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Thoughts[edit]

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." -- Theodore Roosevelt.[1]

"I remember reading that within a few months of Václav Havel’s ascension as president of Czechoslovakia, when the euphoria of the Velvet Revolution began to fade, Havel said that he felt “strangely paralyzed.” “At the very deepest core of this feeling there was, ultimately, a sensation of the absurd: what Sisyphus might have felt if one fine day his boulder stopped, rested on the hilltop, and failed to roll back down. It was the sensation of a Sisyphus mentally unprepared for the possibility that his efforts might in fact succeed, a Sisyphus whose life had lost its old purpose.”* As quoted by Barry Greider, Landmark Forum Leader, [2], adapted from Exit Havel, the King leaves the Castle, David Remnick, The New Yorker, February 17, 2003.

"The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it's stranger than we can imagine." --Arthur C. Clarke,[3] who calls this a paraphrase of a statement by J. B. S. Haldane:

"I have no doubt that in reality the future will be vastly more surprising than anything I can imagine. Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.[4]

Slogan[edit]

à bas l'avant-garde

Marks and remarks[edit]

An Abd bliki, at User:Abd/Marks and remarks

Useful links[edit]

{{subst:welcome}}

Commitments[edit]

This Wikiversity editor in their contributing to scholarly works, agrees to strong scholarly ethics. In particular this Wikiversity editor:
  • Is committed to presenting a balanced, objective, accurate, and informative account of all relevant scholarly evidence, facts, analysis, and ideas within all scholarly topics of study in the interest of full disclosure and honesty.
  • Does not condone illegal, deceptive, or otherwise unethical practices in their own contributions or in others'.
  • May for research purposes contribute outside of the restrictions of NPOV.
  • Will respond to all questions about the ethical caliber of their contributions on their talk page.

Disclosures[edit]

I was topic-banned on en.wikipedia, on the topic of Cold fusion, due to alleged tendentious editing. As this matter was before ArbComm, I realized that there was a business opportunity in the field, providing materials and designs for wide replication of a widely-publicized experiment (original paper) that showed the production of energetic neutrons at very low levels from cold fusion cells of a certain type, and so I began to develop an inexpensive experimental design, and, for a time, offered the necessary materials for sale. While I am committed to neutrality, this activity obviously created a conflict of interest, which should be noted.

(Update: There is no longer sufficient activity with that kit project to create any significant conflict of interest. I do intend to write a report on what happened with this. The only kit actually sold was shown in the movie, The Believers, as it arrived at the home of the student who bought it. He later ran the experiment.)

  • I am now "community banned" on Wikipedia. I am a user in good standing on all other WMF wikis.

I also operate a blog as trustee for Infusion Institute, Inc. an nonprofit intended to support basic research in cold fusion and other collaborative activities of the community-of-interest in cold fusion. That is coldfusioncommunity.net, and commentary and participation are welcome there. A major activity of my cold fusion journalism this year was attending the trial in Miami, Florida, for Rossi v. Darden, at the end of June, 2017, and into July, and coldfusioncommunity.net hosts the voluminous RvD case files for free access (downloaded from PACER, the U.S. Federal court on-line access system), as well as analysis and commentary on that case, which revealed much that had not previously been public.

Probationary custodianship[edit]

I was a probationary custodian on Wikiversity.

You may see my logs from the Toolbox. However, that includes moves, which don't require admin tools. Here are some other logs and a history for review: