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The Signpost: 28 May 2014[edit]

Featured picture number[edit]

In case I miss it, can you be sure to tell me when you pass 100 featured pictures for this year? Adam Cuerden (talk) 21:48, 1 June 2014 (UTC)

@Adam Cuerden: By my count Godot13 is at 77 FPs for this year currently. Armbrust The Homunculus 10:23, 2 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Damn. We're barely halfway in. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 10:32, 2 June 2014 (UTC)
Adam and Crisco- provided nothing goes awry with two nominations set to close in a few hours, the nine-note set I just nominated, if it passes, would make exactly 100.--Godot13 (talk) 15:45, 27 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Sounds good. I've got some possible FPs in the pipeline too... the three east-facing temples at Sam Poo Kong (the article needs to be updated; apparently a new one was added in the past 2 years), and an image of Java Supermall (which needs an article). Sadly, writing takes up a lot more time than photography for the same returns... Departures took over a month, and that's even with another editor helping. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 15:51, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Alaskan parchment scrip, 1 ruble (c. 1852)[edit]

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78 77. Adam Cuerden (talk) 20:45, 3 June 2014 (UTC)

Forgive the bold correction ;-) --Godot13 (talk) 20:48, 3 June 2014 (UTC)

Image question[edit]

Sorry to pester you. Could I get your opinion on the colours at File:Banyunibo Temple, 2014-05-31 01.jpg? I mean, I know the saturation should probably be knocked back, but for some reason the shadows are really extreme at thumbnail but not so much at full size. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 13:18, 2 June 2014 (UTC)

  • Crisco 1492- Thanks for asking, and no pestering at all... Really nice image! There are a few hints of purple CA (heaviest under the farthest left portion of the roof) and a touch of purple coloring where the trees meet the sky in places. The perspective looks slightly off, but I’m guessing that is a true reflection of the temple’s shape (but 0.2CCW rotation might not hurt, at least to see if it’s better). The sky color closest to the tress could be desaturated a bit, it seems a bit unnatural. At regular and full screen, the shadows are not an issue (IMO), even at 320px the shadow is not too bad (but slightly more pronounced). Again, great image…--Godot13 (talk) 16:02, 2 June 2014 (UTC)
    • K, thanks for offering an outside view. I'll polish this then. At least it's far better than what it replaced (now talk about shadows!). — Crisco 1492 (talk) 16:05, 2 June 2014 (UTC)
      • Sorry to butt in Crisco (I guess we're all doing it these days), but I had a look at the image and I think something's not quite right with the sky. The tone changes considerably between the centre and the edges (cyan at the edges, a truer and more authentic looking blue in the middle). Did you use the same white balance for all component images? As for shadows, I don't think they look strong in the thumbnail view, but it's not unheard of for images to look quite different at different sizes. Ðiliff «» (Talk) 16:21, 2 June 2014 (UTC)
        • Yes, all had the same balance; I think that's from the sun being slightly over shoulder and thus the sky being lighter in that general direction. I've tried to balance the blues a bit more, per Godot's suggestion, though it will take another 10 minutes or so to upload (as I mentioned before, slow-ish connection). — Crisco 1492 (talk) 16:26, 2 June 2014 (UTC)
          • I suspect what has happened is that you've blown the highlights in the blue and green channel in those areas. Then you've darkened the sky afterwards (with the highlights slider or similar. The problem of course is that the colour information is lost. It's similar in principle to darkening a truly blown (white) highlight. All you will ever get from it is a darker grey. You'll never have the correct colour of that area. Same with the sky. It still has some texture because the red channel wasn't blown, so there is variance in the lumiosity, but there is a constant cyan tone to it. I'm sure you can rescue it aesthetically somewhat, but from a purely technical point of view, the image has been cooked due to overexposure. ;-) Ðiliff «» (Talk) 17:04, 2 June 2014 (UTC)
            • Perhaps, perhaps. *sigh* The new version I'm uploading (almost done, according to Chrome) is better aesthetically, I think... but yeah, still a bit of a cyan tint (not as blatant though!). — Crisco 1492 (talk) 17:07, 2 June 2014 (UTC)

Banknotes[edit]

Do you have any that you think would be good on the main page in the near future (already promoted, if possible). If we're going to avoid complaints about a flood of banknotes, it would be nice to start presenting them soon so that we can give them more space. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 00:42, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

