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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.


Dec
25
comment Referring to adult-age sons and daughters as children
@FumbleFingers in the scenario you describe, involving one person of a known gender, your parent could say "This is my (son/daughter)".
Dec
24
comment Is there any reason why English doesn’t add respectful words in every sentence?
I've tried asking a more general question about this on Linguistics.SE. I'm not sure how it'll be received, as I only rarely ask questions there: linguistics.stackexchange.com/questions/3004/…
Dec
24
comment Is there any reason why English doesn’t add respectful words in every sentence?
@Mitch how many languages, from how many language families, have you looked at in order to conclude that what English does is the norm, and that Korean and Japanese is the exception? (Speaking here as a native English speaker who is studying Japanese)
Dec
21
comment Referring to adult-age sons and daughters as children
As a heads up, I've edited the question a bit.
Dec
21
revised Referring to adult-age sons and daughters as children
Add context to question
Dec
20
comment More accurate synonyms than “Mayan apocalypse”
@gmcgath wow - I never knew that!
Dec
20
asked More accurate synonyms than “Mayan apocalypse”
Dec
20
accepted Referring to adult-age sons and daughters as children
Dec
19
comment Referring to adult-age sons and daughters as children
+1 sympathy upvote for descriptivism.
Dec
19
comment Referring to adult-age sons and daughters as children
@Kris meta.english.stackexchange.com/questions/3453/…
Dec
18
awarded  Self-Learner
Dec
18
comment Where does “ta!” come from?
"I am momentarily unable to locate the magnifying glass that came with the tome" +1 funny.
Dec
18
asked Referring to adult-age sons and daughters as children
Dec
18
answered Referring to adult-age sons and daughters as children
Dec
18
comment What does one's status being “less a blank check than an equation with multiple variables” mean?
@YoichiOishi A stream is smaller than a river, according to Wiktionary, so that should be "less a river than a stream to me".
Dec
17
comment Is the proper spelling “judgment” or “judgement”?
+1 fascinating breakdown of data.
Dec
16
comment Is “geisha girl” used to refer to actual geisha?
@StoneyB ideally, I'd have liked an authoritative account of the term from reliable sources, rather than just relying on my own original research. Also, I am interested in whether the term "geisha girl" ought to be used, but I thought asking how a word is actually used is less likely to be seen as subjective than asking how a word should be used.
Dec
15
comment Is “geisha girl” used to refer to actual geisha?
@ColinFine in this case, "concept A" would be a geisha, and "concept B" would be a bar hostess?
Dec
15
comment Is “geisha girl” used to refer to actual geisha?
@ColinFine are you referring to a No true Scotsman style response?
Dec
15
asked Is “geisha girl” used to refer to actual geisha?