Ed graduated from UCD in 2006. He lived in Davis and somewhat in Sacramento from '02 to '08.

As of September 17th, 2012, he's happily married. He first met his then future-wife in the dorms, three doors apart in the Malcolm Hall penthouse. It took a while before they began dating (and if you do the math, quite a while longer until their engagment in 2011), but their time together is what really made them love Davis. Tried to go everywhere and to see everything. They stayed in Davis after graduation for about a year until Ed got a "real" job in Palo Alto, so she finally moved closer to hers in Midtown Sacramento. In late 2008, they left Norcal and moved (very, very reluctantly) to Los Angeles.

He's now in graduate school at UCLA, but they both miss Davis a lot. Really, really miss it. So much so that they came back for a few days to elope here :) Another great memory in this great little town!


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2011-03-21 10:04:00  You wrote exactly what I was thinking. But fuck, I don't want to get involved in this shit. Thanks. —wikiuser, commenting via Facebook.

2011-03-21 10:10:36   Very good call on the Village Cab page... I've been staying out of it, not really paying much attention, but it was odd that given the number of longtimers in that forum I was surprised at the results, especially that Ashley was effectively chased off the wiki. —JoePomidor

2011-03-21 10:30:55   Damn skippy. —JabberWokky

2011-03-21 10:57:07   I was also uncomfortable with the results of the Village Cab fiasco and hope that we as the editing community can come to find a better way to handle future incidents as they arise. —Wes-P

2011-03-21 13:30:30   Yes. What you missed was that I was being sardonic. —DonShor

2011-03-21 13:32:37   Great minds think alike (ie Village Cab/Talk) —PeterBoulay

2011-03-21 13:34:09   This place definitely needs emoticons. But I'm not sure what a sardonic one would look like. Maybe a Groucho Marx face? —DonShor

2011-03-22 11:41:15   Maybe I'm not seeing the right thing, I don't see his response as appalling. He just reacted like any business owner would to something that seems (from his perspective) to be incorrect. There wasn't any namecalling or outright denial. Just concern about the whole affair, both the incident and/or the potential for slander. What about it did you find particularly bad? —OliviaY

2011-03-22 11:43:11   I found some of the followups to be far worse. —OliviaY

2011-03-27 15:08:19   I agree in general, but I think that when somebody goes into a public or semi-public space (like a restaurant), and they act in a certain way, they are as notable as the employee who went into that same space. It's sort of like photographs — you can't take photos through somebody's home window, but you can take a photo of them in a park or on the sidewalk. There's no expectation of privacy, as they are in public. Now, that doesn't mean there aren't other concerns... I'm only speaking of when somebody does something in public, they have no expectation of privacy: they can assume people are going to witness and (depending on how notable the action is) repeat what they have seen. Beyond that, of course, there are a whole slew of other concerns ranging from compassionate tact (when to "not see" something), to polite honesty (not over-sensationalizing an event without regard to the effects). Wrestling with those latter issues are why I removed my name from a position. —JabberWokky

2011-03-28 15:29:09   I'd rather try to be courteous to all. I don't think calling either an apartment manager, a roommate or a complete stranger a "huge bitch" is particularly helpful or useful. I think if the same person pees on the same a wall every single morning at 3am sharp, it's notable, regardless how they get their income. It's odd. After that, for pretty much every other case, it's simply tactless to point out: if some poor person is stuck and really has to go, don't take a photo of them. It's crass. I'm just saying that their employment status should have nothing to do with the decision if something should be posted or not... there are other criteria, of course, but that shouldn't really be one. You're right, of course: it does make it much easier to attach to a topic, but that's just a quirk of how the wiki is structured. That doesn't imply that anybody not representing a commercial act is automatically immune to the same level of observation (and hopefully the same level of tact when relating the story!). (And, like you, this is a quickie ramble... I have to call someone in 1 minute). —JabberWokky

2011-04-22 17:37:19   Yeah, I'm not really advocating it, just throwing it out there as a discussion point. I do think there's some merit to limiting casual things that can have a profound impact on businesses... somehow. I just don't know that that's the best way. The idea that a one-time, casual comment is permanently published here and permanently damages the subject of the comment—bet it a person, a business, or whatever—is a little disturbing, when the person leaving it doesn't even think it's serious enough to warrant further action. —TomGarberson

2011-04-27 11:16:19   One neat thing about his role in Doctor Who is... (highlight to read the fairly light casting spoiler that is moot in the first 10 minutes of the first episode with him)

that, being a time travel story, his character is old in some scenes and young in others. Mark Sheppard's father, W. Morgan Sheppard (also an actor), plays the older version of the character.


