Thursday, March 25, 2010

Donna Simpson (world's heaviest woman to give birth) - wikipedia article

This is the Wikipedia article for Donna Simpson (world's heaviest woman to give birth) as it appeared on March 23, 2010, slightly prior to its deletion.

Donna Simpson holds the Guinness World Record for the world's fattest mother.[1][Milo notes: Technically, some press reports in March 2010 said she had only applied for the record, though many press sources claimed she already has the record.] When she gave birth by cesarean section in 2007, she weighed 530 pounds. The delivery required the assistance of 30 hospital staff.[2]

She is now attempting to attain a weight of 1,000 pounds.[3][2]

In 2010 at the age of 42, Simpson was living in New Jersey, and was eating 12,000 calories per day in a deliberate attempt to gain enough weight to reach 1,000 pounds. Her $750 weekly food bill was being funded by a website where men pay money so they can watch her eat.[2] As of March 2010, she weighed 600 pounds.[4][5] She is 5 feet 4 inches tall.[6]

Despite getting around on a mobility scooter, Simpson claims that she is healthy.[7]

Simpson's favorite food is sushi.[3]

^1 The super-sized 43st mother who is determined to become the world's fattest, Mail Online4, March 15, 2010
^2 a b c World's fattest mom, San Francisco Chronicle, March 15, 2010
^3 a b NJ woman attempting to become world's fattest lady, The New York Post, March 15, 2010
^4 New Jersey Woman Aiming to Become Fattest Woman in the World, New York magazine, March 15, 2010
^5 1,000lb Woman's Fans Pay To Watch Her Eat! (Video), The Young Turks (March 17, 2010), Retrieved March 18, 2010
^6 "Little 'n Large: THE world's fattest woman meets the world's smallest". The Sun (newspaper). February 18, 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2010. ("Donna stands at 5ft 4in", and photo of Simpson with Jyoti Amge)
^7 Quest to become world's fattest woman, The Press, March 15, 2010

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Analysis of Wikipedia's deletion, for wikigeeks only:

This article was nominated for deletion from wikipedia on March 15, 2010. The article was very new, as it had just been created in the wake of a juggernaut of press coverage about Ms. Simpson. This is really not unusual -- whenever you see some odd person all over the newspapers, go to wikipedia and see whether they have an article. Chances are they they either (1) have an article already nominated for deletion, (2) there is evidence that an article existed which is already deleted, or (3) the name redirects to some other (hopefully related) page.

The primary argument in favor of deletion of Ms. Simpson was "BLP1E" which means, in English, that the article is a biography of a living person who is known for one event. However, it is worth noting that wikipedia has tons of articles on people who are known for nothing other than an alleged world record. Robert Earl Hughes, for example, was the heaviest human during the 1950s, and who I remember well via old Guinness books I read as a kid. Other than being a nice guy who just happened to be really huge, there's not much to say about him. But loads has been written about him--not much different than Donna's Simpson's case today. Unless you romanticize the past. Thus Mary Toft, who claimed she gave birth to rabbits in 1726 causing a flurry of press at the time, has a long wikipedia article, and Donna Simpson does not. I am sure the Mary Toft story was as unseemly in 1726 as Donna Simpson is in 2010. But that doesn't mean Wikipedia shouldn't cover it.

Interestingly, a number of casual editors piped in during the deletion discussion of Ms. Simpson to say she should be kept, but the "deletes" had their way on this one. The wikipedia malcontents over at Wikipedia Review were in favor of deletion as well. Of course, Donna Simpson herself was clearly trolling for press coverage, as she is a member of an erotic website featuring large women, and more attention means more paying subscribers. Its very unlikely that she really intends (or could) attain 1,000 pounds. But I am sure she welcomed the press frenzy. The article was quite popular during its brief existence:

Tons of Popularity!

One day you will recall Donna's story and press frenzy and try to google for it, but I guess you won't find it on wikipedia. You will, however, find a massive article on Balloon Boy.