Crisco 1492-Sure, let me mull it over for a day. Also, I happy to work with you to group certain notes together that were separate nominations, or perhaps a small set promotion of notes as a single day main page feature. Last thing I want to do is turn people off to currency because it appears too often... What are the guidelines on putting a promoted set on the main page- for example, if Silver Certificates (47 images) were to be featured, could it be split large size one day, small size another and knock it out in two days, or better to select the highlights and present them all within the same day?--Godot13 (talk) 02:46, 7 June 2014 (UTC)
  • If the individual bills don't have their own articles, I'd say small sets together, and highlights from larger sets. If the images have individual articles or some are used in another article, we might be able to split them so that a larger amount of the images can be shown more easily. The images from the Map Projections Set have been running individually so far (one a month right now), as almost all have an individual article. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 02:51, 7 June 2014 (UTC)
  • A concrete example: Early American currency has 13 FPs. If there were individual articles on the currency of each colony/state (keeping in mind the local-issued scrips which were still used into the 19th century, that might be feasible), the 13 FPs could run individually. Otherwise, we'd have a set or two, maybe half one year and half another year. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 02:54, 7 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Good guidance, I'll put some combinations together...-Godot13 (talk) 03:37, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

Crisco 1492 - Two additional possibilities in the upcoming months, another further down the road (suggestions):

  • Treasury Note (1890–91) (set of 16) - shame to see them all go at once since there are so many historical figures represented, but the date of the Act authorizing their issue was July 14 (1890). These were only promoted in January...
  • Demand Note (3 individual FP) these should have been a set since they represent a complete denominational set. The first US Federal issue banknotes, not authorized but clarified and confirmed by an Act on August 5 (1861).
  • Federal Reserve Bank Note (set of 12) - looking farther into the future, the Federal Reserve System was created by an Act of Congress on December 23 (1913).

I'll keep looking. Thanks--Godot13 (talk) 04:45, 8 June 2014 (UTC)

    • The Treasury Notes might work better next year (125th anniversary). The Demand notes might work, and I don't think we have anything scheduled yet. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 04:54, 8 June 2014 (UTC)
      • Good call on the 125th Anniversary... I'll keep looking (at older FP promotions first).--Godot13 (talk) 05:23, 8 June 2014 (UTC)
        • Well, for the Treasury Notes we could just run some of them on the anniversary and save some for historical figures. Problem is, it does not look like many of the biographical articles use the banknotes. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 05:47, 8 June 2014 (UTC)
          • I'll fix that gradually, and only where space allows or additional prose information can be added...--Godot13 (talk) 05:52, 8 June 2014 (UTC)
            • Actually, some notes are already in the articles for Civil War generals. What I could do is make sure that all the images in the articles are from the series of 1891 (open or plain back design) so the fancy back (1890) could be presented as a logical/coherent group, and then a few singles could be free for use to commemorate some of the Civil War folks...--Godot13 (talk) 06:00, 8 June 2014 (UTC)
              • Ah, that works. Okay, I'll let you figure that out... still a year to go. I've left a reminder to myself on the 5 August page so that I don't forget the Demand Notes. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 06:02, 8 June 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 04 June 2014[edit]

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/U.S. National Gold Bank Notes (1871-1883)[edit]

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82. I am, at least, starting to catch up after my wikibreak, though. =) Adam Cuerden (talk) 08:45, 9 June 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Christ Pantocrator, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem[edit]

I prefer the uncropped version; I don't want to oppose, but I find it very hard to support something when my preference is that strong for the other. May I suggest that if it doesn't pass, that you nominate the uncropped version I prefer, which I will very gladly support? And if it does pass, I'm outvoted, and will shut up. =) Adam Cuerden (talk) 08:44, 9 June 2014 (UTC)

Fair enough ;-) --Godot13 (talk) 14:14, 9 June 2014 (UTC)

Purple images[edit]

Just wanted to let you know that these images still have the weird purple tinge:

File:UK-2014-Oxford-All Souls College 01.jpg File:UK-2014-Oxford-St John's College 02.jpg File:NET-Margraten-American Cemetery 02.jpg (only slight in this one) File:UK-2014-Oxford-Wadham College 05.jpg File:UK-2014-Oxford-Oriel College 02.jpg File:UK-2014-Oxford-Trinity College 04.jpg File:UK-2014-Oxford-Christ Church College 01.jpg File:UK-2014-Oxford-New College 01.jpg File:UK-2014-Oxford-Trinity College 02.JPG (technically it's only the window reflection but it's still purple instead of blue) File:UK-2014-Oxford-Magdalen College 06.jpg File:UK-2014-London-Monument to the Women of World War II (2).jpg

