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bio website tony.thedayjob.net/theblog
location Austin, TX
age 35
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I work at a help desk. I have a BA in English and a BS in Radio-TV-Film, both from the University of Texas at Austin.

I started dabbling in web design (HTML) in 1998, semantic web design (XHTML, CSS) since 2006, and server-side web design/applications(PHP, MySQL) since 2008.

I have managed the LAN and wireless network for my student co-op for a little over a year now, and still find the whole thing nerve-wracking.

I have no accredited training in any of the above, but I am very good at asking annoying questions to people who know way more than me.


Apr
16
awarded  Yearling
Aug
29
comment Is this an example of extrapolation?
Is the distinction between the two that extrapolation suggests an independent or original idea or inference based on given data, while induction is more like filling in the missing piece, but there is only the one right answer to be filled in?
Aug
29
answered Is this an example of extrapolation?
Aug
29
comment “One-to-one” vs. “one-on-one”
@Mitch - Face-on-Face has a definite connotation. And one-to-one, as Shyam mentioned, is transactional, not interactive. You make a one-to-one comparison between objects, or you make a one-to-one trade, or in a database, table A has a one-to-one relationship with table B (meaning that a row in table A can only link to one row at any given time in table B and vice versa). If someone said to me, "Let's have a one-to-one conversation" I would think they were either a robot, foreign, or expected me to say exactly the same thing they said back to them each time, so that each sentence matched.
Apr
19
answered Opposite of 'Midas touch'?
Apr
19
comment Opposite of 'Midas touch'?
"I'm like King Midas in reverse, here. Everything I touch turns to shit." -- Tony Soprano
Apr
19
comment Difference between “shake”, “tremor”, “shiver”, “tremble”
That I will agree with, but only because I've become uncomfortably aware of that personally in the past few months. But that's a tremble more than a tremor, I'd say.
Apr
19
awarded  Critic
Apr
19
awarded  Commentator
Apr
19
comment “adjective noun noun”: which noun does the adjective refer to (“electrical system operators”)
And my point isn't that context isn't usually available, it's that there is actually a grammatically rule so that it doesn't have to be, and ignoring it is basically like expecting someone to hear your tone of voice in am email. Usually it works out, but it can be pretty awful when it doesn't.
Apr
19
comment “adjective noun noun”: which noun does the adjective refer to (“electrical system operators”)
A small appliance factory went bankrupt yesterday. Did they make toasters or just have a small staff?
Apr
19
awarded  Excavator
Apr
19
awarded  Editor
Apr
19
revised “I'm well” vs. “I'm good” vs. “I'm doing well”, etc
Took out the potentially damaging phrase "get this wrong" to keep discourse open.
Apr
19
comment What is a polite form of proposing a fee for a service?
Oh, also, if you want to be totally exempt from giving prices, do what almost every doctor does and claim "I don't handle billing. My assistant can go over that with you."
Apr
19
answered What is a polite form of proposing a fee for a service?
Apr
19
comment Difference between “shake”, “tremor”, “shiver”, “tremble”
I'd say if your hand is moving involuntarily, you are probably sick.
Apr
19
comment “I'm well” vs. “I'm good” vs. “I'm doing well”, etc
You missed my non-adverbial use of hopefully!
Apr
19
answered Difference between “shake”, “tremor”, “shiver”, “tremble”
Apr
19
comment “I'm well” vs. “I'm good” vs. “I'm doing well”, etc
It's only out of convention that poorly gets an adjective listing in a dictionary. -ly used to mean something, damn it! (And hopefully it will again some day.)