User:Aladdin Sane

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World population (2014-05-12)[1] 7,165,426,000
US population (2014-05-12)[1] 318,892,000
Percentage of world population that is American 4.45%
Potential Wikipedia readership (and editorship) (2012-06-30)[2][3] 2,405,518,376
Number of registered Wikipedia editors (January 31)[4] 23,908,120
Percentage of Internet users that are registered Wikipedia editors 0.887%

Aladdin Sane (talk · contribs · count · logs)

Unified login: Aladdin Sane is the unique login of this user for all public Wikimedia projects.


I've been using personal computers since 1977. I've been online since the BBS days in the 80's. I served with the 504th Parachute Infantry, 82d Airborne Division from 1986 to 1989, and Co G 143d Infantry (LRS), TXARNG from 1989 to 1992. I use the GNU/Linux operating system. I have been doing so since 1998. I currently (2009) live in the Chihuahuan Desert.


I'm re-watching all the B5 episodes and movies on DVD. I hope I can make the B5 stuff a bit nicer and more relevant and informative. —20:23, 5 October 2009 (UTC)


Stuff I'm always forgetting and can't find again when I want/need it[edit]

"For webpages, the author is often unknown; you can either omit the author altogether, or substitute something vague like 'Open Source Initiative Contributor'."

Some external tools[edit]

oh yeah


[Last update: 22:55, 05 December 2009 (UTC)]

Man, I wish there was a Wikipedia pro-disambiguation Userbox but I couldn't find one...

Woo hoo. Thanks to Scapler for the Userbox. It brings up a subject I find interesting: I thought the disambiguation pages were a wonderful idea when I first ran across them; now I realize it's all about disambiguation; the whole WP project, all the little edits I make, and really everywhere one expresses oneself online. Never have we be been more misunderstood then by our online expressions. This phenomenon (disambiguation) encourages clarity of thought and of expression not previously found frequently in other media.

Some things I don't need Userboxes for:

  • This user uses ISO dates unless informed otherwise.
  • This user understands the difference between to, too, and two, but may fall off a DGAF cliff.
  • This user understands the difference between cite, site, and sight, but sometimes has a brain melt.
  • This user has failed to come down on either side of the serial comma issue since at least 1989.
  • This user thinks the terminating double quote goes outside the period. Except when it doesn't.
  • This user understands the difference between a hyphen, en dash, and em dash, but couldn't find the latter two on the keyboard.
  • This user might understand the difference between affect and effect but might mess up somewhere when you weren't looking.
  • Pedant or Purist? Hmm.
  • Bleah. This editor is a Journeyman Editor, and is entitled to display this Service Badge but won't because this editor thinks that any argument that starts by asserting or assuming quantity over quality is an inherently flawed argument.

Too funny to pass up:

"Syntactic sugar causes cancer of the semicolon."
—Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN, Sept. 1982

Note: Probably 90% of the HTML/wikitext used on this page is "shamelessly stolen" from other WP editors. I would acknowledge them here if I could remember who they are.


Wikipedia-logo.png This user has been a member of Wikipedia since 21:16, 16 September 2006.
en This user is a native speaker of English.
SM This user contributes using SeaMonkey.
Iceweasel icon.svg This user contributes using Iceweasel.
Firefox This user contributes using Mozilla Firefox.
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GIMP This user contributes using GIMP.

Screwit.svg This user reserves the right to completely screw up his or her edits.
Disambginv.svg This user supports disambiguation pages.
B5 This user is a member of the Babylon 5 Wikiproject.
CT This user's time zone is CT.
Blueribbon.png This user is opposed to online censorship.
Blueribbon.png This user has donated money or goods to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
os This user uses an operating system.
Openlogo-debianV2.svg This user contributes using Debian GNU/Linux.
Ubuntu logo. This user contributes with Fedora.
BBS This user knows what a BBS is and has accessed them by phone line.
Sysop This user is or was a Sysop for a BBS.
gk This user is a geek.
CIV This user plays one or more versions of Civilization.
Free software logos This user uses free software wherever and whenever possible.
FF This user thanks Richard Stallman and Creative Commons for letting Wikipedia become CC / GFDL dual licensed.
Windup alarm clock.jpg This user loathes, but is forced to observe, Daylight Saving Time.


Note to self: Per WP:SANDBOX and WP:USERSUBPAGE.

References and notes (bogus and otherwise)[edit]

  1. ^ a b US Census Bureau (Realtime update 2014-05-12). International Data Base (IDB), "World Population Summary", § Population Clocks.
  2. ^ "World Internet Users and Population Stats". Internet World Stats. Miniwatts Marketing Group. 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  3. ^ Wikipedia, "Internet".
  4. ^ Wikipedia, "Help: Magic words", §3: Variables.
  5. ^ "Vizcaino Final Settlement". 
  6. ^ Bendich, Stobaugh and Strong P.C. (2007-06-18). "Vizcaino Final Settlement". Retrieved 2009-10-14.