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It's rather late for Hallowe'en, but here's some pie for you[edit]

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It's good to see you back HalfGig! Illegitimi non carborundum! Sminthopsis84 (talk) 16:06, 8 November 2014 (UTC)
Thank you! PUMPKINS are GREAT eating anytime! HalfGig talk 16:07, 8 November 2014 (UTC)


So, now that you're back, are you ready to jump in again to try to push Cucurbita through to FA? Sminthopsis84 (talk) 01:29, 9 November 2014 (UTC)

I guess so. I see you asked Corrine about it. If there's a team we can put together, sure; but I was not going to do so as myself as I am sure I could not do it alone. I'll think about others we could ask for help. One thing, I want YOU, good friend Sminthopsis84, to have the official credit for it as you deserve the honor. My goal all along has been to get Cucurbita to the best status possible. I am not overly concerned about getting a shiny sticker by my name for it. If you and Corrine are on the train with me, I'm help all I can. I'm also want to get the botanist Whitaker, the cucurbita expert, his own article. He deserves that. HalfGig talk 01:45, 9 November 2014 (UTC)
Well, shiny stickers are something that I try to avoid, because I like to think of wikipedia as an anonymous effort. I wonder if there is a way to opt out of any sticker applying that might be in the offing. The way that you were driven out of wikipedia just when you were thinking of trying for FA status for Cucurbita was what made me want to try for that now that you are back. Whitaker sounds like a very interesting person, who must have made a huge difference to understanding the Cucurbitaceae by focussing on their breeding behaviour. Did you see that there is a parthenocarpic summer squash cultivar named after him? I wasn't immediately able to see seeds of it for sale, otherwise it could be an amusing long-term project to grow them out and photograph the fruit for Sminthopsis84 (talk) 14:39, 9 November 2014 (UTC)
No I hadn't found that. Now I see this. Is that the one? HalfGig talk 15:26, 9 November 2014 (UTC)
Yes. Perhaps the parthenocarpy hadn't been the main aim of the breeding program, but a lucky feature. Sminthopsis84 (talk) 18:28, 9 November 2014 (UTC)

User:Zigzig20s/Petit Gulf cotton[edit]

I replied on the WP talkpage. Feel free to expand it if you can with Jstor. The Stanford PDF can't be cited without permission apparently.Zigzig20s (talk) 04:31, 9 November 2014 (UTC)

I'm trying to get full JSTOR access. I'm not sure what will come of that nor if I will succeed. I'll see what I can do. HalfGig talk 12:14, 9 November 2014 (UTC)
FYI, I have moved it to a proper article, as a stub. If you are able to help in its expansion, that would be great! Please reply on my talkpage if interested. Thank you.Zigzig20s (talk) 16:42, 30 December 2014 (UTC)
I suppose ideally a picture would be good, but that will be hard. (Does this breed even exist any more?) But generally speaking, I would like to see the page expanded. Apparently, this breed of cotton was very significant in the Antebellum South (and still relevant, as the 2010 country song shows). But actually, there is something specific I could ask--are you able to find biographies of Rush Nutt (especially birth and death dates) as well as more info about the Laurel Hill Plantation please? I also improved his son Haller Nutt's page a while back--on that page, you will see several red links for former plantations which would require more references to get created as well. What is your main interest though--the Antebellum South, or plants?Zigzig20s (talk) 17:14, 30 December 2014 (UTC)
I found two PDFs you would like. Email me and I'll send them to you. Also find "Lost Mansions of Mississippi, Volume II" by Mary Miller, Sep 2010. HalfGig talk 17:23, 30 December 2014 (UTC)
How do I e-mail you? I forget--did we "meet" on the WP Plant or Mississippi talkpage btw?Zigzig20s (talk) 17:28, 30 December 2014 (UTC)
We "wiki-met" on the WP:Plant talk page. You have to turn on your email options. If you go to someone's user page and they have email turned on, you see "e-mail this user" on the left nav bar. You don't have it. Go to your Preferences link, User Profile, scroll to the bottom and set up your email. HalfGig talk 17:34, 30 December 2014 (UTC)
Would you be able to add a filled-in infobox for this plant? OK--is there a way to e-mail you without turning that on? In other words, could I e-mail you first rather you e-mailing me? Wikipedia should have a way to upload documents without users e-mailing each other btw.Zigzig20s (talk) 17:49, 30 December 2014 (UTC)
You can email me first but you have to turn on your email within wiki. The only other way is for you to post your email on a wiki page which I highly recommend you NOT do. Those are the only ways I know. HalfGig talk 17:55, 30 December 2014 (UTC)

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DYK Lwandle Plate[edit]

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A puppy for you![edit]


Congratulations on your pending changes reviewer status, and here's a pumpkin-coloured puppy to keep you company! Puppies enjoy pending changes, or changing pendants, or anything of a similar nature.

