Science Fair Project Encyclopedia
Bryan Derksen is just some random guy who has become somewhat hooked by Wikipedia. His areas of interest and/or expertise include biology, computer science, astronomy, science fiction, and a scattering of all kinds of other stuff with little apparent connection. He has Bachelors in genetics and computer science. He first started editing some time in late 2001. He gained sysop status in April 2002.
He apparently hit the big time in March of 2005 when Wired Magazine mentioned him in no less than two articles, one of them dead-tree: The Book Stops Here, Wiki Becomes a Way of Life. This will no doubt give him a swelled head and result in a meteoric rise to fame, followed by a descent into obscurity and madness. Watch this space for updates.
Current status: Active
Work list and notes
Here's a quote of Jimbo from the WikiEn mailing list on Wed, 26 Jan 2005 that I consider pretty darned important, and so I'm pasting it here for posterity:
David Gerard wrote: > Wikipedia is not primarily an experiment in Internet democracy. It's a > project to write an encyclopedia.
This should be printed out and handed to every single person on the planet. I think I'll start a new nonprofit organzation to do that. Wikimedia will give everyone an encyclopedia. The new organization will give everyone a piece of paper explaining: it's an encyclopedia, not an experiment in democracy.
We *are* a grand social experiment of course. But not _primarily_.
Here's where I jot down things I want to remember that others might find useful as well.
List of articles that have been split into multiple arbitrarily-named pages:
- USS Tennessee (BB-43)
- Origins of the American Civil War
- Isaac Newton (in depth)
- History of the People's Republic of China
Very incomplete list of stuff I've worked on
This list is far from complete. I've put it here by request, to list articles that I've contributed to significantly and which I find interesting.
Biology/chemistry: Amino acid Carbon chauvinism Flagellum Evolution of flagella Intron Exon Miller experiment Proteinoid RNA PNA Neoteny Countercurrent exchange Lung Umbilical cord Methane clathrate Clathrate hydrate Thermal depolymerization Photosynthesis Remora
Astronomy and space: Celestial body atmosphere Cruithne Dyson sphere Genetic code Space elevator MOOSE Heat shield Interstellar communication Sleeper ship Magnetic sail Variable specific impulse magnetoplasma rocket Impact event Fra Mauro KREEP Comet Shenzhou spacecraft Massive compact halo object Arecibo Gravitational binding energy
Star listing (most of the stars on here) Lunar mare (and all of the mare pages) Luna program (and specific mission pages) Zond program Ranger program Vega program Pioneer Venus project Viking program Nomad rover Magellan probe
Misc: Edmonton Exxon Flood Freenet Cardboard Plywood Bubble wrap Portland cement Reinforced concrete Masonry Masada Nagasaki Musical Chairs Mao (game) Cheyenne Mountain Maher Arar Project Habbakuk Sewage treatment N!xau The Gods Must Be Crazy Moammar Al Qadhafi Airbag
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