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Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. ~ G.B.Shaw   more -

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About me[edit]

Hello, my name is Samuel Klein. To reach me: talk page messages will receive the fastest response. If you have suggestions about how to improve aspects of the Projects or Wikimedia as a whole, please share them on the Meta wiki. You can also send me email ( I was a member of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees for three terms, and sometimes think about project-wide issues.

Retro Sj
Retro Sj

I am a Wikipedian, a one laptop per child organizer, a Crimson mathematics and physics geek, a compulsive proofreader, and a long-time Bostonian. Currently working on an innovation information initiative. I thought Wikipedia Zero was the best thing since Wikipedia One. I edited How Wikipedia Works (published with no starch[1]), a GFDL book aimed at reducing community barriers to entry for new Wikipedians. I aspire to curiositate. See my blog for more.

My favorite page remains+ the Wikipedia:Backlog. I work to help groups improving the open Internet find legal and technical support in all jurisdictions, and to extend Wikidata-style knowledge bases into open knowledge networks. I have had this account since early 2004, when WP officially became more interesting and instructive than Universities and coursebooks. I am an administrator here and on the Nahuatl and Swahili Wikipedias, and was a steward for the other Wikimedia projects at one point; if you need assistance with a small project that does not currently have active administrators, you can ask me for help or find a steward or global sysop.

I sometimes speak and write about Wiki[p|m]edia, and organizing local, continental, and international community events. We have great opportunities to grow through related projects, and supported or participated in a special projects committee, community-run communication and grant-writing processes, and data analysis. Curious about: Indexing lists of reliable sources

Outside of the wikis, I work with other collections of knowledge: expanding citations and innovation catalogs, improving global annotations (hypothesis: noch nicht komplett), identifying and freeing large data repositories and publications owned by well-meaning but copyright-confused people and groups. In 2018 I co-founded the Knowledge Futures Group. In 2013 I became a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. In 2011 I started working on the Digital Public Library of America, which borrowed much of its free-knowledge focus and transparent participatory governance model from Wikipedia. In 2006, I became director of content for the One Laptop per Child foundation, helping to distribute access to these collections and the ability to contribute to them. I also enjoy synchronizing translations and bringing together translators to work on global projects. My Erdős–Bacon number is 8. I have an xdi sj-entity, but no .sj domain (Svalbard and Jan Mayen still does not seem to allow registrations. If you know of exceptions to this policy, or Norwegian royalty that need heroic feats accomplished, let me know.).

Things I love: physics, CSP, language, The City++++++, perma-tools, music, poetry, color, nature, meta-lists, stub-sorters, Life, F*C, Cups
Things I loathe: simple dichotomy, navels, myopia, wanton arrogation, stasis addiction, discorporation.
Things I miss: all-hands public debates about the projects, quartile updates, GFDL flamewars, single-page VfD (sic), Rambot debates, writing contests, corporate entities flaming Wikipedia, weekly Tilman-style updates, universal Wiktionary, multilingual wikipedia-l threads, the promise of multilingual talk-pages.
Things I am not: SJ, /SJ, e-SJ, sj, Sjakkalle, Sjc(+), Sjc196, SJK, SJK', SJKissane, Sjorford, Essjay, -R, a Hazard, Kepler, a sj phone, bearded woodsman sjklein, Swedish rail, a Jesuit society, Gambro's CIO, an antique diarist, a My-Br temperament, an arctic isle, a moral lawyer, a Burgess bird, a department store, a fabricated Sox fan, racter, a Giant, Shark, library, a Wodak, a musical Tucker, a beer judge, or ED of a Coexistence Trust. I do not recall publishing hospice research with Jimbo, nor attending Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity dressed as a tea bag. I do hoard Klein bottles, and look snappy in a trenchcoat, but did not model for Levine's detective Sam Klein or Harry's Underlayer.
Titles I have added: Most Formidable Lord and Master of the Encyclopædia Britannica


This year's "Wikipedia is not toilet paper" award goes to Sj for his devoted efforts... (thanks, bish)

outline | B | Bibliographic standards project | DanziGdansk Revolution! | good int'l blocked usernames... wp | dict clean up: Eleventy-billion pool, World Wide Workshop, MaMaMedia, Seymour Papert | definite articles | BJAODN madness | OLPC wiki and Austrians | contra oligarchy | BbenY | hww | Article alerts! | Metta-sj? | Ninus | Cites: Stolfi & Zman | Shu ha ri | odd place for it


blue lightning
blue lightning
en-5This user can contribute with a professional level of English.
de-2Dieser Benutzer hat fortgeschrittene Deutschkenntnisse.
es-2Este usuario puede contribuir con un nivel intermedio de español.
משתמש זה יכול לתרום ברמה בינונית של עברית.‏
fr-2Cet utilisateur peut contribuer avec un niveau intermédiaire en français.
sw-1Mtumiaji huyu aweza kushiriki kwa Kiswahili cha kiwango cha msingi.
pl-0Ta osoba nie zna języka polskiego (albo ma z nim olbrzymie trudności).

Meta: About me and related projects : Physics wikiportal | comm^2 ~ TALK ☎ to me!
Reflection: Iterative; manic; covered in mail (8% inbox growth per month) ~ full of choice and commentary
Writing: Quarto, Random log, Rec log, Touched pages (briefly: v), Sj-mesh
Reading: Essays (Iso), Fun (BOB, &c.), History (Congo, Sammy, Sattelite, SS1), Meta-Lists;
brilliant!, wanted, menial & stats | original research | contests

Events: Wikimania was grand (back for more) |  Meetups : Boston, New York || Contests
Projects: True | Fun | Promo | Peace(1,2,3,4,5 ) | Newpage stats | Missing images (Faceblob) || Thoughts and potential groups | Anonymity, name changes, & attribution | css (edit) | js (edit) || Assessment : Half-decent | Standard | Good articles, Q & Retro, SIGN, 'zine, metalogueing, VOA conversion, Special:Booksources and its header, WM SIGs, translation
Categorization: Articless by cat, WP:Cat, Sj ... || Tools: Maximize Utils!, Messaging, Comm
Action: Press(releases, coverage, awards), Translation, Policy(Tank,Block,IP,Long), Ext Syntax, Approval, ...


