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What does Ruhrfisch mean?[edit]

Rührfisch (literally 'stir-fish') is the German word for a magnetic stir bar (or 'stirring flea' if you speak the Queen's English). Since English does not use umlauts, I left the umlaut off (ü → u) to get Ruhrfisch. In German Rührfisch is not the same as Ruhrfisch, which would be a fish in the river Ruhr. Since I like rivers (and fish), that is OK too.

In April 2009, without even knowing it, I discovered I am a "pimpin' mack daddy".

A favorite quotation of mine, by John Ruskin. This is how I try to act here and elsewhere.

"It is a good and safe rule to sojourn in every place as if you meant to spend your life there, never omitting an opportunity of doing a kindness, or speaking a true word, or making a friend."

Magnetic Stirrer.JPG

An English haiku I wrote on a stir bar, inspired by my user name:

A white bar, spinning
magnetic core, teflon skin;
not much of a fish.

Milestones[edit]

I have been a registered editor since July 8, 2005. On December 14, 2007 I became an administrator on Wikipedia. I am not the world's most active admin, but you can check my actions as a user and an admin here:

Ruhrfisch (talk · contribs · blocks · protections · deletions · page moves · rights · RfA). I am open to recall as an admin.
Wikiprojects, FA, FL, DYK, PR,
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I have been a major contributor to twenty-eight Featured Articles and four Featured Lists.

I am the principal author of ten Featured Articles:

Featured article Larrys Creek (this was Today's Featured Article on October 19, 2007, and was formerly a Good Article)
Featured article White Deer Hole Creek (this was Today's Featured Article on April 13, 2009)
Featured article Plunketts Creek (Loyalsock Creek) (which was formerly a Good Article)
Featured article Cogan House Covered Bridge (over Larrys Creek, this was Today's Featured Article on December 13, 2011)
Featured article Forksville Covered Bridge (over Loyalsock Creek, this was Today's Featured Article on January 13, 2011 and was formerly a Good Article)
Featured article Hillsgrove Covered Bridge (also over Loyalsock Creek)
Featured article Sonestown Covered Bridge (over Muncy Creek)
Featured article Plunketts Creek Bridge No. 3 (formerly over Plunketts Creek, this was Today's Featured Article on June 22, 2013)
Featured article Ganoga Lake (this was Today's Featured Article on July 18, 2012, and was formerly a Good Article)
Featured article Clemuel Ricketts Mansion (on Ganoga Lake, this was Today's Featured Article on December 1, 2010, and was formerly a Good Article)\

and a main author of or major contributor to eighteen Featured Articles:

Featured article Presque Isle State Park (along with Gerry D, Niagara, Tomdonohue1, Finetooth, and Trey)
Featured article Joseph Priestley House (jointly authored with Awadewit, this was Today's Featured Article on April 18, 2009)
Featured article Black Moshannon State Park (along with Gerry D)
Featured article Worlds End State Park (along with Gerry D, this was Today's Featured Article on December 21, 2012 (the supposed "End of the World", and was formerly a Good Article)
Featured article Leonard Harrison State Park (along with Gerry D, this was Today's Featured Article on October 19, 2010)
Featured article Stigand (Ealdgyth is the principal author and listed as co-nominators Ning-ning for copyedits, and me for two peer reviews, this was Today's Featured Article on September 27, 2008)
Featured article Colton Point State Park (along with Gerry D)
Featured article Cherry Springs State Park (along with Gerry D, this was Today's Featured Article on June 11, 2009)
Featured article BP Pedestrian Bridge (along with TonyTheTiger and Torsodog, this was Today's Featured Article on May 22, 2010)
Featured article Nansen's Fram expedition (Brianboulton is the principal author and I made the maps, this was Today's Featured Article June 23, 2012)
Featured article Upper Pine Bottom State Park (along with Gerry D)
Featured article Lock Haven, Pennsylvania (Finetooth is the principal author and listed me as co-nom for my photos and maps)
Featured article Jay Pritzker Pavilion (along with TonyTheTiger, this was Today's Featured Article on April 3, 2010)
Featured article Waterfalls in Ricketts Glen State Park (along with Gerry D)
Featured article Quehanna Wild Area (along with Auntieruth55)
Featured article Harris Theater (Chicago, Illinois) (along with TonyTheTiger, this was Today's Featured Article on November 8, 2010)
Featured article Ricketts Glen State Park (along with Gerry D)
Featured article Exelon Pavilions (along with TonyTheTiger, this was Today's Featured Article on December 10, 2010)

