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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:


Jun
30
comment Is there a powerstrip which accomodates most if not all AC power plugs?
Using a power strip with an IEC C-14 plug is a clever idea, but I've never seen one of those for sale (although, apparently, they do exist). You could make one yourself, either with a rewirable C-14 plug or by replacing the entire cord of a normal power strip, but I wouldn't advise it unless you have at least a bit of experience working with mains wiring. (Pro tip: the yellow-green wire is the ground; always make sure it's correctly and securely wired, and has more slack than the others.)
Jun
13
comment How can I not get electrically shocked when handling my laptop in an airport?
@Doc: Metal detectors can be somewhat random. I've had my shoelace hooks set off a metal detector gate at Charles de Gaulle, gotten wanded, told to take off my shoes and passed the same detector cleanly, only to later realize that I also had a 10cm+ steel comb in my pocket that it apparently did not react to.
May
3
comment Calling USA from Schiphol (Amsterdam)
...and if both parties have Skype installed, you don't even need to use Skype-out, at which point it becomes free.
Apr
14
answered How much do roof racks hurt gas mileage?
Mar
4
comment Is it dangerous to go to the USA as a Russian now?
That last part's likely to depend on just what ends up happening there, don't you think? But I do agree that if, as one would fervently hope, the current conflict blows over instead of escalating, most people in the U.S. are unlikely to care much.
Feb
16
comment Is yellow fever vaccine needed to travel to Europe?
Lyme disease vaccination is a surprisingly complex topic. Basically, there are vaccines available for veterinary use, but none currently on the market for humans. There used to be one, but it was withdrawn in 2002 due to safety controversy and poor sales.
Jan
31
awarded  Yearling
Jan
31
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
30
revised How do I prevent my head from drooping while trying to sleep on a plane?
fix link rot
Sep
10
awarded  Critic
Aug
25
comment Booking hostel (in Europe) without credit card?
@MarcelC: Don't knock it until you've tried it.
Aug
25
answered Booking hostel (in Europe) without credit card?
Jan
22
awarded  Editor
Jan
22
revised Is it fair to buy a return ticket I know I will never use just because it's cheaper?
thou shalt not use backticks for emphasis; it is an abomination. (also, some grammar/style copyedits)
Jan
22
suggested suggested edit on Is it fair to buy a return ticket I know I will never use just because it's cheaper?
Oct
3
awarded  Yearling
Aug
13
comment Feeling the spirit of Helsinki, where?
This recent New York Times blog entry might offer some ideas.
May
6
revised What can I use instead of a corkscrew?
edited tags
May
5
awarded  Quorum
May
5
awarded  Organizer