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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.


Oct
16
comment Is it proper to thank waitstaff, cashiers, etc. for their service?
"Well, I'd often ask for her age/number/mail…" - once I was worried that I might mispronounce "フォーク o kudasai" as a gairaigo-ization of the f-word. Thankfully, it appears the latter is fairly different from the former.
Oct
15
comment If I wanted to sound more like a Samurai, what words and phrases should I learn?
This seems to be the exact opposite of this answer, where the answerer worried that "We could see 20 years old boys talking like 10 years old kawai girls or 20 years old girls talking like yakuzas!"
Oct
15
comment Why is the honorific o used for the bathroom?
Episode 11 of "Nihonjin no Shiranai Nihongo" talks about the o prefix a bit.
Oct
14
comment Is this the correct way of saying attending a school?
Why is this tagged "learning"?
Oct
8
comment Reading a non-numerical range
Should this be retagged from "readings" (which is about kanji having more than one reading) to "writing" (which is about written text in general)?
Oct
6
comment Are the names of some food items written in katakana?
@TsuyoshiIto: I've re-worded the question to a yes/no one rather than a nonsensical one it was previously.
Oct
6
revised Are the names of some food items written in katakana?
Reword question from a nonsense question
Oct
6
revised Are the names of some food items written in katakana?
Link to whiting, which refers to several species of fish
Oct
6
asked Are the names of some food items written in katakana?
Oct
6
awarded  Critic
Oct
6
comment Non-distinguished animal pairs in Japanese
-1 for Eskimo words for snow.
Oct
3
comment Why is the honorific o used for the bathroom?
the book would be protected by the fact I couldn't ask my teacher if they're wrong.
Oct
3
accepted What romanization scheme is used by programmers?
Oct
3
revised What romanization scheme is used by programmers?
Slight clarification
Oct
3
asked What romanization scheme is used by programmers?
Oct
1
accepted Why is the honorific o used for the bathroom?
Sep
29
comment Why is the honorific o used for the bathroom?
Yes, I meant o-cha. I was mixing up my English chai with my romaji. Once I learn my kana I assume I'm less likely to make that mistake.
Sep
29
comment Why is the honorific o used for the bathroom?
"Dirty Japanese" has just manko rather than omanko. It says it is for "pussy" which corresponds to the clitoris, and by contrast uses manman for "cunt" (the vagina). It also uses ketsu manko for the male equivalent of vagina (anus). Maybe I shouldn't trust their translations 100%!
Sep
29
asked Why is the honorific o used for the bathroom?
Sep
28
comment How do I ask about two different possible options?
Should questions ask why they suspect what they have said is incorrect?