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Greetings! You've reached the user page of Kat Walsh, otherwise known as "mindspillage". I am a copyright/technology attorney, a classical bassoonist and violist, free culture and free software advocate, and former chair of the Wikimedia Foundation. I know way too much about the minutia of the Creative Commons licenses. I live with my significant other somewhere a bit north of San Francisco.

Most of the stuff on this page has been here for about a decade and I'd probably put different things on it if I were starting over, but I've gotten kind of attached to my old userpage, so it stays.

Meeting of the Minds

The Free Encyclopedia
  • Talk page: here
  • E-mail:
  • IRC (Libera, OFTC): mindspillage
    • Frequently in #wikimedia connect. Private messages are more likely to get my attention than asking in a channel.
  • jabber:
  • Twitter/Mastodon: @mindspillage
  • Facebook: nope. I deleted my account and anyone who claims to be me there isn't.

Multiple intelligences

Some of my Wikimedia hats, past and present:

  • Editor.
  • I was a member of the Board of Trustees from 2006-2013.
  • I am currently on the Advisory Board, where occasionally I even give advice.
  • I am an administrator here; I don't tend to use the tools much, but sometimes they come in handy.
  • I am a former member of the Arbitration Committee, from October 2005 until December 2006 (when I resigned after being appointed to the Board).
  • I used to handle emails that come in to Wikimedia. But not in a long time. You might still get template responses I wrote, though.
  • I do the odd bit of Track II diplomacy, on a completely informal basis, as I have time and energy.

Pieces of mind

Occasionally I like to blather on about Wikipedia rather than do anything constructive...

I follow the one-revert rule as well as the policy trifecta (shown neatly in a little box to the side, as arranged by its originator, Seth Ilys). I'm a strong believer in the simplified ruleset as a guide to almost any sticky situation. And I'm a strong believer in consensus and the supremacy and necessity of good judgment, over all.

Kept in mind

"The cultivated person's first duty is to always be prepared to rewrite the encyclopedia."
-- Umberto Eco (stolen blithely from User:Antandrus)
"To enjoy freedom, [...] we have of course to control ourselves."
-- Virginia Woolf
"You're entitled to your own opinions. You're not entitled to your own facts."
--Daniel Patrick Moynihan

enjoy yourself / be a catalyst / reduce temperature / don't stuff beans up your nose / beware of the tigers, closely related to defending against passion / fighting is boring / control yourself / prefer the soft response / sometimes you have to resort to St. Benedict's Rule / critics are your best friends / fix broken windows / moderating conversations in virtual space / why a group is its own worst enemy / knowledge access as a public good / remember you're part of a civilization

(and please, feel free to suggest interesting philosophical musings to me on my talk page)

I recognize that this user page belongs to the Wikipedia project and not to me personally. As such, I recognize that I am expected to respectfully abide by community standards as to the presentation and content of this page, and that if I do not like these guidelines, I am welcome either to engage in reasonable discussion about it, to publish my material elsewhere, or to leave the project.

In my write mind

Started or rewritten: Aaron Jay Kernis / Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do / Albert Szirmai / Alexandre Tansman / Alvin Etler / Amanda Borden / André Jolivet / Bart Conner / Andrey Rimsky-Korsakov / Bassoon sonata / Cat and Girl / Closely related key / Come Out / Concert band / Concerto in E-flat (Dumbarton Oaks) / Daniel Dorff / Daniel Read / David Darling / David Del Tredici / De Leon Springs State Park / Doctor Fun / Double reed / Eugène Bozza / Extensional definition / Francisco Mignone / Frederick Fennell / Gordon Jacob / Hugo Wolf / Intensional definition / Jan DeGaetani / Jean Françaix / John Barnes Chance / John Crowe Ransom / Judith LeClair / Judith Sargent Murray / Jurriaan Andriessen / Keiko Abe / Lexical definition / Lili Boulanger / Luigi Dallapiccola / Madeleine Dring / Metastasis / Michala Petri / Miller Puckette / Modulation / Multiphonic / Ostensive definition / Paul Redmond Michel / Persuasive definition / Precising definition / Rebecca Helferich Clarke / Ruth Gipps / Squonk Opera / Stipulative definition / Susan Nigro / Terry Riley / Theon of Smyrna / Theoretical definition / The Stone Guest / Vampire number / Vincent Persichetti / Vittorio Giannini / Vocalise / William Bergsma / Willson Osborne / meta:How to win an argument / meta:Polls are evil

