Outstanding in his field

SteveDavison is the elusive mastermind behind the original creation of the Buffets page! Welcome to the Wiki, Steve! —PhilipNeustrom

Thanks, Phil! :) —SteveDavison (I'm elusive???...)

"The Wiki is the best thing going on the web today. It's what the web was meant to be." —SteveDavison

How do you find me? I'm the guy who's always promoting the Davis Wiki -especially the Events Board.

When I first came to Davis people asked me why I chose Davis (it wasn't because of school or a job). At a point in my life I realized I'd never be able to own a car, so I did a bit of research and found that Davis was the "most bicycle friendly city in the U.S." It is said to be the "second most educated" city in the U.S. That, plus a great climate (no snow, not too hot), not too far away from Silicon Valley and San Francisco, it has a five-star university, and it's in an agricultural area (never go hungry) made it sound perfect. It wasn't too far from Burning Man, the world's greatest art festival. But the real reason was a last-ditch effort to attract a female. In the end, girls are all that matter in life. In fact, they're the most important things in the universe. This is all still true, however the dark side is: the cost of living here is so high that it's highly stressful. Living under so much stress that you can barely sleep at night is no way to live. Perhaps there is a place where one can live cheaply, although without the other advantages. I've heard Fresno is the poorest city in the U.S. (presumably that means a low cost of living), but people who have lived there say the disadvantages outweigh the advantages, so I've stayed put so far. Perhaps out in a forest? Or in the desert (cheap land, but what about water -there must be a reason nobody else lives there) On a boat or raft (but what about storms, lack of space)? In a school bus or mobile home? That also sounds expensive. We're all the same; we're all trying to find our place in the world. A cosmic musical chairs.

On food: I practice the Seefood Diet. I see food, I eat it. I prefer eating plants to animals. My lifelong dream has been to have an open account at a food store, such as our wonderful Davis Food Co-op. In this fantasy whenever I wanted food, I could get it at DFC and just have them put it on my account. I'd always have great food, and never be hungry again. I suspect this fantasy is shared by the majority of Earth's population. As it is, all my food either comes from dumpsters or closely related places. But, as I go, so will the rest of Earth's population.

On the students who live in the Domes and the On campus Co-ops: They are so beautiful, so beautiful, so beautiful. I have dreams about them.

Things I love: Grad students; they rock. Seminars. Marimbas. Bicycles. Art. Clever, creative, brilliant things. Helpful people. Things I love...NOT: Cars and car drivers. Stupid, illogical, thoughtless things and stupid, illogical, thoughtless people.

The bicycle in the photograph was stolen. So if you see one which casts an identical shadow, please bring it to my attention. Identifying features: Round things in the front and back, swively thing in the front.

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My roommate called both campus and the county about a bird that appeared to be dying from a nerve disorder in our yard last week, and the county said they weren't interested while campus said they might come out to take a look... nobody ever did. I posted the info on West Nile based on the CDC site, so I'm going to revert it, but you can revert it back if you have a more concrete source. —AlphaDog


2005-09-14 11:43:29   What city did you used to live in? I just saw your post (yours right?) about Douglas Theaters and I know of only two cities they operate in (one of which is Lincoln, where I'm from). —CarlMcCabe


I made Cafe Italia as a redirect on purpose because it is a very common spelling mistake by most people. It's not only non-wiki users who spell it wrong. If you do a search for it, you'll find it in a lot of comments that way. And because it exists, searching for Cafe Italia will result in Caffe Italia at the top (it didn't before I think, though it might have). A redirect is easier then trying to fix every spelling mistake made in the past and that might be made in the future about it :P. -ES


(Moving here instead of The California Aggie so it doesn't clutter.)

Incredibly though, the California Aggie is not available online. Sure, you can read some of the contents (and limited archives) at the website, but this highly abridged version does not contain the daily calendar, advertisements, classifieds, weather, and other essential features. (Come into the 21st century; just put the paper as a .pdf on the website. Possibly even have the daily calendar as a separate page, or .rss too.)

The website sucks, but the Daily Calendar is certainly online. Personally, I'm not sure classifieds online is the best idea considering it has a low potential profit yield, especially with better alternatives. As for weather, they get that from weather.com so they do little in that respect, regardless. The weather could easily be on the site for completeness, though (it'd probably be from weather.com or something similar, though). Wire stories aren't online (they don't pay the licensing to put them online and they are to found in many other places). I disagree with your assertion that the "California Aggie is not online," specially when compared to the Davis Enterprise which does not put any free content online (you cannot access materials over a week old). The site is currently being redesigned, and will have advertisements, but I'm sure the advertisements will be different than those in the paper because online ads attract a different demographic than paper ads (and the paper is much more well-read).PhilipNeustrom, Online Director, California Aggie

Whoa. I guess I struck a nerve. I read your comments on the page while you were editing it. All I meant to say was that the paper, as in the printed version, is not online -and I wish it was. I didn't say it 'sucked', and I wasn't complaining about them vs. the Enterprise. I read the CA whenever I can, which is much more often than I read the Enterprise. I like the paper, I don't have any complaints about the content -or even the website layout. My wish though is that the Daily Calendar have it's own static URL though, i.e. californiaaggie.com/dailycalendar or such. This way I could have my browser start up with it to quickly check it in the morning. I also think having a facsimile of the paper (.pdf or such) online is also desirable. Ease up on the coffee... Regards, Steve.

Sorry about that! I was editing to tone down my comment but you had already responded! :) Nobody dislikes the site more than I do right now! I think, most of all, there needs to be more consistency in terms of design between the two. Features like Muse are only slightly represented because of the current design. The next version of the site needs to be more flexible in the way it displays stories. It's frustrating to me right now because I'm currently writing a new version of the site but I am responsible for the updating the old, broken site! Again, sorry about the tone!

