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Declared COI: Per WP:COI, as of 2016, I am a paid IT consultant for Aurcana Corporation. I will edit the article objectively.   —Aladdin Sane (talk) 23:56, 29 April 2016 (UTC)

"I came for some information; I stayed to do a few edits."  —me, 2015-02-28
Current UTC time as of last page refresh 2017-05-25, 21:57 [Refresh]
World population (2015-02-25)[1] 7,226,810,000
US population (2015-02-25)[1] 320,411,000
Percentage of world population that is American 4.43%
Potential Wikipedia readership (and editorship) (estimated Internet users) (2014-06-30)[2][3] 3,035,749,340
Number of registered Wikipedia editors (as of today, May 25 (UTC))[4] 31,020,479
Percentage of Internet users that are registered Wikipedia editors 0.797%
If every American uses Internet, then max % of Internet population that is American 10.55%

Unified login: Aladdin Sane is the unique login of this user for all public Wikimedia projects.


I've been using personal computers since 1977. I've been online since the BBS days in the 80s.

I served in the US Army Signal Corps as a radio mechanic with the 504th Parachute Infantry, 82d Airborne Division from 1986 to 1989, and Co G (Long Range Surveillance) 143d Infantry, TXARNG from 1989 to 1992.

My job is to get the message through.

I use the GNU/Linux operating system. I have been doing so since 1998. I work professionally in electronics areas ranging from SATCOM to Network Architecture to general ICT.

I currently (2015) live in the Chihuahuan Desert.

A test[edit]

I realized that some have looked at the above and reached inappropriate conclusions. I can only wish I lived in your fantasies of life, as it is, and not as it should be.

Having lived a large part of my life in Austin, Texas, we believe the following tells much about you. And so there some have asked my five favorite movies, and I find this a challenge, as I may change my mind on this, as the daytime does its length each day. Here are my five favorite movies:

  1. Educating Rita (1983)
  2. A Man for All Seasons (1966)
  3. The Harder They Come (1972)
  4. Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)
  5. Eraserhead (1977)

Yes, each movie has a point to make and may challenge you... about the underdog... or just... the dog... hopeless... will you get your head chopped off to make this point? Some have... some, indeed, have...


WikiSloth (B. wikitridactylus) —10:42, 26 February 2015 (UTC)


I'm re-watching all the B5 episodes and movies on DVD. I hope I can make the B5 stuff a bit nicer and more relevant and informative. —20:23, 5 October 2009 (UTC)

Reference update to the Vizcaino edits, 2015-02-25. The law firm that has publicly recorded the settlement in Vizcaino (Bendich, Stobaugh and Strong P.C.) has changed the address yet again. It can now be found at or if you use their web site to find the page, you will be sent to (now there's a law firm who knows how to hire some competent web designers).[8] —10:42, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

Stuff I'm always forgetting and can't find again when I want/need it[edit]

"For webpages, the author is often unknown; you can either omit the author altogether, or substitute something vague like 'Open Source Initiative Contributor'."

External tools[edit]



[Last update: 00:27, 27 April 2015 (UTC)]

Some things I don't need Userboxes for:

  • This user uses ISO dates (ISO 8601) unless informed otherwise.
  • This user understands the difference between to, too, and two, but may fall off a DGAF cliff.
  • This user understands the difference between cite, site, and sight, but sometimes has a brain melt.
  • This user has failed to come down on either side of the serial comma issue since at least 1989.
  • This user thinks the terminating double quote goes outside the period. Except when it doesn't.
  • This user thinks MOS:LQ (logical quotation style) is correct, but was taught wrong in school. This has resulted in severe bain dramage.
  • This user understands the difference between a hyphen, en dash, and em dash, but couldn't find the latter two on the keyboard.
  • This user might understand the difference between affect and effect but might mess up somewhere when you weren't looking.
  • Pedant or Purist? Hmm.
  • Bleah. This editor is a Yeoman Editor, and is entitled to display this Service Badge but won't because this editor thinks that any argument that starts by asserting or assuming quantity over quality is an inherently flawed argument.

Too funny to pass up:

From the BSD fortune program on my system this evening:
"Syntactic sugar causes cancer of the semicolon."
Alan J. Perlis, "Epigrams on Programming", ACM, SIGPLAN, SIGPLAN Notices, 1982-09


Note to self: Per WP:SANDBOX and WP:USERSUBPAGE.

References and notes (bogus and otherwise)[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population Clock". U.S. and World Population Clock. United States Census Bureau. 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  2. ^ "World Internet Users and Population Stats". Internet World Stats June 30, 2014 - Mid-Year Update. Miniwatts Marketing Group. 2014-06-30. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  3. ^ Contributors, Wikipedia (2015-02-25). "Internet § History". English Wikipedia. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  4. ^ Contributors, Wikipedia (2015-02-18). "Help:Magic words § 3 Variables (WP:VAR)". English Wikipedia (Help). Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  5. ^ JMS is J. Michael Straczynski, the "showrunner" of Babylon 5.
  6. ^ "Vizcaino Final Settlement". 
  7. ^ Bendich, Stobaugh and Strong P.C. (2005-08-08). "Vizcaino Final Settlement". Retrieved 2009-10-14. [dead link]
  8. ^ Bendich, Stobaugh and Strong P.C. (2005-08-08). "Vizcaino Final Settlement". Retrieved 2015-02-25. 

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