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Maybe you could contribute to [cheese]? I think it will be an important article. Great to see you and welcome to RW 2.0. TK still bitches and moans all the time, but otherwise it is just like CP + reason. Flippin;-) 16:43, 24 May 2007 (CDT)

CP + reason? Isn't that sort of like "Matter + antimatter"? --Gulik 17:13, 24 May 2007 (CDT)
Well, not to hijack Sterile's page, it is, but it was the best I could come up with on short notice. Runners-up: "RW is to CP what a glass slipper is to a pig" and "Like CP, only less fanaticism and fewer closeted Nazis." I think you can see why my choice was--while bland--a little better. Flippin;-) 09:55, 25 May 2007 (CDT)


See my talk.--TimS 14:53, 30 May 2007 (CDT)

Show me you're not so sterile and help[edit]

  • Why does everyone here refuse to follow their own rules? Why don't you accede to my reasonable demands? Why are you all so confused about how to follow rules? Make me a sysop! Bet you thought this was someone else. humanbe in 22:22, 1 June 2007 (CDT)

Go to guy[edit]

Hey, think you can take up Thimerosal over at Vaccine hysteria? Tmtoulouse 15:01, 22 June 2007 (CDT)

Speaking of histeria, do you have email? I do. Shoot me one. HeartGoldTeach me about your father Satan 17:16, 17 July 2007 (CDT)

vandal sign[edit]

Very nice, thanks. But now the resident vandal and club leader is the pinto bean. You should give it to him. Again, thanks for making it. Bohdan

hijacked articles timeline gifs[edit]

I know it must have been a lot of work to assemble these, but is there any chance they could all be edited a bit to have the same "time" axis? (ie, same number of days per pixel, whatever)? I was thinking of making the bigger one smaller, but the others aren't quite consistent, so I'm not sure which one I should use as a "baseline". Thanks, humanbe in 16:55, 1 October 2007 (EDT)

In a day or two--I'm a bit swamped. That did occur to me. VirileSterilepie chart? 17:27, 1 October 2007 (EDT)
Cool, thanks - I'll leave it be then and let you get to it when you've got time. humanbe in 17:47, 1 October 2007 (EDT)


Congratulations, you now have sysop powerz. Please use themm mostly for good and not evil. Feel free to practice by blocking random targets, like me, and familiarizing your self with how the extra buttons work. So you are ready to defend against teh wandals!!!! humanUser talk:Human 23:58, 11 November 2007 (EST)


It might just be me but your Kenpie.gif might look funnier if you actually made it a bit more Pacmannish. Just a thought. Jollyfish.gifGenghis Marauding 13:28, 4 December 2007 (EST)


Are you really? --Star of David.png Radioactive afikomen Please ignore all my awful pre-2014 comments. 14:03, 23 January 2008 (EST)

Of course not. I needed a name when joining CP, and there was a Band-aid nearby. It kinda typified the character of the place. I ought to rebrand myself at some point... Sterilexx 14:05, 23 January 2008 (EST)
You should have used some of "my password is radioactive"'s new password when hanging around with our more, uh, radioactive editors... my condolences... humanUser talk:Human 15:28, 23 January 2008 (EST)
My isotope is quite large stable. I resent what you're implying. --Star of David.png Radioactive afikomen Please ignore all my awful pre-2014 comments. 15:31, 23 January 2008 (EST)
What does "afikomen" mean, anyway? --AKjeldsenGodspeed! 15:36, 23 January 2008 (EST)
Before the big dinner held on Passover, a piece of matzah (special cracker) is hidden, so someone (usually the children) can try to find it. That piece is the afikomen. --Star of David.png Radioactive afikomen Please ignore all my awful pre-2014 comments. 15:43, 23 January 2008 (EST)
"Afikomen is a world class Jewish Books, Gifts, and Lifestyle Store." humanUser talk:Human 15:51, 23 January 2008 (EST)
Come again? --Star of David.png Radioactive afikomen Please ignore all my awful pre-2014 comments. 15:51, 23 January 2008 (EST)

Hmmm... Sterilexx 16:03, 23 January 2008 (EST)

It's the number one Google hit on the word. Esther egg crackers come later. humanUser talk:Human 16:06, 23 January 2008 (EST)
Of course. Jews can commercialize anything.  :) --Star of David.png Radioactive afikomen Please ignore all my awful pre-2014 comments. 21:19, 23 January 2008 (EST)


Care to join our little party? --Linus(plot evil tech) 13:35, 9 February 2008 (EST)

Ahms for the poor?[edit]

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] I must be a terrible person for feeling this way, but I feel left out now. Have pity on a weatherbeaten soul?  : ) --Star of David.png Radioactive afikomen Please ignore all my awful pre-2014 comments. 17:55, 25 March 2008 (EDT)

