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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
27
awarded  Convention
Dec
27
comment Different transcriptions for words with related origin
If I'm capable of answering, it's a sign that it's a polling question. Should it be community wiki?
Dec
27
answered Different transcriptions for words with related origin
Dec
26
comment How do I add an object to noun を します verbs?
@TsuyoshiIto: Thanks. The link is saying it's usually ok to insert an を where one doesn't exist. Does that mean that it's ok to remove an existing を as well?
Dec
26
revised How do I add an object to noun を します verbs?
Fix English grammar
Dec
26
comment How do I add an object to noun を します verbs?
@sawa: I was wondering how to handle that. I'd heard of the -te form plus います, but I hadn't been using it awfully long, so I didn't want to complicate the question by using it incorrectly. I should have used "I study" rather than "I am studying", but the former felt somehow awkward.
Dec
26
asked How do I add an object to noun を します verbs?
Dec
25
revised Is メリー mainly used in the set phrase メリークリスマス?
Delete set phrases tag, as it doesn't apply, but leave my incorrect reference to it in the question
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.