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By Tony1 and Dabomb87
Featured picture Choice of the week: the first page of the autograph manuscript of Chopin's well-known Polonaise in A flat for piano (1842). Scholars can work back from such evidence as the strike-throughs, the handwriting, how the ink dried, and the spacing of the chords and bar-lines, to reveal aspects of how the composer conceived and penned the music. The "shadow" of an adjacent page pressed against this one can be seen.

New administrator

The Signpost welcomes Vejvančický (nom) as our newest admin. Vejvančický, from the Czech Republic, has more than 16,000 edits and two and a half years' experience in a wide range of areas, including new-page patrolling, and our currently backlogged speedy deletion and AfD processes. He has an impressive list of mostly Czech-related pages he is working towards creating at the English Wikipedia.

Featured articles

This photograph of Sid Barnes at the age of 16 is from featured article Choice of the week, Sid Barnes with the Australian cricket team in England in 1948
Six articles were promoted to featured status:

Choice of the week. The Signpost asked FA nominator and reviewer Jimfbleak to select the best newly promoted article from this week's offerings, together with the four promotions last week.

Featured lists

From FL Choice of the week: Competitors ready themselves for the Gordon Bennett Cup 2007 in Belgium

Ten lists were promoted:

Choice of the week. We asked FL nominator AngChenrui for his choice of the best:

Featured pictures

New featured picture mentioned by the judge: PET is a nuclear medicine imaging technique that produces a 3D image of functional processes in the body. But is the body turning clockwise or anticlockwise? Can you switch your perception from one to the other?
Five images were promoted. Medium-sized images can be viewed by clicking on "nom":

Choice of the week. Nergaal, a regular reviewer and nominator at featured picture candidates, told The Signpost: "A good variety of pictures was promoted to featured status this week, but in the end, the choice is a pretty obvious one. It is rare that the project receives a donation of a high-quality artefact such as a copy of the original 1842 manuscript of Chopin's Polonaise in A flat, Op. 53, for solo piano. It is a high-quality scan of the score of one of the most popular compositions by Chopin. The composer's own autograph is visible in the top right corner of the page. Notable mentions are well deserved by other two promotions: the colorful animated projection of a whole-body PET scan, as well as another historic image, taken by Voyager in 1986 of the seventh planet."

New featured picture: the marine creature, the West Indian Sea Egg
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That rotating image thing is defintiely messing with my head. (talk) 02:36, 27 October 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Here's how to switch: watch the chin; when it comes around closer to you, you need to reconceptualise it as on the far side. Tony (talk) 05:15, 27 October 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Wow, do we have a Wikipedia article explaining this optical illusion? I found that closing my eyes momentarily and reopening them often "reset" my brain into thinking that the image was rotating in the other direction. — Cheers, JackLee talk 08:12, 27 October 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Scarily, i found the body rotating one way, the "innards" the other, at the same time. Awkward. Great image, though. Cheers, LindsayHi 08:59, 27 October 2010 (UTC)[reply]
That would make me very dizzy. You could earn lots of money as a medical subject. :-) Tony (talk) 09:02, 27 October 2010 (UTC)[reply]
You can look to The Spinning Dancer, Jacklee. bahamut0013wordsdeeds 17:11, 27 October 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks, that was an interesting article! — Cheers, JackLee talk 18:29, 27 October 2010 (UTC)[reply]
After staring at the rotating image for 15 minutes I looked down at the Sea Egg image and its spines started growing! -- œ 09:49, 29 October 2010 (UTC)[reply]

On a completely different note, I just thought that congratulations should go J Milburn for nominating an article for deletion and when the result was keep, instead of thinking "oh well, bugger it", actually doing the hard yards and getting it to FA. A remarkable effort. Jenks24 (talk) 16:14, 30 October 2010 (UTC)[reply]


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