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My background is in math (BMath; Waterloo) and civil engineering (BASc, MASc; Toronto). As I learned to dislike statistics when I was studying math, fate provided me with the opportunity to do a master's thesis on applying good old-fashioned statistics to hydrology with the goal of finding improved methods of estimating underlying distributions from small samples. Fortunately, this relied heavily on Monte Carlo simulation and I was able to convince myself that it was based on software instead of statistics. I somehow ended up as a software developer working on real time control systems and ancillary applications for the broadcast industry for fifteen years and now work as a project manager for the development of call center software.


Jan
24
comment The pronunciation of the word “window”
It's a pure consonant and can't be expresses using only vowels. How is "window" different from "work," "ward," "word," or "widow?" I see nothing exceptional about it.
Jan
24
comment The pronunciation of the word “window”
In North American and much of British English, "w" is pronounced nothing like the "v" in "volcano." That's more an Indian English thing. The "oo" is closer, but only because following it with "i" forces most of us to make the true "w" sound.
Jan
19
awarded  Notable Question
Jan
18
comment Dog who has escaped an animal shelter - name?
Nothing. The downvotes may be from before I deleted the extraneous editorializing. +1
Jan
18
revised Dog who has escaped an animal shelter - name?
Remove irrelevant comparison between English and German.
Jan
17
comment Do brides in church weddings go up the aisle toward the altar or down the aisle toward the altar?
Brides actually walk along the nave (central promenade) of a church. The aisle are the regions to the left and right of the pews inchurch architectural terms.
Jan
8
answered What is this calendar called?
Jan
8
comment “Far side of the Moon” in fewer words?
@MT_Head - that is clbuttic!
Dec
30
revised What's the meaning of groupies and throwing stars in this paragraph from Rework by Jason Fried?
added 352 characters in body
Dec
30
answered What's the meaning of groupies and throwing stars in this paragraph from Rework by Jason Fried?
Dec
30
comment What is the word for fear of fear?
It turns out that phobophobia is on the phobia list. Maybe that makes this General Reference?
Dec
30
comment What is the word for fear of fear?
@Malvolio - then do not go to this reference.
Dec
30
answered What is the word for fear of fear?
Dec
21
comment What does “let alone brain anybody with” mean?
I would be the first to admit that I suffer from a deficit in the creativity department, but I cannot for the life of me think of another way to interpret this question outside of what its title says: What does "let alone brain anybody with" mean. I would accept GR for a closure reason.
Dec
21
comment How did the term “X's finest” come to mean the police force of a city X?
@muru - no, it's a quotation attributed to Durante.
Dec
21
comment What does “let alone brain anybody with” mean?
The question is clear, and the answer correct. I cannot fathom why this was put on hold; there are clearly several members if the community who understand it. Perhaps the vocal VTC minority should consider the possibility they are missing something.
Dec
18
comment “if you have any questions, please call myself” and other bizarre new reflexive pronoun usages
"Allow myself to introduce... myself." Austin Powers
Dec
13
comment There's and enumeration
There are four lights.
Dec
10
comment What's the Appropriate Word to Say You're 'Dazzled' by a Nice Smell?
Funny - not me. I can certainly find some nice scents overwhelming as well.
Dec
10
answered What's the Appropriate Word to Say You're 'Dazzled' by a Nice Smell?