Other significant contributions: Bassoon / Contrabassoon / Daniel Gorenstein / Gadsby / Handstand / Iannis Xenakis / L. Neil Smith / List of web comics / National Institutes of Health / "Old Folks at Home" / Quintet / Robert M. Pirsig / Stetson University / Steve Reich / The Mind's I / The Rite of Spring / Thomas Hastings / Wind quintet / Zarzuela

Of sound mind

You can hear me in these recordings:

Technical examples of bassoon playing, including range, tone across registers, chromatic scale, articulations, dynamics, trills, pitch bending, and the reed played alone.

Spilt ilk

This page is not protected: you can edit it. Particularly if you want to fix typos and links, or if you feel inclined to exercise your mad layout skills, or maybe even give a testimonial. (Geogre asked for sonnets, which was a stroke of genius; alas, I am not so brazen as to steal the idea.) I don't own this page. (As it happens, there are pages elsewhere I do own, and I leave them dormant to work on Wikipedia instead.) I will exercise final judgment on which changes I keep, of course... Random acts of poetry encouraged!

My mind, spillage.
My mind, wandering.
Constance, Dale, Fern--
women I will never know.
Poetry, the art form I will never be good at.
func(talk) 19:09, 15 Jun 2005 (UTC)
Mindspillage. The spillage of the mind.
This is the creed of the Wikipedian.
May our minds spring forth with our most cherished knowledge
And may I share the bounty of my wisdom to slake the thirst of curiosity among the people
Join our community, our world.
We are Wikipedians. May the mind of Wikipedia spill forth with bounty.
Welcome to Wikipedia. May you spring forth and prosper!

sɪzlæk [ +t, +c, +m ] 09:46, August 11, 2005 (UTC)

A haiku:
Mindspillage, admin.
Mindspillage, arbitrator.
A spill of a mind.
Ral315 WS 08:35, 15 October 2005 (UTC)

Mindspillage - a grand canonical ensemble of thoughts. May the partition functions unite! --HappyCamper 01:01, 21 October 2005 (UTC)

There was a young lady Mindspillage,
Who from Wikip'dia did pillage
All the things that one can
This poem don't scan.
She lives in the Wikian village!
[[Sam Korn]] 21:50, 15 November 2005 (UTC)

Here's a little poem (Sung, more or less, to the tune of '"The Shadow of Your Smile"), my holiday gift to you.

The spillage of your mind I find refined
The hat upon your head is black not red
The head beneath your hat
Spills forth the thoughts of Kat
Never to be maligned
The spillage of your mind

Paul August 20:28, 29 December 2005 (UTC)

Here's a contra-haiku for you:

One place to hear a
contrabassoon contribute:
Brahms' First Symphony
David Brooks

Another haiku, poles apart from David's above (at least it's at the opposite end of the compass), and I think "Rite" in this usage counts as a kigo:

Aerial, alone,
opening Stravinsky's Rite
your instrument soars.
मिस्ट्रेस ऑफ़ देबौचेरी (That's Mindspillage in Devanagari) --Nearly Headless Nick 10:20, 6 June 2006 (UTC)
头脑溢出 -- that's Mindspillage in Chinese! anthony[cfc]
Mensfvndens. That's Spillingmind in Latin! (Hey, it's close!) CarrotMan 08:33, 8 August 2007 (UTC)

Ink spilt for a spilled mind... they pondered the possibilities. --wpktsfs (talk) 04:21, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Heya, Mindspillage
Always knew you played Bassoon
But, uh... viola?
--Clorox (diskussion) 00:59, 15 July 2008 (UTC)
spilled ink
spilled ink

Brain droppings

  • To-do list, which just serves to remind me of stuff I meant to get to some day...
  • Sandbox, for odds, ends, and protospillage