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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.


Feb
16
comment How much lemons are needed to produce pure 1 kg lemon essential oil?
I have fixed my coversion error - it's closer to 3300 than 3500... Still a large discrepancy, though.
Feb
16
revised How much lemons are needed to produce pure 1 kg lemon essential oil?
Fix conversion to kg
Feb
16
answered How much lemons are needed to produce pure 1 kg lemon essential oil?
Feb
9
comment Making Tomato Sauce from Tomato Paste
Kirk-like redefinition of the problem to provide a workable alternative. +1
Jan
10
comment I need to know how long to cook potatoes at 350*F
Until they are done. Seriously, cook them for however long it says to cook them for at 400, and stick a fork in them every five minutes until they are soft.
Jan
1
comment oil disappearing from pan
How are you sauteing? Do you put the oil in the pan and let it get hot before adding the veggies? Do you stir the vegetables constantly?
Dec
25
revised Why is my Bunn overflowing?
added 1 characters in body
Dec
25
awarded  Suffrage
Oct
1
awarded  Fanatic
Sep
3
comment Why does my Velveeta queso dip get clumpier the longer it stays in the microwave?
@AdamShiemke - can you please name a food which is not made of chemicals?
Aug
18
comment How to do a beer-butt chicken?
The more traditional name for this is "beer can chicken," which might help explain things.
Jul
29
comment Help Identifying a pale green, spherical squash-y like vegetable
Looks like some kind of heirloom zucchini.
Jul
2
comment Brined cheese behaves almost as if carbonated
Return it. It should never have been sold.
Jun
24
comment Where can I buy borosilicate (Pyrex) bakeware in the U.S.?
Yes, it is important to keep in mind that Pyrex is a material outside of North America, and a (n untrustworthy) brand in the US pretending to provide the same material...
Jun
5
awarded  Notable Question
Feb
22
comment Shelf life of commercial jams with no preservatives?
Not everyone with internet access has a fridge.
Feb
9
awarded  Critic
Jan
31
answered Electric oven Temperature
Jan
31
comment Making Tomato Sauce from Tomato Paste
Agreed - maybe a little aguave nectar or caramelized onions to cut the acidity of the tomato paste.
Jan
31
comment Making Tomato Sauce from Tomato Paste
I see. It sounds a little intense, but I may try it sometime. Thanks.