I am a main author of four Featured Lists:

Featured article List of Pennsylvania state parks (along with Gerry D and VerruckteDan)
Featured article List of municipalities in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania (along with Gerry D)
Featured article List of municipalities in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania (along with Gerry D)
Featured article List of tributaries of Larrys Creek (I am the principal author, no one else is this crazy ;-) )

I have helped write six Good Articles, all of which are now Featured Articles (see above)

I have been a major contributor to forty-six articles on the Main Page in the Did you know section.

I have uploaded twenty-three images that have appeared on the Main Page twenty-four times: eleven of my images (plus six images I just uploaded) have been featured in DYK, and three of my images (plus four I only uploaded) have been in Today's Featured Article (one of my images of the Priestley House was in DYK, then TFA).

I will never, never, never, never, never have an image that becomes a Featured Picture. ;-)

I do have two Quality Images on Commons!

I help out with Peer Reviews when I can. I do reviews at Good Article Nominations and have passed four (of eight) to date: Ernest Shackleton, Columbia River, Johnson Creek (Willamette River), and Skye - all are now FAs.

I also have an account on Wikimedia Commons, which I use for images I make and take (maps and photographs), and an account on the German Wikipedia (both as Ruhrfisch too).

Awards[edit]

I am honored to have received the following awards and barnstars:

