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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
13
comment Term for main part of desktop computer
Technically correct is not very useful if you aren't understood by other people.
Apr
13
comment Term for main part of desktop computer
This seems to be answering a different question to the one I asked.
Apr
10
comment News article: “Man sentenced for murdering his 10th wife”. What does this mean?
Sounds like clickbait: "An eyecatching link on a website which encourages people to read on. It is often paid for by the advertiser ("Paid" click bait) or generates income based on the number of clicks."
Jan
24
comment What does it mean to have a 'saucy facial expression'?
Would meanings 2 to 4 of the Wiktionary entry for saucy make sense in the context of the comment?
Jan
24
comment “Muppet” in American English
"Million Muppet March" is probably in part a snowclone of the Million Man March
Jan
1
comment What does the fox say?
Not a duplicate of english.stackexchange.com/questions/138272/…
Jan
1
comment Would the phrase “No worries!” be understood outside Australia?
I've come across Japanese people learning English who didn't know it was an Australianism. BTW, there's a Wikipedia article about the phrase!
Dec
12
comment Why is Santa Claus a man but Santa Maria a woman?
Are you talking about the place in Arizona, Georgia, or Indiana?
Nov
19
comment What is it called when someone says something like: “I'm not a racist, but…”
TV Tropes has Suspiciously Specific Denial, but nothing more specific.
Oct
30
comment What word describes a policeman who is not wearing a uniform?
I remember "Mufti" from "Mufti day": en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mufti_(dress)#Mufti_day
Oct
12
comment When describing a person, should “Valentine” be capitalized?
@MετάEd good suggestion. NGrams suggests they're neck and neck, but when I look at individual results, a lot of them seem to have "Be My Valentine" in the title of the book.
Oct
10
comment People who sell their virginity for money
@StewardGodwinJornsen Sayo Masuda's virginity was sold five times‌​. That makes me wonder if there's a word for fraudulently selling someone's virginity ...
Oct
5
comment Word for “Woman Who Hates Men”
@user49727 it's assumed that a misandrist is female. A male misandrist would probably have its own term, like "self-hating man".
Oct
5
comment Word for “Woman Who Hates Men”
@TylerJamesYoung I don't think an anti-feminist who was engaging in such dog-whistling would acknowledge the existence of the word "misogynist".
Oct
5
comment What do Australians mean when they say 'He came a gutsa'?
If you rely on urban dictionary as a general reference, you're gonna have a bad time.
Sep
23
comment Differences between “fortification nouns”
A fortress is a female fort.
Sep
18
comment Does “Japanese tourist” have any meaning other than a tourist from Japan?
Related questions about "Dutch date" and the like: english.stackexchange.com/q/8511/1420 and english.stackexchange.com/q/110497/1420
Sep
15
comment Does “hieroglyph” only refer to the ancient Egyption form of writing or to any writing system whose basic elements represent words?
I assume you mean the technical term, not the term of abuse for anything that's hard to comprehend.
Sep
1
comment What does “wooden clothes” contained in “Comfort bag (assorted present kit) and the sender of it “have had themselves” mean?
+1 partially for the question, and partially for restoring my faith in humanity.
Aug
31
comment What does “wooden clothes” contained in “Comfort bag (assorted present kit) and the sender of it “have had themselves” mean?
I just came across the Japanese language Wikipedia article ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E7%BE%85%E7%B4%97%E7%B7%AC , which Google translate describes as "Woolen cloth spring", and it talks about prostitutes or concubines. Is this somehow related?