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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.


Mar
13
comment Can't think of this movie title
+1 in case all the down votes are from cynics who thought you were trolling.
Mar
1
comment Who is this actress
@MANI, no, that really is Jaden Smith, Will Smith's son.
Feb
20
comment What old 50's or 60's Sci Fi movie is this scene from?
It's worth watching even if it isn't the one you were thinking of!
Feb
20
comment When did each Horcrux get destroyed in the Harry Potter movies?
No, Quirrel was possessed by Voldemort, but not a horcrux.
Feb
14
comment What old 50's or 60's Sci Fi movie is this scene from?
I've added a shot from this fan-made trailer (@t = 1m 49s) youtube.com/watch?v=1a6iN4g0hSI.
Feb
13
comment What old 50's or 60's Sci Fi movie is this scene from?
I think the stairway curves around above this shot. Also, it could have been from the other version (I think this shot is from the miniseries and you may have seen the film). I'll see if I can find another view.
Feb
7
comment The Game has some unanswered Questions!
"Done by" here means "filmed by," not "written by."
Feb
2
comment People hiding while a spaceship vacuums up other people
@Jamie - you can accept my answer if you still agree with it.
Feb
2
comment People hiding while a spaceship vacuums up other people
Agreed that it doesn't end the film, but it does lead to the beginning of the end. And... the OP says in one of the comments under the question that this is the one, which I find a compelling reason to retain my answer.
Feb
2
comment Why are James Bond roles not played by American actors?
James Bond was played by an American actor, Barry Nelson, in his first video outing. But that wasn't a cinematic film.
Feb
2
comment People hiding while a spaceship vacuums up other people
Wasn't there a scene like this in the remake of War of the Worlds?
Jan
18
comment Is there a reference to Voldemort in 12 Angry Men?
Maybe Harry Potter is a true story?
Jan
16
comment Why is it always the same type of beer cup used in college-style movies/series?
Possibly, but would have thought this is too generic an item to work well as product placement. They could be using "the original" or a copy, and we wouldn't be able to tell.
Jan
16
comment Why is it always the same type of beer cup used in college-style movies/series?
I thought that was implicit in their being commonly encountered, but your right, I should state that directly.
Jan
15
comment How are fake reality shows not false advertising? And if they are, why do they get away with it?
@BenPlont Right, I should have stated that explicitly. I'll update.
Jan
13
comment What are the accumulated major injuries/wounds James Bond has received in the film franchise?
I didn't take your comments as suggesting I was being Daft.
Jan
13
comment What are the accumulated major injuries/wounds James Bond has received in the film franchise?
I agree with you, of course, which is why I put that as a comment rather than as an answer.
Jan
13
comment What are the accumulated major injuries/wounds James Bond has received in the film franchise?
@Daft - have you seen OHMSS? If not, it's definitely worth a watch, as one of the most under-rated, and definitely most poignant, Bond film.
Jan
13
comment What are the accumulated major injuries/wounds James Bond has received in the film franchise?
The worst is the broken heart.
Jan
8
comment Do the words 'Billy don't be a hero' mean anything to you?
Can you provide some details?