New featured picture: Utopia, Limited poster, advertising the 1894 D'Oyly Carte production in New York of the comic opera written by Gilbert and Sullivan the previous year. The image was from an original version consisting of
This week's "Features and admins" covers Saturday 22 – Friday 28 January (UTC)
This week saw no new admins. Looie496 resigned as admin after a recall request against him succeeded, with five administrators "in good standing" supporting recall. Closing admin Kingpin13 wrote "Looie496 may at any time start another Request for Adminship, and a promotion there would override this recall. It should be noted that some of the administrators supporting recall said they might support an RfA." The request for recall made was in response to a controversial unblock performed by Looie496, while the block was under discussion at the administrators' noticeboard. This recall makes Looie496 one of the shortest-serving admins ever, since his RfA was in October (see the "F and A" blurb, The Signpost'sstory about a notable admin recall last July, and Wikipedia:Administrators open to recall/Past requests).
From the new featured article Painted turtle: in an almost comic shot, a swimming individual displays its yellow face-stripes and nasal groove while raising a webbed foot. Picture: US Bureau of Land Management
C. D. Howe (nom), who virtually ran the Canadian economy for more than a decade after the Second World War, and is remembered for founding Air Canada and the CBC. (Bzuk and Wehwalt.)
Painted turtle (nom), the most widespread, numerous turtle of North America, with supercooled blood that resists winter freezes; it has been the subject of controversies in taxonomy and commercial harvesting. (NYMFan69-86 and TCO.) picture at right
C. R. M. F. Cruttwell (nom), a respected historian with a fine war record, who was dean of an Oxford college at 33. What could go wrong for him? asked nominator Brianboulton. "Well, in 1922 he had the misfortune to meet, and fall out with, the young Evelyn Waugh, a resourceful and unforgiving enemy. For the next 17 years the name "Cruttwell" was introduced repeatedly into Waugh's novels and stories, always as a nasty or ridiculous character."
Gunpowder Plot (nom) was promoted to featured status, with seven featured articles and seven good articles. The Plot was a failed assassination attempt against King James I of England and VI of Scotland in 1605 by a group of provincial English Catholics led by Robert Catesby. It is a highly significant, complex, and multilayered part of English history. (Nominated by Parrot of Doom.)
Who'd have thought math could be this much fun? The generalised Lyapunov fractal for some sequence that went way above The Signpost's head.
Eight images were promoted. Medium-sized images can be viewed by clicking on "nom":
Lyapunov fractal (nom; related article), bifurcational fractals derived from an extension of the logistic map in which the degree of the growth of the population, r, periodically switches between two values A and B. We thought you'd like to know. Created by BernardH.
Utopia, Limited poster (nom; related article), advertising this Savoy Opera, which was also known as The Flowers of Progress. The music was by Arthur Sullivan and the libretto by WS Gilbert. This colour lithograph of the Drawing Room Scene advertises an 1894 D'Oyly Carte Opera Company production in New York City. Created by Strobridge & Co. Lith. Edited by Adam Cuerden).