Who I Am, Who I Am Not

Some loyal readers may recall that I had written several entries on my former blogs about who I am and who I am not, for the purpose of separating myself from the thousands of others who share my name. However due to a hacking incident in which my blogs were edited without my permission, those articles had to be removed. I am now re-posting the information from those articles on this page, which is (hopefully) more secure than the last one.

Originally posted April 25, 2010

I came to a startling conclusion a few weeks ago that I am not the only person in the world named Chris Bird. Imagine that - the creative name my parents thought of was not unique?

I realized this when some friends searched for me on Facebook and found (at the time) over 1000 entries for 'Chris Bird'. On Google it is even worse. 

And so I introduce a series of blog entries titled 'People I Am Not' to help clear up the confusion. 

Who I Am 

  • I AM a Canadian physicist and amateur roboticist, computer programmer, and mathematician.
  • I am also responsible for a family tree online that traces my heritage back to the 1530's
  • I am also responsible for the Grandiloquent Dictionary, which receives hundreds of thousands of views and has spawned many derivative works.

  • I AM the alumnus of Tillicum School, Esquimalt Secondary, and the University of Victoria
  • I did publish several video games in the 1980s and 1990s
  • I did compete in several international science and mathematics competitions in the 1980s and 1990s
  • I did operate a computer repair service in the 1990s
  • I did present several results on particles physics and astrophysics in lectures and seminars
  • I did author several online articles on theoretical physics for major websites in the early 2000s

  • I have published and sold several photographs through my website, and through stock photography companies
  • I have produced and licensed several pieces of computer generated artwork.
  • I did write a series of popular fractal screensavers in the 1990s and 2000s
  • I did write a distribute software in the late 1990s for organizing university class schedules
  • I did publish a series of shareware and freeware video games in the 1980s and 1990s

Who I Am NOT 

  • I am not the famous twentieth century botanist and author
  • Although I am an astrophysicist, I am not the astronomy graduate student who wrote several papers on galaxies in the mid-1990s
  • I am also not the astronomer who still publishes papers on galaxy observations
  • I am not the blogger known as TheMightyGodKing
  • I did NOT write an entire webpage on the 'physics of love'
  • I am not the gun lobbyist who writes articles in many newspapers in Eastern Canada
  • I am not the alternative medicine blogger in Britain
  • I am not the American law student who contributes to legal forums
  • My research is published on this website, or in peer-reviewed journals, not in blogs and forums
  • I did not publish textbooks on plants or gardening
  • I do not own a consulting company in Ucluelet, BC
  • I am not a business analyst or consultant who rallies against 'Big Science'
  • I did not write rambling diatribes about government conspiracies
  • I never lived in Campbell River, BC nor Ucluelet, BC
  • I did not attend Vanier High School

  • I have never had a traffic ticket, parking ticket, or been the subject of any sort of lawsuit.
  • I have never recorded popular music in Europe.
  • I am not now, nor have I ever been the Stig.
  • I am not a commercial airline pilot 
  • I have never held political office in the UK or in Canada

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