User:Mindspillage

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Yeah, yeah, no hat this time. If you really miss it, go check the page history. :-)

Greetings! You've reached the user page of Kat Walsh, otherwise known as "mindspillage". I am an attorney for Creative Commons, a classical bassoonist and violist, free culture and free software advocate, and former chair of the Wikimedia Foundation.

I graduated from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida with a B.A. in music and a minor in mathematics in 2005. I also have a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, where I studied technology and internet law, copyright, patents, and economics. I'm most interested in the issues surrounding free content, free software, free speech, technology policy, law and economics, law and social norms, and how advancing technology can enable the free exchange of knowledge; I'm most knowledgeable about copyright, trademarks, and patents (and am a licensed patent attorney).

I'm currently living with my significant other in Mountain View, California.

Meeting of the Minds

The Free Encyclopedia
  • Talk page: here
  • E-mail: kat@mindspillage.org
  • (G)AIM: mindspillage
  • IRC: mindspillage
    • Frequently in #wikimedia connect. Private messages are more likely to get my attention than asking in a channel.
  • jabber: katwalsh@jabber.org
  • Identi.ca, Twitter, and other microblogging: mindspillage


Multiple intelligences

Some of my Wikimedia hats, past and present:

  • Editor. (Hey, I can use my own name now, without feeling like I am mixing the roles!)
  • I am a member of the m:Executive Director Transition Team, helping to search for and hire a new Executive Director for the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • I was a member of the Board of Trustees from 2006-2013.
  • I am an administrator here; I don't tend to use the tools much, but sometimes they come in handy.
  • I am a former member of the Arbitration Committee, from October 2005 until December 2006 (when I resigned after being appointed to the Board).
  • I handle emails that come in to Wikimedia, so you might see me doing strange things on behalf of people who've sent messages. If you'd like to help out, drop a note on m:OTRS/volunteering, please; preference given to experienced administrators who are friendly and clueful.
  • I am a press contact for Wikimedia, attempting to say important things about our projects and our values and have them repeated accurately by journalists, with varying degrees of success.
  • I do the odd bit of Track II diplomacy, on a completely informal basis, as I have time and energy.
  • And, of course, this one: Hatofkat.jpg

Pieces of mind

Occasionally I like to blather on about Wikipedia rather than do anything constructive...

I follow the one-revert rule as well as the policy trifecta (shown neatly in a little box to the side, as arranged by its originator, Seth Ilys). I'm a strong believer in the simplified ruleset as a guide to almost any sticky situation. And I'm a strong believer in consensus and the supremacy and necessity of good judgment, over all.

Kept in mind

"The cultivated person's first duty is to always be prepared to rewrite the encyclopedia."
-- Umberto Eco (stolen blithely from User:Antandrus)
"To enjoy freedom, [...] we have of course to control ourselves."
-- Virginia Woolf
"You're entitled to your own opinions. You're not entitled to your own facts."
--Daniel Patrick Moynihan

enjoy yourself / be a catalyst / reduce temperature / don't stuff beans up your nose / beware of the tigers, closely related to defending against passion / fighting is boring / control yourself / prefer the soft response / sometimes you have to resort to St. Benedict's Rule / critics are your best friends / fix broken windows / moderating conversations in virtual space / why a group is its own worst enemy / knowledge access as a public good / remember you're part of a civilization

(and please, feel free to suggest interesting philosophical musings to me on my talk page)

I recognize that this user page belongs to the Wikipedia project and not to me personally. As such, I recognize that I am expected to respectfully abide by community standards as to the presentation and content of this page, and that if I do not like these guidelines, I am welcome either to engage in reasonable discussion about it, to publish my material elsewhere, or to leave the project.

