User:Reify-tech

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Some of my work here[edit]

I enjoy discovering and documenting connections (both shallow and deep) among superficially disparate topics.

I edit a very eclectic and wide array of Wikipedia articles, including those on a number of women artists, such as Niki de Saint Phalle, Marisol Escobar, Isabelle Collin Dufresne, Louise Bourgeois, Yayoi Kusama, Nancy Reddin Kienholz, Lucia Moholy, Muriel Cooper, Felice Frankel, and Jacqueline Casey. I have also done work on male artists such as Jean-Robert Ipousteguy, Eadweard Muybridge, Thomas Eakins, László Moholy-Nagy, Marcel Duchamp, Alexander Calder, Ed Kienholz, Richard Estes, Duane Hanson, Ron Mueck, Miguel Ortiz Berrocal, Charles Eames, Otto Piene, Michael Leunig, Edward R. Tufte, James Turrell, Jamie Wyeth, Wen-Ying Tsai, and Jeff Lieberman.

I have done work on Charles Proteus Steinmetz, the less-known but far more effective pioneering electrical engineer, as well as his flashier contemporary Nikola Tesla. Other interesting engineers include Bob Pease, Bob Widlar, Bob Dobkin, Jim Williams, Henry Kloss, Richard Stallman, Chuck Hoberman, and Charles Babbage. I have worked on scientists and educators, such as George Gamow, Richard Feynman, Mary Roach, Moon Duchin, Randall Munroe, Erik Demaine, Philip Morrison, Fernando J. Corbató, James Burke (science historian), and Frank Oppenheimer. I have also worked on the tragic story of the MIT student Philip Gale, and the much happier stories of Hacks at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Traditions and student activities at MIT.

I am interested in connections between technology and art, including Neon art, Kinetic art, Light art, Surrealism, and Op Art. I am interested in scientific phenomena and devices such as Dust explosions, Fire pistons, Stirling engines, Euler's Disk, Tippe tops, Rattlebacks, and Plasma globes. I have worked on Anamorphosis and Mathematics and art.

I am also interested in Educational toys, including Erector Set, Meccano, Anchor Stone Blocks, Girder and Panel building sets, Fischertechnik, Minivac 601, Digi-Comp II, Things of Science, Useless machine, and the infamous Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Laboratory. I have worked on the stories of A. C. Gilbert, Friedrich Fröbel, Seymour Papert, and other educational innovators.

I have worked on articles about various specialized exhibitions, such as Mathematica: A World of Numbers... and Beyond, both New York World's Fairs, the Empire State Plaza architecture and Art Collection, Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, New York Transit Museum, and specialized New York City exhibits at the Queens Museum. I have worked on the MIT Museum, Exploratorium, American Museum of Natural History, and numerous other museums and science/technology centers. I work on architectural articles, such as the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and architects, such as Harry Weese, Benjamin Thompson (architect) and Gordon Bunshaft. I expanded the Thomas J. Watson Library article, adding mention of the Nolen Library as well.

I connect many articles via Wikilinks, which I consider to be an important feature of Wikipedia. I crosslinked the articles on Gustave Courbet and Karst springs. I have connected the article on Salvador Dalí to the article on the Willis Tower in Chicago, via the article on Glass floors. I have corrected a serious technical error in the article Evolution of mammalian auditory ossicles, Wikilinking it to relevant articles on Mechanical impedance and Transformers. I have created or significantly expanded navbar templates, which are helpful in exploring a large set of related articles, such as Template:HVAC, Template:Caves, Template:Nightclub fires, Template:Toilets, and Template:Road.

I have added new "Cultural references" sections to articles about mathematical phenomena and artists, connecting mathematics, science, technology, and art. For example, I added a brief section to the article Peaucellier–Lipkin linkage, linking to a new monumental sculpture in the Netherlands which incorporates the linkage. I overhauled the article on Infinity mirrors, including adding a new "Cultural references" section referring Yayoi Kusama, Josiah McElheny, Ivan Navarro, and Taylor Davis as visual artists who have made use of the phenomenon. I have also added a “Cultural references” section to the article on Trolley pole describing some literary connections to Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. and James Agee, and an interesting historical sidelight to the article on Platform gap.

I have worked on a number of purely technical articles, such as Gender of connectors and fasteners, Coaxial power connector, Abundance of the chemical elements, Cooling tower, and Piping and plumbing fitting. I have edited numerous articles related to transportation and infrastructure, both around Boston and worldwide, such as Tunnel, Rapid transit, Slurry wall, Platform gap, Turnstile, Erie Canal, Escalator, Paternoster, and Gas lighting. I have worked on a number of articles related to health and safety, including Mothball, Airbag, Seat belt, Underride guard, Gas leak, Escape chute, Exit sign, Laboratory safety, Beryllium, Mercury (element), and List of civilian radiation accidents.

I have done some modest editing of the French Wikipedia, crosslinking and importing material to/from the English Wikipedia. I have worked on English Wikipedia articles related to the French language, such as List of French expressions in English, Quebec French, and Quebec French profanity. I occasionally import material from the German, Italian, Spanish, or other language Wikipedias, but don't edit them much because I am not sufficiently fluent in those languages.

I also have edited the WP:Manual of Style and various Wikipedia help files and tutorials when I identify common editing issues and errors, or realize that I can make powerful and helpful tools more accessible to all editors, from newbies to experts.

In the future, I hope to work on the articles about Jean Tinguely, Paul Delvaux, Anish Kapoor, George Rickey, Claes Oldenburg, Isamu Noguchi, Philip Morrison, some overlooked women photographers, and some pioneering audio engineers.

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