User:Headbomb

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Gaëtan Landry
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Born (1984-09-04)September 4, 1984
Grande-Anse (NB), Canada
Residence Moncton (NB), Canada
Citizenship Canadian
Ethnicity Acadian
Fields Physics: Experimental physics, Optics, Organic Semiconductors, Photovoltaics, Signal analysis, Solid state physics, Particle physics
Institutions Université de Moncton
Alma mater Université de Moncton
Known for

The Head Bomb
WikiProject Physics coordinator
Article alerts
Physics Labs T.A. (2003–Present)
Treasurer, AÉFSUM (2007–2008)

Avid Dr Pepper drinker
Influences Richard Feynman, Friedrich Nietzche, Karl Popper, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris
Religious stance Atheist
Notes
B.Sc. Physics (Honours) (U de M) (2006)

M.Sc. Physics (U de M) (Ongoing)

Interests: Astrophysics, atheism, creationism, evolution, intelligent design, philosophy, philosophy of science, physics, science, religion, theology, ...

Welcome

Welcome on my user page! I hope you like it. If you have any questions about me or my work on Wikipedia, leave me a message on my talk page and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Quotes

Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there is one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfold fear.
– Thomas Jefferson –

The Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.
– Ayn Rand –

It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
– William G. McAdoo –

Rants

Typesetting

Unbeknownst to most people, the default settings of their web browsers displays pages using extremely crappy typesettings. For example, the default font in Internet Explorer and Firefox for 99% of the text found in Wikipedia is Arial. Arial is a sans serif font, which is fine for everyday life, however, in technical articles, some symbols can be confused. Are you a victim of bad typesetting? Well here's how you can tell.

Do some or all of these look alike or of unequal height?
As on Wikipedia: iι ; eéèêë ; EÉÈÊË ; Il1 ; vν ; uυ οoOΟ0 *
Zoomed in: iι ; eéèêë ; EÉÈÊË ; Il1 ; vν ; uυ οoOΟ0
* This is a test for mostly technical readers who are likely to encounter the omicron greek letter, whose use is extremely rare because it just looks too damn much like an o (letter). You should at least be able to tell the difference between oO0 (lowercase o, capital O, and zero [0]).

Yes: You have a bad sans serif type of font.
No: Congratulations, you have a well-designed typeface!

Is this hard to read (looks all bunched up)?
As on Wikipedia: WifiWifivviiivvifiWifiW
Zoomed in: WifiWifivviiivvifiWifiW

Yes: You have a sans serif font (or browser) with bad kerning.
No: Congratulations, you have a well-designed typeface / browser!

Solution: Go in your browser, check for fonts (in Firefox this is located in Tools > Options > Content > Advanced > Sans serif). And it's trial and error from there. I personally use DejaVu Sans, which I find rather nice. However, it causes some problems with tables (some dividing lines might not show up).

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Barnstars

If you want to award me a barnstar, please do so on on my talk page

Barnstar Image Reason From user Date
WikiProject Barnstar WikiprojectBarnstar.png This barnstar is in recognition of your good work at the physics wikiproject. Please keep up your good work :-). SJP

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2008-06-22
Editor's Barnstar Editors Barnstar.png In recognition of your intelligent and spirited work in expanding the depth and scope of Wikipedia. Ecoleetage

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2008-06-23
Kilobyte Barnstar Intel 2708 1KB EPROM.jpg For your efforts in restoring the industry standard terms for memory size to the Manual of Style (dates and numbers). The IC is an Intel 2708, a 1 kilobyte EPROM made in 1976. SWTPC6800

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2008-10-21
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It's the knoife wot dun it!
For your contributions on Magnetospheric eternally collapsing object [1], I award you the Billy Idol / Noice Day to Start Again award. Cheers! Goodmorningworld
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2008-11-14
The Excellent Userpage Award Userpage barnstar.svg Your page is amazing! I certainly envy it. Goosemanrocks
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2009-01-13
The Guidance Barnstar Compass barnstar.png Thank you for setting up the glass taskforce and all the guidance and information related to it. I learned a lot. Afluegel
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2009-03-30
The Original Barnstar Original Barnstar.png For creating the Fluid Dynamics Taskforce, and your explosive action backstage to get and keep the task force running. Crowsnest
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2009-04-23
The E = mc2 Barnstar Barnstar-atom3.png For your efforts in bringing quark to FA-level, as well as putting up with my somewhat limited and amateur knowledge of the topic these past months. Anonymous Dissident
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A. di M.
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2009-07-31
Chemical Bond Barnstar Chemistrybondstar.svg For dealing with the mess that the isotope articles were in, and categorizing them, and for the work put on creating Wikipedia books on the chemical elements, you deserve at least a little double barnstar. Nergaal
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2010-09-25
Isotope Barnstar Isotopes and half-life.svg
Bot Operator's Barnstar Bot operator's barnstar.png This barnstar is awarded to you for the work on AAlertBot. I find it very useful. Keep up the good work! Philaweb
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2011-02-27
Cheeseburgstar Cheeseburger.png Fried in the deepest manner in which it is possible... and slathered with gravy. Dinner is served. Juliancolton
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2011-08-15
The Great Arkansas Barnstar WikiProject Arkansas Barnstar.png Thanks for your efforts on Book:Arkansas Confederate Infantry Units Aleutian06
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2012-03-23
What a Brilliant Idea Barnstar Brilliant Idea Barnstar Hires.png For the idea of having a bot place past AfD discussion notices on talk pages. Bgwhite
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2012-04-13
The Original Barnstar Original Barnstar Hires.png Thanks for improving the stubs I've started today: Biology and Philosophy and A Short History of Ethics. Tom Morris
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2012-08-29

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