User:dave souza

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What we won't do is pretend that the work of lunatic charlatans is the equivalent of "true scientific discourse." It isn't.
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Bio[edit]

dave was a fairly upright character, generally well respected as a local authority architect whose designs were well liked and who was tactful with contractors, including the odd one who gave cowboys a bad name. He retired and for diversion bought a laptop to begin browsing the internets. This was kept reasonably in check, but then a friend requested information on kilts and he incautiously looked up the History of Scotland.

He fell prey to the Demon Wikipedia...

cue The Kinks "old demon alcohol"

Irked by a slight to his Votadini nationalism he wrote of them and their other guise as the Gododdin, then put together pages on prehistoric Scotland and related minor articles. Soon he was off on the PS Waverley and other steamboats including the fabled Vital Spark, and dabbling in Jacobitism. Flattered by well meaning compliments on Doune castle and the visit of King George IV to Scotland as well as the buzz of cheap vanity publishing, his condition worsened.

Irritated by something in the Charles Darwin article which didn't fit with his memory of a library book, he borrowed the book and was soon involved in extensive revisions of the page and adding related articles. Nine months later he was still renewing the book and distilling its goodness into offshoots like the "the Devil's Chaplain" while frantically editing related texts like Radicalism. He strayed into the history of creationismm leading to an unhealthy fascination with the great intelligent design con. Soon he was spending sunny days when he should have been out mowing the lawn hunched over his laptop, as each edit spawned innumerable corrections to other articles or new red links demanding to be fed.

Lobey and Rank Bajin, astride Elfie.
fishapods
cue Ry Cooder "I'm drinking again"

Things took a turn for the worse when a "sysop" who had befriended him in the early days offered to nominate him as an admin. Flattered, he acceded to the request, even vowing to spend more time on much needed janny duties. Incautiously, he revived someone's old nomination of Charles Darwin as a featured article candidate, and was shocked to find that his repeated cropping had left a staccato style that was little liked. Fortunately a wizard from Oz began helping to edit Communicative musicality into the blighted text. While many favoured his move to admin, others mercilessly pointed out his flaws.

In the heat of the gruelling RfA process he'd promised to spend more time on fighting back the ravening hordes with nothing better to do than splatter graffiti over articles or try to reinvent history. A wise guru cautioned, assuring him that there was a place for admins as a background resource who didn't get bogged down in doing day to day mopping. So, heeding this, he instead used his experience of contractual hassles to try to calm such ferocious battlegrounds as the British Isles. After indulging in a digital camera he took far too many pics around Gourock, foraying further afield to Mackintosh's Ruchill Church Hall and the redoubtable Kate Cranston's tearooms, as well as Bud Neill's monumental two-legged equestrian statue. The Tiktaalik news spawned the famous fishapods image, and awoke the living fossil Bishapod!!!

Well, after more than a year of dave being made an admin, a couple of kindly souls prodded him to get Charles Darwin up to scratch, and did an enormous amount of work getting everything (and more) fully referenced using an amazing new inline citation standard. Harvard style, which presumably means blazers, baggy trousers and crewcuts. And it worked! Charles Darwin is much improved, and now has a wee gold star!


don't miss the next exciting episode (if dave can find time to edit this)

disclaimer: dave did nothing to edit The Kinks, Ry Cooder or Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, but likes them anyway

Barnstars[edit]

Editors Barnstar.png The Editor's Barnstar
As a regular reader of articles concerning evolution, I'm awarding you this barnstar for your contributions for your proud display! :) Obamafan70 (talk) 06:49, 21 October 2010 (UTC)
A Barnstar!
The Original Barnstar

For excellent no-nonsense edits to the Evolution article that illuminate the topic and reduce tension among editors, I award you this Original Barnstar. Mikker (...) 21:04, 3 April 2006 (UTC)
A Barnstar!
The Original Barnstar

For superb photography and tireless additions of said images to articles, I award you this Original Barnstar. Nach0king 21:19, 29 September 2006 (UTC)
I award you this Sword-billed Hummingbird for your great work on the Fishapods image!

