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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:


Oct
19
awarded  Yearling
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Aug
22
comment Does the Oxford Comma increase readability?
It's actually kind of hard to tell, but the way it sounds to me, when I try to speak you example sentence naturally, is that the gaps between "sausages" and "bacon" and between "bacon" and "eggs" are of fairly similar length, but the unstressed "and" falls into the second gap, partially filling it. (If "bacon and eggs" were a single phrase, like "services and support" in the example above, I'd read it all run together, as in "bacon-n'-eggs". Alas, that looks silly in writing.)
Jun
12
answered Will forcing response time to the average time as a minimum improve UX?
Mar
29
comment What is the appeal of old style numbers and why do modern fonts still include them?
And my point is that they look a lot better in, say, Hoefler Text or Pesikar's Museo Slab. Raleway may be "nifty", but its text figures (and especially their hinting at small sizes) rather suck.
Mar
28
comment What is the appeal of old style numbers and why do modern fonts still include them?
Those are some pretty ugly "old-style" numbers you've picked there for your example. I especially dislike the zero, which, in proper text figures, should IMO never extend above the median line.
Mar
20
awarded  Commentator
Mar
20
comment Is there a universally recognizable “Download” button?
There's no such thing as a "universally recognizable" symbol for an abstract concept, just some really widespread cultural symbol/concept associations. Besides, I'm sure there are still plenty of people on Earth (even excluding small children) who have never even encountered the concept of "downloading", much less a symbol for it. The closest you can really ask for is something like "a symbol that 90% of all people who've heard of downloading would associate with it", and yes, I agree that the downward-pointing arrow is probably as close to that as it gets.
Mar
2
comment Why do the popular browsers copy each other's user interfaces?
@Keavon: That's the new Firefox Australis UI, coming to your browser any day now. And yes, it looks a lot like Chrome.
Feb
19
awarded  Good Answer
Nov
20
revised What are the options for displaying 3 metrics in a 2D graph?
add some poor man's indentation
Nov
20
answered What are the options for displaying 3 metrics in a 2D graph?
Oct
19
awarded  Yearling
Jun
29
comment Why do light switches find themselves OUTSIDE the room they light up in some European countries?
@Valmond: The English term is ground fault interrupter, basically the same thing translated word for word. (Oh, and shouldn't that Swedish word be written together without the space?)
Jun
29
comment Why do coins in some countries not display their denomination?
I suspect one reason this is less of an issue than it could be, at least in the U.S., is the prevalence of paper money and, more recently, of credit cards. On my recent three-week visit to the States, the only U.S. coins I ever needed to handle were quarters, and even those only for some old coin-operated laundry machines that didn't accept any other method of payment.
Jun
29
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
23
awarded  Critic
Jun
16
answered Is a dummy button an appropriate way to show that a box is clickable?
May
9
comment Should I save mail list subscription information for users who unsubscribe?
Check your local laws as well (or ask a lawyer). You might be required to at least offer the option to delete the data.
Apr
22
comment Is it a good/acceptable practice to combine checkboxes with radio buttons for one question?
@Dominik: What I meant is that, instead of having a "none of the above, and no others" option, you could instead have a "something else" option, so that leaving all the checkboxes including that one unchecked would literally mean "none of the listed options, and nothing else either".