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Welcome to my user page! I'm User:akendall, but I prefer to be called Adam. My Chinese name is 安石 (Pinyin: Ānshí). Please take a look around to see what I'm interested in, what I'm currently working on and what I've done in the past, and a little about me. If you want to talk about what you see, please leave a message on my talk page.

About me

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I enjoy backpacking (anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, but especially the Oregon Cascades and the Oregon Coast Range), hiking, and trail running. I'm an avid reader, and I'm likely to read just about anything I stumble upon that looks interesting. I'm definitely one to judge a book by its cover.

Professionally, I'm an accountant, auditor, and risk management professional.


My interests are various, but generally focus around four main categories.


Banking and Accounting




Cicero Denounces Catiline


"O tempora, o mores! Senatus haec intellegit, consul videt; hic tamen vivit, vivit?"

-M. Tullius Cicero, Oratio qua L. Catilinam emisit in Senatu habita, 1.2. [1]


"Rage - Sing, goddess the rage of Peleus' son Achilles
Murderous, doomed, who cost the Achaeans countless losses,
Hurling down to the House of Death so many sturdy souls
Great fighters' souls, and made their bodies carrion,
Feasts for the dogs and birds."

-Homer, The Iliad (Translation by Robert Fagles) [2]


"Tum Romanus sinu ex toga facto, 'Hic,' inquit, 'vobis bellum et pacem portamus; utrum pacet sumite.' Sub hanc vocem haud minus ferociter, daret utrum vellet, succlamatum est; et cum is iterum sinu effuso bellum dare dixisset, accipere se omnes responderunt et quibus acciperent animis iisdem se gesturos."

"Fabius, in answer, laid his hand on the fold of his toga, where he had gathered it at the breast, and 'Here,' he said, 'we bring you peace and war. Take which you will.' Scarcely had he spoken, when the answer no less proudly rang out: 'Whichever you please - we do not care.' Fabius let the gathered folds fall, and cried: 'We give you war.' The Carthaginian senators replied, as one man: 'We accept it; and in the same spirit we will fight it to the end.'"

-Titus Livius, Ab Urbe Condita, Liber XXI.XVIII (Livy, A History of Rome, Book 21.18 - English Translation by Aubrey de Selincourt) [3]


"Paging through the dictionary is like looking through a microscope. Every word breaks down into parts with unique properties - prefix, suffix, root. Eliza gleans not only the natural laws that govern the letters but their individual behaviors. R, M, and D are strong, unbending, and faithful. The sometimes silent B and G and the slippery K follow strident codes of conduct. Even the redoubtable H, which can make P sound like F and turn ROOM into RHEUM, obeys etymology. Consonants are the camels of language, proudly carrying their lingual loads.

"Vowels, however, are a different species, the fish that flash and glisten in the watery depths. Vowels are elastic and inconstant, fickle, and unfaithful. E can sound like I or U. -IBLE and -ABLE are impossible to discern. There is no combination the vowels haven't tried, exhaustive and incestuous in their couplings. E will just as soon pair with A, I, or O, leading the dance or being led. Eliza prefers the vowels' unpredictability and, of all vowels, favors Y. Y defies categorization, the only letter that can be two things at once. Before the bee, Eliza had been a consonant, slow and unsurprising. With her bee success, she has entered vowelhood. Eliza beings to look at life in alphabetical terms. School is consonantal in its unchanging schedule. God, full of possibility, is a vowel. Death: the ultimate consonant."

- Myla Goldberg, Bee Season [4]

My To Do List






enThis user is a native speaker of the English language.
de-1Dieser Benutzer hat grundlegende Deutschkenntnisse.
la-1Hic usor simplici latinitate contribuere potest.
This user can write very clearly in Simple English.
php-2This user is an intermediate PHP programmer.
mysql-3This user is an advanced MySQL programmer.
HTML-3This user is an advanced HTML user.
xml-2This user is an intermediate XML coder.
This user has an intermediate understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet.
This user has an intermediate understanding of the Simplified Chinese characters.
This user has a basic understanding of the Greek alphabet.
This user has full understanding of the Latin script.
Majority ≠ right This user recognizes that even if 300,000,000 people make the same mistake, it's still a mistake.
theyThis user considers his or her use of singular they non-standard, but less evil than his or her use of wordy references to him or her.
... in.Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which this user will not put.
. TheThis user does not put two spaces after a full stop.
“…,”For quotation marks, this user would rather use “American punctuation.”
;This user knows how to use a semicolon correctly.
USThis user uses American English.
About Me
Crystal Clear app clock.svg It is approximately 8:06 AM where this user lives. (Portland)
Emblem-money.svgThis user is an accountant.
CPAThis user holds the Certified Public Accountant credential.
CFEThis user holds the Certified Fraud Examiner credential.
CIAThis user holds the Certified Internal Auditor credential.
(CISSP)®This user has a CISSP certification.
This user is interested in Chinese history.
Thomas Paine (cropped).jpgThis user likes Thomas Paine.
Oregon Ducks logo.svgQuack! Quack! This user attends or attended the University of Oregon
Small Red Rose.JPGThis user lives in or hails from Portland, Oregon.
WikiProject Business briefcase.svgThis user is a member of the Business WikiProject.
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WikiProject China.




Links, references, and disclaimers


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  2. ^ Homer (1990). The Iliad. New York: Penguin. p. 77. Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (|author= suggested) (help)
  3. ^ Livius, Titus (1965). The War with Hannibal. London: Penguin. pp. 41–42. Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (|author= suggested) (help)
  4. ^ Goldberg, Myla. Bee Season.