User talk:HowardMorland

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Little Boy[edit]

I wanted to note that I responded to your recent note on User talk:Fastfission, with some info of mine. We may want to exchange email addresses and discuss this offline. Georgewilliamherbert 01:18, 28 March 2007 (UTC)

I sent another note to Carey. I am also going to send you an email via Wikipedia, if your account is set up for it. Georgewilliamherbert 04:52, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
Hello, I reply on your notice on my german discussion. It's about the graphic(s)...and the german translation. 1st: Thank you for the info! The problem is: The main author of the german article gave up the work so it could take a little to find someone else who has the knowledge about the theme...--Hendrike 16:32, 17 September 2007 (UTC)

Help desk question[edit]

I fixed the image markup. You simply forgot to add the closing brackets ( ]] ) in the image coding.--Fuhghettaboutit 12:42, 28 March 2007 (UTC)

Palestine Map (exchange with DRosenbach)[edit]

Hello. Would you be willing to elaborate on your statement that the map you removed, "reflecting political propoganda, is both misleading and incorrect?" I would like to debate this issue with you. I agree that Palestine is not, and likely never will be, a sovereign state, and that all its potential territory has been absorbed by Israel. But what, specifically, is wrong with the map, aside from its title (which is also the title of the Wikipedia article)? Thank you. HowardMorland 15:57, 28 April 2007 (UTC)


If there is no country of Palestine, how can there be a map of Palestine. It's not as though this article and its associated maps are about some allegorical or fictitious place like Narnia; on the contrary, this article is pushing a political agenda by exhibiting maps of locations that don't exist. The article did not posit that this was even a harbinger of the future; rather, the article and its maps assert that the current country of Palestine exists, inhabited by the Palestinians that live in territories under disputed rule. Let me know if this answers your questions. DRosenbach (Talk | Contribs) 19:31, 29 April 2007 (UTC)


Thank you for your reply. Since your main complaint seems to be with the title of my map, "Palestine: West Bank and Gaza," I was planning to ask what title you might find acceptable. However, your reply seems to find fault with "this article and its associated maps" for "pushing a political agenda by exhibiting maps of locations that don't exist." (Locations that don't exist?)

We seem to be talking not about my map but about the concept of Palestine. As I stated, "I agree that Palestine is not, and likely never will be, a sovereign state," however, a Google search of "Palestine" gets 45 million hits, with this Wikipedia article at the very top of the list. There is obviously something called Palestine that a lot of people are interested in. And it is not imaginary, like Narnia; it is real estate and people.

The global consensus (neutral point of view) would be that Palestine is the West Bank and Gaza. The idea that they might one day constitute a nation is embodied in the name of the Palestinian National Authority, which operates in the West Bank and Gaza, and in the Palestine Liberation Organization, which has often been Israel's partner in formal negotiations.

You say, "If there is no country of Palestine, how can there be a map of Palestine." Maps don't have to be of countries. Aside from saying that my map reflects political propaganda, you have not challenged the veracity or relevance of anything depicted on the map. Would my map be acceptable to you under a different title? HowardMorland 17:57, 1 May 2007 (UTC)


To begin, I would like to comment on your extreme sense of sensitivity and thoughtfulness while posting on my talk page. I can only extrapolate that you are a new member to Wikipedia, for you are not jaded as most are, including me. Forgive me if I need a few more centuries to approach your level of calmness. :)
Now, you assert that maps need not be of actual places. True...but the map stated that its explicit depiction was that of Palestine. Although it did not make any assertion to the "State of" or "National Sovereign Land of" or "Country of," the implication of a map is that the map refers to an official place extant in modern times. Although a place labelled "Palestine" did exist at some times over the past however many years, it does not exist now. Should the map be entitled "Palestine: a future look at what might constitute a Palestinian homeland" or something of this nature, I could have nothing to argue. If your point is to reinclude this map into the article, a title such as this would posit no declaration of official status yet allow you/the article to exhibit the occupied territories as a free and independant entity entirely divorced from Israel. DRosenbach (Talk | Contribs) 20:35, 1 May 2007 (UTC)

Current Status in the Palestine Article (exchange with Humus Sapiens)[edit]

To: User talk:Humus sapiens

On April 11, 2007, I added three paragraphs and a map to the Wikipedia article on Palestine. There was clearly a hole in the story. The Current Status subsection of the History section had ended in the mid 1960s, before the Six Day War of 1967. With carefully chosen words, I attempted a brief update.

The next day, you removed the struck-out words from my text, with the explanation "an attempt at NPOV."

In the Six Day War of June 1967, Israel captured and occupied the West Bank and Gaza, the two territories most commonly designated today as Palestine. Since then, both territories have been entirely inside borders controlled by Israel.
According to the CIA World Factbook, of the ten million people living between Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea, 49% are Palestinian. One million of those are citizens of Israel. The other four million are stateless residents of the West Bank and Gaza, and potential citizens of a future Palestinian state. In the meantime, they live under Palestinian National Authority jurisdiction, subject to conditions imposed by Israel.
In the West Bank, 360,000 Israeli settlers live in a hundred scattered settlements with connecting corridors that effectively confine the 2.5 million West Bank Palestinians onto four discrete blocks of land centered on Hebron, Ramallah, Nablus, and Jericho (see map). All four blocks are separated from neighboring Jordan by military control areas along the Jordan River and the Dead Sea.

