Features and admins
The best of the week
This week's "Features and admins" covers Sunday 17 – Saturday 23 April
The Signpost welcomes RHM22 (nom) as our newest admin. He specialises in numismatics and has collaborated to bring three articles and one list to featured status. RHM, from the US, will focus among other things on merging mistitled pages and helping to work through administrative backlogs.
President Kennedy greets US Peace Corps volunteers in August 1961, just five months after he announced the establishment of the volunteer program (see the new featured sound). The Corps promotes cultural understanding between Americans and others.
Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, 1676–1749, a significant baroque French composer and keyboardist. One of his movements for organ is among the new featured sounds.
A new featured picture by User:Alchemist-hp
: zirconium, a metallic element, here in the form of crystalline bars and a pure cube for comparison
A new featured picture: an electric locomotive of the class Škoda ChS8
, produced by the Czech engineering firm Škoda that survived the transition from communism to capitalism
New featured topic: New York State Route 28, which extends in the shape of a "C" for some 280 miles (450 km)
Eleven sound files were promoted:
- JFK establishment of the Peace Corps (nom; related article), John F. Kennedy's announcement of the March 1, 1961 signing of Executive Order 10924 to mark the establishment of the Peace Corps.
- Amar Rabbi Elazar (nom; related article), performed by Cantor Meyer Kanewsky and choir in 1919 for Edison Records. The text begins, roughly, "Said Rabbi Elazar, quoting Rabbi Chaninah, Scholars increase the levels of peace in the world." In Judaism, this passage is commonly used in the Sunday morning service.
- Attention bugle call (nom; related article), traditional (four seconds long), performed by the US Army Ceremonial Band.
- Hail to the Chief (nom; related article): four "ruffles and flourishes" followed by the long version of Hail to the Chief, composed 1812 by the English songwriter James Sanderson. It is commonly played as a fanfare for the US President, as in this performance by the US Army Band.
- Bill Clinton's statement on the Monica Lewinsky scandal (nom; related article). The presentation, in 1998, is known for his statement "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." (6:07).
- "Basse et dessus de trompette" (nom; related article). From Suite du premier ton (Suite in C major), for organ, by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676–1749), published in his Livre d'orgue (Book of the Organ, 1710). Performed by Ashtar Moïra.
- Woodrow Wilson's address to the American Indians, 1913 (nom; related article), containing the memorable phrase, "The great white father now calls you his brothers". Noise reduction by User:Adam Cuerden.
- Four marches performed by the US Air Force Band for their 1998 album Front and Center: A Collection of American Marches, conducted by Colonel Lowell E. Graham (nom): Veni, Vidi, Vici (related article), a march written by Robert Browne Hall in 1896; Troopers Tribunal (related article), a circus march written by Henry Fillmore in 1905; Regimental Pride (related article), written by John Clifford Heed in 1913; and The Outlook (related article), written by Fred Jewell, a popular circus musician, in 1913.
This week saw no new featured articles.
Four lists were promoted:
Five images were promoted. Medium-sized images can be viewed by clicking on "nom":
- Electric locomotive Škoda ChS8 (nom; related article), a Czech-built electric locomotive. (Created by User:George Chernilevsky.) picture at right
- Zirconium (nom; related article) in the form of highly structured crystal bars, with a pure 1 cm3 cube of the same element for comparison. (Created by User:Alchemist-hp.) picture at right
- Bird blinking (nom; related article), the nictitating membrane of a Masked Lapwing, as it closes; the photograph also shows the bird's spectacular yellow skin. After comments by a reviewer, the image was sharpened, sun reflection removed, and chromatic aberration corrected. (Created by User:99of9.) picture at bottom
- Motorcycle policeman (nom; related article), an Australian motorcycle policeman on a BMW. (Created by User:Jjron.)
- Mt Buffalo Plateau and The Horn (nom; related article), at 1,723 m (5,653 ft), the highest point in the area. In the full-resolution version, the safety railing for walkers can be seen at the top. In winter, the area is usually covered in snow. (Created by User:99of9.) picture at top
One topic was promoted: New York State Route 28 (nom), with two featured articles and two good articles. This state highway extends for some 280 miles (450 km) in the shape of a "C" (nominator Mitch32). picture at right
New featured picture: a Masked Lapwing
blinks, showing the function of its "third eye", a translucent membrane that protects and moistens while maintaining vision
Information about new admins at the top is drawn from their user pages and RfA texts, and occasionally from what they tell us directly.