Nice work! —Pengo 06:39, 12 April 2006 (UTC)

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I, Samsara award you, Dave Souza, this Zen Garden Award for very patiently letting us edit "your" articles on Charles Darwin, and helping plenty on the way.
Samsara (talk  contribs) 10:48, 4 December 2006 (UTC)
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Awarded to Dave Souza for his work in helping increase the number of cites on the darwin article by over 140!! Ye gods! A friend, 18:57, 12 December 2006 (UTC)
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I herewith award you, Dave Souza, the E=mc² Barnstar for your contribution to On the Origin of Species. It is now officially "On"! Keep up the great work!--Octavian history (talk) 23:33, 8 December 2007 (UTC)
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For an outstanding collaboration on On the Origin of Species. Rusty Cashman (talk) 20:51, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
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For so many reasons, over so many years, you have done so much for Wikipedia. KillerChihuahua?!?Advice 02:26, 25 July 2009 (UTC)
Bio barnstar2.png The Bio-star
For taking 2 important and complex works to FA, Origin of Species and Fertilisation of Orchids --Philcha (talk) 12:03, 9 August 2009 (UTC)
The horror. A movie critic airing his own opinions

Re: this comment - It made me laugh so hard, I'm giving you one of the most sought-after award on Wikipedia - Raul's Brick 'O Common Sense Raul654 (talk) 19:18, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

Barnstar-abc.png The Helping Hand Barnstar
For helping me get started. Figure this is better than cluttering talk pages with thanks! Shadowy Sorcerer (talk) 21:33, 6 December 2011 (UTC)
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Thank you for quality articles on evolution, such as Darwin's Fertilisation of Orchids, for evolution in referencing, and for inviting new articles by red links, - you are an awesome Wikipedian! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:31, 6 October 2012 (UTC)

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Testbed[edit]

Pelley, J.; Booth, B.; Thacker, P. D.; Betts, K. S. (2005). "Zebra mussels reroute contaminant flow through food chain | Electricity from cellulose | Mercury removal technologies move toward commercialization | Tracking POPs around | from mountain to tap | Study finds U.S. Laws protect species | How a global-warming skeptic became famous | More sources of mercury in the environment". Environmental Science & Technology 39 (21): 436A–437A. doi:10.1021/es053378b. PMID 16294841.  edit

Bürger, G.; Cubasch, U. (2005). "Are multiproxy climate reconstructions robust?". Geophysical Research Letters 32 (23). Bibcode:2005GeoRL..3223711B. doi:10.1029/2005GL024155.  edit


Landsberg, H. E.; Groveman, B. S.; Hakkarinen, I. M. (1978). "A simple method for approximating the annual temperature of the northern hemisphere". Geophysical Research Letters 5 (6): 505. Bibcode:1978GeoRL...5..505L. doi:10.1029/GL005i006p00505.  edit

Groveman, B. S.; Landsberg, H. E. (1979). "Simulated northern hemisphere temperature departures 1579-1880". Geophysical Research Letters 6 (10): 767. Bibcode:1979GeoRL...6..767G. doi:10.1029/GL006i010p00767.  edit

Ljungqvist, F. C.; Krusic, P. J.; Brattström, G.; Sundqvist, H. S. (2012). "Northern Hemisphere temperature patterns in the last 12 centuries". Climate of the Past 8: 227. doi:10.5194/cp-8-227-2012.  edit


Briffa, K. R.; Schweingruber, F. H.; Jones, P. D.; Osborn, T. J.; Harris, I. C.; Shiyatov, S. G.; Vaganov, E. A.; Grudd, H. (1998). "Trees tell of past climates: But are they speaking less clearly today?". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 353 (1365): 65. doi:10.1098/rstb.1998.0191.  edit [1]

Hegerl, G. (23 April 1998), "The past as guide to the future", Nature 392 (6678): 758, doi:10.1038/33799  edit [2]

Christiansen, B.; Ljungqvist, F. C. (2011). "Reconstruction of the Extratropical NH Mean Temperature over the Last Millennium with a Method that Preserves Low-Frequency Variability". Journal of Climate 24 (23): 6013. Bibcode:2011JCli...24.6013C. doi:10.1175/2011JCLI4145.1.  edit + reply to comments

