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My brain seems to be organized quite like an encyclopedia, which is one of the reasons why I edit Wikipedia.


In my documenting of human history thusfar, there are two recurring, overarching themes that I have learned. I think that everyone should consider these when studying and documenting human history:

1. History is largely written by the victors. History is largely written by those with the most power. This means that all history is open to scrutiny and should never be thought of as final. I think that the proper way to approach the study of history is to consider all available points of view, all evidence, and to draw one's own conclusions based upon this (and the conclusions reached by others during and after the fact may also weigh in one's mind) rather than to assume that the judgment made by another person(s) is necessarily correct. Even in the case of consensus of several persons, consensus is not synonymous with truth.


2. It takes all kinds. We are a human community, as we are all related as human beings, which means that we are a network. So regardless of the amount of direct responsibility that an individual has in his or her own actions, they are partly attributable to the actions of others, and they influence the actions of others as well. In some cases, such as with organizations, this concept is self-evident. In other cases, such as with individuals, not so much, but one must remember that the absence of irrefutable evidence is not synonymous with the evidence of absence.

Related ideas: Isaac Newton's third law of motion, Butterfly effect, Gavrilo Princip, chain of command


Have a question? Feel free to write on my talk page and we'll figure it out.


Did you know?

  • This is the world's most valuable stone.
  • My favorite color are the shades of orange. Orange is the last color on the official spectrum of seven colors to receive its current name in the English language. The color is named after the orange fruit when it is ripened.[1] Before this word was introduced to the English-speaking world, the color was referred to as ġeolurēad (yellow-red). The first recorded use of orange as a color name in English was in 1512,[2] in the court of King Henry VIII. I find the etymology of colors to be quite interesting. You can find the etymology for many of the colors explained in the color's article.
  • If any language were to ever become an official world language, I think it by rights ought to be Spanish (Español). Spanish is an extremely logical and relatively simple language to read and write, although it is more challenging to speak than some languages. By contrast, in English every word can mean about 100 different things, so it is easier to speak, but due to its lack of grammar rules, it is very illogical to read and write. However, English has the advantage of having many more words than most languages, the purpose of which is to define more clearly a specific meaning. So, for those who master the English language, it takes far fewer words to make a point. I think that Hebrew and Japanese are the most beautiful languages to read and write. French seems like the most beautiful language to speak.
  • Chicago is the largest city in the world with a Native American name. (from the Wikipedia article): The name "Chicago" is derived from a French rendering of the Native American word shikaakwa, translated as "wild onion" or "wild garlic," from the Miami-Illinois language.[3][4][5][6] The first known reference to the site of the current city of Chicago as "Checagou" was by Robert de LaSalle around 1679 in a memoir written about the time.[7] The wild garlic plants, Allium tricoccum, were described by LaSalle's comrade, naturalist-diarist Henri Joutel, in his journal of LaSalle's last expedition.[8][9]
  • This is one of the most horrifying things that I have ever read: Unit 731.