No problem. Do seriously consider having a static Daily Calendar url though. Even just a symlink is fine. Thanks.


When's a good time to pick up that card table of yours, and how can I contact you? You can email me at philipn at gmail dot com. —PhilipNeustrom

I left the table outside for you for a whole year and it was never picked up. Sorry, I no longer have it. —SteveDavison


Hiya. Actually, the StudentNutritionAssociation redirect served a purpose. The secretary of the club sent an email to all of our members with wrong wikiaddress (without underscores between the words, while the correct address has underscores), so I figured it would be a pretty common mistake. Thus, the StudentNutritionAssociation redirect was born! I apologize if that's a wiki faux pas. —Anna

No problem. When I noticed it was recreated I figured it really was intentional, for some unknown reason. You've answered that. p.s. I wanted to attend your recent meeting, but after much ambivalence decided I'd be out-of-place there, so didn't.

That's too bad. We have a handful of non-majors in the club, so you wouldn't have been too out of place. Swing by our table at the Activities Fair if you're still interested and talk to one of us if you have any questions; I'll be there myself from 11 am to 1pm. We heart new members. —AnnaJones


I didn't make the Aggie Songs page, i just edited them, but you have a valid point: they don't really need their own pages. —AllisonEriksen


Nice job with the PVI additions! —CraigBrozinsky


2005-10-31 23:57:08   On what page were the wiki weekly get-togethers mentioned? —AlexNorris

I proposed it on Wiki BBQ Oct 2005, but nobody replied, so it's not happening at present.


2005-11-01 03:35:32   I like your quote about the wiki —GeoffJohnson


2005-11-05 10:37:54   Hey dude, me and Norris are up for it next week, he's gone this weekend. So, yeah, definitely, we'll give it a try. Got any ideas where you want to stop first? —JohnDudek


2005-11-05 11:09:29   Huh, I see that I did set the starting point and I did a translation too so the origin was in the center, if I am looking at the right file and it renders fine too. So maybe it was a bug in Ghostscript that got fixed in an automatic upgrade since I did it before. I see that gs-gpl has been upgraded at least twice since then. I learned about PostScript at a LUGOD lecture Micah J. Cowan gave on 2005-02-01. For some time before then I had had this desire to generate pentagrams and it was in June that I realized Postscript would be perfect for this. So I got the tutorial and reference manual from Adobe, and since I had forgot most of the stuff from the lecture, they really helped. It also helped me learn about postfix which was really cool too and now I want an RPN calculator. So yeah, Postscript is great. I haven't done much with it since then, but I just read about how the NeXT display system was based on Postscript and now the OSX display is based on PDF and that is really awesome too. I wish there would be a free vector display system so I could use it in Linux. Cool stuff, and thanks for the tip. —NickSchmalenberger


2005-11-07 14:42:17   Hey, I liked the original wording on DQU - "Few people are aware that there is a university in Davis". It's witty and fun — moreso than a simple "there are two universities". Disclaimer: I wrote it. Good updates, though. —JabberWokky


2005-11-07 21:14:59   Thanks for setting the Hacking Society time and date. Look forward to seeing you there. —DavidReid


2005-11-13 08:25:23   Steve's law of democracy: The difficulty of organizing a group of people is equal to 2 to the power of the number involved minus 1. d=2**(n-1) —SteveDavison


2005-11-13 10:54:33   haha, thanks! —ES


2005-11-14 21:59:37   Hey, I just went over a thousand edits! —SteveDavison


2005-11-14 22:08:06   I'm so proud, Steve! 1000 edits, that's a great landmark. I'm not even up to 200 yet... —JohnDudek


2005-11-14 22:12:01   One of the major achievements of my life, for sure... —SteveDavison


2005-11-19 23:05:15   hey, dude, we didn't end up going out, because of our lack of coordination. Me/Norris were thinking this Wednesday, and your choice of place is good. I'll give you a call on Tuesday. —JohnDudek


2005-11-20 11:21:50   Older fellow isn't offensive, IMO. It doesn't imply an "us" at all. It's relatively commonly used and more respectable then 'older man' or anything like that, and doesn't imply as much age as using the word 'elder' in there. Newspapers also use 'older fellow' at times. I'm surprised you'd think Scooter Man as a title isn't respectful. He did edit that page a bit, and it's what most people see him as. If he was offended I'd imagine he'd do or say something about it. That's the point of the page. No one would see him ride by and know his name is Daniel. Likewise, that's why there's a Visor Lady page. Seen her through a very visible feature, but know nothing about her. Though I'm also surprised you didn't find offense at it saying she 'waddles' around campus. —ES

I did notice that he (presumably) edited the page later. I stand by saying it implies "us", since pointing out a difference is by definition a matter of separation. Everyone else's page doesn't say "a younger man". Re: Wanda: I probably wouldn't use 'waddles', but in a way I don't find that quite as bad as something one cannot change (race, gender, age). Don't feel that I am "terribly offended", as I'm realistic and thus have a high offense threshold. However, I still wish to be especially polite to those who are least able to rebut what's being written about them. I stand for truth, but that doesn't mean we can't be polite about it. —SteveDavison


2005-11-21 11:05:09   How do you guys decide where to eat for the review? sounds like fun :) —ES

It's an arcane process. ;) But that doesn't mean we're not open to input... —SteveDavison

Ah, you use the all-knowing Oracle!

Actually something even more chaotic. It's called Politics.


2005-11-23 09:18:16   Interested in GRASS? —DylanBeaudette

It looks cool, but I've never used it. Perhaps I'll come up with some compelling need for it and then get into it. I like very much that it's open source. They even have their own wiki.


