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I am a software developer with interests in science, particularly mathematics and computer science.

My username is derived from The book of the new sun.

I am quite interested in wikipedia, though I'm a bit concerned about the potential for abuse in having such an easily changed medium as a basis for an encyclopedia - it's all too easy for advertising to be inserted - or even outright propaganda. Sure, many people watching the page can spot some problems, but the John Seigenthaler Sr. Wikipedia biography controversy resulted after bogus claims went uncorrected for at least four months.

What about people with political agendas? Are political candidates turning their entries into hagiography?

Autarch 18:00, 13 December 2005 (UTC)

Corrected grammatical error in my user page that made me sound like a bad imitation of a hip-hop artist. I really must have been short of sleep that time I edited the page...Autarch 17:20, 23 March 2006 (UTC) I think I got a little carried away with userboxes! ;-) Autarch 19:01, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Why not a link on Film Noir? Autarch 19:25, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Tidied up my userboxes a bit. Autarch 13:35, 12 April 2006 (UTC)

I seem to be adding quite a bit of material to the streets in Dublin category lately. Autarch 18:51, 29 May 2006 (UTC)

Entry on Wikistress has excellent advice! Autarch 20:12, 15 June 2006 (UTC)

Updated reference to category of streets and squares in Dublin, as the old category no longer exists. Autarch 17:15, 28 July 2006 (UTC)

Began trimming watchlist, as it's getting difficult to watch too many pages. Autarch 18:54, 17 September 2007 (UTC)


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for persistence in the face of determined codology at Colm and Jim-Jim. Best, RashersTierney (talk) 21:31, 15 September 2009 (UTC)

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I'm gradually morphing this page into something approaching my activities in Wikipedia - closer to official Wikipedia policy. However, this change may take place asymptotically! Autarch 17:44, 16 August 2006 (UTC)

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The Signpost
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Noia 64 apps karm.svg This user has been on Wikipedia for 11 years, 2 months and 25 days.
WikipediaSignpostIcon.svg This user enjoys reading
The Signpost.
Keen interests
Cyprus-topographic map-en.svg This user is interested in maps.
eπi+1=0 This user is a mathie.
Alonso-WPF1logo.png This user supports Formula One.
Eagle Nebula
This user is interested in astronomy.
Old book bindings.jpg This user is a bibliophile.
Go board part.jpg This user is a Go player.
Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Editing Wikipedia is something this user does as a hobby.
Crypto key.svg This user is a participant in WikiProject Cryptography.
sfri This user is a member of WikiProject Linux.
CVU.svg This user is a member of the
Counter-Vandalism Unit.
Silhouette An-124.svg This user is a member of
WikiProject Aircraft.
WP RationalSkepticism Logo.PNG This user is a member of WikiProject Skepticism.
T gogame.jpg This user is a member of WikiProject Go.
Crystal Clear app package games board.png This user is a member of WikiProject Board & Table Games
WikiProject-Sussex-01.jpg This user is a member of WikiProject Sussex.
WikiProject Brighton.svg This user is a member of WikiProject Brighton.
Island of Ireland NASA.png This user is a member of WikiProject Ireland.
Wikipedia:WikiProject Astronomy This user is a member of the Astronomy WikiProject.
Crystal java.png This user is a member of WikiProject Java.
Academic information
Mortarboard.jpg This user graduated from Trinity College Dublin.
Mortarboard.jpg This user graduated from the Open University.
Programming languages
C This user can program in C.
C++ This user can program in C++.
Python-logo-notext.svg This user can program in Python.
hs This user can program in Haskell.
Java This user can program in Java.
Perl This user is just another Perl hacker.
LaTeX This user can typeset using LaTeX.
re This user writes regular expressions.
SQL This user can program in SQL.
MATLAB-2 This user is an intermediate MATLAB programmer.
MAPLE-2 This user is an intermediate MAPLE programmer.
Wall clock.jpg This user politely asks:
Who are you working for?!
CSI This user follows the evidence.
Law & Order This user is a fan of Law & Order. L&O
FR for Futurama Userbox.svg Good news, everyone! This user is a fan of Futurama!
d'oh! This user thinks The Simpsons is simply...excellent.
Fiction reading
Mystery.png This user enjoys reading mysteries.
Science fiction.svg This user enjoys reading science fiction.
ConfederateLincoln.png This user enjoys reading alternate history fiction.
Sherlock Holmes statue at Meiringen1.jpg This user likes Sherlock Holmes
Rutherford atom.svg This user has a keen interest in physics.
Fx This user is interested in Space Sciences.
This user supports protection of the environment.
Hw-darwin.jpg This user accepts evolution as a biological fact.
Hubble ultra deep field.jpg This user believes that the Universe began with a bang.
Metric seal.svg This user prefers the metric system.

Views on religion
ath This user is interested in atheism.
FSM Logo white.svg This user believes that the Flying Spaghetti Monster is as likely as creationism.
Emacs This user is interested in the Church of Emacs.
Blue This user enjoys The Blues.
fan-3 This user loves Robert Johnson.
fan-3 This user loves Charlie Patton.
fan-3 This user loves Son House.
fan-3 This user loves Leadbelly.
fan-3 This user loves Blind Lemon Jefferson.
fan-3 This user loves U2.
fan-3 This user loves Kaiser Chiefs.
fan-3 This user loves Kraftwerk.
fan-3 This user loves Goldfrapp.
Irish-related aspects
This Irish Wikipedian can't stand the taste of Guinness.