2011-05-02 09:24:31   Congratulations!! —CovertProfessor

2011-05-02 09:29:52   That's fantastic, congratulations! —TomGarberson

2011-05-17 08:01:50   I was giving it until this morning, not wanting to jump on it so that somebody else (who isn't perpetually following the wiki) had a chance to integrate it. Nicely done, in my opinion. Simply stated, linked and informational. When my "todo" alarm went off, I flipped to the wiki and you had done it 6 seconds before. Heh. —JabberWokky

2011-05-17 10:19:19   Agreed, very well done on the Cafe Med. issue. —TomGarberson

2011-05-17 15:51:38   Heh... yeah, I think you're right. It certainly slipped under my radar. —TomGarberson

2011-05-22 19:55:18   Thanks —TomGarberson

2011-06-05 09:44:22   If only it weren't in LA! ;-) —CovertProfessor

2011-06-06 10:25:10   Good idea on the wikipedia link from the WEF page, but I'm not even sure where to link it there. I guess under unique things to see? —TomGarberson

2011-06-07 12:30:46   Arugh. I corrected it, got edit conflict, and picked the WRONG ONE to restore. Hehehe. —JabberWokky

2011-06-09 09:35:48   :) —TomGarberson

2011-07-06 09:28:07   My only issue is that I have grave questions about the facts, almost all of which are derived from a source that has been shown to be far from reliable. Steve Ostrowski had this same problem — he started inventing things that didn't actually exist and writing about them. Eventually people caught on. I agree that the wiki should document Davis. There are two problems: I don't think that it can really be done at the moment that everybody is screaming (thus my comment to CP that I thought the situation was too heated to do a good writeup), but more importantly, I don't know that the things actually being written reflect what is actually in Davis. At the bare minimum a business called "Craft of Fo' Paws" operated out of ACE Hardware, and should be on the wiki for that. As a side note, many other people (including the people who worked there) have noted that Phil had nothing to do with that business. It's all the other stuff that's highly suspect — and could all be absolutely real. I'm not saying it is fiction... I'm saying it's really tough to tell when trust starts to flag. —JabberWokky

  • Just a note: it was only at ACE Hardware for a brief time. For most of the time, it was at the former location of Fo' Paws. It was a real business. Really. I saw it. It operated just like the old business did, except without its most talented groomer (Charlene). —cp
    • But this current "it", which has Phil involved and is minus all the Pawsitive Groomers folk — have you seen that? That is what I'm talking about. I understand that CoFP operated for awhile as FP minus Charlene (the bare minimum I am talking about above). Then — stuff — happened, and PG was founded (I've heard various versions in hushed confidence). At that point a new entity that was also called CoFP started, with only one person connected to the prior CoFP (Phil's wife). Everything from that "stuff happened" point and afterwards is wildly variable depending on who you talk to. That is the part that I have no confidence in having only Phil's word on. -jw
      • True, I have not seen any currently operating CoFP. But does anyone doubt the claim to the Woodland location? (I'll admit that it has occurred to me to drive up there to take a look). After all, the Woodland version of the page seemed to make a definite claim that there was a Woodland CoFP. As for all of the other claims about the current CoFP, all of them are labeled specifically as claims made by PA, with the footnote that Wes added about the concerns that some have over PA's truthiness. In other words, the page makes no definite claims about current CoFP other than that there is a Woodland location. So, if there are objections to what the page says, then people should speak up. But I haven't heard any objections — only objections to there being a page at all. I feel strongly that there should be a page, for the reasons I have already stated. But I am open as to the content, especially content concerning the current status of CoFP. —cp

