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I still find the arguments at User:Hillman (selected quotes available here, locally, as the original location has been removed by the author's request) to be disturbing, sensible, and very worrying, but I've come back to Wikipedia, at least for a while, so I'm re-adding the rest of the content of my user page. ;-) I encourage everyone who comes across this page to go read them, and think about them. As I understand them, the central point is that Wikipedia, along with many other cultural forces, are encouraging convenience over correctness, i.e. it's more important to find an answer than the best answer. The specifics, which are as important as the general issues, are that, even as the absolute number of excellent article revisions stored on Wikipedia increases, the percentage of non-misleading article revisions is decreasing; i.e. people who want to use Wikipedia to mislead others are having more and more sucess. This also is very disturbing to me, and causes me to strongly reconsider my participation in Wikipedia - it is not good work to do your part in polishing a building which is being increasingly taken over by filth. I would be better off submitting corrections to resources which are not suffering from this maledy. This is saddening. I would love to hear any rebuttals, or even mere comments of sympathy, on my talk page. JesseW, the juggling janitor 07:03, 27 July 2006 (UTC)

Bit of code to copy over to my site when I get a chance:

cmd.exe /c "javac "$(FULL_CURRENT_PATH)" || pause" (talk) 18:50, 21 April 2008 (UTC)

Good thing, to look at: User:Phil_Sandifer/Craft_of_Research

Look at this: -> -> --> User:Lupin/autoedit.js


I'm a janitor (see my RfA, and the log of my actions, and the log of any actions against me), although I generally try to avoid controversy.

Wikipedia:Recovering from Wikipediholism - Just in case.

Hello. I'm astonished and impressed with the quality of Wikipedia. I hope to help out, probably as some kind of WikiFaerie. I'm also involved with various other Wiki's. Do not click here. It will bring up an ALPB.

I'm a Los Angeles native, currently on leave from Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, USA. Besides working on Wikipedia, I enjoy contra dance, hacking, juggling, and science fiction, as well as various political work. I've also taken aikido from the Venice Japanese Community Center and the Oregon Ki Society. You may find this amusing, if you are familar with SF TV shows. Hm. As of 08:49, 25 Dec 2004 (UTC) 06:58, 20 July 2005 (UTC) I have 2647 edits.(via Kate's Tools) <shrug>. Oh. I only fit one, not both, of the criteria for listing on the List of unemployed Discordians, even if I was notable. Thanks to User:A Man In Black for the idea of the list.

I think the Eternal September has come to Wikipedia and we are all going to go progressivly madder, but the GFDL makes it all okay, as we can start over somewhere else when we need to. -- 04:34, 11 February 2006 (UTC)

Recent interesting links[edit]

Good quote: "Wikipedia articles are all works-in-progress. To date there is not yet a system for formal review and fact-checking, so there are no public-ready articles at this time, only drafts." by brion vibber on wikitech-l 07:26, 8 December 2005 (UTC)

Excellent reply to "But how will the artists get paid without copyright?": The Digital Art Auction : Making Money when Information Wants to be Free by Crosbie Fitch. 07:26, 8 December 2005 (UTC)

If you want to know why the music industry is going to lose; Freeing the Mind : Free Software and the Death of Proprietary Culture. Wow. Particularly this quote: "What one can say is that in the world of zero-marginal cost, anarchist distribution--that is, distribution without exclusion from the act of distributing--produces inherently superior distribution. " and "when music under the present system leaves the production studio and passes through six hands, it isn't in the store yet. Whereas, in Stanley Milgram's United States, after six jumps, everybody who wants the music has it.". Wow. 11:15, 11 November 2005 (UTC)

A rather nice geography quiz on Oceania - I ought to know these, but I don't(yet): JesseW 19:08, 27 August 2005 (UTC)

In case you were not aware of the USA Patriot Act and how its being used: here is an example. The news story referred to is available by searching google for FBI patriot act hotel Jan.

An excellent response to the Grand Theft Auto sex controversy: from mathew's journal 20:15, 6 August 2005 (UTC)

Some pretty pictures from BesigedB 17:42, 19 Oct 2004 (UTC):,

Other Wiki User pages[edit]

If you want a picture of me, you can find one here. I'm juggling.

