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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:


Nov
20
comment Why do two perfectly adjacent rectangles create black or white lines in between as if they were overlapping or not exactly adjacent?
@Lilienthal: I've never seen it; then again, the whole point is that you're not supposed to see it. I suppose one reason why the need rarely arises in practice is that most designers tend to avoid putting such strongly contrasting pure colors next to each other anyway.
Nov
19
awarded  Guru
Nov
18
awarded  Good Answer
Nov
18
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Nov
18
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
17
revised Why do two perfectly adjacent rectangles create black or white lines in between as if they were overlapping or not exactly adjacent?
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Nov
17
answered Why do two perfectly adjacent rectangles create black or white lines in between as if they were overlapping or not exactly adjacent?
Nov
16
comment Add transparency to an existing PNG
@Boris_yo: It's hard to tell why that might be, without seeing the actual pictures, but the techniques from this answer might help. Of course, you'd have to adapt them to Paint.NET yourself.
Nov
16
comment Add transparency to an existing PNG
@Boris_yo: Looks like the Unblend plugin for Paint.NET should do the same as Color to Alpha in GIMP. I haven't tried it myself, though.
Nov
6
comment How would you represent distance graphically?
It might help if you added some context -- specifically, what is the distance you're trying to represent, and for what purpose?
Oct
14
answered Removing graininess from a handwritten signature
Oct
5
comment How to use font variants within Inkscape
Related, maybe even a dupe: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/16873/… (but I think this one is better asked).
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
23
comment .png's made in GIMP not coming out transparent
I... rather doubt that's the issue. The OP says they "remove the background" after adding the alpha channel, and however they're doing it, it does sound like they know how to do that. That said, there's not enough information in th question to really diagnose the issue, so I can't completely rule out the possibility that you might be right after all.
Sep
23
comment .png's made in GIMP not coming out transparent
It might help if you could post some "before / after" images demonstrating the effect (and, if possible, a third image demonstrating the outcome you actually want). If the image looks OK in GIMP before you export it, a screenshot might also help.
Sep
23
revised photoshop - cut and move part of a shape layer
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Sep
11
comment Changing the background of the picture to white
@Servant: I think that one's beyond my skills. If possible, I'd suggest just taking another photo.
Aug
28
revised How do you explain the value of native files to an uneducated client?
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Aug
28
comment How do you explain the value of native files to an uneducated client?
While you're sort of right about the source code thing (that is, assuming you ignore the huge amount of open source software out there -- but that's fair enough, since it's rarely custom-written to spec), it should also be noted that software development contracts usually do include either delivery of source code or some kind of continued support provision. Otherwise, who's going to fix bugs in your fancy new software, or update it when it stops working with the latest version of some other program?