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I'm a UX specialist investigating analysis and design of multi-user interaction. I specialize in design of CLIs and GUIs for use by programmers, QEs, and release engineers.

My doctoral work centered around using discourse analysis techniques to understand design requirements for groupware. I am currently employed helping to design a complex versioning/building/testing system.

In my spare time, I write science fiction; my first novel Duplicate is available as an eBook, paperback, or hardcover. My second novel, We Were Gods is also available as an eBook or paperback. Yes, there's a fair amount of programming and user experience in each of them. ;)

My statements on these websites are not official statements from any employer of mine.


Aug
28
comment What are the structural and health issues for a long-time slow-leaking toilet?
@Flimzy It's dangerous to think mold will 'go away'. Instead at best it will spore over, going into a state where it can live for years until another bit of humidity reactivates it. You need to mechanically remove as much of it as you can, and then use a dilute solution of bleach to try to kill the parts you can't see. See this guide for more detail: cdc.gov/mold/cleanup.htm
Aug
28
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Aug
1
comment Should plumber's putty be placed on the sink or on the flange during a flange install?
Great pictures! Really explains the geometry.
Jul
28
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Jun
12
comment What are low-cost ways of cooling down a room?
Look into a 'swamp cooler', especially since it's likely very humid. diy.stackexchange.com/questions/6895/…
May
27
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May
19
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May
19
revised Is a roof made out of glass viable?
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Mar
28
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Mar
27
comment Will combining roof venting systems cause short cycling?
Have you encountered cases where inspector is "recommended" by the seller? I think this is supposed to be illegal. In this case the inspector may try to downplay things due to the side deal he's got going on...
Mar
22
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Mar
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Feb
20
comment How can I tell if the sagging in my plaster ceiling is getting worse?
Good thought, but rather expensive to tie up a camera over the months that it might take to verify this...
Feb
20
accepted How can I tell if the sagging in my plaster ceiling is getting worse?
Feb
19
asked How can I tell if the sagging in my plaster ceiling is getting worse?
Feb
19
comment Is it possible to earthquake-proof furniture when you have plaster walls?
Now I'm curious why they dissuaded you from attaching to stud...
Feb
13
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Feb
12
comment Where should I place nails when installing crown molding?
I think the question is more about where on the crown molding the nail should go in, rather than what the backing material is. I've heard "put the nail in the deepest part as it helps hide the nail hole" but that may just be for jobs where you aren't going to fill in the nail holes.
Jan
29
comment Are curtains effective for keeping the room warm?
Yes, curtains make a big difference, especially if you have old/drafty windows.
Jan
15
comment How to make a Bevel Lap Splice joint, for connecting a portable floor?
Oh, and on cut two tilt the blade away from the work, so you don't trap the wood between the saw and the fence...