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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.


Oct
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answered How do you make popcorn with “indian corn”
Aug
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awarded  Citizen Patrol
Aug
6
comment Why is my Bunn overflowing?
True, but who'd a thunk it would lead to a mechanical failure?
Aug
3
revised Why is my Bunn overflowing?
More info.
Jul
27
answered Why is my Bunn overflowing?
Jun
8
awarded  Constituent
Jun
8
awarded  Caucus
May
19
comment Is it safe to store hot tea in PET bottles?
@BaffledCook, we Anglo-Saxons in Canada use the metric system (modulo growing up in the seventies or later)
Apr
15
answered Teabags vs. instant coffee
Feb
23
comment Remediation Methods for Rice Contaminated with Broken Glass
For a completely sunken object, the volume of water displaced is equal to the volume of the object (in this case, my grains of rice and shards of glass). The weight of this volume of water is less than the corresponding weight of the glass or rice (i.e. the water has lower density). Adding salt increases the density of the water until the weight of the water displaced by each grain of rice is greater than that of the grain itself, buoying the rice.
Feb
22
awarded  Yearling
Feb
17
comment Remediation Methods for Rice Contaminated with Broken Glass
@jontyc: I debated the "food-safety" tag myself, but it didn't feel right. My gut feeling is that it should apply to pathogens and contamination from unknown sources rather than contamination resulting from an accident.
Feb
17
awarded  Commentator
Feb
17
comment Remediation Methods for Rice Contaminated with Broken Glass
okay, I admit the rice was a little dusty. But I am unsure of how clean the factory where it was hulled is, so I wash away the dirt from all sources before cooking it.
Feb
17
comment Remediation Methods for Rice Contaminated with Broken Glass
Cool. Just the type of answer I wanted. But I'm not going to try it myself!
Feb
17
accepted Remediation Methods for Rice Contaminated with Broken Glass
Feb
16
comment Remediation Methods for Rice Contaminated with Broken Glass
That could be (but it might require someone with a demonstrably more delicate touch than I have...)
Feb
16
comment Remediation Methods for Rice Contaminated with Broken Glass
That was my first naive thought, but then I recalled I rely on the fact that rice sinks to help wash off the rice flour.
Feb
16
comment Remediation Methods for Rice Contaminated with Broken Glass
+1 - there's almost no way I'd consider eating it, and no way at all I would serve it to anyone else. But it's an interesting problem, waiting for an innovative solution...
Feb
16
asked Remediation Methods for Rice Contaminated with Broken Glass