I did not immediately object, because the text you removed was mostly a restatement of information contained in the map, which you did not remove. (I am pleased to see that, three weeks later, no further changes have been made to the text.) Then on April 16, DRosenbach removed the map with the statement, "‘Palestine' is a political term. It does not exist as a state, and this map, reflecting political propoganda, is both misleading and incorrect."

After an exchange on our user talk pages, see User_Talk:HowardMorland|Palestine Map (exchange with DRosenbach), we have established that his only objection to the map was the word "Palestine" as the title. (On the same day, April 16, he also removed that word from two other parts of the article.) He stated on May 1, in our exchange, "Should the map be entitled ‘Palestine: a future look at what might constitute a Palestinian homeland' or something of this nature, I could have nothing to argue. If your point is to reinclude this map into the article, a title such as this would posit no declaration of official status yet allow you/the article to exhibit the occupied territories as a free and independent entity entirely divorced from Israel."

His suggested subtitle is clearly too many words for a map, but I note that some of the nuance he/she wanted was in the text you removed. Perhaps we could discuss restoring some of the text. Could you explain, in detail, your reasons for removing each of the phrases? Do you dispute the facts, the choice of words, etc.?

Thank you. HowardMorland 14:36, 4 May 2007 (UTC)


Thanks for your message. I'll respond briefly, in hope to have more time later. For now, let me say that you treat Palestine as a political entity, while it is a geographic region.
  • To say that GS & WB are "the two territories most commonly designated today as Palestine" is wrong. Perhaps you meant Proposals for a Palestinian state.
  • "connecting corridors that effectively confine..." - some think they confine, others think they defend. This is a kind of language that turns an article on a geographic region into a politicized WP:POVFORK of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. More later, sorry for the lack of time. Thanks. ←Humus sapiens ну? 20:29, 4 May 2007 (UTC)


French version of schema of Little Boy[edit]

Hi, I have seen your message on my :fr page. I am going to make a vector version of this schema. I will leave a message here when I will have uploaded it. Your other illustrations are very interesting, I will probably convert them to SVG when I'll have some spare time. Just a tip, you should avoid using .gif format as it introduces dithering, png is better for illustrations ;) Cheers, Dake 18:40, 19 September 2007 (UTC)

Thanks. If I could find software for SVG and learn to use it, I would. In the meantime, GIF and JPG are the only formats I am able to use. Can you suggest something? By the way, if you notice the section just above this one, you can see changes I am working on for the English text of Little Boy. HowardMorland 20:26, 19 September 2007 (UTC)
I use Inkscape. It is a free software to make vector graphics, it needs some time to get used to but you will find plenty of tutorials on the web. I finished converting the picture to SVG :

Gun-type fission weapon numlabels.svg

As you can see, I made it language-neutral using numerical labels. This is the handiest way to handle many languages, one just needs to add the information in the description. I took some freedom to improve the bullet and target. Dake 21:43, 19 September 2007 (UTC)

Oh maybe you could be interested in this page I stumbled upon yesterday : http://www.snap2objects.com/2007/07/20/45-best-freeware-design-programs/ -- Dake 21:49, 19 September 2007 (UTC)


German Version of Little Boy[edit]

Letter to Hendrike on his/her talk page: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benutzer_Diskussion:Hendrike

Sorry for writing in English. It's my only language. I noticed you recently edited the German Language version of the Hiroshima Bomb article "Little Boy." I have made some important changes to the English Language version, with new drawings. Could you, or someone else, translate the changes into German? For the drawing labels, which are embedded into the drawing, if someone could provide me a translation (on my discussion page), I can make and upload a German version. HowardMorland 17:06, 17. Sep. 2007 (CEST)

Hello HowardMorland, Thanks for your notice. Never mind writing in english :) I'll inform the main author of the article, so please be patient, could take a little while... --Hendrike 17:53, 17. Sep. 2007 (CEST)
Thanks. I forgot to mention that the best way to communicate with me is on my English discussion page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:HowardMorland
Please note my most recent changes to English Little Boy at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Boy HowardMorland 16:35, 27. Sep. 2007 (CEST)

Two-point diagram / NW design article update[edit]

Hah. That's probably the first accurate two-point diagram to ever hit the point it can be widely publically distributed... Georgewilliamherbert 02:07, 15 November 2007 (UTC)

Re: Nuclear weapon design[edit]

Your decimal point formating is a little unconventional, but why not, feel free to revert. Same with the formula - note, though, that left-hand side subscripts are common for atomic numbers. GregorB (talk) 11:38, 2 February 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Nuclear weapon design[edit]

If you would like to nominate the article, you need to transclude it to WP:FAC by following the instructions at the top of the page. Gary King (talk) 17:01, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

I've removed the {{fac}} template from this article talk page; pls see the instructions at WP:FAC:

Nominators must be sufficiently familiar with the subject matter and sources to deal with objections during the FAC process. Nominators who are not significant contributors to the article should consult regular editors of the article prior to nomination.