2011-07-06 09:56:27   In reply to your comment: Keep in mind that I don't see a deletion as a permanent act. It's more of a "well, this version sucks. Kill it." Then there's room to start over, hopefully in a better way. Deletion, to me, is just an edit tool. A fairly radical one, sure, but not final — nothing is. —JabberWokky

2011-07-06 12:31:06   What I found offensive wasn't the existence of a page about CoFP, it was the way people were behaving. As I stated in my comment, I agree that some sort of page is warranted. An F-You to everyone else's input (and the F-You, I Quit in response) wasn't warranted. It's not at all unusual for a page documenting a contentious issue to be temporarily deleted, or reduced to a [[Stop]], until tempers cool down and/or a decision is made. Making the case to people that they're considering the wrong issues before flipping the revert-bird to the community (something CP admonished me about just a couple days before, in a situation where there wasn't even a weight of opinion to the contrary) won't destroy the Wiki. —TomGarberson

2011-07-15 11:17:15   Yeah. I caught today's Slashdot link to the story. I'm leery of touching the entry too, but we both know it should be in there. It also really hammers in why the security is there to protect the monkeys from people, especially sick people, and how they react as an institution when accidents happen. It's very interesting scientifically in several different ways, even if it caused the death of the monkeys (alas, things that are "scientifically interesting" and help advance medicine are often tragic). I was also trying to figure out if that particular population was active in a long term research project and how the intended research was handled once the monkeys became infected. —JabberWokky

2011-08-04 11:27:02   And cab drivers? Actually, I have a theory regarding this phase of the wiki, but I need to write it all out. It's actually kind of positive when you look at the *types* of problems we're having. —JabberWokky

2011-08-08 06:54:23   True, it is an assumption. I started out with "The second one, if remotely untrue, is completely libelous" and the guy came back and deleted it. I took that to be a likely admission that it was a lie, but it's true there are other possible explanations. —TomGarberson

2011-08-08 11:28:11   I like the mirrors better on the gunmetal one, but overall I like the white better. It just looks really sharp with the color contrast. Plus, white doesn't show dirt as much :) —TomGarberson

2011-08-08 11:28:31   Red. Because it's 100% manly: http://i.imgur.com/hhvhW.jpghankim

2011-08-08 11:52:09   I'd go darker if only because the undercarriage will catch dirt. Light colors are traditionally held as being good for safety, but that's more yellow than white (BMW owners love yellow). I'll also mention that I've been eyeing bikes with that antique cream/eggshell color, but motorcycles don't generally have parts painted where they will get sprayed with dirt. Well, given Davis, more like dust. But there can be a lot of that.

Neat scoot... I'm assuming it's an overbore GY6 engine from China. The original Chinese 125cc GY6 clones had problems years ago, but are rock solid these days (and part of why there are so many scooter options in that class). I'm curious about the displacement and what engine is in there, as I'm not too familiar with the 220cc range. It's only a guess that it's a GY6, but if it is, there are parts everywhere for it. —JabberWokky

  • Oh, and I'm of the opinion that scooters got a bad rep because it was only until recently that they could build one that could handle more power without shredding the innards or the back wheel assembly. In the modern 250cc range, you're dealing with motor driven two wheeled vehicles with the same power as the classic 1950s and 60s era motorcycles that can carry some baggage and manage traffic nicely. The wheel diameter is still fairly small on most of the models (although some have larger, motorcycle sized wheels), so they are a bit less stable when they hit something at higher speeds, but otherwise have made great mechanical strides. It's not just that they are more popular; today's scoots are actually better than the older models. That even includes ones that have a classic look or name like Vespas. There are still some clunkers out there, especially in the 50cc world, where some people pitch toy bikes as more than what they are, but scooters have come a long way in the last decade. To a certain extent, you can thank Honda — the Silverwing kind of showed a new scoot unlike the Euro zip-arounds or the (then) clunky and purely functional Asian scoots. The model you're looking at shows a clear SW influence, even in the appearance. Now I will cease speaking about them to avoid looking too obsessed. Heh. -jw
    • Agree with your points, absolutely. I've become a bit of an enthusiast the last few years down here. SoCal does have a greater scooter community than Norcal. Theres a couple groups and meetups and pretty regular rides in a safe, controlled atmosphere. It's kind of fun to ride in a group of forty to fifty people, with all makes and models. A few weeks ago they did LA to Santa Barbara on backroads, wish I could have made it. I'm also amazed at their love and loyalty. Most of these people end up owning multiple scooters and motorcycles, and spending 4x as much tinkering with mods than they do on the rides themselves. It's pretty cool to watch, and a very helpful community overall. I've learned a lot about motorcycle and scooter history through them, and about various scooter shops throughout the country. "A dying breed!" It's part of what encouraged me to stick to a scooter and get a new model, rather than swap to a motorcycle. And besides, shifting in west LA traffic, not as much fun. -ES

