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Pi-symbol.svg This user knows 250 digits of pi.
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🎸 This user plays the guitar.
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This user is interested in astronomy.
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?met? This user prefers metric units and cannot figure out why Americans have such a hard time with them.
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This user enjoys electronics or is an electronics hobbyist.
Golfball ingrass.gif This user plays golf.
Snooker reds.png This user plays snooker.
MSc This user has a Master of Science degree in Astrophysics.
BSc This user has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science (Hons).
BSc This user has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.
ath This user is an atheist.
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This user does not understand the International Phonetic Alphabet.
Not enough people know the difference between loose and lose. Do you?
  • Have been quietly looking and editing articles for around a year. Would like to have done more, but I do have a job.
  • Only now have begun to appreciate what work a good wikipedian does.
  • Still learning and discovering all the options and tools.
  • The signal to noise ratio is surprisingly good. Logically, wikipedia should not work. This surprises me every day.
  • I live in the best place in the world. But I can't tell you where - because if lots of people find out they'll come here and ruin it. It's a long way from most places though.
  • I'm an accredited Rules of Golf official.
  • I play chess and enjoy chess problems. Is the one I invented below in 1981 the simplest one possible?
  • I'm an experienced amateur photographer. Check out http:/// for some of my successful shots. If you think a Wikipedia article needs a good photo donated and I am in a position to take it - send me a note.
  • Things in wikipedia that annoy me:
  • Poor readability. Especially conversion of units. SI is used across the world and putting little known units in all articles to cater for three countries and 4% of the population (and under 16% of the English speaking population) is just bizarre.
  • Non neutral point of view. But I admit it's harder to write than it looks.
  • Incorrect use of the apostrophe on words ending in "s":
Jim's house - the house belongs to Jim.
James's house - the house belongs to James.
The student's house - the house belongs to a student.
The students' house - the house belongs to not one student but a group of students.
James' house - the house belongs to not one Jame but a group of James. (This only makes sense if Jame is say a surname!)

Jim Palfreyman

Simplest chess problem of all time?

a b c d e f g h
a7 black king
c7 white pawn
c6 white king
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1
a b c d e f g h
White to move and mate in two.