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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.


Sep
19
revised Is there a more-accepted synonym to the term “Commonwealth English”?
Expand on question
Sep
19
comment A Vocabulary word meaning: “ to completely embody the meaning of a term ”
The definition of irony: Not knowing the difference between a definition and an example.
Sep
19
accepted Is “gaijin” considered offensive?
Sep
19
asked Is there a more-accepted synonym to the term “Commonwealth English”?
Sep
19
answered Does the term “Asian” have different meanings among various English-speaking countries?
Sep
18
awarded  Nice Question
Sep
18
awarded  Nice Question
Sep
15
answered Is there a term that means “oft-used misquotation”?
Sep
14
asked Is there a term for a euphemistic term being used literally?
Sep
14
comment Is Senator Alan Simpson’s quote – “a sparrow's belch in the midst of a typhoon” in comparing budget cuts frequently-used quote by Americans?
This is just guessing, but using "sparrow" and "typhoon" makes the saying sound more Asian, and therefore more ancient and wise.
Sep
12
revised Is there a technical term for what creationists call “macroevolution”?
Change from scientific to technical
Sep
12
suggested suggested edit on Is there a technical term for what creationists call “macroevolution”?
Sep
7
accepted Should “romaji” be capitalized?
Sep
7
comment Is there anything wrong with the word “denigrate”?
"I bet that even as I write, some adolescent boys, in the stairwell of some high school somewhere in America, are accusing each other of being niggardly, and sniggering at their own outrageous wit. I bet ... Wait a minute. 'Sniggering'? Oh, my God...."
Sep
7
comment Why do we say that one can “talk the hind legs off a donkey”?
@FumbleFingers: In the "Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy" trilogy, for the predecessor to Deep Thought? Something along the lines of "X could talk the back legs off a Y, but only I could then convince it to get up and take a walk"?
Sep
7
asked Should “romaji” be capitalized?
Sep
5
comment Word for person who eats insects
Belongs on cooking.SE!
Sep
5
accepted Does the term “witch-hunt” apply when referring to dealing with a real problem?
Sep
5
asked Does the term “witch-hunt” apply when referring to dealing with a real problem?
Sep
4
comment Is “grab” an informal way of saying “learn”?
"It's" is not a genitive!