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Saturday, January 07, 2017

A more accurate knowledge core

We've added some important features to Infogalactic. First, you've probably noticed that it's running considerably faster. While it's still not quite as fast as Wikipedia, we're obtaining our speed through significantly improved database efficiency rather than through gargantuan and expensive caching. Believe it or not, we're actually using slightly fewer server-side resources than we were when it was running much more slowly. We'll continue to add additional improvements, but they'll tend to be more marginal as we've already addressed the biggest bottlenecks.

Second, dynamic forking is now operative in a limited capacity. We're not turning anything on yet, but within a month or so, we'll be keeping constantly up-to-date with Wikipedia on pages the Galaxians haven't touched, and on pages that have been edited, manual dynamic forking will be at the disposal of certain active editors.

Third, we now have sidebar banners operative. Some of them may amuse you. Castalia authors should be sure to get their Infogalactic pages up now, as they will be provided with free sidebar banners for the books they publish with us.

And finally, another example of how Infogalactic is fundamentally more accurate than Wikipedia due to the latter's insistence on unreliable Reliable Sources.

Robert Heinlein on Wikipedia

Heinlein became one of the first science-fiction writers to break into mainstream magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s. He was one of the best-selling science-fiction novelists for many decades, and he, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke are often considered the "Big Three" of science fiction authors.[5][6]

Robert Heinlein on Infogalactic

He was one of the first science fiction writers to break into mainstream magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s. He was one of the best-selling science fiction novelists for many decades, and he, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke are often erroneously considered to be the "Big Three" of science fiction authors.[5][6]. The original "Big Three" were actually Heinlein, Asimov, and A.E. van Vogt.[7]

This is what winning the cultural war looks like. Getting the facts straight one at a time.

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61 Comments:

Anonymous Holmwood January 07, 2017 11:35 AM  

For any having difficulty seeing the sidebar, make sure adblock (or any similar tool) is off on the infogalactic domain.

Blogger Dave January 07, 2017 11:36 AM  

Winnimg

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable January 07, 2017 11:46 AM  

Getting better all the time!

Blogger Nick S January 07, 2017 11:52 AM  

Good job. Ender must be helping you slackers now-a-days!

Blogger Jack Aubrey January 07, 2017 11:56 AM  

Love the sidebar placement. N. K. Jemisin's page could use one too!

Blogger pdwalker January 07, 2017 11:59 AM  

@1 What Holmwood says. Definitely do this for infogalactic.

Infogalactic is converged. They no longer have the technical chops to make any meaningful, real changes. Maybe the competition will spur them to improve. We'll see.

In the meantime, I'm sure Wikipedia will need more money. Spend it on Infogalactic instead

Blogger pyrrhus January 07, 2017 11:59 AM  

I just looked up Cordwainer Smith, whose works I mainly read as a kid. Fascinating background, and in his real name, Colonel Linebarger is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Like Cyril Kornbluth, he died way too young....

Blogger Happy Housewife January 07, 2017 11:59 AM  

Was just on it last night and noticed the speed had improved significantly. I also have yet to not find what I search for, so excellent job!

Blogger tuberman January 07, 2017 12:02 PM  

I forgot that I did not like Arthur C. Clarke's writing years ago, and I read several chapters of "Rama II" recently at the library...yuck.

Heinlein was a secret treasure to me as a kid. He did not fit into my family's Leftist tendencies.

Blogger David The Good January 07, 2017 12:02 PM  

I'm not sure how to edit or create a wiki page. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Blogger pyrrhus January 07, 2017 12:03 PM  

'Mother Hitton's Littul Kittons' is the Cordwainer Smith story that sticks with me, all these years later. Talk about building a Wall!

Anonymous Man of the Atom January 07, 2017 12:06 PM  

Yes! A. E. van Vogt back in the Big Three where he originally was and where he belongs! Take that, SJW "always liars".

Blogger VD January 07, 2017 12:06 PM  

I'm not sure how to edit or create a wiki page. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

It's very easy. Go to any page. Hit Edit. You'll see the wiki code. Copy that until you internalize it. It's no more difficult than HTML. If you can handle ''italic'' instead of (i)italic(/i), you can do it.

