I have a LiveJournal which is at http://livejournal.com/~codetoad. I don't seem to update it as much as I should, though. I've also got a flickr (photo-sharing site) account at http://flickr.com/photos/philipn. My personal website is at mathburritos.org. I also have a twitter account: @philipn.
My email address is <philip AT localwiki DOT org>. My Jabber (Google Talk) name is firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'm on that fairly often if you want to chat.
I'm happy to respond to emails, but please take a look at the welcome to the wiki pages — especially the business owner page. If you have a general question, you should probably ask it on the general wiki community page.
Also see my home on the Wiki Spot hub.
If you'd like to help out with anything related to the back-end of the wiki please let me know. There's a whole lot of work to be done!
I really like Choice Voting because it's one of those ideas that, once you spend some time and think about it, makes a lot of sense.
"Our minds are finite, and yet even in those circumstances of finitude, we are surrounded by possibilities that are infinite, and the purpose of human life is to grasp as much as we can out of that infinitude." -Alfred North Whitehead
Some Favorite Pages
Night Time - Find out what's open late at night! Literally the most important resource in Davis :P
Davis Map - Too awesome to leave off this list.
Cleanest Bathrooms - An idea whose time has come.
Payphone Project - 2600 31337 factor.
Wikivangelists - I was lost and now I have found the path.
Random Page - Good place to get ideas for pages to edit.
What do I do on the Wiki?
I make a lot of edits. What do I usually edit? These are my most common edits:
I link phrases and terms to pages in order to add more structure.
I remove comments and try to integrate them into the page's body if possible. Or I move things so they complement each other more. "Bob, I couldn't agree more.." could be changed to "I couldn't agree more.." and moved under Bob's comment, improving readability.
I take differing viewpoints or arguments and attempt to find a common ground. Nearly any argument or difference of opinion can be solved by merely expanding the writeup to be larger, more general, and less specific. Students for an Orwellian Society is a great example (check out the revision history).
Don't reply to someone more than once: revise your original point.
Deleting is very important, but should be done with care.
Note to self
Davis from the Inside Out by William D. Diemer. National housing register, 216 F Street, PMB 17. This is an interesting compilation of a ton of Davis related information that can be purchased for $15 at Newsbeat. Somebody ought to buy it to help out with facts/info.
I own it. I don't have the time to spend posting all the information in it, and it does have a copyright (which I presume belongs to Bill Diemer. I guess if you have a "top 5" questions for me to look up, I could get that done with reasonable celerity. DougWalter
Thanks Doug! I just remember looking through it a while back and being surprised by the amount of potentially interesting information in it. Moreso as a starting-point for investigation..
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2011-03-23 18:39:07 One thing that occurs to me, since so many seem to misunderstand what the Wiki is for... a small disclaimer on the front page, top or bottom... "This site is for information and entertainment purposes only" It may prove to be very helpful.
Also, in all the discussions we have here with business owners wishing to modify "their" site for promotional purposes, a link that gives everyone access to the IRS agreement that keeps the wiki a true non-profit... I have heard of this agreement, but when it comes up and discussions with business owners, no one ever seems able to find the information so it becomes more hearsay. —Wes-P
2011-04-06 11:15:48 Sorry, bad timing on my revert; I think it's worth keeping the proposal as something for people to kick around... including alternatives, like the less formal, rigid option you suggest. —TomGarberson
2011-04-26 12:27:18 Oh, also, if there's anything that can be done to set up JW's Chrome plugin for Racemosa, that'd be really nice. I've been looking forward to giving it a spin for months. —TomGarberson
Yeah, there's a way on the backend..but that's not enough to be worth it :) Thankfully they were all reverted, as far as I can tell. —PhilipNeustrom
2011-05-10 15:52:27 for some reason that whole episode that just occurred reminded me of outfoxed where the guy who invented the fox news alert talked about how they made the music fast and the graphics very bright and alarming, it was for when they broke into news and delivered serious stuff! It's kinda like the community alerts page... Not detracting from Davis state of mind, and getting it votes but having it on community alert just didn't feel right ¬_¬ hence the ire —StevenDaubert
2011-05-10 15:55:00 I was pretty enthralled by the discovery that when you preview a page your are about to edit you can still use the comment bar in the previewed version... It doesn't give you the edit but it puts the comment down...
