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I'm a technical writer at Tecplot, Inc., makers of fine data visualization software for aerospace/CFD, oil and gas exploration, and general scientific/engineering uses. Python is my Swiss Army Knife of choice. I use it to help build and validate our documentation and help, among other things. I also have some proficiency with HTML, XML, AppleScript, C#, C, and if anyone ever has a question about 6502 assembly language, I'm your man. :-)


Sep
19
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
25
answered Why “science fiction” and not “scientific fiction”?
Jun
24
awarded  Editor
Jun
24
revised What's an idiom for doing something in an unnecessarily complicated way?
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Apr
18
comment Why are nicknames called “nicknames”?
It is an additional name, which increases the number of names you have?
Oct
18
answered What term to use instead of “Company” to represent, well, a company
Sep
27
awarded  Commentator
Sep
27
answered What's an idiom for doing something in an unnecessarily complicated way?
Sep
27
comment What's an idiom for doing something in an unnecessarily complicated way?
"Circuitous" would be another good non-idiom term.
Sep
18
awarded  Yearling
Jun
24
comment What does “bespoke” mean in this context?
@FumbleFingers: I mean to say that The Diamond Age seems to me largely responsible for the use of "bespoke" among software developers in the United States.
Jun
23
comment What is the difference between a catch and a handle?
The mechanism of the catch may have a shaft that is attached to the handle from the opposite side, and a small bit of this shaft could protrude from the rear of the catch. If you had a pair of pliers you could conceivably turn this shaft and release the catch from the back.
Jun
23
comment What does “bespoke” mean in this context?
One American writer who has used it is Neal Stephenson. You'll find it sprinkled through his novel The Diamond Age and used in reference to software engineers. The Diamond Age is about a neo-Victorian culture of the future, so it makes sense that he'd use a Britishism. However, I've seen that some programmers have now adopted the term from his novel.
Jun
19
comment What is the term used for saying if something increases/decreases it has no effect on another thing
X is orthogonal to Y, or X and Y are orthogonal.
Jun
17
answered What is the term used for saying if something increases/decreases it has no effect on another thing
Jun
15
answered What is the difference between the words “as” and “like”
Jun
14
answered Does “criticism” imply positive as well as negative?
May
10
comment Is this usage of “lol” considered a hedge?
"lol" means "lots of love" to people who were born before, say, mid-last-century. Your mom probably thought that's what it meant when she first got online, and may still. If you are under twenty years old, substitute "grandma" above.
May
10
comment What makes “like” and “so” popular?
Some speakers use much longer phrases as fillers, such as "know what I'm saying?" (Or "nomsayn" if they try to cram it in to the same space as "like.") I actually sat next to a guy on a bus who was "nomsayn" every sentence until he uttered this gem: "I'm just sayin', nomsayn?"
Apr
12
answered Words with different meanings in American and British English