This barnstar page design was respectfully stolen borrowed from SandyGeorgia, who lifted it from Kirill Lokshin.
Awards and Barnstars
Donut52.gif The Donut Star Award. The torus shape of a donut is not a five-sided or six-sided star, but a star of infinite points. This award is given for innumerable efforts over an extended period to achieve great things. ...for sustained effort over an extended length of time in making Larrys Creek a Featured Article, and showing us all that "there are no small articles, there are only small editors". Given with respect and admiration by ClairSamoht 04:38, 31 August 2006 (UTC)
WikiThanks.png Wiki Thanks Thanks a lot for taking over the automated peer reviews while I was away - I thought the concept would completely die out; guess I was wrong :). AZ t 21:09, 23 October 2006 (UTC)
Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar For all your work making White Deer Hole Creek not only a featured article, but a standout featured article Daniel Case 14:58, 11 December 2006 (UTC)
Closeup groundhog.jpg The groundhog award is presented to Ruhrfisch. For tireless support and effort in creating an excellent List of Pennsylvania State Parks and further expanding the wikipedia articles about the state parks of Pennsylvania. (Groundhog Haven) Thanks for the help! Gerry D 16:40, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
Barnstar of Reversion2.png The RickK Anti-Vandalism Barnstar For dealing with vandals with kindness and patience. Dincher 21:01, 18 February 2007 (UTC)
Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar.png The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar With thanks for your help, especially re Renewable energy in Scotland. Ben MacDui (Talk) 08:51, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
WikiProject Illinois Barnstar.png WikiProject Illinois Barnstar For your amazing work on Illinois Template:State parks of Illinois map, I hearby award you WikiProject Illinois Barnstar. Thanks so very much for your hard work! --Kranar drogin 01:42, 27 July 2007 (UTC)
Reviewer's Award2.png The Reviewer's Barnstar For amazing work on WP:PR/A, you definitely deserve this long overdue award. AZ t 15:45, 31 August 2007 (UTC)
Closeup groundhog.jpg Pennsylvania State Parks Groundhog Award This award is given with respect and admiration to Ruhrfisch for his continuing devotion to Pennsylvania state park articles and especially for all his work on the List of Pennsylvania state parks, switching to Geoboxes, providing the PennDOT maps to track down township locations and filling GNIS's inbox with email. VerruckteDan 16:40, 3 September 2007 (UTC)
Barnstar-camera.png The Photographer's Barnstar This barnstar is presented to Ruhrfisch for his continued photographic contributions to Pennsylvania state parks and other Pennsylvania articles. With respect and admiration Dincher 21:35, 20 September 2007 (UTC)
Chief Black Hawk3.jpg Chief Black Hawk Certificate of Alliance I IvoShandor bestow upon thee, Ruhrfisch, this certificate of alliance in the name of Sauk Chief Black Hawk. Your work on the Black Hawk War map has been irreplaceable, and you endless patience greatly appreciated. History owes you a thanks, and I do as well. Thank you. IvoShandor 11:21, 27 September 2007 (UTC)
Tireless Contributor Barnstar.gif The Tireless Contributor Barnstar After seeing the massive amount of work you put into the, now Featured Article for Larrys Creek, I hereby award you this barnstar. You've more than earned it! Congrats :) - NeutralHomer T:C 02:02, 19 October 2007 (UTC)
Imperialcrownjewels.jpg I, Durova, am pleased to award Ruhrfisch the imperial triple crown jewels for outstanding content improvements to Wikipedia. Thank you for your generous efforts on behalf of this nonprofit project. DurovaCharge! 01:11, 23 October 2007 (UTC)
Wiki medal.jpg The Featured Article Medal For beyond excellent work, in which your several weeks of editing brought the Presque Isle State Park article to Featured Article status. You did an amazing job! Be proud of yourself! I'm sorry I could not help out more, been quite busy in real life with medical problems. But anyway, Good work!—trey(wiki) 04:06, 26 November 2007 (UTC)
Admin T-shirt.PNG The admins' T-shirt Acalamari 21:53, 15 December 2007 (UTC)
Barnstar-camera.png The Photographer's Barnstar For your superb photographs of Joseph Priestley's house. I bet you never knew the stairwell would be so interesting! Thanks again for all of your hard work on this article. Awadewit | talk 10:37, 18 January 2008 (UTC)
Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar.png The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar For your help with mapmaking and ever so many other things. Finetooth (talk) 14:42, 24 January 2008 (UTC)
Halfstar.png The Half Barnstar For cooperating so well with Awadewit on improving Joseph Priestley House to featured status. Daniel Case (talk) 07:21, 7 February 2008 (UTC)
Closeup groundhog FA.JPG Pennsylvania State Parks Groundhog Award, with Featured Article Star This award is given with respect and admiration to Ruhrfisch for his continuing devotion to Pennsylvania state park articles and on the occasion of his sixth Featured Article for Black Moshannon State Park. Dincher (talk) 16:35, 27 April 2008 (UTC)
Neanderthaler Fund.png The WikiProject Scotland Award of Excellence This award is given with many thanks to Ruhrfisch for assistance in helping Timeline of prehistoric Scotland to become a Featured List from Ben MacDui, 4 May 2008.
Tireless Contributor Barnstar.gif The Tireless Contributor Barnstar This barnstar is for Ruhrfisch who seems to be taking on the entire Peer Review page by himself. However, this is more because he is cheerfully and thoroughly reviewing all the articles I've put there relating to the Everglades. Thank you. Moni3 (talk) 15:59, 15 May 2008 (UTC)
Surreal Barnstar.png The Surreal Barnstar For showing uncanny dedication to improving articles without expecting anything in return. Eustress (talk) 02:10, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
NHLsByFourthOfJulyOrBustBARNSTAR.JPG The Fourth of July, or bust, Barnstar I award you this Barnstar for your solid, witty, creative, supportive, learned, timely, cheerful, eloquent, and/or otherwise generally great contributions on U. S. National Historic Landmarks' articles. Yippee o yay, we pretty much met our goal of a well-started article for each of 2,442 NHLs by today!

