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|— Wikipedian ♂ —|
|Name||J. Randall Owens|
|Birth date||December 31, 1969|
|Current location||Milwaukee, WI, USA|
|Hobbies, favourites, and beliefs|
|Aliases||Randy, KarMann, DeadMeat|
John Owens lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is a sometimes-student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is (yet another) computer system and network administrator, with some knowledge of server administration and a good grasp of Perl. And he has been voted Number 1 on the "list of bigots to avoid" on User:Olga Bityerkokoff's page! He came in at number 32 on this month's Top 200 Countdown, and he'd like to extend his special gratitude to Michael, who made it all possible.
As a recovering non-Wikipedoholic, I'm starting to edit again, but in moderation, so far. I recently got a digital camera, so I'm starting to accumulate some pictures for the Wikipediæ. See some of what I've got so far: /Pet Projects#New pictures from trip.
In things tangentially related to Wikipedia, I've started a project to create an electronic markup format for corrections to all those things that aren't Wiki. With my vast imagination, I've decided to call it the ProofReading Markup Language, or PRML for short. (SourceForge project site)
What he does
Weed whacker extraordinaire, great at spotting typos, too.
Oh yeah, and I know lots of stuff, too. ;)
Foreign languages and contributions
I'm now contributing to the German and Russian Wikipædiæ in my own small way, too. (And in case you can't tell by my abuse of 'æ's, I just wish there was a Latin Wikipædia for me to contribute to, too.)
I'll be demmed, there is a Latin Vicipædia!!! :) I always wondered if there was a language code for Latin; never could find one in a list. Now I'm going to have to find out if 'la' is really official, or just what they use because it makes sense.
- Since then, I've discovered Wikipedia:Multilingual coordination and ISO 639. Yup, it's a real, genyooine, official code.
I've started up a Wiki for the local astronomy group here in Milwaukee. You can see it at http://wiki.urbanstargazers.homelinux.org/; so far, I'm calling it the "Urban Stargazers' Compendium", but that could change. I've also got some other related sites using other software doodads which aren't wiki: WebCalendar (using WebCalendar), News (using Drupal), and Image Gallery (using Gallery).
A few of my best, most pride-inspiring contributions:
- Aerial refueling
- Aztalan State Park
- Continental divide (OK, I'm setting the bar pretty low here, but somebody had to write it...)
- List of caves (The bar comes down another notch....)
- Various subpages of orders of magnitude
- especially orders of magnitude (power)
- Wikipedia:Wikipediholics in denial
Mostly though, I'm more of an editor than a writer. And yeah, I know what all those authors say about editors....
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