I find it very strange because the rest of the colours seem reasonably balanced, it's just a hue shift of the blues. What went wrong? Ðiliff «» (Talk) 19:55, 9 June 2014 (UTC)

Diliff - Ah, yes... I believe these are because I had gotten a new monitor which was not properly calibrated. It was only toward the end of uploading a string of Oxford images that I became aware of the problem. What you see are the images I have not yet gone back (or had the time) to redo. I plan to fix them in the coming weeks, thanks for the heads-up.--Godot13 (talk) 20:11, 9 June 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Christ Pantocrator, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem[edit]

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The Signpost: 11 June 2014[edit]

About your username.[edit]

I think your username is good. What does your username mean and how did you come up with it? }IMr*|(60nna)I{ 06:53, 16 June 2014 (UTC)

Thank you. I'm happy! (=D) }IMr*|(60nna)I{ 09:34, 16 June 2014 (UTC)
LOL! It was my first screen name when AOL just came out. I always thought it was an interesting premise: waiting for something (someone) who may never arrive. I remember seeing a production of the play with Ian mackellen and Patrick Stewart which left me speechless.--Godot13 (talk) 21:53, 16 June 2014 (UTC)
The "13" part in your username means you started editing before 2013. }IMr*|(60nna)I{ 22:31, 16 June 2014 (UTC)
Lucky number...--Godot13 (talk) 22:42, 16 June 2014 (UTC)

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Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Rep. Francis B. Spinola[edit]

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Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Main entrance and sundial pillar, Corpus Christi College, Oxford[edit]

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The Signpost: 18 June 2014[edit]

Oxford photos[edit]

Just a quick note to thank you for your lovely Oxford photographs. I've added some to Portal:University of Oxford (feel free to add others) and I'm delighted to see such high-quality images. Did you take any others that you haven't uploaded to Commons? The reason I ask is that I have written a couple of articles about Oxford college architecture (Jesus and Nuffield) and sometimes it's not the grand photos like the Hawkesmoor towers of All Souls or the sundial of Corpus that help bring an article to life. (Sometimes a photo helps me understand what I'm writing about!) I have a couple of ideas for which colleges I'd like to do next, but if you have other images relating to particular college(s) that might influence my decision... Thanks, BencherliteTalk 10:29, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

Bencherlite - You are more than welcome. I was a bit over-ambitious in the number of colleges I set out to photograph in a single day. Each college has hours open to the public and coordinating them was a nightmare. But, Jesus College was simply closed, (not even a porter to negotiate with). I remember making a conscious decision to skip Nuffield due to time constraints. I will review the image I took, I am certain there are more as I went with what I considered the better ones first. As Diliff accurately pointed out, I need to rework a few of the files because my monitor was not properly calibrated (purple/magenta) when I posted many of them. I will look and see if there is a concentration of photos from one or two colleges which could illustrate an article. On the very off chance I might have captured something you are specifically looking for, are there buildings at certain colleges in which you have an interest?-Godot13 (talk) 20:04, 24 June 2014 (UTC)
PS - In case you haven't seen the gallery, I'm keeping the Oxford images on this page. - Godot13 (talk) 20:10, 24 June 2014 (UTC)
Yes, I should have said I'd spotted the Commons gallery. It's a pity about Jesus but there we go. I have no Nuffield links and I don't remember ever stepping through the gate before I wrote the article (no, I went to lunch there once, 20 years ago, I've just remembered!) and I just wrote that one because it was interesting. I think All Souls would be good to do and have already bought some second-hand books about the college and its architecture, as well as researching some articles online. I doubt I will be able to start anything this side of the summer holidays, though. Otherwise, my natural preference is for smaller colleges (!) - the Corpuses of this world rather than the Magdalens and Christ Churches. Keble is an obvious one too, I suppose... BencherliteTalk 22:59, 24 June 2014 (UTC)
Bencherlite Okay. I'll look through during the next month or two and upload more images. If I don't put them directly in the gallery (may need some work pending your interest in using them), I'll ping you about their whereabouts.--Godot13 (talk) 23:10, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/U.S. Interest Bearing Notes (1864) set[edit]

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Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/5 złoty (1794) - First Polish Banknote[edit]

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Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Rep. Marcus C. Lisle[edit]

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Distortion[edit]

