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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.
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.
Aug
25
comment Booking hostel (in Europe) without credit card?
@MarcelC: Don't knock it until you've tried it.
Aug
13
comment Feeling the spirit of Helsinki, where?
This recent New York Times blog entry might offer some ideas.
Nov
16
comment What can I do to prevent passport stamps being put on blank pages?
@Malvolio: Actually, a stamp on paper is "leima" in Finnish; "leimasin" is the tool you use to make them. But I'm sure people would understand you even if you mixed them up. BTW, since you already recommended Wikipedia, may I suggest Wiktionary too? For example, looking up "stamp" there would've given you the correct translations.
Nov
8
comment Why is Nynäshamn a de facto “port” for Stockholm?
Having sailed in the area, I'm not at all surprised that cruise liners might not want to try navigating the inner passage to Stockholm. What's not so apparent from the Google Maps link is that routes through the archipelago are not only narrow and twisting, but also shallow and full of rocks. This nautical chart may give some idea of what it's like. It's different for the Finland-ferries -- they do the route every day and know exactly how many meters of margin there is in each gap and when to start turning for each bend.