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An early 50's-ish guy living in North York, in the northern part of the city of Toronto.

I work as a Darwin Information Typing Architecture Specialist for a software firm, and am a published author of four computer-oriented titles (a couple of books on HTML and then another two on CSS). More recently I have contributed a chapter on the development and spread of DITA to an academic book on technical writing. I have also been a long-time lecturer on Information Architecture at the University of Toronto's School for Continuing Studies. I hold degrees in English and Psychology, and a Masters of Public Administration, all from Queen's University, Kingston. Other than a brief stint with the Federal government in the early 90s, I have worked primarily in the technology sector. I also worked on one of the earliest Canadian commercial Web sites in the early 90s (Delrina).

I have been a contributor on articles relating to the subject of Ancient Egypt, which has long been a hobby of mine. I am also interested in Canadian numismatics, which is woefully under-represented here on Wikipedia, and something I plan to work on. I also have interests in Astronomy, History, specifically Canadian, Torontonian, Roman, British and British Commonwealth, as well as the history of language and science.

Am also an avid photographer and like making additions to Wikimedia Commons. My current cameras of choice are a Olympus PEN E-PL5 and my trusty Olympus E-620 DSLRs. Whenever I go on business trips, if there is something I can take a few pics of in order to help illustrate an article for Wikipedia, I'll bring my camera along and deliberately take a few photos in order to help out. A gallery of the images I have shot and uploaded can be found here: [1]. Chances are that if I am not making contributions here in the English Wikipedia, I am working on something in Wikimedia Commons.

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Thank you for quality articles, first on Canadian radio comedy such as The Irrelevant Show, then Ancient Egypt, Ahmose I and the Rosetta Stone, for uploading images and for saying "This user enjoys writing.", - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

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For your amazing work on the article Ahmose I, which passed both GA and FA without a single oppose, I award you the Tireless Contributor barnstar. Wear it with pride, for you most certainly deserved it! — Editor at Large(speak) 14:02, 22 November 2006 (UTC)

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In recognition of your hard work on ancient Egypt I award you this barnstar! You deserve it, and thanks for tackling a big project. Jeff Dahl 20:20, 1 October 2007 (UTC)

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For your quality improvement work helping to bring Ancient Egypt to WP:FA, I hereby award you The Million Award. Congratulations on this rare accomplishment, and thanks for all you did for Wikipedia's readers! Fitzcarmalan (talk) 19:52, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

Ancient Egyptian bibliography[edit]

These are the source materials I have readily at hand from my personal library. Since I often reference this material in the articles, it makes some sense to have it all in one place. It also means I don't have to re-type my references to the full each and every time. ;-)