UPDATE June 14, 2010: Donna lives! A new wikipedia article on Donna Simpson was created on May 22, 2010, and was nominated again for deletion, but this time it survived as a "keep". How does one explain wikipedia's change of heart? Simply that different people showed up at the deletion discussion this time.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Martin Dudziak - Wikipedia article

Martin Dudziak
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, as it appeared on March 17, 2010, prior to its deletion.

Martin Dudziak is an American scientist with academic and research background in quantum physics and biophysics. He has been inventor or co-inventor of technology and applications in areas of complex systems, quantum theory and emergent critical processes including sensor and response systems in the CBRNE area, particularly with respect to infectious diseases, their diagnosis and mutation tracking.


* 1 Personal and academic background
* 2 Career background
* 3 Professional summary
* 4 Publications, references, credentials and other background information
* 5 Additional background and activities
* 6 External links

Personal and academic background

Martin was born in and grew up in Buffalo, New York. He attended and graduated from Mt. St. Joseph's and Canisius High School. Entering Colgate University at age 17, he completed his dual-major BA in two years, noting later that "If I had to do it over again, I would have not rushed through college in order to develop better long-term social relationships."[citation needed] Martin received his master's and doctoral degrees from Johns Hopkins and The Union Institute and University respectively. He received his PhD in theoretical and computational physics in 1993, with David Bohm (Birkbeck College, Univ. of London, Basil Hiley (also Birkbeck/London) and David Finkelstein (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Kevin Sharpe (unique as a PhD in mathematics and an Episcopal divinity degree) among the members of his doctoral committee.

Career background

Martin has worked for a number of corporations and universities including Intel Corporation, ST Microelectronics, Battelle laboratories, Medical College of Virginia(MCV), VCU, Martin-Marietta (now Lockheed-Martin) and Silicon Dominion. Since 2002 he had been working for TETRAD Technologies Group, Inc. which has been renamed and restructured as TETRADYN (TETRAD Dynamics), a private company based in Richmond, Virginia.

Professional summary

At MCV (VCU Medical Center) Martin established one of the earliest nanotechnology labs with NSF (National Science Foundation), DOE (Dept. of Energy), Jeffress Trust and Whittaker support. This was the Molecular Engineering and Biocomputing Lab (MEBC); Martin was a member of the faculty within the Biomedical Engineering Dept. (then headed by Dr. Richard Freer, subsequently founder and CEO of Commonwealth Biotechnologies, Inc.). He has concentrated individually on quantum networks and multi-soliton models applied to investigating quantum field effects in macroscopic including biological systems. His NSF-supported work in chaotic solitons was said (by NSF) to be the first such NSF-funded project conducted with active participants from and in former Soviet Union major physics centers (in particular, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR).

Martin's theoretical work has been and remains mainly in areas of quantum relativity and quantum gravity based upon solitonic field models and draws upon the work of Finkelstein, Segal, Selsnick, Skyrme, and also Markopoulou, Smolin, Wilczek, & Witten. In the late 1990s he became more active in applications, namely using these models as well as mutual information and inverse methods, drawn principally from medical imaging and subsurface sensing, for problems in distributed sensing and detection. The "NomadEyes" architecture incorporates the same into large, pseudo-random networks of sensors and communicators. This has demonstrated applicability in fields as diverse as biosensing and also counterterrorism and, more broadly, for the extension of knowledge acquisition, discovery and learning to problems involving emergent, critical events and (mathematically) catastrophic properties. This work came to be focused upon both prediction and response to large-scale emergent and emergency events.

After 2002 Martin's research and focus led to the co-founding of TETRAD Technologies Group, now part of TETRAD Dynamics (TETRADYN). and the development of the NomadEyes architecture for amorphous distributed sensing and situation awareness. The NomadEyes architecture was first designed in 2003 and has been copied and/or integrated as a basis for a number of projects by others at MITRE Corp., University of Pittsburgh, and Institute of Defense and Homeland Security (e.g., Local Eyes, Red Cell, others). NomadEyes has been designed to work with ordinary cellular phones and "COTS" (commercial off-the-shelf) technology for both military, homeland security and personal, civilian use.

