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I'm a PhD student in biomathematics, working on stochastic individual-based models of evolution in spatially structured populations. My other interests include cryptography, programming games and puzzles, photography and graphic design.


I'm the main author and maintainer of the Stack Overflow Unofficial Patch (SOUP), a user script for browsers with GreaseMonkey-compatible user script support (Firefox, Chrome, Opera, possibly Safari) that fixes or works around a number of outstanding issues with the Stack Exchange user interface.

I tend to answer a lot more questions than I ask. Some answers I'm rather proud of:

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Mar
11
comment What do you call excessive snow?
...or the phrase "snowed in".
Mar
10
comment “Finnish Swedes” or “Swedish Finns”?
@Janus: Oh, it's definitely a lot less showy. Two things that Helsinki lacks, compared to other Nordic capitals, are 1) a genuine medieval old town, like Tallinn and Stockholm have (and Copenhagen used to have, before it burned down in 1795), because it's a much younger city, and 2) the trappings of an old imperial capital, such as a big royal palace and lots of pompous statues of old kings, like both Stockholm and Copenhagen have. There's a presidential palace, which is really just a fancy old converted merchant's house, and one big equestrian statue of C.G.E. Mannerheim. That's all.
Mar
10
awarded  Civic Duty
Mar
9
revised How is “erogenous” incorrectly formed?
don't abuse code markup for literal asterisks, use backslashes instead
Mar
9
suggested approved edit on How is “erogenous” incorrectly formed?
Feb
20
awarded  Yearling
Feb
11
comment Word for a leader who rules from behind the scenes?
+1 for "grey eminence", was going to suggest it myself.
Jan
7
awarded  Excavator
Jan
7
revised Is there a single term for “nieces and nephews”?
fix broken Wiktionary link, add missing "a" to title, improve image alt text
Jan
7
suggested approved edit on Is there a single term for “nieces and nephews”?
Jan
7
awarded  Organizer
Jan
7
revised Is the “female” in “female cousin” redundant here?
use proper bockquote formatting; better tags and title; misc. copyedits
Jan
7
comment Is there a word similar to “reddening” for the color blue?
Bluing, in a broad sense, is actually still a common part of many laundry detergents. It's just made with fancier chemicals nowadays, and called "optical brightener".
Jan
7
comment Is the “female” in “female cousin” redundant here?
"Cousin sister" does sound fairly natural, and I could readily see it catching on, at least in dialects of English influenced by some other language already using such a construction. But as @rumtscho correctly notes, it's not currently a standard or generally understood kinship term in most varieties of English.
Jan
7
comment Is the “female” in “female cousin” redundant here?
@Raestloz: A lot of languages have that; it's really a peculiarity of English that we have a single word meaning both "sister's son" and "brother's son". The age distinctions seem to be a bit less common, though.
Jan
7
suggested approved edit on Is the “female” in “female cousin” redundant here?
Dec
1
comment Water caltrop in American English
Well, not with anything edible, at least.
Nov
20
comment Silent letters in English
@Oedipus: Lots of English words are borrowed from French, some just more recently and obviously than others. "Rendezvous", at least, has pretty clearly entered standard English vocabulary. Besides, despite the obvious French influence, both the English pronunciation and the spelling of "rendezvous" are actually quite distinct from the French rendez-vous.
Nov
19
revised Is “Helper Verb” Old School?
italics don't work in titles; use quotes instead
Nov
19
suggested approved edit on Is “Helper Verb” Old School?