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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
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awarded  Student
Jan
14
asked Benicio del Toro as Fenster - What Accent is This?
Jan
10
comment Numbers on the wall in Cuba in “Guys and Dolls” film
Any chance they are automobile licence plates? There are some places/people who put these on the wall for ambience.
Jan
3
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What is the symbolism of the remote controlled toy car?
Dec
31
awarded  Custodian
Dec
31
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Movie about a girl who collects horse figurines?
Nov
26
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
25
comment What Unit Does the BBC News Countdown Timer Count Down?
LOL then I have nothing soothing left to say.
Nov
23
comment What Unit Does the BBC News Countdown Timer Count Down?
Few people in the GTA have had to care about the difference as much as I used to have to...
Nov
23
answered What Unit Does the BBC News Countdown Timer Count Down?
Nov
23
comment What Unit Does the BBC News Countdown Timer Count Down?
Agree with user54609 - I used to work as a developer on a broadcast automation system for a client from the UK, and PAL (25 fps) timecode goes from 00 to 24. (SECAM is also 25 fps, and NTSC, used in Canada, the US, South Korea, etc, is 30 fps)
Nov
2
answered Movie involving an accident with an airliner that causes it to rise out of control
Oct
6
answered Airmen of the World Unite
Oct
2
answered 1990s TV series featuring underwater habitat and girl with the ability to breathe underwater?
Oct
1
awarded  Fanatic
Aug
29
comment Logo on screen during rain delay of baseball
There are actually better ways to notify affilates than forcing them to watch the screen (see Cue Tones, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cue_tone), and of course it's important to know how much time you have left - you can't charge anything for three quarters of a commercial!
Aug
24
comment What's the military purpose of the “my rifle, my gun” drill in Full Metal Jacket?
Nothing I consider authoritative, hence my hedging and using the word "apparently" - sorry!
Aug
24
answered What's the military purpose of the “my rifle, my gun” drill in Full Metal Jacket?
Aug
22
answered Movie of alien cop chasing alien criminal on earth
Aug
15
awarded  Enlightened