  • Adams, Barbara and Ciałowicz, Krzysztof M. Protodynastic Egypt. Shire Egyptology. 1988. ISBN 0-7478-0357-9
  • Adkins, Lesley and Roy, The Keys to Egypt: The Obsession to Decipher Egyptian Hieroglyphs. Harper Collins. 2000. ISBN 0-06-019439-1
  • Aldred, Cyril. The Temple of Dendur. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1978. (No ISBN)
  • Amenta, Alessia (Ed.) The Treasures of Ancient Egypt: From the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Rizzoli Art Guides. 2003. ISBN 0641777329
  • Bagnall, Roger S. Rathbone, Dominic W. Egypt: From Alexander to The Copts. The British Museum Press. 2010. 0-7141-1952-0
  • Baker, Darrell D. The Encyclopedia of the Egyptian Pharaohs, Volume I: Predynastic to the Twentieth Dynasty (3300-1069 BC). Bannerstone Press. 2009. ISBN 0977409449
  • Berman, Lawrence, Freed, Rita E., and Doxey, Denise. Arts of Ancient Egypt. Museum of Fine Arts Boston. 2003. ISBN 0878466614
  • Booth, Charlotte. The Hyksos Period in Egypt. Shire Egyptology. 2005. ISBN 0-7478-0638-1
  • Brier, Bob. Egyptian Mummies: Unraveling the Secrets of an Ancient Art. William Morrow and Company, Inc. ISBN 0-688-10272-7
  • Brier, Bob. Houdin, Jean-Pierre. The Secret of the Great Pyramid. 2008. ISBN 978-0-06-165552-4
  • Burleigh, Nina. Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt. 2007. ISBN 978-0-06-059767-2
  • Cannuyer, Christian. Coptic Egypt: The Christians of the Nile. 2001. Harry N. Abrams, Inc. ISBN 978-0810929791
  • Carter, Howard. The Tomb of Tutankhamen. Excalibur Books. 1972. 0-525-70101-X
  • Clayton, Peter A. Chronicle of the Pharaohs: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson. 2006. ISBN 0-500-28628-0
  • D'Auria, Sue. Lacovara, Peter. Roehring, Catharine H. Mummies and Magic: The Funerary Arts of Ancient Egypt. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 1988. ISBN 0-87846-303-8
  • David, Dr. Rosalie. Mysteries of the Mummies: The Story of the Manchester University Investigation. Cassell London. 1978. ISBN 0-304-30233-3
  • Davies, W. V. Egyptian Hieroglyphics: Reading the Past. University of California Press. 1997. ISBN 0-520-06287-6
  • Davis, Theodore M. The Tomb of Iouiya and Touiyou: with The Funeral Papyrus of Iouiya. Duckworth, 2000. ISBN 0-715-62963-8
  • Dodson, Aidan. Afterglow of Empire: Egypt from the Fall of the New Kingdom to the Saite Renaissance. The American University in Cairo Press. 2012, ISBN: 978-9774165313
  • Dodson, Aidan, Amarna Sunset: Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian Counter-Reformation. The American University in Cairo Press. 2014, ISBN: 978-977-416633-4
  • Dodson, Aidan, Amarna Sunrise: Ehypt from the Golden Age to Age of Heresy. The American University in Cairo Press. 2009, ISBN: 978977416304-3
  • Dodson, Aidan. Egyptian Rock-cut Tombs. Shire Egyptology. 1991. ISBN 9-780747-801283
  • Dodson, Aidan. Poisoned Legacy: The Fall of the Nineteenth Egyptian. The American University in Cairo Press. 2010, ISBN: 978-977-416-395-1
  • Dodson, Aidan and Hilton, Dyan. The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson. 2004. ISBN 0-500-05128-3
  • Dodson, Aidan and Ikram, Salima. The Tomb in Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson. 2008. ISBN 978-0-500-05139-9
  • Doss, Latif and Besada, Asham. The Story of Abu Simbel. Longman Group Ltd. 1973. ISBN 0-582-76116-6
  • Dunand, Francoise. Lichtenberg, Roger. Mummies and Death in Ancient Egypt. Cornell University Press. 2006. ISBN 978-0-8014-4472-2
  • Emery, Walter B. Archaic Egypt. Penguin Books Ltd., 1972 (reissue). ISBN 14-020462-8
  • Ellis, Simon P. Graeco-Roman Egyptian. Shire Egyptology. 1992. ISBN 9-780747-801580
  • Fazzini, Richard A., Romano, James F., and Cody, Madeleine E. Art for Eternity: Masterworks from Ancient Egypt. Brooklyn Museum of Art. 1999. ISBN 0-87273-139-1
  • Forbes, Dennis C. Tombs, Treasures, Mummies: Seven Great Discoveries of Egyptian Archaeology. KMT Communications, Inc. 1998. ISBN 1-879388-00-7 Parameter error in {{ISBN}}: Invalid ISBN.
  • Hamilton-Paterson, James and Andrews, Carol. Mummies: Death and Life in Ancient Egypt. Penguin Books Ltd. 1978. ISBN 0-1400-5266-6
  • Hankey, Julie. A Passion for Egypt: A Biography of Arthur Weigall. I.B. Tauris. 2001. ISBN 1-86064-566-6
