Everything you never wanted to know about me, but were going to ask anyway. Organization is a principle I hold in high esteem; hence my attraction to Wikipedia. Currently, I am not responsible for any big projects or positions. I edit only occasionally, maybe twice a month. Feel free to peruse the rest of this page at your leisure. I worked hard on making it nice and pretty!
I have foreseen potential problems with my username. Currently, I am unaware of any notable person who shares my first name and initials, so it shouldn't be an issue in that respect. However, I am not sure I can provide substantial proof of my identity besides profiles, email, etc. and blocking could take me out for some duration while working it out with info-en. In other words, please don't block me if some Hector Alfredo Esperanza comes up in the news. There is no intent to impersonate here and I will gladly disclaim any relation to applicable persons if so desired.
I do not provide a list or overview of articles I have written, created, improved, etc.; I think anyone seeking that kind of data would be better served by sifting through my contributions.
- 5 April 2014: I'm at Hac NYC, working on Haskell projects!
- 20 November 2013: Now working on MediaWiki for the 2013 Google Code-In.
- 30 August 2013: I went to Chiisaicon, an anime convention in Kentucky.
- 31 March 2013: I added a useless news bulletin, just to show I'm alive.
- 3 January 2013: I joined the 2013 WikiCup and TAFI!
- 2 January 2013: I joined the Guild!
- 1 January 2013: Updated my user page and began editing more.
A few points on style
People will often complain that my writing is too "dense", "complicated" or "intellectual". (Another adjective that strikes me as particularly cutting is "prosaic".) Multiple times I have been accused of plagiarism. I usually respond that their writing, in comparison, is not up to spec in terms of composition or clarity. Everything should balance out given enough revision. That's what collaboration is all about, isn't it? In any case, I am still open to constructive advice or feedback on improving my writing habits, which you can communicate on my talk page.
The property I value most in prose is the active voice. It works wonders.
Desired in almost every sentence, the active voice makes ideas to progress in a straightforward fashion, being the usage of the acting subject before the passive object. The active voice is desired in almost every sentence, because putting the acting subject before the passive object introduces a straightforward progression of ideas. Every editor should attempt to rework the flow of ideas into clauses and sentences that flow together like this.
I believe strongly that one of the best things we can do to improve both the usability and popular perception of Wikipedia is writing good articles. By this, I do not just mean gathering citations, restating facts, or displaying nice pictures; to show that the topic is notable and unique, its article must be written and presented to engage. The best way to convince readers that an article is worth their time is showing it was worth the editors' time. In a broader respect, if an article's quality of writing is memorable, the reader will be more likely to absorb or remember at least part of its content.
A collection of things without which I would not be the person I am today.
- The Animorphs series
- The Art of War
- A Brief History of Time
- The Children of Men
- The Communist Manifesto
- The Critique of Pure Reason
- The Culture cycle
- The Ender's Game series
- Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
- House of Leaves
- The Lifecycle of Software Objects
- Little Brother
- The Mars trilogy
- Moby-Dick - Yes, I read all of it.
- Rich Dad Poor Dad
- Snow Crash
- The World Without Us