There are good tips at WP:FCDW/March 17, 2008 on how to solicit feedback via peer review. Once you've consulted with the other contributors you may want to re-approach FAC. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 22:06, 26 June 2008 (UTC)
Also, since the article is largely uncited, and the lead contains a list, I suggest peer review can be helpful. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 22:10, 26 June 2008 (UTC)


Dickerson Whitewater Course[edit]

Hi, just a quick suggestion: you might want to shrink the images a little bit. They tend to overpower the text. Otherwise, good work on reclaiming an article from impending doom. Yngvarr (t) (c) 18:18, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

Utilities[edit]

If you click "My preferences" link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Preferences) , you will see your current edit count. `'Míkka>t 23:43, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
Special:Preferences Wizardman 23:44, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
Also if you want to see your editing patterns/statistics, there's the wannabe kate tool (may take a while to load, depending on how many edits you have). · AndonicO Engage. 00:16, 22 May 2008 (UTC)

WikiProject San Francisco Bay Area roll call[edit]

BayareaUSGS.jpg

Hello from WikiProject San Francisco Bay Area!

As part of a recent update to our project main page we are conducting a roll call to check which members are still active and interested in working on bay area related content. If you are still interested in participating, simply move your username from the inactive section of the participant list to the active section. I hope you will find the redesigned project pages helpful, and I wanted to welcome you back to the project. If you want you can take a look at the newly redesigned:

As well as the existing pages:

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask at the project talk page, and add it to your watchlist, if it isn't already.

Again, hi!  -Optigan13 (talk) 07:57, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

Dark Object in white chimney of water, Baker Shot, Operation Crossroads 1946[edit]

To User:Fastfission (who uploaded the picture):

I am trying to identify it. The following quote suggests it was the Arkansas:

  • From http://www.atomicforum.org/usa/operations/crossroads/crossroads.html "Another aircraft observer reported seeing a major ship 'on [its] nose' before it sank and saw a water wave pass over one of the small islands between Bikini and Eneu islands about 2 minutes after the detonation. When the air over the fleet cleared, Arkansas, LSM-60, and four LCTs were not in sight. Saratoga was listing to starboard and her stern was low."

The 1946 watercolor by Grant Powers at http://www.history.navy.mil/ac/bikini/bikini4.htm (fourth picture down in the list) seems to identify the tossed ship as the Arkansas.

However, its rectangular shape suggests an aircraft carrier.

Here are videos from different angles: http://www.atomicforum.org/usa/operations/crossroads/baker_v.html

Do you have any solid evidence on the answer?

Please respond on my talk page. Thanks

HowardMorland (talk) 15:23, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

No idea, sorry. Would be an interesting factoid for the article, though... --Fastfission (talk) 14:38, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
I looked at the video, what I'm most missing now is that somewhere I used to have a map of the ships anchorage points, but I can't find it right now.
If that's in fact a ship upended like that, I have a hard time believing that it didn't sink immediately after. The Saratoga was afloat for a while after the test. Ships are strong in some ways, but the amount of energy required to lift one up on its bow like that, and the resultant impacts as it comes back down to "sea level" after the blast, are likely to blow most of the hull plates open and sink it pretty much immediately, and break her back on top of that. Georgewilliamherbert (talk) 02:46, 19 October 2008 (UTC)

gif/ svg stuff[edit]

I saw your note on my talk page and looked at the commons discussion. It looks from the discussion like the problem may be temporary, but it might make sense to switch to SVG anyways.

What tools are you using now? Georgewilliamherbert (talk) 21:00, 17 November 2008 (UTC)

My entire graphics toolbox is four programs: mspaint that comes with Vista, ArcSoft Photo Studio that came with an old IBM scanner, Adobe Reader 8 which I use to make screen captures for manipulation in mspaint, and IrfanView. Paint and Irfan will convert files to .png, but Photo Studio has to work in .bmp, .gif., or .jpg and a few others (not .png). None of my programs can even open .svg files.
I can convert all my .gif files on Wikimedia to .png files and upload them under a .png filename, then change any Wikipedia articles that use them.
Last year I spent a week trying to learn Inkscape, but I never got beyond making a simple circle. HowardMorland (talk) 21:38, 17 November 2008 (UTC)

Operation Crossroads[edit]

I don't think I've said so yet, but I am really impressed by the Operation Crossroads article revamp. Bravo! Georgewilliamherbert (talk) 03:29, 2 December 2008 (UTC)

Hanoi Hilton comment[edit]

Regarding your comment at Talk:Hanoi Hilton about people incorrectly believing not all prisoners were returned, your input on the RfC at Talk:Missing in action would be most useful. Wasted Time R (talk) 17:18, 31 December 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for your input at Talk:Missing in action. If you think the last version by ToTheCircus should be reverted, you should do it directly yourself. That's because if the only person reverting him/her is me, then admins may not look at the issue closely and just think that there's a one-on-one edit war and block both parties. If they see several editors reverting one, they will get a better idea of community sentiment regarding what's going on. Of course, if you don't want to get involved to that extent, that's okay too ;-) Wasted Time R (talk) 22:20, 31 December 2008 (UTC)

WW courses[edit]

Looks good!

