On this day in 2001, Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, was launched by American entrepreneurs Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger. The new website developed from an existing project, called Nupedia, which featured expertly-written and formally-reviewed articles. Wales and Sanger, however, decided to launch a new online encyclopedia which could be edited by the public, while striving for neutrality in its articles. Initially only available in the English language, Wikipedia had the modest goal of reaching 100,000 articles. By 2004, there were 161 language editions of Wikipedia, and it quickly surpassed the 100,000 article goal. Now, there are 291 language versions of Wikipedia, and over five million articles. Wikipedia is the largest encyclopedia in history, breaking the record set by the Chinese Yongle Encyclopedia of 1408. While Wikipedia is one of the ten most-visited websites in the world, it has been suggested that the site is in decline, with commentators pointing to falling numbers of contributors and a slowing article production rate. Plus, as a free service, Wikipedia relies on donations from readers, securing $75.5 million in 2014 alone. It remains an immensely popular and invaluable source of knowledge, though its openness, and examples of vandalism, lead some to question its accuracy.
colinlanephotoThe Strokes, January 16, 2001. This is on the roof of the Lincoln Building, right across from Grand Central. I used to sneak up there a lot. We had just tried to get on the roof of the Essex House but got busted by some guy on a cigarette break. I thought “Great now they think I’m an asshole and they’ll just want to go home”. Julian had to work, he was still bar tending. But I told them I knew one more rooftop we could try and amazingly they were like “Ya come on!”. So we got up on the Lincoln Building and it was actually better because it had been a gray day but by the time we got up there the sun broke below the clouds and the Empire State Building lit up green and it was beautiful. And I think that’s probably why they chose me to shoot the press photos….because we had this small adventure and did something slightly illegal and had fun doing it…………I’m selling prints of my music work now. Please email me with inquiries…email@example.com
“George once said to me, ‘I’m in the wrong job. I should have been a gardener really. It took me five years to become famous and 45 years trying to become a nobody.’” - Joe Brown on George Harrison [x]
“I’m not really a career person. I’m a gardener, basically.” - George Harrison, USA Today, 26 January 2001 [x]