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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.


Aug
9
comment 70's ? Sci fi film about 2 sets of Aliens living on Earth fighting of supremacy
Definitely a dup.
Aug
9
comment 70's ? Sci fi film about 2 sets of Aliens living on Earth fighting of supremacy
Possibly related: movies.stackexchange.com/questions/5810/… and scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/32153/….
Aug
4
comment Twin Towers in any movies set in the future?
This seems like trivia rather than being a question that benefits the community in any way.
Jul
20
comment How many different endings does Sholay have?
As the censored alternate version is now available on YouTube, I think that the first and third endings you mention refer to the same version. youtube.com/watch?v=Oh_WeoKJkUY
Jul
11
comment Is it normal in USA/UK to use the phone while driving?
Related: collegehumor.com/video/3052195/24-the-unaired-1994-pilot
Jun
10
comment Trapped in cave filled with water, with snakes and crocodile
This was my first thought.
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
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.
Feb
28
comment Benicio del Toro as Fenster - What Accent is This?
@NapoleonWilson - agreed! I've been thinking that myself.
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
8
comment Trying to remember the name of a Sci-fi movie
What country/language?
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
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.