Thanks, and have a great Fourth of July! -- Doncram, 4 July 2008

Tireless Contributor Barnstar.gif The Tireless Contributor Barnstar This barnstar is for all your hard work at WP:Peer review - You are tireless, and your reviews have helped hundreds of contributors! Please keep up this amazing work. — Wackymacs (talk ~ edits) 16:29, 18 July 2008 (UTC)
CRM.png The Content Review Medal of Merit For all the time and effort you give to WP:PR I award you The Content Review Medal of Merit. Your work is greatly appreciated. The Bookkeeper (of the Occult) 12:45, 20 July 2008 (UTC)
Everglades Barnstar.png The Everglades Barnstar "It's curious that the ignorance about the Everglades has persisted all these years"Marjory Stoneman Douglas, 1987. Thank you, Ruhrfisch, for helping in our small wiki-corner, to right that wrong. Your peer reviews were invaluable. I am very grateful for all of them. Please accept this limited-edition barnstar as a token of my gratitude. --Moni3 (talk) 12:48, 21 July 2008 (UTC)
SpecialBarnstar.png The Special Barnstar Obviously I'm not the first who has seen and appreciated your efforts at peer review and I'm sure I won't be the last. Thanks for your hard work and cogent comments. Otto4711 (talk) 16:25, 21 July 2008 (UTC)
Compass barnstar.png The Guidance Barnstar For your unflagging help and valuable guidance on many projects, most recently Balch Creek, which made FA today, I award you this barnstar. Finetooth (talk) 02:18, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
Jainism barnstar award.png The Barnstar of Jainism I award Ruhrfisch the Barnstar on Jainism. This is a small token of my appreciation for many things – for peer reviewing the article Anekantavada umpteen times, having patience with me, for guiding me and staying till end for GA and FA review. Thank you Ruhrfisch --Anish (talk) 17:59, 4 August 2008 (UTC)
Compass barnstar.png The Guidance Barnstar Thank you for excellent advice regarding cartography - your help and patience are greatly appreciated! Awadewit (talk) 17:42, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
Barnstar of Diligence.png The Barnstar of Diligence For your excellent peer reviews.Dineshkannambadi (talk) 23:14, 6 September 2008 (UTC)
LandseerMonarch1851.jpg The Monarch of the Glen Appreciation Thanks for your assistance in helping Fauna of Scotland to become a Featured Article. It's much appreciated by Cervus elaphus and myself, Ben MacDui 18:13, 12 September 2008 (UTC)
Reviewer's Award2.png The Reviewers Award Just wanted to say thanks for your very helpful Peer Review of the article Odwalla, which just passed FAC! I definately wouldn't have gotten there without your work! Intothewoods29 (talk) 05:58, 23 September 2008 (UTC)
Modest Barnstar.png The Modest Barnstar You are a fantastic editor, modest too. You deserve this award. Dincher (talk) 21:59, 30 September 2008 (UTC)
Tireless Contributor Barnstar.gif The Tireless Contributor Barnstar Your Commitment and dedication is outstanding and in particular the quality of articles reviewed is truly outstanding and the high standard of review is maintained across the board Pharaoh of the Wizards (talk) 02:13, 18 December 2008 (UTC)
Reviewer's Award2.png The Reviewers Award Vithoba says Thanks for the great review by Ruhrfisch, which was helpful to make the article a FA. This is also in appreciation of Ruhrfisch's services at WP:Peer review. At PR, when there are no other reviews for the artuicle you nominated, you will always find Ruhrfisch's constructive review present. Redtigerxyz Talk 05:59, 31 December 2008 (UTC)
Metkrok av ben från stenåldern, funnen i Skåne.jpg This Hook Award is presented to Ruhrfisch for outstanding achievement in hook writing for just about all of my 60 DYK's
Dincher (talk) 01:43, 23 January 2009 (UTC)
Red Link Removal Barnstar.png Red Link Removal Barnstar A token of appreciation for Ruhr from Ivo. Thanks for filling out my redlink at Vigo, Indiana, it is greatly appreciated. IvoShandor (talk) 06:01, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
Barnstar Chicago.png The Chicago Barnstar On behalf of WP:CHICAGO, I commend you for your excellent work on creating a map (File:Millennium Park Map.png) and a template ({{Millennium Park Map}}) for the project's first WP:GT, Millennium Park. TonyTheTiger (t/c/bio/WP:CHICAGO/WP:LOTM) 05:47, 13 February 2009 (UTC)
