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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.


Apr
10
answered How can I get better land speed with a warforged?
Apr
8
comment How to build a flexible and scalable system for PCs' NPC organizations?
I have to agree with SSD here -- the question just feels too broad to me. To quote our help center, "Your questions should be reasonably scoped. If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much." I can easily imagine a book about managing NPC organizations in an RPG; heck, you've listed several such books in your question. Thus, too broad.
Apr
6
awarded  Caucus
Apr
5
revised How tall is a Wall of Water? Can it be made wider at the cost of making it lower?
use more specific terms instead of "shorter" and "longer"
Mar
10
comment How to prevent a stand-off because the player that moves opens himself up to attack
Related, almost duplicate: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/55212/…
Mar
6
comment Upkeep of a fortress?
@gomad: To answer an old comment, the fortress might've had strategic value in the past, but lost it. Maybe it was a border fort on a border that has moved, or no longer exists at all (one side conquered the other), or maybe it used to guard a trade route that's no longer used, or lands that are no longer fertile since the climate changed. From the OP's decription ("in the middle of an ancient forest with a once-overrun road leading to it"), it sounds like something like the latter might be the case.
Mar
5
awarded  Pundit
Mar
4
comment Can a Gnome Ranger use his Animal Companion as a Mount?
If a weasel can ride a woodpecker, surely a gnome on a panther is plausible enough. ;p
Feb
25
comment What success rate design is the most “fun”?
I also posted an answer, but deleted it. Honestly, after re-reading your question, I feel it needs a lot more detail to be properly answerable. In particular, what are these "DCs" / success rates of yours for? Skill challenges (for what)? Attack rolls (against what)? Whole encounters? Absolutely anything ("I roll to see if I'm secretly a space alien")? In particular, there's a huge difference between, say, missing a single attack and losing the entire fight; a good success rate for one could be horrible for the other.
Feb
13
answered How can I dissuade my players from attacking a deadly foe who isn't meant to be attacked?
Feb
4
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
3
answered Can a character relay a distance to another character in exact feet/squares?
Feb
3
comment Can a lake of eternal fire be created with the spell blast of flame?
Sure it can, if you cast it into a natural gas well.
Feb
3
comment Can a lake of eternal fire be created with the spell blast of flame?
@KRyan: Physics nitpick: falling (or flying) drops of liquid are not actually "teardrop-shaped"; they're really shaped more like flattened spheres. (The exact shape depends on details like size and velocity; smaller drops are more spherical, while drops that are too large will just spread out until they break up into smaller drops.)
Jan
29
comment What memories does your clone have when you die?
From the title, I totally assumed this was a paranoia question.
Jan
29
awarded  Enlightened
Jan
29
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
27
revised Using AnyDice to determine the odds of getting a specific number sequence on multiple dice
rewrite code to be independent of sort order
Jan
27
answered How do you handle long, thin Shape Land uses in Dawn of Worlds
Jan
26
revised Using AnyDice to determine the odds of getting a specific number sequence on multiple dice
added 3783 characters in body