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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
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
Feb
16
accepted Will microwaving lemons make them easier or more efficient to juice?
Feb
11
asked Will microwaving lemons make them easier or more efficient to juice?
Jan
15
revised Help in identifying a Thai condiment
Add missing paren
Jan
15
answered Help in identifying a Thai condiment
Jan
8
awarded  Notable Question
Jan
3
comment What are the ingredients (spices) of Sri Lankan curry powder?
The differences results from ethnic diversity, not geographic proximity.
Jan
1
answered What are the ingredients (spices) of Sri Lankan curry powder?
Jan
1
comment What are the ingredients (spices) of Sri Lankan curry powder?
The term "Sri Lankan" curry is somewhat ambiguous; I have found that northern and eastern Tamil curries have a different character from those in the predominantly Sinhalese areas.
Dec
22
answered Uses for juicer pulp
Dec
18
answered Is it safe to put a plate directly on a recently-on gas burner?