User talk:Zyxwv99

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Welcome[edit]

Welcome!

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Awesome[edit]

[[1]] That wasn't hard, was it? Gerardw (talk) 00:09, 28 November 2011 (UTC)

No, but it was nice to get feedback before hitting that Undo button. Thanks. Zyxwv99 (talk) 00:16, 28 November 2011 (UTC)

You're welcome. And don't worry about it if you do something and it gets reverted because of some guideline you weren't aware of -- that happens to all of use sooner or later. Gerardw (talk) 01:02, 28 November 2011 (UTC)

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Problem fixed. Zyxwv99 (talk) 14:55, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

Sterling silver[edit]

Sorry, I thought you had finished! --Old Moonraker (talk) 15:23, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

That's OK. When I get an edit conflict warning, I just copy whatever I wrote, then "leave page" and try again. I'm just glad someone else is taking an interest in this article. Zyxwv99 (talk) 15:51, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

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Problem fixed. Zyxwv99 (talk) 17:42, 9 March 2012 (UTC)

Human-based units of measure[edit]

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Schrader/Schraeder[edit]

I just shot RnH.com an email asking if I transcribed it incorrectly from my copy of the script back in the day. Their site has the "ae" spelling as well. But "oe" is right out. :-) --SarekOfVulcan (talk) 21:14, 9 July 2012 (UTC)

Troy weight[edit]

I'm just patching gaps using Google; I see that you actually know something about the topic!--Old Moonraker (talk) 20:34, 15 August 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for the compliment, but I'm no expert, just an enthusiast. Zyxwv99 (talk) 00:10, 16 August 2012 (UTC)

"Lost" link[edit]

Hello
Your revision to Avoirdupois, from Avoirdupois#British adaptation to Avoirdupois#Post-Elizabethan, was made by you some 73 revisions back between 2012-02-09T15:17:02‎ and 2012-02-13T20:33:48‎ You obviously would have no idea about the havoc you unintentionally created to the link within the Template:Convert/TonCwt to t. Example {{TonCwt to t|35|4|lk=on}} which gives 35 long tons 4 cwt (78,800 lb or 35.8 t). Click on the link and you will see what Imean. It took me a bit of time to track this down. Please see Template talk:Convert/TonCwt to t#Just curious. Cheers , Peter Horn User talk 00:30, 11 May 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the heads up. Left a reply on the talk page over there. Zyxwv99 (talk) 15:12, 11 May 2014 (UTC)
You mentioned the pound in the (obsolete) Florentine system. Could you define the former and compose an article about the latter? Peter Horn User talk 17:45, 12 May 2014 (UTC)
It's been a while since I worked on the Avoirdupois article. I am not an expert on the Florentine weight system. Instead, I have read lots of books and articles on English weights and measures, mainly reliable secondary sources. They are the ones who mention Florentine weights. There is a reference in the Avoirdupois article to a paper by Skinner that explains the connection. The first time I read it, I was skeptical because the theory is so complex and convoluted, it reminded me of 19th century crackpot theories. However, I later discovered that other theories on the origins of the avoirdupois system have fallen by the wayside, and that Skinner's theory is widely accepted by contemporary scholars. I'm not even sure if the Florentine pound is directly relevant, since it was something like the Florentine woolsack that was the link.
It would be great if someone could write an article about the Florentine system, but I'm pretty busy these days, working on a wavelength to RGB/HEX convertor. The idea is that you type in a wavelength number, and you get an RGB value along with a color swatch showing what it looks like. It will be open-source and modular, with one module to pick a color space such as sRGB or Adobe RGB 98, another one for the viewing conditions of the source of the wavelength (brightness, lighting conditions), a module for physiology, including stuff like MPOD (macular pigment optical density) and genetics (ser180ala heterozygosity, etc.) The point is, it's just complicated enough to keep me pretty busy. Zyxwv99 (talk) 02:09, 14 May 2014 (UTC)

@Zyxwv99: what language are you using for your tool? R actually has some pretty good tools for going from single wavelength to RGB, but I've yet to find a package anywhere (for R or otherwise) to go from spectral signature to RGB. I even tried to teach myself how to use Blender[2] as I received recommendations that they had a complete color model. Unfortunately that seemed to be based on the original CIE 1931, which produces awful results. In any case, I'd be interested in collaborating with you on a GitHub-type open source project if you're interested. Pagelm (talk) 20:17, 5 October 2016 (UTC) (MPagel on GitHub)

Black Friday and Buy Nothing Day[edit]

I made an edit to Thanksgiving thinking that I was removing editorializing, and you removed the edit with the same motivation! To me, the language you restored makes it sound like those who enjoy the commercial aspect are the norm and those who do not are "the different people"; that is, it sounds like editorializing to me. The language I was hoping to see instead labeled, in a positive manner, the two terms and their associated supporters. Please comment further on why you reverted the edit; perhaps we can find some more optimal language.

