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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.


Aug
9
awarded  Nice Question
Aug
9
comment Are “disgraceful” and “ungraceful” two different kinds of negations?
Thanks. I thought there were other examples, but couldn't think of any.
Aug
9
comment Are “disgraceful” and “ungraceful” two different kinds of negations?
+1, doubleplusgood!
Aug
9
asked Are “disgraceful” and “ungraceful” two different kinds of negations?
Jul
29
comment Is there a word for a change so small that it doesn’t seem to be a change at all?
I think the practice by pharmaceutical companies is called evergreening, but I don't know a general term for changing without really changing.
Jul
23
comment Why are “scaring” and “scarring” confused by some dictionaries?
This isn't an American versus British English thing, is it?
Jul
21
comment Why and when did “breast” become gender-specific?
@J.R. en.wiktionary.org/wiki/breast meaning 2.
Jul
21
comment Why and when did “breast” become gender-specific?
@J.R. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foggy_Dew_(Irish_ballad)
Jul
21
asked Why and when did “breast” become gender-specific?
Jul
20
comment How do you capitalize a proper noun such as “iPhone”?
@nico What's a "poor note"?
Jul
14
comment Does “renege” have any racial overtones, or is it otherwise offensive?
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....
Jun
19
comment Is “Open kimono with somebody” a popular English phrase?
@HStephenStraight I'd probably call it pretentious, vulgar, and probably sexist and racist, and quite a few other unprintable things!
Jun
18
answered Is “Open kimono with somebody” a popular English phrase?
Jun
4
awarded  Popular Question
Apr
10
answered Can “doubt” sometimes mean “question”?
Apr
9
comment What does ‘May that not be the takeaway of this speech’ mean in Salah Palin’s mocking Michelle Obama’s recommendation of breastfeeding?
I wonder if it's related to "take home message"?
Jan
25
awarded  Revival
Jan
22
revised Is there a technical term for the degeneration or evolution of words?
edited tags
Jan
22
revised Is there a technical term for the degeneration or evolution of words?
edited tags
Jan
8
answered Determining which good sentiment to wish at each holiday