2005-11-23 23:09:39   I don't think the spare changer page needs a template table at the top. It's not a part of any template, and two of the fields in that table were empty (and easily seen in the following paragraph)? —PhilipNeustrom


2005-11-27 20:23:01   Old habit (mailto macro) I guess. If you look at the old version, there was some weirdness in the email anyway. Is the circ you posted for davis only, or the total circ? —ArlenAbraham


2005-11-27 22:15:43   The old email address included the mailto: and showed up like a wiki nospam macro shows up, but with the mailto: as part of the link. mailto:someone@example.comArlenAbraham

Oh, now I see what you mean. I use mailto: whenever I write email's (outside of the Wiki), so I just automatically ignored it, like when seeing the local area code in front of a phone #. See ya. —SteveDavison


2005-11-27 23:50:39   Looks like you're going through pages and making a sort of standard layout for hours and whatnot, thanks! Perhaps a page describing the format used should be in order, to help others in your crusade... —TarZxf

I don't "systematically" go through pages (that would be like writing the Yellow Pages -phew!), but if I chance upon a page for another reason, and if I see spelling errors, missing info., or just things which need to be improved I do fix them. That to me, is the raison d'etre for the Wiki. Thanks for the appreciation. I have thought about creating a style sheet/guidelines (now that I mentioned it I suppose I have to do it...) I recognize that others have different opinions of what style is "correct", so I often hold back if I feel they really meant something a certain way. This is one of the drawbacks of using this medium for collaboration -we don't have immediate feedback from all the parties involved. (But if you do want to, edit Wiki Style Guide)


2005-11-28 00:53:57   Was the homeless guy in Jack in the Box the one with the long beard? If so, I think he's a regular and he occasionally barks at people. —CraigBrozinsky

I don't recall exactly, but I think he had a beard. He seemed gentle enough though. Some women sitting across from him went over and gave him a $10 bill; I thought it was touching. —SteveDavison


2005-11-28 01:15:57   It's multiple choice between the most common answers, with an option for write-in responses if the choices don't match what people say. The question asked was "What do you call a traffic situation in which several roads meet in a circle and you have to get off at a certain point?" As I just edited on the page, this leaves open the question of whether regions willy-nilly use these terms, or there are in fact more roundabouts near Davis, and more Traffic Circles elsewhere. Oh, and BTW, I coincidentally took the updated version of that linguistic survey a few days back, and happened to remember that question when you brought up the distinction between the two! —CraigBrozinsky

The site said that survey was completed (it looked like it was done in 2002); is there another survey you took?

  • Specifically on the circle-roundabout matter, one could overlay a national map of them on top of responses. Not all areas have them, Davis seems to have a large number due to the bikes. Of course, all this could just be going off the deep end, considering the world's problems... :) p.s. I did read the whole California results page; very interesting.
  • the new one is here and takes about an hour to complete, but its worth it. i think the link i titled "preferred term" is what you're akin in terms of overlaying. it suggests that there are probably few of these in the midwest— cb

2005-11-29 17:18:22   I noticed you've been changing the time format on every page you hit to ":00" for the top of the hour, and the am/pm notation to caps. What's up with that?? I realize it's a stylistic decision, and each of us has our own preferences, so perhaps we could just keep it as it's been for those of us traditionalists in the pack. Just noticed and thought I'd float the suggestion. —AlphaDog


2005-12-06 02:09:18   That was, I think, the funniest typo I've ever seen. —SummerSong


2005-12-17 21:30:26   Excellent info on the Ikea page, well done —DomenicSantangelo


2005-12-18 09:53:45   Good rewrite - I was just concerned with clearing out all the Yuppieville links, not the references. —JabberWokky


2005-12-20 01:04:44   yeah the wanted pages are kind of hard sometimes. i feel like i haven't done anything worth while on the wikiw for months so i decided to tackle wanted pages. some i know i've seen forever so i just deleted them, if someone wants to make a page they can. there's always a few that simple need to be changed, ie they were linked to the mis-spelling of a page, or need to be made into a redirect. but with list pages, like frats, sororities, and plants, i just delete. hopefully those groups or items will come by and make a page. —MichelleAccurso


2005-12-21 23:38:40   You've always been a stickler for SI units, Steve. —ArlenAbraham


2005-12-23 17:53:00   Steve, I got that circ. number from the front of some junk mail that was sent to my house. —ArlenAbraham

I too had read a 26k-ish number off their mail, but it was years old. When I researched it on the web I found their 47k number on http://consumer-guide.com/about.cfm where they say "Consumers Guide reaches 47,000 mailboxes monthly and 57,000 mail boxes quarterly saturating Yolo County." It's probably a waste of effort to try to get more than 50% accuracy, since there are so many ways to define circulation. Is it for the previous month, the year average? Does it subtract those printed but undelivered/uncollected/returned? Is it just for Davis or for their distribution area (which may be larger or smaller than Davis)? —SteveDavison


2005-12-26 00:07:04   I like the street divisions. If you were really ambitious, you could split things up, West and East sides of the street. Actually, that's a bad idea. Nevermind. —ArlenAbraham

I'd thought of that and yes, concluded it was a bad idea. I think putting them into a table with street # on the left is a good idea though since they're already in street # order. The bullets really aren't necessary -or meant- for long lists like that. —SteveDavison

Yeah, bullets can be annoying sometimes, but the only alternatives are putting a [[BR]] after every line, or puting it all in a table. Breaks would work, but the markup isn't as pretty as a single *, and each item wouldn't be indented. Tables are even uglier than bullets, especially if you faked an indent. (example below) — ArlenAbraham

    
Fake Indent

2005-12-26 00:12:30   I've also proposed a "Wiki Walk", where a small party of Wikians might go down a street and get accurate data for everything. Think Sketch Crawl, except Wiki Crawl. —SteveDavison


2005-12-27 23:06:21   Steve, why don't you IRC with the rest of the the IRC Folk? —TarZxf

I didn't know there was anyone on there. I heard few use it. I'll check it out. —SD


