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This mudra ( मुद्रा ) helps focus attention -- a gesture of remembering.

Shikata ga nai (仕方がない), pronounced [ɕi̥kata ɡa nai], is a Japanese phrase meaning "it can't be helped" or "nothing can be done about it" -- the same as Shō ga nai (しょうがない), pronounced [ɕoː ɡa nai]

My username is derived from Tenmei (天明), which was a Japanese era name (年号, nengō, lit. "year name") during the years from 1781 through 1789. The new era was designated to mark the enthronement of Emperor Kōkaku (光格天皇, Kōkaku-tennō) in 1781.-- Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, pp. 420-421.

Idioms[change | change source]

I try to identify English idioms which express complex ideas using few words.

Notes[change | change source]

"I would rather be a bridge used by everyone than be a statue." -- Nobushige Hozumi
Princess Itoyo/Tsunuzashi-tennō
  • This Is the House That Jack Built "... Here is a fact. Here is where it says this is a fact. Here is where it clarifies that the guy who says this is a fact is not a crank. This is the dog that chased the cat that worried the rat that ate the corn that lay in the house that Fact built ...." -- User:Gladys j cortez a/k/a GJC 21:58, 13 February 2010 (diff)
  • "In my opinion, once you correct an error, you have no further obligation, but I'd suggest calling it to the attention of the community. For a Japan-related article, Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Japan should be a good place for discussion. Then it's in the hands of the community. They can provide support in an edit war." Fg2 5:20, 11 June 2009 (UTC)
  • "The only perfect crime that exists is not the one that remains unsolved, but the one which is solved with the wrong culprit." -- Actor John Hurt in "The Oxford Murders"

Shinto Shrines -- disestablishment of Buddhism in 1871, State Shinto disestablished in 1946

The list of Shinto Shrines financed and controlled by the Japanese State (1871-1946) was composed of
  • 188 daisha (large shrines)
  • a large number of chūsha (medium-sized shrines)
  • 2,207 shosha (small shrines).<:ref>Nussbaum, Louis Frédéric. Japan Encyclopedia, p. 550.</ref>
State Shinto Shrines are ranked in an hierarchy composed of four grades: national shrines (kokuheisha), Imperial shrines (kanpeisha)

Bookmarks[change | change source]

Sub-pages[change | change source]

  • September 2011: Edit count pie chart here; Articles created list here
Useful links

File:Graham's Hierarchy of Disagreement1.svg The pyramid graphic posted at WP:DR is the only image on the page. This is the specific wording of the pyramid graphic which was identified by Qwyrxian as an "unhelpful image" here. The graphic emphasizes a few terms:

  1. Refuting the Central Point refutes the central point
  2. Refutation finds the mistake and explains why its mistaken using quotes
  3. Counterargument contradicts and then backs it up with reasoning and/or supporting evidence
  4. Contradiction states the opposing case with little or no supporting evidence
  5. Responding to Tone criticizes the tone of the writing without addressing the substance of the argument
  6. Ad Hominem attacks the characteristics or authority of the writer without addressing the substance of the argument
  7. Name calling sounds something like, "You are an ass hat."

At WP:DR, the image caption is an hortatory command: "Stay in the top three sections of this pyramid."

