I'm a long-time contributor called Oldak Quill. I made my first edit in March 2004 and have edited, with few gaps, since. My work on Wikipedia (and, more generally, within Wikimedia) lacks focus: I edit articles, perform grunt work, use my admin powers, and initiate projects.
In real life, I'm a postgraduate student of neuroscience at the University of Oxford. I tend to edit a very broad range of articles, rather than focussing on particular areas. My areas of interest include the sciences (particularly biology), classical music and film, various modern subcultures (I've edited a lot of articles about piercings, for some reason), philosophy and linguistics.
I often find myself doing tedious grunt work (example: compiling lists) probably because it is easy.
I participate in the project because I enjoy the work and am committed to the ideals of free/libre content (since joining Wikimedia I have also become committed to FLOSS).
- "Resources that are free to use in any way, even if they are imperfect, are more valuable than those that are gated or use-restricted, even if those resources are qualitatively better." - Daniel J. Cohen, From Babel to Knowledge: Data Mining Large Digital Collections
- "By saving the knowledge of the race. The sum of human knowing is beyond any one man; any thousand men. With the destruction of our social fabric, science will be broken into a million pieces. Individuals will know much of exceedingly tiny facets of what there is to know. They will be helpless and useless by themselves. The bits of lore, meaningless, will not be passed on. They will be lost through the generations. But, if we now prepare a giant summary of all knowledge, it will never be lost. Coming generations will build on it, and will not have to rediscover it for themselves." - Hari Seldon, Foundation, Isaac Asimov.
field EPSP - synaptic scaling - Neves, et al., 2008, Nat Neurosci: EPSP-spike potentiation - depotentiation - de-depression - synaptic plasticity and memory hypothesis - ratiometry/ratiometric indicator - protein indicator
- User:OldakQuill/Templates - templates I find useful and/or commonly use
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