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A qualified chemist who somehow drifted into web development. I've learned (to a greater or lesser degree of accuracy) PHP and JavaScript, and would like to learn something completely different for the sake of it. I'm a weirdo who actually enjoys reading (and sometimes writing) technical documentation.


Feb
17
comment How to display URLs in a textbook?
I've seen at least one dictionary which omits the http:// for URLs which start with www. I really dislike this style, though I suppose I understand it.
Nov
21
revised How do I write for webcomics?
added 1 characters in body
Nov
20
comment Using emails in an autobiography
If you want to be confident that the e-mails don't exist, you might want to use a reserved example domain.
Nov
20
answered How do I write for webcomics?
Nov
20
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Nov
7
comment What are the advantages of different date formats in resumes and CVs?
Now, I'd say adding the ordinal suffix makes the date more formal, not less. Perhaps that's another US-vs-Europe difference (I'm Irish).
May
31
revised Time measures in fantasy worlds
Turned code block into a quote block: looks nicer. Added spaces at ends of lines to preserve formatting.
May
31
revised How best to format a novel written in Markdown
Tidied formatting: linkification, line breaks, dashes.
May
31
suggested suggested edit on How best to format a novel written in Markdown
May
31
suggested suggested edit on Time measures in fantasy worlds
Apr
5
awarded  Editor
Apr
5
revised How likely is the “five consecutive word rule” to detect “random,” as opposed to intentional plagiarism?
Added link to question which explains what the "five consecutive words" rule is.
Apr
4
suggested suggested edit on How likely is the “five consecutive word rule” to detect “random,” as opposed to intentional plagiarism?
Mar
17
awarded  Critic
Feb
1
comment Is it a bad writing practice to start sentences with a verb?
To be or not to be does not start with a preposition. It starts with an infinitive verb.
Feb
1
comment Is it frustrating not to know the narrator's gender?
One example of YA writing which does this well is The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tylor. You assume, naturally, that the narrator is a boy. She isn't.
Feb
1
comment Does there have to be a difference when writing different genders?
"For example, a formally educated high class woman is not likely to curse like a dock worker." Well, I have no idea what you mean by "high class", but educated people, men and women, swear all the time. So do upper class people. "High class" is, I suspect, somewhat different to "upper class", and implies value judgements I don't share.
Feb
1
comment I cannot determine my Protagonist's work-life. Any help?
Read Ben Goldacre's book Bad Pharma. It'll give you some clues.
Jan
11
awarded  Commentator
Jan
11
comment What genre appeals to the widest audience?
CS Lewis, when talking about writers who had no sympathy for sci-fi who wrote it anyway because it was popular, called them "displaced persons". Anyway, I prefer the ungenred to the hypergenred.