You've done several overhead images before, right? (I seem to recall several in Israel, though I'm not sure if those were from a helicopter or a peak). I've got a question for you: do you think the distortion in File:Great Mosque of Central Java, aerial view.jpg is too much? It was bugging me a bit, but the image has grown on me. The angles sure are weird, though, when one shoots from several hundred feet up. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 13:25, 28 June 2014 (UTC)

Hi Crisco- My shots were all from a helicopter, much higher and maintaining a distance of 1km (law). Your image was taken from within the mosque itself (which is harder because you don't have the distance let some of the distortion work itself out). Too much for what? For commons, maybe. For WP, perhaps if it was your average-size file. But I can count tiles on the roof... Based on the surrounding areas (very low), it would seem the only way to capture the same angle (or whole mosque) without significant distortion would be in a helicopter. As it is, IMO, the EV (for an overhead/semi-aerial looking view) slightly outweighs the negative impact of distortion... I hope that's helpful-Godot13 (talk) 19:29, 28 June 2014 (UTC)
  • A distance of 1km? That must have been some lens! Thanks for the feedback. I'll let the current batch run through first... (BTW, even this angle was a pain in the butt to get; I had to hold the camera outside the viewing platform, about 3 feet from the safety mesh in order to avoid the concrete skirt around the viewing platform; even going to the very top of the tower, in an employees only area, had clipping issues) — Crisco 1492 (talk) 23:46, 28 June 2014 (UTC)
  • I believe it was a pain. For being "on-site" It sounds like you probably got the best shot you could get. Question (as this is not my area)- If one could set up a tripod in the minaret (and I understand that wasn't happening without an obstructed view) would stitching multiple images be a technique to reduce distortion? (Above, they told me it was the law (1km) but I think it may have been more like .5-.75km)--Godot13 (talk) 00:10, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
forgot to ping...-Godot13 (talk) 00:14, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Yeah, you would (I think) be able to stitch it without much major distortion... at least you wouldn't need to worry about parallax, the bane of hand-held panorama photography. It's usually a bigger problem with interior shots, although if you don't have much distance or several objects in the foreground it comes up as well. (my view of the Umbul Temple bathing area has a little parallax, so I probably won't go to FPC with that). — Crisco 1492 (talk) 00:21, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Nice shot Crisco, but I see what you mean.--Godot13 (talk) 00:56, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Oh yeah, almost forgot: it's not just a standard tripod head. There are special heads which are used. Diliff has one... but for some reason nobody in this city seems to know what panoramic tripod heads are. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 00:58, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Good to know. I'll check and see if I can rent one with the tripod. I'm fairly sure that when the Wikicup is over for me (either in 2 or 4 months) I will not want to see a banknote for at least a month or two. Trying to add some variety at the end though...-Godot13 (talk) 01:15, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Indeed. As they say, variety is the spice of life (hence why I occasionally venture into less covered territory... like the first photographic documentation of human intersexuality [NSFW]... wish I had the Le Mens book, so this could get FA status). Anywho, looking forward to seeing your next photographic venture (or aviation list). — Crisco 1492 (talk) 01:22, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Now that's some variety... Do you speak/read French?-Godot13 (talk) 04:31, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Speak, haltingly. Read, fairly well; when I cite Archipel articles I usually read them in the original French. I probably wouldn't have much of an issue with that book. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 05:07, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
  • On a completely unrelated note (just writing here because I don't want to start a new section), do you want to be credited with your user name or your real name for your photographs? Rather pertinent as I'm going to schedule the image of Al-Aqsa Mosque for Eid (17 July) — Crisco 1492 (talk) 07:08, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Thanks, that's great. I've always tried to be the low-profile type, but I guess for real images (photographs vs scans) it would be nice to take credit.-Godot13 (talk) 07:45, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
Crisco-Do you think that image would have a shot at Commons?
  • Alright, I'll change the name later (doing a translation project right now). — Crisco 1492 (talk) 07:55, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
I'm terrible at guessing what Commons wants ;) It's worth a shot, of course. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 07:55, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Crisco- re: the image... +7 supports in less than a day... nice...-Godot13 (talk) 23:52, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
    • I must say, I'm surprised. I guess that's what happens with 150 mp. (Wonder what would happen if I were able to take a gigapixel image of something... but I'd never be able to do that handheld). — Crisco 1492 (talk) 00:16, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 25 June 2014[edit]

WikiCup 2014 June newsletter[edit]

After an extremely close race, Round 3 is over. 244 points secured a place in Round 4, which is comparable to previous years- 321 was required in 2013, while 243 points were needed in 2012. Pool C's Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions) was the round's highest scorer, mostly due to a 32 featured pictures, including both scans and photographs. Also from Pool C, Scotland Casliber (submissions) finished second overall, claiming three featured articles, including the high-importance Grus (constellation). Third place was Pool B's , whose contributions included featured articles Russian battleship Poltava (1894) and Russian battleship Peresvet. Pool C saw the highest number of participants advance, with six out of eight making it to the next round.