2005-12-31 21:04:30   Steve, could you please revert your changes to JK microsystems. You changed the 'm' to 'M'. It is properly lowercase. You can check the website to confirm. I fixed the text within the article, but I can't figure out how to fix the heading. Thanks. —[GrumpyoldGeek]

My change was simply because it's out of keeping with the rest of the Wiki (which I feel goes overboard in forcing everything to start with upper case) —SD


2006-01-14 08:29:47   re: Davis Psychic I removed them (or rather, agreed with "DavisWikiGnome", whoever that is) because they are content free comments, and don't really add anything to the entry — RocksAndDirt's comment being the only possible exception, which should probably be an edit directly to the page. I don't have a strong opinion on the matter — I'm just voting my mind by doing one revert. If you revert it back, I'll disagree, but I won't revert it back the other way (although I might rewrite the comments into the main entry — which is difficult in this case, which is an indicator that the comments don't add anything to the entry). To sum up, my revert was a mild vote of agreement with DavisWikiGnome's original deletion. I don't feel particularly strong about it either way. —JabberWokky


2006-01-16 04:09:26   "it was kind of lighthearted, and I enjoyed it. Sometimes things can be off-topic, yet valuable for other reasons." — I agree. That's why I wasn't strongly against them, just mildly on the side of deleting them at the time I did it. If you feel strongly about it, restore them; I'd leave it alone — I'd save an argument for something that I *do* feel strongly about. —JabberWokky

I agree.


2006-02-06 21:31:48   Steve, I don't see what the harm is in including the international country code in the phone numbers for e.g. YEEP. Including that information benefits people from outside North America who might have reason to contact the entity in question, and it doesn't prevent people in this region from doing the same. Whenever I contact entities outside the US, I always find it frustrating when they don't include the country code. —GrahamFreeman

I agree with you in principal, however for just one page (among thousands) to have it adds more confusion than clarity. The correct place to put that info. would probably be on the Davis or Area Codes pages. There should be a Visitors page which would have that. It would have sections for out-of-town, out-of-state, out-of-country, and out-of-planet (extraterrestrial) visitors. Out-of-town (extracity) would mention that Davis is a college town and has a progressive, affluent, and highly educated populus. Bicycles are the preferred mode of transportation, vegetarians are welcome, and smokers are not. Out-of-state (extrastate) would mention that Bush is not highly regarded in these parts... Out-of-country (extracountry) might apologize for having Bush as a leader, would explain currency, time & date formats, comma/period usage, international dialling, English weights & measures system, electricity standards, languages, etc. The extra-terrestrial page would say that life is organically based here, homo sapiens are the dominant species/genus, describe the state of technology, customs, laws, ethics, religions, controversies, etc. —SD


2006-02-09 10:38:59   Thank you for the glowing compliments on the SNA page. —AnnaJones

You're welcome, you make me glow.


2006-02-12 15:23:35   At Guadelajara, did you get the regular burrito, or the super-burrito? its much larger, costs less than a dollar more and is still cheaper than most other davis places. —CraigBrozinsky

Regular. Next time I'm there I'll try the Super, on your recommendation. I've learned to avoid "super"'s: they cost more, they aren't larger, they just have sour cream and cheese added -both of which I wish to limit.


2006-02-16 00:25:49   Hey Steve, did you get your shirt yet? I'm in charge of distribution now, so leme know (email) if you still want to buy a shirt. —ArlenAbraham

FYI, I did get both your email and your message here. Do you have a shortage or surplus of them? I'll keep my pledge to buy one, for the Wiki community good (new server, etc).


2006-03-06 21:14:23   Google does have info on Farmtown, see http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:MyhTQyNLcqQJ:www.thecastteam.com/experience.php+%22farmtown+shopping+center. Furthermore, Farmtown is mentioned on the Ray's page of this very website. Maybe later I will make Farmtown it's own page, I have some stuff I could put up. Here is another page from google: http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:USqfVY6N8FEJ:students.designcommunity.com/topic-3623-15.html+farmtown+davis and another http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:KPORRZB7CvcJ:suckramento.com/forum.asp+farmtown+davis. Kind of weird that this Canadian webpage had a list of California video stores, but okay: http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:6ZpVJMkSClAJ:www.phrd.ab.ca/schools/info_hwy_tutorial/sites/roger/video/store12.htm+%22farmtown+video. If by "google can't find that" you were referring to maps.google.com, that is not true either: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=45.957536,81.914062&q=farmtown+davis I'm surprised Google Maps didn't find this one: http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:YhtqNYrlNwsJ:www.bizyoo.com/Business_Services/Accounting/2-10-0-3643-72.html+farmtown+davis.

NickSchmalenberger

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I added the comment on the page. —SD


2006-03-09 19:48:15   Thanks for entering the Yolo County Church of Religious Science page. I'm leaning how to create a website for the church. —BarryBolden


2006-03-13 22:28:31   Thanks, my friends and I decided to go hang out one day, and just started taking pictures, I have a series of them on my computer. —JulienBiewerElstob


2006-03-14 02:43:58   Why did you take those slashes off the end of the urls on Ray's Food Place? —NickSchmalenberger

Partly because I knew if I did you'd write something here (since I couldn't leave a revert comment...). I was going to ask you why you put them there? At least under FireFox they aren't needed. Is there a technical reason or another reason? Most URLs here do not have them, and I wasn't sure why you added them. Am I missing something? Again, nothing personal, I use revert as a last resort, but this was a way to get your attention. —me

I just performed an experiment with netcat where I requested the address of my listening netcat with and without the slash and all requests that netcat received had the slash, so it seems that most browsers (I tried firefox, wget, and lynx) insert it for you if you don't put it in. On the other hand, some servers http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/ seem to serve a request with no path and others don't http://www.google.com/. In section 5.1.2 of rfc 2616 it says "Note that the absolute path cannot be empty; if none is present in the original URI, it MUST be given as "/" (the server root)." So, / is the default path, but I don't think we should rely on the client or server fixing it for us if we can make a proper http url. -NickSchmalenberger

