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Despite rumors,[1] this is not me

Things I've learned at WikipediaEdit

  • When you become an administrator, your user talk page gets a lot more interesting.
  • WP:Assume good faith can be a valuable approach in many circumstances of life, not just Wikipedia.
  • Use "page preview" before saving an edit.
  • Use the "thank" feature often.
  • It's amazing how often a controversial situation can be resolved by a simple rewording.
  • Check an article's history before proposing it for deletion.
  • Look for a plausible redirect in lieu of deletion.
  • Check new articles for copyright violations.
  • On Wikipedia, it's important to know when to stop arguing with people, and simply let them be wrong. (credit to User:Atsme)
  • Wikipedia guidelines are like scripture: somewhere in the labyrinthine network of rules, you can find support for any position. (originally by User:S Marshall[2], now borrowed from User:Fences and windows)

Wit and wisdom seen about town, good enough to shareEdit

  • The problem with Wikipedia is that it only works in practice. In theory, it can never work.[3]
  • I used to have a dream that my computer would be as easy to use as my phone. And my dream came true. Now I don't understand my phone either.
  • The bad news is, the guy who bullied you in school is still taking your lunch money. The good news is, he makes a pretty good Subway sandwich.
  • Some people say the glass is half empty. Some people say the glass is half full. I say, are you gonna drink that?
  • War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
  • Humankind: be both.

Wit? Wisdom? No, just puns.Edit

Special collection: puns for nerds, aka: new units of measure. (Borrowed from

  • Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter: Eskimo Pi
  • 1 millionth of a mouthwash: 1 microscope
  • Weight an evangelist carries with God: 1 billigram
  • 365 days of drinking low-calorie beer: 1 Lite year
  • 16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone: 1 Rod Serling
  • Half of a large intestine: 1 semicolon
  • 2000 mockingbirds: 2 kilomockingbirds
  • 8 nickels: 2 paradigms

And a couple of new ones:

  • I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.
  • What do you call a snake that is 3.14 inches long? A πthon.
  • One man's fish is another man's poisson.
  • Why does the Norwegian Navy have bar codes on the sides of their ships? So that when the ships come into port, they can Scandanavian.
  • A pun enters a room and shoots ten people. Pun in, ten dead.
  • What do you get if you boil a funny bone? Laughing stock. (Sorry, I just thought this one was humerus.)
  • Never say "Part A" backwards. It's a trap.
  • I want to tell you about a girl who only eats plants. I bet you've never heard of herbivore.

About meEdit

I am a native Californian (5th generation no less). I grew up in Oakland, California, and now live in San Diego. I attended Oakland Technical High School and Stanford University. I have also lived in Los Angeles, Baltimore, New Orleans, and Honolulu.

On Wikipedia I mainly work on articles related to San Diego, particularly things having to do with San Diego history and San Diego neighborhoods. I also function as a Wikignome, cleaning up or proofreading articles that I come across. And I occasionally "rescue" an article which had been nominated for deletion, by adding sources to prove notability, or by rewriting to meet Wikipedia standards. Others who want to do this kind of thing could look for "unreferenced biographies of living persons" at Category:Unreferenced BLPs.

I've been hanging around Wikipedia off and on since 2006. I began editing in earnest in June 2009, when I saw articles about the San Diego Yacht Club and Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego that contained blatant errors of fact. I corrected those errors, and was hooked. Thirteen short years later, I have become one of the 1,000 most active Wikipedians. Actually #896 last time I looked, but who's counting? 0;-D (That's my personal smilie: an angelic grin.)

In January 2015 the Wikipedia community decided it was high time I got down to work and handed me a mop. I hope they never regret it.

Articles createdEdit

Articles I've created or substantially expanded include:

Articles rescuedEdit

A partial list of articles I "rescued", by improving them after they had been nominated for deletion in an AfD (articles for deletion) discussion:

  • and 409 others, primarily articles which had been tagged as "unreferenced BLP" (unreferenced biography of a living person) - a tag which can result in their deletion.

Articles used for "Did you know...?"Edit

Articles I wrote or expanded that were featured on the Wikipedia front page with "Did you know...?" items:


Some of my favorite Wikipedia pages include:

Useful linksEdit

Barnstars and suchEdit