  • Harris, James E., Weeks, Kent R. X-raying the Pharaohs. Charles Scribner's Sons. 1973. ISBN 684-13016-5
  • Hawass, Zahi. Valley of the Golden Mummies. Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 2000. ISBN 0-8109-3942-8
  • Hölbl, Gūnther. A History of the Ptolemaic Empire. Routledge. 2001. ISBN 0-415-23489-1
  • Hope, Colin A. Egyptian Pottery. Shire Egyptology. 2nd Ed. 2001. ISBN 0-780747-804949
  • Houdin, Jean-Pierre. Khufu's Pyramid Revealed. Abydos Publications. 2010. ISBN 977-17-7768-8
  • Hutchinson, Warner. Ancient Egypt: Three Thousand Years of Splendor. Grosset and Dunlap. 1978. ISBN 0-448-16350-0
  • Jackson, Kevin. Stamp. Jonathan. Building the Great Pyramid. Firefly Books. 2003. 1-55297-719-6
  • James, T.G.H. Egyptian Paintings. The Trustees of the British Museum. 1985. ISBN 0-674-24153-3
  • Johnston, Paul. The Civilization of Ancient Egypt. Weidenfield and Nicolson. 1999. ISBN 0-297-82464-3
  • Killen, Geoffrey. Egyptian Woodworking and Furniture. Shire Egyptology. 1994. ISBN 0-7478-0239-4
  • Lehner, Mark. The Complete Pyramids. Thames & Hudson. 2008 (reprint). ISBN 978-0-500-28547-3
  • Malek, Jaromir. In the Shadow of the Pyramids: Egypt During the Old Kingdom. The American University in Cairo Press. 1986. ISBN 977-424-1871 Parameter error in {{ISBN}}: Invalid ISBN.
  • Noblecourt, Christiane Desroches. Ramses II: An Illustrated Biography. Flammarion. 2007. ISBN 978-2-0803-0043-0
  • Oakes, Lorna. Gahlin, Lucia. Ancient Egypt: An Illustrated Reference to the Myths, Religions, Pyramids and Temples of the Land of the Pharaohs. Hermes House. 2002. ISBN 1-84477-008-7
  • O'Connor, David. Abydos: Egypt's First Pharaohs and the Cult of Osiris. Thames & Hudson. 2009. ISBN 978-0-500-39030-6
  • O'Neill, John P. Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids. Yale University Press. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1999. ISBN 0-87099-907-9
  • O'Neill, John P., Ed. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Egypt and the Ancient Near East. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2005. ISBN 0-300-09837-5
  • Parkinson, Richard. The Rosetta Stone: British Museum Objects in Focus. The British Museum Press. 2005. 978-0-7141-5021-5
  • Peck, William H. Egyptian Drawings. E.P. Dutton. 1978. ISBN 0-525-09691-4
  • Partridge, Robert B. Faces of Pharaohs: Royal Mummies and Coffins from Ancient Thebes. The Rubison Press. 1996 (Reprint) ISBN 0-948695-32-3
  • Quirke, Stephen. The Cult of Ra: Sun-Worship in Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson. 2001. ISBN 0-500-05107-0
  • Redford, Donald B. Egypt, Canaan, and Israe; on Ancient Times. Princeton University Press. 1992. ISBN 0-691-03606-3
  • Reeves, Carole. Egyptian Medicine. Shire Egyptology. 2001. ISBN 0-7478-0127-4
  • Reeves, Nicholas. Akhenaten: Egypt's False Prophet. Thames & Hudson. 2005. ISBN 0-500-285527
  • Reeves, Nicholas. The Complete Tutankhamun. Thames & Hudson. 1990. ISBN 0-500-27810-5
  • Reeves, Nicholas. Wilkinson, Richard H. The Complete Valley of the Kings. Thames & Hudson. 1997. (Reprint) ISBN 0-500-05080-5
  • Roberts, David. A Journey in Egypt. Casa Editrice Bonechi. 2004. ISBN 978-8880291107
  • Robins, Gay. Egyptian Statues. Shire Egyptology. 2001. ISBN 0-7478-0520-2
  • Roehrig, Catherine H., Ed. Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2005. ISBN 1-58839-173-6
  • Romer, John. A History of Ancient Egypt: From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid. St. Martin's Press. 2012. ISBN 978-1-250-03011-5
  • Romer, John. Ancient Lives: The Story of the Pharaohs' Tombmakers. Phoenix Press. 1984. ISBN 1-84212-044-1
  • Rose, Mark (Ed). Archeology Magazine: Secrets of Ancient Egypt. Hatherleigh Press. 2004. ISBN 9-781578-261598
  • Russmann, Edna R., Strudwick, Nigel., James, T.G.H. Temples and Tombs: Treasures of Egyptian Art from The British Museum. University of Washington Press. 2006. 0-295-98618-2
  • Russmann, Edna R. Eternal Egypt: Masterpieces from the British Museum. University of California Press. 2001. ISBN 1-885444-19-2
  • Seyfried, Friederike. (Ed.) In the Light of Amarna: 100 Years of the Nefertiti Discovery. Michael Imhof Verlag. 2012. ISBN 978-3-86568-848-4
  • Schoske, Sylvia. Egyptian Art in Munich. Staatliche Sammlung für Ägyptische Kunst. 1993. ISBN 3-87490-565-9