2011-08-08 12:15:11   Well, whichever you pick, ride the heck out of it and enjoy. Davis (and most of the valley) really is the perfect locale for getting around cage free daily, nearly year round. Motor or pedal, it's two wheel paradise. —JabberWokky

2011-08-09 08:04:28   I jumped the gun on that one :) —TomGarberson

2011-08-09 08:21:03   When the lady weighs in it skews the hell out of the list of pros and cons :) —TomGarberson

2011-08-09 19:47:17   Just so you know AMF's are 5$ so...... —NikhilDahal

2011-08-09 19:49:17   I have nothing wrong with you reverting FYI —NikhilDahal

2011-08-11 12:17:28   Thanks :) —TomGarberson

2011-08-12 08:52:06   Nope, that sentence was definitely too much. I get what he was trying to say, but it didn't come off well. —CovertProfessor

2011-08-12 20:44:19   You weren't too tired to notice the sentence though. —BruceHansen

2011-08-16 13:27:23   Heh. I had that forwarded to me a week ago or so, along with "A Portrait of the Typical Internet Troll". —JabberWokky

2011-08-16 13:30:06   And I must thank you for the source! If there are more gems like this in there, I'll have to read the archive. In my vast free time, of course. —JabberWokky

2011-08-16 15:21:30   A lot of the pages that were more negative have been toned down, but it still reads like these people are decoration instead of fellow Davisites. —NickSchmalenberger

2011-08-16 15:30:16   Alot of people do want to know the persons real name too. The wiki should help with that, and it has, but it should be our first reaction instead of after feeling guilty from gossiping as happened with Wanda Underhill. —NickSchmalenberger

2011-08-16 15:41:45   Yeah, if we did find out his name and it turned out to be interesting, then that could be a good page. I realized though that the times I noticed him/the trike, the trike was the most memorable and unusual part for me. Maybe it was because I lived near Chestnut Lane and often saw it parked without him, so I actually saw the trike more than the guy. I think it also used to have a little canopy with a fringe? Anyway, that was just my view and I thought if others shared that the page might take that turn but maybe not. —NickSchmalenberger

2011-08-17 15:31:24   I know David has an account. The language used suggests to me that it is a clueless intern. —WilliamLewis

ahhhh, yes. I was only half paying attention. Interns can't do anything right. -ES

2011-08-17 16:20:23   Right — I am not against all of the Town Characters pages, but I am finding it hard to handle the trike guy page, both because of his disability and his apparent poverty or other issues (wears the same clothes every day). I saw SM's page about himself as a deliberate attempt to try to show what was wrong with pages like the trike guy page by taking things a step further. So, you're right — the page can be made better. The question is whether all such pages can be made sufficiently better that they are OK. —CovertProfessor

2011-08-17 16:44:46   Heh. I should use this as an example the next time I advocate forgiving somebody when they wig out on the wiki. We all have bad days now and then, and the wiki remembers it all. —JabberWokky

2011-08-17 17:07:57   I know that. The point is whether an outrageously PC (in the worse sense of the word) title improves it. To me, it just makes fun of the people who objected to the page. —CovertProfessor

2011-08-19 16:42:45   VROOM! It's purtyful! —TomGarberson

2011-08-19 18:32:59   Nice! —CovertProfessor

2011-08-19 21:28:29   Nice! Sarah and I were just taking photos yesterday of a car that had the linen color we want in our next motorcycle (which might actually be a van for functional reasons, depending on how things go). You might need to wash it a bit more, but it looks sharp! —JabberWokky

