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Senior Editor II

Background: sciences, economics, and anything remotely collectible. Started online in 1982. Started first "blog" by current standards in 1987 ("Today's Mail" in the Coin/Stamp Forum of CompuServe). First Internet blog circa 1992 (in CompuServe's Ourworld pages).

Firm believer in facts as opposed to opinions, no matter how others might spin them.

Easily distracted by puns.

I do not react well to gameplaying with quotes.

Internet slang (Emoticon forerunners from 300 baud days) occasionally used:

<g> = "grin"
<+g> = "evil grin" (from D & D usage of "+")
LOL = Laughing out loud
ROFL = Rolling on floor laughing

and a few others dating from first meeting with them more than 28 years ago.

Useful essays




Aesop updated

2012 Aesop's Fable:

A Fox of horrid moral fibre was a very good artist - but because of his character was determined to be properly and totally shunned by all the other animals of the forest. Still, he continued to secretly paint, and his portraits of Owl and Robin were so good, although signed with the name "Gnarph", that the Museum of the Forest placed the works in the Grand Gallery. One day, though, the Mouse found out that the "Gnarph" works were actually painted by Fox, and so Mouse went to the Grand Gallery, removed the paintings and had a wonderful bonfire.

The question remaining is (this is 2012, so there is no "moral") :

Is the forest better off by maintaining the proper shunning and destroying the paintings, or is it better off by keeping the art in the museum?


Any sufficiently witty and clever remark will be attributed to Mark Twain, even if you thought of it yourself.

It is no coincidence that "gravitas" and "gravel" have so many letters in common. People admired for their "gravitas" frequently have many little stones.

If a country changes its currency, prices will all be rounded up and sizes of goods will all be rounded down.

A collector is anyone who has one of something, but would be perfectly happy to buy another one whether he needs it or not.

We have far too many "inspirational" books, and far too few "perspirational" ones.

Henry VIII: Into each reign, some wife must fall.


Sometimes even editors who lock horns can show respect for each other. It works a lot better than name-calling and posts on others' talk pages like the proverbial gossips at the back fence.

I distrust fundrising companies:

SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER, INC. has hired TELEFUND, INC. of BOSTON, MA, to conduct the campaign. According to the fundraising contract filed with the State, SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER, INC. will receive a minimum of 0 per cent of the gross funds raised from this solicitation.

Yep -- it is kind of hard to get less than zero percent from a fundraiser!

Subpage essays


Barnstar award

Editors Barnstar.png The Editor's Barnstar
For cooperatively and diligently working to remove erroneous information and condensing paragraphs and sentences from the Fascism article, allowing for the creation of a concise and well-referenced article.R-41 (talk) 18:06, 14 January 2009 (UTC)
Compass barnstar.png The Guidance Barnstar
"The Guidance Barnstar may be awarded to users who help others locate valuable resources, information, or assistance."

Thank you SO MUCH for helping me find a valuable page that I was only vaguely aware of before.

Best wishes, Inclusionist (talk) 20:55, 14 December 2008 (UTC)

Barnstar of Diligence.png The Barnstar of Diligence
I'm awarding you this barnstar of diligence for your combination of extraordinary scrutiny, precision and community service to wikipedia. South Bay (talk) 01:22, 9 May 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for working out an excellent compromise in the most contentious subsection of that official Mediation! There's more work to be done on the other subsections, but i think that for your success so far, you all deserve some extra whipped~cream and a lovely berry~on~top!

~Teledildonix314~Talk~4-1-1~ 13:43, 2 May 2009 (UTC)

Rescuebarnstar.png The Article Rescue Barnstar
This barnstar is awarded to Collect, for his hard work and dedication in sourcing articles and working to help save other editors contributions. Ikip (talk) 15:42, 23 November 2009 (UTC)
Peace Barnstar 6.png The Barnstar of Diplomacy
For resolving the disputes in the Judaism article.

