About Me as Shaudawn Edit
Shaudawn is an interesting character who finds himself manifested in a variety of forms. His most recent incarnation is as the Speaker for a tiny, struggling nation in the Yellowstone Valley of Hayden, Montana.
Shaudawn's existance is an oddity. He shows up at a specific time and place, for a reason. Unfortunately, Shaudawn himself does not often know why he is in a place, where he is, or even what his name is. He simply appears in a place, and must rediscover the details as he goes along as if struck by some type of amnesia.
What he does know, however, is that he is an Yvian -- a person from Old Earth who has at least one Native American ancestor. He knows that he has been asked by the government of the Yellowstone Valley to speak for the Yvians in the Cyber-Verse...act as a liason between the Yvian government and the other people of the CN'Verse.
About Me as Donovan EditBy day, I pretend to be an engineer. By night and on weekends, I put on my crime-fighting costume in order to strike terror into the hearts of criminals everywhere.
Basically, I'm a creative guy, born on the dusty plains of Montana on Oct. 30, 1970. I live and work now in the Seattle area making sure wings stay on airplanes. I'm going to Seattle University to get a Master of Divinity (I hate how hauty that sounds though). Which leads to...
I'm a Catholic, but my grandmother was Chippewa-Cree (Rocky Boy Rez) so I'm what some would call progressive rather than traditionalist Catholic (note I say Catholic and not Roman Catholic...) I go to an RC church, but I equate 'Roman' with the dominant culture (i.e. oppressive). This is where my Native roots come in. To me, Catholicism makes no sense on its own, being a European religion.
As one teacher of mine said:
The [Native] Bible has only five 'books': Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the Psalms 'cuz they're pretty. We got our own history. The Hebrews have theirs. And the rest of the New Testament is about the Greeks. We ain't Greeks.
—Dr. Tom Holm, University of Arizona lecture
If there were such a thing, I'd call myself Native Catholic...but that'd even be wrong. It'd take a huge article by itself to explain my complexities. Let's just say I'm an odd cookie.
Much better topic. I'm married to a beautiful woman (since 1995) and have two beautiful boys (born 1997 & 2001). We live in Renton, Washington. My wife homschools the boys and says she loves it (despite needing a weekly 'vacation')!
Wiki Work Edit
I discovered Wikipedia years ago. Sometimes, I've fixed minor things...broken links, references, or uploaded graphics. The only article I created from scratch was one on Raymond Hunthausen. There's not too much one can do on this well-established site. My areas of interest are pretty well covered!
Firefly Wiki Edit
Obviously, I'm a huge fan of Firefly, and I blame the downfall of human civilization on FOX's cancelling of that television show. Again, there are bigger, more knowledgable Browncoats out there than I...so, some minor work with links, etc.
NationStates Wiki Edit
When I discovered NationStates, I actually discovered the Wiki first. I was searching for something like Wikipedia that I could contribute to. I added a lot of national information on my made up nation. However, the hosting service was frequently down. That is where most of my experience on writing wikis comes from. I played around with many wikiesque functions, uploaded items I thought relevant to my 'nation'.
For some odd reason, I got under the skin of a NationStates (not the wiki...the game itself) moderator. Normally, I'm a pretty nice guy, and I try hard to please people. However, the rudeness of this moderator (I'm still not exactly sure what I did, or who was the exact moderator other than a consistant tone) was getting to the point of affecting gameplay. (i.e. when making polite game-related requests, I would recieve uncalled for sarcastic responses) The behavior was enough to dissuade me from participating in the game.
Cyber Nations Wiki Edit
Expanding on my experience with NS Wiki, I've begun to reconstruct the ambiance of my first national wiki article. Interested in the mechanics and appearance of wikis, I've thrown myself into maintainance, article and catagory creation, and even template creation. Perhaps I'll ask to become a moderator someday...but I feel I need more experience before I can request such a responsibility.
Contributions to CN Wiki Edit
Catagories Created Edit
Templates Created Edit
Articles Created Edit
Concerning Yellowstone Valley Edit
Concerning Material Which Enhances Role Play Edit
- Tribal Council
- Capitalist economy
- Socialist economy
- Old Earth
- Planet Bob
- Pointing out the inferiority of NationStates (like that's so difficult...but...)
- Of course, some bias may have gone into the article. But, face it, NS admins are a--holes.
Concerning Material on the Cyber Nations game Edit
- Technical Gameplay: none at the moment
- I did some formatting and visual cleanup on the Great War II -- no content added, though
Images Uploaded Edit
Wiki Enhancement Edit
- Image:YV headmatron.jpg
- Image:Donovan Superhero.jpg
Yvian Artifacts Edit
- Image:Currency Obsidian.png
- Image:YV Sheild sm.jpg
- Image:Uclnflag sm.png
- Image:Hayden skyline.jpg
Plans (my To Do List) Edit
Future Links in the Works Edit
- Yvian Religion
- Yvian Language
- Yvian History
- Big Timber - a town that 'joins' the nation (eventually)
- Sacred Lands of Yellowstone
- Category:Yellowstone Valley
- Tribal Council
- Capitalist economy
- Socialist economy
- Great War II (I've done some formatting cleanup already)
- Yvian Ethnic Group
- Oh, heck, just about everything I've created needs work!!!
--Shaudawn (a.k.a. YV) 03:46, 17 January 2007 (UTC)--Shaudawn (a.k.a. YV) 20:24, 15 January 2007 (UTC)
Notes to Self Edit
#REDIRECT <includeonly>[[Category:catagory name]]</includeonly> will keep the redirect from showing up on the catagory page itself!!!
A link to a section looks like this: [[Section#Section_linking|Section Linking]] To link to a section in the same page you can use [[#id|link_label]], and to link to a section in another page [[page_name#id|link_label]]. To create an anchor target without a section header, you can use a span, for example: <span id="anchor_name"></span>, however this won't work with some very old browsers. An underscore and number are appended to duplicate section names. E.g. for three sections named "Example", the names (for section linking) will be "Example", "Example_2" and "Example_3". Note that using the date formatting feature in section headers complicates section linking.