Wikia Acquires ValueWiki

February 9, 2010

Zach and I are pleased to announce that ValueWiki will be joining the Wikia family. The new URL is ValueWiki.Wikia.com.

View the Press Release from Wikia

Wikia is upgrading ValueWiki to a more stable platform with WYSIWYG editing, better user interface, and access to a broader user base. The day to day operation of the site is continuing unchanged. ValueWiki will maintain its free license and community control of the site, while staying true to its mission and core values.

Zach and I are very excited for the added value Wikia is bringing to ValueWiki and look forward to the site’s continued growth under Wikia’s stewardship. Thank you all for an exciting four years.

Sincerely,

Zach and Jonathan


Reindeer Games

December 3, 2007

Santa’s reindeer travel at a speed of 3,604 miles per second in order to deliver presents to the world’s 2.5 billion homes, according to Anders Larsson of the Swedish engineering consultancy, Sweco. Larsson estimated there are 120 people per square mile on Earth, with 66 feet between each home. Assuming Santa is all-faith-inclusive, leaves from Kyrgyzstan, and travels against the Earth’s rotation, he has 48 hours to deliver all the presents, while spending 34 microseconds at each stop. Some scientists speculate that Santa’s sleigh, weighed down with metric tons of presents while traveling at supersonic speed, would encounter such massive air resistance it would be vaporised in a firey inferno within 4.26 thousandths of a second. Thus, the mystery of Santa’s technology lives on.

Happy Holidays!


ValueWiki Update

September 17, 2007

Zach and I have both been pretty swamped in our respective non-ValueWiki lives. As you may have noticed, I am no longer blogging 15 times per week. Due to my schedule, I plan to now use the ValueWiki blog as more of a traditional company blog, only posting relevant updates and announcements.

As ValueWiki approaches its one year anniversary, we are pleased to see the site passing 500 registered users and approaching 5 million page views, with great new investment information being posted every week. Zach is planning a few technical improvements for the site that we hope to unveil in the near future. We will blog as soon as there are new developments to report. Stay tuned!


Whole Foods Alias

July 12, 2007

I am loving the Whole Foods debacle. The CEO kept a yahoo finance message board alias for seven years, and used it to promote himself, Whole Foods, and occasionally attack his competitor, Wild Oats Markets. Message Board posters are constantly accusing each other of being “paid pumpers” or “paid bashers” or secretly working for a competitor. 99.99% of the time, these conspiracy theories are completely ridiculous. But now, thanks to Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, we can expect message board conspiracy theories to live on for quite a while.


iPhone is Selling!

June 30, 2007

I own Apple both in my personal portfolio, and the portfolio I manage. But I definitely had my doubts as to how many people would actually want to spend $499 to buy a phone. And I’ve wondered if Apple stock will take a break now that we’ve finally reached the release date.

Well, a friend of mine went to the Apple store today to get her computer fixed, and said it was mobbed like a rock concert. Four hour lines to sign up for iPhone service. Will be interesting to follow Apple stock this quarter.


The WallStreet Journal Covers Wikigroaning

June 17, 2007

Is Wikigroaning now an official pop-culture term? The Wallstreet journal has some funny examples of “nerd-bias” on Wikipedia.


WikiGroaning

June 11, 2007

If you haven’t checked out WikiGroaning yet, it’s worth a gander. The site compares the completeness of Wikipedia articles to demonstrate how nerdy we Wikipedians are. I previously wrote about Wikipedia’s liberal bias… Does Wikipedia have a nerd bias?

For instance, the site compares:

*Modern Warfare vs. Lightsaber Combat

*Bathing vs. Acne

*Girlfriend vs. Video Games

In all cases, the “nerd” topic far outweighs the normal topic. For more fun and games, check out Wikigroaning.com.


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