The round saw this year's first featured portal, with Republic of Rose Island Sven Manguard (submissions) taking Portal:Literature to featured status. The round also saw the first good topic points, thanks to Florida 12george1 (submissions) and the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. This means that all content types have been claimed this year. Other contributions of note this round include a featured topic on Maya Angelou's autobiographies from Idaho Figureskatingfan (submissions), a good article on the noted Czech footballer Tomáš Rosický from Bartošovice v Orlických horách Cloudz679 (submissions) and a now-featured video game screenshot, freely released due to the efforts of Republic of Rose Island Sven Manguard (submissions).

The judges would like to remind participants to update submission pages promptly. This means that content can be checked, and allows those following the competition (including those participating) to keep track of scores effectively. This round has seen discussion about various aspects of the WikiCup's rules and procedures. Those interested in the competition can be assured that formal discussions about how next year's competition will work will be opened shortly, and all are welcome to voice their views then. If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to help keep down the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talk · contribs) The ed17 (talk · contribs) and Miyagawa (talk · contribs) 18:48, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 02 July 2014[edit]

An Award[edit]

Victor Dubreuil - Barrels on Money, c. 1897 oil on canvas.jpg The Money Award
For you..................................... Hafspajen (talk) 01:47, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Hafspajen- You just put a big smile on my face. I love Dubreuil's paintings. Thanks!--Godot13 (talk) 02:18, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
I have seen this picture and it made me think of you! And a little bird said that you are on your ..100th? FP !? Wow. Nice job. Hafspajen (talk) 02:31, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
Many thanks Hafspajen. If all goes well, tomorrow (depending on where you are right now, July 7) will be exactly 100 for this year...-Godot13 (talk) 02:36, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Very nice indeed. I'm at 172 nominations + creations, but that's taken almost 3 years. Very good work! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 02:38, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
WOW!!! Great, so then this award is just right. Hafspajen (talk) 02:41, 7 July 2014 (UTC) Hey, we don't have an article on him, Victor Dubreuil

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...100...

POTD notification[edit]

Hi Godot,

Just to let you know that the Featured Picture File:Israel-2013-Jerusalem-Temple Mount-Al-Aqsa Mosque (NE exposure).jpg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on July 28, 2014. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2014-07-28. Thank you for all of your contributions! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 23:49, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

  • BTW, if you still want to take credit under your own name, it appears you'll have to be the one to add it. I don't seem to have it in the emails. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 23:49, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
    • Nix that, I just realized that you've already included it on the file page. Silly me. Two finger salute! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 02:44, 9 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Crisco- I took a good look at the image and there are a lot of dustspots in the sky at max resolution. I looked for the raw file and the color adjustment is a bit different, so I didn't go that route. I downloaded the uploaded existing image and used CameraRaw, spot removal brush only, to get rid of the spots. Would it be allowed to upload the "new" image (which is identical, minus dust)?--Godot13 (talk) 04:05, 9 July 2014 (UTC)
    • Yep, that should be fine. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 04:17, 9 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Indonesian one-rupiah (first issue, first series)[edit]

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  • Dalmatian.

Greenbacks[edit]

Is the Greenback set the one that puts you at 100? Adam Cuerden (talk) 01:00, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

Ah, I see it is. Up to a short interview? Adam Cuerden (talk) 01:01, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
Hi Adam- Sure. How does this work, and when would be good for you?--Godot13 (talk) 01:24, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
Let me just confirm with the ed17 that it'll run, then I'll ask you a series of questions. Adam Cuerden (talk) 02:18, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
Sure.-Godot13 (talk) 02:22, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
We're greenlit. I'll set up the questions tonight or tomorrow. =) Adam Cuerden (talk) 09:00, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
Great, send them when you've got them...-Godot13 (talk) 09:19, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

Some satay for you[edit]

Chicken sate with peanut sauce, 2014-05-07.jpg

Creating featured content is a drain. You could probably use a bit of nourishment. Hope you don't mind hot foods! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 03:51, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

