User:Otterpops

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Wikipedia is my favorite resource because of the openly subjective content and the range of external links. Truth is subjective! Every answer is, as the Indians say, "Well, yes and no..."
Or rather, most answers are. Okay, a lot of answers are, most of the time. Unless you hit a wall, in which case you should grope around. Try a different spelling. Maybe revise your question.

I'm a grown-up, female, native to the USA and living in Boulder Colorado for the past ten years or so. I have a degree in neuroscience (magna, PBK) from the University of Colorado at Boulder (chemistry, mathematics, genetics, statistics, physics and histology as well as structure and function of the human nervous system and brain; #1 Party School, yeah right). I worked in the Watkins/Maier laboratory and did really bad things to rats.
Originally I'm Hampshire F'85 (Jerome Leibling and Carrie Mae Weems) with long-term study of mass media and the creation of meaning, especially on the holodeck.
I come from a New England family of soldiers and preachers, so I'm a gamer. I acknowledge no relationship to anyone responsible for the Blodgett swimming pool at Harvard University.

Robin Lee Blodgett
Boulder, Colorado USA
Otterpops 15:00, 14 February 2007 (UTC) update 10/04/07: rlb85@hamphire.edu <--s/b Hampshire College alumn account - they used to put their stamp on anyone who got through their interview process. I suspect they still do...but I don't like to criticize. Just sayin. ~ Otterpops 02:44, 19 October 2007 (UTC) Did I ever mention that I was once formally written up by a current Wisconsin VA director for body language? The man was wearing bicycle shorts and clips in the office, by the way. Semiotics, Old School Hampshire College. And I don't make rude gestures, far from it. rlb P.S. That was my last day job. ~ Otterpops 02:44, 19 October 2007 (UTC)


A note on my editing style[edit]

I Preview and Save a lot. It's a rhythm. Because I edit copy rather than writing it, I move around an article or a section hunting down the typo, misspell, dangling cut-paste artifacts, whacked grammar and dead links. Sometimes a couple scans are necessary, sometimes fixing one mistake makes another show up.
In Wiki-Land it's guaranteed that there will eventually be another User coming along who's even more superior a being than me. This is as it should be. Some go at an article as I do, using the Edit page, some have discovered the Revert function. Now, imagine that I place a comma, move a period inside quotation marks, capitalize something, blue a red link, correct a spelling and replace a word with my idea for a better word, and then save the batch. The superior superior being sees the word I've replaced and disagrees, removes my edit to put the old word back, and without even seeing the comma, period, capitalization, link, or spelling correction, wipes them off the face of the Earth. Big waste of my time.
For this reason, I Save individual corrections, so that future superior beings can clean up my mistakes a la carte without inadvertently undoing hours of other, perfectly-acceptable, work. An unfortunate by-product of this tactic is a long list of ~Otterpops edits on the History page, which some may find disturbing. If you know a better way to ensure the survival of my little commas and close-quotes without having to do it this way, please send me a note, because I'm still learning.
For those who are kept awake at night when a copy editor does more than his or her fair share on an article, I thank you for your concern, but really, it's my pleasure, and it's no inconvenience at all. Hop on in, punctuation is fun!
~ Otterpops 14:54, 3 September 2007 (UTC)

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Awarded for your transformative work on the articles about highly notable author Malorie Blackman. Random Passer-by 15:03, 23 March 2007 (UTC)