Debresser (talk) 08:29, 8 December 2009 (UTC)

Yes! Good job. Thanks for organizing the discussion, for making it more civil and for turning it into a constructive one that's going somewhere. --AFriedman (talk) 03:08, 10 December 2009 (UTC)

WikiDefender Barnstar.png The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar
"The Defender of the Wiki may be awarded to those who have gone above and beyond to prevent Wikipedia from being used for fraudulent purposes."

This barnstar is awarded to Collect for his inspiring words at Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Biographies of living people. Thank you for defending the principles we all hold dear. Ikip 02:23, 24 January 2010 (UTC)

Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar
This barnstar is awarded to everyone who - whatever their opinion - contributed to the discussion about Wikipedia and SOPA. Thank you for being a part of the discussion. Presented by the Wikimedia Foundation.
Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar.png The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
Dear Collect, thank you for the kindness that you've shown towards me recently. I do not believe that we've ever interacted on Wikipedia before but nevertheless, you stood up for me and the positive contributions that I've made here at Wikipedia. I really appreciate this act of charity and hope that God will bless you and your family in abundance. The image in this barnstar has a smile in it, which you brought to my face today. I hope that this barnstar will do the same to you. Your new friend, AnupamTalk 17:15, 9 May 2012 (UTC)
Barnstar of Diligence.png The Barnstar of Diligence
Though I don't remember having the pleasure of editing together on an article, I have seen your posts on many noticeboards and community pages. Hence this barnstar to recognize your valuable contributions to the Wikipedia community. Keep up the good work. Cheers!-- KeithbobTalk 03:02, 18 March 2012 (UTC)
Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar.png The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
Dear Collect, thank you for the kindness that you've shown towards me recently. I do not believe that we've ever interacted on Wikipedia before but nevertheless, you stood up for me and the positive contributions that I've made here at Wikipedia. I really appreciate this act of charity and hope that God will bless you and your family in abundance. The image in this barnstar has a smile in it, which you brought to my face today. I hope that this barnstar will do the same to you. Your new friend, AnupamTalk 17:15, 9 May 2012 (UTC)
Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar
Barnstar for positive contributions to the Tea Party movement discussions. SilkTork ✔Tea time 18:04, 22 June 2013 (UTC)

The BLP Barnstar

BLP Barnstar.png The BLP Barnstar
For persistent and devoted efforts to cleanup, balance, and remove policy violations from the Linda McMahon article Fell Gleamingtalk 10:49, 17 September 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for your Support

WikiDefender Barnstar Hires.png Defender of the 3RR Barnstar
Thanks for helping to control Reverts by Anonymous IP Editors on SPLC.

Please let me know if I'm using this Barnstar incorrectly since I'm new to this Wiki:Love thing Yendor (talk) 16:39, 16 September 2012 (UTC).

The Admin's Barnstar

Admin Barnstar.png The Admin's Barnstar
For all your contributions in the administration of the Wikipedia project. --Hu12 (talk) 21:22, 18 November 2012 (UTC)

Cheers--Hu12 (talk) 21:22, 18 November 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

GA barnstar.png The Good Article Barnstar
For your contributions to bring Christian Science up to Good Article status. Thanks, and keep up the good work! -- Khazar2 (talk) 13:45, 20 February 2013 (UTC)

Good articles: Joseph Widney, Christian Science


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Thank you believer in facts, for quality contributions to biographies and articles such as Christian Science, and for your insight, about false consensus and arbcom, - repeating: you are an awesome Wikipedian (7 September 2010)!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:14, 27 September 2013 (UTC)

A year ago, you were the 616th recipient of my PumpkinSky Prize, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:07, 27 September 2014 (UTC)

The Socratic Barnstar

Socratic Barnstar.png The Socratic Barnstar
For brilliance in analysis and logic, in combination with understanding how Wikipedia works, as exhibited in your actions and essays. Wikipedia needs folks like you. My apologies that if this is so late and thus sort of "out of the blue", but my resolution is to catch up long overdue much-deserved barnstars. May the wind be at your back! North8000 (talk) 22:25, 22 December 2013 (UTC)