Anonymous kfg January 07, 2017 12:10 PM  

The phrasing of the Heinlein article is a smidge awkward. As you are reading it it can give the impression that it is the inclusion of Heinlein in the Big Three that is erroneous. I suggest something more along the line of:

" . . . he, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke are often considered to be the "Big Three" of science fiction authors, however the inclusion of Clarke is erroneous."

Yeah, yeah, I know. But then I'd have to make an account and shit. Who knows what that sort of thing might lead to?

Blogger David The Good January 07, 2017 12:14 PM  

@VD

Thanks. I can figure that out. I do know some basic html, thanks to rycamor.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright January 07, 2017 12:14 PM  

John's already listed, I think. Is there anything special he has to do?

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright January 07, 2017 12:17 PM  

Funny that this post is here. I came to Vox Popoli today to find the link Vox had up at one point to an add on that makes your browser go to infogalactic instead of Wikipedia. A quick search hasn't found it yet. Does anyone have a link to it?

Blogger Dave January 07, 2017 12:19 PM  

The original "Big Three" were actually Heinlein, Asimov, and A.E. van Vogt.[7]

I dunno, pretty clear to me.

Blogger #7139 January 07, 2017 12:22 PM  

Some of them may amuse you. That is a tough guy if I ever saw one.

Blogger VD January 07, 2017 12:29 PM  

John's already listed, I think. Is there anything special he has to do?

No, I'll take care of it.

Does anyone have a link to it?

Go to Infogalaxians on the right sidebar.

Blogger VD January 07, 2017 12:31 PM  

Yeah, yeah, I know.

Then you know we're all going to simply ignore the suggestion.

There are no suggestions. There are only actions, orders, and obedience. And only the SDL gives orders here.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright January 07, 2017 12:34 PM  

Thanks, Vox.

Anonymous kfg January 07, 2017 12:35 PM  

@18: "I dunno, pretty clear to me."

Yes, just a tick down the reading road, with maybe a slight hitch in the gears, it becomes apparent. It isn't wrong, just a smidge awkward. My suggestion is just a bit of fine polish, not grinding out a flaw.

But I recognize that the issue isn't appropriate here (and, yeah, did it anyway) and will shut the hell up about it without the need of a wrist slap. If I find I feel strongly enough about it, I will take the appropriate measures in the appropriate place.

Anonymous kfg January 07, 2017 12:36 PM  

"Then you know we're all going to simply ignore the suggestion."

Too late, and yes, I deserved it.

OpenID randkoch January 07, 2017 12:41 PM  

Peter Grant could use a sidebar. His article is at:
https://infogalactic.com/info/Peter_Grant_(writer)

Anonymous Full-Fledged Fiasco January 07, 2017 12:52 PM  

Why did the images from Commons disappeared from Infogalactic?

Blogger Laramie Hirsch January 07, 2017 12:55 PM  

I link to Infogalactic often. I did a recent post about Christmas traditions, and I must've linked to Infogalactic at least three times.

Blogger VD January 07, 2017 1:00 PM  

Why did the images from Commons disappeared from Infogalactic?

They'll show up eventually. It's part of the speedup routine.

Peter Grant could use a sidebar.

Done. Laredo, Ames, and Maxwell all represented.

Blogger Cataline Sergius January 07, 2017 1:11 PM  

The original "Big Three" were actually Heinlein, Asimov, and A.E. van Vogt.[7]

This going to annoy someone and his followers.

I think this has to be worrisome indeed for Lefties. What has ever gotten back of the Memory Hole without their express approval?

Anonymous Steve Canyon January 07, 2017 1:14 PM  

I'm not particularly savvy regarding web programming or coding. But when I looked up the 2017 Rose Bowl it shows as a game that was played and has details of the game on Wikipedia, and on InfoGalactic it has "a game that will be played..." with none of the relevant details of the game. For my own education, will these upgrades fix things like this?

Blogger VD January 07, 2017 1:15 PM  

For my own education, will these upgrades fix things like this?

Yes. Note the time and watch this.