One application, incorporating MEMS and nanoscale technology related directly to Martin's work in the early 90's and refined by collaborators and colleagues, and known as CEBIT (a family of sensors) includes sensing and detection of explosives of IEDs (improvised explosive devices, such as have been employed by terrorists and insurgents throughout the world). This has involved collaboration with scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US Army EDRC (Vicksburg, MS), Vanderbilt University and other institutions.

Martin's focus on PCR-based diagnostics and mutation detection and tracking for infectious diseases occupies the main activity presently of his work and that of TETRADYN (TETRAD Dynamics). The CRAIDO (Community Rapid Response for Infectious Disease Outbreaks) is a reconfigurable labstation for both mobile and stationary uses in public health epidemic and pandemic situations. This work has been recognized in particular by other scientists at CDC, Vanderbilt, UT, ORNL, MSSM, UNC and other other institutions.

Publications, references, credentials and other background information

Information can be found in various journal publications and conference proceedings, or through colleagues at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Center for Advanced Defense Studies (in which Martin serves as a Fellow since July, 2009).

Additional background and activities

Martin's philosophical education and background has contributed to his involvement in a number of social-service and humanitarian-educational projects such as the Lincos Project, Digital Nations, Sano y Salvo, Futures Gateway, and EcOasis, projects that were initiated and/or co-sponsored by corporations including Intel when Martin was therein employed, and with support by AIHA, Eurasia Foundation, USAID, CENAT, and NIH. He is a founding member of the board of the Institute for Innovative Study (IIS). (This institute is presently (2009) in the process of being established in North Carolina.) Martin is active in the sustainable energy and materials field, principally with a focus upon bioprotection and containment/response for infectious diseases within human and animal populations and within good supplies.

Martin is also a writer of poetry and short fiction and an artist (painter) who has exhibited and participated in contemporary art performances in Europe including Moscow in 2002-2004.

With the exception of the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, none of the organizations Dr. Dudziak claims to be a board member of, seem to exist. While his credentials are credible, it appears that much of his associations are utter fabrications.

External links

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Analysis of deletion (for wikigeeks only):

The above bio article of Martin Dudziak was deleted from Wikipedia on March 18, 2010 after a unanimous deletion dicussion - 8 votes to delete, and none to keep.

Probably the main problem with this article is that it had no citations to any newspaper or any other independent sources. Its unverifiable in wikipedia lingo. Dr. Dudziak may well be a successful person, but there's no way to verify most of what's in the article except through Dr. Dudziak. And, though I don't have access to the article history, there's a good chance Dr. Dudziak contributed to his own article, and maybe even created the whole shebang. Many people don't know that wikipedia frowns upon such activity, thinking wikipedia must be some kind of alternate LinkedIn where you can put whatever you want on your "profile."

Alas, Dr. Dudziak even came by after this article was deleted to decry his deletion:

The claims made by the various commenters in this article are totally unsubstantiated.

It is very interesting that this has all come up following a serious set of internet hacks and attacks by some persons in and around Charlotte, NC.

Each of the comments made below, marked ### [here the good doctor is referring to markups he made on various editor's comments], standing for "DISPUTED WITH DOCUMENTED EVIDENCE" is coming from someone who, from all investigations, has: (a) no professional knowledge or experience in the scientific field [uh, this is wikipedia, where "anyone" literally can edit?] (b) no professional knowledge or experience of Martin Dudziak in his prior work, employment, accreditation, etc. (c) no evident familiarity with my published and conference-presented work [because there is no published press coverage on it, apparently, which is why tons of perfectly nice academics are not on wikipedia.] (d) no evident basis for making any of the criticisms hereby made.

Personally, I believe this is part of a series of personalized attacks made to discredit me personally and professionally by a small set of individuals who simply "have an axe to grind" and should not be allowed to serve as Wikipedia editors.[Conspiracies rarely ensue around articles like this, but conspiracy theorists do.]

