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Thanks - Astronomical thought for the day[edit]

I'm going to quote this from Talk:Solar_radiation and use it in my physics class today:

“Astronomical numbers are so mind-boggling, it's hard to imagine how any human can handle them. Manipulate, yes—but truly grasp? And yet, as far as we know, human consciousness is the best resource the universe has for being aware of itself!” Hertz1888 04:31, 4 August 2007 (UTC)

By the way, I happened upon your comment after reading up on Ackermann’s function and Graham’s number, so pure math had me primed for this sentiment.

--Thanks! Dc3 (talk) 14:00, 20 May 2008 (UTC)

Primed ... Get it? EEng (talk) 16:41, 1 August 2015 (UTC)
I didn't get it before; my advanced math skills are not up to the caliber of yours. But I see now there may have been a pun intended, and I send you countless thanks for pointing it out, not too late even after seven years. Hertz1888 (talk) 22:42, 1 August 2015 (UTC)


nsaum75¡שיחת! 21:10, 14 March 2010 (UTC)

Thanks! It has indeed added flavor. Yum! "Eat hummus. Give chick peas a chance." (author unknown). Hertz1888 (talk) 21:26, 14 March 2010 (UTC)
I came across this article and thought I would share it with you, as it seems to touch on areas you occasionally edit. Warm Regards, -- nsaum75 !Dígame¡ 04:42, 8 December 2010 (UTC)

תיקון עולם[edit]

Peace is nothing more than a lull in a battle; a time during which each side steps back in order to tend their wounds and refine their fighting techniques. Sadly, the best we can hope for in olam ha'zeh is a momentary stalemate. However we must never forget tikkun olam. For our reality is nothing but a boat adrift on water, balanced by permanent uncertainty... --nsaum75¡שיחת! 05:14, 1 October 2010 (UTC)

The one sided nature of things here gets really old. Its sad to watch. Transgressions should be punished, but equally so. --nsaum75¡שיחת! 05:17, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

A beer for you![edit]

Export hell seidel steiner.png Thanks for all the editings !!! Bambiker (talk) 11:16, 28 August 2011 (UTC)

Planetary tides[edit]

This idea is often brought up, for the simple reason that the beat frequency of the Jupiter and Saturn orbits more or less matches the length of the solar cycle. However when analyzed in detail, and there is literature beyond what's in New Scientist, the tidal forces have been shown to be utterly negligible relative to the body forces in the convection zone that drive the dynamo and hence make sunspots. I couldn't read the New Scientist article on line, but I did check out the other reference and found it to be based on an obviously flawed report that never got published. Hugh Hudson (talk) 20:12, 9 October 2011 (UTC)

Clearly much more to this than I ever imagined. I respect your analysis. Thanks for sharing it with me. Hertz1888 (talk) 21:02, 9 October 2011 (UTC)

A cookie for you![edit]

Choco chip cookie.png Hello Hertz1888! I hope you enjoy this cookie as an amicable greeting from a fellow Wikipedian, SwisterTwister talk 01:30, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
Yum! Thanks! And it's completely unexpected. Great collection of quotes on your user page. Well chosen! Hertz1888 (talk) 01:37, 17 October 2011 (UTC)



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Thoughts requested about a merge[edit]

