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|Fragilis the Melodical|
[Please note that this page will not be updated after 5/29/07]
My h2g2 name is Fragilis1 or Frag for short. I'm a shortish lass from New York City, USA. I'm also a techie at a big law firm, where I help decidedly non-flashy people do flashy-based things. I live with my adorable husband and our two handsome cats.
In my spare time, I play online multiplayer computer games, ponder what technology will bring to the future, and take pleasantly hot bubble baths. Not all at the same time, obviously. That would be dangerous. If you would like to correspond one-to-one, email me at staceycapps at yahoo.com.
I started the Musicians Guild, a virtual club for musicians and music afficionados. The Guild has done an admirable job of helping musical type people with fuzzy logic find what they're looking for. I'm also a (non-practicing) member of the Freedom From Faith Foundation. The Foundation provides a safe space for non-Christians to voice their opinions.
After surviving my first year in New York City, I decided to celebrate by joining the Northeastern Researchers Group. I've also contributed since then to M2M2, the lesbigay area of H2G2. Although I've decided after much consideration to pick up my hat and leave h2g2 permanently, nobody's ever really alone here.
Written Contributions to H2G2
The Round Table
Descriptors for Sexual Minorities
Do-It-Yourself Fairy Tale Kit
Barbarella, the 1968 Movie.
Movie Star Greta Garbo (in collaboration with Ashley)
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
KBCO Radio Station
Dave and Buster's
Internet Pornography (assisting Kadu Flyer)
University Project: Sexual OrientationThe Project Page
The Kinsey Scale
The Gender Pronoun Game
Embarrassing Questions About Sexual Orientation
I've contributed many articles to the Post, this site's weekly newspaper.
Mainly, I wrote an editorial column with statistics about the steady march forward for Edited Content called The View from h2g2.
For details, check the Post's Complete Fragilis Archive.
Peruse "The View From Manhattan" during The Great Blackout of 2003.
Heed my warning about physical factors that may contribute to Apathy.
Consider my opinion on mixed gender relations as they relate to Living in a Shared Household.
Pop by and comment on my suggestion for an h2g2 Talking Point about Coping with Depression.
See my pictures and account of the The Denver Meet-Up that occurred during January, 2001.
Get the inside scoop from me, a former computer saleslady, in Tips for Buying a Computer.
See why Research and Questions are the keys to good Interview Techniques.
Find out why I like end of season sales among the Tips for Saving Money.
Read why a blue VW Beetle was my first vehicle in Favourite Cars.
Check out my introduction to vegetarian cooking in Barbecue Recipes.
Learn what I know about Southern eating in International Dining Etiquette.
I explain why pixies sticks are incredibly cool in the entry on Candies and Sweets.
Read about Social Civility and Life Lessons in
Things Someone Should Have Told You.
Also, read my father's obituary (William T. Capps). He died September 1999.
Finally, I've done a little analysis on Isaac Asimov's Views on Religion.
Outside Internet ProjectsMy Online Journal
A Very Old Basic Homepage
A Webumentary about Hellhouse, a rather odd Christian outreach
1 This name has its roots in the Hitchhiker's Guide series. Fragilis was a famous composer whose works colored the golden era of a distant planet.
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On leaving h2g2
May 29, 2007
I still very much like the idea behind h2g2. However, I can't say I entirely agree with the way it's turned out. Wikipedia represents the opposite extreme of user-based encyclopedias, where perfectly ordinary authors and editors run the site with neither nannying nor helpful hands-on guidance except for relatively rare and extreme situations.
There's a happy medium somewhere, but neither h2g2 nor Wikipedia has found it. Wikipedia is simply not reliable enough, as any college professor will be happy to explain. h2g2 has developed layers of bureaucracy, due in part to the BBC's hand, that has an unfortunate chilling effect upon free speech. When considering a contribution, one must carefully weigh whether it will be worth the longterm hassle. Increasingly, these days, it isn't for me.. And I need not go into deep mathematical analysis as I once did to know that the wait time for entries in queue is little changed while the number posted daily has dropped from five to three. So it isn't just me, I don't think.