In my write mind

Started or rewritten: Aaron Jay Kernis / Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do / Albert Szirmai / Alexandre Tansman / Alvin Etler / Amanda Borden / André Jolivet / Bart Conner / Andrey Rimsky-Korsakov / Bassoon sonata / Cat and Girl / Closely related key / Come Out / Concert band / Concerto in E-flat (Dumbarton Oaks) / Daniel Dorff / Daniel Read / David Darling / David Del Tredici / De Leon Springs State Park / Doctor Fun / Double reed / Eugène Bozza / Extensional definition / Francisco Mignone / Frederick Fennell / Gordon Jacob / Hugo Wolf / Intensional definition / Jan DeGaetani / Jean Françaix / John Barnes Chance / John Crowe Ransom / Judith LeClair / Judith Sargent Murray / Jurriaan Andriessen / Keiko Abe / Lexical definition / Lili Boulanger / Luigi Dallapiccola / Madeleine Dring / Metastasis / Michala Petri / Miller Puckette / Modulation / Multiphonic / Ostensive definition / Paul Redmond Michel / Persuasive definition / Precising definition / Rebecca Helferich Clarke / Ruth Gipps / Squonk Opera / Stipulative definition / Susan Nigro / Terry Riley / Theon of Smyrna / Theoretical definition / The Stone Guest / Vampire number / Vincent Persichetti / Vittorio Giannini / Vocalise / William Bergsma / Willson Osborne / meta:How to win an argument / meta:Polls are evil

Other significant contributions: Bassoon / Contrabassoon / Daniel Gorenstein / Gadsby / Handstand / Iannis Xenakis / L. Neil Smith / List of web comics / National Institutes of Health / "Old Folks at Home" / Quintet / Robert M. Pirsig / Stetson University / Steve Reich / The Mind's I / The Rite of Spring / Thomas Hastings / Wind quintet / Zarzuela

Of sound mind

You can hear me in these recordings:

Spilt ilk

This page is not protected: you can edit it. Particularly if you want to fix typos and links, or if you feel inclined to exercise your mad layout skills, or maybe even give a testimonial. (Geogre asked for sonnets, which was a stroke of genius; alas, I am not so brazen as to steal the idea.) I don't own this page. (As it happens, there are pages elsewhere I do own, and I leave them dormant to work on Wikipedia instead.) I will exercise final judgment on which changes I keep, of course... Random acts of poetry encouraged!


My mind, spillage.
My mind, wandering.
Constance, Dale, Fern--
women I will never know.
Poetry, the art form I will never be good at.
func(talk) 19:09, 15 Jun 2005 (UTC)
Mindspillage. The spillage of the mind.
This is the creed of the Wikipedian.
May our minds spring forth with our most cherished knowledge
And may I share the bounty of my wisdom to slake the thirst of curiosity among the people
Join our community, our world.
We are Wikipedians. May the mind of Wikipedia spill forth with bounty.
Welcome to Wikipedia. May you spring forth and prosper!

sɪzlæk [ +t, +c, +m ] 09:46, August 11, 2005 (UTC)

A haiku:
Mindspillage, admin.
Mindspillage, arbitrator.
A spill of a mind.
Ral315 WS 08:35, 15 October 2005 (UTC)

Mindspillage - a grand canonical ensemble of thoughts. May the partition functions unite! --HappyCamper 01:01, 21 October 2005 (UTC)

There was a young lady Mindspillage,
Who from Wikip'dia did pillage
All the things that one can
This poem don't scan.
She lives in the Wikian village!
[[Sam Korn]] 21:50, 15 November 2005 (UTC)

Here's a little poem (Sung, more or less, to the tune of '"The Shadow of Your Smile"), my holiday gift to you.

The spillage of your mind I find refined
The hat upon your head is black not red
The head beneath your hat
Spills forth the thoughts of Kat
Never to be maligned
The spillage of your mind

Paul August 20:28, 29 December 2005 (UTC)

Here's a contra-haiku for you:

One place to hear a
contrabassoon contribute:
Brahms' First Symphony
David Brooks

Another haiku, poles apart from David's above (at least it's at the opposite end of the compass), and I think "Rite" in this usage counts as a kigo:

Aerial, alone,
opening Stravinsky's Rite
your instrument soars.
Robert
मिस्ट्रेस ऑफ़ देबौचेरी (That's Mindspillage in Devanagari) --Nearly Headless Nick 10:20, 6 June 2006 (UTC)
头脑溢出 -- that's Mindspillage in Chinese! anthony[cfc]
Mensfvndens. That's Spillingmind in Latin! (Hey, it's close!) CarrotMan 08:33, 8 August 2007 (UTC)

Ink spilt for a spilled mind... they pondered the possibilities. --wpktsfs (talk) 04:21, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Heya, Mindspillage
Always knew you played Bassoon
But, uh... viola?
--Clorox (diskussion) 00:59, 15 July 2008 (UTC)
spilled ink

Brain droppings

  • To-do list, which just serves to remind me of stuff I meant to get to some day...
  • Sandbox, for odds, ends, and protospillage