We should discuss this sometime... —SD


2006-03-18 20:18:38   In defense of the Bike Church it is finals week. The CoHo is hardly open. —ArlenAbraham

True. In defense of... myself... Bike Church did explicitly state "We will have our next work party on March 18th, 2006." Also, not all of us Wiki readers are intimately familiar with the UCD schedule -we don't always know when final week is, etc. Oh well, it gave me some unexpected free time, so it worked out for the better. :) —SD


2006-03-23 07:57:00   Sorry about no one being at the Bike Church Saturday. Everyone is busy with finals and no one thought to update the wiki page. —JasonMoore

Now I realize it was just careless date posting and whomever forgot it was going to be finals week. Well, a future date, no problem... —SD


2006-04-04 16:38:06   hey steve, I'm not quite sure where you originally came up with those dates for Cow Crank, but 14 was definitely in 2005. Maybe if you review the edit history it might spark your memory as to where you got the other dates from. I think maybe you gave the slogans years as if they were 1,2, and 4- not years 11, 12 and 14. Also, other than your comment I can't find any mention of Cow Crank 15 on the page.—AmeliaCarlson


2006-04-05 13:57:18   Well I fixed the dates on the Cow Crank page... but as Ameila pointed out, all the incongruent dates had come from your editing. Only dates I mentioned were the inital 1992 and cow crank 14 in 2005. I only listed a few of the themes, because those are the only ones I can remember/have shirts for. —JevanGray

Dear Jevan and Amelia, I went back and looked and it was exactly as you said. Pogo said "We have met the enemy and he is us." You have my apologies and respect for gently pointing out my folly. I have no idea how it happened, all I know is it was late, I was tired, and sick. Technical term: brain fart.

  • No worries Steve... it happens to the best of us. —JevanGray & aec

2006-04-11 17:42:55   That phone number for the Turtle House is actually for the business office of the landlord. Do you think that the page should say that, or say nothing, or what? —NickSchmalenberger

In this case, the landlord is closely involved with the music, so yes it is appropriate. Having no number helps no one, and having the landlord's number may be perfect for those looking to book a show there or such. If there's a better number, I'd change it, but it seems to be appropriate so far.


2006-04-11 18:17:47   Steve! Your phone is telling me it doesn't exist! Tomorrow! (Wednesday 12th at Noon, Delta Venus) To oppose Target! By us! Davis Anti-Authoritarians! —TobinJones

How could it tell you it doesn't exist if it doesn't exist? —SteveDavison


2006-04-17 19:36:42   Is the Domes -> The Domes redirect really necessary? —ArlenAbraham

In a word, "yes". The point of redirects is to make the DavisWiki more user-friendly. That is, to reduce frustration caused by people having to enter names in some exact format which they could not know in advance. There are many places here which have "The" prefixed, and which don't. The person should be able to get the place by using either form. If there was a mandated rule to never use "The", that would be different. —SteveDavison


2006-04-21 13:58:38   Steve, you might be interested in this article: http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=60403498&tid=13686 . —NickSchmalenberger


2006-04-23 22:57:33   Um, Stanford definitely did NOT win the Battle of the Bands. The Aggie Band-uh! would never/did not allow that to happen. We had plenty of music and musicians and were not near ready to throw in the towel. Yet again, the Aggie Band-uh won again-a. —AllisonEriksen

I asked about 6 people, from both Stanford and Davis bands, and was told pretty much the same thing: The Aggie band leader decided it was, late, cold, drizzling, and each band could have continued for hours more, so he called it off. Aggie members I asked seemed disappointed, as they could have kept playing. Stanford members were even more frustrated, asked if they could have continued brought an enthusiastic "hell, yeah!". Let's hold truth and fairness over allegiance to one's own side. Being a good sport is more important than winning. Or, if you can't win ethically, you can't win at all. —SteveDavison


2006-05-12 00:25:36   about 7 months after you linked it, I just realized my restaurant reviews were linked on the top of the restaurant page! I stand by my restaurant comments, but I removed that link lest anyone perceive my pontifications as authoritative. —CraigBrozinsky


2006-05-22 17:21:09   Hi there, you asked about one month ago what it was like to live at Pacifico. I have lived in Kaweah (D Building) for six months. The meal plan is optional: you can eat alone in your room, with everyone, or have a late plate saved if you're gone. We divide weekly chores depending on the number of people living on the floors and clean the building once a quarter. You can call the office or come eat dinner with us Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday at 7 pm. The number is: 530-297-1222. —KyleHinshaw


2006-07-16 00:55:49   How does one find the elusive Steve? —MarieHuynh

  • You don't, the elusive Steve finds you! —MichelleAccurso
    • ACTUALLY... You post something here (or email me) and wait 30 days and shall hear my reply. For faster service, go to an event (listed here) with free food, avant-garde music, art, or technology. If that doesn't work, try channelling... —SteveDavison
      • Hmmm, channeling... are you trying to get on my show or something?? hehe. I'll let you know when I make the HQ wav file of the cassette tape, and then we can go to work. -KJM

2006-08-09 16:57:38   Steve, you might want to try leaving out a piece of paper on a non-spray night so you can compare them. If you want to catch dead insects, leave out a white sheet. But always make sure to do a control - because insects are always dying so you want to know the difference. —KarlMogel


2006-08-25 18:00:36   Hi Steve, I just got my new firewire audio unit - I'm moving this weekend, but this has just bumped up the tape analysis. —KarlMogel


2006-12-05 00:07:46   Please add info or corrections to the Telephones or Central Phone Office pages if you want. Thanks. —NickSchmalenberger


2007-02-12 20:54:33   Steve, I still have no idea what you're talking about on the Tim Spencer alley page. F/G streets run straight up and down. Here's a google map for clarityArlenAbraham

