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User:Curly Turkey

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Thanksgiving episode of Winsor McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland

About Curly Turkey

I'm a middle-aged Canadian male and have lived in Shizuoka City in Japan since 1998. My mortgage will likely keep me here, assuming the inevitable and long-overdue Tōkai earthquake doesn't eat it first. Editors tend to shorten my handle to "CT" or "Curly". Not that it matters to me, but the friend who gave me the nickname in real life always shortened it to "Turkey". I swear a lot and will not modify my pottymouth for those who choose to work themselves up over it.

In mid-2011 I dropped the username Acidtoyman I had used since December 2005 so it wouldn't be associated with the "obvious" implications (I don't use drugs, and I don't want people to assume I do). Until shortly before the name change I wasn't very active and usually didn't bother signing in when I did edit. The poor quality of comics articles always got to me, and in early 2011 I got fed up enough to motivate myself to do something about it. Over the winter break of 2011–2012 I rewrote the Canadian comics article from scratch, and on 15 April 2012 it became my first promoted Good Article. During a Peer Review of Louis Riel (comics), Nikkimaria put the idea in my head that the article could become a Featured Article—I didn't understand the selection process, and had assumed the article was too obscure. It was promoted on 26 August 2012 and hit the Main Page on 27 October 2012. This gave me confidence, and I've since had two dozen Featured Articles promoted. Though I don't submit my work as Featured Article Candidates or Good Article Nominations these days I still aim at that standard. I do a lot of random copyediting and am one of those assholes who slaps {{citation needed}} and {{attribution needed}} tags everywhere; review my edit history before lazily accusing me of being "too lazy to fix it".

Multi-language input setup

I often have to input diacritics and other characters (more off-Wiki than on), so I have my computer set up to handle these things.

I'm a Linux guy; I have Ubuntu on the family desktop and Debian on my laptop. I'm sure there are methods similar to the following for Windows or Mac, but I don't know them. As I live in Japan, I use a Japanese keyboard; most of the keys are the same as on an American keyboard, but some of the puctuation marks are in different places, and there's a button for switching between Roman and Japanese input. For Japanese input I use kkc with Fcitx.

To input diacritics, I have made my Insert key into a Compose key—the Compose key is common on European keyboards. To do this, I have added the line keysym Insert = Multi_key to my ~/.xmodmap file and run $ xmodmap ~/.xmodmap at startup. Of course, this could be done with any other key on the keyboard I don't use. The Compose key makes input of diacritics a snap—for example:

  • Compose + ' + e = é (great for French)
  • Compose + " + o = ö (great for German)
  • Compose + - + a = ā (great for Japanese)
  • Compose + a + e = æ (great for words like encyclopædia, though you won't get away with this on Wikipædia)
  • Compose + - + - + - = — (an emdash—I love these)
  • Compose + - + - + . = – (an endash—used on Wikipædia for date ranges: 1899–1943)

I'm always discovering new uses for the Compose key. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to support IPA, which I use all the time off-Wiki (and sometimes on-Wiki), I don't know an easy method to input IPA characters, so I guess I'm stuck with copy & paste.

Some pet peeves

  • starchy prescriptivism—the culling of unproblematic, all-too-English "split" infinitives, stranded prepositions, and the inanimate whose. If a prescription does not improve the communicative power of the language, it needs to go.
  • the removal of whitespace from articles I tend—to ease navigating the source I leave two spaces between sentences and spaces after headers and images. Removing these visual markers improves nothing as they have no effect on the output markup of the article.
  • parameters in infoboxes such as Dewey decimal numbers, and especially "Influenced by" and "Influenced".
  • titling articles in the plural based on vague gut feelings that they somehow, kinda, sorta belong there (English verbs, Chinese characters). Article titles in the singular are predictable and link-friendly; exceptions should be truly exceptional (scissors, the Beatles).
  • markup that ignores semantics—such as using colons and semicolons to make lists (say, of references) that are not definition lists, or using '''bolding''' to create section "headers".
  • Wikipedia:Civil POV pushing

Wish list

Want to help out a productive editor? Sending money or presents may be frowned upon, but who could object if you bought me an e-book? I'd put it immediately to use in my editing. I have a Kobo, so I'd prefer EPUB files, but I can easily make do with PDFs, and I can read Kindle files on Kindle software on my phone or laptop. Mail me or leave a message on my talk page and we can work out how you can get it to me.

  • Beaty, Bart. Comics Versus Art. 2013
  • Bukatman, Scott. The Poetics of Slumberland - Animated Spirits and the Animating Spirit. 2012
  • Dunn, David (ed.). Harry Partch: An Anthology of Critical Perspectives. 2013
  • Gabilliet, Jean-Paul (transl. Beaty & Nguyen). Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books. 2013
  • Grace, Dominick & Hoffman, Eric (eds.). Chester Brown - Conversations, 2013
  • Grace, Dominick & Hoffman, Eric (eds.). Seth - Conversations, 2015
  • Granade, S. Andrew. Harry Partch, Hobo Composer. 2014
  • Hatfield, Charles. Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature. 2005
  • Hoffman, Eric (ed.). Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah - Essays on the Epic Graphic Satire of Dave Sim and Gerhard. 2012
  • Hoffman, Eric (ed.). Dave Sim: Conversations. 2013
  • Merkl, Ulrich. Dinomania: The Lost Art of Winsor Mccay, the Secret Origins of King Kong, and the Urge to Destroy New York. 2015
  • Roeder, Katherine. Wide Awake in Slumberland - Fantasy, Mass Culture, and Modernism in the Art of Winsor McCay. 2013.
  • Smolderen, Thierry (transl. Beaty & Nguyen). The Origins of Comics. 2014
  • Wolk, Douglas. Reading Comics - How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean. 2008

Articles created

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