Sminthopsis84 (talk) 21:57, 16 November 2014 (UTC)

ROFL. Thanks! HalfGig talk 22:01, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for transmutation. I LOVE PUPPIES! HalfGig talk 00:51, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

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It seems a very nice little article. I'm not a specialist on single species articles, but I'd guess it's in with a good chance: it isn't at all obvious what if anything ought to be added to it, at least. All the best, Chiswick Chap (talk) 07:27, 19 November 2014 (UTC)

Festive Cucurbita, pumpkin fest...[edit]

Hi again, we both came across Keene Pumpkin Fest; and there's Jack-o'-lantern too. Perhaps Cucurbita needs a section on festivals? They are a bit heavy on pumpkins but we've pretty much had the squash/pumpkin discussion already... and people definitely celebrate enormous champion marrows too. Even a marrow song, hmm. And I know just the image for the section! All the best, Chiswick Chap (talk) 09:02, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

Good idea. I'll work on this over the next several days. If you want to start it, feel free. Perhaps call the section something like "Cultural aspects". There's Pumpkin chunking too. HalfGig talk 11:09, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
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There was also User:PumpkinSky, who should love all this ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:50, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
Great start. We should expand to include more countries. I know they have some sort of Pumpkin Fest in Australia, Germany too. I'll be back to this only a little more today. I can spend more time on it over the weekend. HalfGig talk 17:19, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
Good luck! I see you added Canada, that will need a ref. We probably don't need much more on pumpkins (other than refs to prove other nations do 'em); more on other squashes would be better. Gourds are a likely bet, I suspect. Chiswick Chap (talk) 18:45, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
Pretty much agree but I think we do need some countries that where English and its various dialects are not the dominant language. Otherwise someone will complain it doesn't have a world-view or something along that line. HalfGig talk 19:10, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
We sure do. I guess that won't be pumpkin fests at all. Squashes are very important as food in Latin America: we already have a Moche ceramic above: maybe we should move the bit on art to the new culture section. Chiswick Chap (talk) 20:54, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
I'd leave the moche there are it is an example of ancient art which is talked about there, different from modern festivals and such. HalfGig talk 22:05, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

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DYK for Thomas W. Whitaker[edit]

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Wow. Thank you very much Gerda Arendt. This exceptionally kind of you. I like working with plants. HalfGig talk 13:14, 29 November 2014 (UTC)
I like to eat them ;) - look --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:20, 29 November 2014 (UTC)
Not liking pumpkin is incomprehensible. Too bad that user is not active much. HalfGig talk 22:33, 29 November 2014 (UTC)
Yes. He took the picture of the sapphire, did you know? He is active as a admin on the commons. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:42, 30 November 2014 (UTC)

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I really would like to see this run on December 24 or 25. Tempus fugit. I am in no position to do anything further. Any effort to move this along would be appreciated. And if you could make it happen, you would have my undying gratitude. Happy holidays. 7&6=thirteen () 03:50, 21 December 2014 (UTC)

Sure. I approved ALT4 and see Wikipedia_talk:Did_you_know#Request_for_Christmas. HalfGig talk 04:40, 21 December 2014 (UTC)

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thanks for promoting it. We did a big chunk of the DYK process in less than 24 hours from the article's creation. Should that say "as a fellow" instead of the plural that's there now. I personally wouldn't care, but there are nitpickers at DYK. 7&6=thirteen () 04:27, 21 December 2014 (UTC)

Newport Tower[edit]

HI - I've reverted most of your edits, explaining with edit summaries and in one case on the talk page. There is a lot of nonsense out there and it's hard to sort it out at times. Eg Plowden, who had nothing to do with Rhode Island. Dougweller (talk) 10:29, 24 December 2014 (UTC)

OK. We'll go with the better sources. Yes, it is hard to sort out. I don't think Arnold built it and I don't think it was a windmill. For one thing, the window positioning is very odd. Other than that, I'm not sure what it is or when it was built. This is why I tried to word things as "maybe, or So-and-So said...". The late 1700s painting by Stuart shows that the roof had been gone for a long time. So the tower just based on that alone was built probably 100+ years earlier. My personal guess is was built prior to 1635 or so. It's just a question of how early and by whom. I'll poke in JSTOR to see if I can find something. HalfGig talk 12:33, 24 December 2014 (UTC)
I've looked pretty hard. It does very much resemble the Chesterton windmill[1]. Dougweller (talk) 14:16, 24 December 2014 (UTC)
The problem I'm having is that for every claim it seems there's someone claiming the first claim is bunk. Sigh. Does the Chesteron mill have a stone or wood top? It's windows seem to be more standard that Newport's. HalfGig talk 14:20, 24 December 2014 (UTC)
^Thanks for your work on the article. The roof is wooden.[2]. Dougweller (talk) 16:28, 24 December 2014 (UTC)