  • That's crazy! Even by your own link the streets are nowhere near "straight up and down"! The whole downtown Davis grid is rotated counterclockwise by approx. 12 degrees relative to true North. —SteveDavison

2007-02-21 09:46:57   Hey Steve, what's crackin'? It's been a while, my friend. You, me, and Norris should do lunch some time, maybe call up Andrew and Michelle as well. Get the old crew back together. I'm moving off to college after the summer. —JohnDudek


2007-02-22 01:27:37   hey steve, there's no maybe about it, you should definitely call all of us for another (and i guess final) restaurant "review" :) —MichelleAccurso


2007-03-22 09:13:33   oh, I dont' want it to be final! —JohnDudek


2007-07-02 02:22:28   last night i dreamt of bulls and cows. i mean capacitors. ebc, pnp, V=IR !! —JessicaRockwell


2007-08-11 20:02:04   MAXIM ICL7641BCPD. —JessicaRockwell

It's a quad CMOS op-amp. —SteveDavison


2007-09-07 02:17:49   Hi Steve, This is a Solomon. I really miss hanging out with you and talking about circuits. I'm going to be in Davis on Tuesday, perhaps we could meet up? I would be happy to do some research for you with my scope out in Oakland. —SolomonBothwell


2007-10-04 17:16:02   yay for winning something! just look at the banner up by the stoplight at 3rd and b. pretty much the same info. i have your cord i need to give you still. chao! —JessicaRockwell


2007-10-05 20:31:13   Hey Steve, Actually, yeah, there are a bunch of people going by bike from the Davis Food Co-op. Call up the Co-op and ask for April Kamen or maybe for a manager. Someone should know about the DFC people who are going to Hoes Down by bike and be able to give you contact info, or maybe their route.

If you miss that "bus", you can get to the Cache Creek Casino, but you have to first go to Woodland. There's a bus that leaves at 8:55 am from the County Fair Mall. From Cache Creek, it's not very far to Hoes Down. And at that point it's safer to use the main road, because the Casino traffic will be behind you. Backroads are better, but I don't know those. —JoRo


2007-10-11 13:06:06   Boxwave Screen Protectors http://www.boxwave.com/products/categories/screen_protectors.htmAlexMandel


2007-10-19 19:50:19   Hey, just so you know — I replied to your Bug reports posting. —PhilipNeustrom

And where is this reply?


2007-12-04 22:34:18   steve, do you have any interest in doing part of a radio show with me on wednesday, december 19 from 5-6 pm? please let me know jnrockwell AT ucdavis DOT edu .... gracias! —JessicaRockwell


2007-12-20 17:36:04   Please, oh, please! Say that you're going to expanding those seeds! —JabberWokky


2007-12-20 18:56:53   Some of the addresses for the new business listings you've been adding are the people's home address and not really a business address. Where are you getting the information from? —JasonAller

To add to that, some of the people appear to be removing their home addresses. What is the source of the info you got? I fear you've inadvertently made a gaffe here. Do you have a list so we can try and run back through them? —JabberWokky

Businesses are required by law to publish public notices http://www.yolorecorder.org/forms/files/fbn/FBN-Statement.pdf in a newspaper giving their true name, address, etc. (See Business and Professions Code) In this case, my source is the Davis Enterprise, start of the Classifieds section. I am not putting anything private here, so I stand firmly that there's no gaffe here. Some are home businesses, so their home addresses are given. I have no other source for information other than what's printed; I encourage others to add to these seeds. —SteveDavison

  • Okay, if it was published, no problem. I was worried you had managed to snag a copy of the Rotary Club phone list or something like that that wasn't really intended to be public. If they published their own information in a public location, no worries. It was just the unknown source that appears to have home addresses rather than business addresses that was a bit worrisome. Thanks for the reply. —JabberWokky

2008-03-10 22:44:04   Hey, are you sure that's the date the review appeared? I noticed the dates are a day off sometimes, which is why I didn't specify. I may have just gotten oddball ones last October, but I don't really trust the dates to line up in print and online. —JabberWokky


2008-04-13 22:56:27   Hi Steve. Thank you for your comments on my wiki edits for the ESLPm page. I am still learning how to use the wiki in the most correct and efficient way, and I appreciate the feedback. Also, stcastle is my real name. "St" is the first two initials of my name and Castle is my last name. —Stephanie Castle —stcastle


2008-05-02 11:02:28   i hope to see you at maker faire!!! wheeeee!!!!!!!! —JessicaRockwell


2008-10-16 14:19:01   Very good to see you as always yesterday at the thing. —BrianAng


2009-05-06 15:54:15   Steve, I've moved back to Davis and we ought to hang out sometime! Norris is moving back too and we've been toying with the idea of getting the Society of Wiki Restaurant Reviewers back together if you're interested (though Michelle has moved and I haven't talked to Andrew in around a year)! —JohnDudek


2009-05-22 18:51:16   Oh no, why a couple weeks? What are you up to, sir? —JohnDudek


2009-07-11 11:02:52   frank t, RUNS THE DELI INSIDE THE SUPERMARKET AS WELL AS DOING BARBEQCUE... if you walk up to his place of business, it looks shockingly like a deli

if you call hometown market in dixon and ask to talk to the "deli" frank will answer the phone

are you high?

♥ —StevenDaubert Post Script: But nice try though! I'm going to let you add the deli part back in. Post Post Script: Just you don't mistake my incredulous response as vitriolic please call (707) 678-5553 and ask for the deli, or even better go to "Frank T's BBQ" and order 1/2 lb of sliced pepperjack, 1/3 lb of salami, or you can go to the case to the left and order entrees already made up...

