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Working on an Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) at San Jose State University (CA, US); hoping to become a data curator for earth science datasets. Current data interest: Arctic sea ice, especially historical data gleaned from old whaling logs. Also have a great fondness for maps and information science history. Currently working as a software tester for a biotech startup (www.cytobank.org). Auntie to two adorable girls.


Apr
20
awarded  Yearling
Apr
20
awarded  Yearling
Dec
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awarded  Student
Jun
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comment What is a good synonym for “interesting”?
"Compelling" is perfect; I want to talk about a concept being interesting to me in relation to an interest I have, and I loathe using the same word twice unless it is poetically appropriate. This Stack Exchange answer came up on a Google search for "synonym: interesting" and has helped me in the nick of time. Thanks!
May
5
comment Is this correct sentence?
"Least bit" could, of course, be appropriate if this was a sentence from a mathematical or computer science-oriented document and the "least bit" being referenced was in a number or a byte.
May
5
answered What are correct words to use in order to name a user that updates something?
May
5
answered What's another word to mean “a way of thought”?
Apr
27
awarded  Commentator
Apr
27
comment “I have received” vs. “I received”
Nitpicky: you need a semicolon where the comma is, or you need an "and" after the comma. Otherwise it's a run-on sentence. (You didn't ask about that, but as long as we are trying to be excrutiatingly correct, I thought I'd point it out.)
Apr
25
comment What is the term for a string that is made up of fixed-length components?
Fantastic; thank you!
Apr
25
comment What is the term for a string that is made up of fixed-length components?
I agree that this is a pretty outdated concept. However, the format I am working with--International Marine Meteorological Archive (IMMA) format--is a string with fixed-length portions with the attendant danger of a missed character meaning all following portions will be incorrect. I am creating an XML schema to ease data input with the hopes that someone will write a parser to take an XML file and turn it into this unwieldy string. In the documentation I'm writing, it is this rigid format that I am trying to emphasize, so to me it is the most important attribute.
Apr
25
answered Which definition of commitment is correct in this sentence?
Apr
25
comment What is the difference between “something else” and “something extra”?
I'm curious about the vehemence with which you ask this question. Were you marked down for using "extra" instead of "else" in an assignment?
Apr
25
answered What is the difference between “something else” and “something extra”?
Apr
25
comment What is the term for a string that is made up of fixed-length components?
Apologies if this belongs in a computer-science-oriented community instead.
Apr
25
asked What is the term for a string that is made up of fixed-length components?
Apr
25
comment “How about” and politeness
"Going hungry"...so extreme! (And very funny.)
Apr
23
comment “How about” and politeness
I agree with all of that.
Apr
23
comment has changed and is changed
Thank you; you are right. However, I'm right in spirit; present perfect is used to "say that an action happened at an unspecified time before now" (from englishpage.com/verbpage/presentperfect.html, a site I cannot vouch for but which validated my gut feeling).
Apr
23
answered “How about” and politeness