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This was always intended to be a temporary username, until I thought of something better. Alas, I never did. It still doesn't quite feel like an actual name to me, though "DS" does (but that's not unique, creating a different problem – not that it stops me from calling myself that anyway). In the same spirit, despite being able to write coherent articles that others have given their seals of approval to, my userpage has been a complete mess since its beginning. (Although at least now it doesn't have a fluffy pink background like it did in 2011. ^_^)
I mostly write on chemistry (particularly chemical element articles), classical music (mostly specialising in the Viennese classics, though with an interest in all the cool stuff that happened in the 20th century), and sometimes chess and mathematics. Because the first of these tends to have the most vital articles that I feel comfortable writing about, it is usually there that I am spurred enough to work on an article to GA or FA. Then again, Mozart is so popular among the Classics that doing something related to him might spur me similarly. I don't dare to do the man himself, but maybe my favourite of his operas?
I would add just one clarification to the UK-spelling userbox: the only exception for me is sulfur and its derivatives (sulfurous, sulfuric, etc.) which I spell with f following IUPAC. This is absolutely correct for chemistry articles per WP:SULF. If I unconsciously am similarly inconsistent elsewhere, please feel free to change it!
Word of advice: if you want to stay on Wikipedia for a long time, and avoid getting sanctioned, disillusioned, or hauled to any other unspeakable fate, focus on mathematics and science. It is easier there to tell the charlatans apart from the experts and expose the former as such. Classical music is admittedly almost as good for very popular composers indeed of past ages like Bach, Mozart, or Beethoven, and has the advantage of not bringing out strong feelings today the way government-mandated fluoridation of water or iodisation of salt does: perhaps this is because it has a clear entrance barrier before one can write anything that won't be painfully obvious patent nonsense. (Come to think of it, maybe I should carry this to the logical extreme and work on my beloved Second Viennese School. Webern's diamonds are amazingly beautiful!) I can't speak so much for other fields. Above all, avoid getting into disputes about any issue in tune with the zeitgeist of today that turns us into ingenious gentlemen of La Mancha, only with crusades instead of chivalry. Best in that case to just walk away from the article and stop caring. I may have managed to stay here for over seven years by being naïve, but I certainly did not by being stupid.
Articles I brought or helped bring to GA: alkali metal, C, Fe, Ga, (Br), In, I, La, Ce, Tm, Yb, Th, Np, Md, No, Lr, (Sg), (Bh), Hs, Mt, Ds, Rg, 113, Fl, 115, Lv, 119, 120; those in parentheses are at GAN.
FA plans: Pb (with R8R), alkali metal (solo)
- I should make a few more transition metal GAs worthy of current standards – Zr sucks (note: ZrBr4 is pretty useful, and especially <sarcasm>fun</sarcasm> to make)
Ideas: Si? (it will take a while, but won't step on R8R doing Al). I have had this idea of Ag and Au, but they scare me to death. What on earth is going on with the economics?
Regarding the language bar at the right: there's a rather large gap between my French and my German. I can write rather confidently in the former (although I might make grammar mistakes sometimes), but not confidently at all in the latter (though I can read it and understand it rather painlessly, checking a dictionary for a few words, and translate articles coherently). I do hope to improve it someday. My Polish and Japanese are mostly limited to simple questions and answers, and are nothing like enough to actually use here!
The following table copied from User:R8R Gtrs/To do, and ordered approximately by how badly I want to get them done. I would also crank out GAs along the way, but only feel the need to mention Sg, because it forms part of a long-term cranking-out of superheavy GAs from Md to element 120 from 2012. I will nevertheless leave the final cherry on top to R8R (Db). In the long term I would love to FA the first three periods at least, and would love to see the final completely-blue table. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view), unlike the stable elements, I am not an ageless immortal. Furthermore, I do not even have a vastly expanded lifespan like thorium or uranium. Therefore, if we keep going at the current rates, I will see the all-green table and probably not the all-blue one. Not that the all-green one is bad though. The readers will be more than satisfied!
|Lead||C||GA||FA||Collaboration with R8R Gtrs (ongoing)
to overcome the phobia of doing a really important element, which is illogical since all the elements are really popular articles compared with the average hurricane FA
|Thorium||C||GA||FA||Another chance for a bronze star!|
|Nitrogen||—||C||FA||See my sandbox. Prelude to CHNOPS greatness!|
|Chlorine||—||C||GA||halogen spam, in the sandbox|
|Alkali metal||C||GA||FA||You beautiful temperamental metals that I have been writing about since 2011. (^_^) One day I will finish you all up, and we can be happy together forever, at least until the next halogen wanders by...
I can't help being in love with them. They were the elements who first got me interested in chemistry. How could I not love them? I have to make that an FA too. Then maybe the halogens, but the left side of the table was always my first love.
Not that it means I don't think every element is special *･゜ﾟ･*:.｡..｡.:*･゜(n‘∀‘)ηﾟ･*:.｡. .｡.:*･゜ﾟ･* !!!!! like a proper lover of inorganic chemistry
|Gold||—||C||FA||You have to admit, it would be awesome|
I don't know what else I'll be doing. It depends a lot on whatever I suddenly decide is worth doing.
While I find writing chemistry sections quite fun and mostly easy, at least for elements where I feel okay writing only for an audience who could care enough (I wouldn't write about iodine the way I did about thorium), I don't feel the same about things like history, since while they are interesting I don't really have the books for it. But I try anyway!
but who would dare to take on Au outside a raid?Au is not as difficult as it seems, even though more difficult than most metals--R8R (talk)that's very nice of you to say, it motivates me! and how should we do justice to C, when we are not writing a book?Whoever is to write it, they'll have to sort out the information and leave only the most important facts in. As simple as that :) how would you write an annotation to an interesting book?--R8R (talk) (Even one doorstopper-sized book would not be enough!)
I must get back to Ra at some point. It's like Th, U, Np, and Pu in how much its history expands and becomes something much greater among radioactives, even though its chemistry is boring Ra2+ only!
Special:PrefixIndex/User:Double sharp is essentially my deadline-less desk and Wikipedia filing cabinet. I have not cleared it in a while, and most of its contents may not actually be that useful, except perhaps for setting the record for oldest stale userspace drafts.
If you are still here, and interested in working on the elements, User:R8R Gtrs/Elements is a must read.
|Periodic table (Large cells)|
(Red: element articles I did some research for and improved on WP, either alone or with others. Not all have actually reached GA, but improving Start or C to B also requires some work, after all. N and Si are future plans: research has been done, but not yet actual writing.)
If you are wondering why this table, contrary to all others in WP, has scandium and yttrium above lanthanum (instead of lutetium), it is because that's how I first saw it. Since this is a periodic table of where I have been on WP, it simply reflects how the mental one burned in my head for years looks. There are other reasons, but I could not possibly do them justice in a single paragraph (I tried; it didn't work very well).
Vital articles: H, C, N, O, Al, Si, (P, S), Fe, Cu, Ag, Au. (Phosphorus and sulfur are not on the actual list, but I include them anyway because I think they deserve it and to get a metal-nonmetal balance (counting Si as a metal).
P.S. Oh, BTW, unless you are writing about an element that you really know a lot about (I promise, this probably does not include all of them), you should probably save the lede for last, when you actually know enough to write a summary! ...I should write something about when userspace-working may be better... but at least, plan the structure first, so that when you write, you know where you are, what you have done, and what is going to be said next...
P.P.S. Since this has been asked before: yes, I don't mind at all if you edit my userpage to correct grammar or spelling. But I'd prefer that I take most of the blame for what I write here! (^_^)