  • (Regarding my renaming of Frank T's BBQ page): It may BE a deli, it may be a wonderful deli, it may look like the quintessential deli. This had nothing to do with it. My reason is simply that they don't have 'deli' in their name. It's not in their domain name, anywhere on their website, business links to their website, or even in any of the other links I could find to their website. Therefore, I conclude it is not part of their name. Asking if I am 'high' is 'low'.—SteveDavison

2009-07-30 10:22:46   I'm trying you! We should get lunch or something soon. —JohnDudek


2009-09-17 00:41:16   I decided that the Enterprise website was so thoroughly broken that even though Newsbank is a third party, using my Yolo County Library account was the most practical method of searching the Enterprise. Somehow, Newsbank gets the text by another method I guess. With all of the disadvantages you mentioned for the e-edition, I don't even try to use it. I like how the Winters Express in comparison has one pdf for each issue and its named for the date of the issue, and google indexes them. I'm glad you wrote about the horrible website though, because people should know just whats wrong with it. Thanks, I completely agree with you. —NickSchmalenberger


2009-09-20 09:44:33   How about turning gallery cafe into a redirect? —JasonAller

  • I don't think that's even necessary since "Gallery Cafe" is nothing more than paint on the wall. It is not a separate business entity in any way from the Gallery. If they start using that name in advertising, then I would change my position. Right now I don't believe anyone -including themselves- uses that name. Every other property of the place is shared with the Gallery (entrances/exits, hours, taxes, licensing,...). They also have an area where they sell books, if they hang a sign saying "Gallery Bookstore" would we then make a redirect page for that? Until it comes into common use, I'd say no. No redirect pages just for the sake of having redirect pages. When the term starts to come into common use, then I say by all means make a redirect. —SteveDavison

2009-09-25 15:10:39   The person I mentioned stealing a hotdog was actually Shawn650, a now banned user. —SunjeetBaadkar


2009-09-26 16:03:18   I think the Daviswiki standard format idea is kind of scary, I like seeing how the wiki looks differently as a result of contributions by different people. Aesthetically, I think the business templates have actually been bad for the wiki. It makes it less clear that people can just come on and write this stuff however they feel like, people shouldn't have to learn as much conventions for wiki style. At the same time, people do need to learn what pages already exist for and having the names of existing pages more visible is helpful this way. —NickSchmalenberger


2009-10-03 10:20:34   Do you have any more information on the events you posted on the "Events Board"? Specifically, On the Technocultural Edge? I may be interested, but the google yielded nothing. —MasonMurray


2009-10-04 21:01:21   I don't think so, I did find their website (After download the UCDavis Course Catalog and digging through it) and have a .jpg of the flier you mentioned if you would like it. —MasonMurray


2009-10-07 15:16:52   Hey steve, is this you? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpybC6NsTR0#t=6m2sChristopherMckenzie


2009-10-11 09:25:52   Thanks! It was a little fortuitous in that I didn't preplan the shot but it was the best one I could find after walking around the north-east end of the store. I was pretty pleased to see the results, too. —RyanMikulovsky


2009-10-11 20:54:47   William and I got our shower curtain at the Woodland target and we're quite happy with it. What exactly is so stupid about the bike racks anyway? I don't know, I haven't been there yet. —NickSchmalenberger

  • They installed bollard-type racks. They don't hold your front wheel, so that it tends to turn sideways and your bike slides and falls down. The loops are front and back, not where you really need them. They consist of large posts, which take up space, thus reducing density. To park two bikes next to one bollard, the second person has to park left-handed (walk to the left of their bike, remove and attack the lock from the left side). Perhaps not an issue for left-handed people. The only bike racks which are worth anything are the LR-P/LR-XP, fortunately these are common around UCD, the City of Davis, and Stanford University. They were apparently designed by John Ciccarelli of Stanford. (Incidentally, Stanford is one of the top five greatest universities in the U.S.A, the others being UCD, MIT, Yale, and Harvard.) —Steve
  • Could you explain that on the Target page? Maybe with less negativity, its actually kind of depressing to me how much negativity there is on the wiki lately. I think if there simply aren't enough bike racks thats maybe a bigger problem than these being somewhat less usable than another design. —NickSchmalenberger

2009-10-18 04:22:08   I'd appreciate if you add something to the pages on the other wikis when you delete redundant pages here. Thanks! —NickSchmalenberger


2009-10-22 13:05:12   Hello, Steve. Do you know which theatre company/performance group is putting on the Evening with Olaf show benefiting the Davis Parent Nursery School? And is it a play or a series of vignettes or skits or...? —EliseKane


2009-10-24 13:05:36   hi Steve...thanks for the info; I will call DPNS. And thanks for the kind words about my sculpture! I like it too =) —EliseKane


2009-10-26 20:48:57   Wow, nice find! —PhilipNeustrom


2009-10-26 21:22:08   Screenshots of spammercam? The page needs a graphic. —JasonAller

  • I'm trying to do that right now, but I'm getting "error... 0 bytes" when uploaded -a wiki bug??? Help!
    • rename from ending in .php to ending in .jpg or whatever the file really is. —JasonAller
      • That's not the problem, as the file is xxx.jpeg -tried .jpg, didn't work either. -me

2009-10-26 21:45:10   One of the more amusing twists on the wiki! —JabberWokky


2009-10-26 22:02:28   Philip and Steve — the images coming off that webcam link are either corrupt or otherwise odd. I did a simple "convert cam190.jpg SpamHaus.jpg" using ImageMagick to reencode the file and the new one works fine. During the conversion, however, ImageMagick reported that:

convert: Premature end of JPEG file `cam190.jpg' @ coders/jpeg.c/EmitMessage/226.
convert: Corrupt JPEG data: premature end of data segment `cam190.jpg' @ coders/jpeg.c/EmitMessage/226.
...so the image is likely just a broken format that the wiki is bouncing as an invalid image. —JabberWokky
  • I discovered that. It's just cam190, cam191 is OK, and it's just a header problem -likely a format config issue, as many utilities read the image fine, I'm testing a variety of workarounds. I'm on top of it...