2011-08-26 08:17:25   Tensions on the wiki — no way! :-) —CovertProfessor

2011-08-26 16:08:38   Yeah, I think that Rhonda was missing Raoul's point about the town of Monticello — or, alternatively, she got it but chose to ignore it. —CovertProfessor

2011-09-30 16:56:48   Thanks for your comments on my page. Glad to know I'm not alone on this. I too am worried about the trend. —CovertProfessor

2011-10-06 11:51:23   Well, I'm not the one to move it off-page, and I strongly disagree with it being posted as non-fiction so that's why I did something. As for your example, yes, that would be overboard. OTOH, we allow creative works in the form of photographs as long as there's a strong Davis connection. I'm not so sure I'd want to prohibit *any* creative written work. If you want to pursue getting it totally off Daviswiki, you'll get no disagreement from me. It's just not what I would be comfortable doing. —JimStewart

2011-10-11 13:30:02   "wow" <- this pretty much sums it up. —TomGarberson

2011-10-14 11:50:30   Hi Ed, I don't think that the language on Anderson Place Apts sounds like marketing language at all... It's cheeky, references comments both positive and negative... What specifically do you have a problem with? —KemblePope

2011-10-14 12:49:45   aha! interesting point... I can't recall ever seeing any discussion about "how much is too much?" when it comes to photographs. I do think that the same standard should be applied across the board for all users e.g. there shouldn't be different standards for business owners.

Two thoughts: 1) As a renter, I like the idea of seeing as many photographs as possible... interiors, exteriors, amenities, location etc. 2) Hosting images is data intensive, should the "health" of the servers be considered and a limit set? —KemblePope

2011-10-31 15:17:51   when called they answer as "Taxi Service"

so meh —StevenDaubert

2011-11-01 17:39:10   I come back from dinner, and find you've posted roughly where my mind was headed. Saying the same thing to 24/7 will be more problematic, I fear, but it will be easier if they can see it's not just them. I'm personally inclined to ask as people edit rather than preemptively asking everybody with potential conflict of interest. —JabberWokky

2011-11-02 06:45:13   I'm resistant to the idea of me not editing taxi related pages. I did make an error in not seeing that the name DTS was created by someone affiliated with KMM; I did ask about it, but apparently not clearly enough. It seems to me that there's an inaccurate perception of what I've been doing. I don't like to see lack of info or inaccurate info. —BruceHansen

2011-11-08 18:56:46   Thanks for your suggestion. I did that and then everything froze. Went to Apple store and got confirmtion I need a new harddrive. Grrr. Still love my mac more than I should, but you know what they say...Once you go Mac, you don't go back :) —jsbmeb

2011-11-17 14:30:01   Of course Hawaii is the exception to the rule ^__~

Guam and Porto Rico are also protectorates, although you fly over a sea to one of them

it's just the gist of an international flight you know? —StevenDaubert

2011-11-20 15:50:54   Thanks for the help on "Macros." You probably saw that it was redirecting somewhere else before. —BruceHansen

2011-11-28 17:33:48   I can see why. She is very level-headed and thoughtful. —CovertProfessor

2011-12-06 09:11:17   Hey, I agree with you that just because someone wants something doesn't mean we have to give it to them. I just think that a site that's all about Davis should have at least somewhere where people can find out about the overall business landscape, including what types of businesses are here. But as I've said in the "Ways to improve the page" section of the Talk page, there are ways to do that beyond it being an alphabetical list. Do you have suggestions for ways it can be a Davis-esque list, and not be so sterile? —NicholasBarry

2011-12-06 11:43:12   I thought it was odd listening to California radio talk about Penn State, and then it's replaced with BBC World Service (and everybody else!) going on in detail about UC Davis and the town of Davis. It was kind of an odd couple weeks there for me. —JabberWokky

2011-12-06 13:15:29   Haters gonna hate! —TomGarberson

2011-12-08 10:36:30   Did you mean to delete your whole comment from JeffWood's page when fixing the edit conflict? I thought it was a good one. —MeggoWaffle

