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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.


Jun
18
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
17
reviewed Approve suggested edit on homeland tag wiki
Jun
10
comment Trapped in cave filled with water, with snakes and crocodile
This was my first thought.
Jun
10
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Are there any differences between the new and old Titanic version besides 3D?
Jun
9
awarded  Custodian
Jun
9
reviewed Close What's the original use of the “meth cooking tent”?
Jun
9
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Is it historically true that Ip Man beat a Japanese General in a martial-art match?
Jun
5
reviewed Approve suggested edit on When you are out of time, you die
May
31
comment TV series where a kid goes back to school from Africa
We probably need a few more details. What country did you see this in? What language was it in? Where was it made?
May
29
answered In The Godfather, did the horse head work?
May
19
comment Why do the best chefs in the world go on Masterchef?
Au contraire, I suspect Masterchef pays its stars very well indeed - it is a popular franchise all over the world and makes a huge amount of money with relatively low production costs.
May
10
comment Movie about man who goes into the mind of a prisoner
How does this answer provide any value beyond @Lorenzo_03's answer, which names the same movie and provides additional information?
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.