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I'm an elected moderator on Science Fiction and Fantasy and moderator pro tempore on The Great Outdoors, and I'm also active on several other SE sites.

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I am an iOS Software Engineer at Fitbit, Inc.


May
10
comment Is there a kayak / paddleboard for large people?
Afraid I don't have an answer, but you're doing awesome, keep it up!
Mar
15
comment How can I keep my iPhone going on a multiday hike?
Airplane mode should disable all the antennas.
Mar
13
comment Am I likely to need multiple pairs of boots on the AT?
Running shoes are generally 300 miles, so 400 sounds reasonable.
Mar
1
comment Driving tent pegs into rocky ground
@RussellSteen From what I've heard, you should drive the stake in at an angle to make it less likely to be pulled out by the tent, and this shallower argument makes sense too.
Mar
1
comment Where can I find help identifying an owl by its call?
For anyone interested, there is a meta discussion going on the topicality of this question.
Feb
21
comment How do I get started duck hunting?
First, you have to find an old NES...
Feb
14
comment Best way to illuminate a tent?
I assume by "torch" you mean what we Americans would call a "flashlight." Our torches would be quite dangerous in a tent.
Feb
13
comment How to tell if water is likely to have cryptosporidium?
I'm not sure enough to post as an answer, but I suspect the only way is if there is a warning about it, usually from some government agency.
Feb
12
comment Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
At meltB, if (as you are saying) there is less heat energy in cooler B, the ice will NOT be all melted unless it was already fully melted in cooler A. It takes the exact same amount of energy to melt the exact same amount of ice, regardless of conditions.
Feb
12
comment Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
E=(3/2)kT, so T=(2/3)(E/k). If k were constant, the temperature would be directly proportional to your (still incorrect) graphs. However, the average k of the drained cooler is dropping, so the temperature is increasing even faster. (Though, as I said, not until the ice is all melted.)
Feb
12
comment Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
Oh, and I should mention, the temperature doesn't increase linearly, they will both be at a constant 32 until all ice is melted (except small jumps for draining the ice in the appropriate cooler), after which the temperature difference will decay exponentially (with the water-filled cooler rising much more slowly).
Feb
12
comment Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
"Both leak heat at the same rate," and "at meltB there is less heat energy in cooler B than in cooler A," but "B's ice will be completely melted before A's ice is." Those can't all be true. In fact, the amount of ice in the cooler depends entirely on how much heat energy there is in the cooler, so by acknowledging that there will be more heat energy in the drained cooler, you are actually saying that the ice in it will melt faster.
Feb
10
comment Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
Also, the fact that the water is still at freezing will inhibit bacteria from growing.
Feb
10
comment Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
"and has a temperature above 32 degrees Fahrenheit" - Wrong. Water with ice in it will remain at 32F until all the ice is melted (assuming it's not being heated so rapidly convection can't even things out - and if that's the case, you have bigger problems with your cooler).
Feb
8
comment Will bug repellent repel deer?
If you can smell it, you can be sure the game can. What you really need is a repellent they won't mind.
Feb
8
comment What proven alternatives are there to DEET?
@RussellSteen It was primarily in there to retain a complete list, but I've removed it.
Feb
3
comment What essential items should go in a small first aid kit?
@RussellSteen Good point, I've updated to reflect that.
Feb
1
comment Do iodine water treatment tablets have negative effects?
Regarding alternatives, see this related question
Feb
1
comment How can I make/improvise a rope on a trip?
@jay you're right, I've also added location.
Feb
1
comment How can I make/improvise a rope on a trip?
@berry120 certainly not climbing, though perhaps a separate question could be asked about getting down when you drop a rope. I've clarified.