User talk:Kassorlae

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Greetings, Kassorlae, and thank you for joining our wiki of cheap tooths! I hope you enjoy your time here. Star of David.png Radioactive afikomen Please ignore all my awful pre-2014 comments. 05:24, 19 May 2014 (UTC)

User:Stabby the Misanthrope, I do have a love of the tone! Makes me laugh every few minutes! - <whoops, unsigned, meh, I'll do it now> Kassorlae (talk) 20:39, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

Wikignoming[edit]

Thank you :) Aldon (talk) 19:14, 26 May 2014 (UTC)

For? But thanks for the thanks! Kassorlae (talk) 19:15, 26 May 2014 (UTC)
All the grammar corrections etc. Aldon (talk) 19:18, 26 May 2014 (UTC)
Oh, no problem! I'm quite the copy-editor. At least, I think so. Kassorlae (talk) 19:21, 26 May 2014 (UTC)
Any articles you think need combing through with a red pen? I always make the corrections to my screen in res sharpie. Kassorlae (talk) 20:20, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

autopatrolled[edit]

That does it, now you're autopatrolled. Maybe that means no Captcha for you ... I don't really know. Gnome° away!

°wrong verb, right sentiment. Unsigned comment by User:MarmotHead (or whatever the convention here is for that in WML

... arf? :)
Kassorlae (talk) 19:48, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Thank you User:MarmotHead! Kassorlae (talk) 19:50, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Genetics[edit]

So, you know something about genetics? If you've got other factual corrections on that genetics and race article, go for it. I think I already displayed all my genetic "knowledge" on that page. MarmotHead (talk) 18:27, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

My background is biopsychology, which is all of the biology of the brain and the emergence of other psychological phenomenon, like cognition, &c. I also have a concentration in microbiology, but I am far from a trained lab-grade microbiologist - and absolutely disavow any authority/expert-ness.
I do read Science and Nature weekly, both high-impact journals. I keep them when I am done. I have familiarity with much of the concepts and overall evidence. I could, however, grab an article for more in-depth data, &c.
Is there anything in particular you think is open-ended that some data would fill in/falsify observations? Kassorlae (talk) 18:34, 29 May 2014 (UTC)
I don't have anything specific in mind. I'm a statistician, living in academia, and I can read science well, but am not an expert in any non-statistical subject matter. At the moment, I'm just worried that I wrote something wrong. I feel sure about what I wrote, but that doesn't mean a lot right now.
I get it, but I think in stats: the normal curve is the key to understanding evolution by natural selection. For each and every trait, traits are clustered around the mean, a little more than mu, a little less than mu; Hardy-Weinberg describes the "drift" in allele frequency, I see it as a shift to a "new mu" around the distribution of the imprecision of a genotype. That, and from using it in psych classes/projects/research (which is one thing a psych-heavy degree is good for - stats!).
I didn't see anything *wrong* with it, but I can always take a closer look (and with a few journals to my side). I saw it was on the t-do list for article creation, which was odd because it was created and content-ed! Kassorlae (talk) 20:03, 29 May 2014 (UTC)
By the by, maybe I could use your help. On http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Global_flood#Why_bother.3F
why land so close to he heard but far enough away to be hard to verify. Global flood equal prob for landing in Atlantic or pacific areas! - that was my quick note I wrote to myself in email. Charting the probability of landing on Mt Arrarat (or whatever fundamentalist churches with no regard for the sociocultural contexts of the area call whatever they imagine an interpretation of Hebrew would be - if they think the bible is the literal word of god, should't they use all the Hebrew terms for everything) Kassorlae (talk) 20:08, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

Copyediting[edit]

Hello, Kassorlae. You're doing good work copyediting our articles!

Regarding double spacing after periods: I'm aware it's an old convention leftover from the typewriter days, but that's exactly why I use them. Wikicode is displayed in a monospaced font, and I find that double spacing after a period makes it easier to pick out where a sentence ends, which can be handy when editing. (I should add that extra spacing works for editing only — MediaWiki, the software RationalWiki uses, only counts the first space when displaying pages normally, and ignores all the others.) Star of David.png Radioactive afikomen Please ignore all my awful pre-2014 comments. 18:39, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

I (not Kassorlae) noticed that. So, how do you get multiple spaces if you need/want them? MarmotHead (talk) 18:46, 29 May 2014 (UTC)
Not as far as I know. Star of David.png Radioactive afikomen Please ignore all my awful pre-2014 comments. 18:52, 29 May 2014 (UTC)
Sorry if that's not the convention here. If it is, I'll refrain from it, despite the incorrect usage in printed form. I grew up w/ a parent w/ a Ph.D. in Ethnic AmLit who taught comp (though we disagree on proscriptive and descriptive writing)- certain things, for me, are still stuck on full-auto. Like correcting commas, semi-colons, and people who think obscure Latin rules apply to a Germanic language (English) :) Be well Kassorlae (talk) 19:37, 29 May 2014 (UTC)
We also disagree like crazy on logical punctuation! Kassorlae (talk) 19:39, 29 May 2014 (UTC)
User:Stabby the Misanthrope after re-reading your comment, I get what you're saying. So it's not double-spaced when displaying the page/article? Whew! One less (like 35 per section!) thing to do! Thanks for letting me know! Kassorlae (talk) 19:41, 29 May 2014 (UTC)
It's not only MediaWiki, it's HTML in general - multiple spaces are displayed as one. So not a problem.--ZooGuard (talk) 20:06, 29 May 2014 (UTC)
Thanks User:ZooGuard - the last time I used HTML I must have been in 5th grade. Remember <blink> <scroll> blink text <scroll></blink>? (IE would blink, all others would scroll because of a quirk in IE4/Trident) Kassorlae (talk) 20:10, 29 May 2014 (UTC)