Are you purely specialising in Slalom/Competition? How you intend to add the table - new sub article or a new section? You're also missing Canolfan Tryweryn from the UK section (it's altered riverbed, and is the Welsh slalom HQ) :)

ASCI - yeah, I had to edit that text out, it was quoted verbatim and their website doesn't show the GFDL licence tags for text.

Cheers, Jamsta (talk) 20:34, 27 January 2009 (UTC)

Thanks. Yes, Olympic-style slalom venues and training facilities, either a sub article or a section
I looked at Canolfan Tryweryn and it looks more like a natural stream slalom course. There are more of them than there are of the concrete channel variety, seems like mildly altered riverbeds should have their own list. However, it's hard to draw the line. Does Canolfan Tryweryn host a lot of international competitions? If so, it should be included.
I gather you're based in the UK. Can you help me find out about the Trnavka course in Czech Republic? All I have so far is a YouTube video. There are three Trnavka villages in Europe, but the satellite pictures don't show any slalom courses. HowardMorland (talk) 20:50, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
Sorry to be eavesdropping, but I thought I might help. Here is the Trnávka course. Some links to photos here. I even found the venue website.Vladyreaper (talk) 19:50, 30 September 2014 (UTC)
Actually, I found its location some time ago, and put a line item in the List_of_artificial_whitewater_courses, but there is no article yet. I will check out the website. HowardMorland (talk) 02:40, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

Ocoee No. 3 response[edit]

Howard:

I responded on my talk page. Basically, the word is still out on the official cause and future plans of action, so no need to add anything until there is an official release. Also, the Ocoee Whitewater Center definitely needs its own article. If I can be of any assistance in creating one, just let me know. Bms4880 (talk) 21:14, 29 January 2009 (UTC)

re: Operation Crossroads[edit]

Ping! — Roger Davies talk 22:59, 11 March 2009 (UTC)


Hello HowardMorland. I have raised a question on sourcing regarding the Arkansas on the article talk page, Talk:Operation_Crossroads#Arkansas_upending.3F. I've looked through the history and it seems that you may be the best person to answer this. Can you look there and let us know the sources? thanks. Kablammo (talk) 02:02, 19 August 2009 (UTC)

Teller-Ulam design[edit]

Have you seen Talk:Teller–Ulam_design#Requested_move? --JWB (talk) 16:31, 12 October 2009 (UTC)

Thanks. I opposed, as you did. HowardMorland (talk) 06:25, 13 October 2009 (UTC)

Invite to WikiProject Water Sports[edit]

I know your name is down, but the project had fallen by the wayside - so i'm trying to rejeuvinate it Happysailor (Talk) 22:47, 24 October 2009 (UTC)

Re:Artificial whitewater courses[edit]

Thank you, but I am afraid I cannot help you. My main interest in canoeing is Olympic and World Championship-based for both sprint and slalom. I do not possess any information regarding the courses. Sorry. Chris (talk) 22:50, 27 October 2009 (UTC)

Operation Crossroads[edit]

At the FA nomination they want to know if you are going to be co-nominator & going to follow the FA nomination? — raeky (talk | edits) 15:36, 28 October 2009 (UTC)

Mr Morland: While I posted this comment I do not oppose FA status and hope this article attains it. (I have not however done a formal review.) You may wish to consider whether the point, while fascinating, is necessary to the article. Regards, Kablammo (talk) 15:51, 28 October 2009 (UTC)
I don't know where is the best place to pursue this discussion, so I will try here. As to whether the upending of the Arkansas is essential to the story, I would hate to take it out. The purpose of conducting the Crossroads tests was to see what damage nuclear bombs would inflict on naval warships. Being upended out of the water was a pretty dramatic result. The damage to the hull, with the entire starboard half of the ship caved in, is unprecedented in the history of large ships, as is being lifted into the air. The late Ralph Lapp, who wrote more about nuclear weapons in the 1940s and 1950s than anybody else, had the photograph on his dining room wall, 3 ft wide. He pointed to the black rectangle and told me, "That's the battleship Arkansas standing on its nose." He thought it was an important part of the story. Schurcliff, the official historian, never said it didn't happen. He said it might not have happened, despite widespread belief that it did. He said further examination would be needed, but that further examination seems to still be classified, 63 years later. In the meantime, somebody declassified the video that to me, and to Jim Delgado, shows what happened. HowardMorland (talk) 05:30, 29 October 2009 (UTC)

Whitewater course template[edit]

