User:IllaZilla

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34 This Wikipedian is 34 years, 3 months, and 17 days old.
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University of California,
San Diego
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San Diego State University.
BA This user has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.
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class of 1998.
BlackHole.jpg This user has been helping the Internet not suck since April 28, 2006.
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This user has made over
59,100 edits on Wikipedia.
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WikiProject Albums.
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The Clash This user is a member of WikiProject Punk music.
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Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World This user is a member of WikiProject Emo.
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GENRE WARRIORS.

I joined Wikipedia in April 2006 under a previous account.[*] I've created something like 200 articles (complete lists here & here). My primary interests and areas of contribution are punk rock, emo, and the Alien films. I also do a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff involving WikiProjects, templates, categories, files, etc. I created WikiProject Alien and revamped WikiProjects Punk music and Emo. I helped advance Alien vs. Predator to FA, and Aliens and Alien Resurrection to GA. I completely rewrote Alien top-to-bottom and was primarily responsible for getting it to GA.

My username comes from an old song by The Vandals. This may be the funniest edit I've ever seen.

^ * Now located at User:IllaZilla2. I made about 1,200 edits before creating this account in January 2007, not being aware at the time of how to change usernames

Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell. –Strunk, William Jr.; E. B. White (1918). "Elementary Principles of Composition". The Elements of Style. Pearson Education. 


Articles

Here's an abbreviated list of articles I've contributed to in a major capacity, meaning I either created them or pretty much rewrote them completely. Generally if I've worked on an article about a musical artist then I've also worked on all of the album articles associated with that artist, but I won't list all of those.

Images

Since becoming a Wikipedian, I've noticed that one of the more difficult tasks is finding freely-licensed images to use of living persons and active bands, particularly ones that aren't extremely notable. Since I go to a lot of concerts/gigs, I've taken to bringing my camera along and snapping away. I have an account at Wikimedia Commons through which I release the least awful photos under free licenses. I'm no photographer, and I'm armed only with a simple digital camera, but I do have a fondness for Wikipedia and a willingness to share my photos freely. I hope to illustrate articles on bands and musicians where I can. Here are some of the images I've contributed that are/have been used in Wikipedia articles:

Bands

Individual musicians

Notables' graves

Miscellaneous

Awards

Helpful links I frequently use


Miscellaneous

Countries I've visited (chronologically)

United States Mexico United Kingdom Canada Bahamas St. Martin Cayman Islands The Netherlands Antilles Puerto Rico Aruba Curaçao Jamaica Haiti Germany The Netherlands Antigua St. Lucia Barbados

US States visited (chronological to the best of my memory)

California Oregon Washington Florida Virginia North Carolina South Carolina Maryland Delaware Pennsylvania New York Massachusetts Arizona New Mexico Colorado Nevada Idaho Utah Maine Georgia Texas Hawaii Alaska New Jersey