Partial list of biographical articles I have edited so others may judge its range

13th Duke of Manchester Aaron Saxton Adam Carolla Adam Rich Aidan Heavey Alan Cook Alan Feinstein Alan Jones (radio broadcaster) Alan Keyes Alan Lake (EDL) Alan Paul (author) Alan Rabinowitz Alan Roberts (filmmaker) Alben W. Barkley Aleksandar Simić Aleksandar Simić (composer) Alex Jones Alex Jones (radio host) Alex Prud'homme Alex Sink Alexander Gregory Barmine Alexander Montagu Alexander Montagu, 13th Duke of Manchester Alger Hiss Alice Walton Alisher Usmanov Alison Cork Allan Savory Amadou Toumani Touré Amanda Plummer Amelia Earhart Amity Shlaes Amy Locane Amy Paulin Amy Scobee Anand Jon Anderson Cooper Andre Rand Andrea Kalin Andreas Teuber Andrew Chaikin Andrew Nikolić Andy Cave Angela Knight Angus Montagu, 12th Duke of Manchester Anita Van Buren Anjem Choudary Anna Baltzer Anna Chapman Anne Hutchinson Annie Wilkes Anthony Bologna Anthony Indelicato Anthony Laciura Anthony Weiner Anuj Bidve Armand Rousso Armstrong & Getty Arnold Resnicoff Arnold Schwarzenegger Arthur A. Goldberg Arthur Kemp Arun Gawli Asha Gawli Avram Miller Ayaan Hirsi Ali Ayn Rand Barack Obama Barbara Byrum Barbara Plett Barbara West (TV news anchor) Becky G Ben Hecht Ben Manski Ben Savage Benjamin Abalos Benjamin Crump Benjamin Harrison Benjamin Walker Benjamin Walker (author) Bernard L. Madoff Bernard Madoff Bernard Miège Bernard NiCastro Bernhard Goetz Bertram Earl Jones Beth Johnson Beth Moore Betsy Butler Beverly Garland Bian lian Bill Boner Bill Buchanan (computer scientist) Bill Fletcher Bill Gothard Bill Proctor Bill White (neo-Nazi) Bill Young Billie Jean King Billington Sea Billy Bob Thornton Billy Graham Billy James Hargis Bingu wa Mutharika Bo Lozoff Bob Turner (politician) Bobby Gonzalez Bobby Jindal Boris Berezovsky (businessman) Boyd K. Packer Bradley Manning Breanna Manning Breda O'Brien Brent Galloway Brian Belo Brian Carney (editorialist) Brian McGinlay Brian Solis Brigham Young, Jr. Brittany Murphy Brock Pierce Bruce Lee Burgess Meredith Calle Jonsson Callista Gingrich Carl B. Pratt Carl Paladino Carl Truscott Carmel Maher Carmen Ortiz Caroline Spelman Carwyn Williams Cary Grant Casey Anthony Casey Anthony trial Cecil Adams Chad Johnson (wide receiver) Charlene M. Proctor Charles Berger (wrestler) Charles G. Koch Charles Henry Wilcken Charles Keating Charles Lane (journalist) Charles Lindbergh Charles R. Pellegrino Charles Taze Russell Charles W. Fairbanks Charles W. Harkness Charlie Crist Cheney Mason Chip Rogers Chris Bascombe Chris Driver Chris Ferguson Chris Gregg Chris Huhne Chris Kelly (British politician) Chris Mullin (basketball) Chris Rogers (journalist) Chris Tomlin Christine Gregoire Christopher Burnham Christopher P. Lynch Chung Mong-joon Clay Aurand Clement Bowman Clifford Irving Corinne McLaughlin Craig Bartholomew Craig Seymour Craig Thomson (politician) Creflo Dollar Cristina Odone Curtis Clark Dae Gak Dale Bozzio Dale Dubin Dan Adler Dan Barker Dan Haggerty Dan James Pantone Dan Roodt Dana Countryman Dana Loesch Daniel "Monkey Man" Roberts Daniel Chester French Daniel