2011-05-12 21:08:40 To be fair, UCDLJ doesn't really count... but point well taken! :) —TomGarberson
2011-05-20 13:58:43 I touched up the Choice Voting page per your objections on the talk page. I agree that it's still tangential, but at least it's more relevant as a direct comparison to choice voting. If it looks satisfactory, do you want to kill the /Talk page? —TomGarberson
2011-05-20 16:32:11 Hey Philip, would you be willing to throw together some Davis-specific info for the LocalWiki page? It blows my mind that didn't already exist. It seems like there's a lot of Davis and Wiki-focused stuff that could go in there. People involved (you and Mike), WikiSpot history, what it means for Davis Wiki (and a general idea of when), and some links, to name a few. —TomGarberson
Yeah, will add when I get a chance. There's also not a Davis Wiki page :)
I think Davis Wiki is pretty comprehensive. A 1:1 scale map of the subject. :-° (whistling innocently)
Haha. I made a /Talk for Davis Wiki a while back to try and brainstorm some ideas, but didn't really get any bites. It seems like it'd be an interesting project, looking at what Davis Wiki means to the community. Could turn it into an outreach thing, talking to various people, getting quotes, etc., to put there along with just basic info about history, statistics, etc. —TomGarberson
2011-05-20 20:40:56 Yay! Thanks! —TomGarberson
2011-05-21 00:01:01 Philip, you've made it clear from my earliest days on the wiki that you don't like me. I don't know why that is, so I can't change it. But I do think I deserve a direct answer to my question; others appreciate my contributions to the wiki even if you don't. The answer that you've given is not direct. —CovertProfessor
I really have no idea what you're talking about re: not liking you. Really, at all. I've never not-liked you or had any problem with you. But I am sorry you feel that way. I think you may be reading my responses to you in a tone where I dislike you (at least that's the impression I get from your comment here).
I added a bit to my response. If it doesn't answer your question then please let me know what's lacking. —PhilipNeustrom
I am sorry if I have misread your interactions with me, and glad to hear that you do value my contribution to the wiki. I will continue to try to clarify my question. —CovertProfessor
2011-05-24 16:07:53 Phil-we're having our RocWiki quarterly meeting soon (6/19), if you have anything you want me to mention, let me know pls. Thx —Users/PeterBoulay
2011-05-27 12:05:57 Ahh, thanks, I'll get that back in there. —TomGarberson
2011-06-07 12:36:51 It loads fine for me. —TomGarberson
Scratch that, after I refreshed it took its leave. Too bad. —tg
2011-06-07 13:05:08 As an update, I asked for permission to use the photo and one other I found. —JabberWokky
2011-06-24 17:45:51 that isn't a weird comment that is some sort of bot or something doing some sort of harvesting
someone was deleting a ton of messages like that, the username and some other stuff varies —StevenDaubert
2011-07-09 11:42:05 Hello- I'm not very familiar with the Wiki but just want to post an announcement. I don't see any appropriate places. I have 3 loved pet cats that need a home. Where can I post this or find help in placing them? Thank you. -Lynn Gerner —LynnGerner
2011-07-13 10:55:11 I tried to shut off the alert the other day but was unable to do so. The police have done everything they could for my friend's shop, although the insurance has proven to be useless... Anyway, thanks for updating the front page. —Wes-P
2011-07-23 16:34:10 that page loaded really really slowly for me
2011-07-23 20:28:52 I wandered over to the macros page on WikiSpot and was realizing that an awful lot of those macros result in extremely slow-loading pages. Naturally, I wondered what would happen if they were all on one page :) —TomGarberson
2011-08-18 15:33:28 an edit collision would seem very scary for a person new to the format, any way to phase that out with 2.0 ?
also in navigating to your page I've noticed that the search seems odd, it won't give me you unless it's perfect. I can't just do Philip N in search box and find you quickly... what gives? —StevenDaubert
2011-08-19 01:06:39 you can't just make some sort of server side time that edits come in in hundreths/thousands and then get sorted by time etc etc
you would earn seeing an edit conflict then! —StevenDaubert
Hah, well that's what would happen if we turned off edit conflicts / edit merging — whoever saved last would have their save go through. But the problem is that the person who saved most recently sometimes started by editing an old version of the page. —PhilipNeustrom
2011-09-20 16:50:51 Yo Pip! When's the expected release date on the new shit? —ScottMeehleib
2011-10-02 01:51:21 good call on the photo reverts —StevenDaubert
2011-10-31 04:42:40 Hell yeah! It's Philbo! You are AWESOME! —AshleyHamidi
2011-11-11 14:01:42 My Daviswiki account can't be used on Denton thru the wikispot hub? Cause this is localwiki project and is different? —StevenDaubert
2011-11-11 16:26:43 cooool —StevenDaubert
2011-11-12 04:38:10 buddy is stuck in SF right now, and I can't edit the SF wiki to add tow trucks cause it's localwiki now -___-
where is Arlen when you need him —StevenDaubert
2011-12-06 14:07:45 Done. —IDoNotExist
2011-12-09 18:21:26 The downtime did have the positive effect of getting me to check out the Sacwiki Test for a while. Glad you're back up though. —jefftolentino
2011-12-11 20:18:58 Nice. Took me a half a bottle of wine to finish that thing! :) Do you mind if I continue to futz around over there? Taxi wars are hurting my eyes. —jefftolentino
2011-12-12 14:19:58 Hey, sorry, I didn't realize the test Sacwiki page wasn't really supposed to be passed around yet. My apologies! I thought based on our conversation about getting edit parties together (including, potentially, in Davis), it was something I should be getting people into. Sorry...Should I take down mentions of the site until it's officially up? —NicholasBarry
2011-12-30 13:45:34 Ok, will do. In this case, I didn't actually realize it was a bug — I thought I might be doing something wrong. But I will be more attuned to possible buggy behavior in the future. —CovertProfessor
2012-01-11 00:26:09 would it be plausible to make a shoutbox style functionality that sits in the big black space between the logo and the user name? Like 4-6 lines of text big? Maybe functionality for PMing active users?