The matter is simple - at are, among other files, references, with contacts. These include former colleagues, employers, employees, and friends. Who knows Martin Dudziak better? Professionals in universities, companies, government agencies, or the persons who have made these comments here below? You, the reader, be the judge, for yourself, but this looks very suspicious, and particularly with respect to the dates of these comments, all in March, 2009, and almost all on 11.March.2010. That in itself should be very interesting to any clear-headed, objective reader. You may want to read the Special Public notice at for some further enlightenment.

Thank you, Dr. Martin Dudziak

Well, for now, Dr Dudziak's article is preserved here, though I am happy to remove it upon his request.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

2004 LaSalle County, Illinois earthquake - wikipedia article

2004 LaSalle County, Illinois earthquake
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, as it appeared on February 18, 2010

where wikipedia can no longer report than an earthquake occurred
Date: June 28, 2004 01:10:51AM America/Chicago (2004-06-28T01:10:51Z)
Magnitude: 4.2 Mw
Depth: 5 km (3.1 mi)
Epicenter location: 41°26′35″N 88°55′37″W / 41.443°N 88.927°W / 41.443; -88.927
Coordinates: 41°26′35″N 88°55′37″W / 41.443°N 88.927°W / 41.443; -88.927
Countries or regions affected: United States
Tsunami: none
Casualties: none

The 2004 LaSalle County, Illinois earthquake was a 4.2 magnitude earthquake that occurred on June 28, 2004 at 01:10:51 a.m. CDT (06:10:51 a.m. UTC) and affected Northern Illinois. Its epicenter was located 2 miles (3.2 km) S of Prairie Center, 8 miles (13 km) E of Troy Grove, and 8 miles (13 km) NNE of North Utica, and could be felt as far away as Olive Branch, Mississippi.[1]

The earthquake was the first in LaSalle County since September 1972. It occurred 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) beneath the surface in a structure associated with the Sandwich Fault Zone. It was not connected with the New Madrid Fault farther south, which has been linked to the Midwest's most serious earthquakes. No fatalities were reported, yet thousands of people were startled and awoken in the middle of the night. Three nearby nuclear power plants — LaSalle, Quad Cities, and Dresden — issued low-level alerts, but no damage was found.[1]

See also

* List of earthquakes in the United States


1. ^ a b "Magnitude 4.2 - ILLINOIS". United States Geological Survey. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010.

External links

* USGS Earthquake Poster - Poster of the affected area, including historical data and Generalized Seismic Hazard

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Analysis of Deletion (for wikigeeks only):

This article was deleted from Wikipedia on March 7, 2010 pursuant to a deletion discussion here. Eight editors (counting one unsigned comment from an IP address editor) voted to delete, and 4 voted to keep. Unfortunately 3 of those keep votes are from the same person, editor "Funandtrvl", which no one seemed to mention. It appears the article was improved before it was deleted, but the google cache version I was able to locate pre-dates those changes. The frequent-keep voter noted that she had added a "source that stated that it was the first earthquake in that county in 123 years, almost to the day", and also observed, "I still don't understand why everyone wants to delete the earthquake articles, but to keep 109,000+ association football articles, that seems to be okay. I can see everyone's priorities are sports, not science."

Perhaps not true! Oddly enough, at the same time this article was deleted, Wikipedia decided to keep its article on the smaller but more recent 2010 Illinois earthquake (which measured 3.8 vs. 4.2 for the 2004 quake). According to that deletion discussion there was a "substantial consensus for notability and keep(ing)" the article!!

How is this possible?! Let's see.... Of the eight delete voters for the 2004 quake, six also opined in favor of deleting the 2010 article. One didn't comment, and one voted to keep the 2010 article (but delete the 2004 article), apparently under the theory that the latter article could become a repository for all Illinois earthquakes. And in addition, a few other editors, who had not commented on the 2004 quake, chimed in with "keep" votes (in addition to the two editors who voted to keep both articles).