My personal list of the greatest basketball players of all time

Active NBA player
Personally saw him play
Rank Player Position
1 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan SG
2 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar C
3 Russell, BillBill Russell C
4 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain C
5 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson PG
6 Bird, LarryLarry Bird SF
7 Duncan, TimTim Duncan PF
8 O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal C
9 Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant SG
10 James, LeBronLeBron James SF
11 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson PG
12 West, JerryJerry West SG
13 Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon C
14 Erving, Julius "Dr. J"Julius "Dr. J" Erving SF
15 Malone, MosesMoses Malone C
16 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett PF
17 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton PG
18 Barkley, CharlesCharles Barkley PF
19 Malone, KarlKarl Malone PF
20 Havlicek, JohnJohn Havlicek SF
21 Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson C
22 Baylor, ElginElgin Baylor SF
23 Cousy, BobBob Cousy PG
24 Barry, RickRick Barry SF
25 Pettit, BobBob Pettit PF
26 Mikan, GeorgeGeorge Mikan C
27 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas PG
28 Frazier, Walt "Clyde"Walt "Clyde" Frazier PG
29 Kidd, JasonJason Kidd PG
30 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson SG
31 Drexler, ClydeClyde Drexler SG
32 Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki PF
33 Hayes, ElvinElvin Hayes C
34 Ewing, PatrickPatrick Ewing C
35 Thurmond, NateNate Thurmond C
36 Pippen, ScottieScottie Pippen SF
37 Reed, WillisWillis Reed C
38 Payton, GaryGary Payton PG
39 McAdoo, BobBob McAdoo SF
40 Gervin, GeorgeGeorge Gervin SG
41 Schayes, DolphDolph Schayes C
42 Lucas, JerryJerry Lucas PF
43 Unseld, WesWes Unseld PF
44 Cowens, DaveDave Cowens C
45 Maravich, PetePete Maravich SG
46 Wilkins, DominiqueDominique Wilkins SF
47 Allen, RayRay Allen SG
48 Nash, SteveSteve Nash PG
49 Monroe, EarlEarl Monroe SG
50 McHale, KevinKevin McHale PF

All-decade teams

1980s

1990s

2000s

My personal list of players who deserve to be in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (and are not)

Active NBA player
Retired, but not yet eligible (five years after retirement)
Player Position
Billups, ChaunceyChauncey Billups PG
Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson SG
Kidd, JasonJason Kidd PG
McGrady, TracyTracy McGrady SG
Mutombo, DikembeDikembe Mutombo C
O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal C
Wallace, BenBen Wallace C
Allen, RayRay Allen SG
Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant SG
Carter, VinceVince Carter SG
Duncan, TimTim Duncan PF
Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett PF
Howard, DwightDwight Howard C
James, LeBronLeBron James SF
Nash, SteveSteve Nash PG
Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki PF
Pierce, PaulPaul Pierce SF
Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade SG

All-time All-Defensive teams

Italics - Player has not been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

CAPS - Player is active

Some of the pages that I've created or had a helping hand in...

Other

Nazi Germany and the Holocaust

Sport

Music

Artists
Albums/Soundtracks
Songs

Bunny

and this is a bunny

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References

  1. ^ Paterson, Ian (2003), A Dictionary of Colour: A Lexicon of the Language of Colour (1st paperback ed.), London: Thorogood (published 2004), p. 280, ISBN 1854183753, OCLC 60411025 
  2. ^ Maerz, Aloys John; Morris Rea Paul (1930), A Dictionary of Color, New York: McGraw-Hill, p. 200 
  3. ^ For a historical account of interest, see the section entitled "Origin of the word Chicago" in Andreas, Alfred Theodore, History of Chicago, A.T. Andreas, Chicago (1884) pp 37–38.
  4. ^ Swenson, John F. (Winter 1991). "Chicagoua/Chicago: The origin, meaning, and etymology of a place name". Illinois Historical Journal 84 (4): 235–248. ISSN 0748-8149. OCLC 25174749. 
  5. ^ McCafferty, Michael (21 December 2001). ""Chicago" Etymology". The LINGUIST List. Retrieved 22 October 2009. 
  6. ^ McCafferty, Michael (Summer 2003). "A Fresh Look at the Place Name Chicago". Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society (Illinois State Historical Society) 96 (2). ISSN 1522-1067. Retrieved 22 October 2009. 
  7. ^ Quaife, Milton M. Checagou, (Chicago:University of Chicago Press., 1933).
  8. ^ Swenson, John F. (Winter 1991). "Chicago: Meaning of the Name and Location of Pre-1800 European Settlements". Early Chicago. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  9. ^ Zeldes, Leah A. (2010-04-05). "Ramping up: Chicago by any other name would smell as sweet". Dining Chicago. Chicago's Restaurant & Entertainment Guide, Inc. Retrieved 2010-05-22.