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location Durham, CT
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I've been programming professionally in C#, ASP.NET, Perl, JavaScript and VB6 (!!!) since 2003. Emacs and FireFox are my preferred environments. After that, I like to throw wikis at problems to make them go away. And if they don't go away, at least we've got the page revisions under version control!

You know what they say about bad code? It's anything YOU wrote, or anything I wrote more than 6 weeks ago.

:::sigh:::

I keep trying to add days to that equation....


May
1
comment Word for the emotion behind “D'oh!”
My dad would always say "Ickim!", short for "I could kick myself!"
Dec
30
awarded  Editor
Dec
30
revised Does Santy (Santa) exist outside Ireland?
updated with reference to Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, and wikipedia link for ANATO
Dec
30
awarded  Teacher
Sep
6
awarded  Commentator
Sep
6
comment What is the correct plural of “stadium”?
grammarist.com/usage/stadiums-stadia "Stadia as the plural of stadiums seems most widespread in Indian-English publications[. ...] It also appears occasionally elsewhere."
Feb
1
comment Is there a word for numbers between 10 and 99?
Assuming you mean "10..100" (inclusive start range, non-inclusive end range), the phrase you want is "two-digit number", which will work for any base > 1.
Dec
13
comment Forming occupational nouns: Why do you say “butcher” and not “butchian” or “butchor”?
@Robusto The chords on the bass side of a modern accordion do accord, hence the name: The oldest name for this group of instruments is actually harmonika, from the Greek harmonikos, meaning harmonic, musical. Today, native versions of the name accordion are more common. These names are a reference to the type of accordion patented by Cyrill Demian, which concerned "automatically coupled chords on the bass side" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accordion
Oct
18
comment Word for a part of a wooden railroad track
knob or ball is a great description of the part in that photo, but be forewarned that similar train sets have squarish pieces that are definitely not balls. They might be squarish knobs, but are definitely connectors. see photo @ bargaintoystore.co.uk/…
Sep
28
comment Pronouncing x in the name of a CD product
@BenLee I'm in Connecticut. The guys over in support I asked in my TOTALLY SCIENTIFIC POLL all said "eks", so, what do I know....
Sep
28
comment Should I use a semicolon or a dash to connect two closely related sentences?
Glad somebody brought up dash types.
Sep
28
comment Pronouncing x in the name of a CD product
Saying "16 eks" seems like saying "16 gee bee(s)" instead of "16 gig(abyte)(s)".
Sep
28
comment Pronouncing x in the name of a CD product
American professional programmer here, I cannot recall ever hearing "eks". I always say "times" myself. Cognitive bias? speed, though, that strikes me as funny.
Dec
20
answered Does Santy (Santa) exist outside Ireland?
Dec
1
comment What is a less offensive synonym for “hypocrite”?
@NateEldredge - that bothered us all night long, it seeming a little funny. But then we remembered, "We are not amused." See also: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majestic_plural
Nov
30
comment What is a less offensive synonym for “hypocrite”?
If I say "I am the King of France!" then I am a pretender. If I say "I think all kings should renounce their thrones" and somebody points out "But you're the King of France" and I don't renounce my throne, then I am a hypocrite. Pardon. Then WE are hypocrites.
Nov
29
awarded  Supporter
Nov
29
awarded  Autobiographer