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|World population (2014-05-12)||7,165,426,000|
|US population (2014-05-12)||318,892,000|
|Percentage of world population that is American||4.45%|
|Potential Wikipedia readership (and editorship) (2012-06-30)||2,405,518,376|
|Number of registered Wikipedia editors (January 31)||23,908,120|
|Percentage of Internet users that are registered Wikipedia editors||0.887%|
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)
|History on Wikipedia|
Well, sometime in late September 2009 I got sucked in to WikiProject Babylon 5. Now it's mid–October, I was looking at my whole contribution history, and I remembered the reason why I got sucked in the first place: It was the synopsis to "And the Sky Full of Stars". Some previous editor had gotten all the references to Knight Two and Knight One reversed, and I just had to go in and fix it. I was innocently reading the original JMS posts at midwinter (Lurker's Guide) from 1991 to 1996, and I thought I'd check Wikipedia on the subject of that episode.
Maybe I shouldn't have.
But I was looking at my contribution history to find my first logged in edit (I'd made contributions all along), because I couldn't remember why I had signed up for an account in the first place, three years ago. So here it is, my original logged-in edit, Criticism of Microsoft Revision as of 22:29, 16 September 2006. I made a major change to a paragraph from:
I had done a ton of research on that case, I had some clarity to add to the paragraph, and I wanted my "ordinary online persona" associated with it. The paragraph really hasn't changed much in three years, though one web site has gone down, another needed fixing, (now at ) and somebody edited out my dramatic irony at the end (as they properly should have). The article, Criticism of Microsoft, has expanded much over the years, including at least 4 sub-article spin-offs. Pretty good for an article that just barely keeps its head above the NPOV water by being exceedingly well referenced relying heavily on secondary sources. —05:24, 16 October 2009 (UTC)
Stuff I'm always forgetting and can't find again when I want/need it
- American and British English differences
- Shortcut reference for other Wikimedia wikis
- Vague authors are allowed in cites
- "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
- Per-article (page) contributions by contributor (User) at Toolserver
- WikiChecker—scary charts about my last 1000 edits
- Checklinks—find dead external links (incl. in the references) in an article
[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:
- From the BSD fortune program:
- "Syntactic sugar causes cancer of the semicolon."
- —Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN, Sept. 1982
- "Syntactic sugar causes cancer of the semicolon."
References and notes (bogus and otherwise)
- US Census Bureau (Realtime update 2014-05-12). International Data Base (IDB), "World Population Summary", § Population Clocks.
- "World Internet Users and Population Stats". Internet World Stats. Miniwatts Marketing Group. 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
- Wikipedia, "Internet".
- Wikipedia, "Help: Magic words", §3: Variables.
- "Vizcaino Final Settlement".
- Bendich, Stobaugh and Strong P.C. (2007-06-18). "Vizcaino Final Settlement". Retrieved 2009-10-14.