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Contact-new.svg Aleta Curry
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Other roles:Editor, Community Activist, Village Association president, Household Dictator
Languages:English, French and I can ask for food and the lavvy in a bunch of others, like Swahili and Spanish
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My Learning4Content course home page 

But enough about me; let's talk about you. What do YOU think of me?
My profile

A bit about me

It gets too repetitive and boring to write about myself all the time, even if I am my own favourite topic! Here's the abridged version:

Basically, I was born,

I was raised (pretty well, I daresay),
I was educated,
and now I write, I write, and then I write some more.

When I was in High School, I learned the term ‘Renaissance Man’ and I decided that that was what I wanted to be. I’ve succeeded fairly well: my university concentrations were history, political science and film theory. I’m a reasonably accomplished dancer and actress, with a pleasant singing voice. I have a particular love of languages and culture, having lived on four of the world’s continents (so far). I’ve taught school, worked in a couple of major ad agencies, banking and in a detective bureau for two very interesting years!

When I grow up, I want to be eccentric.


Writing is great but doesn't pay the bills, so I've recently started my own antiques business.

If you like such things and need a diversion, there's eye candy at my website.


We live on a woefully unfinished property in a beautiful part of the world. The place is short on sophistication, long on love. Works for me.


  1. Movies, movies, movies!
  2. Animal fancy
  3. Singing
  4. Reading
  5. Cooking
  6. Dancing
  7. Gardening - puttering about the garden

Ya gotta laugh

My two favourite Internet quotes

  • The unfortunate bit about ...[the Internet] is that previously it was nearly impossible to gather an entire world's worth of stupidity together in a room. Now it is almost a guaranteed hourly phenomenon. Bryce Prewitt Posted Tuesday 4th December 2007 02:49 GMT [1] sourced 6 Dec 2007
  • ...Wikipedia has pissed off every known form of sentience, three out of four forces of nature, a water-born fungus in Australia and sixty four species of birds. -Christopher J. Reiss

My wiki projects

My optional community service (learning contract) project

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By signing this optional learning contract I will try to complete my training in basic wiki editing skills to achieve the status of a Wikibuddy. In return for this free training opportunity, I will give the gift of knowledge by donating or developing at least one free content resource licensed under a CC-BY-SA or CC-BY license which can be used by myself (and others) on WikiEducator.
Brief description of project
I will make a substantive start to the wikieducator article Wiki, to include a definition and at least a short article describing the characteristics of a wiki and giving some examples.
Target date for completion
4th August 2010
made it with four hours to spare!
Tallong 02:06, 28 July 2010 (UTC)

Here's where my project lives

Aleta's other stuff

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These are my goals
  1. Learn my way around the wiki
  2. Improve my skill level
    • Learn liquid threads
    • Other differences in wiki syntax
    Doing well; some bugs do not seem to be of my making
    Enjoying the experience
  3. Complete the basic course
    • wikiapprentice level 1 - completed
    • wikiapprentice level 2 - completed - whoo-hoo!
    • get ambitious - go for wikibuddy
      • evidence improved skill level
      • annoy my neighbours - I mean - leave appropriate notes on co-wikieducators' pages - done!
      • work through final course tasks - first week in August 2010
  4. Complete my wiki project to a satisfactory point
    • Decide on a project
    • Make a draft
    • Begin work on project
      • in progress
    • Get a stable version of project up on the site

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Okay - I can't bring myself to say that. It sounds like "knowledge" or "prior knowledge" to the gramatically-challenged.

Feedback and notes from my WikiNeighbours

NOTE from Tallong: Welcome to all! I like to see conversations all in one place, so if you leave me a message I will answer here.

Dear Tallong , Can you share with us your experiences on what was most beneficial to you on learning wiki skills? --R C Sharma, PhD 14:56, 3 August 2010 (UTC)

  • Hi asnd welcome. Just out of curiousity, what temperature do you consider bitterly cold? Winters in Saskatchewan can be intense (-40)or below some days. --Maria 18:31, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi, Maria, and thanks for visiting my page! I get cold very easily. I control it by 'tricking' the body into thinking it's warm: holding a cup of tea or a hot water bottle till I warm up again. Sounds like I'd never manage in Saskatchewan! Tallong 21:50, 26 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi, sure you would, just dress warm. :>) There are also HotPaws for both your hands and feet that can keep you warm. BTW, how is it going with the pictures? Neither the pictures nor the PDFS work for me. --Maria 15:45, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

I haven't tried anything with pictures yet. Did I miss an assignment--oh dear! Tallong 21:09, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

(Comment.gif: Hi, Warm greetings! -- Anil Prasad 16:08, 27 July 2010 (UTC))

'Warm' would be the operative word, Anil! How are you doing? Tallong 21:09, 27 July 2010 (UTC)
  • Great start on your user page! I see that you have created a sandbox. You might want to include a link to it from your user page. --Benjamin Stewart 02:25, 28 July 2010 (UTC)
Thanks, Benjamin! Puttering along....Tallong 02:32, 28 July 2010 (UTC)
  • Aleta, your page is a wonderful beginning. I like your sense of humour (I also hope to be eccentric when I grow up, but as I am currently 55, I don't really know if growing up is going to happen! (smile) I commend to you another Aussie who avoids the cold: Jenni Parker; I think you two would connect on a number of interests, topics, etc. Jenni is another of the co-facilitators for this workshop, and she works a lot with classroom and online education with several organizations. I don't know if you are anywhere near Perth (where she lives), but obviously she is only a mouse-click away, thanks to the Web.--Jrradney 19:40, 2 August 2010 (UTC)
Randy, I think I need a passport to go to Perth, but I shall try to connect with Jenni, certainly! Thanks! Tallong 02:11, 3 August 2010 (UTC)

Well done, Aleta! Hope you're not too exhausted from all that pedalling! --Jrradney 05:07, 6 August 2010 (UTC)

Hey! A very heartfelt and nice page. Regards! Tripti.