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bio website piousoft.blogspot.co.uk
location Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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I used to write graffiti for a living, but then found hacking. It's far more creative, far more subversive, can be done indoors and pays better, so now I'm one of those free software guys.

I authored NotebookCloud last year, a web service for using IPython on AWS, and I'm currently divided between writing a browser based, Python IDE for Android, with support for Lego robots, and extending Markdown with web components.

My favourite spaces right now are Python, Android, Lego and the Cloud.


Apr
2
comment Why do I want to say “the iPhone” instead of just “iPhone”?
Without Jobs, you'd be lucky to find an iPhone 6 up their sleeve.
Apr
2
comment What would be a word for describing a tendency to take the literal meaning of words above the accepted meaning?
A phobia is an irrational fear or dislike. You don't need to fear homosexuals to hate them.
Apr
2
answered I got first place in a competition where it's possible to tie. How would I distinguish that I was an untied first?
Mar
27
comment Is “jipped” a politically incorrect word?
I added a comment to the question, so wont repeat it here, but jipped and jewwed have totally different meanings.
Mar
27
comment Is “jipped” a politically incorrect word?
Jip, in the UK, generally means to antagonise, as in "He gave the police some jip". It doesn't mean to rip somebody off, so it isn't equivalent to "Jewwed".
Mar
27
comment Is “jipped” a politically incorrect word?
Gypsy is not, in any way, a pejorative racial term. In fact, it is the term that Gypsies use to describe themselves. Pikey is a racist term.
Feb
19
answered Valid to use “more conceptually” at the beginning of a sentence?
Feb
19
comment What term means “the sum of a person”?
@user867 Point taken, but still, the question has a list of six loosely related items, even more loosely described as the sum of a person, and asks for a single word to describe all this. I didn't downvote it, but thought it was an ambiguous question that's impossible to improve.
Feb
17
comment What term means “the sum of a person”?
The question can not be answered precisely as it assumes things which aren't true. Few people would consider the 'sum of a man' to include his memories for example.
Dec
29
answered “the like” sequence
Dec
28
awarded  Yearling
Oct
13
comment Why are commas needed in the following sentences?
Probably quoting a tabloid. The people that read those things would really appreciate the author having done the math for them. In the original, it probably came with a pie chart.
Oct
13
comment Why are commas needed in the following sentences?
+1 The sentences are grammatically correct, and I thought the commas felt right there, where zpletan would omit them. Commas are often required, but are often personal preference.
Oct
13
comment Can we accept such words as 'invite' when used as a noun in correct English?
This is getting silly. Let's move on people.
Oct
13
answered What can you call someone who does not have a say in choices that completely affect him?
Oct
13
comment What is the noun for “marks you make on your book”?
I'm with Janus.
Oct
13
answered What is the noun for “marks you make on your book”?
Oct
9
comment Are there counterpart English expressions to Japanese proverb, "the nail that pops up is always hammered down?
It strange our parents teach us that the bigger you are, the harder you fall, while our governments teach us that some banks are too big to fail. - J Celente
Oct
9
revised Are there counterpart English expressions to Japanese proverb, "the nail that pops up is always hammered down?
added 1 characters in body
Aug
11
comment What's a clinical or all encompassing term for whether a person is alive or dead?
You should move this to EL&U. They'll love this question.