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I'm a PhD student in biomathematics, working on stochastic individual-based models of evolution in spatially structured populations. My other interests include cryptography, programming games and puzzles, photography and graphic design.

I started programming (in AmigaBASIC) when I was 10 years old. Nowadays, I'm most comfortable using Perl, C and JavaScript. I know Java and PHP too, but I can't really say I like them. I also know some Python, but not as much as I'd like.


CC-Zero Please consider any (original) code I post to Stack Overflow and other Stack Exchange sites to be released under CC-Zero unless stated otherwise. You may do whatever you want with it and don't have to credit me in any way, although of course that would be nice.


I'm the main author and maintainer of the Stack Overflow Unofficial Patch (SOUP), a user script for browsers with GreaseMonkey-compatible user script support (Firefox, Chrome, Opera, possibly Safari) that fixes or works around a number of outstanding issues with the Stack Exchange user interface.

I tend to answer a lot more questions than I ask. Some answers I'm rather proud of:


May
1
comment Could a hard drive actually have been erased as described in Cryptonomicon?
If the field strength is indeed "half of typical MRI scanners", the effects would be interesting indeed. As in, any police walking through that door would've likely had their badges, guns, belt buckles and any other ferromagnetic metal objects they were carrying (not to mention the hard drives themselves) violently ripped off and slammed against the door frame. There's a reason why they make really sure you don't bring anything metallic close to an active MRI scanner.
Apr
25
comment Is there no radioactive decay between nuclear fusion and solid material formation?
Your confusion is due to a misunderstanding of how nuclear decay works. See How does a half-life work? for what's essentially the question you should've asked.
Apr
20
revised Birds sitting on electric wires: potential difference between their feet
copyedit
Apr
20
comment Birds sitting on electric wires: potential difference between their feet
Having the bird spread its legs will (very slightly) increase both the current and the voltage through the bird (as one would intuitively expect), not decrease them: increasing $R_{wire}$ increases both $I_{bird} = I_{wire} \dfrac{R_{wire}}{R_{bird}}$ and $V_{bird} = V_{wire}$.
Apr
16
comment Does the mass of a star change as it collapses into a black hole?
@trysis: On the surface. And no, it doesn't account for the presence of the atmosphere, so it's not actually sufficient to escape the Earth's gravity if you're starting from the surface. (In fact, an object moving at 11.2 km/s or faster near the Earth's surface would most likely shortly turn into a ball of incandescent gas due to aerodynamic heating. To actually get into space from the Earth's surface, you need to start relatively slowly until you've cleared most of the atmosphere.)
Mar
29
comment Where does a string tighten when you pull it?
The behavior you describe is fairly typical if the string is lying on the ground, so that there's significant static friction resisting its movement. If the string is in free-fall, or, say, floating on/in water, things can be very different.
Mar
10
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How to derive Schrödinger equation?
Mar
10
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why do some sunsets have a green flash?
Mar
10
reviewed Reject suggested edit on How does isotropy of free space imply $L(v^2)$ for a free particle?
Mar
9
comment If I take a bottle of air into space, and open it, where does it go?
@XièJìléi: That just means you need a stronger balloon.
Mar
7
awarded  Guru
Mar
7
comment How does a half-life work?
Dammit, accepted. And just when I was this close to getting a Populist badge... ;-)
Mar
6
awarded  Good Answer
Mar
6
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
6
awarded  Quorum
Mar
6
answered How does a half-life work?
Feb
18
comment Does space curvature automatically imply extra dimensions?
@SantiBailors: Maybe this math.SE thread might help a little.
Feb
12
comment Is there a delay in the effect of gravitational force?
Just blow up the large object into two pieces, with enough energy to send them off (orthogonally to the line between the original objects) at a good fraction of $c$. (I believe the technical term is "rapid change in the quadrupole moment," but for popular science, "blowing up" will do.) It's not quite magic teleportation, but it's a pretty fair approximation.
Feb
8
comment What justifies dimensional analysis?
+1 for "consider the units to be variables."
Jan
28
awarded  Custodian