User:Chiswick Chap

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The octopus ... seeks its prey by so changing its colour as to render it like the colour of the stones adjacent to it; it does so also when alarmed. — Aristotle
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Hallo, I'm Chiswick Chap, or CC for short. I specialise in Natural history articles, including naturalists and their books (started with English, now trying the French), but to my surprise I seem to have a soft spot for Victorians, while working on Camouflage led me all over the place including into the mysteries of military history.

Tasks, resources[edit]

Heroes[edit]

  • Mary McCarthy's description of WP:OR: "every word (Lillian Hellman) writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the'".
  • Thomas Bewick's marvellously unclouded observation of people and nature.
  • Robinson Thwaites's honest rags-to-riches.
  • John Stewart Collis's descriptions of ordinary rural life, as it then was, as something special.
  • Sumana Harihareswara on how WP "privileges liberty way over hospitality".
  • David Runciman on Wikipedia's real merits: "Wikipedia works because it is highly distinctive in the way it pulls knowledge together from many different sources. Most internet-based techniques for gathering information are aggregative, in that they try to pool as much information as possible ... [as] at Google ... However, Wikipedia’s approach to knowledge gathering is not aggregative but cumulative. It builds up information bit by bit, edit by edit, and it never stops."

Wikihumour[edit]

A 2000-year-old Roman joke (lightly retold): A Wikipedian sees an edit from a friend who hasn't been around for a while, and pings him with the words "I heard you died!" The friend replies at once "Well, you can see I'm still alive." The Wikipedian replies "Yes, but the place that told me you were dead was a more Reliable Source than you." (From the Philogelos or 'Laughter Lover', 4th Century AD)

(Gould's) Evolution by jerks vs evolution by creeps.

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Camouflage and coloration[edit]

Natural history[edit]

Natural history books[edit]

Iron and steel[edit]

Other[edit]

Articles[edit]

Created[edit]

Natural History
Natural History Books

Camouflage
Ironworks
Victoriana
Artists
Old English
Other

Rewritten, reworked[edit]

Literature
Camouflage
Natural history
Ironworks and ironmasters
Scandinaviana
Dance
Assorted

Enlivened[edit]

Rescued[edit]

Forgotten Articles[edit]

Scandinavian[edit]

South Asian[edit]

Assorted[edit]

Unsolved mystery: the White Aethiopians of classical times may have been Fula people

Discussed[edit]

Too many to list, but here are some highlights:

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