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bio website twitter.com/__carlsmith__
location Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
age 35
visits member for 1 year, 8 months
seen Jul 27 at 23:54

I'm into pretty much anything creative, mainly software, art and writing. My traditional spaces are Python and the Cloud, but have been getting more and more into hacking browsers over the last few years.

For food, I build web apps, mostly on App Engine.

I also try and do my bit for free software and the docs, trying to get more people into CoffeeScript at the moment.


Jun
10
awarded  Caucus
May
29
comment Does “so called” have a negative connotation in English?
+1 To say "so called" implies, at least in modern usage, that the thing is called that, but it's not exactly accurate.
May
1
revised What can you call someone who does not have a say in choices that completely affect him?
deleted 65 characters in body
Apr
24
awarded  Excavator
Apr
24
revised single word that means which can be constructed at home
Rewrote from scratch.
Apr
24
suggested suggested edit on single word that means which can be constructed at home
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.