Team Barnstar.png The Teamwork Barnstar Thanks for helping along with others in the recent, successful rollout of the new {{infobox NRHP}} infobox. Your support and specific assistance in getting it done is appreciated! We did a good job, as evidenced by no subsequent problems being reported, although it affected 20,000 or so articles. And it was sure more enjoyable working as a team to get it done. Thanks! doncram (talk) 19:50, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
Allaroundamazingbarnstar.png All Around Amazing Barnstar For being an all-around awesome Wikipedian, and making me a badly-needed map for Rosewood massacre. Because I've been to these places and I'm still not sure where they are. Moni3 (talk) 14:55, 14 April 2009 (UTC)
Four Award.PNG Four Award Congratulations! You have been awarded the Four Award for your work all through on Plunketts Creek (Loyalsock Creek). Awadewit (talk) 01:45, 20 May 2009 (UTC)
Barnstar Chicago.png The Chicago Barnstar This barnstar is for your diligence, patience and overall wikiexcellence that made the difference in WP:CHICAGO's third attempt to get BP Pedestrian Bridge promoted to WP:FA status.TonyTheTiger (t/c/bio/WP:CHICAGO/WP:LOTM) 02:44, 17 June 2009 (UTC)
CleanupBarnstar.PNG The Cleanup Barnstar I've watched you work tirelessly to clean up both BP Pedestrian Bridge and Cloud Gate these past few weeks. Your work has been essential to getting the articles anywhere near FA-quality. Your help is GREATLY appreciated! --TorsodogTalk 21:03, 23 June 2009 (UTC)
Goldkey logo removed.jpg The entire world's gold supply Because you couldn't do any worse with it than has already been done. Serendipodous 20:06, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Allaroundamazingbarnstar.png This All-Around Amazing Barnstar is awarded for the variety of contributions that you have made during the McDonald's Cycle Center WP:FA promotion process including copyediting and cartographic improvements as well as adding a rational voice to the opinionated editorial discussion.TonyTheTiger (t/c/bio/WP:CHICAGO/WP:LOTM) 07:08, 1 November 2009 (UTC)
Bio star.png The Wikiproject Lepidoptera Barnstar For User:Ruhrfisch for his excellent articles on two important pest species. Ruigeroeland 08:57, November 2, 2009
Matissedance.jpg The Barnstar of Invaluableness For the quality and sheer amount of work you have given over the last years, and for being one of the most highly thought of and appreciated expendable cogs this project has yet to chew up and spit out, I award..... Ceoil sláinte 00:13, 1 March 2010 (UTC)
Barnstar of Diligence.png The Barnstar of Diligence ... For being one of the best editors working at WP:PR, and showing yourself to be a considerate yet extremely efficient reviewer and copyeditor even when real life issues are knocking at the door. - I.M.S. (talk) 16:58, 13 March 2010 (UTC)
CopyeditorStar7.PNG The Copyeditor's Barnstar Thank you for all of the fine work in bringing Free State of Galveston to FA.
Mcorazao (talk) 18:17, 4 May 2010 (UTC)
Barnstar of Diligence.png The Barnstar of Diligence Ruhrfisch, it is my distinct honor to award you this Barnstar of Diligence, demonstrating outstanding attention to detail, exceptional editorial skill, and for donating so much of your time to the lengthy review of St. Michael's Cathedral, Qingdao. I very much appreciate your involvement, and the article is better for it. ɳorɑfʈ Talk! 11:55, 16 June 2010 (UTC)
Barnstar of Diligence.png The Barnstar of Diligence This barnstar is for your dedication to numerous peer reviews, including one of my PR requests. Improving articles to good or featured status helps make Wikipedia a better and more reliable encyclopedia, and so your reviews in the nomination process are just as important, and I hope you continue with your excellent feedback. --Natural RX 16:11, 7 July 2010 (UTC)
Allaroundamazingbarnstar.png All Around Amazing Barnstar To Ruhrfisch for legendary feats relating to the expunging of the Peer review backlog, at this moment standing at zero. And for much other help and support, freely given. Brianboulton (talk) 21:18, 30 August 2010 (UTC)
