: https://github.com/jimbelton/wikidata It doesn’t do a lot so far, but … Continue reading

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Review of “Deadpool”

* * * * A This is the best Marvel film since Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s very funny, action packed, and has a great love story. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) turns to the mysterious Ajax (Ed Skrein) to cure … Continue reading

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Big Data: How Much Space is Needed to Unzip a Gzip?

When you start playing with big data files like wikimedia dumps, you need a lot of disk space. Normally, if you run zcat -l file.gz, it will tell you how much. But for very large files: wikidata/data $ zcat -l … Continue reading

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Ben Shapiro’s Debating Tactics

Ben Shapiro is a right wing political commentator. When he appeared as a guest on liberal commentator Dave Rubin’s show, Rubin praised his book “How to Debate Leftists and Destroy Them”. While I’m not particularly interested in destroying leftists, I … Continue reading

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Synopsis of “Crippled America”

I just finished Donald Trump’s latest book, “Crippled America”, where he lays out the platform of his presidential campaign. If you’ve seen his debate performances and interviews, there isn’t a whole lot of new material in the book, but it … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Art of the Deal”

* * * B With all the coverage of Donald Trump in the media, I thought I’d read his business book, “The Art of the Deal”. The book is very anecdotal, covering many projects he’s worked on, from buildings in … Continue reading

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