Blogger VD January 07, 2017 1:17 PM  

Done. Check it out. https://infogalactic.com/info/2017_Rose_Bowl

Blogger VD January 07, 2017 1:17 PM  

John's got four books on the sidebar now.

Blogger Doom January 07, 2017 1:20 PM  

I keep using it, and trying to use it more. I often type in -wikipedia, been doing it since long before infogalatic mind you. I do wish IG showed up on searches. Is that something that can be done, or are you being held out by search gatekeepers?

Blogger VD January 07, 2017 1:39 PM  

Is that something that can be done, or are you being held out by search gatekeepers?

Neither. Wikipedia has a massive footprint. That's just how it is.

OpenID randkoch January 07, 2017 2:39 PM  

One thing that may help is these articles that aren't in Wikipedia.

It's a footprint in the door.

Anonymous The Marble Man January 07, 2017 3:07 PM  

I encourage everyone that hasn't already done so to please donate to Infogalactic. Not everyone can write articles or create video/audio content, and not everyone has the stomach for "activism" (which likely doesn't do much good anyway). But most everyone reading this can donate a few bucks a month to a project as important as this. Alt-tech is our future.

Anonymous VFM #6306 January 07, 2017 3:11 PM  

I ALWAYS erroneously list Clarke in the "Big Three" and it drives me nuts when I catch myself doing it. Its such easy shorthand, and I've seen people do it to Bradbury, too, although less so since he came out to explain that 451 was about social justice warrior censorship, not the government.

Clarke was important and good, but can't touch Van Vogt for impact.

Blogger Raziel Walker January 07, 2017 3:16 PM  

Asimov, Vogt and Vance were the big three of my youth. Discovered Heinlein only later.

Anonymous Ivan Throne January 07, 2017 3:20 PM  

So far, so good... but would appreciate a little help.

https://infogalactic.com/info/Ivan_Throne has been created.

However, when I first started I inadvertently created it with quotations around the page title:

https://infogalactic.com/info/"Ivan_Throne"

I am looking for the correct way to delete the page with quotations around the article name (the pages are otherwise identical). I would appreciate hearing any recommendations.

Regards,

Ivan

Blogger David The Good January 07, 2017 3:45 PM  

@Ivan

I screwed my page all up too. Where are the tech-savvy Morlocks when you need 'em?

Anonymous burgmeister January 07, 2017 4:08 PM  

Ivan, I've allowed myself to delete the double quotation page and correct a few foramtting issues on your entry.

David, crew taking your site off to work on it.

Blogger cavalier973 January 07, 2017 4:26 PM  

I searched for "Creationism", read the IG article, and thought, "This sounds like something the editors of Wikipedia would write." So I kind of wrote it off.

Later, our of curiosity,I checked IG to see if they had an article on James K. Can Brunt, because I had written the article about him on Wikipedia. I discovered that the article was copy-pasted directly from Wikipedia. Do I checked the Creationism page again, and as a that it, too, was a copy-paste.

SO: if I copy-pasted the information on Creationism from creation.wiki to IG, would it pass muster?

Blogger cavalier973 January 07, 2017 4:27 PM  

"James K. Van Brunt". He was one of Norman Rockwell's favorite models.

Blogger David The Good January 07, 2017 4:35 PM  

@burgmeister

Thanks for the update. I really do look up to Morlocks - that wasn't a slight.

Blogger VD January 07, 2017 4:51 PM  

SO: if I copy-pasted the information on Creationism from creation.wiki to IG, would it pass muster?

No, certainly not. As you clearly take a highly subjective approach to editing, I would encourage you to stay away doing anything until we get the Perspective Filters in.

Infogalactic is not the flip side of Wikipedia and we do not want our own thought police.

Blogger VD January 07, 2017 4:53 PM  

So far, so good... but would appreciate a little help.

Burgmeister has taken care of it. The sidebar has been added with The Nine Laws.

Blogger Cataline Sergius January 07, 2017 4:57 PM  

Honestly the only reason Clarke ever made that list was because of 2001...

...The Movie.

Let's be clear about that, it was the movie that made him well known. The book wasn't even nominated for a Hugo (of course that was back when those didn't suck).

