|Residence||San Jose, California, United States|
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
|Joined||May 6, 2003 |
19 years ago
|Local pages created||195 (3,914th)|
|Local edits||36,800 (2,808st)|
I volunteer as a bureaucrat at the Vietnamese Wikipedia and Vietnamese Wiktionary, as well as an administrator at the Vietnamese Wikibooks, and Vietnamese Wikisource – and formerly the Wikimedia Meta-Wiki, Multilingual Wikisource, and Wikipedia 10 planning wiki. I’m also one of the people who keep the main Wikipedia portal up-to-date. (If you know HTML, you can too!)
Outside of Wikipedia, I volunteer contributions to OpenStreetMap.
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Although I copyedit articles of all topics as I come across them, I typically write detailed, rigorously sourced prose on the following topics:
- Cincinnati geography, schools, media, and history
- Ohio culture, symbols, and roads
- Santa Clara Valley media, architecture, and businesses
- Vietnamese language and cuisine
If you’re writing articles about any of these topics and have questions, feel free to send them my way and I’ll do my best to help.
Most of my contributions occur at the Vietnamese Wikipedia and Wiktionary, where I serve as a bureaucrat, kind of like a forum’s “super-administrator”, but less dictatorial. I made many of the first contributions to the Vietnamese Wikipedia in late 2003 and started the Vietnamese Wiktionary not long after. In high school, my marathon editing sessions would offer an effective form of procrastination, as well as an outlet to learn Vietnamese. These days, I’m no longer quite as active on these wikis but continue to play a supporting role.
Being an administrator at a Wikimedia wiki is tons of work, but it allows you to actively collaborate with countless people and visibly shape an important project. Participating in smaller projects, like the Vietnamese-language wikis, is like working for a startup: you work day and night, handling numerous poorly-defined roles, and recognize just about everyone you encounter. You make real, lasting decisions that aren’t so much influenced by written policies or guidelines as by common sense and intuition. On the other hand, if you tell your meatspace friends you’re working on the Vietnamese Wiktionary, you get a blank stare.
So working for the English Wikipedia is like working for a huge conglomerate whose logos appear on the sides of buses: even if you get a lot done, your contributions aren’t going to stand out too much. Nevertheless, you’re part of something big. I turned down an offer to run for administrator here in 2007. Most of my contributions here come in the form of typo corrections and interwiki links (see Wikipedia:WikiGnome). But I’ve also contributed some original content here, too. My first Good Article was "Flag of Ohio".
Let's play a Wikipedia game based on the articles I've written or contributed significantly to.
- Cincinnati Bell's service area is centered around Hamilton County.
- Hamilton County is served by the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
- The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has extensive archives of The Cincinnati Enquirer on microfiche.
- The logo of The Cincinnati Enquirer's website features prominent tittles.
- The accented lowercase I traditionally retains its tittle in Vietnamese, but poor computer support for Vietnamese has virtually eliminated this detail.
- Computer support for Vietnamese has at times required awkward standards such as VNI and Vietnamese Quoted-Readable.
- Vietnamese Quoted-Readable can be entered using UniKey.
- UniKey lacks support for the letter B with flourish.
- Unlike the B with flourish, the D with stroke has persisted in modern Vietnamese.
- D with stroke is the first letter in đọc kinh.
- Đọc kinh is used in Vietnamese Catholic Masses instead of Gregorian chant.
- It is believed that the Vietnamese place name La Vang comes from the words for "leaf" and "herbal seeds".
- La Vang is reputed to be the site of the Our Lady of La Vang apparition.
- Our Lady of La Vang is honored by the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix.
- The Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix hosts an annual Marian Days celebration.
- Marian Days is one of the few places in the rural Midwest to experience Vietnamese food such as bánh.
- Bánh can refer to a variety of foods, including bánh mì and phở noodles.
- One can find all the ingredients for phở at Jungle Jim's International Market.
- Jungle Jim's International Market carries all kinds of seafood, but not the namesake of the Cincinnati Marlins.
- The Cincinnati Marlins' main training facility is located across the street from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, inside St. Xavier High School.
- St. Xavier High School was one of the schools most affected by Alerding v. Ohio High School Athletic Association.
- St. Xavier High School is just one of a multitude of schools named after Francis Xavier.
- Several of the schools named after Francis Xavier have been located in Cincinnati, including St. Xavier Commercial School.
- St. Xavier Commercial School was located next to The Catholic Telegraph's printing press.
- The Catholic Telegraph was originally published by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for distribution throughout the central United States.
- The Archdiocese of Cincinnati also published Der Wahrheitsfreund to serve its German-speaking congregants.
- Der Wahrheitsfreund was among the 12 daily newspapers The Cincinnati Post had to compete with when it began publication.
