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bio website danrumney.com
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Currently Technical Lead at Vodori (http://vodori.com) developing our application Pepper (Dojo/HTML 5/CSS 3/Spring/Java)

Was Software Engineer with IBM from 2002-2012, specialising in Storage (Disk and Tape).

Big nerd: http://podcast.nerdnite.com


Sep
21
comment What does “I got a bee up my ass about you two” mean?
For those who aren't familiar with Urban Dictionary, it's not a very reliable source when it comes to understanding the prevalence of phrases.
Sep
19
comment Not “On the Rocks”
Just a little kicker: if you're ordering a margarita, your alternative to "on the rocks" is probably "frozen", i.e. like a slushie... however, I think that's an exception, rather than a useful rule.
Aug
28
comment Single word, or good words/phrase for “confusingly asked question where meaning changes.”
A couple of loosely related terms you might be interested in: * The XY Problem * Wicked Problems
Jul
21
comment Meaning of “But I repeat myself” in Mark Twain's quote?
Suppose you are Jeffrey Archer and suppose you're a terrible author. But I repeat myself
Jul
15
answered Question about Diacope and Inflections
Jul
15
comment “So I told a porcupine…”
Which show? It's not just idle curiosity... some shows delight in creating new phrases
Jul
15
answered the correct tense of “derive”
Jun
22
comment Correct usage of “help” and parallelism
As @Araucaria points put, the problem here is not with grammar. Indeed, the abstract example that you give uses two different verbs, whereas the concrete example uses the same verb. The big problem here is that them could refer to the students or their talents and it's really not clear which.
Jun
22
comment What does the American idiomatic expression “2 x 4” exactly mean?
To clarify a little further, it refers to the dimensions of the cross-section of a beam or spar. A 2x4 would measure 2 inches by 4 inches by some number of feet.
Jun
14
awarded  Good Answer
Jun
12
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
12
answered When do I pronounce a non-existing “r” between adjacent vowel sounds?
Jun
2
comment Does “so called” have a negative connotation in English?
I really like "opposing" rather than "negative".
Jun
2
awarded  Nice Answer
May
30
revised Does “so called” have a negative connotation in English?
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May
30
comment Does “so called” have a negative connotation in English?
@PhilPerry, I agree. In your example, I think "Theory of Evolution" is a sufficiently familiar term that "so called" is not needed and so its presence would be thought of as negative.
May
29
answered Does “so called” have a negative connotation in English?
Apr
23
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
14
comment How do you politely ask for someone's gender?
@CarlWitthoft I'm afraid that's an outdated view; sex refers to biological difference that may be genotypical or phenotypical. Gender refers to the sociological construct that individuals ascribe to. This isn't a new thing - twospirit people have existed in First Nation and Native American tribes for generations.
Feb
23
awarded  Yearling