Some useful things for working in Wikipedia:
Haven't edited this much in a looong time, but it seems a 10-year cycle of sorts is underway... --2017
home page: http://ourpla.net/
Welcome to Wikipedia, John! Not meaning to dog your steps, it's just that everything you've been editing has been interesting. :)
Thanks, Stephen! What have I written here? I don't track everything (I don't always log in), but I was very happy to add the first link to Meditation to the Buddhism page (! - and later added it to the List of Buddhist topics), and wrote something on the deeper aspects of Nonviolence. (Then noticed there are several such pages; someday I may take on merging them.) I apologize to all serious Wikipedians for so often failing to do proper research within and outside of Wikipedia, and doing the occasional original thinking out loud here. I come from the old wiki world where that was the point, and it's taking me a long time to get used to this.
I rewrote part(/all?) of the intro to Nonviolent Communication (NVC) at one point and am glad to see that several bits that are imho core to NVC have remained present there (probably helps that I referenced my own, um, independent writing on another website :-). Sadly, my attempt to introduce ease of linking and eliminate exclusivity to the web into the intro of Wiki has not fared as well (should find/create some external sources I guess). Wiki is so many things to so many people, the only common denominator seems to be the easy editability, and I've met people to whom even that is not central.
I keep coming back to the to the Paleolithic and early Neolithic eraoric on the Timeline of historic inventions. My focus on that era has heightened since reading Guns, Germs and Steel, both from general interest, and particularly from wanting to better understand how power-over (Mary Parker Follett) / domination (Walter Wink) / Taker (Daniel Quinn) systems - cultural, political, personal, etc. - have become so powerful & adaptive, and infected nearly the whole human species. So that we can reverse the tide and achieve World Undomination! (aka power-with, partnership, leaver. Or mender (Sharif Abdullah).
My ears have enjoyed learning a lot about the roots of rock & roll by working on the impossible First rock and roll record.
Way back when, i participated in the development of, and slow-motion edit wars in, the Sri Lanka pages.
Didn't log in To Wikipedia in 2002 or 2003. My 2001 edits were as JohnAbbe
Articles I'd like to write, Real Soon Now:
I would write about science fiction here, but read little lately :-/, and when I do, enjoy more the community feel of [Bookshelved] wiki and the freedom to write original thinking there and on my own wiki . I may reference some of that here eventually. [2017 update - alas, BookShelved is long gone.]
I am related to the Robert Abbe who pioneered radiation therapy in the United States of America and founded the Abbe Museum. Cleveland Abbe — first chief scientist of the (U.S.) National Weather Service — was my great-great-grandfather. I never met either of them though. ;-)
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