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bio website goocto.com
location Calgary
age 48
visits member for 1 year, 9 months
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Been programming applications since 80s and websites since 90s.

Photography, electronics, and RC hobbyist.

Additional interests in robotics, graphic design.

All around experimenter.

Formal training in linguistics.


Nov
24
comment Word for a task which is flawed or doomed to failure but which you have to do anyway?
Futile perhaps, but this doesn't imply failure to me.
Nov
8
comment Can “nepotist” mean the recipient of nepotism?
@Dan Brown, those are definitions for "nepotism". it is not completely clear in any of those sources who the "nepotist" is. I believe it could refer to either.
Nov
7
comment What is a saying for someone who does good in the street, but is bad at home?
I think the OPs question might not be referring to someone superficial. They could legitimately have more care out of the home because of their priorities.
Nov
7
comment Do any people distinguish between “analog” and “analogue”?
The Canadian half of me completely agrees with your distinction, but the British half of me also wants to say that they are alternative spellings for both senses.
Nov
4
comment What do you call a sick person who is lying in bed?
I don't agree with the bad connotations. It only means one thing: sick enough to be stuck in bed. I feel "bedridden" is definitely the most appropriate answer.
Oct
23
comment Are we taught to use parentheses in the wrong way and too often?
Seems like no more than a style decision to me. I don't see anything technically wrong with either. I often use parentheses to clarify, and would have probably chosen the former over the latter. I am also a coder and have learned that parentheses are an important feature in disambiguating code. Perhaps it has affected my writing style as well.
Oct
23
comment Does “candlelight” mean “compare side by side”?
what did people do before lightbulbs? never were able to scrutinize anything until 1879?
Oct
23
answered Does “candlelight” mean “compare side by side”?
Oct
23
comment Why is “did” italicized for emphasis in “Where did you come from?”
I don't see why he needs to be upset to emphasize a word.
Aug
8
awarded  Critic
Aug
8
comment “Canary in coal mine” in a word
I'd bet that 99 out of a 100 times you use this word, people will ask, "a what?" What's a "bellwether". This is not at all a common term.
May
13
awarded  Commentator
May
13
comment What is one word to describe the person being called via phone?
If they are receiving a solicitation you might refer to them as a 'victim'.
May
12
comment Term for someone who asks you a “pick one side” question and gives you a hard time on the side you choose
I'd call that person an ass.
May
12
answered idiom request for “classic is good”
Apr
30
comment Singular of “dice”
But saying "die" in D&D could be deemed as archaic roleplaying could it not?
Apr
26
comment Does a student own, hold, possess, or something else a transcript?
Replace 'transcript' with 'car' and search ngrams of those. That doesn't prove anything. Have, own, hold and possess are practically synonyms. "Have" is just more common. In the case of a transcript, though. I would say you don't "own" it, as it is a record that belongs to the educational institution.
Mar
28
awarded  Autobiographer
Mar
27
awarded  Excavator
Mar
27
revised Origin of “-ing”
typos, punctuation