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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.


Dec
5
asked Japanese for “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” (the Richard Flanagan novel)
Dec
5
comment Why are the verb classes called ichidan and godan?
As background for native Japanese speakers reading this, most non-Japanese hear the term "dan" in English, if at all, in the context of various martial arts such as akido. You'd start off as first dan, then progress to second dan, etc. until you reach fifth dan.
Dec
5
comment Why is China ちゅうごく while Korea is かんこく. Why the difference between ご and こ?
I don't know how relevant this is, but the term "中国" pre-dated it being used for China - it was and is used for the Chūgoku region, apparently as 中国地方.
Nov
28
awarded  Popular Question
Sep
30
awarded  Announcer
Sep
29
awarded  Popular Question
Sep
18
awarded  Popular Question
Sep
7
comment Why are the verb classes called ichidan and godan?
@snailboat I suspect that the OP is assuming that if there's 五段動詞, then logically there must have been not only 二段 and 四段, but also 三段, and I think that's a faulty assumption.
Sep
7
comment Why are the verb classes called ichidan and godan?
I think you're assuming that "class 5" means that it's the fifth class, whereas I suspect that "class 5" really means that it has five classes.
Sep
5
asked Is は used when asking if something already discussed exists?
Sep
4
awarded  Nice Question
Sep
3
accepted Why is “UFO” pronounced as if it were a word?
Sep
3
asked Why is “UFO” pronounced as if it were a word?
Aug
31
comment Why is the Japanese currency pronounced “yen” in English?
"Yen" is also mentioned in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_kana_orthography#Romanization
Aug
25
awarded  Notable Question
Aug
20
accepted What difference is there between ディスカウント and バーゲン?
Aug
19
comment [因果]{いん・が}: A bass-ackwards contraction?
Haven't come across the autological spoonerism "bass ackwards" before!
Aug
19
asked What difference is there between ディスカウント and バーゲン?
Aug
17
accepted Is “フリーマーケット” sometimes assumed to be derived from “Free”?
Aug
16
reviewed Leave Open Japanese kanji with different meanings in Chinese