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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
25
accepted Is メリー mainly used in the set phrase メリークリスマス?
Dec
25
asked Is メリー mainly used in the set phrase メリークリスマス?
Dec
21
comment Can a Japanese person understand something written in traditional Chinese
Insert witty comment about study here.
Dec
16
awarded  Nice Question
Dec
14
comment Why are there 3 ways of writing in Japanese?
@WillihamTotland: I didn't realize until you emphasized it!
Dec
14
comment Politeness in examination questions
How rude are examination questions to foreigners, such as the JLPT?
Dec
14
comment Why are there 3 ways of writing in Japanese?
@sawa: "One or two romaji characters are used to express one kana." - AFAIK not all of Japanese's moras are made up of a single kana (the digraph "キャ" is a mora, right?), so doesn't that put Romaji and kana in the same boat?
Dec
14
comment Why are there 3 ways of writing in Japanese?
By the logic of your first paragraph, would Romaji (which is sometimes used because of technical limitations, eg programming) be the same script as hiragana and katakana?
Dec
14
revised Why are there 3 ways of writing in Japanese?
Expand question
Dec
13
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why are there 3 ways of writing in Japanese?
Dec
13
comment Why are there 3 ways of writing in Japanese?
"English can clearly be written using only one or the other." - I DON'T THINK THAT'S THE CASE.
Dec
13
comment Why are there 3 ways of writing in Japanese?
It's impolite to say "that's incorrect" without giving at least a brief summary of what is correct.
Dec
9
awarded  Organizer
Dec
9
revised How does one transcribe the romaji “ō”?
edited tags
Dec
8
comment What is the etymology of the word マラ?
Why is it written in katakana?
Nov
29
comment Are wasei-eigo and wasei-kango looked down upon?
@sawa: I misinterpreted "look down upon" as "annoyed". WRT コンテイジョン, I assume Tsuyoshi Ito is referring to the movie.
Nov
29
comment Are wasei-eigo and wasei-kango looked down upon?
Are you annoyed because it's false, or are you annoyed because it's sometimes true? Also, was this answer triggered by my milk question?
Nov
29
accepted Would I have 牛乳 or ミルク with my cereal?
Nov
27
comment Would I have 牛乳 or ミルク with my cereal?
@sawa: I was half-wondering if drinking cow milk was native to Japan. I assumed it was traditional because the words for it were in kanji rather than katakana, and that "ミルク" seemed newer than "牛乳".
Nov
27
comment Would I have 牛乳 or ミルク with my cereal?
@sawa: That they say "milk" rather than "miluku". IIRC - if this is news to you then I'm mistaken.