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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.


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comment A word for paying attention to detail
@Em1 maybe alliteration?
Nov
22
comment Is “root access” acceptable in a professional setting in Australian English?
@JeremyMiles the XKCD sandwich cartoon doesn't mention "superuser".
Nov
22
comment Is “root access” acceptable in a professional setting in Australian English?
@JanusBahsJacquet "meat-packing district" sounds like an area with lots of nightclubs in it!
Nov
22
comment Is “root access” acceptable in a professional setting in Australian English?
@JeremyMiles that feels like having a Windows OS nuance to me.
Nov
22
comment What does “Obama goes big” mean?
"Go big" means to be ambitious. There's a related phrase "Go big or go home".
Nov
9
comment Why was Tokyo sometimes called “Tokio”?
@Chenmunka it's asking why a word used in English is spelt the way it is.
Nov
8
comment Why was Tokyo sometimes called “Tokio”?
I mistakenly spelt it "Tokiyo" in the title, even though I meant "Tokio". Sorry about that.
Nov
8
comment Why was Tokyo sometimes called “Tokio”?
@JoeBlow Well spotted, fixed.
Oct
22
comment '-gate' as a suffix to coin words related to scandals and corruption cases
@TimLymington Possibly from Etymology, usage, and history of -gate from the Wikipedia article "List of scandals with "-gate" suffix".
Oct
22
comment “Unexpected” quotation marks: Why?
From "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Word Crimes" I hope you never use "quotation marks" for "emphasis"
Oct
18
comment Is “German measles” regarded as offensive?
@medica A google search for "German roundworm" didn't get any hits other than how to translate roundworm into German. Is it a hypothetical example?
Oct
12
comment Word or expression for guys who slept with the same woman(prostitute)?
I hope that English has a semantic gap here!
Sep
13
comment The usage of “banzai”
@Frank "total commitment" is a good way of putting it.
Sep
13
comment The usage of “banzai”
@ErikKowal I don't know whether she's writing the book, or merely reading it.
Sep
10
comment Term for something that is supposed to increase safety, but really just increases fear?
Not quite a match, but maybe "State of fear"? (Not the book. The phrase existed before the book did.)
Sep
6
comment Adjective for someone who is really good at cooking or baking and/or bakes frequently
Flagged for being an appalling pun. :)
Sep
3
comment Why can we say 'an American' but not 'a British'?
Related question: english.stackexchange.com/questions/96894/…
Aug
30
comment In British English, do you favorite or favourite a post?
Seek.com.au uses "Favourite Searches".
Aug
19
comment What is a “Tamazie party”?
Replacing a long word with a shorter version with "-ie" at the end is a common way of shortening words in Australian English. I didn't know our podean friends did it.
Aug
19
comment “My personal opinion is…” Is it always pointless to use the words “personal” and “personally”?
At first I thought the answer would be "Personally is useless noise", but it turns out that's not the case. +1.