Editors Barnstar.png The Editor's Barnstar For all your all your contributions in writing and reviewing articles, I award you this barnstar. Quadzilla99 (talk) 18:50, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar Thanks for Peer Reviewing Interpretive science. Your comments are appreciated... Novus Orator 09:35, 21 December 2010 (UTC)
Johnstown Inclined Plane 2.jpg Thank you for your peer review and support. ​​​​​​​​Niagara ​​Don't give up the ship 05:26, 19 February 2011 (UTC)
Music barnstar.png Delius thanks Please accept this star as a token of thanks for your help in getting Frederick Delius to FA standard. This was truly the work of many hands, and your particular contribution was much valued. Brianboulton (talk) 21:52, 8 February 2011 (UTC)
Chemistrystar.png The Chemistry Star For your helpful and insightful comments at the rhodocene FAC, plus going above and beyond supporting in providing translation work to resolve the "protonated" issue, I award you this Chemistry Star! Well Done and Thank you.
EdChem (talk) 05:53, 9 February 2011 (UTC)
Compass barnstar.png The Guidance Barnstar Thank you for showing the way through many a thorny thicket. Finetooth (talk) 17:13, 8 April 2011 (UTC)
US Senate new gavel.jpg To show appreciation of your peer review of the article United States Congress members killed or wounded in office, I present you with the Senate gavel... just don't tell the senate I gave it to you. --Found5dollar (talk) 02:40, 14 April 2011 (UTC)
Premium Reviewer Barnstar Hires.png The Premium Reviewer Barnstar To Ruhrfisch for the important and time-consuming peer reviews that make such a difference when articles move forward in the review process, and for the incisive, detailed FAC reviews. Thanks in particular for the excellent peer review of The Sun Also Rises and the equally excellent FAC review of True at First Light. Truthkeeper88 (talk) 00:21, 9 May 2011 (UTC)
Editors Barnstar.png The Editor's Barnstar Thank you for your excellent attention to detail and thoroughness when reviewing Rova of Antananarivo. The article is the better for it! Lemurbaby (talk) 20:20, 1 June 2011 (UTC)
Compass barnstar.png The Guidance Barnstar I admire the extremely helpful, detailed and high-quality peer reviews that you do. They guide editors toward improving all their contributions (not just in the articles that you comment on, but by educating them to be better editors), focusing on the most important points as well as style and technical details, helping the project to generate a wealth of better content. Your skill, diligence and generosity are much appreciated! -- Ssilvers (talk) 15:12, 17 July 2011 (UTC)
Four Award.svg Four Award Congratulations! You have been awarded the Four Award for your work from beginning to end on Ganoga Lake. TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 22:45, 3 August 2011 (UTC)
Four Award.svg Four Award Congratulations! You have been awarded the Four Award for your work from beginning to end on Forksville Covered Bridge. TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 23:31, 4 August 2011 (UTC)
Four Award.svg Four Award Congratulations! You have been awarded the Four Award for your work from beginning to end on Clemuel Ricketts Mansion. TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 06:01, 6 August 2011 (UTC)
Tosa Mitsuoki 001.jpg The Genji Award Thanks for the image review of the many many images for Murasaki Shikibu. That was a big request to make and I appreciate the time you put into reviewing the images. Truthkeeper (talk) 17:23, 16 September 2011 (UTC)
Original Barnstar Hires.png The Original Barnstar Thanks for the help! Jimknut (talk) 18:59, 25 September 2011 (UTC)
Wiki-stripe1.svg The Military history WikiProject Reviewers' award By order of the Military history WikiProject coordinators, for your devoted contributions to the WikiProject's Peer, A-Class and Featured article reviews for the period Jul-Sept 2011, the Military history WikiProject Reviewers' award. Buggie111 (talk) 22:57, 1 October 2011 (UTC)
Export hell seidel steiner.png A beer for you! Much appreciated amigo, thanks! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:38, 13 November 2011