  • Schultz, Regine. Seidel, Matthias. (Eds.) Egypt: The World of the Pharaohs. Könemann. 1998. ISBN 3-8331-1104-6
  • Shaw, Ian. Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press. 2004. ISBN 0-19-285419-4
  • Shaw, Ian. Exploring Ancient Egypt. Oxford University Press. 2003. ISBN 0-19-511678-X
  • Shaw, Ian. The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt. Oxford University Press. 2000. ISBN 0-19-280458-8
  • Shaw, Ian and Nicholson, Paul. The Dictionary of Ancient Egypt. Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1995. ISBN 0-8109-9096-2
  • Siliotti, Alberto. Guide to the Valley of the Kings and to the Theban Necropolises and Temples. A.A. Gaddis & Sons. 1996.
  • Smith, G Elliot The Royal Mummies. Duckworth Egyptology. 2000 (Reprint from original 1912 edition). ISBN 0-7156-2959-X
  • Smith, William Stevenson. Ancient Egypt as Represented in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 1960. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 60-13944
  • Spencer, Jeffrey. et al. The British Museum Book of Ancient Egypt. The British Museum Press. ISBN 978-0-7141-1975-5
  • Stewart, Harry M. Egyptian Shabtis. Shire Egyptology. 1995. ISBN 0-7478-0301-3
  • Teeter, Emily. Ancient Egypt: Treasures from the Collection of the Oriental Institute University of Chicago. Oriental Institute Museum Publications. 2003. ISBN 1-88592-325-2
  • Tooley, Angela M. J. Egyptian Models and Scene. Shire Egyptology. 1995. ISBN 0-7478-0285-8
  • Trigger, B.G. Kemp, B.J. O'Connor, D. Lloyd, A.B. Ancient Egypt: A Social History. Cambridge University Press. 2001. (Reprint) ISBN 0-521-28427-9
  • Tyldesley, Joyce. Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt. Thames & Hudson. 2006. ISBN 0-500-05145-3
  • Tyldesley, Joyce. Cleopatra: Last Queen Of Egypt. Basic Books. 2008. ISBN 0-465-00940-9
  • Tyldesley, Joyce. Egypt: How a Lost Civilization was Rediscovered. BBC Books. 2005. ISBN 0-563-52257-7
  • Tyldesley, Joyce. Egyptian Games and Sports. Shire Egyptology. 2007. ISBN 978-0-7478-0661-5
  • Thomas, Angela P. Egyptian Gods and Myths. Shire Egyptology. 2001. ISBN 0-85263-788-8
  • Thurston, Harry. Island of the Blessed: The Secrets of Egypt's Everlasting Oasis. Doubleday Canada. 2003. ISBN 0-385-25969-7
  • Uphill, Eric P. Egyptian Towns and Cities. Shire Egyptology. 2001. ISBN 0-85263-939-2
  • Vinson, Steve. Egyptian Boats and Ships. Shire Egyptology. 1994. ISBN 0-7478-0222-X
  • Verner, Miroslav. The Pyramids: The Mystery, Culture, and Science of Egypt's Great Monuments. Grove Press. 2001. ISBN 0-8021-3935-3
  • Walker, Susan. (Ed.) Cleopatra of Egypt: From History to Myth. The Trustees of the British Museum. 2001. ISBN 0-7141-1943-1
  • Waxman, Sharon. Loot: The Battle Over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World. Times Books. 2008. ISBN 978-0-8050-8653-9
  • Weeks, Kent R. The Lost Tomb: The Greatest Discovery at the Valley of the Kings Since Tutankhamun. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. 1998. ISBN 0-297-81847-3
  • Wildung, Dietrich. Egyptian Art in Berlin: Masterpieces in the Bodemuseum and in Charlottenburg. Verlag Philipp von Zaber. 1996. ISBN 3-8053-1631-3
  • Wilkinson, Richard H. The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson. 2003. ISBN 0-500-05120-8
  • Wilkinson, Toby. Genesis of the Pharaohs: Dramatic New Discoveries Rewrite the Origins of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson. 2003. ISBN 0-500-05122-4
  • Wilkinson, Toby. Lives of the Ancient Egyptians. Thames & Hudson. 2007. ISBN 978-0-500-05148-1
  • Wilkinson, Toby. The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt. Random House. 2010, ISBN 978-0-553-80553-6
  • Wilson, Hillary. Egyptian Food and Drink. Shire Egyptology. 2001. ISBN 0-85263-972-4
  • Wilson, Penelope. Sacred Signs: Hieroglyphs in Ancient Egypt. Oxford University Press. 2003. ISBN 0-19-280299-2
  • Winlock, Herbert E. Tutankhamun's Funeral. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2010. ISBN 978-0-300-16735-1
  • Ziegler, Christiane. The Pharaohs. Thames & Hudson. 2002. ISBN 0-500-05119-4

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As for the username: I created a fictional superhero by that name for a bunch of radio comedy spots I did for CFRC back in the late 1980s, and adopted it for personal use since that time. ;-)