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🐌. Native speaker of American English. Linux user. Familiar with several programming languages in the procedural, OO, and functional paradigms.

Link rot is evil. Archive everything. The keyboard is king. Correctness over performance. Canonicalize, normalize, deduplicate. Don't repeat yourself. UTF-8 > UTF-16. Use static typing: good for tooling. Re-use; don't re-invent. Correctness, then clarity, then concision and elegance. Play devil's advocate. First understand opponents' positions.


Sep
17
comment What is this crow eating, and is it a common part of the corvid diet?
Also, do you think the crow killed the woodpecker (rather than scavenging it)?
Sep
16
comment Have proteins been observed to come into existence through mutations and natural selection?
Mutation of a (duplicated) existing protein is the usual way a new protein evolves.
Sep
16
comment Why are we using upper teeth and lower lip on labiodental sounds?
@LanceLafontaine: By any chance are you accessing the site from within that university?
Sep
16
comment Why are we using upper teeth and lower lip on labiodental sounds?
@LanceLafontaine: Broken link (403).
Sep
16
comment How is duration of efficacy estimated for vaccines?
Community wiki because I'm not sure this is correct. Feel free to edit in more information.
Sep
16
comment Why is rabies incurable?
Also, even if you survive, you'll likely still have suffered permanent brain damage.
Sep
16
comment Why do stars disappear when I look at them?
You might also notice this phenomenon while lying in bed, e.g. the dim glow from the illumination of a digital clock or small LED is often visible only if you look away (using peripheral vision).
Sep
16
comment How does a plant decide when to grow a branch?
Related topics: auxins, apical dominance.
Sep
15
comment Influence of alcohol on brain cells
@nico: 100% blood alcohol content.
Sep
15
comment Influence of alcohol on brain cells
See also en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurotoxin#Ethanol
Sep
15
comment Do larger multicellular organisms have an increased risk of mutation and thus cancer?
@GWW: Is there actually a correlation between body size and fraction of coding DNA?
Sep
15
comment Influence of alcohol on brain cells
It's definitely not linear (100% ethanol will kill all your brain cells, but 0.01% will kill far fewer than 1/10000 of neurons). Also, it will heavily vary according to your metabolism (broken down faster by alcohol dehydrogenase, etc.)
Sep
15
comment How does sex differentiation work in Paracerceis sculpta, the sexually tetramorphic isopod?
There's also the throat colors of the side-blotched lizard.
Aug
2
comment Is the theory of evolution being disproved by bats?
By 'equivalent' you mean 'homologous', right?
Aug
2
comment Is the theory of evolution being disproved by bats?
@KonradRudolph: the cross-post looks like it may be closed as off-topic there.