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John Owens John Owens lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is a sometimes-student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (http://www.uwm.edu). He is (yet another) computer system and network administrator, with some knowledge of server administration and a good grasp of Perl. And he has recently been voted Number 1 on the "list of bigots to avoid" on User:Olga Bityerkokoff's page! He came in at number 32 on this month's Top 200 Countdown, and he'd like to extend his special gratitude to Michael, who made it all possible.

If you have a Un*x computer and check its native-format time, you've got a pretty good idea how old he is, in seconds.


He's going to be moving during this week (Jun 23-29), so he'll be contributing irregularly meanwhile, and often generally unavailable, even by e-mail, much less any of the IM stuff.

Update: Well, I'm moved now. Unfortunately, my computer seems to have taken some damage to the CPU and/or motherboard in the process. So I'm probably going to be on even less than the past week now, rather than more. Perhaps I've discovered a cure for Wikipediholism. Not that I am a Wikipediholic, of course.

What he does

Weed whacker extraordinaire, great at spotting typos, too.

Oh yeah, and I know lots of stuff, too. ;)

And I refuse to ever take the Wikipedia:Are You a Wikipediholic Test. There are some things both you and I are better off not knowing. See also: Wikipedia:Wikipediholics in denial.

Foreign languages and contributions

I'm now contributing to the German (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hauptseite) and Russian (http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page) Wikipædiæ in my own small way, too. (And in case you can't tell by my abuse of 'æ's, I just wish there was a Latin Wikipædia for me to contribute to, too.)

I'll be demmed, there is a Latin Vicipædia (http://la.wikipedia.com/)!!! :) I always wondered if there was a language code for Latin; never could find one in a list. Now I'm going to have to find out if 'la' is really official, or just what they use because it makes sense.

Since then, I've discovered Wikipedia:Multilingual coordination and ISO 639. Yup, it's a real, genyooine, official code.

Contributions A few of my best, most pride-inspiring contributions:

Mostly though, I'm more of an editor than a writer. And yeah, I know what all those authors say about editors....

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