Key :

 * (initiated)
 x (del/merged)
 ? (todo: d/m)
 ! (d/m by others)
 + (expanded)
 - (reduced)
 = (^NPOV)
 # (redirect[ed])


needs updating...

^Lists: 1-1000 | War(b) | Peace | 1935-1965, Compliance(x4), Feats, Folks
Coordination: Whole Earth* | multidim* | fat overload* | WP:Local Emb | Press Corps* | Three-year plan
Hack: SethS* | CodeCon* | DNA-L+ | T-52 Enryu* | ACS*
History: Eber+= Heber= Hebrew | ADK+
Life: BC3k* and Smart* | Mockus | Cola wars* | flight 800 | Louise Bryant
Man: 2-Color system* | Mental calculators*
Memorial: YPD+ | Ako Vendetta#

Admin statistics
Action Count
Edits 24868
Edits+Deleted 26764
Pages deleted 199
Revisions deleted 2
Pages restored 191
Pages protected 13
Pages unprotected 13
Protections modified 3
Users blocked 62
Users reblocked 2
Users unblocked 12
Users created 5
Pages merged 1

Plexity: SFI*, NECSI*
Social: Meetup+ | ADUni* | Rome derby* | Cloudmakers*
Worldwide: UN Global Compact*
Corporate: ArsDigita | | Restaurant chain
Touchy Subjects: Dean | Massacres (A-I war, Intifada) | Lebanon (Qana/Hula)
remailers+ | article segmentation : Civil War Origins | Newton (long bio)
Math: 1729 | seventeens

Images: ourobouros | book covers | logos (Prix Ars Electronica, projects remix)
music star | comics | famous geeks |

Other media: VOA pronunciations, sound samples(x2000), music clips(x0), <just a NTS for now>, Whole Earth scans

Nexus of links[edit]

S ic transit gloria mundi
  nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum
cf. User:GaryW

table cf. User:Seth Ilys
+/- : n,np/spd, vfd(l)
chg: rc, rcp, head
fight: m(r,ama)-a(r,pol)
arts: stb,old,att,cl,enc
trans: to, now, log

It is Sunday, 11:00 UTC :: en:count--[6,827,543]

mesh ^!admin*# - RC*# - ^mediate*# - protected*!# -

?!articulate*#$ - !imagined*$ - !content*#

fat ^+New*# ~ Babel ~ ce|ref|vp ~ ^Arts(M|W|R) ~ Tr(logo)
+ + + : world clock | front: dyk, feature, itn

Boils - db Qs - TeX - chars - Topic list - sils's cheats
.| stats: Tabled, live, use, than..., activity |. #wp

links ~ redirs +orphans +msg,elements ~
Logos Ant | Shell | W | Emb | Head | Worm | Lines | Star | In | Dots | Barc   


Overview: Community Main | Simple Main | multiling
Slimming: Sj/mesh | Sj Main
Community: Structure, Translation, Press
Semiotics: Naming(dab, salvaging key names), Topics
Concerns: Disappearing revisions, db corruption, lack of widespread backups


  • Architect: Circlehenge of knowledge hanging garden, 2018
  • Annotorious, Cambridge syncratic edition, 2015
  • First-Rickroll Hall of Fame: Knuth & Penrose, 2014
  • Chauffeur: #DSKDRV transportation services, 2012 (sponsored by Fiji)
  • Director: XO Jams International, 2008.
  • 1st place: Randomized 80-person spymastery, Codex Alimentarius, 2011
  • 3rd place: Rasperry Pi-eating contest, Pi-day, 2009
  • Manager:
  • Conference lead, Prodigal Son of Wikimania, August 2006
  • Program co-organizer, Inaugural Wikimania conference, August 2005
  • Top 10: Wikinews article contest, March 2005
  • 8th/4th/2nd place: French Armada/Setec/++ multiplexed mystery hunt, 2004/5/7
  • 5th place: Amateur Eggalchemy awards, for Lemon Souffle, 2003
  • 3rd place: Cambridge area vegan cake stable height contest, 2002
  • 2nd place: NE Complexity Institute "complicated costume" ball, 2000
  • 1st place: High-Energy Metaphysics circle-tour marathon, 1998
  • 1st place: MIT Unified Engineering design competition (indoor flight), 1997

In parting: "Humanity will be destroyed in about a billion years due to increasing sun temperature, and in about five billion years we'll be engulfed by the sun. Hopefully by then we will have colonized other planets, but if we haven't, Wikipedia will be destroyed."

Warning: Please be aware that any information you may find on Wikipedia may be idiotic, misleading, offensive, extraterrestrial, dangerous, or illegal. Wikipedia is not uniformly peer reviewed; while readers may correct errors or remove erroneous suggestions they are not obligated to do so. If you need specific advice ( medical, legal, psychosexual, financial, arcane, &c. ) please seek a licensed, bonded, and knowledgable professional. YOUR INDEPENDENT VERIFICATION OF ANYTHING FOUND IN WIKIPEDIA IS STRONGLY ADVISED.  Love, Sj.

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