2011-12-13 06:23:24   You wrote: "Bread is bad for ducks, but the usage of the word 'hate' seems odd to me." First, thank you for NOT flaming me like JW. As I responded to JW, ducks are animals and are driven by instinct while "man" is driven by interest (via Ben Franklin). When I used the term "hate" it is because it is my opinion given what I known about ducks. Ducks like animinals will eat anything but eating said items may not be due to "love" but instead instinct. As you are aware, these ducks can't go to restaurants (unlike human beings) when they are hungry and must forage throughout the day. Second, perhaps the "odd" nature or usage has its effect in making you think. Should ducks "love" something that can make them die? You are clearly entitled to support this position. However, you know where I stand.

Cheers. —jasoncw ——Transportation 2011-12-14 21:11:04   I agree about the heading worthyness, but it seems to belong here somewhere. I tried to apply JabberWokky's suggestion re Taxi Services to Transportation with an updated link. —BruceHansen

2011-12-15 00:10:07   And EdWins deleted it, giving his reason why. As I said, by posting it to a Talk page, you shield it from the editing process. An editor believes it to lack a connection to Davis, and so he removed it. That's part of collaborative editing. —JabberWokky

  • And now Tom added it to Taxi Services with additional local relevance. Again, the collaboration continues... -jw
    • I hadn't anticipated in your suggestion that the item would be reverted or deleted. The "thread" would have been broken if Tom hadn't done his edit. I anticipate that the item will return to Transportation in some form somewhere somehow. —BruceHansen
      • Anything is subject to deletion or revertion — because it's not just you editing the wiki. Nor is it just me (I've had things I've added be reverted as well). One more time: this is collaborative editing, so your edit has to stand on it's merit in the eyes of many people. I'm betting a mere suggestion that has no legal standing in Davis or California, made by an independent federal agency, probably doesn't really have Davis relevance for general transportation in the eyes of most people. Now, if California proposed an actual law, there might well be relevance. -jw

2011-12-15 09:41:58   Thanks for the huge input. Actually, as you may have surmised, as can be seen in the beginning of your comment, I was directing my comment to JW. But why was it on your page?? —BruceHansen

2011-12-27 10:59:00   Ha! —CovertProfessor

2011-12-28 17:13:09   Frankly, the discussion on that page is both the best reason I've seen for being anonymous, and a great example of why having anonymous people around can be harmful. I feel like I've been given the label of sexist in a public way by someone who's never met me and who won't stand behind that accusation with her real name. It's an accusation against which it's impossible to defend and to which it's impossible to respond. As AFB has already shown, any response will just result in a renewed accusation. I'm not comfortable in a scenario where I feel I can be attacked and have no way to respond.

Accusations of sexism, like racism, can affect a person's reputation and career in a very real way. For the last 24 hours or so I've been considering whether I should continue participating on the wiki at all, and if so, in what way. I still have no idea. —TomGarberson

2011-12-29 11:58:43   Heh. A friend of a friend made those. —JabberWokky

2011-12-30 09:19:43   Hi Ed. Thanks for the feedback. I don't know if I should be replying on your user page or mine! Regarding your question, what could make sense is two columns rather than four, just date and name. —GregKuperberg

2012-01-04 22:06:24   We've been going through this for a long time. Bruce infamously created a page that linked gas stations, playstations, and Plainfield Station in April of 2010. We're running into the same nonsense nearly two years later. What do we have to do to get this to stop? —WilliamLewis

Join Friends Urging Campus Kindness? No...

