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I in the American flag and the republic which means loyalty, one nation pledge under freedom and justice and divided impossible God because of everything.[1]

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Checkuser is not magic wiki pixie dust.
Billions of voices, making all the wrong choices, then turning round and blaming me.[2]
Do no harm. All the rest is wikilawyering. [3]
Up with your damned nonsense will I put twice, or perhaps once, but sometimes always, by God, never.[4]

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About me

Hi everyone! My name's Josh Gordon. I've got a ton of different interests and possibly interesting experiences that might or might not result in useful and informative additions to Wikipedia. For example, I've worked at IMSAI (my first job out of college), Autodesk (my longest job) and eBay (where I was Chief Engineer) as a programmer; I was lead trumpet for the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo for a couple of years in the '70s; I'm a jazz pianist and folk/blues guitarist; I've lived in New York City, Alexandria, VA, Munich, Germany, Eugene, Oregon, Tarzana, Berkeley, San Francisco, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Las Vegas. I now live in Kernville, California, my wife's hometown and my adopted hometown.. I spent many years on The Well, for a long time as conference host of several of the most popular forums (Current Events and Politics, for example), and I'm an utter fanatic for encyclopedias and dictionaries of all sorts.

I've collected comic books most of my life, though not much since the '90s -- my old friends kept getting killed off or replaced with children, so to hell with it. I do have a nice collection of original art by John Byrne, Neal Adams, Scott McCloud, and Chris Ware. I also collect photography, and have some lovely prints by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Ruth Bernhard, Paul Caponigro, and Diane Arbus (the "Jewish Giant" was my cousin Eddie Carmel).

TV appearance

I appeared on Antiques Roadshow on the show premiering May 12, 2008. I'm showing some Woody Guthrie drawings my Dad was given when he interviewed Woody for a New York Times story in 1949 or so.

Here's the appearance.


I'm now maintaining my bird list offsite. These are all birds I've sighted from my home on the Kern River in California. Number 53 is the Downy Woodpecker. Number 55 is the Summer Tanager; I think I saw the red female morph. Number 56 is the Black-headed grosbeak. Number 57 is the Cedar waxwing. I wonder if anyone in the world besides me looks at that page?


Mostly I'm doing janitorial work around here. It comes naturally to me; I was "code cop" at Autodesk and at eBay, so browsing other people's work is quick, easy, and pleasurable.

I became an administrator on Nov. 26, 2004. I have been named a "monster admin" by a fellow editor at WP:RfAr [3] -- I don't think it was meant as praise, though.

Arbitration Committee

I was named to the Arbitration Committee on December 25, 2006. I resigned a year early; three years is too long. I hated it.

And now a decade later (2019), I find myself overwhelmingly relieved not to be part of the governance of this operation.


I'm the inventor of the concept Wikipedia:Wikipedia is not therapy, though I don't think it should be part of WP:NOT.


I'm currently on a crusade against "ironically". And now "interestingly" is also on my list -- I found one sentence starting, "Interestingly and ironically", which was just proof to me that my sword is insufficiently swift. But I'm letting "interestingly" stay in video game and other pop culture sorts of articles, because, really, who cares.

I don't like adverbs in general, it would appear. "Indeed" is now on my list too.

It should be noted

It should be noted that it is noteworthy that it should be mentioned that I also have a bug up my ass about "It should be noted" and other such wastes of bits.

Yet another lower colonic arthropod

Random lists of covers of standards. For example, there are hundreds of recordings by different artists of Over The Rainbow; that's the whole point of a standard -- it gets recorded a lot. So there's no need for Over the Rainbow to have a list of artists that have covered the song; it suffices to say the song has been widely covered, and pick out a few that are notable such as Bruddah Iz. And for gosh sake, lets not have a list including episodes of TV shows that have included the songs. Criminy.

Is mentioned in

Popular culture sections are bad enough trivia collections as is, but I do draw the line at "The topic of this article is mentioned in Episode #23 of The Fanboy Webcomic". "Is mentioned in" is an immediate clue that the rest of the sentence is subtrivia.


When you're talking about something that happened 150 years ago, do you really need to refer to Lincoln as "then-President Lincoln"? New sport: thenectomy.


I'm tired of seeing "openly gay" for contemporary BLP subjects. There are a contexts where it might be appropriate, such as in countries where it's a serious risk to be publicly identified as gay and the subject is unusual for being "openly" gay. But we don't refer to living people as gay unless they have self-identified as such, under WP:BLP; if we're going to mention someone is gay, then they of course are "openly" gay. Times have changed, and this is a place where we can actually reflect that change by our editorial choices without any risk of violating NPOV.

International Travels

Spent years: Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg
Days to Months: Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of Denmark.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Hours: Flag of Ireland.svg Flag of Wales.svg
To go some day: Flag of Egypt.svg Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Israel.svg Flag of Poland.svg Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Flag of India.svg Flag of Iceland.svg Flag of Greece.svg Proposed flag of Antarctica (Graham Bartram).svg Flag of Russia.svg Flag of Turkey.svg Flag of Spain.svg...
Idea and layout taken from User:Calton, who appropriated it from User:Salsb, who stole it from User:Guettarda who borrowed it from User:White Cat

I had the privilege and pleasure of making two Atlantic crossings, in the SS United States and the SS America.

US Travels

Spent years:

Flag of Virginia.svg Flag of California.svg Flag of Oregon.svg Flag of Nevada.svg

Days to Months:

Flag of New York.svg Flag of West Virginia.svg Flag of Maryland.svg Flag of New Mexico.svg Flag of New Jersey.svg Flag of Arizona.svg Flag of Connecticut.svg Flag of Texas.svg Flag of Washington.svg Flag of Utah.svg Flag of Wyoming.svg Flag of Michigan.svg Flag of the District of Columbia.svg Flag of Idaho.svg Flag of Hawaii.svg Flag of Alaska.svg


Flag of Illinois.svg Flag of Delaware.svg Flag of Pennsylvania.svg

Idea and layout taken from User:Calton, who appropriated it from User:Salsb, who stole it from User:Guettarda who borrowed it from User:White Cat

Barnstars and things


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  1. ^ The US Pledge of Allegiance, as translated by Google from English to Japanese and back again.
  2. ^ Jerry Springer: The Opera
  3. ^ Tony Sidaway[2]
  4. ^ Hans Richter