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A reason why Wikipedia is a Good Thing (ie, it isn't Google):

"Apart from Wikipedia, Google already controls the means of access to information online for most Americans..."; Robert Darnton, "Google & the Future of Books", in the New York Review of Books, February 12, 2009/Volume LVI, Number 2.

Who? Where?[edit]

I currently live in the suburbs of Seattle, Washington, in the most beautiful part of North America, the Pacific Northwest.[1] While wanting to move here for many years, I only managed to finally do it in 2001. I moved here from New York City in the Spring of 2001, conveniently missing the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City as well as the February 28, 2001 Nisqually earthquake in the Seattle area.


  1. I was born in Berkeley, California just in time to be tear-gassed by Ronald Reagan near Peoples Park, but before I could remember anything, my family moved to
  2. Buffalo, New York, or at least the suburb of Williamsville, New York, where I grew up.
  3. For a year, my family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. I was in fifth grade.
  4. After school, I spent three hedonistic years in Denver, Colorado, before moving to
  5. New York City's DUMBO, Brooklyn neighborhood, before finally moving to Seattle (but I must say, DUMBO sure has changed since I lived there--from industrial wasteland to hip, gentrified, and "arty", except the cost of living there is now beyond the means of the starving artists who once called it home).

More Places[edit]

Some places I've enjoyed visiting include

  1. Yellowstone National Park
  2. Wallowa Mountains
  3. Paris
  4. Italy, especially Cinque Terre and Rome
  5. British Columbia
  6. The Oregon Coast
  7. The Canadian Rockies, especially Yoho National Park and Jasper National Park, and, on the way home Garibaldi Provincial Park.
  8. A while ago I took a month-long trip, for various reasons to Appalachia, by car from Seattle. The regions I enjoyed the most during the trip include the Flint Hills, The Ozarks, the Hiwassee River area, the Tellico River area, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Cumberland Gap, the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River, Savage Gulf, and the Sand Hills of Nebraska
  9. And, although perhaps it is obvious, the Cascade Range is stunning and gorgeous—a camping and hiking wonderland. I couldn't hope to list all of the wonderful places, so will for now let Mount Rainier National Park stand in for the rest.


I've too many to list, but for a start:

  1. History
  2. Music
  3. Cartography
  4. Echidnas


I used to make new pages more often than now. Here's a small selection of pages I started that I still like, in order from oldest to newest:

  • Pocosin: First one made, still not very good.
  • Guale: Early colonial era Indian nation.
  • Westo: Ditto.
  • Sycamore Shoals: Important colonial site in Tennessee.
  • Merrymeeting Bay: Weird freshwater tidal bay or estuary or inland delta, with six rivers emptying into it, draining 40% of Maine. Strong tides. Freshwater. Merrymeeting.
  • Mooselookmeguntic Lake: How can you pass up a name like that?
  • Mitchell Map: Curious and important colonial map of America. (Ooh, I just discovered that File:Mitchell Map-06full2.jpg, which I originally uploaded and made this page about, was made a featured picture back in 2009, and will be "picture of the day" on July 24, 2011. [1])
  • State Plane Coordinate System: Hey, it didn't exist.
  • Fort Cass: US concentration/death camp used for ethnic cleansing.
  • Upland South: As opposed to the Deep South.
  • Kettle River (Columbia River): Amazing how many major rivers didn't have pages in 2006-2007.
  • Banks Lake: And lakes/reservoirs...
  • William Fraser Tolmie: Major figure in early colonial Pacific Northwest history. A physician-scholar, surgeon, fur trader, scientist, and politician. Made first known serious attempt to climb Mount Rainier. Founding father of British Columbia.
  • Sol Duc River: Still more well-known rivers without pages in 2007.
  • Columbia Lake: Source of the Columbia River. Well, somebody had the make the damn page.
  • Cusabo people: More early colonial Native American peoples.
  • Yamasee War: Technically the page existed as a redirect to Yamassee, but I count it as one I created anyway.
  • Henry Woodward (colonist): Early colonial era colonist. These people were tough and brave.
  • Fort Rosalie: More overlooked early colonial history.
  • Bahr el Zeraf: The giraffe sea!
  • York Factory Express: A kind of British/Canadian corollary to the Oregon Trail, sorta. Fun making the map.
  • Juan Carrasco (explorer): Spanish explorer of the Pacific Northwest who made many key discoveries. Forgotten by history due to his low rank—his commanding officers got the credit for his work.
  • Princess Royal (sloop): A British, then Spanish, then British merchant ship, tiny but flung to the center of international crisis back in the day.
  • Cordero Channel: More on the mostly-forgotten Spanish contribution to Pacific Northwest history and exploration.
  • Thomas McKay (fur trader): Another key early colonial figure in Pacific Northwest history, mostly forgotten of course.
  • Boeing Creek: My local little stream.
  • Bonanza Peak (Washington): What, it's just the tallest non-volcanic peak in the Cascade Range.
  • Sacajawea Peak: Just the second most prominent peak in Oregon.
  • Quinault Treaty: Native American, First Nation, indigenous people articles on Wikipedia remain sorely in need of help. So many redlinks, so many stubs.
  • Albert Hale Sylvester: This guy must have put half of Washington's place names on the map.
  • Greenleaf Peak: Collapsed upon a time, totally blocking the Columbia River, the debris of which remained as the Cascades Rapids until submerged behind Bonneville Dam.
  • List of rapids of the Columbia River: The Columbia is one of the largest rivers with the steepest gradients, and there were hundreds of extremely dangerous rapids. The same combo of big river and steep gradient made it hydropower heaven, so now most of the rapids are gone.
  • La Princesa (1778): More on the Spanish role in early PNW history, largely forgotten.
  • James Colnett: Ditto, but from a British viewpoint.
  • Descubierta and Atrevida: Alessandro Malaspina's twin corvettes.
  • Maritime Fur Trade: All this focus on early PNW history culminated in this article, which basically sums up half the stuff I'd been doing on Wikipedia for several years. After this page, I dunno, maybe I'm kinda done here.
  • Simon Metcalfe: Side-tale of the Maritime Fur Trade, an adventurous life. His son's tale, Thomas Humphrey Metcalfe is perhaps more compelling, but still lacks an article on Wikipedia. Thomas, just a teenager, sailed a tiny, poorly-built sloop with a crew of five from China to Vancouver Island in 1789, with only a compass (which broke along the way) and a rough copy of one of Captain Cook's maps. He sailed via Japan, Kamchatka, the Aleutian Islands, and down the PNW coast. The Spanish commander at Nootka Sound was stunned at Thomas's arrival. To top it off, after being arrested by the Spanish and taken to Mexico and eventually released, Thomas, then 19, sailed to Hawaii to try to find his father, only to be immediately captured by the Hawaiians and killed in revenge for a massacre committed by his own father mere weeks before. Neither father nor son ever learned about how close they were or how father's actions resulted in the son's death. Anyway, see here [2]. Someone should write a proper article for the boy.



  1. ^ Dosewallips, I. Rogue (2023). The Most Beautiful Part of North America and why it is the Pacific Northwest. Cascadian Publishers without Bias.