I can't think of anything Clarke did before then, that was of much note. Certainly he was nowhere in Heinlein's or even Herbert's league. Yeah he was around but he wasn't a superstar. He did do some good stuff in the 1970s but by then Judy-Lynn del Rey was editing him.

In 1986, (Judy-Lynn del Rey) was posthumously awarded the Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor, but Lester del Rey declined the award in her name, saying that she would have objected to the award being given to her just because she had recently died.

Now that I think about it 1986 was about the time the Hugos started their slide.

Blogger Dave January 07, 2017 5:07 PM  

VD wrote:For my own education, will these upgrades fix things like this?

Yes. Note the time and watch this.


You were so close, Vox; it's "Dude, hold my beer and watch this!"

Blogger Daniel January 07, 2017 5:26 PM  

Waiting for a mobile version of infogalactic! Wikipedia one is good

Blogger cavalier973 January 07, 2017 5:28 PM  

As you clearly take a highly subjective approach to editing, I would encourage you to stay away doing anything until we get the Perspective Filters in.

No, no! I can do this!

Blogger Daniel January 07, 2017 5:30 PM  

Adam Reith! Kirth Gersen! Awesome dudes

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright January 07, 2017 5:41 PM  

Thank you, air!

Anonymous Ivan Throne January 07, 2017 6:03 PM  

@VD and @burgmeister

Many thanks! I appreciate the assistance and the sidebar. It looks great.

Regards,

Ivan

Anonymous Jerry January 07, 2017 7:34 PM  

VD, I just looked up Arthur C. Clarke on Infogalactic and found this:

For many years Clarke, Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov were known as the "Big Three" of science fiction.[6]

Does this need a correction?

Blogger Tim January 07, 2017 8:03 PM  

By the 1970's, Heinlein, Asimov and Clarke were considered the Big Three. In the '50s and '60s it was van Vogt, and for good reason, as he had many more of the classics until the '70s. So I would not think a correction on the Clarke entry is necessary.

OpenID nightskyradio.com January 07, 2017 8:11 PM  

A bit off topic - It appears science fiction is not the only place with a pedo problem. Comic book writer Gerard Jones was arrested for uploading child porn to YouTube.

https://infogalactic.com/info/Gerard_Jones

He wasn't the first - comic artist Justiniano (real name Josue Reviera) got busted a few years ago. I don't think Jones will be the last, either, given how "progressive" comics have gotten the last 10 or 20 years.

Blogger William Hudson January 08, 2017 8:32 AM  

A THANK YOU & A Bitch Gripe:

1. Thank you for InfoGalactic and the link that lets my browser go there, instead of to Jimmy's House of Lies.

2. Fuck the fact that Godzilla's Firebat still ALLOWS Two (2) damnable worthless-assed COOKIES to be installed on my KaPU (CPU).

Of course, since I save NO cookies, history, offline data, etc., it's just annoying to know that Jimmy's Dickheadpedia puts them there anyway.

In the words of Robert Dennis Crumb, "Keep On Truckin'"!

Blogger Dwain Dibley January 08, 2017 6:56 PM  

Now, if only they paid as much attention to subjects such as the Federal Reserve, Money and Legal Tender as they do squabbling over which SF writers deserve the top three spot....

Blogger bruce January 09, 2017 1:31 AM  

Clarke and Asimov and Heinlein were the Big Three by the middle seventies, though there were always arguments from people who remembered van Vogt. Clarke was equal to Heinlein or Poul Anderson or Niven- Tales from the White Hart, Childhood's End, Glide Path, Imperial Earth, Rendezvous with Rama, The Fountains of Paradise and four or five others are all classics, and of course every Neanderthal knows geosynchronous satellites are useful and totally unlike That Buck Rogers Stuff.

Avoid any Clarke 'collaborations'. Anything after The Fountains of Paradise is total crap. And too bad about the boy stuff, but for all I know he might have just been a rich gay guy who stuck with adults, victimized by malicious gossip from other gays. It's not in his stories. Clarke wasn't Delaney or Scalzi, he was the real pure quill.

Blogger Dane Prywatne January 09, 2017 10:10 AM  

Why not also correct this article:

https://infogalactic.com/info/A._E._van_Vogt

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