I'm thinking about merging Out of Town News into Harvard Square Subway Kiosk. For all intents and purposes they're one and the same these days; OOTN news doesn't have much history to speak of before it moved into the kiosk, so it'd do better as a section in the kiosk article. I wanted to ping you since you're the only one who's done any substantial work on either this decade; if you agree then it certainly doesn't need a formal discussion, and if you don't I probably won't touch them. Cheers, Pi.1415926535 (talk) 16:31, 15 July 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for asking. It sounds to me like a great idea, completely reasonable, with no wider discussion needed. What's not to like? Cheers to you. Hertz1888 (talk) 20:49, 15 July 2015 (UTC)
Great, I'll merge them sometime soon. Another likely merge where you're the primary editor: Somerville Junction into Lowell Street (MBTA station). Lowell Street is currently one sentence, but it'll get rather longer as I add construction and planning information as part of a general expansion of GLX articles. Somerville Junction is likely to be a perma-stub if not merged; you've already added just about all there is to add to it. Pi.1415926535 (talk) 21:25, 28 July 2015 (UTC)
Sorry about the delay. Will reply soon! Hertz1888 (talk) 14:42, 1 August 2015 (UTC)
What you say about the Junction article being about maxed out is certainly true, and it makes some sense to make one longer article out of the two shorter ones. However, I should think you would need to tie the subjects together somehow, as the locations are only in the same general area. The sites of the former and new stations are more than 1/4 mile apart (almost 0.5 km), and the Lowell St. station site is well beyond the former wye in the tracks (the actual junction). If you can solidly relate the subjects to each other, I certainly have no objection to a merger; in fact, thanks for taking it on. Best wishes, Hertz1888 (talk) 22:29, 1 August 2015 (UTC)
You are certainly right that they're a bit further spread out than most stations to be collectively considered. However, I do believe they tie together fairly well. The track junction was closer to Lowell Street than to the former station itself, and the distance between Central and Lowell Streets is barely half of the distance from either to the next station (North Somerville / Ball Square @ Broadway, Somerville Highlands @ Hancock, Winter Hill / Gilman Square @ Medford). They're literally tied together by Somerville Junction Park and the Community Path, and I believe that the former factory (now the Maxwells Green site adjacent to the station) was located there specifically for the junction. So there's enough linking them that I believe it'd be a better single article than two shorter articles. Pi.1415926535 (talk) 02:26, 12 August 2015 (UTC)
I cannot find any evidence of it at current, but I swear I've also seen somewhere that very early on in the GLX (draft Beyond Lechmere report, perhaps) they were considering a station between the two cross streets with access from both. Pi.1415926535 (talk) 02:27, 12 August 2015 (UTC)
Ping? Pi.1415926535 (talk) 01:41, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
Just Ping? Hertz1888 (talk) 01:42, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
Have you any thoughts about what I said? I hope to be working on the GLX articles soon and I would like to merge then if possible. Pi.1415926535 (talk) 03:32, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
Sorry, I didn't realize you were awaiting a response. You've made a strong case for bundling the junction articles together, and the kiosk articles merger is a no-brainer. By all means, please proceed with both, with my encouragement. I will be looking forward to the results. Hertz1888 (talk) 04:05, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

A beer for you![edit]

Export hell seidel steiner.png I understand my mistakes, thanks for the message!! Will do better, promise. SmokethatWeed123 (talk) 20:51, 2 November 2015 (UTC)

Great image![edit]

Look at the image here [1] (you really need to click on the 20MB version to see it clearly, but it's worth it). It's a view from the corner of Quincy and Kirland, looking down Kirkland toward where Science Ctr is now, with Mem Hall on the left, and a horsecart in the foreground. What you don't see until you zoom in really close is that there's also a water cart, like they used to use to keep down dust in the streets, and they're filling it at an elevated hydrant. It's really charming. EEng (talk) 02:40, 21 December 2015 (UTC)

Season's Greetings![edit]

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portmanteau -- that cracked me up[edit]

Thanks for your Amtrak edit. :) "Dumbing down" is why the United States is where we're at. :) Damotclese (talk) 15:44, 1 November 2016 (UTC)


@EEng: and @Oncenawhile: My apologies for not doing more in response to your recent requests. Chronic illness severely limits my ability to participate in Wikipedia. I will continue to edit on a modest level as time and energy permit. EEng, I don't think I have thanked you enough for your help coping with the sometimes perplexing or irate messages that reach this page. Your support is invaluable and appreciated. With best wishes, Hertz1888 (talk) 04:17, 9 June 2017 (UTC)

Hertz, thanks for your message. I am sorry to hear about your health. I wish you the best with your recovery, and look forward to having you back "full time" in due course. Your thoughtfulness, balance and integrity are incredibly valuable for the project. Best wishes, Oncenawhile (talk) 04:41, 9 June 2017 (UTC)
Hertz, so sorry you're ill. I still smile when I think about our brief meeting last year, and I guess now I realize how much of a special effort that was for you. I'll likely be giving another talk (entirely different, but still related to you-know-who) next year sometime; I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, I'm happy to help out, and feel free to email me privately if you need anything. EEng 04:53, 9 June 2017 (UTC)
@Oncenawhile: and @EEng: Thank you both for your kind words. Hertz1888 (talk) 05:57, 9 June 2017 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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You have been an invaluable contributor to getting Abebe Bikila to Good Article. Congrats and Thank You!  —አቤል ዳዊት?(Janweh64) (talk) 04:11, 1 July 2017 (UTC)

Halifax Explosion[edit]

Thanks. Isn't there a kilohurricane parameter on {{convert}}? Cheers Jim1138 (talk) 07:45, 2 November 2017 (UTC)

You're most welcome. Dunno, though we do hear a lot about killerhurricanes. Hertz1888 (talk) 07:50, 2 November 2017 (UTC)

HD Radio[edit]

I reverted your revert on the HD Radio article about bandwidth. The bandwidth is 400kHz (+/-200kHz). The easiest place to see that is lower down in the HD Radio spectogram. The centre frequency is shown as 107.3MHz with the other markers at 107.1 and 107.5 showing the full 400kHz bandwidth. Davidbstanley (talk) 07:53, 14 November 2017 (UTC)

