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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.


Apr
21
comment Did Milton really invent cooking?
No, cooking started about 250,000 years ago, according to Wikipedia.
Apr
21
asked Are “Czech Republic” and “Chechnya” cognates?
Apr
20
asked Does “Chinese laundry” have any non-literal meaning?
Apr
13
accepted Is “in in vitro” acceptable?
Apr
11
asked Is “in in vitro” acceptable?
Apr
10
comment Does the noun “stable” have meanings other than “place for animals”?
@tchrist snarky!
Apr
10
accepted Does the noun “stable” have meanings other than “place for animals”?
Apr
10
revised Does the noun “stable” have meanings other than “place for animals”?
Showing a general reference that didn't mention any metaphorical meanings
Apr
10
comment What does “soapbox-ready” mean?
Similar expression, except it's saying something's ready for a shovel, rather than ready for a soapbox: shovel ready.
Apr
9
accepted Is “Dutch wife” one of those “Dutch words”?
Apr
9
awarded  Nice Question
Apr
7
comment Does the noun “stable” have meanings other than “place for animals”?
Should this question have been asked on English Language Learners instead?
Apr
7
asked Does the noun “stable” have meanings other than “place for animals”?
Apr
5
answered What connotation does “to fork one's repo” have?
Apr
5
comment Is “Dutch wife” one of those “Dutch words”?
I came across the term "Dutch wife" this morning in the Wikipedia article List of wasei-eigo ("wasei eigo" is English made up in Japan). I strongly suspected that it wasn't wasei eigo, so I had to work out how it originated! ("Sex doll loved by Dutchmen." - yeah right!)
Apr
5
asked Is “Dutch wife” one of those “Dutch words”?
Apr
5
comment Is a “To Do List” familiar to other countries?
@tchrist in Japan, there's English, Jim, but not as we know it. (Note for pedants: yes, I'm snowcloning a "Beam me up Scotty").
Mar
27
comment What is the oldest common English word?
How old are Hittite words?
Mar
27
comment How are Japanese words spelt in English?
Research is hard, let's go closevoting!
Mar
27
comment Is “grapple hooking” a correct phrase?
Could it be related to grapple tackle? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grapple_tackle