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It's that delightful time of the year again.

Not going off Daylight Savings time. Not when the stores start decorating for the next batch of holidays.

I'm referring to the couple months during which every Wikipedia page is graced with the portrait of Jimbo Wales as the nonprofit Wikimedia foundation runs their annual fundraiser. It's the time during which I'm constantly reminded that I stand on the shoulders of giants, and that which we may think of as "free" is only so available thanks do a great deal of labor and love.

The fact that I assume that Wikipedia will always be there at the tip of my fingers is nothing short of breathtaking. It's funny that I can get far more value out of Wikipedia than I do from the majority of my textbooks. I can read about practically anything that I want to know about. And in the rare case where I find something that I think I could explain better than this wonder of the world already does, I can share my knowledge with the world. What a beautiful thing!

I can't imagine a world without Wikipedia any more, and I hope my donation and yours can make it so that we won't have to.

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Mark | 2011-11-09T12:24:04.817613

Dangit, Drew, you made me donate to my first charity!

Seriously, though... its interesting how much we value the advice of our friends over countless pleads online. I've been using wikipedia for 10 years and have ignored all their messages without even considering donating, thinking "someone else" will. Well, when "someone else" is my good friend, I think "why not me, too?"