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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.


Sep
5
comment How to fill the joint between tiles and cabinets in a kitchen backsplash?
I was originally thinking white latex caulk (hence the wet finger). White silicone caulk would definitely last longer, but you will want to slick it with something else--or carefully wipe your finger off afterward.
Mar
4
comment How do I make sure I get a replacement toilet tank that fits the bowl?
And to bring closure--was able to install it myself with no significant problems. Lots of time with a basin wrench.
Feb
5
comment How do I make sure I get a replacement toilet tank that fits the bowl?
In fact, contacting Toto directly worked--a replacement (the original model is no longer manufactured) is on its way!
Feb
3
comment How do I restore the original finish of a reglazed plastic tub?
The old spray likely failed because of insufficient prep or poor application. So a respray may work better--if you put in the elbow grease to prep the surface.
Sep
12
comment Is it possible to find 4“ x 8” lumber?
How do you plan on preventing checking and cracking? Keeping thin bits of end-grain dimensionally stable is going to be very challenging, and much more challenging the larger the base wood. This is why end grain floors often use very old wood that has had time to settle down--starting with wood from Home Despot is going to be very young and much more susceptible to movement. Contact a lumber yard and see if they have old stock.
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
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.
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/…
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...
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
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
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...
Jan
3
comment What can I do about this gap between my driveway and the street?
Is there a metal structure you could buy? I'm thinking of something very solid so you can drive on it, but with slots/holes in it to let rain pass under. Sort of like the floor gates at the entrances to cattle farms, the ones cows don't like to walk on...
Dec
17
comment How much of this wood molding has to be completely replaced?
To me it looks like the sort of damage that happens after generations of college students move furniture in and out...
Dec
5
comment Water coming in through the walls of an old concrete garage
I didn't. For now it's just a dehumidifier in there. We changed the landscape drainage, which helped a bit.
Dec
1
comment What is the best way to insulate a room with glass window for winter?
The plastic sheeting is shockingly effective. It creates an effective 3-6" air barrier and completely seals up all gaps in the windows. And it's relatively cheap. Try this first--basically every renter here in Boston uses it, and for a reason.
Nov
23
comment Is krypton gas more energy-efficient that low-e argon?
I would only consider such fancy windows once I'd done every other possible form of tightening up the house. The difference between the fancy and the super-fancy windows are completely swamped by, say, having a 1/4" air gap somewhere in your unit. If you were building the perfect green sealed home it might matter, but for normal construction...don't get sucked into the hype.
Nov
23
comment What type of wood should I use to resurface my table?
I would not recommend MDF. Someone's going to cut into it with a knife sooner or later and then spill soda, and the MDF will disintegrate...