Ides of May[edit]

Sterile, as you requested I've been working with some PHP guys on the back doors in the WM software. If you can get the necessary art-work ready before the 13th then we can load the horses on about 2000 zombies that they have. What's realy brill is that all user-rights permissions will be toggled without warning when the datbase is unlocked, so in theory any available internet-connected computer can be used. NotBK will be celebrated in style! Jollyfish.gifGenghisOur ignorance is God; what we know is science. 17:40, 8 May 2008 (EDT)

Check. Phase 3 is undergoing beta-testing and seems to be holding up well. humanUser talk:Human 20:16, 8 May 2008 (EDT)
This week-end we need to do a dry run. We don't want to use the zombies until the actual day so if you can spare some PCs to act as stooges we'd appreciate it. With my two desktops, three laptops, my wife's PC and three neighbour's laptops (I'm supposed to be fixing them) I can coopt nine, possibly 10 if I leave my office PC on over the weekend. They say 50 would be needed for a real test can we cobble together that number by Saturday night? Jollyfish.gifGenghisOur ignorance is God; what we know is science. 03:26, 9 May 2008 (EDT)


Sterile, how many PC can you drum up for Sunday morning's dry run? We really need about 50. So far I've got just over 20 lined up. Jollyfish.gifGenghisOur ignorance is God; what we know is science. 12:58, 9 May 2008 (EDT)


I have some questions that need answering, Sterile. --Star of David.png Radioactive afikomen Please ignore all my awful pre-2014 comments. 03:42, 12 May 2008 (EDT)

Another question[edit]

You're listed as a chemist, so could you answer a hypothetical question for me vaguely dealing with chemistry? Ignoring the complete impossiblility of it, what would happen to the human body if entropy ceased to exist? If it's too hard to imagine an entire universe without entropy, what about just entropy not existing inside the human body? ThunderkatzHo! 22:02, 19 June 2008 (EDT)

Wouldn't everything just explode? And make new universes? ħumanUser talk:Human 00:01, 20 June 2008 (EDT)
That's why I included that second part, to ignore entropy in the universe and focus only on the human body. But is it true that everything would explode in an entropy-free universe? ThunderkatzHo! 07:47, 20 June 2008 (EDT)

It's hard to imagine an entropy-free universe. Most processes are not reversible and hence cause energy to be spread out. Entropy just kinda "is."

Actually, if you think about it, the human body isn't a closed system. It's constantly exchanging matter and energy with the "universe" if the body is the "system." Your body must use food and oxygen, gives off heat, and generates waste (solid, in solution and gas).

In terms of humans, if you are no longer generating entropy, your body is at equilibrium. Another word for that is dead. If you took a body and made it a closed system (unable to exchange energy, and de facto matter--think of a well insulated box), you wouldn't be able to stop the energy from spreading out until the entropy was maximized (or at least it reached a local maximum. Shut a person in a box, and I guess the oxygen would oxidize what was left of your biomolecules, so you'd probably be some mix of CO2, leftover biomolecules, trace metals, and a ton of water.

But from a philsophical point of view, I don't think it's possible to "switch off" entropy. Systems just move until the microstates reflect as statistical a distribution as possible (using the "disorder analogy", which is, in a lot of ways, flawed). With time moving in one direction, you just can't "shut off" entropy. Sterilesnore! 09:26, 20 June 2008 (EDT)

Thanks. I asked so I could have a specific response to this piece of crap, which claims that there was no entropy before The Fall. Your info helps me counter future arguments the idiots might make and in general refute what the point. ThunderkatzHo! 10:35, 20 June 2008 (EDT)
Actually, I've heard the argument that if God exists, it's a problem, because God would have to die at some point because of entropy considerations. Finite God. Sterilesnore! 10:42, 20 June 2008 (EDT)


We're using RationalWiki:Vandal instead of blocking now. Reduces them to 1 edit per year or something. SusanG  ContribsTalk 09:06, 30 June 2008 (EDT)

i can has wordle cloud?[edit]

Can I use the cloud you generated on my blog? It was awesome... and a pretty poignant reminder of how awful McCain is...-caius (tinker) 01:33, 31 October 2008 (EDT)

Wow, that is a cool site! I'm running Ken's CP blog on atheism right now... ħumanUser talk:Human 16:47, 12 November 2008 (EST)
Oozers... that'll Sterilevote! 18:25, 12 November 2008 (EST)

sorry about that vandal[edit]

Looks like you unblocked the vandal and moved him to the vandal group... that's what I should have done. I apologize for the trouble, I'm new to this! Alecwh 16:20, 30 November 2008 (EST)

Support or oppose the Science namespace[edit]