could be neat for chatting with whomever is also looking at recent changes, and could become a more friendly/readily available DWiki IRC! —StevenDaubert
2012-01-26 13:11:53 Thanks for getting the spammer —TomGarberson
2012-02-08 10:42:56 Hi, Just wanted to let you know, in case you didn't, that the Santa Cruz Wiki doesn't seem to be loading! —AlexDarocy
2012-03-19 19:49:20 You're quick. Like a ninja. Remind me not to try to be sneaky around you when you're carrying a sword. —TomGarberson
2012-03-22 17:49:12 Please do not address that without talking to me. Do not memory hole it this time. There's a lawsuit involved, and it is now evidence. —JabberWokky
2012-05-22 20:27:51 Sure! :-) —CovertProfessor
2012-06-09 11:41:56 Just curious, is it general practice to block obvious trolls around here? —DonShor
2012-06-11 16:35:55 [re: search being broken] It seems to happen pretty often, which is why I don't fill out a more formal bug report. I assume it's something that's being worked out. —EdWins
If by broken, people mean "often brings up an error message," that happens to me pretty often as well. I can usually get the search to go through after a reload or two. —CovertProfessor
sometimes it throws the bad link code, and that goes away with a cople refreshes. Other times it stalls out and never even gets to the database Daubert
Yeah, it happens all the time, unfortunately. The error usuaully occurs when a search happens /while/ a new page edit is being added to the search index, so during periods of high-edit activity it's more likely to happen. —PhilipNeustrom
Here is a recent error. It did not appear to coincide with an edit; the most recent edit had been six minutes earlier. —CovertProfessor
Traceback (most recent call last): File "/srv/sycamore_base/Sycamore/request.py", line 912, in run self.config.page_front_page).page_name, self) File "/srv/sycamore_base/Sycamore/wikiaction.py", line 133, in do_search this_search.process() File "/srv/sycamore_base/Sycamore/search.py", line 523, in process for line in input: File "/usr/lib/python2.5/socket.py", line 411, in next line = self.readline() File "/usr/lib/python2.5/socket.py", line 331, in readline data = recv(1) timeout: timed out
2012-06-11 23:21:53 Last year there were hundreds of acres of sunflowers planted in the field adjacent to where I live. It was surreal. This year its barley and tomatoes, which from a visual perspective, is just real. That said, I'm wondering what happens to this barley...It would be interesting to try a brew made with Davis grains. The tomato plants on the other hand aren't looking so great after the wind storm last weekend. —MikeyCrews
2012-06-13 16:25:32 LOL on your photo choice for the featured page. —CovertProfessor
2012-06-14 13:56:57 But there were *three* turkeys. It was too perfect. (Now I see that it was TDD's edit, not yours). I can't believe that no one commented or complained! —CovertProfessor
2012-06-14 15:43:58 Thank you. —CovertProfessor
2012-07-26 14:05:34 I agree. Black Lion is seductively delicious :) —jsbmeb
2013-02-19 11:55:03 The UX32VD Zenbook. I think it came in an older and newer version. Older had 4 gb of RAM (two soldered in, and a stick of 2), but 32gb of SSD, and it was really popular to wipe Win8 and install Win7 on the SSD (relevant thread). Mine came with 6 gb of RAM surprisingly (stick of 4 instead of 2), but only 24gb of SSD space. I had already bought this 8 gig stick, bringing me to 10gb. Install of the new OS was somewhat tricky; need to do it off a flash drive, and you need to get the USB 3.0 drivers for the USB first. Took the IT guy a few hours to fiddle with it, something about the drives confused him but I don't remember the issue.
