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I work at the University of New South Wales, where I use Ruby to analyze biological data.

In part of my spare time, I work on fun programming projects. One was trying to analyze what underlies Wikipedia's Get to Philosophy game. I also worked on one called the "Small Eigen Collider".

I'm currently learning Japanese, and I'm an active participant in lang-8.com, a website where you write journal entries in a language you're learning, and get corrected by native speakers of that language. In return, you correct people writing entries in your native language. Recently, I've been asking a few questions prompted by slightly incorrect English I've encountered on lang-8.


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comment Are there shibboleths specific to native Russian speakers?
Not so much a shibboleth, as a well-known example of one: "Please, please - We're looking for the naval base in Alameda can you tell us where the nuclear wessels are?"
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awarded  Notable Question
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26
comment Is there an American term for a group of elitist schools, similar to the abbreviation “Oxbridge”?
Equivalent term for Australia: Sandstone universities
Mar
17
accepted Differences between “atomic bomb” and “nuclear weapon”
Mar
17
asked Differences between “atomic bomb” and “nuclear weapon”
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awarded  Popular Question
Mar
4
awarded  Notable Question
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3
awarded  Notable Question
Feb
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answered Is “Grey tsunami” a mere metaphor, or acknowledged phrase to represent for accelerated global increase of old age population?
Feb
26
comment What does “Legacy of the void” in terms of “Gray tsunami” mean?
Just out of curiosity - is "tsunami" used metaphorically in Japanese?
Feb
26
answered What does “cheffed-up” in “Traditional ramen that hasn’t been cheffed-up” mean?
Feb
26
answered What does “sunset” mean when used as a verb?
Feb
25
comment Word meaning “difficult to eliminate”?
If you want to be creative, you could call it a "Rasputin bug". Grigori Rasputin is perceived by westerners as having been extraordinarily hard to kill en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grigori_Rasputin
Feb
12
awarded  Notable Question
Feb
11
asked Term for a television event that causes you to be awake during sleeping hours
Feb
11
comment Is there a term for reduplication used to disambiguate categorization?
Amusing as it is for this question to be marked "duplicate", I don't think this is a duplicate question.
Feb
9
comment Is “preference” a recently verbed noun?
Speculation: "preference" is more commonly used as a verb in Australian English, because we have preferential voting unlike the UK and the USA, and the allocation of preferences is described as "preferencing".
Feb
9
asked Is “preference” a recently verbed noun?
Jan
29
asked Is “fatah” an alternative spelling of “fatwa”?
Jan
28
asked How to pronounce (OS X) Yosemite in Australian English