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To you and all. HalfGig talk 12:37, 24 December 2014 (UTC)

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It looks as if we'd better find an alternative source of supply of suitable med. evidence, or its absence. Since we actually believe it's the latter, the sort of claim we discussed earlier ('suggestive evidence from animal experiments') is perfectly justifiable, but we ought to have in addition a more general 'but more robust evidence is (2014) still lacking', for which we need some kind of justification, if not a citation! Chiswick Chap (talk) 09:26, 28 December 2014 (UTC)

Yes. @Zad68: is a great guy and has been helpful but he seems caught up in real life and the frivolous aspects of wiki seem to have ensnared him, which I'm sure he would prefer to not have been entrapped by. Yes, I'd like to work together on this. I don't understand the medical stuff very well and I understand MEDRS even less. I'll gladly do what I can but could you take the lead on this? Feel free to change anything I add to the article. If you know someone else that has the time and knowledge to help, that'd be great too. Let's press forward together. I'm sure @Sminthopsis84: will help too. HalfGig talk 13:31, 28 December 2014 (UTC)
Not sure any of us can really do the required thing, which is to trawl the medical databases and return a definite "nothing there", I guess via some kind of search, repeated on each such database. I'm happy to help where I can but I have neither the access nor the expertise. Chiswick Chap (talk) 14:05, 28 December 2014 (UTC)
That's the problem. We someone who does. How about we start by doing what we can? Then maybe we post at MEDRS for help again or maybe Zad68 will have time to help by then. HalfGig talk 14:18, 28 December 2014 (UTC)
We have already done what we can, and it may well be enough to get us through. It would however be wise to ask immediately at MEDRS for the specific just-in-case action I just mentioned, or perhaps one or two likely medics (Doc James?) personally, I think. The article is in good shape; I'd be inclined give the medics a week or two and then go to FAC. Chiswick Chap (talk) 14:35, 28 December 2014 (UTC)
OK. Since I asked before can you ask this time? HalfGig talk 14:42, 28 December 2014 (UTC)
OK. Chiswick Chap (talk) 14:43, 28 December 2014 (UTC)

New image[edit]

It's not a bad image, but not really necessary - just the sort of thing FAC reviewers jump on. And the caption is nearly identical to that of the lead image - just the sort of thing ... that makes an image look superfluous. FWIW I think the lead image more colourful. If you feel you want to keep it, I suggest you update the caption with the kinds of squash/pumpkin shown so there is a defensible case for it; but we already have images of different species, so take care it doesn't appear redundant to those. All the best, Chiswick Chap (talk) 14:00, 30 December 2014 (UTC)

I'm mixed on which of those should be lead. The current one is more colorful but the original one has larger fruits which are easier to see and is an FP. Either one is okay with me. I'll update the caption. HalfGig talk 14:08, 30 December 2014 (UTC)

Mm, if I want to say something at FAC I'd rather pick my own words, please. Chiswick Chap (talk) 13:59, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

Oh, sorry. No problem. I was just trying to close the issue. I've changed it to be just a note to look at your talk page. If you want you can totally cut out that sentence. HalfGig talk 14:14, 1 January 2015 (UTC)
Not to worry. I'll keep half an eye on the FAC; most probably, I'll try to deal with the 'human' stuff. Chiswick Chap (talk) 14:30, 1 January 2015 (UTC)


Hi HalfGig, it's great to see you editing again! The article has certainly come a long way. Looking really good. I'll have a read-through in a bit. Happy New Year! :-) mgiganteus1 (talk) 15:42, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

Thank you and Happy New Year to you too! HalfGig talk 15:55, 1 January 2015 (UTC)
Hello, HalfGig. I've made a few more edits to improve sentence flow and paragraph cohesion. I will continue reading to the end of the article later this afternoon. CorinneSD (talk) 20:41, 6 January 2015 (UTC)
That's great! CorinneSD, Your copyediting is superb. We very much appreciate it. HalfGig talk 22:42, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

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Might I suggest using the Karolina Olsson article for the Top DYK. It is a really interesting case that I think will attract many views.--BabbaQ (talk) 20:22, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

It's interesting but the photo is rather poor, so I put in the quirky slot, the last one, which is the second-most desired slot. HalfGig talk 20:24, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
I agree there. And thank you :)--BabbaQ (talk) 20:26, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
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I have to respectfully disagree on that one. HalfGig talk 20:33, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

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