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Or this one, even though it appears to be British
Please stop posting messages on my talkpage telling where these are, you will not be the first. It is a JOKE (but not very funny now I've had to explain it), if I really want to know I can just follow the wikilinks in the boxes.
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My specialisation on Wikipedia is rapidly becoming 1920s electronic filter designs and designers. I know, this is sadly narrow and it is also not what I had set out to do on Wikipedia. Quite by accident, I discovered that there were virtually no articles in this field and co-incidentally, I happened to know a great deal on the subject. It seems that for every article I write, another three are suggested by the process of writing. Perhaps there will be an end to it one day, but at the moment it looks like it will go on forever. For variety, however, I also write articles on sequential move puzzles (and virtually anything else that takes my fancy).
Spinningspark is an electronics engineer working in the communications field. His interests include;
Especially the Roman and post-Roman periods and the early formation of European nations.
Spinningspark is interested in the hard sciences, especially theoretical physics and the philosophy of science. Spinningspark takes part in the Search for Extra Terrestial Intelligence (SETI@Home) distributed computing project. If you wish to take part in this project you can go to the SETI@Home homepage here . If you would like to see my results from this project then go here .
Spinningspark is interested in all kinds of mathematics. He is currently active in several projects searching for new prime numbers. Amongst these is the search for new Mersenne primes. The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) is a distributed computing project which anyone with an internet connection can take part in. If you wish to take part in this project you can go to the GIMPS homepage here .
Games and Puzzles
Spinningspark loves puzzles of a mathematical or logical nature. Spinningspark hates puzzles that rely on a linguistic pun or other kind of "cheat" to make them work. Spinningspark is a speed solver of Rubiks cube and had written computer programs to solve the cube. Never managed to get the computer to solve as efficiently as a human though. Spinningspark has a large collection of Rubiks puzzles of many shapes and geometries.
Spinningspark likes to ice skate (artistic, not hockey) and has skated competitively.
Spinningspark also occasionally contributes to aeronautical articles. He holds a Private Pilots Licence (PPL) but is probably in the top 100 most incompetent pilots in the UK, if not the world. US readers will be delighted to learn that he no longer does any flying in that country.
I will not tread your dusty path and flat,
denoting this and that by this and that,
your world immutable wherein no part,
the little maker has with maker's art.
I bow not yet before the Iron Crown,
nor cast my own small golden sceptre down.
Some editors will put articles on their lists to which they have merely made a small contribution. All the articles and images shown here and on the linked lists have been created by me from scratch, or at most from an insignificant stub.
Zobel invented the m-derived filter and the constant-resistance filter, which remains in use today. With Carson he helped to establish the nature of noise in electric circuits, concluding that—contrary to mainstream belief—it is not even theoretically possible to filter out noise entirely and that noise will always be a limiting factor in what it is possible to transmit. Thus, they anticipated the later work of Claude Shannon, who showed how the theoretical information rate of a channel is related to the noise of the channel.
Analogue filters have played an important part in the development of electronics. Especially in the field of telecommunications, filters have been of crucial importance in a number of technological breakthroughs and have been the source of enormous profits for telecommunications companies. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that the early development of filters was intimately connected with transmission lines. Transmission line theory gave rise to filter theory, which initially took a very similar form, and the main application of filters was for use on telecommunication transmission lines. However, the arrival of network synthesis techniques greatly enhanced the degree of control of the designer.
BBC engineers equalising audio landlines circa 1959 using adjustable Zobel networks
Zobel networks are a type of filter section based on the image impedance design principle. They are named after Otto Zobel of Bell Labs who published a much referenced paper on image filters in 1923. The distinguishing feature of Zobel networks is that the input impedance is fixed in the design independently of the transfer function. This characteristic is achieved at the expense of a much higher component count compared to other types of filter sections.
Zobel networks were formerly widely used in telecommunications to flatten and widen the frequency response of copper land lines, producing a higher quality line from one originally intended for ordinary telephone use. However, as analogue technology has given way to digital they are now little used.
Minimum orbit intersection distance, abbreviated MOID, is a measure used in astronomy to assess collision risk between astronomical objects. It is defined as the distance between the closest points of the osculating orbits of the two bodies in question. Of greatest interest is the risk of a collision with Earth; the MOID between an object and Earth is called Earth MOID. Earth MOID is often listed on comet and asteroid databases such as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Small-body Database. However, MOID can be defined with respect to other bodies as well: Jupiter MOID, Venus MOID and so on.
An object is classified as a Potentially Hazardous Object (PHO) – that is, posing a possible risk to Earth – if, among other conditions, its Earth MOID is less than 0.05 AU.
