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Areas of strength:

  • Perl expert (specifically enterprise software development)
  • Sybase (including design and optimization)
  • GUI design

Areas of familiarity:

  • Web programming (EmbPerl, JSP, CSS, HTML, JavaScript)
  • C++

...P.S. I'm not really 42. But 42 is way cooler than a real answer :)

...P.P.S. Don't read too much into the icon. Just a minor nod to Cryptonomicon.


Feb
24
comment Why did George H. W. Bush select Dan Quayle as his running mate in 1988?
+1. Also, Biden is also magically excepted (well, the magic is called media bias) from being considered an even greater idiot that Quayle despite committing far worse gaffes, repeatedly.
Feb
24
comment Know of any historical tales in which a man kills the woman he loves as a sacrifice in the name of duty, religion, etc.?
Athos doesn't count. He had no love for Milady. Count De La Fere on the other hand...
Feb
24
comment Why was nude male art so acceptable, popular and officially supported in Germany?
@jwenting - Prudish? You must not have watched TV recently :)
Feb
22
comment How did a nomadic minority group the Manchus come to rule over China?
Shouldn't you add "mongols" to the list at the end? :)
Feb
22
revised Where did the design of the US Colonel insignia come from?
added 10 characters in body; edited tags
Feb
21
comment What was Vyshinsky's position about extrajudical repressions in the USSR?
@FelixGoldberg - presumably there could have been some personal correspondence of his.
Feb
21
comment How many non-partisan (independent) legislature members were in the USA compared to the USSR?
@Anixx - the block wasn't formal. It didn't make it less real.
Feb
21
comment How many non-partisan (independent) legislature members were in the USA compared to the USSR?
@Anixx - if you want USA info, I linked to relevant Google article in the comment to your question. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_(politician)#Congress
Feb
19
comment How many non-partisan (independent) legislature members were in the USA compared to the USSR?
@Anixx - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_(politician)#Congress
Feb
19
comment How many non-partisan (independent) legislature members were in the USA compared to the USSR?
@Anixx - being "not a partisan" != "not being a member of KPSS". Not every citizen of USSR was required (nor was) a KPSS member. But no citizen - never mind elected member of Sovet - would think/act/talk contrary to KPSS party line if they knew what was good for them. A more interesting historical question would be a simpler "were you allowed to be elected to Supreme Soviet if not a member of KPSS", IMHO.
Feb
19
comment How many non-partisan (independent) legislature members were in the USA compared to the USSR?
On a tangent, this ought to be migrated to Politics.SE
Feb
19
comment How many non-partisan (independent) legislature members were in the USA compared to the USSR?
I'm not aware of ANY member "of no party" in US Congress in practice (all the "independent" BS aside, since all of the putatively "independent" members are ex-members of some party and caucus and vote with one party majority of the time, making their "independence" a mere technicality).
Feb
19
comment What are the origins of Satanism as a religion?
@Drux - OK, then where did your original question originate from? I assumed it was from Wiki :)
Feb
19
comment What are the origins of Satanism as a religion?
@Drux - Also, given the amount of people who think that Rand meant something totally different from what she wrote (e.g. all the liberal idiots claiming that Atlas Shrugged condemned charity), I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if LaVey found something in Rand/Objectivism that isn't really there as well. Without precise quote to explain the proposed influence, one can only speculate.
Feb
19
comment What are the origins of Satanism as a religion?
@Drux - being that Ayn Rand was deeply, profoundly, militantly anti-religios, I would be very surprised if there were any positive relations between her and any founder of an organized religion, Satanism or not. Wikipedia claims that "Ayn Rand influenced LaVey" but this isn't exactly well referenced - color me extra skeptical.
Feb
19
comment Role of Indian princes and aristocratic landowners under British colonial rule?
Wasn't the idea as old as Rome? Or Golden Horde for that matter.
Feb
17
comment Is the steel pan the only acoustic musical instrument to be invented in the 20th century and used widely around the world?
-1, after being subjected to "Barbie Girl" after following the link :)
Feb
17
comment Is the steel pan the only acoustic musical instrument to be invented in the 20th century and used widely around the world?
@T.E.D. - vuvuzela.ytmnd.com, banthevuvuzela.blogspot.com, this, and this. Entire world is on your side!
Feb
17
revised Is the steel pan the only acoustic musical instrument to be invented in the 20th century and used widely around the world?
Removed non-acoustic example, sorry. Feel free to roll back
Feb
15
reviewed Reject suggested edit on How did Medieval Armies survive the use of mail armor in the deserts of the Middle East?