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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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awarded  Notable Question
1d
accepted What does “so many men, so many minds” mean?
2d
comment What is a “Tamazie party”?
Replacing a long word with a shorter version with "-ie" at the end is a common way of shortening words in Australian English. I didn't know our podean friends did it.
2d
asked What does “so many men, so many minds” mean?
2d
comment “My personal opinion is…” Is it always pointless to use the words “personal” and “personally”?
At first I thought the answer would be "Personally is useless noise", but it turns out that's not the case. +1.
Aug
18
asked English name of “Maegami tomeru” (前髪とめ〜る)
Aug
15
awarded  Notable Question
Aug
7
accepted What does “[Country] out” mean in the context of a photo description?
Aug
7
asked What does “[Country] out” mean in the context of a photo description?
Jul
30
accepted In which countries are sentence diagrams used in teaching English?
Jul
26
answered When did the expression “Poor man's <noun>” originate?
Jul
24
asked In which countries are sentence diagrams used in teaching English?
Jul
17
comment Is “I believe x does not equal y” the same as “I don't believe x equals y”
In other languages (such as Japanese), people would only say the equivalent of "I believe x does not equal y", whereas English speakers would frequently say "I don't believe x equals y". This indicates it's not purely about logic, but is also about the English language.
Jul
14
revised Adding “-ing” to a verb ending with a pronounced “e”
I've encountered silent "e"s before, but not invisible ones!
Jul
14
comment Adding “-ing” to a verb ending with a pronounced “e”
I realise I'm asking about the appropriate spelling of a somewhat appropriate gerunding of an inappropriate verbing of an inappropriate form of entertainment, but I couldn't come up with a better example.
Jul
14
asked Adding “-ing” to a verb ending with a pronounced “e”
Jul
13
accepted Meaning of “Cheeky” in Australian Aboriginal English
Jul
10
comment Why do people say “to be honest”?
Is "awhile" used correctly in this question?
Jul
6
asked Meaning of “Cheeky” in Australian Aboriginal English
Jul
2
awarded  Inquisitive