Pages I have made or substantially added to[edit]

Map of Pennsylvania State Parks

(I made it and each dot is wikilinked)

I have made or made substantial contributions to articles in the following areas:

  • Chemistry Related
  • Children's Literature
  • Rivers
  • Germany
  • Places in Pennsylvania
    • Creeks
    • Railroads
    • Native American Paths
    • Protected Areas
  • Pennsylvania Miscellany
  • Places in Ohio
  • Places in Tennessee
Map of Illinois Protected Areas

Maps I have made and Pictures I have taken[edit]

I like to make maps based on the free U.S. Census Bureau maps available online. I have made maps of:

I am an avid photographer and add images to articles when I can. Please see the subpage (link above) for some of these.

My work for Wikipedia used elsewhere[edit]

Here are some of the images I have made for use on Wikipedia that have been used elsewhere. I only include uses by media that seem notable.

  1. a) My photograph of a natural gas drilling rig was used as the cover image of the Fall 2010 Citizen's Guide to Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania by the National Sea Grant Law Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
    b) The same photograph was used (with my permission) in the October 28, 2010 print issue of the Hummelstown, Pennsylvania weekly newspaper The Sun.
    c) Public Radio International used it in its September 27, 2011 story the "Natural gas boom may be making people sick"
    d) It was also used by the RAND Corporation in its April 27, 2012 article "Could Coal Mine Drainage Be Used for Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Extraction?"
    e) The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch website used it in its October 17, 2012 article "Exxon deal heats up Canada shale play".
  2. My panoramic photo of Fairfield Township is used (with my permission) by the Coalition for Responsible Growth and Resource Conservation on their web page
  3. My photo of Steamtown National Historic Site was used in National Parks Traveler's September 14, 2008 article "Attendance Shortfalls at Steamtown National Historic Site Prompt Calls for Privatization"
  4. a) My photo of a fracking gas drilling tower was used in the National Wildlife Federation's September 15, 2011 article "Environment: The Trouble with Fracking"
    b) A cropped version of the same photo was used in the San Antonio Business Journal article by James Aldridge on September 18, 2012 in "Japan eying North American shale gas to meet country’s power needs
  5. My panoramic photo of Bald Eagle Mountain was used by The Conservation Fund to illustrate a grant they made to preserve part of the mountain
  6. My photo of the statue of Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Baden in Karlsruhe is used by Encyclopedia Britannica in its article on Charles Frederick
  7. My photo of Durrwachter Alumni Center at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania is used by Encyclopedia Britannica in its article on the university
  8. My photo of a game in the 2007 Little League World Series is used by Encyclopedia Britannica in its article on Little League Founder Carl Stotz
  9. My photo of the Clinton County, Pennsylvania courthouse is used by Encyclopedia Britannica in its article on Clinton County
  10. My photo of the Presque Isle Light at Presque Isle State Park was used by Russ Rowlett of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's website on Lighthouses of the United States: Northwestern Pennsylvania
  11. My panoramic photo of the Pine Creek Gorge was used by the Pennsylvania State University's Pennsylvania Center for the Book Summer 2008 article by Urja Davé on PA's Grand Canyon: More than just sightseeing
  12. a) My photo of a cardiac operating room was used by New Jersey 101.5 news anchor Kelly Waldron's April 23, 2012 story Surgery Just Over a Week Away – Kelly’s Journey
    b) The same photo was used by Inc. (magazine)'s Paul Spiegelman in his March March 15, 2013 "Company Culture" blog post Why You Should Care About Hospital Culture
    c A cropped version of the same photo was used by Inc. (magazine)'s Gene Marks in his February 27, 2013 "Under the Wire" blog post 9 Great Things About the Looming Sequester
  13. My map of the state of Louisiana was used twice by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) on its Press Room: Evolution on the Front Line page
  14. Yet another of my gas well photos was used by the Audubon Society's Alisa Opar in her March 11, 2010 article "Report says Proposed Fracking Law Won’t Stop Industry, House Investigates the Controversial Practice"
  15. My dental panoramic X-ray was used by Scientific American's Kyle Hill in his May 22, 2013 blog post Why Portland Is Wrong About Water Fluoridation
  16. My panoramic photo of the two branches of Swift Run in Snyder-Middleswarth Natural Area is used at the top of the official Snyder County, Pennsylvania website here, and in their Best Kept "Secret Places" to Visit in Snyder County, PA guide.

  • A page of resources I use.

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