I've admittedly cut back on internet publishing generally, but I enjoyed keeping the door open a squidge for the rare project that fits best in a wacky and informative guide to the world. Some things seemed worth getting out there a bit more. But based on a rather silly and extended conversation with an editor about a single sentence I wrote many years ago, I'm quite certain I won't be contributing anything more.
It's certainly not the fault of the actual editor. Like other editors I've met, they were simply doing their level best to follow the rules they were given. It's just the nature of the beast, as dictated by those who created the rules for how the site is designed to function.
I plan to leave this personal page up, including biographical info that will become increasingly outdated. Of course, h2g2 is certainly free to keep and/or modify any and all of my past writings. However, I won't be updating anything or responding to comments about my entries. Nor will I be conversing generally or visiting to check up on people. I suppose this makes me no different from the huge majority of contributors that have come and gone. Perhaps the only thing really different is that I considered it carefully and took the time to leave an explanation.
I made several friends at h2g2. Most of these have left or become rare (at best) contributors like I was. If any would like to keep in periodic touch or exchange contact information, I'd recommend leaving a comment on (or friending) my livejournal. A couple in particular will know I'm talking about them and should know that it's with a heavy heart that I leave behind one thing that once pulled us together.
Take care, all of you! And thanks for all the fish.
Submitted another entry
Sep 21, 2005
I submitted a new entry for the Edited Guide yesterday, something I haven't done in a long time. It's all about how not to fall down while riding the tube. If you think this is a simple proposition, you'd be amazed.
I've been writing about New York's subway system for some time. Most of it has been personal anecdotes and casual observations. When I hit on something that sounded like it might be useful to people, it occurred to me that the Guide would be a good way to spread the information.
Predictably enough, the submission is causing me to revisit the entry to add a little more information. I'll be discussing dangerous things not to do. And I'll also cover the extreme form of staying upright that takes place in movies when people fight and run on top of train cars.
My main concern at the moment is that I'll need help transforming my American English into British English. It seems we have different names for our subway systems and its parts. Luckily, I am getting help.
The entry is here:
The discussion thread is here:
May 26, 2005
For those who haven't heard one way or another, I'm engaged. Peter and I wanted various people to know before we made a general announcement, and by the time we'd finally managed, it all seemed rather old hat somehow. So I procrastinated more than I could have, but here we are finally.
Peter proposed to me on the first day of spring in Prospect Park just a little ways from our apartment. We raised butterflies last year and released them there, in the anticipation that we might see butterfly descendents in subsequent years. So it was a sentimental place and a good one to reflect on how we've grown. It was very easy to say yes.
We're not exactly speeding the wedding plans along. So far the idea is to get married in March next year in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It's rougly equidistant between our respective extended families. My parents had their honeymoon there, which also helps ease my mind. We have no exact date and no particular place yet. We have no idea how many people we're inviting. We only know that our budget is very small.
Though I'm going to Las Vegas June 7th through 11th for a work-related convention, we decided not to run off and get hitched then. It might've been easier, but both our mothers would have been very upset indeed.
Jan 14, 2004
My work life has gotten a bit hectic, and I need my spare time to do whatever I can to reduce my level of stress. So for at least a week or two, I'll likely lay off on improvements to the Asimov article. Feedback is still welcome, but I may not respond immediately.
I feel good that I can take time out for myself and still remain confident that I will finish the project. It helps that the editing process at h2g2 is long winded enough that I needn't feel terribly guilty about a delay in submitting the article.
Jan 6, 2004
By popular request, I'm set on finishing my entry on author Isaac Asimov next. I've just gone through my copy of his last autobiography for some helpful details. I remember now why I like him so much.
I still have some research to do. I would like to find additional Asimov quotations, need to add more information about his best known characters, must craft a decent description of his 'Empire' series of books, and want to find out more about the upcoming movie: I, Robot.
I have my work cut out for me!
When the research is done, I'll need to do a lot of rephrasing and reorganizing. I'm unfortunately trying to piece together several different biographical timelines. It seems that when people write about his work, they tend to neglect his personal life and vice versa. And a great deal of information was known only by the author himself, who preferred to cover one topic at a time regardless of the timeline.
It may take me a month or more to complete my work. Any advice, information, or criticism is welcome until then. Ta!
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