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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.


Sep
20
comment How to choose between “よん” (yon) vs “し” (shi) for “四” (4) and “しち” (shichi) vs “なな” (nana) for “七” (7)?
@TsuyoshiIto: I've read about why 9-sai uses kyuu rather than ku. Is the latter etymologically independent of 苦?
Sep
20
accepted Is Japanese that lacks proofreading likely to contain bad spelling or grammar?
Sep
20
comment Why isn't a large amount of money a good enough reason to kill someone?
@istrasci: Maybe he's joining the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency!
Sep
19
asked Is Japanese that lacks proofreading likely to contain bad spelling or grammar?
Sep
19
comment Mnemonic phrases for memorizing a word or number sequence
I'm not yet able to understand the Japanese in the answers given so far, but have either of the answers taught anything about Japanese that a reader would have not known before, such as "this is a now-rarely-used way to say the number three"?
Sep
19
comment Why isn't a large amount of money a good enough reason to kill someone?
@DaveMG: I can't find any cross-site ones linking to JL&U, but twitpic.com/5ligef and skitch.com/radarlistener/fmuke/stack-overflow are what I'm talking about.
Sep
19
comment Why isn't a large amount of money a good enough reason to kill someone?
@Dave M G: Questions on JL&U get advertised on other Stack Exchange sites, for example Stack Overflow. It's even happened with some of my questions. If you still don't know what I'm talking about, I'll show you a picture of such an ad.
Sep
19
comment Appropiate anime or media to learn japanese
No gainax bounce for you!
Sep
19
comment When learning new verbs, is it best to memorize both the transitive and intransitive versions up front?
Would this be a learning question?
Sep
19
comment Why isn't a large amount of money a good enough reason to kill someone?
You're just aiming for cross-site traffic with this question!
Sep
17
comment What should I look for in a dictionary to help me study?
One thing I'll look for in dictionaries is whether they mention etymology.
Sep
17
awarded  Tag Editor
Sep
17
revised dictionary wiki description
Disambiguation note
Sep
17
suggested suggested edit on dictionary tag wiki
Sep
16
comment When and how did USA and UK come to be written as [米]{べい}[国]{こく} and [英]{えい}[国]{こく}?
In Japanese, would "phonetic Kanji" be referred to as ateji, which Wikipedia describes as a broader term that also covers using kanji for meaning but not for the pronounciation, or is there a more specific term?
Sep
14
accepted Is it unusual to have the ga particle with a negative verb?
Sep
14
comment Is it unusual to have the ga particle with a negative verb?
Would someone asking "what tv shows do you watch?" be enough to bring "television" into the universe of discourse?
Sep
13
comment Counter for 熊 (bears): ひき or 頭?
Now I'm wondering about koalas and drop-bears.
Sep
13
comment Why is マシ written using katakana?
In response to one of my questions on gairaigo, @sawa commented on Nihon-jin not knowing that certain loanwords were from non-English European languages, so I'm a little surprised by his comment. At first I wondered if he was joking.
Sep
12
comment Is it unusual to have the ga particle with a negative verb?
@Lukman: I've expanded my question a bit. Does it help explain what I mean?