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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'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:

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.


Jun
24
answered How should I go about stabbing my friend in the back?
Jun
17
comment How should I emulate the highest in an irregular dice pool in AnyDice?
I think this answer has a bug; to get correct results for X,Y,Z > 1, the output of the second function should be [highest num of 1@A 1@B 1@C] instead of [highest num of X@A Y@B Z@C]. (Also, I obviously think my own code is shorter and cleaner, but I may be biased there.)
Jun
17
answered How should I emulate the highest in an irregular dice pool in AnyDice?
Jun
17
comment How should I emulate the highest in an irregular dice pool in AnyDice?
For "highest of 3d4, 2d6 and 1d8", if you roll (4, 4, 4), (5, 5) and (7), do you want a result of 7 (= highest individual die) or 12 (= highest sum of each kind of die)? Or, in other words, is there a difference between "highest of 1d6, 2d6 and 3d6" and "highest of 6d6"?
Jun
13
comment A slave's tongue has been cut out. How can we restore her ability to speak?
As another aside, while this probably makes for a great setting detail and plot hook, in most (all?) real-world slave holding societies such mutilation, if done at all, would be used only as a very severe punishment. That's because a) cutting out someone's tongue isn't exactly easy or safe, b) it makes the slave less useful and valuable, and c) it really pisses them off. IRL, you don't really want your slaves to hate you; indeed, you'd much rather prefer them to be mostly content with their lot, and to have at least some hope of some day winning their freedom if they work hard enough.
May
30
comment Calculating 6D6 similar to poker dice
Huh, that's weird... I'm not sure how I was able to post this answer, given that the question was closed while I was writing it. Anyway, does it answer your question, or is there something else you'd like to see clarified?
May
30
answered Calculating 6D6 similar to poker dice
May
29
revised Is Roll-For-Shoes a good system to practice DM skills?
added 3 characters in body
May
29
answered Is Roll-For-Shoes a good system to practice DM skills?
May
22
awarded  Nice Answer
May
22
revised How do you handle injury in Roll For Shoes?
added 11 characters in body
May
22
revised How do you handle injury in Roll For Shoes?
added 440 characters in body
May
22
revised How do you handle injury in Roll For Shoes?
added 206 characters in body
May
22
answered How do you handle injury in Roll For Shoes?
May
19
answered Dealing with a Diva Player
May
13
revised How many dice does the GM roll when challenging the players?
added 505 characters in body
May
13
revised How many dice does the GM roll when challenging the players?
added 505 characters in body
May
13
answered How many dice does the GM roll when challenging the players?
May
12
comment How can I use roll for shoes to introduce someone to roleplaying?
+1 for "start in the players' world." All my most successful RFS games have involved a setting that the players are already at least a little bit familiar with, enough so that they have some pre-existing ideas about how their characters might behave in the situation they find themselves in. Combined with the minimal (one might almost say nonexistent) chargen in RFS, that lets you start in media res and skip any awkward setup and orientation steps.
May
8
comment How can you create one PC that is more than one “person”?
+1 for "flat-out play two characters". The main issue with that option is making sure you don't hog more "screen time" than the other players. Giving the two characters complementary abilities, so that, in most situations, only one of them has anything significant to do, helps a lot there. The rest pretty much comes down to self-control and awareness of the issue.