Christiansen, B.; Ljungqvist, F. C. (2012). "The extra-tropical Northern Hemisphere temperature in the last two millennia: Reconstructions of low-frequency variability". Climate of the Past 8 (2): 765. doi:10.5194/cp-8-765-2012.  edit [3]

Shi, F.; Yang, B.; Mairesse, A.; von Gunten, L.; Li, J.; Br‰Uning, A.; Yang, F.; Xiao, X. (2013). "Northern Hemisphere temperature reconstruction during the last millennium using multiple annual proxies". Climate Research 56 (3): 231. doi:10.3354/cr01156.  edit Shi et al. 2013

Mann, M. E.; Fuentes, J. D.; Rutherford, S. (2012). "Underestimation of volcanic cooling in tree-ring-based reconstructions of hemispheric temperatures". Nature Geoscience 5 (3): 202. doi:10.1038/NGEO1394.  edit [4]

Mann, M. E.; Rutherford, S.; Schurer, A.; Tett, S. F. B.; Fuentes, J. D. (2013). "Discrepancies between the modeled and proxy-reconstructed response to volcanic forcing over the past millennium: Implications and possible mechanisms". Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres: n/a. doi:10.1002/jgrd.50609.  edit [5]

Ahmed, M.; Anchukaitis, K. J.; Asrat, A.; Borgaonkar, H. P.; Braida, M.; Buckley, B. M.; Büntgen, U.; Chase, B. M.; Christie, D. A.; Cook, E. R.; Curran, M. A. J.; Diaz, H. F.; Esper, J.; Fan, Z. X.; Gaire, N. P.; Ge, Q.; Gergis, J. L.; González-Rouco, J. F.; Goosse, H.; Grab, S. W.; Graham, N.; Graham, R.; Grosjean, M.; Hanhijärvi, S. T.; Kaufman, D. S.; Kiefer, T.; Kimura, K.; Korhola, A. A.; Krusic, P. J.; Lara, A. (2013). "Continental-scale temperature variability during the past two millennia". Nature Geoscience 6 (5): 339. doi:10.1038/ngeo1797.  edit

Diaz, Henry F; Markgraf, Vera, eds. (2000). El Nino and the Southern Oscillation. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511573125. ISBN 9780511573125.  edit

Lewis, S. (2012). "Climate science: At the storm front". Nature 483 (7390): 402. doi:10.1038/483402a.  edit

Ocko, I. B. (2012). "Hot Seat in Our Warming World". Science 337 (6092): 296. doi:10.1126/science.1224878.  edit

Dessler, A. E. (2011). "Cloud variations and the Earth's energy budget". Geophysical Research Letters 38 (19): n/a. doi:10.1029/2011GL049236.  edit

Crowley, T. J. (2000). "Causes of Climate Change over the Past 1000 Years". Science 289 (5477): 270. doi:10.1126/science.289.5477.270.  edit

Shi, F.; Yang, B.; Mairesse, A.; von Gunten, L.; Li, J.; Br‰Uning, A.; Yang, F.; Xiao, X. (2013). "Northern Hemisphere temperature reconstruction during the last millennium using multiple annual proxies". Climate Research 56 (3): 231. doi:10.3354/cr01156.  edit Shi et al 2013

Mann, M. E.; Steinman, B. A.; Miller, S. K. (2014). "On Forced Temperature Changes, Internal Variability and the AMO". Geophysical Research Letters: n/a. doi:10.1002/2014GL059233.  edit pdf

Boudry, M.; Blancke, S.; Braeckman, J. (2010). "Irreducible Incoherence and Intelligent Design: A Look into the Conceptual Toolbox of a Pseudoscience". The Quarterly Review of Biology 85 (4): 473–82. doi:10.1086/656904. PMID 21243965.  edit available from Irreducible incoherence and intelligent design: a look into the conceptual toolbox of a pseudoscience, Universiteit Gent, pdf