I see where you were coming from on your edit. The sentence was a bit vague, so I have reworded it.Davidbstanley (talk) 08:00, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
It looks proper now. Certainly the hybrid HD bandwidth requirement is 400 kHz, which is why some say the system should have been called IBAC, in band adjacent channel. Hertz1888 (talk) 08:24, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
I made some other changes in the article, but there are so many errors that a lot of work is needed to sort it out. I am not sure I have the time to do that!Davidbstanley (talk) 09:04, 14 November 2017 (UTC)


How ya doing? EEng 12:25, 14 November 2017 (UTC)

A cupcake for you![edit]

Choco-Nut Bake with Meringue Top cropped.jpg Thank you for advising me about the changes I made on the Roaring 20's article! Much appreciated!!! :) Higginsal (talk) 00:14, 27 February 2018 (UTC)

Parcel G and I building height[edit]

Hello! I noticed that you made some good faith tweaks to the "Tallest approved or proposed" section on the "List of tallest buildings and structures in Cambridge, Massachusetts" page. More specifically, Parcels G and I. I think we might be looking at different sources of data and height guidance, so I would like to work with you and show you how I interpreted the data I referenced. I will start with Parcel G . When I initially input the height of 259 feet, I based that number off page 31 in reference link #49. I subtracted 15'ASL (level P1, exposed) from the overall height of 274'ASL and got 259' for architectural and overall height. Now, based off Emporis' architectural height criteria (, this would be an accurate number. Using CTBUH criteria however, the number is more like 243' (274'-31' (level 1)). So, upon discovering differences in height criteria, it is my suggestion that we use an "estimated" number (259' or 243') until CTBUH decides what it should be (I would have to upload the link so they can look over). As for Parcel I, I input 268', which, after looking at both height criteria, was wrong except for tip height with Emporis. After looking at the link for Parcel I again, I'm suggesting that the architectural and overall height should be an estimated 250' (pages 30 - 33 in Parcel I link, #48). 220', which you input, looks like it is the zoning height and top of the highest occupied floor. Once again, I would refer this to the pro's at CTBUH to give us a definitive number. Please let me know what your thoughts are regarding my suggestions on my talk page. Mountainfister2015 (talk) 23:46, 12 April 2018 (UTC)

A cupcake for you![edit]

Choco-Nut Bake with Meringue Top cropped.jpg Thank you for reply, passion and guidance. Though this process we have identified issues with a good page and will continue to make it better!!! Mountainfister2015 (talk) 14:58, 15 April 2018 (UTC)

WP:ERA on Western Wall article[edit]

If you wanted to ask me "Why are we violating WP:ERA? BCE/CE established longterm; no consensus to change on talk page.", why didn't you do so on my talkpage, instead of reverting. Especially since I answered the question already in my edit summary: "Good idea per guidelines and recent discussion elsewhere". Debresser (talk) 19:42, 17 April 2018 (UTC)

@Debresser: Sorry, that was too hasty and careless of me. What guidelines and discussion are those? Why were they not referenced on the article's talk page? Do they override WP:ERA? Hertz1888 (talk) 20:19, 17 April 2018 (UTC)
I really don't remember the page, but there was a discussion on a Judaism-related article recently, where it was argued that WP:ERA does allow for changing on Judaism-related articles. It was decided that if the community decides on a Judaism-related article to change, then that would not be a violation of the guideline. Change should not be random, but if there is a good reason, then WP:ERA allows it. That was the idea. I only applied that to this article, and wanted to say that of the change was already made, and since the article is Judaism-related after all, then it can stay. I tried to locate the discussion, but - to my surprise - unsuccessfully. Debresser (talk) 22:17, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

Never felt so embarrassed by bad spelling[edit]

Referring to this of course.--Bolter21 (talk to me) 19:06, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

@Bolter21: Not to worry; we've probably all done similarly at one time or another. This one provided exceptional entertainment, and might have almost qualified for the Homonyms page. Thanks for your extensive, diligent work on Tiberias, and best wishes! Hertz1888 (talk) 20:52, 21 April 2018 (UTC)
  • And now you can feel even more embarrassed! [2] EEng 03:14, 22 April 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, EEng. I see that this notably silly situation didn't take long to reach a museum. Must have gone by rabid transit. Hertz1888 (talk) 03:40, 22 April 2018 (UTC)
Hertz, we don't see enough of you these days. EEng 04:13, 22 April 2018 (UTC)
Aw, something's got to be done about that. Cheers for now. Hertz1888 (talk) 06:53, 26 April 2018 (UTC) as a source[edit]

Hi Hertz1888. I noticed that you recently as a source for biographical information in Jackie Mason [3]. Please note that there is general consensus that does not meet the reliable sourcing criteria for such information. (Discussions here and here). If you disagree, let's discuss it. Thanks. --Ronz (talk) 19:20, 6 September 2018 (UTC)