Useful links
Dispute resolution and noticeboards
Full title Short cut Summary
Wikipedia:Dispute resolution WP:DR The entry page into all types of dispute resolution
Wikipedia:Mediation Cabal WP:MED For mediating between disagreeing editors over content disputes
Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard WP:AN For general discussions requiring long-term attention (such as community bans
Wikipedia:Coordination WP:CORD For cooridination of various discussions throughout Wikipedia. **This is like a watchlist for all boards**
Wikipedia:Content noticeboard WP:CNB, WP:AWN, & WP:CNOTICE For discussions pertaining to encyclopedic content and associated issues
Wikipedia:Administrators' Noticeboard/Incidents WP:DRAMA, WP:ANI For incidents which require the attention of an administrator or the use of tools (quick and dirty discussions)
Wikipedia:Requests for checkuser WP:RFCU To request a checkuser, an examination of an editors' IP address, usually due to suspected sockpuppeting
Wikipedia:Wikiquette alerts WP:WQA For discussions and outside input into wikiquette and minor issues of editors' behavior; non-binding and informal
Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations WP:SPI Discussion over whether specific editors are evading community bans or editorial restrictions
Wikipedia:Third Opinion WP:3O (note an "oh", not "zero" For disputes between two editors, asking a third to give an opinion over article content; informal and non-binding. If the dispute involves more than two editors, seek a request for comment
Wikipedia:Requests for page protection WP:RFPP To restrict editing of specific pages to established editors or administrators due to sustained vandalism of a specific article
Wikipedia:Requests for comment WP:RFC For third-party input when more than two editors are disagreeing; more formal and binding than a 3O, but less than arbitration. Has three sub-sections; content-based, policy based, on users and Wikipedia:Requests for comment/All.
WIkipedia:Requests for arbitration WP:RFARB The last stage in dispute resolution, generally over user conduct. Very serious!
Wikipedia:Request for adminship RFC Editors applying for and voting for administrators
Wikipedia:Request for oversight WP:RFO Email things that should be removed from the project
Wikipedia:Abuse filter WP:AF WP:FILTER AbuseFilter is a tool used to allow privileged users to set specific controls on user activity and create automated reactions for certain behaviors.
User essays
Full title Short cut Summary
Wikipedia:Arguments to avoid in deletion discussions WP:ATA Fallacies that are acknowledged as not convincing during deletion discussions
ATA sections WP:IDONTLIKEIT "This page should be deleted because I don't like it"
WP:OTHERSTUFFEXISTS "This page shouldn't be deleted because this related page isn't being deleted"
Wikipedia:Don't stuff beans up your nose WP:BEANS Don't give vandals ideas
Wikipedia:The Truth WP:TRUTH Remember that you're right, no matter how wrong you actually are (a satirical essay)
WP:Outlines None Outline articles are a type of list article about a subject. An outline is a hierarchical list showing the structure of the subject. Together, outlines form an outline of knowledge.
Wikipedia:You should not spread your fetish across Wikipedia WP:SANDWICH Wikipedia and fetishism shouldn't meet (but often do Face-smile.svg)
Wikipedia:Don't cry wolf WP:WOLF Personal attacks and harassment are not accusations to be made idly
User:WLU/Generic sandbox None Essay for new editors. Fun to read, points to good sources and worth the time!
User:Jehochman/Umbrage WP:PIQUE 'Editors should not take personal offense at healthy disagreements"
Wikipedia:Civil POV pushing
Reference citations
  • Sanger, Larry (2006-10-24). "Why Make Room for Experts in Web 2.0?". Retrieved 2007-09-15.
  • Kelly, Kevin (2005-08-01). "We Are the Web". Retrieved 2007-10-13.
  • "why data (information representation) is the key to the coming semantic web". 2007-03-19.
  • Duguid, Paul (2006). "Limits of self–organization: Peer production and "laws of quality"". First Monday. 11 (10). Retrieved 2008-02-22. --

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Quotes[change | change source]

If the cuckoo does not sing, kill it

Nakanunara, koroshiteshimae, hototogisu

If the cuckoo does not sing, coax it

Nakanunara, nakashitemiseyou, hototogisu

If the cuckoo doesn’t sing, wait for it

Nakanunara, nakumadematou, hototogisu
Beware the shortsighted quick fix that can lead to worse problems
The close-at-hand problem is always the one the defender must take care of before anything else, but the solution should include what you are committing yourself to over the long haul.

"It is altogether too easy to let the burden of the immediate problem obliterate other considerations from your thinking and to jump at what promises to be a quick fix. What often happens is that you have not achieved a long-range success but only converted one difficulty into another perhaps less obvious but no less onerous one.

-- Robert Byrne. "Pastimes; Chess," New York Times. December 24, 1989.

Wikiquote explains here that the following is misattributed --

• I am only one, but I am one.
• I can not do everything, but I can do something.
• I must not fail to do the something that I can do.

I learned these word as a Helen Keller quotation, and I think of her each time I read them.

  • A politician uses history the way a drunk uses a lamp post -- for support rather than illumination. -- John Dower
  • Mark Twain said: "People commonly use statistics the way a drunk uses a lamp post, for support rather than illumination."