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I'm a Post-Doctoral Fellow in atmospheric remote sensing at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I first came to Stack Exchange for practical reasons: Tex.SE has been of major help when I wrote my licentiate (midterm) thesis. Since then, I have discovered the joy of many websites. As my network profile will show, I'm interested in travel, outdoor, scientific skepticism, and as I work in academia, also in academia and LaTeX.

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comment Can I buy a VIA Rail bike box without travelling by VIA Rail?
Their policy might have changed. I have the forture of living in a large city so I can try both Via and Greyhound.
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comment Did Edgar Allan Poe predict a shipwreck?
I don't think the answer needs to provide evidence that Richard Parker is a common name, because this claim is not essential for answering the question.
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comment How detailed should my review of a very poorly-written manuscript be?
As a PhD student, my supervisor taught me that if a review focusses on small, detailed remarks and not on the bigger picture, that is a good sign. I agree with jakebeal here, not with JeffE.
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comment How do I determine if a tent can handle strong wind?
I finally ended up for a somewhat heavier Hilleberg instead.
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comment Can I buy a VIA Rail bike box without travelling by VIA Rail?
Hmm, why is that baggage policy linked on a 4 year old blog post in Portuguese and not on VIA Rail itself...? Anyway, I'll go by the station tomorrow and ask.
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comment What do mathematics researchers do if they aren't good?
Without being good?
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comment If you change your name while doing research, can you list both names on a publication?
I am not a lawyer but I don't think the courts would accept Jane's argument that she does not need to go to prison for the crimes John has been convicted for.
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comment What are the natural alternatives for toothpaste?
This illustrates the problem with the phrase “natural”. There is no unambiguous way to define what is “natural” and what is not.
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comment Why does grade inflation seem to be so severe in the USA?
@smci That would be a different question that is closely related.
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comment Why does grade inflation seem to be so severe in the USA?
@gnometorule I was referring not only to grade inflation, but also to the narrative you linked in the comment...
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comment Why does grade inflation seem to be so severe in the USA?
@gnometorule I am puzzled that a country where public education appears to be so poor, still "produces" a reasonably large number of apparently successful people. But we're getting off-topic when discussing the state of secondary education in the USA.
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comment Why does grade inflation seem to be so severe in the USA?
Interesting. The fraction of perfect SAT scores sounds a lot more reasonable than the fraction of students scoring A for a typical test.
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