This is how things often work on wikipedia - whether an article nominated for deletion stays or goes depends on which random editors happen upon the deletion discussion and comment. The decisions are often made based on the opinion of 10 or less editors, out of the roughly 40,000 editors who make at least 5 edits per month. That's not to say 10 editors aren't enough to make a reasoned decision for the good of the Wikipedia project in some cases, but in anything other than an obvious delete (hoaxes, vandalism, attacks, spam, and unverifiable articles), or obvious keeps (episodes of Ugly Betty), the outcome can be dreadfully haphazard.

Footnote: At the same time as the above examples, Wikipedia decided to keep an article on the 2010 Eureka (Calif.) earthquake and ax one on the 2009 Inglewood earthquake. In short, Earthquake prediction itself is easier than deletion prediction.

Friday, March 05, 2010

YouTube Song of the Day - Carnival Art - Ray's Jesus (1992)

So, this tune is from a college radio tape from mid-1992. On the beaten up cassette on which I recorded this song, I had written down the name as "Raise Jesus" instead of "Ray's Jesus" and I wasn't really sure of the band's name either. "Carnival?" This made tracking down the tune quite difficult. Anyhoo, eventually I figured out the band was probably "Carnival Art," and from there I finally found the song.

The band actually released two major label albums (in 1991 and 1992), as well as an EP in 1992 called "Holy Smokes" from which this tune comes. They also had a few videos, one of which had a brief cameo on Beavis & Butthead once (this is the sort of bizarre tidbit that the internet preserves everywhere), and you can find those videos on YouTube too. "Carnival Art" is pretty much forgotten beyond that, except for the fact that bassist Brian Bell's next band was Weezer, and the "Weezerpedia" is so freakin' thorough that it has decent coverage of this band as well.

The force behind Carnival Art was a guy named Michael P. Tak, aka Michael Petak, who also released a solo album around 1994, after Carnival Art broke up. In the 2000s, Petak has done a lot of work on cartoon shows, as this blogpost and its comments revealed. (He's on IMBD: Michael Petak). One always wonders what happens to old "rock stars," little do you realize they may influence your kid's musical tastes (a good thing in this instance).

Anyway, Ray's Jesus, the song, is a driving two-guitar alt. rock assault, a bit of punk, a bit of twang, with lyrics recasting the story of Jesus among a crazed trailer-trash family.

"Ray was the son of a sanitation architect
Thought he was Jesus or so I was told
Lived in a room with his brother in a discotheque
His name was Judas and his feet were always cold

Mother Mary was card-carrying virgin
A psycho meter maid who worked for the Lord
She said her sons were Immaculate Conception
The doctors say it was a laboratory job."

While the song title may just be a funny pun, I'd like to think its possible that its a tribute to the 1961 film King of Kings, directed by Nicholas Ray. Like the song, King of Kings was a retelling of the Christ tale much different than the Bible version (e.g., Barabbas is Judas's bud). Analysis of the film often refers to the depiction of Jesus as "Ray's Jesus." Nicholas Ray was also director of the 50s teen angst classic Rebel Without A Cause. Whether my theory is accurate or not, I'll stick with it. Better than learning it was just a title they came up with when they were stoned.

Mp3 - Ray's Jesus - Carnival Art

TMI on Wikipedia

Wikipedia user pages, i.e., the home page that each wikipedia editor has as their own little calling card, can be fountains of information. They often contain "userboxes", which are, well, little boxes which contain extraneous information of all types. One editor, for example, tells the story of his love life using userboxes.

girls, he may just be available

This editor shall remain unidentified, unless any ladies would like to meet him, just leave a comment and I'll pass on your info to him.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

YouTube Song of the Day - Nuno Bettencourt - Crave (1997)

Nuno Bettencourt - Crave (1997)

So at home I have an unorganized collection of tapes with songs recorded off various college/rock radio stations. This collection runs through about 1999, when mp3s started to replace college radio as the primary source for finding out about cool music. While I attempted to record the name and artist of every song, many of the song titles are guesses and artist names blank. Digital Kids of Today cannot appreciate that it actually used to be difficult to find out what a song was, as you would inevitably miss the DJ rundown of what the songs were sometimes (if they even gave a rundown, and didn't screw it up). So I pulled out the old walkman the other day and plugged it into the now common "aux" input for mp3 players in the car, with a tape labeled "2/97-3/97". These tapes have tons of artists I have never mentioned in my song of the day entries, because even I hadn't ever tracked them down. But the internet of 2010 is so comprehensive, and google so all-powerful now, that many can be identified and shared.