  • BTW, does the Smithsonian have any of these? That is a terrible reproduction there. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 04:02, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
    • Crisco- First of all, your photos of food evoke a Pavlovian response... Thank you for the satay. I haven't seen one of the occupation notes in either the Dutch East Indies or Indonesia sections, but I think I may know why- it might be in military occupation script. I will have a look next trip down (I hope in mid-late August).--Godot13 (talk) 04:38, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
      • Military occupation script? That sounds like there'd be quite a few rare items there with interesting histories. BTW, Philippines notes appear to also be PD (commons:Template:PD-PhilippinesGov) and notes from pre-1964 Malaysia (so essentially anything from British Malaya) would be PD too (commons:Template:PD-Malaysia). This is not begging for those notes, really, but just an idea in case you're running out of US bills (though I doubt that's a problem yet). — Crisco 1492 (talk) 04:43, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
        • Crisco, I'm happy to diversify (and learn in the process). I will look for the ones you mentioned. Keep in mind, the BEP proof archive has, roughly, 300,000 items... I will run out of sanity long before I run out of U.S. paper currency and related items Face-wink.svg --Godot13 (talk) 05:07, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
          • 300,000 items... but there has to be at least some duplicates, right? I mean, in terms of series (say, Hawaii overprint notes of a certain denomination)... — Crisco 1492 (talk) 06:22, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
            • LOL!... no, 300K are just the BEP proofs (e.g., banknotes, bonds, tax stamps)... Some of the proofs cover all varieties (which is close to being duplicates for design, but not signature combinations). Then there's the banknotes from around the world... It's so vast it's sort of hard to fathom. The whole collection including coins and medals is over one million objects.--Godot13 (talk) 07:22, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
              • Yes, easy to go crazy with that... very easy. Hard to wrap my head around. Ancient Chinese currency (coins, obviously)? Those stone currency things (sorry, forget the name)?. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 09:04, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
                • A few smaller Rai stones (not that I could move them). Coins start at the beginning...--Godot13 (talk) 09:18, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
                  • What I love about 'smaller' is that it can be miles away from 'small' and still be correct. Well, I must find the time to visit once I actually have the money for regular travel back home. My wife enjoys looking at different forms of currency (not as much as she enjoys having it, but well enough) and I rather like old banknotes. Anywho, congrats again! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 10:53, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 09 July 2014[edit]

Demand Notes[edit]

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── - Alright, all done. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 03:45, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

DYK for Art and engraving on United States banknotes[edit]

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Scans[edit]

20,000 rp note, 2013 series
  • Hi Godot, hope your vacation is going well. I finally tried scanning a banknote (left) and was wondering if you could provide further feedback (aside from cropping the border a bit more; I know that would be preferable). I was particularly interested in tricks for keeping the bills perfectly flat; for this scan I had the bill under black paper under a dictionary but the bill was not exactly playing along. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 09:43, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
    • Hi Crisco - I actually leave later this afternoon... The engraved portrait looks really good, but the colorful fine printing near the edges isn't as sharp as it could be (on a hair-splitting level). The black paper behind is good and definitely helps give better definition to any kind of watermark in the paper. The size (pixels) is huge but I notice it's at 300dpi. I tend to scan my own stuff at at least 600 and the Smithsonian notes at 800, could this be a factor? I'm surprised that a note under the weight of a dictionary was not cooperative. This may be a stupid question, but is the scanner on a very solid surface (to avoid any kind of vibrations)? In my scanner software there is a sharpen feature clickable in the preview mode, I find this extremely helpful for engravings and banknotes...-Godot13 (talk) 10:12, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
      • "Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer" ... i.e. yeah, it wasn't on the most solid of surfaces. *oops*. I'll try putting this on a proper table or desk later. As for the scan resolution, it's actually scanned at 2400dpi, then downsized to 66% for a sharper edge (so... = to 1600dpi). Probably just faster to scan at 1600dpi from the getgo, I'll admit. (A stupid question from me now: does the DPI we save the file at [not scan] actually affect the file in any way?) — Crisco 1492 (talk) 10:17, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
      • Dictionary was the 1700-page Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia, so there was quite a bit of weight there. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 10:20, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
        • Crisco- Vibrations (for a high res scan) can kill it. Now, your "stupid question" isn't so stupid because I have no idea. I've never changed the dpi setting/level after I've captured the image. It's also possible (with modern banknotes) that less is more - all the overlapping colored lines are likely part of the anti-counterfeiting measures so the more detail you try to capture the less sharp it becomes (complete speculation).-Godot13 (talk) 10:31, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
          • And a completely off-topic question: I'm going a few places, and one is a non-FOP country (Morocco). I will take all the pictures I can for myself. In terms of what I can use for Wikipedia, in practical (general) terms, what will not fly?-Godot13 (talk) 10:31, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
            • Alright, I'll definitely find an actual table (rather than my camera bag on a computer chair) for the next scan (yeah, that bad). As for the off-topic question: upload locally and use your preferred license together with {{FoP-USonly}}, as I did for the mosque and Chinese temple images (but not statues! those aren't covered in US FOP). Hosting on Commons is only acceptable for a non-FOP image if the structure/artwork is already PD. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 10:40, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
              • Scanner on a camera bag on a chair... given the set up I'd say the scan was superb ;-) --Godot13 (talk) 20:00, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
                • A wheeled chair ;). I'll have time tomorrow to give this another go. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 23:24, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 16 July 2014[edit]

