Free wiki software

Hardly anyone who surfs the internet has not seen Wikipedia. Still many people are unaware of the etymology of the name. The term wiki was actually coined by Ward Cunningham in 1995 when he wanted to create a website for common programming patterns. He chose the word "wiki" which means fast in Hawaiian, a dying language. Ward's wiki was a big success and is still used today. Six years later Jimmy Wales started Wikipedia, which was actually a side project of Nupedia, which was supposed to be a serious encyclopedia written by professors and PhDs. Nupedia never reached a 1000 articles. Wikipedia is now in the top 5 of most visited websites.

So if you want to set up your own wiki, you can.

MediaWiki

Wikipedia is running solely on open source software. MediaWiki is the specific wiki platform that grew with Wikipedia. It's great software with some quirks. Say you want to for example run a private wiki, with MediaWiki your wiki has to be entirely private. Or entire public. You can hack your way around it but there will be leaks.

Dokuwiki

I'm personally not a fan of DokuWiki but it is very common software, and it's good if you want to have your wiki partly private.

Meteorpedia

Meteor is an awesome realtime JavaScript everywhere platform. It's not so great for SEO but it's the future. Meteorpedia is a wiki built in Meteor.

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Free pictures

When creating online and offline material it's very important to add pictures. It's easy to find pictures through Google Image search. Unfortunately it's not legal to use most of these pictures for any purpose. You could instead opt to pay for royalty free pictures, but this costs money and it's even tedious to sign up and deal it.

Free weed: drugs ain't funny

It might sound funny, but there are ways to get free weed if you don't have money. The first thing to add of course it that drugs are bad. You should not use drugs, even if they are free. But if you are going to smoke weed anyway you might as well do so without losing money. Here are some tips.

Basic income

basic income

There's a good case to be made for a global basic income. An unconditional basic income for all means that every citizen would get a fixed amount of money, every month or every week. This would alleviate poverty and even that would already create so much prosperity that it's worth striving for.

Caught by money

Money. We need it. We think. We grow up and it seems as if we cannot function without money. Because there's always money. Money is needed to live, to have a place, to eat, to travel. It seems as if we even need it to breathe. Is that really so?

Free public transport

unused bike

In most places it's still a far stretch but there will be a day that public transport is freely accessible. In some cities it's already happening and for some people in some Western places, but free public transport is still something to work towards.