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bio website goocto.com
location Calgary
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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
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
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
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
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.
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
27
comment Does the word “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” exist?
@David Toh, it's primary usage is to make yourself sound precocious (if you say it loud enough)
Mar
25
comment How to pronounce “Zoubin Ghahramani”?
I seldom hear English speakers pronounce 'Kabul" correctly, putting the emphasis on the first syllable rather than the second. My point is that if you pronounce this in English it will never really be correct as it is not English. I am sure there are several acceptable pronunciations which will have various levels of acceptance depending on who you are speaking with.
Mar
22
comment “It's time everyone had access” or “It's time everyone has access”
@FumbleFingers, I disagree. It is not "easily answered by native speakers," since even you yourself say in the very next sentence, "I'm not really sure [why]."
Mar
10
comment The efficient use of space
@Blessed Geek: No, that would be claustrophobia; the fear of cramped spaces.
Mar
8
comment The efficient use of space
What? Did I get downvoted just because I made up a word? A completely sensible word. Man, I bet the same crap happened to the Bard too :(