Wikicup semifinalists interview request[edit]

As you may know, I write for the Signpost, basically Wikipedia's newsletter. I'd like to do a feature on the semifinalists, would you be willing to provide, say, 250 to 500 words saying: (1.) Why did you join the Wikicup? (2.) What you you hope to get out of it? and (3.) Which of your contributions to the Wikicup are your favourites?

Not quite sure how I'll order them - I'll probably make the ed17 decide, as, you know, Conflict of Interest: I am a semifinalist. I'd imagine point order or alphabetical or the like.

Can you please reply at Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2014-07-30/Wikicup#Godot13? Thanks! Adam Cuerden (talk) 00:21, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

Will do tonight.--Godot13 (talk) 04:35, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

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Oh, and if somebody is counting... Face-grin expert.svg ... it's 110 now. Armbrust The Homunculus 00:01, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 23 July 2014[edit]

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Historical paintings engraved for U.S. banknotes[edit]

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Re: Seal of Ohio[edit]

It is a beautiful illustration, and you did a great job restoring it. However, I found it misleading to include in the article, out of the context of the rest of the set. By 1876, Ohio had no longer had a coat of arms, only a seal containing a circular "device", which apart from the great seal was drawn rather crudely. Also, the absence of a river and motto would definitely rule out it being an illustration of the 1866 coat of arms. (I'm still looking for a better illustration of that coat of arms; the current one is missing several elements.) The 1879 and 1902 illustrations I included under "Empire" are believed to be historically accurate (Knabenshue 1902, Galbreath 1902).

I'm also trying to make the article into more of an article and less of a gallery. The article is currently missing the seals of 1803, 1848–49, and 1965 for lack of space. There's still more to write about, so it may be possible at some point to make room for the illustration. In the meantime, the article does link to Commons:Category:State seals of Ohio, and the illustration is in that category, a couple levels down.

 – Minh Nguyễn (talk, contribs) 09:09, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Scans again[edit]

20,000 rupiah bill

Hope the trip is going well. I did another scan. I think this is featureable, once it goes in the article. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 11:42, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

  • Crisco Night and day difference. Very sharp, even most of the microprinting (the printing in green is fuzzy, but not a defect in the scan. If it's sharp on the note, then it is serving its purpose as an anti-counterfeiting measure. Trip is good. Hot (for me, but probably not in your neck of the woods). Churches and cathedrals generally do not allow pictures (in Spain) and bringing up a tripod seems to be humorous for some reason...-Godot13 (talk) 13:23, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
    • Perfectly sharp on the note. I'll get the other circulating denominations, then make a nom. Next month, a new release of the 100k bills and another scan to do. So much variety!
    • It's interesting to hear that the churches/cathedrals aren't allowing photography. Even from off site? I get the issue with interiors, but from outside... what about the mosques? If I'm not mistaken, there's a lot of Moorish Islamic architecture in the southern part of the country. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 13:56, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
      • Crisco- From the outside is fine. But inside many have said no to interiors, the one where it was okay wouldn't allow tripods, any another said no to interiors but allowed shooting the grounds from open windows. This Basilica wouldn't allow photos and it was one of the most unusual places of worship I've been (unbelievable feat). Of course they would not allow cameras but the art was unbelievable... Next and last destination. Any image suggestions that could improve WP articles are always welcome...-Godot13 (talk) 16:55, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
        • The Prado... now that would be an experience. I remember spending hours just trawling their website, finding their scans of works by Goya, Valazquez, et al... And yes, the Basillica looks absolutely amazing. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 00:52, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 30 July 2014[edit]