2009-10-29 01:09:05   nice questions —StevenDaubert


2009-10-29 04:21:40   You mean something like Wikiholics Anonymous? —JabberWokky

Yes. Exactly.


2009-11-05 01:05:08   Why did you revert it to old pictures? —IDoNotExist

All I did is remove the picture I had placed there. I merely undid what I did. I removed mine since it had been identified and thus it was no longer a 'mystery'. -Steve


2009-11-10 11:34:00   Hey, I reverted the featured page edit, because it isn't really a page... it might be better under Wiki News. —JabberWokky


2009-11-18 17:48:22   Uh... no one ever looks at the events board either. —BrentLaabs

I check it every day, but I can only speak for myself. -Steve

I just looked, at at least for one day a few days ago, around 200 unique visitors went to the page that day. —PhilipNeustrom


2010-03-18 21:48:48   Nice to meet you, Steve! Thanks again for helping me with the Crepe House Uni lighting!—AlexanderHo


2010-03-24 16:42:20   I'm aware of ISO dates. I just find their use outside of logfiles and other such things to be troublesome. —WilliamLewis


2010-03-25 19:31:11   Re: Free Cone Day: Oh no, I meant that in a totally tongue-in-cheek way! I knew you were joking when you put that, and my response totally wasn't meant to be serious! —AlexanderHo


2010-05-13 06:34:49   ISO Date power! —NickSchmalenberger


2010-06-09 11:17:09   Thanks for all of the post-election updates! —CovertProfessor


2010-07-03 09:35:28   SD! I need to contact you. I have perused the wiki casually and could not find your email address. I no longer have your phone number and do not know if you still use the same one. I'll ask John if he has it. My email address is alexandernnorris ([aT)] geemayl daught cawm. I am planning on building/converting a stationary bicycle into a human-powered energy generator and would like your assistance! —AlexNorris


2010-07-26 12:55:07   Hi Steve. There are many web resources about the difference between margin and markup. You used "markup" in your edit on Davis Food Co-op and the figures cited were both for margin. 36% is the target for margin between costs and prices charged, and half a percent was the final margin of income over expenses. —DougWalter


2010-07-29 18:25:55   Yes, definitely closed. See Tres Hermanas. —CovertProfessor


2010-09-03 22:14:41   The next time I'm in Davis we should have sushi, maybe with Greg? He still lives in Davis too. —NickSchmalenberger


2010-09-05 02:16:32   I miss you too! —NickSchmalenberger


2010-11-21 16:17:53   If I recall correctly, that comment wasn't actually KTcooper... somebody used the computer at the store, which was logged in under that account. I may be misremembering, and I can't find the place where it was cleared up (dimly I remember that KTcooper was on a trip or something). KTcooper is pretty open about their relationship to the store, so I doubt it was deception (although I'm not removing the notice myself; I'm just giving you the information as to why I didn't restore it). —JabberWokky


2010-11-22 02:15:12   Yup. As I said: I just was giving you the situation as I remembered it. Multiple people using one account is always problematic in my view. It removes accountability, which is the whole reason you have to login to edit anyway. —JabberWokky


2011-01-24 16:47:12   http://www.confhsg.ucdavis.edu/Maps/Tercero-area.HTM The main lounge in Tercero is in the dining commons building. It is on the first floor, underneath the dining commons on the second floor. You should see the entrance on the south side of the building.... a room with lots of chairs, couches, huge windows, a projection screen, and a big TV in the north-west corner. —WilliamLewis


2011-04-14 00:00:15   Free cone day? Chicago song? I thought it was the fourth of July? (Dang your eyes, Mr. Davison... now I have that song stuck in my head!) —JabberWokky

(Version from Chicago V, track 7 "Saturday in the Park" (the original release))
(Written by Robert Lamm referring to New York Central Park, 1971-07-04.)

Saturday in the park
I think it was the Fourth of July
Saturday in the park
I think it was the Fourth of July
People dancing, people laughing
A man selling ice cream
Singing Italian songs
?
Can you dig it (yes, I can)
And I've been waiting such a long time
For Saturday

Another day in the park
I think it was the Fourth of July
Another day in the park
I think it was the Fourth of July
People talking, really smiling
A man playing guitar
And singing for us all
Will you help him change the world
Can you dig it (yes, I can)
And I've been waiting such a long time
For today
Slow motion riders fly the colors of the day
A bronze man still can tell stories his own way
listen children all is not lost
all is not lost
Oh no, no

Funny days in the park
And every day's the Fourth of July
Funny days in the park
And every day's the Fourth of July
People reaching, people touching
A real celebration
Waiting for us all (waiting for us all)
If we want it, really want it
Can you dig it (yes, I can)
And I've been waiting such a long time
For the day
yeah yeah yeah

2012-06-17 23:10:51   Hey Steve! Have you been playing around with RTLSDR? —WilliamLewis


2013-10-09 01:12:05   Wow. That's embarrassing that the nursing school was left out. —JabberWokky


2013-10-14 19:45:22   Added that domain to my spamsweeper script. Good catch. —JabberWokky


2014-10-01 10:53:02   Thanks for the Wire Man post! —ToddKaiser

  • Ditto that for Wire Man. "Island of the Dolls" is a good Halloween Horror kind of thing; I couldn't get past the first four photos. —JudithTruman

2014-10-01 13:07:22   I will subsidize your photo to the tune of $1. Thanks for taking it. Like you said you don't *have* to pay / could have waited but still we all know it was the thing to do. —StevenDaubert


2014-10-02 00:40:20   I would have paid him too, just for having the chutzpah to ask for it. Plus, it is a great story with the photo! —JabberWokky


2014-12-16 22:57:50   ping —ChristopherMckenzie