Mattes Danny Masterson Darcus Howe Darcy A. Olsen Darcy LaPier Dardenne brothers Darioush Bayandor Darrell Issa Dave Snowden David A. Siegel David Andrews (Trio Capital chairman) David Copperfield (illusionist) David Gorski David H. Koch David Huckabee David Miscavige David Ogden Stiers David Pearce (philosopher) David S. Rose David Wilhelm Dayanidhi Maran Deborah Winters Democracy Now! Denise Drysdale Denver Nicks Derek Laud Derek McCulloch Derek Schmidt Diane Gilliam Diane Gilliam Fisher Diane Rehm Dick Cheney Dick Kelsey (politician) Dino Rossi Doc Rivers Dominic Barton Dominique Strauss-Kahn Dominique Venner Don Young Donald Freed Donald Trump Donald Tsang Dorothy Reitman Doug Ford, Jr. Douglas Pike Dow Lohnes E. Roland Harriman Earl Jones (investor) Earl Mindell Ed Balls Ed Miliband Edward E. Lehman Edward Moskal Edward Nottingham Edward Witten Elena Semikina Elizabeth II Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Warren Elvis Presley Enid Marx Ergun Caner Eric Greitens Eric Wallace (entrepreneur) Erich von Däniken Erin Burnett Ernest C. Brace Ethan Allen Eugene Kaspersky Eugene Plotkin Evelyn Beatrice Hall Evelyn Lozada Fabio Barraclough Fiona Armstrong Fjordman Francis Frangipane Francis Muthaura Frank Fahey Frank Gaffney Frank L. VanderSloot Frank R. Wallace Frank Scarabino Fred C. Koch Fred Hiatt Fred Savage Fred Singer Freddie Foreman Fredric U. Dicker G. Janardhana Reddy Gabe Cazares Gail Riplinger Gavan McDonell Geoff Simpson Geoffrey Edelsten Geoffrey O'Brien George Alec Effinger George H. W. Bush George Maharis George Osborne George Romney (painter) George W. Bush Gerald Flurry Gerald MacGuire Gerald R. Molen Germán Trejo Geronimo Gianluca D'Agostino Gideon Levy Gilles Poisson Gillian Hiscott Gina Rinehart Gjekë Marinaj Glen Campbell Glenn Beck Glenn Spencer Greg Mortenson Gregory Dark Guo Shoujing Gérard Jones Hamid Algar Hans-Hermann Hoppe Hans Asperger Hans Zinsser Harold Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere Harriet Klausner Harry Wayland Randall Heather Mallick Helen Jones-Kelley Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. Herbert L. Becker Herbert Sorrell Herman Cain Holly Valance Horacio Gutiérrez Howard Fineman Howard Kaloogian Huey Long Hugh "Skip" McGee III Hugo Chávez Hugo Gernsback Ian Dowbiggin Ian Jackson Ian Plimer Ida Ljungqvist Iman (model) Iman Abdulmajid Irving Louis Horowitz Ivri Lider J. Keith Moyer Jack Welch Jacob Gelt Dekker Jacques Sémelin Jake Adelstein Jakob Aungiers James Blake Miller James Cagney James Chippendale James Earl Jones James Stewart James Thomas Aubrey, Jr. James and John McNamara Jamie Leigh Jones Jane Corwin Jared Diamond Jason Russell Jay Bybee Jay Severin Jay Weatherill Jean-Claude Van Damme Jeff Frederick Jeff Kwatinetz Jeffrey Toobin Jeffrey Zaslow Jennifer Carroll Jerry Rawlings Jerry Seinfeld Jesper Fasth Jesus Jim Breyer Jim Flaherty Jim Goetz Jim Inhofe Jim O'Rear Jimmy Iovine Jimmy Wales Joan Juliet Buck Joanne Conte Jochen Zeitz Joe Francis Joe Paterno Joe Sulzer Joe Wurzelbacher Joe the Plumber Joel C. Rosenberg Johann Hari Johannes Letzmann John Anderson, 3rd