Seriously, there was a word - Friends - to link. That's about it. —BruceHansen

2012-01-06 15:43:23   It's been called to my attention that there's a desire shared by some Davis wikian's to really restrict Davis content. There's something currently on the O'Reilly Auto Parts about oil changes. I thought that the information in the link would be of interest regarding oil changes. I decided not to link in the article, thinking it would be better to make a comment about it. It would be more direct to link from a Davis oil change spot, but this o"Reilly page is about all there is (probably partially thanks to efforts to restrict the Davis Wiki). I was really surprised to see my comment censored. —BruceHansen

2012-01-07 19:19:42   I dont know that "spam" is accurate as it's against "traditional landscaping practices" which involve leaf blowing. —BruceHansen

2012-01-07 20:59:56   I sent you a message on Facebook about CVPP. What I wrote is not "completely untrue" or a "stereotype." It's my personal experience with them. —WilliamLewis

2012-01-11 09:13:54   Yep, you got it exactly right. And also at SD, for flippantly denying that there was any issue at all, implying that there was no basis for complaint whatever. —CovertProfessor

  • To be honest, I tend to ignore a lot of SD's posts for various reasons.

2012-01-11 10:06:26   Your comment on the User Information page garnered some off-wiki praise. It also caused me not to write a comment this morning because you pretty much state my position. —JabberWokky

  • Hopefully, my comment didn't come through as angst-filled, because I'm not not upset or bothered at all on a personal level. I'm typically blunt and insensitive, so internet posts are not my forte. I just saw an unproductive conversation, where I felt some people were (at best) misinterpreting the position of others. I left my comment hoping to clarify what I was seeing, and so it does actually feel good to know that others (off-wiki or on-wiki) think I was (at least semi)accurate in my diagnosis.

2012-01-11 11:58:29   I'm not exactly sure what you were refering to with "seriously." My signature before the e-mail being discussed here was supposed to be for my perhaps opportunistic spam comment. Thanks for your question, because I probably wouln't have noticed the misplaced signature. —BruceHansen

2012-01-11 12:32:14   This was literally the exact edit I went to Bruce's page to make, character for character. —TomGarberson

2012-01-11 16:57:12   Thanks. Sorry. I didn't mean for it to be like that. —BruceHansen

2012-01-25 21:04:37   After I did that edit I realized that I hadn't put it on the Tiny House page as I intended. But when I looked at what I did, it seemed ok, so I left it. —BruceHansen

2012-02-06 16:48:23   Hello Ed. I see that you have recently edited my user page, your being "confused." As I am not quite ready to respond to the dialog on that page, I have not yet read it since I last edited it over a week ago. Would someone please move the content there that pertains to the "troll" controversy to some directory of my user page? Then I can use my user page. Thank you and everyone. —BruceHansen

2012-03-02 09:29:40   :-) —CovertProfessor

2012-03-07 09:52:25   I hear ya. —CovertProfessor

2012-03-22 20:44:16   Heh, thanks, good call. I had completely forgotten about that. I forget who it was who prompted me to put it up sarcastically. —TomGarberson

2012-04-08 13:37:44   If only they were shipping a dance hall! Seriously, however, right before Jason left the wiki, he and I were working through old microfiche from the library. There's some neat stores back from the turn of the 1900s. —JabberWokky

2012-04-13 11:42:04   I'm not sure if I'm missing a subtle point you're making, but as we're talking in generalities, it's hard to envision where other editors are drawing a line. —JabberWokky

2012-05-29 22:47:23   You have my sympathies. Doing off-research topics seems a bit... perverse to me, but I suppose it's all in the name of making sure you're well-rounded, not a one-trick pony, etc.

You have found out the truth of academia. There is always more crap wisdom to read. I guess part of what you're learning is when to cut it off, because that is a decision that you will have to make. There will rarely be a clean cut-off point where it is obvious that you are done.

*Unless you think your committee is out to get you, I'd worry less about picking a topic that they don't know about and focus on picking something you want to learn about and find interesting. I think you're likely to do better on the exam that way, and you might actually get something out of it. I had an exam committee that knew a bit too much about my topic. I admit that it made the exam a bit grueling, but eventually I came to see the experience as worthwhile. (That did take some time, though).

Good luck, and hang in there. You'll get through this.