A template is now available for Whitewater courses - see Teesside White Water Course however template documentation has not been done yet. The intention is that this template covers stream bed and artificial courses so it may require some modification. PS: Is there any (inter)national system for classifying artificial whitewater courses other that fitting the 'Olympic model'? Stuffed cat (talk) 18:06, 1 November 2009 (UTC)

Removal of W87 image[edit]

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Teller-Ulam[edit]

Okay, I will make the change to the SVG, but can you tell me exactly what it is you'd want done? If you made a PNG mock-up of it (even if not perfect, but just so I can get the idea), it would aid me. --Fastfission (talk) 18:32, 7 November 2009 (UTC)

Check reply on your talk page. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Fastfission#Teller-Ulam_design
HowardMorland (talk) 18:40, 7 November 2009 (UTC)
OK, thanks. I see what you mean. It is an easy fix and I will make it soon. The good thing about SVG is that it lets you edit it very easily (it is stored as vector information, not bitmap information—line drawings, not photographs), and it can be resized perfectly to arbitrary sizes (you could print the SVG as big as a house if you were so inclined). On Wikipedia they are rendered the same in articles, but for off-wiki use (if people want to print it out, or use it in a book, or edit it for their own purposes), SVG is superior for line drawings. They are made with the program Inkscape, which is free but tricky to use if you have not tried anything like it before (it is not like Photoshop). --Fastfission (talk) 22:02, 7 November 2009 (UTC)
Is there some kind of invisible source code that you can access? When I download your .svg images from Wikimedia Commons, all I get is a .png image. HowardMorland (talk) 23:32, 7 November 2009 (UTC)
I've updated it. It was a little trickier than I had thought it would be, because I guess I drew the original one in Adobe Ilustrator and then later converted it to SVG, and that did some weird things. (As far as SVGs go, it is not the most elegantly coded, as it was converted to SVG by Illustrator, which does a bad job of it.)
You can access the raw SVG by using this link—but your browser may be clever and just render it as it should look (identical to the PNG). If you download it, though, it should be SVG, and can be opened and edited in Inkscape.
Unfortunately, I don't know of any great tutorials off-hand. There is a "basic tutorial" at the Inkscape website but looking at it, it is really not very well-written and would not help someone new to it (it doesn't lead you through the fundamentals, it just goes through all the tools). Looking at this tutorials website, out of the "sample projects" you could make, this one of a coffee cup is actually probably the one that would best approximate the sorts of geometrical things I imagine you would probably want to do with it (not necessarily in pseudo-3D, but the skills are the same). It doesn't tell you how to use all the tools involved, but it at least indicates which tools you would want to use, which would make something like the Inkscape basic tutorial more useful. As with all graphics there is a learning curve that is both technical (learning to use the tools) and conceptual--thinking in terms of vector graphics is different than bitmap graphics, in terms of thinking about how to compose an image)--but I'm sure if you jumped into it you would be able to figure it out (it is not as hard as the Teller-Ulam design). What I like about Inkscape as opposed to other vector tools (like Illustrator), is that it is easy to do things that are very symmetrical and regular in it, which works best for diagrams. I usually start with a primitive shape, like a circle or square, and deform it to fit whatever I want it to be (so a cylinder is really two ovals with a rectangle in between, with the edges removed). Good luck. --Fastfission (talk) 02:10, 8 November 2009 (UTC)
Oh, I realize I didn't do the W-87. Will do that tomorrow. --Fastfission (talk) 02:11, 8 November 2009 (UTC)
Great. Thanks. HowardMorland (talk) 04:25, 8 November 2009 (UTC)
Okay, there is now: File:W-87 warhead diagram.svg. --Fastfission (talk) 13:57, 8 November 2009 (UTC)

I've manually edited SVG to modify or create a number of images, such as Image:Nwfz.svg . A SVG file is text and can be edited with a normal text editor. SVG output from draw programs like Inkscape is harder to work with manually - they make no effort to be concise or to label SVG constructs with identifiable names - but nevertheless I've had to do this as Inkscape-created .svg files are most of the SVG images available. I've learned the SVG constructs by just googling "svg path" or whatever as I've encountered them. --JWB (talk) 05:48, 8 November 2009 (UTC)

Inkscape is a far easier way to construct SVGs for the new user... --Fastfission (talk) 13:57, 8 November 2009 (UTC)
Maybe I should try it again, but it seems very slow to start up and use on my Macbook. Bug relevant to this What kind of system runs it well? Also, manually modifying existing code is much easier than writing from scratch. --JWB (talk) 16:34, 8 November 2009 (UTC)
I use it on a MacBook; for me it starts up as fast if not faster than similar programs (e.g. Adobe Illustrator). Speed is the same. (Have you tried updating your version of X11 and Inkscape?) I do agree that running it on a Mac is a little bit of pain because of the X11 framework (different shortcut keys, non-standard GUI), but like most other things, you get used to it pretty quickly if you use it often. I disagree that doing anything other than trivial replacements (colors, text, fonts) is easier to do in a text editor than a program with a half-decent GUI. Actually manipulating shapes and positions by just modifying numerical values seems to me to be quite a difficult task in most instances. I think learning how to use the GUI tools would be in most cases less work, and more liberating, than trying to learn how to do it by just specifying lines of code. None of this is meant to imply that Inkscape itself doesn't still have room for improvement (its font menu is horrible, its custom filters are pointless). But different strokes (ha) for different folks. (Sorry to be using your page as a general SVG discussion, Howard.) --Fastfission (talk) 18:05, 8 November 2009 (UTC)
I'm glad to host it. Question: when I went to download inkscape at [2], I was offered two options: .exe installer, at [3], & 7zip, at [4]. Which one should I use? HowardMorland (talk) 21:20, 10 November 2009 (UTC)
EXE installer is probably what you want. Good luck! --Fastfission (talk) 22:34, 10 November 2009 (UTC)

