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I'm a software consultant based in Cambridge, UK. I work for Ravenbrook Limited, where you can see my résumé or even hire me. I've worked on all sorts of things, including programming language implementation, web content management, automated test development, video games, and memory management.

I also have a personal website at garethrees.org.


Jul
10
answered 'equity' in finance
Jul
9
comment Is a canal a type of river?
More misnamed examples: the Old and New Bedford Rivers are canals, not rivers. (And nowhere near Bedford.)
Jul
2
awarded  Good Answer
Jun
12
awarded  Caucus
Jun
9
answered Differentiate and Integrate
May
30
awarded  Disciplined
Apr
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
25
answered Idiom: in my neck of the woods, AmE
Mar
22
answered origin of the expression “one eye on the past, one eye on the future”
Mar
8
revised “Cut their hawsers”
fix spelling
Mar
8
answered “Cut their hawsers”
Feb
17
comment Weir vs. Low water dam
Measurement may be an important use of weirs today, but the OED's citations for the word (which go back to the tenth century) indicate that the purpose of weir was to retain water, for example to power a mill or operate a lock. So this answer seems wrong to me, or at least needs to show more evidence.
Feb
16
revised What is the origin of the word 'mug up'?
fix the formatting of material quoted from the OED
Feb
14
comment Which definition of “atheism” is the proper usage?
@aditya: No: there's no sense of "use" here.
Feb
14
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
13
comment Which definition of “atheism” is the proper usage?
@Jules: I've revised the section on recency. Does that make more sense now?
Feb
13
revised Which definition of “atheism” is the proper usage?
clarify discussion of dating
Feb
13
comment Which definition of “atheism” is the proper usage?
@Jules: an appearance of the distinction in books (or scholarly papers) would help date the emergence of the idea into mainstream discourse. I suspect the distinction originates with the alt.atheism Usenet group (and indeed the alt.atheism FAQ was where I first encountered it). But the OP's question rests on the observation that this is a widespread distinction and so it's the spread into the mainstream that I am hoping to date.
Feb
13
comment Which definition of “atheism” is the proper usage?
@Jules: Sure, people were making this distinction on alt.atheism in the early 1990s. But can you find a book published before 2000 that does so?
Feb
13
comment Which definition of “atheism” is the proper usage?
@MSalters: They are similar, I agree, but I'm not sure that the older term quite maps onto the current one. Agnosticism in Huxley's sense is more like a combination of skepticism and empiricism, and so somewhat orthogonal to the modern distinction between types of atheism.