A barnstar for you![edit]

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What a great article you wrote (Historical coats of arms of the U.S. states)

This was the best article I've ever reviewed. Keep the hard work. Hashima20 (talk) 13:22, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

Commons:Valued image candidates/De Javasche Bank, complete 1948 Issue[edit]

Regarding this... I think you forgot to transclude it, meaning nobody realized you nominated it. BTW, I've been cleaning up the banknotes of Indonesia category. It's now sorted by denomination, in case you want to classify notes more easily. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 12:44, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

Crisco Well that explains it. It's moot anyhow as the VIS has been shut down (at least last I heard). I will not forget to look for the Emergency issue Indonesian currency next week...--Godot13 (talk) 17:01, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
  • VIS? On the English Wikipedia, yes, there is no longer a valued image process... but the one on Commons is alive and kicking. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 23:39, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Crisco- VIC is alive, VIS (sets) they shut down. When that happened I stopped participating because it didn't make sense to submit a set of 10-15 notes one nom at a time with nothing to tie them together...-Godot13 (talk) 23:48, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 06 August 2014[edit]

Coinkidinks[edit]

  • Odd how we'd have banknotes from the Smithsonian collections running not only on their own anniversaries, but also the Smithsonian's. And entirely unplanned. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 11:03, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
I thought the anniversary of the notes was planned, but the anniversary of the Smithsonian... ha, go figure!--Godot13 (talk) 15:58, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Second art wasn't, was what I meant. Sorry, distracting day with the parents flying halfway around the world. I receive "On this Day in History" emails, and I noticed that the Smithsonian was established on 10 August. Small space-time continuum, perhaps. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 16:16, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

One more thing on coins[edit]

For energy

I forget if I put this on my wishlist but I could really use images (both sides) of the two Panama-Pacific $50 pieces. As a high priority. Many thanks for your help.--Wehwalt (talk) 21:50, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

They were there...-Godot13 (talk) 22:05, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Crisco- VeniYes check.svg Done, VidiYes check.svg Done (the necessary people, not the objects). Not so much of a Vici as a quid pro quo ;-) I have hope, but no deal is done until it is done. Now, they've been doing some re-organizing of world paper, which is complicating the search for the Japanese occupation notes... Godot13 (talk) 02:46, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

Perryville portrait[edit]

Hi, Godot! Adam Cuerden is working with me on a peer review for 33rd Regiment Alabama Infantry, and he suggested I contact you about a file:

Action at Russell's Farm, Battle of Perryville, October 8, 1862.jpg

. It comes from a collection currently held by the Smithsonian, and he suggested that you might know if there's a larger and/or better version out there. If not, no worries, but I thought I'd just follow up on his suggestion. Any help or advice you could give would be deeply appreciated! - Ecjmartin (talk) 00:45, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

Hi Ecjmartin- I will find out which department has "jurisdiction" over the art work and see if they are approachable. I have a request for images pending right now, so I may have to wait a week or so before asking about this...--Godot13 (talk) 00:51, 14 August 2014 (UTC)
Not a problem, sir. There's no rush here, so please feel free to take your time. I appreciate any help you can give; thanks again!! - Ecjmartin (talk) 01:04, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

Re:Leader of Alderney[edit]

I don't mind at all. Go ahead. I don't have much experience with FL (actually I think this is my first nom) so if a more experienced hand is willing to help, then I would gratefully appreciate it. The C of E God Save the Queen! (talk) 23:23, 16 August 2014 (UTC)

The C of E God Save the Queen!- You chose a difficult topic for a list... The main sources are websites that don't cite their sources. The one or two books I've found don't provide a complete list and also provide some conflicting information with the websites. It's a bit of a puzzle (which is what draws me in). IMO, for this list to be successful at FLC, each date or pair of dates should have it's own sources. I've added the website sources to the section headers, and added a new section in the list to account for German occupation civilian versus military leadership (they are consecutive, not concurrent). but I think it needs to be more specific. I will keep digging a bit more...-Godot13 (talk) 06:15, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 13 August 2014[edit]

Steeplechase[edit]

I'll put the award here this weekend :) I've been very very busy in RL :( → Call me Hahc21 00:35, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

Hahc- No worries!-Godot13 (talk) 00:43, 21 August 2014 (UTC)