A Daruma doll
(Japanese: 達磨) is a hollow, round, traditional Japanese doll
modeled after Bodhidharma
, the founder of the Zen
tradition of Buddhism
. These dolls, though typically red and depicting a bearded man (Dharma), vary greatly in color and design depending on region and artist. Though considered an omocha
, meaning toy, by some, Daruma has a design that is rich in symbolism and is regarded more as a talisman of good luck to the Japanese. They are seen as symbols of perseverance and good luck, making them a popular gift of encouragement.Photograph: Chris Woodrich
A word from the editor
Non nobis solum
Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus (born in Katowice, 1980) - Short story: I am a geek, otaku, a net freelancer, Mensa member, Singularitarian, Magister Artium in economics since April'04 (Top 10 in my year) and in sociology since April'07, one of Top 50 (or Top 0.0001%) of most active Wikipedians (42nd in March'08 is my best record); as of September'09 I was one of the 59 editors who have over 100,000k edits to English Wikipedia. I registered on Wiki on 10 Apr 2004 (User ID 59,002) but I have been editing since December 2003 as an anon. Oh yes, I am a Pole so read on how to deal with Poles! :>
I love sharing my knowledge and the idea of telecommuting, so Wiki is a 'home quite close to home' for me, also illustrating the truth in saying if you find work you like, you will never work again. Working on Wiki gives me this great feeling of doing something good and useful *now* - anybody can access my work anytime they wish, there are no delays in article publications, no restriction on who has enough money to pay for my work (hmmm, I can see a problem with this in the long run though... :>). I have now seen Wikipedia grow for years, and it is amazing. I am sure that in the near future Wiki will rival Google as the best tool on the web. And, of course, if it is, it should be on Wiki.
My interests concentrate around history (including counterfactual history), political sciences, communication, technological singularity, sociology, economics, and finally, as perhaps a bit more trivial a hobby, all things related to good science fiction. Oh, and games. I am a founding member of the Polish Ludology Association, after all :)
In real life I am a sociologist of new media, having finished my PhD in sociology in August'12. (CoI disclaimer: I am working at the Hanyang University in Korea). What that means is that I try to understand the impact of changes in communication technology on our lives. I am framing myself as a sociologist of the Internet, with a tad of social movement and organization expertise. On a related note, I would like to do some historical research as well, regarding Golden Freedoms of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and its impact on development of democracy worldwide. I also want to look at the social institution of hobby shops, as I find the omission of gaming communities from Putnam's Bowling Alone quite shocking. A lot of my published research so far has been on - ta - dumm! - Wikipedia (and wikis in general), as I am becoming more and more fascinated by the often asked question: 'how does this thing work?!' :) I am also pioneering the use Wikipedia as a teaching tool.
As of Spring 2013 I am teaching a class of 1-year university students about Wikipedia. Feel free to leave them a message and comment on their progress! I have developed a series of freely licensed Prezi slides for it, check them out, copy and resuse them!
Here are some of my published papers you may find interesting:
In Fall 2016 WMF published a blog about me based on an interview :)
If for some bizarre reason you need to know more about me, just ask. I don't believe anonymity is good for this project.
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Nights: Journey of Dreams is an action video game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega for the Wii. The sequel to the 1996 Sega Saturn title Nights into Dreams, it was first released in Japan, on 13 December 2007, followed by North America, Australia and Europe. The story follows two children, Will and Helen, who enter a dream world called Nightopia. When their nightmares come to life, they enlist the flying character Nights to help them stop the evil ruler Wizeman from escaping into the real world. The main objective of the game is to fly through rings while gathering keys to access new levels. The game's setting was designed to resemble England, especially parts of London. Development of Journey of Dreams began shortly after the release of Shadow the Hedgehog in 2005, and was headed by Sonic Team veteran Takashi Iizuka. The game received mixed reviews; critics praised its colourful visuals, boss battles and special effects, but most cited its poor control schemes, aesthetics and general gameplay as major flaws. (Full article...)