Useful links[edit]

My subpages[edit]

To Do[edit]

  • Make The Black Crook from the source I found.
  • Take the cleanup tag off Image processing - I think it was just added to clean up after a merge, which was reversed - it may need some improvement, but not general cleanup, I think. JesseW 29 June 2005 22:52 (UTC)
  • Add information, or at least a picture, to Plaid pantry(the portland, or chain) when I get back to Reed. 07:52, 26 July 2005 (UTC)
  • Do some juggling, take a picture of it, and add it to one of the juggling pages. (Suggested by Pedant 21:20, 2004 Dec 2 (UTC))

Interesting ideas[edit]

  • I found a great book called the Encyclopedia of Fire ISBN 1-57356-302-1 ; I would like to pull a lot of the facts in it and put them into Wikipedia. It has articles on the history of big fires that are facinating.
  • I've sent emails to the makers of the DEEP THOUGHT: sightings of 42 page asking if they would release their stuff under GFDL so it could be improved on Wikipedia; I hope to hear back from them. If they say yes, it will be considerable work to import and Wikifiy the pages, and then start work on finding references, cross links, and page numbers. Fun.
  • Work on a series of wikipedia pages on various commodities (apples, apparel, computer chips, etc.) listing where they are made, who makes them, how they are made, and who owns aspects of the above (means of production, intellectual property, consumers). 23:16, 1 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Funny or Odd[edit]

Good, interesting pages[edit]

WikiOrganizations I support[edit]

My various Wiki software tools[edit]

Code to print out a uniq list of pages from Speical:Contributions[edit]

Now I just need to figure out how to do it all in one with more than 500 contribs... BTW, it needs to be run from something like squarefree's bookmarklet javascript shell, since it outputs with print()

 myans=new Object ();for (n=0;n<lis.length;n++) {
   myans[lis[n].getElementsByTagName("a")[0].title]=1 };
 for(q in myans){ print("[["+q+"]]") }

written as a quick hack on 02:00, 22 July 2005 (UTC)

Wiki-link bookmarklet[edit]

See Wikipedia:Wiki-Link Game. I've lost. ;-) It skips redlinks and external links.

Note: you need to change "thenum" to set it to another number than 5. Written by me on 10:07, 3 Dec 2004 (UTC)

javascript:void((function () {thenum=5; m=0; 
z=document.getElementById("bodyContent").getElementsByTagName("A"); for 
(n=0;n<z.length;n++) {if (/\/wiki\//.test(z[n].href)) {m=m+1}; if (m==thenum) 

Category Browsing Tools[edit]

I've written two python scripts that together let you browse through the Wikipedia catagory system and generate pictures of the network. They can be downloaded here. Please try them out, and complain if you can't figure out what they do, or if they break. Also, any patches or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. JesseW 11:59, 26 Oct 2004 (UTC)

If you wish to request a graph or textual list of the children and/or parents of a category, please ask on my Talk page. I'm happy to do it; I'll create them, upload them, and add them to this list(and let you know on your talk page. ;-) ) JesseW 02:51, 17 Dec 2004 (UTC)

I have now updated the code. It now makes nicer looking text output and has more documentation. JesseW 23:28, 22 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Forth release. Now the text output uses differnt headings for different depths. JesseW 05:16, 30 Dec 2004 (UTC)



Wrote a bookmarklet to hide entries on my watchlist in which I am the last, listed, editor.

Note!! The current version of the script automatically identifies the user name, and the number of days displayed in the watchlist.

I release this script under the revised BSD license.

Sorry I couldn't get it to show up as a link. I'm working on it. JesseW 09:22, 19 Oct 2004 (UTC)


  • v2: Automatically identifies your userName
  • v3: Automatically identifies the number of days set to display in your watchlist. This should also fix the bugs where it erases other bits of screen. Please let me know.

The code[edit]

javascript:void((function(){userName=document.getElementById%28%22contentSub%22%29.innerHTML.match%28/%22%28.%2B%29%22/%29%5B1%5D;q=document.getElementsByTagName(%22ul%22); for(n=0;n<q.length;n++){if(q[n].getAttribute(%22class%22)==%22special%22){r=%22%22;z=q[n].childNodes;for(x=0;x<z.length;x=x+2) {LI=z[x].childNodes;if(LI[LI.length-4].innerHTML!=userName&&LI[LI.length-5].innerHTML!=userName){r=r+%22<li>%22+z[x].innerHTML+%22</li>\n%22}}; q[n].innerHTML=r}}})())


User:Angela says that on Firefox 0.9.3 it erases the navigation bar rather than the watchlist entries. User:Angela says that on Wikia: it erases the sidebar rather than the watchlist entries.