Re:Operation Crossroads[edit]

I would be more than happy to take another look at Operation Crossroads. Did you want me to review the actual article or your sandbox version? --Cryptic C62 · Talk 23:11, 30 December 2009 (UTC)

The actual article. The sandbox page is no longer relevant. I'll delete it. HowardMorland (talk) 23:14, 30 December 2009 (UTC)
Alrighty, I'm very busy for the next 72 hours, but I'll take a look soon thereafter. --Cryptic C62 · Talk 14:18, 31 December 2009 (UTC)

Are you alive? --Cryptic C62 · Talk 23:32, 18 January 2010 (UTC)

Yes. Why do you ask? HowardMorland (talk) 04:54, 19 January 2010 (UTC)
Per your request. I thought perhaps you had been eaten by a bear. Perhaps you had simply not noticed that I re-used that same section. --Cryptic C62 · Talk 23:16, 19 January 2010 (UTC)

Operation Crossroads[edit]

Enjoyed reading this article and hope that you may take it to at least GA some time soon... Johnfos (talk) 01:25, 11 January 2010 (UTC)

Little Boy - Little_Boy_Internal_Components.png[edit]

Hello..
If I understand correctly, this image is your work. I would like to recreate\convert it to SVG format (from current PNG). Do you have the source file which from it was exported to PNG. I can easily convert it to vector image so it will look fabulous. Yar2 (talk) 23:21, 20 February 2010 (UTC)

I've responded to yours on my talk page. Yar2 (talk) 08:14, 24 February 2010 (UTC)

Conversion template errors[edit]

Check out these two conversions: 44 metres (144 ft) 45 metres (148 ft)

They should give conversions of 144.4 ft and 147.6 ft, respectively, perhaps rounded to 144 and 148.

Instead they round to the nearest 10 feet, which is misleading and useless. HowardMorland (talk) 23:27, 23 February 2010 (UTC)

Fourth parameter is your rounding. — Bility (talk) 23:37, 23 February 2010 (UTC)
Actually, this is correct: significant figures require that the result of a conversion be no more precise than the starting figures. If you know that the numbers are exact and want to get the result to the nearest tenth of a foot, type 44.00 metres (144.36 ft) and 45.00 metres (147.64 ft). Nyttend (talk) 23:38, 23 February 2010 (UTC)
Thanks. HowardMorland (talk) 06:32, 24 February 2010 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free image File:ASCI logo.jpg[edit]

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The image is no longer orphaned. See File:Logo for Adventure Sports Center International.png HowardMorland (talk) 17:49, 1 December 2010 (UTC)

My first ever attempt to upload an .svg file (all 8 tries were failures)[edit]

(Copied from the Village Pump)

After trying, and failing, eight times to upload the following file

File:Logo_for_US_National_Whitewater_Center.svg

I gave up and uploaded the .png version of the file, no problem

File:Logo_for_US_National_Whitewater_Center.png

What did I do wrong? I kept getting a black rectangle in the .svg file. It never showed up on my computer file; it was only on Wikipedia after I made the upload. HowardMorland (talk) 03:58, 30 December 2010 (UTC)

Looking at the source, I find flowRoot elements which means you are using flowed text, which is not compatible with the SVG renderer. There should be an Unflow command in the text menu of most applications. You are also using Arial, a proprietary font that the renderer may or may not show properly— use DejaVu San instead. See Wikipedia:SVG Help. ---— Gadget850 (Ed) talk 04:34, 30 December 2010 (UTC)
(edit conflict)Anomie just fixed it. I believe that the problem was that there were some unnecessary flowRoot and text elements (not even relevant to the correct display of the logo) that prevented our rsvg SVG renderer from working properly and that we don't have Arial Narrow on the servers. In the future, you can avoid the latter problem by selecting text that is in a font other than that listed in m:SVG fonts in Inkscape and choosing Object → Convert to Path before uploading, or just use a different font. PleaseStand (talk) 04:38, 30 December 2010 (UTC)
It was the flow elements; your upload 2 minutes before mine also seems to have fixed it, but MediaWiki didn't warn me about the upload conflict. I also converted the text to path since this is a logo; for a diagram or something where the specific font used is not important, it would be much better to keep the text as text and just choose a supported font. Anomie 04:44, 30 December 2010 (UTC)
Thanks. I'm not sure what you did or how, but I am just learning to use Inkscape. Hopefully, I will figure it out. Inkscape does have an Unflow option in the text menu, so I will try to use it. Thanks again. HowardMorland (talk) 13:36, 30 December 2010 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free image File:Logo for US National Whitewater Center.svg[edit]