- In 1956, The Cincinnati Post bought out its remaining afternoon rival, The Cincinnati Times-Star.
- In 1895, an editorial in the The Cincinnati Times-Star spurred the creation of a now-celebrated flag for Cincinnati, which includes the seal of Cincinnati.
- However, upon its introduction, the flag of Cincinnati met with pretty much the same derision and disinterest as the flag of Ohio.
- The critics should have seen the original proposal for the flag of Ohio, consisting of nothing but the seal of Ohio.
- The seal of Ohio is sometimes accompanied by the state motto, "With God, all things are possible".
- "With God, all things are possible" appears on the Ohio license plate issued since 2013.
- A previous Ohio license plate, issued from 2001 to 2003, commemorated the Ohio Bicentennial.
- The Ohio Bicentennial's most popular program was the painting of 101 barn advertisements across the state.
- Whereas barn advertisements were once banned as eyesores, folks really didn't know what to think of Open End.
- After Cincinnati rid itself of Open End, it welcomed in hundreds of fiberglass pigs for the Big Pig Gig. (As public art goes, it was a bit more successful – and safe.)
- After the Big Pig Gig's conclusion, some of the pigs departed for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
- The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport was built after Cincinnati failed to gain support to expand the Blue Ash Airport, which is just up the road from Blue Ash Air Station.
- Neighbors fought the Blue Ash Airport's expansion by incorporating as the village of Blue Ash.
- From Blue Ash, TSJ Media publishes a variety of Spanish-language periodicals.
- TSJ Media was at one point Cincinnati's only Spanish-language news source, other than a weekly program on WKRC-TV.
- In 1996, WKRC-TV and WCPO-TV swapped network affiliations.
- WCPO-TV pools videographers with WXIX-TV at news conferences.
- In the late 1990s, WXIX-TV aired some news programs on WBQC-LP.
- WBQC-LP lost its network affiliation to WSTR-TV in 1998.
- WSTR-TV broadcasts from Star Tower.
- Star Tower has a distinctive shape, and so does the huge tower of WLW.
- WLW airs Cincinnati Reds games, like WCET-TV used to.
- WCET-TV's sister station WPTO-TV, serves Oxford, Ohio.
- Just up the road from WPTO-TV's city of license is the village of College Corner, served by the two-state Union County–College Corner Joint School District.
- The Union County–College Corner Joint School District lay within the service area of Cinergy.
- Cinergy built a power station just outside New Richmond.
- New Richmond, which lost the county courthouse to Batavia, is the hometown of Todd Benzinger, who later coached at Loveland High School.
- Loveland High School is the only high school in the Loveland City School District.
- The Loveland City School District serves most of Symmes Township.
- The southern part of Symmes Township is primarily reachable by Ohio State Route 126.
- For several miles, Ohio State Route 126 runs alongside the Little Miami River.
- One of the more prominent landmarks along the Little Miami River is the Château Laroche.
- Château Laroche is also known as the Loveland Castle.
- Loveland was once the headquarters of Blue Chip Cookies.
- Blue Chip Cookies was located next to the Loveland Bike Trail.
- The Loveland Bike Trail became a part of the Little Miami Scenic Trail in 1984.
- Part of the Little Miami Scenic Trail is marked by a sign that does not comply with the Ohio Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
- A different segment of the Little Miami Scenic Trail forms part of U.S. Bicycle Route 50.
- U.S. Bicycle Route 50 passes under Ohio State Route 48.
- Right off of Ohio State Route 48 is the Live Oaks campus of the Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development.
- The Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development's feeder districts include Cincinnati Public Schools.
- Cincinnati Public Schools' high schools include Clark Montessori High School and Woodward High School.
- Woodward High School is one of Cincinnati's oldest high schools; DePaul Cristo Rey High School is its newest.
- DePaul Cristo Rey High School is next door to Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.
- Cincinnati State Technical and Community College hosts a quiz bowl league that includes Elder High School and Moeller High School.
The articles above wouldn’t be quite as interesting without the images I uploaded (and in some cases created):
After much thought and consideration on the topic – about three seconds’ worth – I’ve decided to be generous with my pittance of contributions here, especially to free the Rambot articles:
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|I agree to multi-license my text contributions, unless otherwise stated, under Wikipedia's copyright terms and the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license draft version 1.0 and version 2.0 and the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike license 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.|
With respect to the permission granted below, I specifically add Anthony DiPierro in addition to the Wikimedia Foundation for any contributions automatically generated and added by the rambot from the public domain census bureau statistics. The above exclusions still apply.
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(I typically license my original work under the Attribution license anyhow.)
Notes and references
- "Undergraduate Alumni". Department of Computer Science, Stanford University.
- Minh’s Notes, my personal weblog
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