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I, Patrick Traill, am an Englishman, born in Aberdeen, Scotland, brought up in Ivybridge and Hele (near Bradninch) (both in Devon, England), educated in Merton College, Oxford, having lived in London, England, Göttingen, Beverwijk, Haarlem and Lobberich, currently living in Germany, married to a German wife and now retired, having worked until retirement in Amsterdam (in the Netherlands) and at home.
I failed to become a mathematician and was a moderately proficient computer programmer, which provided me with my job until my relatively recent retirement.
My dormant interests include rock- and tree-climbing and the ancient game of tennis; interests revived since my retirement include the board game Go and the modern descendant of tennis, lawn tennis. I am actively interested in programming languages and passively, alas, in mathematics. I enjoy listening to such music as Franz Schubert, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen have produced, and trying (in near-complete privacy) to reproduce that of the first.
I am an agnostic, tending to atheism, by which I mean that I have been unable to convince myself whether there is a god (rather than that I am convinced that one cannot establish it), but tend to assume that there is (unfortunately) no such person as the benevolent ideal and (fortunately) no such as the disagreeable manifestation.
The contributor User:Livedevilslivedevil has suggested I mention that he is my son, which I am very glad to do.
- Merton Street tennis court Where I used to play while an undergraduate
- Oriel Square tennis court (defunct)
- Prince's Club
- Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
- Category:Defunct real tennis venues
- Hele – where I used to live
- Trail commission – was something I wanted to know about
- Vladimir Jankélévitch (not that I knew anything about him, I just translated the German)
- Graded (mathematics) – I forget why, I presumably encountered an unclear use of the term
- Woldemar Gerschler – translated from German, since I came across him under High-intensity interval training (I think)
- Carel S. Scholten – since he was a co-author of a book on Predicate transformer semantics
- Victor Anatolyevich Vassiliev because I saw the red links, and found it interesting
- Ethisphere Institute – because it is frequently mentioned (on and off Wikipedia) and I wanted to know how reliable it was
- Institute of Applied Mathematics – as that was the link I first made for Victor Anatolyevich Vassiliev for the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics
- Ratelband List
- this (duh)
- Blockbusting (game)
- David Wolfe (mathematician)
- Cooling and heating (combinatorial game theory) – to satisfy references
- Meier Eidelheit – translated from the German
- Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health – to explain a name used in Binge drinking
- Credence - because it comes into the Sleeping Beauty problem - but it got scrapped, then created as a disambiguation page.
- Chroot prison - but it already existed as chroot, so now it is just a redirect.
- Sleeping Beauty problem - though I later realised that there was already Sleeping beauty paradox, which then got merged into this
Various other contributionsEdit
- Islamic schools and branches - Supplied the lead (as at 2015-01-16T23:25:11) by condensing the article … but this appears to have offended someone who has reverted it!
- Corn (medicine) - Repaired on 2014-09-01 in article Corn vandalism from 2006-08-02 in article Callus, noting a record for the longest lived vandalism as of the former date.