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Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

Philip K. Dick

It can scarcely be denied that the supreme goal of all theory is to make the irreducible basic elements as simple and as few as possible without having to surrender the adequate representation of a single datum of experience.

Albert Einstein

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.

Richard Feynman


I had been using Wikipedia and following the news stories about it for quite a while when I got into an argument with someone on a newsgroup about Wikipedia's reliability as a source. As I defended the Wiki principle of "anyone can edit", I realised that I could be editing instead of talking about it. That was in late 2005.

I wouldn't spend as much time as I do on it if I didn't still think Wikipedia was a great project. It attracts people who want to help write a free on-line encyclopedia of human knowledge. That so many people want to do that, and successfully can, seems incredibly cool to me.

I respect the goals of the project, and so I support Wikipedia philosophies and policies, particularly WP:AGF, WP:3RR, WP:NPOV, WP:NPA and WP:VAND. I have been described as a 'self-righteous MOS-stickler and "brilliant prose" nitpicker' and a "god of Grammar", and these are things I proudly identify with. This is amazing! It sums up how we can use conflicts to build our community instead of letting them tear us apart. I recommend that everyone read it.

Main activities and areas of interest

I mainly do:

  • Copyediting
  • Disambiguating links
  • Uploading and editing images using the various copyright tags
  • Fixing spelling errors using AWB. Great fun! I used to also do this under the account User:Spellmaster. I strive very hard for total accuracy, but if I make a mistake, please revert (if you wish), and drop me a message in my talk page so I know you consider it a mistake and can improve my edits.
  • Weapons and war
  • Aviation
  • Southern Africa
  • Scottish football
  • Scottish literature and poetry
  • Punk music
  • Science, especially chemistry
  • Trains
  • 'The itis': I have made 189,478 edits as of 1 July 2017.

RfA . Favourite quotations, etc . Favourite contributions . Awards . Highlights . Tools . Style preferences . The good old Daily Mail

About me
This Wikipedian joined Wikipedia on January 08, 2006 (11 years, 6 months, 2 weeks and 2 days ago).
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