*note the important qualification —CovertProfessor

2012-06-10 17:28:02   Thanks for the heads-up - search is fixed now —PhilipNeustrom

2012-06-11 12:33:16   How about Talk Pages/Unresolved? My thinking for "this needs fixing"-type Talk pages is this. Say that editor X says that in 2010. Now it's 2012, Editor Y comes along and thinks, is it just me, or does this need fixing? Seeing the Talk page, they know immediately that others thought the same way, and they can dive in and edit if they are inspired. Of course, they could do that anyway, but seeing the that this is a longstanding issue might just be the extra push that they need. —CovertProfessor

2012-06-12 13:35:22   yeah no problem... It basically becomes a General Principal point of matter. It's not so much the specifics of what went on it's the fact that user pages and comments are general regarded as belonging to the respective person and if I don't fuss at you then you get away with silencing me because you subjectively think my actions were "dumb" and then a chilling effect occurred because someone doesn't know that I'm attempting to talk to them and the ideas that I had that were sparked by stuff they did fall by the wayside and we don't even get the opportunity to further our interaction on a local level which last time I checked was one of the main points of the wiki...

as for the conversation I meant to have: I plan on following it up outside of the wiki. Text is such a restrictive medium and I wanted to say so much that I have a crib sheet of my the points I was going to make and I plan on having a real spoken conversation so more ideas can be exchanged than furtive "flat" text based mediums

How is the grad school? EBD? —StevenDaubert

2012-06-14 15:02:28   Hmm, ok. Well, this is why we need confirmation before proceeding. Sounds like we're not there yet. —CovertProfessor

2012-06-26 09:29:57   Hi Ed - The water tank art up close was impressive. Both artists clearly were still passionate about their work on that project, too. You're at UCLA now? Just read your profile and oddly enough, I'm living in Davis and miss L.A. a lot...at times. ;) I lived and worked on the Westside for about 8 years and loved it. UCLA's great, too. —DukeMcAdow

2012-06-28 22:03:45   I figured. Thanks for clarifying, Ed! What is it about the Davis Massage page that's got people's sockpuppet antennae waving? I have a vague sense of it but nothing leaps out at me. —LilyS

2012-10-12 21:55:49   Congratulations!! —CovertProfessor

2012-10-13 11:05:33   Congratulations, Ed! —TomGarberson

2012-10-24 11:59:56   totally. I only thought of the strelitzia parallels b/c it was a first time editor, and the fact that race was brought up. I pretty much agreed that it was a shady request that was botched (like 90%) but there was this nagging voice in the back of my head that played devils advocate. I just didn't want this user to feel attacked, even though they go around slighting people left and right.

Thanks for your taking the time to share your 2c —StevenDaubert

2012-10-25 14:50:38   Edwins—no I have never lived in Davis. I almost had an opportunity to come out awhile back to check it out for business but my wife had to have surgery so that plan got scratched. As for my Wiki fanaticism, it is just that. I simply love the idea of Wikis and have decided to pick a few to support. I also admin a few. —PeteB

2012-11-15 23:41:13   Hey sir, thanks for your input re: Comments sections vs. stream of consciousness edits. I couldn't put my finger on the term, but "stream of consciousness" definitely fits the bill when it comes to adding useless and fragmented personal thoughts and opinions to articles intended for factual dissemination. I will continue to use and/or create Comments sections to new pages because to me they are the epitome of logic when it comes to formatting on this site. I'm guessing you will too! =) —EliseKane

2013-02-18 22:37:49   Which laptop did you end up getting? I'm in the market again so I'm starting to do some research. —PhilipNeustrom

2013-03-21 10:30:00   I agree with you on the problem, I just think that making things less sacrosanct is the answer rather than looking for plurality for a guide, as I can see that solution being abused to the point that it gets worse than the problem ("you can't write that the lamb is fresh — there aren't more than five people who have already stated it!"). But you are certainly right about the issue. —JabberWokky

2013-04-12 02:51:01   FWIW, I ended up getting a MacBook Air 11". The thing is tiny and Ubuntu doesn't really work perfectly on it (my endless journey is being recorded here). After seeing the direction Lenovo is going in — essentially, cloning the Macbook — I figured it was a safe near-term bet :/ —PhilipNeustrom

2014-12-10 17:16:14   Thanks for the nice note. I too look back fondly at the time when it felt like there was a real wiki community, working together toward (mostly) common goals, and you were a big part of that. I hope all is well with you, too. Things are good with me, although I am interested to see what this storm will bring! —CovertProfessor