Viscount Waverley John Ashcroft John B. Kimble John Boehner John Buchanan (American politician) John Calvin John Cameron Swayze John Coleman (news weathercaster) John Dodge (editor) John Dowd (motocross) John Fleming (U.S. politician) John G. Roberts John Hubbard Tweedy John J. Pershing John Lurie John M. Walker, Jr. John McCain presidential campaign, 2008 John Prescott John Resig John Roberts John Seddon John W. Campbell John Wardle (architect) Jon Peters Jon Wiener Jona von Ustinov Jonah Falcon Jonathon Sharkey Jordi Bertomeu Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa Jorge Ricardo Zaldivar Joseph Widney Josh Elliott Joy Behar Juan Williams Judan Ali Judith Orloff Justin Bieber Justin Boots Justin Trudeau Justus Weiner János Bókai K. A. Paul Kaja Bordevich Ballo Kamala Lopez Kate McKinnon Katherine Ann Power Kay Bailey Hutchison Keating Five Keith B. Alexander Keith Michael Patrick O'Brien Keith O'Brien Ken Levine (musician) Ken McKenna (attorney) Kendrick Moxon Kenneth Andam Kenneth Melani Kenneth R. Melani Kenny Cordray Kermit Gosnell Kevin Clash Kevin Garn Kevin Powell Kevin Trudeau Kevyn Orr Kim Dalton King George Kip Kinkel Kirk Cameron Koenraad Elst Kris Jenner Larry Norman Laura Chinchilla Lawrence Biondi Lawrence Wollersheim Lee Bullen Lelia Doolan Leo C. Zeferetti Leo Carrillo Leo Kanner Leo Komarov Leo Laporte Leslie Daigle Lexi Love Lia Looveer Lily Cole Linda Eagle Linda McMahon Lindsay Lohan Lisa Lavie Lisa McPherson Lloyd Irvin Lori Douglas Lorraine Williams Louis-Philippe Loncke Louise Blouin Media Loyola Guzmán Luka Magnotta Luke Harding Lyndon LaRouche Lynette Nusbacher Lynndie England M. Michele Burns Majora Carter Malcolm Gladwell Marc Hudson Marcia Falkender, Baroness Falkender Marco Rubio Margaret Court Margaret Spellings Margot Roosevelt Mark Field Mark Janicello Mark Lancaster Mark Twain Mark Williams (radio host) Martin Bashir Martin Eisenstadt Martin Gardner Martin Zwilling Martina Navratilova Marty Beckerman Mary Melissa Bailey Mary Tamm Matt Drudge Matthew Grow Melanie Phillips Melinda Tankard Reist Menelas N. Pangalos Mervyn King (economist) Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway Michael A. Bellesiles Michael Arrington Michael C. Seto Michael Cherney Michael Deibert Michael French Michael Grimm (politician) Michael Hastings (journalist) Michael J. Gelb Michael Knighton Michael Lewis Michael Lockwood (guitarist) Michael McGinn Michael Pavia Michael R. Meyer Michael Roach Michael Savage Michael Savage (Political Commentator) Michael Tobias Mike Darwin Mike Duke Mike Gatto Mike Nifong Misha B Mitt Romney Mo Rocca Mohamed Al-Fayed Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber Monica Macovei Monique Wadsted Mort Sahl Morton Deutsch Movladi Atlangeriyev Muammar Gaddafi Natalie Bennett Nedra Pickler Neil Best Nerissa Corazon Soon-Ruiz Nguyễn Tử Quảng Nicholas McLeod Nicholas Phillips, Baron Phillips of Worth Matravers Nick Adams (theatre actor) Nick Finck Nick Harper (politician) Nick Pastore Nick Rahall Nicolas Berggruen Nigel Farage Nimmagadda Prasad Nina Dobrev Noah Musingku Norbert