So, this 1997 song is a catchy rock number that is mostly alternative rock, but harder a la Red Hot Chili Peppers (without the funk) or Soundgarden (but not truly grunge). I was bit disturbed and intrigued to learn that the song (called "Crave") is by Nuno Bettencourt, well known to hair metal fans as the guitarist of Extreme, purveyors of 1991 mega ballad hit More Than Words.

I mean, you cannot ignore the hair metal look:
easy breezy beautiful covergirls

Anyway, apparently Extreme broke up in 1996 because Nuno wanted to go solo, and he released his 5 year labor of love, Schizophonic. (Incidentially, Extreme's singer was/is Gary Cherone, better known as "that other Van Halen singer who sucked").

You cannot ignore the Hair on Schizophonic either, but Nuno as Marilyn is definitely not hair metal:
results of the Five Year Itch

Anyway, apparently Extreme fans are divided about Schizophonic due to it being a departure in style. I sampled a few of the tracks, but only Crave, the track on that 1997 radio tape, resonated with me. The song is not obscure to people who knew Nuno, but I never knew who this was, and never heard the song on the radio again. The album was not a huge hit, and today Nuno is reunited with Extreme, back in the rut he tried to emerge from, it seems.

(More song of the day entries on the anchor cove forum here)

Monday, March 01, 2010

The fall of the united states - Wikipedia article

So, as of late, I've posted the full text of some Wikipedia articles which have fallen prey to the Deletionist League. But as a matter of fact, even I agree that some things don't belong on Wikipedia. But some things do deserve preservation on the Internet, somewhere. In that spirit, I present to you the soon to be deleted article, "The fall of the united states." This article was created by editor "Kyle Ferris" on February 23, 2010 (his sole contribution to date). It was proposed for deletion seven minutes after its creation, and two other editors endorsed this proposal within the following twelve minutes. Watch for it to be cited on a future edition of Glenn Beck's show.

The fall of the united states

The fall of the United States of America is a theory that has been given thought by some professors and scientists. Although many of them simply say this because they are anti-american, the fall of the United States within the next 20 years is a concrete possibility.

One theory is the economic depression that has gradualy worsen over the years. If this crisis deepens, the United States might "blow up" from the inside out, much like the Soviet Union did. If the United States does this, then the entire world will suffer a huge worldwide depression and it may take many years for the world to get back on its feet.

Another theory is another civil war. Much like the one from 1861-1865, politicians from the different states will slowly begin to become more fed up with the decisions that the country is making. If this continues without the government seeking appropriate compromises, the United States may have a second civil war. People across the nation will take sides and fight each other until a final victor is declared. Although it would eventually end, it would leave the nation extremely weakened, and a rival country such as China or Russia might invade and conquer the remains of the United States.

Another theory is the United States following in the footsteps of the Roman Empire. The people of ancient Rome gradualy became less involved in the unity of the empire and more involved into their own "creature comforts". With enemies becoming more daring along the borders, wars became increasingly harder to win. This led to more Roman soldiers dying, and less wanting to sign up. Towards the twilight of the Empire, generals fought multiple civil wars against each other to declare themselves emperor, which gradually left the state very weakened. One last blow from a strong nation is all that it took to leave the Roman Empire to crumbles. See any relations beetween this and the United States?

Although these are possibilities, one should not worry themselves. It is pretty unlikely that the United States of America, a nation still so young, would deteriorate so fast and so sudden. It is almost a fact that the United States will EVENTUALLY fall, but probably not in this century.