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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.


Oct
1
comment How can I make a bedroom with lots of windows darker?
It is a bedroom. Blackout shades for part of it, plus a large blackout curtain to segment off the bed, made enough of a dark spot to sleep in.
Oct
1
accepted How can I repair deteriorating concrete walls?
Oct
1
accepted How do I fill cracks between stone steps and mortar?
Oct
1
answered How do I fill cracks between stone steps and mortar?
Sep
10
answered How can I build an insert on a desk that adjusts the height of a sewing machine?
Sep
10
comment How can you reverse a sliding glass door?
Yeah, it's definitely not upside-downable unless I am not seeing something obvious. :-/
Sep
5
comment How to fix small holes in a wall caused by throwing darts?
You may need to sand the holes flush before applying the spackle. Dart holes may have a raised pucker around the edges (ask me how I know) from where the dart pushed the surface aside. Depends on what you threw them into...
Sep
4
comment How can I stop a draft from an attic hatch lid?
Also, they sell styrofoam shells that fit over your hatch and help insulate from the back. This might cut down on conductive heat loss.
Sep
4
comment Can I use a small pond with a water source heat pump?
Lawrence, consider asking this on the Gardening And Landscaping site. There are a number of questions about ponds there.
Aug
24
answered My door doesn't close without having to push it upwards first
Aug
14
comment How to determine if paint is sandable?
You can sand the 1-2-3.
Aug
6
asked How can you reverse a sliding glass door?
Jul
30
comment How do I get the most torque out of a spanner?
Short answer: buy higher quality tools.
Jul
28
awarded  Yearling
Jul
27
comment Can I turn a 4 X 4 deck post, eight feet high, into a 6 x 6 post by laminating a 2 X 6 and 2 X 4 to it?
Vebjorn, do those load numbers include supporting a heavy snow load? Given the OP's location I would be concerned about that.
Jul
23
comment Is a bedframe necessary to keep a boxspring & mattress in good working order?
Price is sadly no indicator of quality. Likewise, the box spring itself may be of poor quality, and may have killed the mattress. You should look into getting a refund--your mattress may have a warranty.
Jul
23
answered Should I bind the edge of an unbound remnant rug? If so, how do I do so?
Jul
23
comment How can I shorten barstools temporarily so I can reattach the bottom of the legs?
Just make a conical cut and you'll be able to screw the legs back together, plus having better support for the joint when you reattach it. I have no idea how to do this, of course; perhaps mount each leg in a lathe and waste away an angled notch with the thinnest cutter you can find. Or...buy a spare set of stools.
Jul
12
comment What can I use as a thread “tightener” compound for a free-running bolt?
Let us know how this works, and accept the answer if it does!
Jul
12
comment What could cause polyurethane to dry with excess gloss?
+1 for "make sure to get the finish well-mixed". If you used up the lighter half of the finish last time, and it was matte, now you might be left with the super-glossy rest of the ingredients.