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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.


Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Aug
26
answered Noun form of verb “decline”
Aug
25
comment What is the meaning of “A.C. or D.C.?”
@Russell: Heinlein also uses the phrase in I Will Fear No Evil (1970) where it very clearly has this meaning, so it's very likely that it means the same in Stranger in a Strange Land (1961), even though the actual use is a bit mysterious. Possibly Jubal is asking Jill for her opinion as to Mike's sexual orientation as revealed by the kiss. (In the next paragraph Mike offers to kiss Jubal.)
Aug
24
comment Is there a word for a combination of utopia and dystopia?
utopia also means "a perfect place" (sense 2 in the OED) and people have been using it in that sense for more than 400 years.
Jul
31
awarded  Necromancer
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