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May 2017
Greetings! I'm SwissCelt. Welcome to my userspace! If you're so inclined, you may

for me at the bottom of my talk page. I ask that you please do not edit my user page, or any other page (besides the talk page) within this userspace. Thank you.

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Here are some of my affiliations and interests:

Project Affiliations
Flag of Ohio.svg This user is a member of WikiProject Ohio.
World cross pentagram.png This user is a Neomarcionite; a reconstructionist aiming to revive the teachings of Marcion.
Roundel of Switzerland.svg This user is of Swiss ancestry.
Flag of Scotland.svg This user is of Scottish ancestry.
Irish clover.jpg This user is of Irish ancestry.
Yinz! user is fluent in Picksburgese dialekt, wit English as the muther languag.
SoE-4 This here user's got a near-native understandin' of Southern American English and I reckon' surely spent lots of time in the finest parts of Dixie.
US This user uses American English.
CaE This user can speak Canadian English.
2 This user page has been vandalized 2 times.
Red white blue ribbon1.png In Memoriam: 9/11
Lest we forget…
Puppeter template.svg This username is an alternative account of JeffBillman.

This Wikipedian is on an extended break, as of 8 June 2007. The author of this page requests that you simply move along (or catch me here).

Rant of the Moment (22 February 2008)[edit]

Well, much has happened in the nine months since the last RotM first graced this space. For one thing, I moved, and got a really cool job wearing a few hats for an Internet company in an undisclosed location. That's the good news. The bad news is... well, I kinda flounced in the process. And in so doing, I ended up doing much the same thing for which I criticized Essjay and others.

Reading my last rant, it should be painfully obvious to all that I was getting burned out on Wikipedia last May. So the following month, I took a break. I wasn't sure if I would return at first, then I admitted that I would return eventually. But it didn't quite happen that way.

Rather, I found it necessary to participate on Wikipedia for job-related reasons, being that Wikipedia-- in addition to other things-- is one of the largest public domain/open source archives in the world. However, I did not want to continue using an online persona that-- again, among other things-- is linked to writings I've made of political and religious natures that I'd rather not have used against me in my career by bigoted zealots. I have since discovered that I need not worry about such things. Thus, I have no qualms about telling you, dear reader, that I am presently editing under the name User:JeffBillman.

I think a few of you out there, including at least one admin, suspected this. To my relief, though, no one has lodged a complaint against me. For one thing, I revealed from the first day of using that new account that I did not do so for sockpuppetry-- in fact, this is made clear on the user page of JeffBillman. Secondly, the day I started using the new account was the day I stopped using this one (or at least until today, three months later). Five months had elapsed between my "wikibreak" and the new account, and I avoided at least some of the articles I'd edited previously. Also, for what it's worth, my new account is in my honest-to-goodness "real name" (not that people can't effectively track me by the name SwissCelt, but ya know...) It was a clean break... or at least it was meant to be.

But such a clean break is not an entirely honest one. Knowing this, I came here to tie up loose ends and make the move official. In so doing, though, I find I've received my first two barnstars.

Sigh. I feel like a total heel for saying this, and I don't want to seem unappreciative of the honors bestowed upon me. But don't you folks see the irony of this? I complain about the practice of awarding these "posthumous" barnstars, only to receive two myself after I, in turn, "flounce". It's as much my fault as anyone's, of course, but still I can't let this pass without a comment. Or, in this case, a Rant.

So here's to this edition of RotM: A medal I firmly place on my own lapel, and invite you to press upon it until I bleed a bit. In the meantime, I'll continue editing as User:JeffBillman, and will continue ignoring this account... er, at least until I feel the need for another Rant.

Happy editing, everyone!