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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.


Apr
7
comment What does the “they've gone to plaid” joke mean?
Although I think it is just a coincidence, I'll point out that warp and weft are the two directions of yarn in weaving (of plaids and other things). It might be a very meta joke since plaid is at much higher level than warp. On the other hand, it's Mel Brooks. On the gripping hand, he was born in Brooklyn in the mid 20's and might have been exposed to the basics and vocabulary of the tailor at a youngman age.
Apr
5
comment Story about small girl,mother and 3 fathers
er, "sequel," not "secret."
Apr
5
comment Story about small girl,mother and 3 fathers
I think @BilltheLizard is correct. I had forgotten there was a secret. I am not going to add this to my answer, but I will upvote Mr TheLizard if he answers.
Apr
4
answered Story about small girl,mother and 3 fathers
Mar
6
answered Is there a name for the inter-mercials specific to TV networks
Mar
4
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why is the Weasley house destroyed in the sixth Harry Potter film?
Mar
3
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What do the terms “clunkers” and “keepers” mean when referring to a TV shows?
Feb
28
comment Benicio del Toro as Fenster - What Accent is This?
@NapoleonWilson - agreed! I've been thinking that myself.
Feb
23
reviewed Approve suggested edit on small faces(heads?) try to bump out of a man's face
Feb
17
awarded  Yearling
Feb
10
comment I've never seen a James Bond movie, where should I start?
... tough to give any sort of objective answer to this kind of question. I stand by the strategy of watching ones from different eras, though.
Feb
10
comment I've never seen a James Bond movie, where should I start?
There is a long run of mediocre films there. Enjoyable fluff, but nothing to really hook you.
Feb
10
answered I've never seen a James Bond movie, where should I start?
Feb
8
comment Trying to remember the name of a Sci-fi movie
What country/language?
Jan
28
revised Is the Blacklist a serial TV show?
added 21 characters in body
Jan
28
answered Is the Blacklist a serial TV show?
Jan
25
comment How much would 400 weight of Gold actually have been worth?
A 400 weight seems to be a standard measure of 400 troy ounces nominal weight with an actual weight of between 350 and 430 ounces (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_bar). The range of 80 ounces makes this tough to answer precisely.
Jan
17
comment Benicio del Toro as Fenster - What Accent is This?
Also, it doesn't really sound like any of the named accents, not even close.
Jan
14
comment Benicio del Toro as Fenster - What Accent is This?
I'd noticed that after posting the question, but it sounds to me a little like an description he came up with after the movie...
Jan
14
awarded  Student