User talk:Dicklyon

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I'm not sure why you haven't picked up a bevy of these already, but thanks for all your effort, particularly in tracking down good sources with diagrams, etc., on the photography- and color-related articles (not to mention fighting vandalism). Those areas of Wikipedia are much richer for your work. Cheers! —jacobolus (t) 02:05, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

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To Dicklyon on the occasion of your photograph of Ivan Sutherland and his birthday! What a great gift. -User:SusanLesch 04:40, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

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For your hard work in improving and watching over the Ohm's law article SpinningSpark 00:59, 18 January 2009 (UTC)

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For your improvements to the Centrifugal force articles. Your common sense approach of creating a summary-style article at the simplified title, explaining the broad concepts in a way that is accessible to the general reader and linking to the disambiguated articles, has provided Wikipedia's readership with a desperately needed place to explain in simple terms the basic concepts involved in understanding these related phenomena. Wilhelm_meis (talk) 14:29, 6 May 2009 (UTC)

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For your comment here which at once admits your own errors with humility yet focusses our attention upon the real villain Egg Centric (talk) 17:09, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

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For your great contribution to Wikipedia in adding pictures and illustrations to articles improving the reader's experience by adding a visual idea to the written information.--Xaleman87 (talk) 05:57, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

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I could not find a barnstar for standing up to an outrageously unjust block so you get a special one. Hang in there. В²C 23:25, 3 February 2015 (UTC)


Dick - sorry to see this. Hope you use your enforced exile to refresh yourself and enjoy the wider world. Dohn joe (talk) 14:10, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

I second this. Even though we've been on opposite sides of the USSTATION discussion, I hope you'll be able to come back one day and work with us again. Epic Genius (talk) 03:40, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
Man, we've kicked up some sand between us since we got to spar a few months ago, and like I've said before, you've turned me on to a whole area of Wikipedia I knew nothing about. In "opposing" or "supporting", with or opposite you, you then educated me on some of the ways of navigating through some of the whats and whereas' of rules and regs here (some of the stuff in the details come close to intricate language found in legal documents). Thanks. As for this recent stuff, you said something along the line, somewhere after the fan got in the way of accelerating flying excrement, that you welcome the block because of your Wikipedia addiction. Boom, clean break, cold turkey. That's one way to do it, and you probably needed to do it. You've given the world some fantastic innovations (for one, does everyone here realize that Dick co-invented the optical mouse? Dude, that was cool, and thank you for doing so). In addition to that, you've also improved the internet yet again by giving Wikipedia some amazing style playbook items. I have no doubt that you will now, back again in the "real" world and coming up for air, bring that amazing energy right back into a new level of physical and theoretical innovating. You were able, consciously, subconsciously, or by not ratting out a family member, to give yourself a cold turkey fix which probably came, for what you will be doing next in your life, exactly when it was needed most. Nice. Live large. Randy Kryn 4:04, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
Wow. Amazing. I totally missed the drama-fest until I finally decided to click on that 3-day old thread on WPO to find out who the "deranged diva" was, and was shocked to find that the "diva" was apparently badgering you. And then I look a little more and find this. You are so modest. I had no idea. While researching my timeline, I found an earlier InfoWorld article about Mouse Systems, but I missed the one that mentioned you. So, Kirsch's mouse relied on a special metallic and reflective mousepad printed with a square grid of grey and blue tracking lines, while your mouse "behaved in the same fashion as a mechanical mouse", in other words, worked just like the mouse I'm using today. Just another great invention that Xerox let get away. Do I have that right? And I thought your biggest contributions were in digital photography. I fear for the future of the pixel article without you watching it. Please, make the short trip to Wikipedia HQ and see if Lila is willing to chat with you offline about this. The madness of the dysfunctional manual-of-style debates needs to stop. Best regards, Wbm1058 (talk) 16:17, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

A help request[edit]

Professor emeritus Carver Mead of Caltech; 2002 photo by Norman Seeff.

I've been asked by Carver Mead's secretary to please replace the lousy picture of him that I took with this better one. Can someone do that for me? I have emailed the permissions Commons:OTRS ticket from the copyright holder. Dicklyon (talk) 03:24, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Done. Your wish is my command (up to a point!). Nice pic. Looks like a cross between Ho Chi Minh and Pete Seeger. Randy Kryn 3:32, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, Randy. I see you hang with some cool old dudes, too. Dicklyon (talk) 03:52, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
You're welcome. If you mean Minh and Seeger, full disclosure: I only met Seeger in person once, and first heard him sing with his arms around my shoulders and mine his (at a ceremony in a cemetery. At that event he said he hated cemeteries and when he died he wanted to be tossed on his compost heap, which I don't think happened but you never know). You run in some nice wide circles, Mead would be fun to bounce ideas around with. Randy Kryn 11:25, 24 April 2015 (UTC)