User:Vedexent

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I am a 39 (b. October 5th, 1968) year old software developer/programmer/tester, living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who has eclectic interest and tastes.

Interests

Just a small sampling of my many interests.
Food and Drink 
Coffee (Turkish coffee, Cappuccino, Drip brew, Starbucks, Second Cup), Tea, Sushi, Scotch whisky (Talisker, Laphroaig, Glenmorangie), Chocolate, Dim sum.
History  
Ancient Rome (Roman Republic, Roman Legion, Servile Wars, Pyrrhic War, Punic Wars), Ancient Egypt, Minoa, Sumer, Japan (Muromachi period, Edo period, Tokugawa Ieyasu), China.
Information Technology 
Internet (File sharing netowrks,Peer-to-peer networks, Grid computing, Metadata Tags, Folksonomies, Blogging, Wikis, Online communities), Software Engineering (Software development process, Software architecture, Web applications, Programming languages), Artificial intelligence, Virtual Reality, Computer Graphics.
Cultures 
Japan (Japanese tea ceremony, Iaido, Aikido, Soto Zen), Celtic nations, China, Ancient Egypt.
Science 
Cosmology (Astronomy, Exoplanets, Astrophysics, Physics, Extraterrestrial life, Fermi Paradox), Discrete mathematics (Graph Theory, Set Theory, Group Theory, Logic, Information theory, Mathematical logic), Exploratory engineering (Megastructures, Molecular nanotechnology, Stellar engines, Dyson Spheres, Ringworlds, Kardashev scale), Self organizing systems, Emergence, Space travel (Space tourism, Space Exploration, Interstellar travel, Space colonization, Martian colonisation, Project Orion, Project Daedalus).
Books: 
Literature (Chaucer, Milton, Shakespeare, T.S. Elliot, William Blake), Hard science fiction (Robert A. Heinlein, Charles Stross, William Gibson, Spider Robinson, Vernor Vinge, Greg Bear, David Brin), Historical fiction (Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome, James Clavell's Asian Saga - esp Shogun), Mythology, Legends, General Fiction (Stephen King - esp the Dark Tower series)
Music 
Classical Music (Guillaume de Machaut, Mozart, Bach, Haydn, Handel), Blues (Mississippi Fred McDowell, Nina Simone), Industrial music (Nine Inch Nails, Kidneythieves, Static-X, Dry Cell, Papa Roach), Celtic music (Runrig, Victoria Police Pipe Band), Opera (Così fan tutte).
Philosophy: 
Philosophy, Ethics, Marcus Aurelius, Stoicism, Transhumanism, Philosophy of Mind
Politics 
Privacy, Anarchy (as opposed to chaos), Self organizing systems, Emergence, Sousveillance.
Regilion 
Buddhism (Zen, Soto Zen), Comparative religion, Christianity (Catholicism, Protestantism).
Television 
Rome, The 4400, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG-1, Jericho, Doctor Who, Law & Order, Alias, Quantum Leap, Bones, The Prisoner, Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series).

Memberships

Military history WikiProjectClassical Warfare Task Force (Military history WikiProject)Classical Greece and Rome Wikiproject

Contributions

Created

Battle of "The Saw"

Edited significantly

Battle of CannaeDyson sphereFermi paradoxLegio XIII GeminaMercenary WarPyrrhic WarRoman RepublicRome (TV series) and sub-pages.

Edited to Good article status

Operation Opera

Edited to Featured article status

Featured article Third Servile War (edit|talk|history|protect|delete|links|watch|logs|views) 
Featured in September 2006; My first attempt to write a historical article to "professional" academic standards. It was a long, hard process (over 6 months) in which I learned a great deal about academic writing, peer-reviews, research, and referencing. I trust the next attempt won't be quite so much effort.

Habitually vandalize

User:Kirill_Lokshin

Awards

WikiChevrons
I hereby present you with the Military history WikiProject Distinguished Service Award for your contributions to Wikipedia's coverage of ancient warfare. —Kirill Lokshin 03:48, 12 March 2006 (UTC)
The Original Barnstar
This barnstar is awarded to Vedexent, in recognition of his/her polite conduct and advice to a new user -- Chubdub 00:32, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

An award for being nice?!? Usually I'm just noted for being grumpy - Vedexent 00:44, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

Wikipedia Hotlinks

Places and pages I go to often. Listed here mostly for my own use.
Military history WikiProject discussionClassical Warfare Task ForceMilitary history WikiProject A-Class reviewsMilitary history WikiProject peer reviews