Sterile. After hearing the previous debates on the matter, I decided to call the matter to question. Since you responded to my original exhortation in the community standards talk page. I would appreciate it if you'd mosey on over to the debate page and cast a vote. Omniwombat 18:28, 11 January 2009 (EST)

There's just not much for a post-Conservapedia to do her any more...[edit]

You just don't want to do her any more?  ;-D

If, as I assume, you mean there's just not much for a post-Conservapedia editor to do here any more, then I don't really agree. Since the Saloon bar's taken off, things at the site seem to be revolving less & less around CP. I'm hoping so anyway. But enjoy your semi-retirement. €₳$£ΘĪÐWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 10:36, 25 January 2009 (EST)

I have responded to your very important e-mail.[edit]

Operation Pierced Navel and Operation Dustbunny are proceeding as planned. Amin7b5 02:37, 3 May 2009 (UTC)

Oh, noes, not OPN and OD! Sterilewalkie-talkie 02:40, 3 May 2009 (UTC)
Ides is also ON. Prepare ye the way of the laud. ħumanUser talk:Human 02:59, 3 May 2009 (UTC)
Ooooo.... it is ides month, isn't it? Sterilewalkie-talkie 03:10, 3 May 2009 (UTC)
Yup, and it's an appropriate run-up to our second anniversary. De-mothball the instruments, let us make this glorious. ħumanUser talk:Human 03:14, 3 May 2009 (UTC)
Damn. No AAA batteries. Have to go to the store tomorrow and get some. Sterilewalkie-talkie 03:21, 3 May 2009 (UTC)
I have a few supplies to refresh myself. I hope the "right people" got the "message" from my intercom thing. ħumanUser talk:Human 03:40, 3 May 2009 (UTC)


I really appreciate your building the article here - and discussing it with the YEC trolltard at aSocKdrawer. ħumanUser talk:Human 05:44, 12 May 2009 (UTC)

Thanks! I appreciate it. I actually want to do more with it, but this week is crazy at work... Sterile calculator 11:50, 12 May 2009 (UTC)
I just read Philip's response. OMFG. OMFG. Sterile calculator 11:55, 12 May 2009 (UTC)


is awarded the
Smite 'em with facts award

For contributions to

ToastToastand marmite 05:20, 13 May 2009 (UTC)

Nice, and well deserved. ħumanUser talk:Human 05:28, 13 May 2009 (UTC)
Awesome. Sterile calculator 16:01, 13 May 2009 (UTC)

That old argument[edit]

Thought you should know, it finally cropped up. You'd expressed some interest in debunking it. --Kels 05:26, 15 May 2009 (UTC)

Answers Journal[edit]

What do you think of presenting just the current articles this way? - π 13:11, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

Looks great, I think. Sterile calculator 16:20, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

C-Decay and Fine Tuning[edit]

See here. Which I got no reply to. Ace McWickedi9 10:48, 16 June 2009 (UTC)

Very good point. I never thought of "fine tuning" and c-decay crap being contradictory. Scarlet A.pngpostate 12:04, 16 June 2009 (UTC)


Is too July. - π 00:36, 1 July 2009 (UTC)

Also you are about to get blocked. - π 00:38, 1 July 2009 (UTC)
Damn EU-centric wikifolk and sequential blocking bot-dude. Sterile calculator 00:44, 1 July 2009 (UTC)
A could get Pibot to clear it for you. - π 01:45, 1 July 2009 (UTC)
Some of them do need categories; I think stranded fun articles are the worst! Sterile calculator 01:45, 1 July 2009 (UTC)
Well if you are happy to do it. - π 01:47, 1 July 2009 (UTC)
Back in the "old days" that's how we always did it ;) ! Sterile calculator 01:47, 1 July 2009 (UTC)

Your sig[edit]

is borken (CR after sig before timestamp) ħumanUser talk:Human 05:39, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

I think it might be the "noun" one, all the others seem to come out fine. ħumanUser talk:Human 05:43, 5 August 2009 (UTC)
Yup, confirmed. ħumanUser talk:Human 05:44, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

Show Preview[edit]

Is this something you think you could become familiar with, given time? SuspectedReplicant (talk) 20:25, 15 August 2009 (UTC)

I do try to, but I go fast sometimes. Again, I'm sorry for going fast, that's just my best way of editing, and I realize that it stepped on your toes a bit. Sterile calculator 20:27, 15 August 2009 (UTC)
Actually, are you editing sections, or do you edit the whole document? The latter leads to a lot more EC's. Sterile calculator 20:28, 15 August 2009 (UTC)

Parser functions[edit]

What are you trying to do with them? - π 01:49, 23 September 2009 (UTC)

