|My name is Emily and I live in Nova Scotia. I like cats, dogs, horses, classical music (a LOT), Lilo and Stitch, thylacines, large words, and science. User Green451 is my brother. I am an advanced pianist and took my RCM grade 8 practical exam and scored "first class honours", as well as both of my theory exams. However I have grade 10 proficiency. I have taken my RCM grades 1, 3, and 5, and scored "first class honours" on all of them.
|Me: and FAQ
- Username: Pharaoh Hound
- Why I chose my username: the Pharaoh Hound is my favourite breed of dog
- Real name: Emily
- Country: Canada
- Province: Nova Scotia
- Languages: I'm a native English speaker. I have long been interested in American Sign Language (though I don't know anyone who is deaf), and I can communicate using ASL at a very basic level (fluent in fingerspelling, and some words). Unfortunately, I only speak one of Canada's two official languages, and that's unlikely to change in the foreseeable future.
- Pets: Many, see below
- Favourite hobbies and interests: origami, gardening, photography, reading, Greek mythology, Show jumping (an interest rather than a hobby), anything relating to animals (with the exception of earwigs)
- Favourite colours: Turquoise, Aqua, Aquamarine
- Why my signature is that hideous shade of brown: Same colour as my usernamesake
|I discovered Wikipedia ages ago, but only realised what it was fairly recently. I normally do most of my work on various dog articles, see the lists below for my pet pages. One of my biggist irks on wiki dog articles is when the Canadian breed clubs aren't listed in the external links (which is usually), and I have made it one of my missions to make sure that this problem is eliminated. I also vote on many of the Featured Pictures Candidates. I am a member of the Wikipedia dog breed project. My favourite type of articles to edit are dog breed stubs, as I get to work on them almost entirely on my own (very few other editors). When I don't feel like thinking too hard while editing I either add external links to dog breed clubs, or request better photos on dog (and occasionally horse) articles. My first registered edits were on February 6, 2006.
Pages I have edited extensively
Pages I have edited moderately
The Dogs Portal
In late October Rfrisbie contacted me to see if I would like to help with the recently activated Dog Portal. I'd never done anything with portals, but it looked neat so I said yes. A few weeks later, and it became (largely due to Rfrisbie's experience and initiative) a featured portal!
I LOVE animals and thank goodness my family does too. I have always owned cats, and can remember only one year of my life when my family hasn't had at least one.
I have "Betta-itis", a disease that is incurable, but can be lived with. Symptoms of "Betta-itis" include: Dreaming about bettas, having as many bettas as is possible, talking to your bettas as if they understand you, constantly thinking of ways to get more bettas, and naming your bettas.
I have also owned a Tarantula. I love dogs, and own a one-year-old Brittany. I also want a Leopard gecko (they're SO cute). The other pets I currently own (besides cats) only includes fish.
- Two cats: Patches and Smokey, female and male, both six years old.
- Four male Bettas: One-year-old Memnon, ten-month-old Umbra, nine-month-old Mars (named after the Roman God, not the planet), and five-month-old Helios
- Four Corydoras: including five-year-old Stitch (who holds the title of being my oldest fish, and is an albino), and three-year-old Pirate (who only has one eye).
- Two three year old golden Gouramis.
- Five White Cloud Mountain Minnows.
- Two Zebra Danios (neither of which have names).
- Three Neon Tetras.
- A large number of Platys.
- A large number of Swordtails. (I would be able to keep track of how many live-bearers I have if they weren't reproducing like crazy)
|I love music, but only certain types: Classical, Ragtime. and movie scores. I play piano at an advanced level (grade 9 RCM). The Baroque period music's complexity, unique articulation, and style of transitions continually lure me, and I always have at least one baroque piece in my repetoire. I LOVE to perform, and I am thinking about doing some recordings for the Wikimedia Commons.
My repertoire includes...
|My photography and art
|I quite enjoy photography, and currently own a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi. To see my gallery go here or to my gallery on the Wikimeda Commons here.
Picture of the day
Perast is an old town on the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. It is situated a few kilometres northwest of Kotor and is noted for its proximity to the islets of Saint George and Our Lady of the Rocks. Its history dates back to at least 1336, when it was the site of a small fishing village with a shipyard, but over time it became an important maritime centre. It prospered in the 16th century, when it was loyal to the Venetians at a time when the Republic of Venice and the Ottoman Empire were struggling for supremacy in the area. The wealthy merchants and sea captains built themselves grand palaces, mostly in the Baroque style, and there was a renowned naval college. Nowadays, the town relies on tourism for its income, and the number of residents has dwindled; it had a population of 274 at the last census.