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Whisperback[edit]

You have new message/s Hello. You have a new message at Armbrust's talk page. Armbrust public Talk Contribs 10:23, 3 February 2011 (UTC)

Recent edits to [Neutron bomb][edit]

I notice that you have contributed to technical articles on nuclear weapons. I thought someone who is more versed in the technical issues than I am ought to take a look at the wholesale edits one editor has made recently to the article [Neutron bomb]. Some seem questionable to me, but I'm unsure how best to respond. NPguy (talk) 03:08, 12 February 2011 (UTC)

British Nuclear Weapons[edit]

Howard,

If you want a complete list of British nuclear weapons developed up to the 1960s and their individual construction, contact me directly. Regards, Fastneutrons (talk) 18:30, 6 July 2011 (UTC)

How do I contact you directly? HowardMorland (talk) 11:30, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

Čunovo Water Sports Centre[edit]

I undid your editing on "Čunovo Water Sports Centre". I do not see any reason for your editing.

It's called "Čunovo Water Sports Centre" and not "Water Sports Centre Čunovo". Also don't just change part of the article. Greetings --And93hil (talk) 14:29, 10 April 2012 (UTC)

I have reverted your change. The change you made actually created the problem you cite. The change I made, before you reverted it, was merely to make the text match the title, so everything now says "Čunovo Water Sports Centre" and not "Water Sports Centre Čunovo," which is what you say you want. I see this is your first day of editing Wikipedia. You need to be more careful. HowardMorland (talk) 15:05, 10 April 2012 (UTC)
Yes i noticed my mistake. I actually confused "Your text" and "Latest revision". I swapped them, thinking that "Your Text" is "Latest Revision". Sorry about that. --And93hil (talk) 21:02, 12 April 2012 (UTC)

Weaponeer[edit]

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Thank you for your contributions to the Nuclear Weapons sections of Wikipedia, and more importantly, your pivotal role in bringing many Nuclear design details into the public domain, a contribution which has enabled citiizens to arm themselves with the necessary details to engage in informed debate. Boundarylayer (talk) 09:51, 15 June 2012 (UTC)
Thank you. HowardMorland (talk) 11:15, 16 June 2012 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free media (File:Mirant (Genon) logo.png)[edit]

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I disagree with the decision to delete the infobox from the Mirant article, but I moved the GenOn logo to the GenOn Energy article. It is no longer orphaned. HowardMorland (talk) 11:14, 16 June 2012 (UTC)

Talkback at Commons[edit]

Not sure if you watch pages at Commons (many en.wikipedia folks don't), but I've replied at commons:User talk:Philosopher#Reapportionment Map. --Philosopher Let us reason together. 05:13, 28 June 2012 (UTC)

Lee Valley gate set map[edit]

Just to let you know: File:Lee Valley White Water Centre (1st gate set, 2012 Olympics).svg, in contrast to the second image (File:Lee Valley White Water Centre (2nd gate set, 2012 Olympics).svg), lacks a license tag and is therefore threatened by deletion. Please have a look at it and correct this problem. BTW I think it is a great illustration and would fit not only into en:Lee Valley White Water Centre (currently the only usage) but also into many more articles (both on the venue and on the events) in various languages. Particularly we would like to use it in cs: wiki but we have to be sure the file will not disappear within few days. --Miaow Miaow (talk) 12:29, 13 August 2012 (UTC)

Thanks a lot for all the collaboration. Of course, based on your periodicity of contribution, that a repeated upload was in fact quite expected scenario. :) I faced minor troubles too, when using a semi-automated uploading tool, but the outcome is good (at least I hope...). Now you can find the set 1 also under Commons:File:Lee Valley White Water Centre (1st gate set, 2012 Olympics).svg and both sets also in all related articles on cs:, sk: and pl: wiki (e.g. cs:Kanoistika na Letních olympijských hrách 2012 - C2 slalom muži). Unfortunately my Dutch, Spanish or Portugese are too much read-only for creation of captions in more languages... --Miaow Miaow (talk) 23:36, 21 August 2012 (UTC)

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Orphaned non-free media (File:Lee Valley White Water Centre logo.png)[edit]

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United States of America v. Progressive[edit]

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Thanks very much[edit]

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Tacen course[edit]

Hi Howard,

I am sorry, but I have never seen the Tacen course, nor have I read any literature about it. I'm sorry, I can't help you out. Keep up the good work though. I have noticed some of your work.