Over at ASK, Philip has a template that changes the text to a different color and size, which we now have as template:tq . So {{tq|blah}} ends up as blah. What I think we want to do is if you embed the template within the template it changes to yet another color and size, such that {{tq|blah {{tq|blah}} }} ends up as blah blah. I was seeing what happens when you detect the namespace in the parser function to see how embedded templates work, but it doesn't in the way I wanted. (I also think we want to be subtle in "improving" Philip's templates.) Sterile calculator 01:57, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
Still not completely following. If you embed a template it reads the entire content of the page into it. The easiest way to find the namespace is with the ns magic word, templates are namespace 10. - π 02:02, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
Yeah, I understand that. But is there a way for a template to detect if it's embedded in another template displayed on a talk page or if it's displayed on a talk page directly? That is the question. Sterile calculator 02:07, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
The pages are generated as though they are all on the page itself. I'll have to think about it but my first reaction is no. - π 02:27, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
That is my conclusion as well. It was actually kinda a fun exercise in brain teasing (there's probably some computational paradox I tried to violate tonight), but I think it's really not worth the effort of altering a template on a minor wiki for our amusement. Sterile calculator 02:30, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
I can't think of a way to change the color, but the size can be changed, and does indeed change already, because it uses text-size:nn%: text text 2 text 3 text 4 -- Nx / talk 08:12, 23 September 2009 (UTC)




-- Nx / talk 06:58, 23 September 2009 (UTC)

Yeah, I get that. It still doesn't detect if a template is directly displayed on a page or if a template is embedded in a template displayed on a page. (I get parser functions, folks!!!) Sterile calculator 10:43, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
Sorry, I didn't realize you were trying to do that. I don't think there's a nice and easy way to do what you want. I have an idea tough... -- Nx / talk 11:04, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
Ok, it can be done through css. I've added the class tq to the span in Template:Tq. Now add this to your monobook.css:
.tq {
  color: green !important; /*match starting from first level, !important to override the color in the span's style attribute*/

.tq .tq {
  color: blue !important; /*override color starting from level two*/

.tq .tq .tq {
  color: red !important; /*override color starting from level three*/

-- Nx / talk 11:14, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
Great!... so is there a way to "export" that to ASK such that Philip will not object strenuously about us playing with his wiki too much and such that it applies to the general user of ASK? Sterile calculator 21:49, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
I've added the class to the tq template on aSK. Now all you need to do is add the code above to common.css. -- Nx / talk 21:59, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
Turns out, "members" can't edit common.css . I suppose I can ask Bradley, but I can't see that going well.... Sterile calculator 23:52, 23 September 2009 (UTC)


What happened? It has been a week and there is no new review paper about microbes. I am very upset. I love reading lots of good science followed by; this is of course wrong, because Goddidit. - π 03:27, 5 November 2009 (UTC)

Dunno. Maybe God gave them all got swine flu or something. Sterile calculator 03:32, 5 November 2009 (UTC)

My hat's off to you[edit]

You are going toe-to-toe with a bullshit artist of heroic proportions in PJR. I can understand how you might want to just give up. That would be the logical course of action as PJR has an infinite supply of mental gymnastics moves to perform on you. But, I hope you don't. I, for one, am entertained greatly by reading any an all of his replies. --Edgerunner76 14:30, 15 December 2009 (UTC)

I'm getting a bit frustrated, and time is getting short before the holidays, so I'm not sure how much more I'll get to this week except snippets; actually, all you really have to do is "think like a creationist" (shudder), and it's easy.... (Actually, right now I find that more entertaining that RationalWiki, I must confess....) Sterile calculator 20:07, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
"Goddidit, you say, and I yawn." I is dittoing header. Can't comment there, since I was lazy enough to get meself blocked. Your arguments are very well-phrased, but you know the saying about wrestling a pig in the mud? ħumanUser talk:Human 09:45, 24 March 2010 (UTC)
Ah, at this point, Philip is just a mild amusement. PJR wiki is about dead. If Sally and Hamster would just ignore, Philip, Bradley, Evan and Oscar would just sit and stare at each other, which is what I wish would happen. But it's hard, I think, when something is wrong on the internet.... Šţěŗĭļė calculator


HHDS ER5D MM2J UUS5 XJSG OAPL LLKA 8G6D NCXH 3FDD. Right? DogPMarmite Patrol 16:28, 22 May 2010 (UTC)

Wowsers, that's and effective string o' letters. 18:52, 22 May 2010 (UTC)


Hmmmmmm you have been renamed? try Penis pie. AceX-102 00:17, 18 July 2010 (UTC)

Would you like me to rename you properly? AceX-102 00:33, 18 July 2010 (UTC)
It's bad enough having Sterile at the top of the page at work. Sterile calculator 18:35, 18 July 2010 (UTC)


Nice cleanup on the clumsy sentences theah - David Gerard (talk) 22:59, 31 July 2010 (UTC)