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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.


Jan
13
accepted Is “root access” acceptable in a professional setting in Australian English?
Jan
10
awarded  Popular Question
Jan
10
comment “Housewife” vs. “homemaker”
@mplungjan if I do that google search, I get this question as the first hit. As must many other people - the question has been viewed 29860 times.
Jan
10
comment “Housewife” vs. “homemaker”
Voting to re-open. A dictionary can tell you what a housewife means, and what a homemaker mean. Which won't help much, because they mean pretty much the same thing. However, they probably won't indicate what's the difference between the two, or why some people avoid the term "housewife". You'd have to know about how English has changed over time to be able to answer that.
Dec
30
awarded  Notable Question
Dec
30
accepted Is “Perl Monger” derogatory when used by non Perl programmers?
Dec
30
comment Is “Perl Monger” derogatory when used by non Perl programmers?
@ErikKowal I'm not sure what you're implying, but I most likely heard whoremonger from the Bible.
Dec
30
comment Does *tourist* have a derogatory connotation of *inexperienced* or any other meanings in the clip of Ice Age3?
I hope this gets re-opened, but people who think they're better than the average tourist think that they're "Travellers, not tourists".
Dec
30
asked Is “Perl Monger” derogatory when used by non Perl programmers?
Dec
29
awarded  Notable Question
Dec
22
awarded  Notable Question
Dec
17
answered Word for grieving parents?
Dec
12
comment Better term than “off label” to describe something used other than as stated
And no, "stupid", "idiotic" or "reckless" doesn't fit the bill either.
Dec
12
asked Better term than “off label” to describe something used other than as stated
Nov
29
comment Is “software” singular or plural? Can “softwares” be used instead?
I come across people mistakenly using "softwares" reasonably often. I sometimes see it being used by Japanese people, so it's not a mistake only made by people from the subcontinent.
Nov
29
awarded  Notable Question
Nov
26
comment A word for paying attention to detail
@Em1 maybe alliteration?
Nov
24
accepted Hit and miss, or hit or miss?
Nov
22
asked Hit and miss, or hit or miss?
Nov
22
answered What is a Metaphor for “Being Thrown Into a Completely New Environment”