Wiener Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Omid Safi Orson Scott Card Otis Ferry Pamela Geller Park Geun-hye Patrick Flanagan Patrick Kluivert Patrick McGorry Pattie Boyd Paul Burston Paul Gascoigne Paul Krugman Paul Rosenthal (violinist) Paul Ryan Paul Watson Paula Ann Bland Paula Deen Pearlasia Gamboa Peggy Orenstein Peter Bogdanovich Peter Breggin Peter Gelderloos Peter H. Kostmayer Peter Hitchens Peter Jensen (Canadian Olympic trainer) Peter Mandelson Peter Russell (author) Peter Vallone, Jr. Peter Zuckerman Philip Gale (programmer) Philip Seymour Hoffman Philipp Hildebrand Phineas Quimby Pope Francis Prem Rawat Premchand Dogra Prescott Bush Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen Péter Medgyessy Quinton Hoover Rachel Corrie Raghuraj Pratap Singh Ralph Nader Rande Gerber Randy Quaid Ranina Reddy Ravi Shankar Ray O'Connor Raymond Hoser Reza Moridi Ricardo Samper Richard Granger Richard Quest Richard Rossi Richard Tillman (Faversham) Richard Tylman Rick Perry Rick Santelli Rick Santorum Rick Scott Rick Warren Rob Bell Rob Ford Rob Portman Robert Bringhurst Robert C. Michelson Robert Graysmith Robert Greenwald Robert Wurzelbacher Robert of Holy Island Roberto Alomar Robin Brooke Robin Ficker Rod Zimmer Roger Corbett Ron Paul Ronald Reagan Ronn Torossian Ronnie Screwvala Rory McIlroy Rosemary Clooney Ross Porter (sportscaster) Rousas John Rushdoony Rupert Murdoch Rush Limbaugh Rutger Hauer Samuel Dickstein (congressman) Samuel L. Jackson Sandra Fluke Sarah Miles Sarah Palin Scott Ritter Sergey Zagraevsky Seán Sherlock Sharon Keller Shepard Smith Siim Kallas Simon Walsh Simon Zadek Smedley Butler Soledad O'Brien Srđa Trifković Stephanie Adams Stephanie Booth Stephen Garcia Stephen Kinnock Stephen T. Ayers Stephen Yaxley-Lennon Steve Allen (radio presenter) Steve Hilton Steve J. Rosen Steve Rivkin Steve Sailer Steven L. Herman Steven Reinemund Stoneleigh, Surrey Stuart Hanlon Susan J. Elliott Tadamasa Goto Ted Frank Ted Yoho Terry Bozzio Terry Richardson Thad Cochran Theodore Miller Edison Theodore Roosevelt Thom Hartmann Thomas Blake Glover Thomas Edison Thomas Jefferson Thomas Keiser Thomas Muthee Thomas Sowell Tim Blixseth Tim Donnelly (politician) Timothy Fok Timothy Greenfield-Sanders Tom C. Korologos Tom J. Donohue Tom Luna Tom Waterhouse Tom Watson (politician) Tomasz Schafernaker Tomislav Nikolić Tommy Robinson (EDL) Tony Lama Tony Randall Tony Shipley Touré Trent Lott Trip Adler Ulla Procopé Van Johnson Vanilla DeVille Vera Renczi Vernon B. Romney Victor Berlin Victor Pinchuk Vince McMahon Vincent Price Virgil Miller Newton Vito Roberto Palazzolo W. Averell Harriman Wade Robson Walter Nowick Wayne Gretzky Wayne Madsen Wellington Reiter Wesley Donehue Westbrook Pegler Will Klatt William Agee William Ament William Averell Harriman William C. Bradford William Cronon William Dudley Pelley William Earl Reid William F. Buckley, Jr. William Rodriguez William Scott Ament William Timmons Willie Revillame Władysław Syrokomla Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy Yasin al-Qadi Yasmin Qureshi Yitzchak Ginsburgh Yuri Dojc Étienne Tshisekedi