The components of a mechanical filter are all directly analogous to the various elements of an electrical circuit. It is therefore possible use electrical network analysis and filter design techniques on mechanical filters which is a great convenience for electrical engineers in the design of these circuits. Any of the classic frequency responses can be obtained with the right choice of component values.
A Murphy drip is a rectal infusion apparatus to administer the medical procedure of proctoclysis, also known as rectoclysis. During the procedure, an end of the Murphy drip is inserted into the rectum and large quantities of liquid are infused into the rectum drop-by-drop. Prior to fluids or medicines being given intravenously, the Murphy drip and hypodermoclysis were the prime routes to administer fluids such as for replacement when patients could not be fed by mouth. Wisconsin surgeon John Benjamin Murphy introduced the drip method of saline infusion per rectum in the treatment of peritonitis.
Reckon you deserve one of these for some excellent responses at the Help desk today. Thanks for taking the time to give new users (and old ones!) some much-needed assistance. Yunshui雲水 19:09, 7 May 2014 (UTC)
The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
For your help at the Help Page. Skr15081997 (talk) 10:36, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
The Original Barnstar
For you effort to improve my edits, your feedback, for the time you spend in improving Wikipedia pages. Magioladitis (talk) 12:13, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
You've been on fire at the help desk, thanks. S Philbrick(Talk) 15:38, 17 June 2014 (UTC)
The Original Barnstar
I know it may be a tad late, but thanks for the whole adoption thing four years ago. Sorry you had to put up with me then. Abce2 (talk) 18:14, 4 February 2014 (UTC)
The Original Barnstar
Thanks for being a positive influence on the ref desks, providing good links, and not succumbing to the petty quarrels that distract us from our mission! SemanticMantis (talk) 22:48, 25 September 2013 (UTC)
The Working Man's Barnstar
You're a very helpful and attentive administrator. - Sidelight12Talk 11:54, 20 June 2013 (UTC)
This award is mainly in recognition on your diligent work on waffle-iron filter, but also for your work in general. Editors with much technical knowledge and experience, such as yourself, are a real boon for those looking to learn through Wikipedia. Just to let you know, that the time you give in writing and editing articles in much appreciated! SFB 00:36, 11 November 2011 (UTC)
In appreciation of your generosity, help and kindness, I hereby award the Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar to Spinningspark. Thank you so very much for all your help. I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness. - Hydroxonium (talk) 05:15, 8 October 2010 (UTC)
Thanks for Harpy and Beagle! WittyLama 00:07, 28 June 2010 (UTC)
The Referee Barnstar
I award you, Spinningspark, this Barnstar for your comprehensive review of featured articleSynthetic diamond. Not only it spotted problems missed in all previous reviews, but also proposed solutions, which was very appreciated. Materialscientist (talk) 04:48, 21 August 2009 (UTC)
This is a token of my appreciation for your help! KMFDM FAN(talk) 16:58, 4 June 2009 (UTC)
For going way beyond the call of duty in helping out those of us who know less, here is the Adopting Barnstar, from Leahtwosaints. Much appreciation!
The Guidance Barnstar
I was reading over the New User Help Desk and saw that you answered several questions and pointed many confused new people in all the right directions. Great work! -FaerieInGrey (talk) 00:10, 20 February 2009 (UTC)
The Spamstar of Glory
To SpinningSpark Many thanks for your tireless efforts in keeping article clear of spam, vandalism and other nonsense. Wikipedia is a better quality project because of hardworking and conscientious editors like you!--Hu12 (talk) 20:08, 9 February 2009 (UTC)
Thank you, specialist on the "1920s electronic filter designs and designers", for quality articles such as Waveguide filter and Otto Julius Zobel, for spinning according to "unless you can explain it to your grandmother" and sparking brilliant ideas and kindness, - you are an awesome Wikipedian!
Because of your astonishing work and dedication to expanding bacon-related content during the Bacon Challenge 2010, you have been awarded the Bacon WikiCup 2010 1st Place Trophy for winning the Bacon WikiCup 2010 with a final score of 109. Congratulations, and thank you for your great work! ~SuperHamsterTalkContribs 02:04, 14 March 2010 (UTC)
Congratulations, Spinningspark! For your kindness to others, your hard work around the wiki, and for being a great user, you have been awarded the "Wikipedian of the Day" award for today, 6, November 2009! Keep up the great work!--ColdplayExpert 02:14, 6 November 2009 (UTC) Note: You could also recieve the "Wikipedian of the Week award for this week!