I am an alumni of Western Washington University with a B.A. in General Studies, with an emphasis on Technical Communication, New Media Management, Editing, Journalism, Layout and Graphic Design, and International Studies. I also studied at Kansas State University, the University of Louisville - Ft. Knox, Elizabethtown Community College, and Semester at Sea Fall '97 voyage. I graduated from Ft. Knox High School in 1986, and also attended Silver Valley High.
Ethnically, I am a Volga German (Wolgadeutsche), born in Kansas. My hometown is Manhattan. My maternal line is a mélange of German, Marian French, Anglo-Saxon, Black Irish and Scottish. I am 2.6% Neanderthal. Spiritually, I am an Agnostic Atheist. Politically, I am a Green.
I am a native speaker of English, have a working knowledge of German (having spent a good part of my childhood in Nürnberg), and have studied Spanish and French at university. I'm a self-confessed Canadiophile.
I find Wikipedia addicting, and I love the fact that it's free, open-source and user-run. It has become a constant tool in my life, and I am always improving it as I explore. I constantly copy edit, creating redirects from misspellings I discover. I have a personal rule: If I come across a RedLink, I have to start the article off, even if just a stub.
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Even though I am a good writer, I enjoy editing more than writing. Consequently, most of the work I do on Wikipedia is general-purpose editing -- copy editing, formatting, clarifying, wikifying, fixing links, creating redirects, etc.
I have done an immense amount of work on disambiguation pages in my time here. I have a knack for organizing information, and I put this skill to use in working on disambiguation pages. (Other people play solitaire on their computers; I go through pages, checking and fixing links. It's a hobby.)
Articles that I have written, or at least started
- Balurghat College
- Calf Creek culture
- CH2M HILL
- Danish modern
- Ellen (TV show)
- Fifth Third Bank
- Frontier Flying Service
- Gray Peak (Antarctica)
- Grays Peak (British Columbia)
- Miller-Motte Technical College
- Nielsen Media Research
- Olza S.A.
- Prince Albert Impact Crater
- Red Alert (novel)
- Silver Ring Thing
- The Crimson Permanent Assurance
- The Lampshade: A Holocaust Detective Story from Buchenwald to New Orleans
- Thomas Van Orden
- Van Orden v. Perry
- What They Did to Princess Paragon
Plus too many disambig and redirect pages to count.
Significant contributions to articles
- AMBER Alert
- Charter for Compassion
- Cu Chi tunnels
- George Miller Beard
- Greg Abbott
- Haskelite Manufacturing Corporation
- McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky
- Supernova remnant G1.9+0.3
- Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (I used to work there)
- Texas State Capitol
- Fujiya Co.
Topics of Interest
Chronicling the Universe
- "I will tell you a great secret, Captain. Perhaps the greatest of all time. The molecules of your body are the same molecules that make up this station and the nebula outside, that burn inside the stars themselves. We are starstuff, we are the Universe made manifest, trying to figure itself out." -Delenn, Babylon 5 Episode A Distant Star
I have often felt the same way Delenn does about myself and the my role in the Universe -- that I am the Universe, a living, conscious part of the Universe, whose job it is to understand. Everything.
It's one of the primary, guiding principles in my life.
I don't have offspring, I don't particularly believe in god, at least not the way monotheists do, and I don't believe in an afterlife. None of these things that most people in my culture take for granted as giving purpose and meaning to their lives work for me.
For me, the purpose of my existence is to be the eyes, and ears, and mind of the Universe. To experience. To remember. To understand.
And part of that understanding requires chronicling, recording, and preserving that understanding. For ourselves, for our inheritors, and for the Universe itself.
That's why I am drawn to Wikipedia. It's what we are doing here. We're chronicling the Universe here.
And to a much greater degree than other encyclopedias, Wikipedia is letting the Universe do its own recording.
I like that.