I'm pretty happy with it. It's the only ultrabook-class with a real graphics card, which is nice, and it's plenty powerful. Doesn't get too warm. Easily manages to hook up to my 24" monitors, as well as my 40" tv. I have had a few issues: sound drivers in the first few months, I may have originally got the wrong ones for Win7. The sound would occasionally turn off, and I had to reset the computer. This seems to be fixed, I think a Win7 update at some point managed to resolve that. The sound itself is pretty decent for this laptop. Only thing is the speaker grills are on the bottom sides and face outwards. On a table, the sound 'bounces back' and sounds nice. If you pick it off the table and put it on your lap (if you're on the couch) the sound faces away which is slightly odd.
Weight is great, the size is fine. I would probably prefer a 14", but really, if I'm going to use it for any extended period of time I'd hook it up to a monitor or two. I did buy a usb 3.0 hub, to help ease the plug situation.
The keyboard itself is fine. No issues with the typey-typey. The touchpad is the only gripe. The firmware update helped a lot, but I think I need to disable some of the gestures - either I need to be more careful when using it casually, or it's a bit too sensitive. I find I keep resizing webpages when I mean to scroll. I do most of my work on a desktop setup, so it's something that I need to practice on (last laptop I used regularly had a solid button at the bottom, so I'm using to leaving a thumb sitting there, meaning any scroll becomes a pinch).
It's mostly being used by my SO for casual usage, I haven't actually put it to much of a major test for my own work stuff, mostly due to computers here being more powerful for our biotech analysis. Running hours of streaming video was fine, it didn't heat up to the point where I felt I should use a cooling pad. I haven't installed any games on it yet to play with that.
Just a few quick impressions off the top of my head. —EdWins
2013-02-26 09:14:32 Sounds like a long day yesterday. Good work. —jefftolentino
2013-02-26 16:40:29 I had downtime on my connection as well, so I was equally vexed when I realized that Daviswiki was still down for some reason even when my spotty net was working.. —StevenDaubert
2013-04-12 05:50:50 Your message reminded me — I use an external mouse. For awhile I had the trackpad turned off entirely, as I almost never use it. Originally I used a Bluetooth mouse, but the Logitech universal dongle is tiny, and it seems to be better than Bluetooth (no "shake to wake" up time, long battery life, etc). —JabberWokky
2013-04-12 18:29:12 Phil-you said two weeks ago you'd fix my access on the other wiki we discussed?? —PeteB
2013-05-17 13:30:16 Sure thing. I'll probably post a bit more about each IUD when I get a chance. —MeggoWaffle
2013-06-05 16:25:29 Hello Philip, how can I contact you directly? —Ashleykay
Ashley—FYI it's in the info above. His email is <philip AT localwiki DOT org> —PeteB
2013-06-24 20:00:24 A 20-year resident of Davis and enthusiastic user of the wiki, I just moved to Caguas, Puerto Rico, and have just created a wikispot for my new town of residence. Although there are many English speakers here, I was wondering what the current state of affairs was regarding bilingual wikispots. This wiki would fill a gaping hole in easily-accessible, local knowledge on this island, and a simple way to navigate between English and Spanish pages would be amazing.
Furthermore, addresses on this island tend to be very sketchy. Is there any way that a standard field for GPS coordinates could be added to the wiki template?
I will be starting medical school soon, but there is a large amount of local information that is passed down informally to each incoming class at the medical school, and I would like to not only incorporate all of this information, but leverage my classmates and open the wiki to the community at large.
2013-09-22 18:20:00 Thanks! You must have German or (or German speaking) ancestry? —ConstantiaOomen
Creative! But it's probably just some kind of SEO promotion. —PhilipNeustrom
Yeah I figured it was targeted SEO stuff. Attempt to fit in then leave links everywhere. Lets see if the user provides viable answers to the questions posed ~SD
2013-11-04 14:59:48 Thanks! (*)>❂ —ConstantiaOomen
2013-12-23 20:11:13 Thanks... although I was surprised with the new logo HTML forcing a 50px height. I had been able to do 80px in the past. I'm doing a VERY fast fix and will try to make it more clear later. —JabberWokky
2014-02-25 09:21:49 ThanXXX —ConstantiaOomen
2014-07-02 07:44:19 Ah, that's very cool of you. I thought about it shortly and then I remembered all the times at the UC Davis Picnic Day and the Whole Earth Festival (and sometimes on other events) that I asked people whether they liked it that I took their picture and put it on Davis Wiki. I could have given them this Davis Wiki sticker... (if I had it) :) —ConstantiaOomen