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Welcome to my user page. I've been editing and creating new articles since mid-2009. Primary interests include history (esp. Roman, British and U.S.A./California), biography, historical fiction, futurism and architecture. I can sometimes be obsessive about spelling (not, however, one of those who replace British spellings with American or vice versa), grammar, syntax and punctuation. All comments are welcome on my Talk page.

Favorite quotes:

  • "Le mieux est l'ennemi du bien." (The best [or perfect] is the enemy of the good) - Voltaire
  • "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." - Albert Einstein
  • "Life must be lived forwards but can only be understood backwards" - Kierkegaard
  • "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" (The more things change, the more they stay the same) - Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
  • "When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision." - Lord Falkland
  • "We learn from history that we learn nothing from history." - George Bernard Shaw
  • "It ain’t what you don’t know that hurts you, it’s what you don’t know you don’t know." - Mark Twain
  • "We have met the enemy, and he is us" - Pogo
  • “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity” - Robert J. Hanlon
  • "If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there" - Lewis Carroll
  • "Progress includes Order, but Order does not include Progress." John Stuart Mill, Considerations on Representative Government (1861)
  • "To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child." - Cicero
  • "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I'll add this one; not because I'm a mathematician but because I'm mysteriously attracted to aphorisms couched in this form:

  • “As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.” - Albert Einstein

Favorite rebuttal of a logical fallacy:

Future article subjects[edit]

  • Joseph Chapman (done - Feb 2014)
  • Timeline of the Portola expedition (done)

Portola expedition notes[edit]

Crespi diary of Portola expedition: [1]

Vila and Costansó diaries of Portola expedition: [2]

Fages' report, written in 1775: [3]

Later, explorer Juan Bautista de Anza, on his way north in 1774: [4]

On de Anza's second expedition (1775–76), diarist Father Pedro Font: [5]

Englehardt mission history [6]

Palou's life of Serra [7]

Gudde: California Place Names [8]

Clark: Santa Cruz County Place Names [9]

Chase: The sidewalk companion to Santa Cruz architecture [10]

  1. ^ Bolton, Herbert E. (1927). Fray Juan Crespi: Missionary Explorer on the Pacific Coast, 1769-1774. HathiTrust Digital Library. pp. ___. Retrieved April 2014. 
  2. ^ Vila, V., & Rose, R. S. (1911). The Portola expedition of 1769-1770: Diary of Vicente Vila. Berkeley, Calif: University of California Press. Retrieved July 2014.  This volume also contains the Costansó diary and the Fages 1770 diary.
  3. ^ Fages, P., Priestley, H. I., & Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Historia y Etnografía (Mexico) (1937). (HathiTrust search only) A historical, political, and natural description of California Check |url= value (help). Berkeley, Calif: University of California Press. Retrieved July 2014. 
  4. ^ Bolton, Herbert E. (1930). Anza's California Expeditions, Volume II. Internet Archive. p. 102. Retrieved March 2014. 
  5. ^ Bolton, Herbert E. (1930). Anza's California Expeditions, Volume IV. Internet Archive. pp. ___. Retrieved March 2014. 
  6. ^ Englehardt, Zephyrin (1912). The Missions and Missionaries of California. Internet Archive. pp. 168–169. Retrieved April 2014. 
  7. ^ Palóu, Francisco, with an introduction and notes by George Wharton James (1913). Life and Apostolic Labors of the Venerable Father Junipero Serra. Google Books. p. 95. Retrieved July 2014. 
  8. ^ Gudde, Erwin G. (1969). California Place Names. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. pp. __. Retrieved April 2014. 
  9. ^ Clark, Donald Thomas, and Sandy Lydon (2008). Santa Cruz County place names: a geographical dictionary. Scotts Valley, Calif: Kestrel Press. pp. 9–02. Retrieved June 2014. 
  10. ^ Chase, John, Judith Steen, and Daniel Platt Gregory. 2005. The sidewalk companion to Santa Cruz architecture, p.__. Santa Cruz, Calif: Museum of Art & History.

Other California history sources[edit]

  • Engelhardt, Z. (1929). The Missions and Missionaries of California. Santa Barbara, Calif: Mission Santa Barbara.
  • Priestley, H. I. (1916). José de Gálvez: Visitor-general of New Spain (1765-1771). Berkeley [Calif.: University of California press. Online at Google Books
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