Photograph credit: Marcin Konsek
My favourite plant has to be the Gladiolus hybrids. They are stately, majestic, and colourful. And they're perennial, so I get to watch the same plants grow year after year (well, they're not perennial in Nova Scotia's climate, I have to store them inside over the winter). I currently own over 200 gladiolus corms, which are reproducing every year. This year I will attempt to save some gladiolus seeds for future planting, I can't wait to see what sort of colours I get.
|Here's a few quotes that really sum up my philosophy/view of life/personality from some of my favourite authors, playrights, philosophers, and poets.
- "In time we hate that which we fear." Antony and Cleopatra
- "A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies." Oscar Wilde
- "Tempus edax rerum." ("Time is the devourer of everything") Ovid
- "Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." William Jennings Bryan
- "Summum crede nefas animam praeferre pudori: et propter vitam vivendi perdere causas" ("Count it the greatest sin to prefer mere existence to honour, and for the sake of life to lose the reasons for living.") Juvenal
- "All intellectual improvement arises from leisure." Samuel Johnson
- "Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas. ("Lucky is he who has been able to understand the causes of things") Virgil
- "Ils ne se servent de la pensée que pour autoriser leurs injustices, et n' emploient les paroles que pour déguiser leurs pensées." ("[Men] use thought only to justify their injustices, and speech only to conceal their thoughts.") Voltaire
- "I hold that the charasteristic of the present age is craving credulity." Benjamin Disraeli
- "The truth is rarely pure, and never simple." Oscar Wilde
- "The robb'd that smiles steals something from the thief." Othello
- "Non omnia possumus omnes." (We can't all do everything.) Virgil
- "No passion so effectively robes the mind of all its powers of acting or reasoning as fear." Edmund Burke
- "It is our choices, Harry, that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities. Albus Dumbledore
- The Ten Commandments of Wikipedia ("And the Wikipedia spake all these words, saying...")
- Unusual articles (well, the name basically says it all)
- WikiProject Wikipedians Against Jimbo's beard
- WikiProject Wikipedians for Jimbo's beard
- WikiProject Wikipedians who frankly don't care about Jimbo's beard
- Wikipedia songs (yes, it's true, there ARE official Wikipedia songs)
- The Wikipedian's Prayer (for those of us who are reeaally addicted)
- Lamest edit wars (is it possible to have a revert war over a single exclamation mark? Apparently the answer is yes)
- Wiki Acquired Psychological Syndrome (If you are tired, irritible, or giggly, you too could be suffering from this underdiagnosed disease)
- Bad Jokes and Other Deleted Helpdesk Emails
- Sandbox In-sand-ity (All glory to the Hypno Toad!)
- No climbing the Reichstag dressed as Spider-Man (an irrefutably obligatory official decree from the Supreme Cabal Regime of the English Wikipedia, should be followed by all Wikipedians religeously)
- List of really, really, really stupid article ideas that you really, really, really should not create (Don't get any ideas!)
- Wikipedia: the movie (just when you thought that Wikipedians had done everything...)
- Last topic pool (a pool guessing the topic of Wikipedia's last page)
- Evil reptilian kitten-eater from another planet (Gotta love Canadian politics!)
- Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 (umm... how do you pronounce that?)
- Voynich manuscript (The only thing we can figure out about it is that we don't know what the heck it is)
- Illegal prime (Can knowledge of a number be illegal?)
- International Talk Like a Pirate Day (what, you don't celebrate it, matey?)
- Time Cube (A theory that time is cubical, rather than linear. Thus, it is four diferent days happening at the same time. It's so simple!)
- Intentionally blank page (If the phrase "this page has been intentionally left blank" fill up the once blank page, than...)
- Society for the Prevention of Calling Sleeping Car Porters "George" (Any questions?)
- Jennifer 8. Lee (How would you like to have a number as a middle name?)
- Dihydrogen monoxide hoax (A hoax society educating people on the dangers of Dihydrogen monoxide, a substance that can scald, cause death by inhailation, cause hypothermia, be corrosive to metal devices, and that we can't live without.)
|To date I have two barnstars: the Excellent Userpage Award, and the newly created Fauna Barnstar.