Vladyreaper (talk) 07:03, 6 August 2013 (UTC)

David Florence[edit]

Hey, i just thought that it became bigger and bigger and the hide function would be well used. I have no problem if that was changed though. Kante4 (talk) 03:33, 16 September 2013 (UTC)

A beer for you![edit]

Export hell seidel steiner.png Congratulations! Operation Crossroads has passed FAC. Hawkeye7 (talk) 09:57, 9 November 2013 (UTC)
I'll drink to that. Thanks. HowardMorland (talk) 16:47, 9 November 2013 (UTC)

Just a quick note to congratulate you on the promotion of Operation Crossroads to FA status recently. If you would like to see this (or any other FA you may have helped to write) appear as "Today's featured article" soon, please nominate it at the requests page; if you'd like to see an FA on a particular date in the next year or so, please add it to the "pending" list. In the absence of a request, the article may end up being picked at any time (although with 1,324 articles in Category:Featured articles that have not appeared on the main page at present, there's no telling how long – or short! – the wait might be). If you'd got any TFA-related questions or problems, please let me know. BencherliteTalk 11:37, 11 November 2013 (UTC)

The wait was short. The article appeared on Wikipedia's Main Page as Today's featured article on December 4, 2013. HowardMorland (talk) 15:18, 19 November 2014 (UTC)

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Baker, the underwater detonation of Operation Crossroads

Operation Crossroads was a series of nuclear weapon tests conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in mid-1946, investigating the effect of nuclear weapons on naval ships. The tests, which saw the first detonation of a nuclear device since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, were the first to be publicly announced beforehand and observed by an invited audience, including a large press corps. A fleet of 95 target ships was assembled in Bikini Lagoon and hit with two detonations of Fat Man plutonium implosion-type nuclear weapons of the kind dropped on Nagasaki, each with a yield of 23 kilotons of TNT (96 terajoules). Although planners attempted to protect participants against radiation sickness, one study showed that their life expectancy was reduced by an average of three months. Baker, a test involving the explosion of an underwater bomb (pictured), was the first case of immediate, concentrated radioactive fallout from a nuclear explosion. The fallout still renders Bikini uninhabitable. Glenn Seaborg, the longest-serving chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, called Baker "the world's first nuclear disaster." (Full article...)

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Precious[edit]

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Thank you for your contributions to quality articles such as Operation Crossroads, for diligent sandbox preparation, meaningful page moves, patient corrections, and a user page with a vision, - Howard, you are an awesome Wikipedian!

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Thank you. HowardMorland (talk) 02:31, 6 December 2013 (UTC)
A year ago, you were the 682nd recipient of my PumpkinSky Prize, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:05, 4 December 2014 (UTC)
Three years ago, you were recipient no. 682 of Precious, a prize of QAI! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:19, 4 December 2016 (UTC)
Four years now! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:08, 4 December 2017 (UTC)

Barnstar for articles on white water courses[edit]

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I award you this barnstar in recognition of your great work on articles about canoe slalom courses. Vladyreaper (talk) 17:34, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Thank you. HowardMorland (talk) 15:15, 19 November 2014 (UTC)

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Re: A style proposal[edit]

Hi Howard,

I hope you enjoyed the action at Deep Creek. No, I wasn't there, it's too far for me, but of course I watched it on TV and online. Anyway, I see what you are getting at with those links and if you think that that's the best way to go, feel free to update the articles. However, I would not change the link to Deep Creek Lake in that particular article because the venue is linked just a little bit below.

I myself have followed your example some time ago and changed all links in the Canoe Slalom World Cup articles to link to the venue and not the town. I will be repeating myself, but you've done an awesome job with these venues. Vladyreaper (talk) 19:36, 30 September 2014 (UTC)

Email[edit]

Howard, you posted a note on my talk page about an email, but I never got it. You can contact me direct on hawkeye7 AT gmail.com. Hawkeye7 (talk) 21:31, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

Primary/secondary[edit]

Howard, I was gathering material on the British nuclear program of the 1950s. I was looking at John Clive Ward, who came up with the British two-stage thermonuclear design. Not knowing how the Teller-Ulam worked (but like you, possibly having a few clues) he came up with a two-stage "peanut" design with a spherical secondary. We know that this design was successfully tested in Grapple Y in April 1958, and was shown to the Americans the year before. We also know that the LASL had developed a similar design, and that all thermonuclear designs from 1958 on used spherical secondaries. It seems that this was what convinced the Americans that the British actually had some knowledge worth sharing, thereby restoring full cooperation. I'm still uncertain about how this works, particularly how you prevent an uneven compression. Let me know if you have a clearer notion. Also, I've created a Manhattan Project article called British contribution to the Manhattan Project which is current undergoing an a class review. Any comments you might have would be appreciated. Hawkeye7 (talk) 01:40, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

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Augsburger Eiskanal[edit]

Hello, some time ago I edited the english article and changed "torpedo tube" to "torpedo hole". The English translation of the German "Walze" is "hole": a white water feature, which tends to "trap" a boat or a paddler. A big hole might be dangerous. Regards --Minoo (talk) 15:13, 21 February 2016 (UTC)

Thank you. HowardMorland (talk) 03:33, 22 February 2016 (UTC)

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