Thank you Leegrc (talk) 11:39, 2 June 2014 (UTC)

For me, this is a linguistic issue. A huge percentage of words in any language are misnomers. For example, positive and negative electrical charge were named before electrons were discovered. Then it became obvious that the names were backwards (electricity flows from negative to positive) but by then it was too late, the words positive and negative were already in common use. On the other hand, there are situations where if enough people make an effort to reform a word, the word will be changed. When I was young we had actresses, waitresses, and stewardesses, now they are actors, food servers, and flight attendants. That was because of feminists had convinced enough people that these words needed to be changed. People who make dictionaries and style guides don't care who's right or wrong because that's not their job, they just care about how people actually use words. When a new word hits critical mass, it ends up in the dictionary.
Right now Black Friday is a common term for the day after Thanksgiving, used by people who don't know or care why it's called that. What your wording suggests is propaganda for a boycott of a common term on the grounds that continuing to use the term constitutes "support" for an ideological position that you don't agree with. In effect, it's saying "you are either with us or against us." In fact, most people are neither, because it's not their issue. Another analogy is people who object to gender-specific pronouns such as him or her. The continued use of those pronouns does not constitute support for an anti-feminist agenda, but simply habit, inertia, and the convenience of using terms that are widely understood. Zyxwv99 (talk) 14:02, 2 June 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for the clear explanation. I have tried again with an edit to Thanksgiving. The edit accomplishes two things. First it puts "Black Friday" in the same sentence as "popular shopping" so that it is clear that the name "Black Friday" doesn't come from, say, the fact that schools are closed. I hope that that part is not controversial. Second, I add Buy Nothing Day parenthetically. If you edit that second aspect, please preserve the first, assuming that it is to your liking. Thank you —Leegrc (talk) 14:19, 2 June 2014 (UTC)

Thanks. That looks better. Zyxwv99 (talk) 13:31, 3 June 2014 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of Dipnotetrapodamorph[edit]

Hello Zyxwv99,

I wanted to let you know that I just tagged Dipnotetrapodamorph for deletion, because it doesn't appear to contain any encyclopedic content. Take a look at our suggestions for essential content in short articles to learn what should be included.

If you feel that the article shouldn't be deleted and want more time to work on it, you can contest this deletion, but please don't remove the speedy deletion tag from the top.

You can leave a note on my talk page if you have questions. ChicXulub (talk) 21:41, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of Dipnotetrapodamorpha[edit]

Hello Zyxwv99,

I wanted to let you know that I just tagged Dipnotetrapodamorpha for deletion, because it doesn't appear to contain any encyclopedic content. Take a look at our suggestions for essential content in short articles to learn what should be included.

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You can leave a note on my talk page if you have questions. ChicXulub (talk) 21:42, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

Thanks. It was only a redirect page but I spelled it wrong so it had to go. Zyxwv99 (talk) 22:10, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

Peripheral vision[edit]

Hi. You have a nice description at the start of the peripheral vision page, and some figures that you may have created yourself. Are they published anywhere? — Preceding unsigned comment added by YesYes42 (talkcontribs) 20:49, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

Thanks. No, I just created them for the article. I used Inkscape. Zyxwv99 (talk) 20:57, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

I don't know if you work in a field related to vision, but would it be possible to publish this somewhere so that it can be referenced in the scientific literature, or would you be interested in working jointly on a short letter or article? YesYes42 (talk) 14:41, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

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Peripheral vision (again)[edit]

Hi. I had added a question to an earlier section above, about whether you would be able to publish your definitions for regions of peripheral vision in the scientific literature, or would be interested in working jointly on a short article. Just checking again. There is a level of clarity in your drawing that does not seem to be in the scientific literature, and it is readily available here on the web. If people had alternative suggestions, they would also be able to respond in a peer-reviewed publication. YesYes42 (talk) 15:29, 20 August 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, but I have no interest in getting my diagrams into the scientific literature. That's because scientific literature is a closed system; it's for people with PhDs. Occasionally I see non-PhDs as co-authors, but only if they have special qualifications. For example, Thomas Edison had his own research laboratory with PhDs working for him. I've seen articles on astrophysics written by half a dozen PhDs plus one graduate student. Paleontologist Jenny Clack co-authored a paper with her fossil preparator Sarah Finney, but only after Finney had become one of the world's top experts on tetrapod fossils. What I do here on the Wikipedia is a hobby, and I'd like to keep it that way. Zyxwv99 (talk) 22:08, 20 August 2015 (UTC)

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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For your well-sourced and well written edits to Composition of the human body. Many thanks! Tom (LT) (talk) 08:19, 29 May 2016 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you so much for the hard work done on the historical uses of pink and blue as gendered colors. I am in awe and eternally grateful! Would love to credit you by name, if you don't mind. Jo Paoletti. Reply by talk or jpaol AT umd DOT edu. Jo (talk) 13:59, 9 June 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for the compliment. I don't care to be credited by name, just make use to your heart's content. Just be careful with the three references to pink for girls, blue for boy relating to The Netherlands (1823, 1857, and 1882). The first two are from French tourists who were just passing through, the third from an Englishman who lived in the country, wrote two books on the folklore, but the custom had become obsolete by the time he arrived. The Dutch themselves never recorded this color scheme. The three foreigners all came from countries that had it though. Also, the 1887 Imbert de Saint-Amand seems unreliable, referring to a much earlier era. Zyxwv99 (talk) 00:03, 12 June 2016 (UTC)

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