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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.


Oct
15
answered What is it called when words are deliberately written wrong but pronunciation is kept unchanged?
Oct
14
answered Is “I’ve got an Eiffel Tower, I want to sell you,” a popular or set-phrase used when you heard the story you can’t believe from somebody?
Oct
14
comment What does “Less is never more” mean? Is it a popular saying?
@Zairja I have to edit at least 6 non-whitespace characters in order for my edit to be considered, so feel free to do it yourself. :)
Oct
14
asked Is “north to south” a more common set phrase than “south to north”?
Oct
14
revised What does “Less is never more” mean? Is it a popular saying?
Corrected spelling of Dowd
Oct
14
comment What does “Less is never more” mean? Is it a popular saying?
In case my edit gets rejected, it's "Maureen Dowd".
Oct
14
suggested suggested edit on What does “Less is never more” mean? Is it a popular saying?
Oct
12
comment Nationality modifier vs. Language modifier
This can sometimes get awkward. For example, when a link to a hotel says "Japanese only" but the authors meant that a web site is written in Japanese, not that non-Japanese people aren't allowed at the hotel! (In Japanese, there are different words for a nationality versus a language - nihonjin versus nihongo)
Oct
10
awarded  Popular Question
Oct
7
accepted Is “left-handed compliment” considered offensive?
Oct
7
asked Is “left-handed compliment” considered offensive?
Oct
7
comment What does “adorkable” mean? How popular is this word? To what kind of objects and occasions can I apply “adorkable”?
Isn't かわいい more often romanized as "kawaii"? Also, you describe it as "unrefined (childish)" - does that mean that it's slightly derogatory?
Oct
2
accepted Does the washing up fairy exist outside of Australia?
Oct
2
comment Is 'set phrase' a set phrase?
"almost definitely" is un-idiomatic (or is that un-collocative?). Shouldn't it be "almost certainly"? :)
Oct
2
comment Does the washing up fairy exist outside of Australia?
Sum of parts
Oct
1
comment Does the washing up fairy exist outside of Australia?
This ideally ought to be a comment, but then you wouldn't be able to include the image - you'd only be able to link to it.
Oct
1
awarded  Nice Question
Oct
1
comment Does the washing up fairy exist outside of Australia?
@Marcus_33 Unlike washing up fairy, Everything2 has an entry for Magic Laundry Basket, though it claims it's a term in Norway.
Oct
1
comment Does the washing up fairy exist outside of Australia?
@Kris I'm interested in spoken English as well as written English. And yes, I'm talking about the phrase, rather than whether the fairy actually exists. :P
Oct
1
asked Does the washing up fairy exist outside of Australia?