Stine, A. R.; Huybers, P. (2014). "Arctic tree rings as recorders of variations in light availability". Nature Communications 5. doi:10.1038/ncomms4836.  edit

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Mann, M. E.; Gille, E.; Overpeck, J.; Gross, W.; Bradley, R. S.; Keimig, F. T.; Hughes, M. K. (2000). "Global Temperature Patterns in Past Centuries: An Interactive Presentation". Earth Interactions 4 (4): 1. doi:10.1175/1087-3562(2000)004<0001:GTPIPC>2.3.CO;2.  edit
Schneider, T. (2001). "Analysis of Incomplete Climate Data: Estimation of Mean Values and Covariance Matrices and Imputation of Missing Values". Journal of Climate 14 (5): 853. doi:10.1175/1520-0442(2001)014<0853:AOICDE>2.0.CO;2.  edit PDF

Fritts, H. C.; Blasing, T. J.; Hayden, B. P.; Kutzbach, J. E. (1971). "Multivariate Techniques for Specifying Tree-Growth and Climate Relationships and for Reconstructing Anomalies in Paleoclimate". Journal of Applied Meteorology 10 (5): 845. doi:10.1175/1520-0450(1971)010<0845:MTFSTG>2.0.CO;2.  edit PDF

Mann, M. E.; Park, J. (1993). "Spatial correlations of interdecadal variation in global surface temperatures". Geophysical Research Letters 20 (11): 1055. Bibcode:1993GeoRL..20.1055M. doi:10.1029/93GL00752.  edit ps

Schneider, T. (2001). "Analysis of Incomplete Climate Data: Estimation of Mean Values and Covariance Matrices and Imputation of Missing Values". Journal of Climate 14 (5): 853. doi:10.1175/1520-0442(2001)014<0853:AOICDE>2.0.CO;2.  edit

Zorita, E.; González-Rouco, F.; Legutke, S. (2003). "Testing the Mannetal.(1998)Approach to Paleoclimate Reconstructions in the Context of a 1000-Yr Control Simulation with the ECHO-G Coupled Climate Model". Journal of Climate 16 (9): 1378. doi:10.1175/1520-0442(2003)16<1378:TTMEAA>2.0.CO;2.  edit Zorita et al. May 2003

Boykoff, M.; Boykoff, J. (July 2004). "Balance as bias: global warming and the US prestige press1" (Full free text). Global Environmental Change Part A 14 (2): 125–136. doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2003.10.001.  edit Balance as Bias

Marcott, S. A.; Shakun, J. D.; Clark, P. U.; Mix, A. C. (2013), "A Reconstruction of Regional and Global Temperature for the Past 11,300 Years", Science 339 (6124): 1198–1201, doi:10.1126/science.1228026, PMID 23471405  edit


Jacoby, G. C.; d'Arrigo, R. D. (1995). "Tree ring width and density evidence of climatic and potential forest change in Alaska". Global Biogeochemical Cycles 9 (2): 227. doi:10.1029/95GB00321.  edit "The recent increase in temperatures combined with drier years may be changing the tree response to climate", Büntgen et al. TRACE podium discussion "Evidence for a potential DP [divergence period] was first noted in Alaska (Jacoby and D’Arrigo 1995; Taubes 1995)"

Taubes, G. (1995). "Is a Warmer Climate Wilting the Forests of the North?". Science 267 (5204): 1595–1526. doi:10.1126/science.267.5204.1595. PMID 17808119.  edit

d'Arrigo, R.; Wilson, R.; Liepert, B.; Cherubini, P. (2008). "On the 'Divergence Problem' in Northern Forests: A review of the tree-ring evidence and possible causes". Global and Planetary Change 60 (3–4): 289. doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2007.03.004.  edit "For example, Jacoby and D'Arrigo (1995; and see Taubes, 1995), in the first study to note" [divergence effects] preprint


Corsi, P. (2009). "The Importance of French Transformist Ideas for the Second Volume of Lyell's Principles of Geology". The British Journal for the History of Science 11 (3): 221. doi:10.1017/S0007087400043788.  edit pdf