User talk:Kingdon

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Wikimania 2012 bid, DC chapter & next meetup![edit]

  1. At WikiXDC in January, User:Harej proposed that DC submit a bid to host Wikimania 2012. A bid and organizing committee is being formed and seeks additional volunteers to help. Please look at our bid page and sign up if you want to help out. You can also signup for the bid team's email list.
  2. To support the Wikimania bid, more events like WikiXDC, and outreach activities like collaborations with the Smithsonian (ongoing) and National Archives, there also has been discussion of forming Wikimedia DC, as an official Wikimedia chapter. You can express interest and contribute to chapter discussions on the Wikimedia DC Meta-Wiki pages.
  3. To discuss all this and meet up with special guest, Dutch Wikipedian User:Kim Bruning, there will be a meetup, Wikipedia:Meetup/DC 16 this Tuesday at 7pm, at Capitol City Brewery, Metro Center. There will be a pre-meetup Wikimania team meeting at 6pm at the same location.

Apologies for the short notice for this meetup, but let's discuss when, where & what for DC Meetup #17. Also, if you haven't yet, please join wikimedia-dc mailing list to stay informed. Cheers, User:Aude (talk)


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DC Meetup: May 7 @ Tenleytown Library[edit]

The next DC Wikimedia meetup is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 3:30-5:30 pm at the Tenleytown Library (adjacent to the Tenleytown Metro Station, Red Line), followed by dinner & socializing at some nearby place.

This is the first official meeting of our proposed Wikimedia DC chapter, with discussion of bylaws and next steps. Other agenda items include, update everyone on our successful Wikimania bid and next steps in the planning process, discuss upcoming activities that we want to do over the summer and fall, and more.

Please RSVP here and see a list of additional tentatively planned meetups & activities for late May & June on the Wikipedia:Meetup/DC page.


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GLAM-Wiki Baltimore meetup[edit]

You're invited! Wikimedia DC Annual Membership Meeting[edit]

DC Meetup 23 & Annual Membership Meeting

Wikimedia District of Columbia, the newest officially recognized chapter, is holding its Annual Membership Meeting at 1pm on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library.

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Agenda items include:

  • election of the Board of Directors for the next two years
  • approval of a budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year
  • report on the activities and accomplishments of the past year
  • social gathering afterwards at a nearby restaurant

Candidate nominations are open until 11:59pm EDT on Saturday, September 24. We encourage you to consider being a candidate. (see see candidate instructions)

The meeting is open to both the general public and members from within the DC-MD-VA-WV-DE region and beyond. We encourage everyone to attend!

You may join the chapter at the meeting or online.


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Your very old removals of speculations for superheavy elements[edit]

Hi, I browsed through the talk pages for the superheavy elements and saw your old (2007) removals of speculated properties from the infoboxes. So I thought you'd like to know that I independently started adding them – with sources – from last year. See the infoboxes for the elements from Cf onwards (and for a more concentrated supply of sourced speculations, Lr and Rf onwards), if you're curious. It seems that the properties you deleted were largely correct but for (1) many typos and (2) being unsourced!

(BTW: 22 s is more than enough to form molecules. BhO3Cl is known.) Double sharp (talk) 14:15, 16 September 2013 (UTC)

Cool. I did some looking for sources back then, but wasn't finding enough to do the job properly. Speculations are fine if we know what they are based on and know which speculations are worth talking about. So if you were able to do some separation of wheat from chaff, that sounds great. (Sorry for the lack of a response on specifics like what we had said about 22 seconds, but I don't remember details from 5+ years ago). Kingdon (talk) 17:01, 16 September 2013 (UTC)
It was on Bh, when you said that you doubted that something with a half-life of 22 s (old; there's now known to be an almost-1-minute isotope) could form crystals and molecules. I found predictions for both. :-) The old ones seem to have been copied by periodic trends from Re, its lighter congener. That sort of thing should be killed on sight, especially since relativity has a rather nasty habit of messing with the properties of elements. If you go to many of our SHE articles now, and also the articles on period 8 and period 9 elements, you'll see my attempts to explain what happens (and will also see my sources – unfortunately now behind paywall! Luckily, I downloaded them when they were still freely accessible... :-P)
(And yeah, the Db density of 39 g/cm3 was indeed suspicious. The real predicted value is 29 g/cm3. But it seems as though the highest-density metal should be element 163 (eka-Rg, dvi-gold) with a density of approximately 47 g/cm3!!) Double sharp (talk) 10:31, 17 September 2013 (UTC)
Yeah, I was a bit too sweeping in that comment (although I have no regrets about insisting on sources). My real goal at the time was to tackle the "should be killed on sight" stuff and the mindset which lead to it (bad original research, I guess, is the way to summarize it). Especially since the relativistic effects have been predicted for decades; this isn't some surprising new thing. Insisting on sources was the easiest way I could think of to get there. But as for the chemistry, that is fun stuff (I especially liked the paper, which I can't find right now, about how chemistry was the easiest way to detect single nuclei of one of those heavy elements). Kingdon (talk) 15:09, 17 September 2013 (UTC)