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Wikipedia is the worst way to create an online encyclopedia, with the exception of all the others.

(With apologies to Winston Churchill)

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In case you hadn't guessed, my name is "Rich Fife". Lessee... I was raised in Tucson, AZ and currently live in the SF Bay area. I'm a computer programmer who's mostly worked in Video Games and streaming video. Some interesting tidbits:

I'm not managing NY Governor Paterson's election campaign. I'm not a worshipful master. You'll have to make up your own quip for this one. I like tortoises, but not as much as my namesake here. I'm not a dentist: Is it safe?. I'm ethical, but I'm not an ethicist: [1]. I'm not a harness racer: Tally ho!. I didn't compete in British game shows in the mid 80's: Brain of Britain. I don't go for walks on the freeway: [2]. I don't have a son, and if I did, I wouldn't send him on a Mormon mission to Brazil: [3]. I'm not a media consultant: [4]. I'm not in building materials: [5]. I'm not an Episcopalian Rector [6].

Of course, it's possible I'm just being modest about all of this.

I have, however, done some other stuff of note.

Developed StreamWorks at Xing Technology, the first 24 hour live system for broadcasting audio and video (first in both respects) over the internet. If you listen to live radio or watch live TV on the net, I developed the first system to do that. Of course, the system I wrote has pretty much fallen by the wayside in favor of other technologies that do the same thing, but, hey, I got there first.

I was the first person to use file extensions of the form "MP#" where # is the layer number of the MPEG stream data contained inside. I suppose this kind of means I invented the term MP3, although I only used MP1 and MP2 at the time. I totally forgot this until someone pointed it out to me a couple of years ago. You can also make the argument that since the previous file extension was "MPA" and layer distinctions needed to be added, it was inevitable.

Created the networking architecture for Outlaws, one of the very first Internet capable live action games and the very first networking game from LucasArts.

I also worked on these games: Mysteries of the Sith, Toe Jam and Earl 3 (Mission to Earth), The Sims: Bustin' Out, Jetsons: By George, in Trouble Again (I'm not proud, but I was hungry), Flintstones: Dino Lost in Bedrock, Carl Lewis: Go for the Gold and some Tom and Jerry game I always forget the name of.

Lately I've designated myself a "Recent Changes Rearguard Patroller". What does that mean? I go here: [7], scroll to the bottom and work my way up, only fixing vandalism on pages that are still at their newest version. That way I'm catching things that have almost slipped through the cracks without competing with the guys working the top of the list.

My email address is my user name, followed by an "@", followed by my user name again, followed by a ".com". Easy, no? Here's some rules, though. Only use that email address to contact me about Wikipedia editorial matters in an emergency. If you just want to want to chew the fat about non-Wikipedia issues, email away. My feelings are that the more transparent Wikipedia is, the better, so editorial chatter should go onto talk pages. I reserve the right to post any Wikipedia related info that you email back onto Wikipedia.

Peak iTunes play counts:

Single track: Other People's Lives (Modest Mouse song) - 450
Entire album: The Monitor (album) - 257
(November 11, 2015)

Wikipedia essays I never get around to writing

"You are not Prometheus"

Arguments I never get involved in. Ever.

"What genre should we say musician X is a part of?"

My content pusher patrol list: User:Richfife/Content_Pushers

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