I suspect both of these are because the bookmark edits all the <ul> lists in the document, and on Firefox or Wikia: it is picking up such lists in the wrong place. I will test it on these places and see if the bug shows up for me. If you also see the bug, or have any information about it, please add your comments on the Talk page, and I'll update this list. JesseW 03:53, 24 Oct 2004 (UTC)

I also use firefox but my copy erases both the bar and the watchlist entries...nice program though. [[User:BrokenSegue|BrokenSegue]] 23:51, 6 Nov 2004 (UTC)

I think both of these bugs should be fixed now. I'm identifying "ul" lists to change by their class="special" attribute now. Please let me know if this is fixed. JesseW 10:33, 8 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Emacs defun[edit]


 (defun wiktionary-get-page (title) (interactive "M") "" 
    (switch-to-buffer (get-buffer-create title))
    (insert (shell-command-to-string
	     (format "wget -q -O - \"%s?title=%s&action=edit\""
    (goto-char (point-min))
    (search-forward "<textarea") (search-forward ">") 
    (delete-region (point-min) (point))
    (search-forward "</textarea>") (setq pos (- (point) 11))

    (search-forward "wpEdittime")  
    (setq et (buffer-substring (- (point) 18) (- (point) 32)))
    (message "Edittime is: %s" et)
    (delete-region pos (point-max))

    (defvar wikipedia-edittime nil "*") 
    (set (make-local-variable 'wikipedia-edittime) et)))


Warning! Do not use this unless you know it's not broken in some subtle way. It is only a first draft and probably is broken or does something bad, or at best, fails to work. So be careful. And send me improvements. JesseW 05:16, 23 Oct 2004 (UTC)

 (defun wiktionary-submit-page 
  (title content summary edittime 
	 &optional username password minor watch section) "" 
	  (concat "" 
		  (http-url-encode title 'iso-8859-1) 
	  `(("wpTextbox1" . content) 
	    ("wpSummary". summary) 
	    ("wpSave". "Save page")
	    ("wpSection" ."") ("wpEdittime" . edittime))


  • WikiMedal for Janitorial Services
    WikiMedal for Janitorial Services
  • For simple but beautiful additions to {{copyvio}} which made it so much easier to report copyvios! Dan100 (Talk) 20:14, 23 December 2005 (UTC)
    (added to my talk page here)
  • For being patient, intelligent, and sane on the mailing list, three characteristics that are so often lacking there. Cheers, Mindspillage (spill yours?) 00:24, 7 July 2006 (UTC)

Creative Commons License[edit]

Multi-licensed with the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License versions 1.0 and 2.0
I agree to multi-license my text contributions, unless otherwise stated, under Wikipedia's copyright terms and the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license version 1.0 and version 2.0. Please be aware that other contributors might not do the same, so if you want to use my contributions under the Creative Commons terms, please check the CC dual-license and Multi-licensing guides.

Missing articles project template[edit]

Amusing Incidents[edit]

Notes on thing's I've already done[edit]

(Things on here may be removed whenever I feel like it. The'll be available from history...)

Notes on provenence of Image:GeorgeClementPerkins.jpg

  • According to the person I spoke to (at the California State Capitol Museum; 916-324-0333):
    • first 13 or 16 govenor's portraits were by the same person
    • George Clement Perkins (governer from 1880-1883) portrait
    • artist was probably: william cogswell
    • koren benoit - art collection manager, might know more
    • good book in bookstore - Schaechtele, Molly Shoemaker. The Governors of California and their Portraits. Sacramento, CA: California State Capitol Museum Volunteer Association, 1995.
    • he will call back in about a half hour with more details.
  • I've checked that all 3364 images that I have deleted so far are all unlinked from anywhere. None of them were. JesseW, the juggling janitor 07:24, 26 November 2005 (UTC)
  • Added three pictures of the collapse of the Santa Monicia Freeway to Northridge earthquake. I hope someone will clean them up eventually...
  • Created Paul K. Keene - organic farmer, from NYTimes obit I have.
  • Mathias Maul, the author of the Ultra-Complete Index of HHGttG, has put it under GFDL. I've added it; now the Wikification can begin. (Moved to done on 23:16, 1 Jan 2005 (UTC))
  • Organized the various lists of sources for articles, and made a template listing the actual pages with content. The template is Template:Article_resources. Good stuff. JesseW 11:03, 18 Oct 2004 (UTC)
  • Changed my "nickname" so it references a staus template, which I can use to post messages on every page I sign. Unless I developer contacts me and says I'm personally causing major slowdown of the entire wikipedia, I'll keep it. JesseW User:JesseW/status 13:43, 18 Nov 2004 (UTC)
Removed, as I just read a thread on the VP saying it was a terrible idea. ;-) JesseW 14:03, 18 Nov 2004 (UTC)
Another lovely photo, noticed in a message of sympathy for Uncle Ed, decided to decorate my user page with it.
Another lovely photo, noticed in a message of sympathy for Uncle Ed, decided to decorate my user page with it.

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TagLib - here because, oddly, this (the homepage for taglib) is not the top result on google; so I'm doing my small part to fix this.

Blog post from which I commented on just now: 06:44, 12 September 2006 (UTC) - linking for proof and rememberance's sake.